a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
I’m choosing to split this into two sections: books which I found hard to read because they broke my heart (but probably still adored), and books which I found hard to read because they were a pain in the ass and I probably didn’t finish them as a result.
To be fair, I probably will struggle with this one. I don’t read a lot of emotionally disturbing books, because I make a conscious effort to avoid them. Don’t get me wrong, I like reading books about somewhat dark subjects because it is important to gain a greater perspective in life and you will see that a lot of the “disturbing” and “difficult” books which make this list for me, are actually some of my favourite books ever.
But most of the emotionally jarring books, especially in contemporary fiction, tend to focus around a character having a long-term illness which will probably kill them in the end, and how they deal with that. As someone who has personal experience of this topic twice, (and twice is more than enough!) .the topic of long-term illness just hits too close to home for me. So I avoid it. I’m also being lazy this week and not bothering to put pictures in my list ;3
But anyway, let’s see if I can make this list happen.
Five books that I found hard to read because they broke my heart:-
- Rose Under Fire- Elizabeth Wein
- The Book Thief- Marcus Zusak
- To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
- A Thousand Splendid Suns- Khaled Hosseini
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close- Jonathan Safran Foer
Five books I found hard to read because they were a pain in the ass
- The Great Gatsby- F Scott Fitzgerald
- Life of Pi- Yann Martel
- The History of Love- Nicole Krauss
- The End of Mr Y- Scarlett Thomas
- The Man in the High Castle- Phillip K Dick