Top Ten Tuesday book meme by The Broke and the Bookish!
Oh my. Ever have one of those books that you really, really want to read but just have to struggle to get through? You just give up and put it down several times just to pick it back up later on? Maybe years later? Maybe the content of the book had your head spinning or maybe it was because it seemed that every time you turned a page another magically appeared to take its place and you felt as if you were getting nowhere in the thick tome. What about that super-hyped-up book that everyone else has already read but you just can’t seem to get interested in? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with those book-problems.
After you look through my top ten list, leave a comment on what would be on your list!
1. Les Miserables
by Victor Hugo
The unabridged paperback edition of Les Miserables pictured (the copy I read) is 1,463 pages long. It’s also a French novel, translated into English, with French names, histories, culture, and titles to which I haven’t the slightest clue of how to pronounce much less grasp the concept or understand. This is one of the books I picked up and put down for several years before I finally picked it back up again and finished. It’s one of my favorites, but I doubt I’ll read it all the way through again.
2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
I’m from the southern part of Mississippi, and for some reason I have always had an aversion to any book that is based strongly on southern culture. Of course everyone had to read this book at least twice to graduate from school. And I won’t leave out the fact that Tom was just a bratty boy with an attitude problem.
3. The Phantom of the Opera
by Gaston Leroux
Another French novel! Go figure. The same applies to this one as it does to Les Miserables; heavy in French names, titles, histories and cultures that makes the book hard to read. Added to that, Raoul is a really annoying character even though he’s supposed to be the ‘hero’ of the story. I can honestly see why the musical romanticizes Erik and shoves Raoul to the side. But I have read this one twice.
4. The Hunger Games Trilogy
by Suzanne Collins
This is one of those super-hyped books that I just really couldn’t get into. I did end up finishing the trilogy since the books were not that long, but the last one especially took a few false starts to actually get going.
5. The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
I must have been out of my mind one year in college when I thought it would be a good idea to take a Victorian Literature class. I struggled through this book. I groaned because the ‘mystery’ of the father was so obvious from the very beginning, and in true Victorian literature ways, it drug on and on and on…
6. No Longer Human
by Ozamu Dazai
“He could only consider me as the living corpse of a would-be suicide, a person dead to shame, an idiot ghost.”
No Longer Human was really hard to read through because of the touchy content. It follows a boy as he grows up wearing emotional masks to hide the fact that he “isn’t human”. He’s disconnected from himself and others, feeling that he isn’t even qualified to be called a human. This novel is a hard-hitter for anyone who has ever suffered from depression.
by Eiji Yoshikawa
This 970 pages long, Japanese translated to English novel defiantly makes the list. I’m way better with Japanese culture and names then I am with French so it was nearly as hard as Les Miserables, but there’s still that problem of being set in ancient Japan.
by Frank Herbert
Dune is a great work of science fiction and considered a cult-classic. But Herbert created a world so full of its own politics, religions, and technologies that it needs an index in the book for readers to keep up with all the information.
9. Nevermore (Maximum Ride #8)
by James Patterson
This one’s added to the list out of disappointment. By the end of the fifth book I could see that the series was starting to head south, but I already had too much time invested in it to just drop the series at that point. By the time I was half-way through Nevermore I was almost to the point of giving it up.
10. I Have the Right to Destroy Myself
by Young-Ha Kim
“There are only two ways to be a god: through creation or murder.”
This Korean novel is a short read with only 119 pages, but the content is a struggle. It’s dark and disturbing. The narrator isn’t a murderer, but instead “assists” various people to commit suicide. No, the narrator doesn’t even talk them into it. The novel just follows a series of people with problems and the narrator helps them if they decide they are “ready”.