Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Struggled With


Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving or Ten Books That Were A Chore To Get Through or Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Put Down (the theme is…books you had a hard time with…tweak it how ever you need).

The Ones I Kept at and Ended up Glad I Did



Several times on Twitter I’ve read comments about giving up on Beartown. I gave it a little thought, but I’m very, very glad I stayed with it. Here’s the post on why I loved it.





I ended up liking this book in spite of a few difficult moments. You can read my full review here.






The Ones I Wished I’d Tossed Back, But Didn’t




I’m a fan of Lisa See’s, but this one….. My review.







No matter what the critics said, it just wasn’t for me. My review.







I so wish I’d listened to my inner-reader’s voice and tossed this back. I tried it in both print and audio and DID finish it. Here’s my review.

The Ones I Gave up on and Didn’t Look Back


I gave this one a SECOND chance! But SPOILER!! When a victim of incest has to make her own “organic” condom and justifies enduring the abuse to pay for her education…..AND that wasn’t even a NAZI atrocity (the book is about Nazi treatment of non-Jews the Third Reich didn’t want)…. I threw it back. I wanted to hurl it out the window and keep driving, but it was a library copy.Β  Who decides that stuff like this “adds” to a story?

I had a variety of reasons for throwing these three back. You can read my post on “why” here.




The adults whining got too much for me. I didn’t bother with a review. I’ll give her work another try though. It just wasn’t the right story for me at that moment.





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12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Struggled With

  1. “Ulysses” for sure … I usually do finish books once I start, although sometimes I wonder why, since there are so many good ones out there. Thankfully I’ve not ever started any on your list!

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  2. I haven’t read any of these, but I like that you pointed out a few that you’re glad you stuck with. It’s good to know that even if a book doesn’t grab us from the beginning, it can end up being good if we stick with it. But it’s also good to know that some books aren’t for us and we should just let them go! πŸ™‚


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