Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books That I Found Difficult To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and has a different subject every week. This week’s subject is my top ten of books I found difficult to read, because they were long or because of the subject or perhaps because they were just so bad. I will give a brief explanation as to why I found these particular books difficult to read.


  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – Mainly because they were written in the 40’s/50’s and because of ALL. THE. DETAILS. But I did read them, and I am still very proud of myself that I actually finished all three books.
  • Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – Basically the same reason as LOTR, it was a big book (800 pages), and so many different POV’s, eventually I listened to the audio book while I was also reading. The reason I never wrote a review about it is because I actually skipped some chapters, didn’t make any notes and basically forgot what happened at the beginning of the book by the time I reached the end.
  • The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare – They were bad. Really bad. I had to force myself to finish the first two books, and two-thirds through the third book I just gave up. I couldn’t read any more of it.
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Same with LOTR and Got, only this book was even older, and yeah I am just not really a fan of classics. I actually never finished reading this book, I just put it back on my shelf and never picked it up again. Oops.
  • The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling – I love J.K’s books, I really do; I also really enjoyed the Casual Vacancy but the size of it and the multiple POV’s made it a really difficult read. I am still really happy that I read it, and I can’t wait for the TV series!


  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini – The beginning was very promising, but after a while I just decided to put it down and never pick it up again. I even tried watching the movie, but that was a complete trainwreck so I stopped that halfway through as well (though a bit further than I stopped reading the book). I might pick it up again soon because I am really curious (and I do love stories about dragons and magic) and perhaps then I’ll stop comparing it to Lord of the Rings.
  • The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien – I got through five pages before my head thought; ‘Nope’. I tried again and again but I just can’t get myself to actually read something. Maybe I’ll do the same as I did with GoT, find an audiobook and read along with it. Yeah, I might just do that. Because I really love Middle Earth and I really want to know more about it. And reading the Appendices at the end of Return of the King won’t do it.
  • The Host by Stephenie Meyer – I hated Twilight, but several people told me the Host was much better. And seeing as it was about aliens, which is a subject I love, I decided to try it out. But oh my god this book is big, and difficult to read – wow I don’t remember how long it took me to read it, but I am glad I did; the movie was a bit awful though, even with Saoirse Ronan playing in it. (And Adam from Supernatural/Luke from Percy Jackson, I forgot his real name, sorry).
  • Before I Die by Jenny Downham – It was actually an easy read, and I absolutely loved it. But the subject of the book is what made it hard for me. Main character Tessa has cancer, and my granddad died of cancer a couple of years ago. So yeah, it was very hard for me to read this book.
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Same reason as with Before I Die, and also because this book was a hardcover (okay not really a valid reason, but I am not a fan of hardcovers mainly because the covers aren’t flexible, meh). I really enjoyed the book though, and it’s really one of my favourites, but yeah, it’s just ugh. I hate diseases.

This was my list of books that were difficult to read for me. Which books are on your list? Leave a comment with the link to your blogpost, or just leave your list in a comment if you don’t have a blog!