Top Ten Tuesday

Struggling Through Books


Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Books I Struggled To Get Through. Like most readers, there are books I pick up, hoping to enjoy, and end up forcing myself to read. I absolutely hate this feeling, but it happens even to the best of us! This list is comprised of some of the books that have not lived up to expectations…

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins


I was so excited to read Int The Water, after being captivated by The Girl on the Train, but this just didn’t live up to my expectations. I found I was forcing myself through it, rather than being hooked and wanting to find out who the culprit was. Not a very plot driven story unfortunately (in my opinion).

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera


Unpopular opinion time! I know a lot of people loved this book, and I thought I would too when I was half way through the second chapter, but unfortunately I was disappointed. I was promised tears and heartbreak, but I didn’t get that at all, which was a big let down of me, and all in all, I just got bored of the storyline.

Nest by Terry Goodkind


This book could have been about 200 pages shorter than it actually is! I had to drag myself through the unnecessary detail that the author added in to get to the good parts!

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Samson


I loved The Rosie Project, and I whizzed through it last summer, but I just found the sequel to be a bit of a let down. I really hoped to enjoy it, but instead I found myself wishing it to end!

Her by Harriet Lane


I love a good thriller, and when this was first published I was intrigued, but slightly put off by the cover. When I eventually got round to picking it up, the story was so repetitive I just go bored really easily, and had to force myself to continue.

Flawless (Pretty Little Liars #2) by Sara Shepard


I loved the first book in the Pretty Little Liars series, and like most people who have read the books and watched the TV show, I wanted to find out who ‘A’ was! However, by the middle of Flawless, it just got repetitive and boring (the same as ‘Her’), so I have not continued with the series.

The Last Days of Summer by Vanessa Ronan


With the promise of a thriller, this didn’t deliver. I ended up reading a story that was 75% family issues and 25% action at the very end! It took me ages to get through it and not one that I would recommend!

Katherine Carlyle by Rupert Thomson


I’m not even sure what this book was meant to be! There didn’t seem to much point to the storyline at all, which meant I was incredibly unmotivated to read it (it took me the best part of two weeks to struggle through it)!

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath


This was such a struggle to get through!When I started it, I was excited, I had heard great things, and it got off to a fairly good start. However, the further I read, the more bored I got, and it was also quite depressing at times (which was to be expected considering the topic of the book, but still).

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


Holden Caulfield made me want to hit my head against a brick wall! There was no point to plot whatsoever and Caulfield seriously drove me round the bend! This is definitely a Marmite, you either love it or you hate it, situation!

So those are a few books that I really struggled to get through! have you read any of these? Did you feel the same way about them? Let me know what books you struggled to get through in the comments!

Until next time…

Jade πŸ™‚


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18 replies on “Struggling Through Books”

I HATED Holden Caulfield. The book was utterly pointless IMO and I did not get it. Bummer about PLL. I was addicted to the first 8 books, but then it started getting completely ridiculous and repetitive to the point that I couldn’t keep going. The series should have ended at 8– instead it went on for 16 books!!! Insane!!


I’m actually reading Into the Water right now and it’s a constant struggle between finishing it and sending it back to the library!

I’ve not read Nest yet, but having read Terry Goodkind’s fantasy series, The Sword of Truth, I can understand what you’re saying. I think that’s a habit of fantasy authors – they LOVE detail to the point of overkill sometimes. That said, Richard and Kahlan (and Zedd!) are some of my all time favorite characters.

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Yeah, it’s not as fast paced as Paula Hawkins first novel! I do understand, and some detail in fantasy is great, but because Nest is a thriller, the detail made it too slow paced for my liking, especially for the genre it was!


I was intrigued by the premise of it, and because it was based on real life feelings, I felt it would be really deep and relatable, but it unfortunately felt quite distant. If you do want to read it, it’s quite a short book and a potentially fast read if you can get into the story!

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Oh no!! I’m so sorry to hear you couldn’t get into the story of History is All You Left Me, I loved that book. Have you read, or do you plan on reading any other Adam Silvera books? 😊 You might like them better! Lovely list, sorry to hear you struggled with these though! ❀


Yes, I do really want to try more of his books! I have They Both Die at the End as a proof copy on my shelf which I will read! I’ve heard so many good things about his writing I’m determined to give his books another go ☺️


I haven’t read History Is All You Left Me yet, I’ve heard so many good things though! I get what you mean about PLL; it’s a good series to read when I don’t have the energy to think a lot, but it is pretty repetitive.
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The only book on your list I’ve read is History is All You Left Me, and actually it was one that made my TTT picks this week as well but for a different reason. I’m sorry this was one you struggled with. Have you read Adam Silvera’s other book, More Happy Than Not? Plenty of people seemed to love that one so maybe you will as well. πŸ™‚
Great picks for this week.


I’m definitely with you on The Catcher in the Rye, I didn’t hate it but I found it dull and while it may have been groundbreaking and a classic once, I don’t think it holds up these days.

I was in the middle on History Is All You Left Me. I liked it, but it wasn’t nearly as great as More Happy Than Not imho.


I do really want to try and read More Happy Than Not! I think Catcher In The Rye may be different if you actually study it in a literature class, so you get a more in depth view, possibly?


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