TOP TEN TUESDAY || Books I Struggled With

Top Ten Tuesday is a  weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is 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.

I decided to split this into two parts where I first talk about books that were simply a struggle to read but ended up enjoying, and the second are books that I had either DNF-ed or simply didn’t like.

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David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

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It’s a lovely story but Charles had a tendency to really drone on. The author described scenes with soooo much details which makes reading his work a challenge. Charles was paid by the word, so I forgive him. Still, this is a heartwarming story told from the observations of our Davy

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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I DNF-ed this book two times before finally completing it on the third turn. I think, it had more to do with the way the book was written but hearing many positive reviews about it made me vow to finish it and I’m so glad I did!

The Taming of The Shrew by William Shakespeare

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My first Shakespeare play which had me looking up what each character meant when they spoke. I was a newbie to the man and his work.

The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley

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I was very young when I picked up an unabridged novel of this. I remember being so confused the first time I read it, then when I did a re-read I thought it was funny. This book is on the list more for the nostalgic feels it gives me. I don’t know if I remember it quite as well though.

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

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Oh dear, another Dickens novel! This one I read when I was but a tween so I don’t remember much about it? And yet it had made it on the list. I really liked Dodger, so I may plan on going back to this novel.

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The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


I read the first two books of this series, I think. The book’s plot was okay-ish but I grew really bored of the characters, so I eventually decided not to read the rest of the series.

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice

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This is one of those books that had me wondering how in hell it ever got published. I loathe this book with a passion. Why does it exist? WHYYYYYYYY?

After by Anna Todd

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I read the first part when it just a Wattpad novel and utterly detested it. I don’t know how far it has been changed since it got published, but this book romanticizes abusive relationships.

The Awakening by Lisa M. Lilly

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The book felt like a mess. From the plot, the characters, to the ending – I was crawling. It was when I didn’t want to DNF a book, so instead I forced myself to finish it.

Such A Secret Place by Cortney Pearson

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I had so many thoughts about DNF-ing this book but the plot was too intriguing and I really wanted to know what the end was. I don’t dislike the book but it was a struggle to read through which by the end made me wonder why I even tried.

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What are some books that you struggled with reading but ended up enjoying?

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8 thoughts on “TOP TEN TUESDAY || Books I Struggled With

  1. I’m always so thankful I never stared Beautiful Creatures when I was younger because I know it would have sucked me in and I would have read all of them and ultimately wasted all that time


  2. Oh lovely post! I understand your feelings about Beautiful Creatures – I can’t remember if I ever read the last book or not. I loved the beginning of the series, but somehow as it went on, the characters and story failed to captivate me.


  3. I feel awful because I actually haven’t read any of these books! Well, I did try to read Scarlet Letter, and true to this post, I really struggled to read it as well and I stopped reading it.
    A book I struggled with and ended up enjoying was Atonement. The middle part was just soooooooooo slow and it was so boring! But, the ending really made it for me – it was such a sad and poignant ending and I loved it so much in the end.


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