Top Ten Tuesday #11: Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read


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Top Ten Books That Were
Hard For Me To Read

I know I missed this one, but I couldn’t really finish the Halloween topic this week, so I decided to do this topic instead.

Letting Ana Go by Anonymous
This was about a teenage girl who has an eating disorder. It was hard for me to read, having her think and feel like she did.

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
Incest relations between brother and sister? Hidden away by your own grandmother and mother? Enough said..

Gated by Amy Christine Parker
Being in a cult is like being brainwashed..It was a struggle for me to read about what they thought. It was all wrong and left a bad taste in my mouth.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The overall attitude and pretentious tone the characters embody just made me want to throw it against the wall. No teen talks like that. And if another person tells me it’s because they were mature, I will scream. Also, the Anne Frank house. VERY inappropriate to Anne’s memory.

Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff
This was terribly hard for me to read. It had a lot of video game terms that I was trying to remember, but it was also very long and boring.



Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Told in the point of view of a suicidal teen and plotting to kill his bully..It was a little sad and heartbreaking and relatable. Also made me cry since some of what he was thinking reminded me of my own struggles with depression.

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
Another one about bullying, but told from the perspectives of bystanders and classmates. The sudden twist was predictable but still pretty shocking.

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
Murdering serial killer? Yep, this one chilled me to the bone since it marked how killers don’t think of their victims as human..

Tease by Amanda Maciel
I hated her attitude and her thoughts so much. I wanted to slap this character all the way back to the first page. I pulled through and finished it in hopes of having her character change.

Modelland by Tyra Banks
If there’s one thing that grabbed me was the fact that it could have been ANTM in book form. Oh boy was I wrong. The MC was the most annoying person I could ever imagine. There was no plot, there was no story and the MC did things that never made any sense.


  1. rohimba

    November 29, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    My friend told me the exact same thing about TFIOS… They do not talk like normal teenagers at all.

  2. Cali W.

    November 12, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    I can identify with The Fault in our Stars being hard to read, it’s very sad.

  3. Ella Drayton (@EllaDrayton)

    November 7, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    I’ve seen The Flowers in the Attic movie but I haven’t read the book, yet. It’s in my “to read” pile. Your critique of The Fault In Our Stars really makes me want to read it now. I haven’t cared much about reading it because I’m on of those people who quickly gets turned off by a book if everyone I know it’s singing it’s praises. (That’s how I got tricked into reading Twilight. Bleh.) Seeing someone say something other than good things about it makes me want to read it to see if it’s really as good as people say it is or it’s “good” because it’s trending.

    • giselle

      November 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      YES. I got tricked into reading Fifty Shades of Grey..The hype surrounding it sucked me in, and oh goodness I couldn’t accept another recommendation from them again.

      I hope you have better luck than I did Ella!

  4. Jaime Lynn

    October 29, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    I have not read a single one of these, and honestly… I do not really plan to. Not a one of them seems to be up my alley. Well, maybe I am a little interested in The Truth About Alice.

  5. Jamie

    October 28, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    The incest aspect to Flowers in the Attic is disturbing. I have seen the movie but not read the book.

    • giselle

      October 28, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Oh it’s worse in the book.. The movie made it tame..

  6. Tiffany (AboutToRead)

    October 28, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Ooooh a negative sentiment towards TFiOS. That’s the first I’ve ever seen. I actually haven’t read it yet. It just doesn’t seem like my thing. Very refreshing to see someone who isn’t singing its praises though.

    • giselle

      October 28, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      It was one of those books where i felt like did we all read the same book? It was just not my type of book

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