Hello all and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s top ten topic is all about books I had a hard time getting into. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
So without further ado, here is this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, books I had a hard time getting into.
1) Twilight by Stephanie Meyers
“About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”
It took me so long to get into this book. I remember I was around the age of 12 when I read this book. All I read for two months was the first 7 pages of the Twilight book. It was only when I was on a 5 hour plane journey with nothing else to do that I read the rest of the book. It took me until I was half way through the book to be interested in the story. I liked the book once I had finished it but because of my experience with this book I never continued reading the Twilight series.
2) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
“The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.”
This is another book that I spent ages trying to get into the first part of the story. I don’t know what it was but I just wasn’t interested in the story at first. I hate not finishing books so I continued to read and in the end became really invested in the series. I am still a big fan of the entirety of the Hunger Games series. It just goes to show sometimes perseverance with a book pays off.
3) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
“Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.”
I think this one might come as a shock to a lot of people who have been reading this blog. I absolutely hated the Harry Potter series until I was around the age of 10. I watched a tiny part of the first film when I was 4 and was beyond terrified of Hagrid and still don’t know why until this day. When I was around 10/12 I decided to give the first book a read. It took me a long time to finish because I just wasn’t feeling it at the time. I then read the entire series and loved it. Why in the world did I hate Hagrid and not read this series earlier.
4) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
“The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world. Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream–a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie, struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy, becomes a victim of his own strength.”
I know exactly why I had a hard time getting into this story at first, my high school English teacher. We had to read this book in our last year and she read it aloud to the class. She was just a very bland and monotonous reader so it really put me off the story. When studying the book for the exam and taking the time to read it myself I really enjoyed the book. So much so that I have read it a few times since.
5) Trouble by Non Pratt
“When the entire high school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant via her ex-best friend, she has a full-on meltdown in her backyard. The one witness (besides the rest of the world): Aaron Tyler, a transfer student and the only boy who doesn’t seem to want to get into Hannah’s pants. Confused and scared, Hannah needs someone to be on her side. Wishing to make up for his own past mistakes, Aaron does the unthinkable and offers to pretend to be the father of Hannah’s unborn baby. Even more unbelievable, Hannah hears herself saying “yes.””
This is another book that I can tell you exactly why it took me a while to get into reading. The front cover. The front cover of this book contains little images of sperm and I read this book whilst I was in college. The first time I read this book in the canteen at college I had all sorts of things shouted at me and it really put me of reading the book. So, I continued to read the book at my own house and when I had got really into the story I didn’t care what people thought of the front cover. I am so glad I didn’t care in the end because this book is fantastic.
6) Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
“Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine.”
This book was so confusing for me at first. If it wasn’t for the different fonts used within the book I would have been even more confused. I just kept getting the different Will’s mixed up and they kept blending into one. Once I had got my head around the two different perspectives and the two different Will’s and their personalities I really enjoyed this book!
7) The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
“After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.”
I love this series even though I have yet to finish it. I think I am such a huge fan of this series because when I started reading it I had just began watching The X-Files and I took a huge interest in the topic of aliens. This book did take me while to get into though, the beginning of the book takes a while to get started and this hindered my want to read it quite a bit. After a while I was in love with the book and didn’t want to put it down, so much so that as soon as I had finished reading the first book I went to purchase the second book.
8) Landline by Rainbow Rowell
“Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.”
This book in my opinion is quite a slow burning book. That is one of the reasons it took me a long time to be invested in the story. Even though at the end of the book I wasn’t truly invested in the story and the characters I still wanted to finish the book to see where it was going. This is certainly a book I had a hard time getting into and that made it one of my least favourite Rainbow Rowell books I have read.
There you have it, this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, books I had a hard time getting into! There are only 8 books on this list but these are all the books I can think of at the minute! Don’t forget to leave links to your Top 10 Tuesday below!
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