Top Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving

Top Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Awesome people over at The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Awesome people over at The Broke and the Bookish.

I rarely DNF a book.  I am better about it than I used to be.  I used to have to finish a book once I started it but now if I am really not liking it I can make myself move on.  But sometimes I go back and try those books again

How often do you put a book down? Do you ever go back and give that book another shot just to see and end up really enjoying it?  This week it is all about books that I didn't immediately click with but that were worth the struggle to get into.


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Alexander Hamilton
by Ron Chernow

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Series: no
Published:  April 26th 2004
Rating: Full review of Alexander Hamilton

“If Washington expected relief from Hamilton badgering him for an appointment, he soon learned otherwise. Hamilton was fully prepared to become a pest.” 

It is a 730 page biography of a founding father. It is incredibly interesting but it is easy to get overwhelmed with names and dates. I started it twice before switching to the audiobook version. Totally worth the 36 hours of listening. 


Basically she will grind your bones to make her bread. 'Cause you are in her way and she happens to be hungry.

Basically she will grind your bones to make her bread. 'Cause you are in her way and she happens to be hungry.

And I Darken
by Kiersten White 

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Series: The Conqueror's Saga #1
Published: July 7th 2016
Rating: Full review of And I Darken

“The last time she was up here, she had been... staring up at the sky and dreaming of stars. Now, she looked down and plotted flames.” 

I expected this to be a light if slightly gory Paranormal.  Instead it was a dense historical fiction novel with what be the coldest most unlikable heroine that I have ever wanted to conquer the world.  It took me a awhile to get into it but I am glad I gave it a chance.  Lada made it completely worth it.  Is it possible to to be both terrified of and want to comfort a character all at once?  


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Burial Rites
by Hannah Kent 

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Series: no
Published: September 10th 2013
Rating: THAT. ENDING.  I am still angry.

“To know what a person has done, and to know who a person is, are very different things.” 

Is it me or is "literary" just code for normal book but people's smell, snot, and lack of bathing are described ad nauseum?  This is the story of a woman waiting to be exacuted in Iceland for murder in the 1820's.  It is sad and beautiful and I am still enraged on 


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American Born Chinese
by Gene Luen Yang

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Series: no
Published: September 1st 2006
Rating: Reads like truth

"You know, Jin, I would have saved myself from five hundred years' imprisonment beneath a mountain of rock had I only realized how good it is to be a monkey."

I should have been able to get into this right away.  China! Graphic Novel!  But I ended up having to grit me teeth to get into it.  I think it was more that I wasn't in the right mood for it at first rather than there being a problem with the begining of the book.  


Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa by Jason Stearns cover

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa
by Jason Stearns

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Series: no
Published: March 29th 2010
Rating: I am never going to get over this book

“As so often happens in politics, what appears to be politically expedient for those in power rarely overlaps with the public interest. The lesser evils of the regime become entrenched, while the greater good is never realized.”

Don't read this book if you want to keep any illusions that the world isn't a terrible place. It was so well written and fascinating but holy crap is this complicated.  I stopped and started it a few times because if I wasn't reading intensely I tended to lose track of all of the threads.  


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Orchards
by Holly Thompson

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Series: no
Published: February 22nd 201
Rating: 

"I think
maybe this
is what happened
with Lisa
and you, Ruth - 
body A
and body B” 

She starts out as something of a petulant mean girl which isn't my favorite kind of character ever. It made her journey to self awareness that much more satisfying.


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Among the Hidden
by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Series: (Shadow Children #1)
Published: January 1st 1998
Rating: Distopia from way back in the day.

“The Government justifies keeping everyone else in poverty because people seem to work the hardest when they're right on the edge of survival.” 

It takes forever for Luke to be anything more than the most passive of characters.  But once he begins seeing the world around him for what it is his story is incredibly gripping.


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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith

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Series: Nope
Published: 1943
Rating: We are all Francie

“Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.”

Not so much a book that took me a long time to get into so much as a book that took me forever to actually get around to reading.  Which is too bad because I love this book and wish I had read it earlier.  


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The Things They Carried
by Tim O'Brien

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Series: no
Published: 1990
Rating:  War os pretty much terrible

“I survived, but it's not a happy ending.” 

I picked this up thinking that it was a novel.  It isn't.  It is a series of vingnetts about the authors time in Vietman as a soldier during the war there. You know how if you start a book with the wrong idea of what it is about it takes awhile to get into it?  That's what happened here.


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Cloudwish
by Fiona Wood

 

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Series: (The Six Impossiverse #3)
Published: September 1st 2015
Rating: Super Australian

“How many times do your feet have to press down on a path before they make an imprint, before pieces of soul start sticking?”

The intensely Australian writing took me a long time to get into.  Once I got into the rythem it because of of my favorite reads of 2015.  My favorite part is the MC "magically" having the boy she liked start to pay attention to her and her basically immediately deciding that he was overrated.


What makes you persevere with a book that doesn't immediately grab you?

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