Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is a super fun weekly event hosted by the amazing blog The Broke and the Bookish where each week they post a new Top Ten list! This week’s list is focused on books we struggled with in some way.

For my list, I decided to focus on five books that I struggled with, but ended up really enjoying!


1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This book. It took me forever to read it. While I ended up liking it in the end, I picked it up and put it down quite a few times before I finished it.

2. The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton

I LOVE this book! It’s incredible and so fun! But it is super long (like almost 900 pages long) and takes a lot of time to build. It took me forever to read, but I seriously recommend it!

3. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

The last quarter of this book took a surprising turn and I couldn’t put it down. However, the first 3/4 of the book, while good, moved really slow.

4. The Road, Cormac McCarthy

Another book that I can appreciate, but oh my was it difficult to get through. Mostly because it’s tough–depressing, gross, uncomfortable. Worth reading for sure, but a struggle.

5. Ulysses, James Joyce

Obvious reasons. -_- Very glad I read it. Totally get why it’s revolutionary and important to read. Never want to read it again. Except maybe in pieces.


What’s a book you struggled with at first but ended up enjoying??


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