Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and involves making a lists about a certain topic. And who doesn’t like making lists, right?
Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read
This week’s topic is a hard one. I mean, what sort of books really belong on this list? Personally, I wouldn’t say that I’ve read many books which have a hard to read about subject matter, so instead I’ll go for books that made me sad. To be honest, I should probably rename my list to:
Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Carry On Reading
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This one does have a harder subject matter due to the fact that it covers the Second World War, but it’s mainly on this list because it broke my heart so much. It makes me cry a lot every time I read it and there are certain parts that I find it hard getting past.
2. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
Again, this is a book that has a subject matter that isn’t talked about enough. Some parts had me stopping just so I could take in the horrible things that happen in this book.
3. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Having visited Auschwitz this year, I think this book would hit me hard if I reread it. I genuinely have no idea how to even describe this one because it made me so sad.
4. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
I don’t think I need to explain this one.
5. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
This completely broke my heart and I didn’t want to carry on reading for a while because of the things that happened and it was just really sad.
6. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Moving on from historical fiction, this one also made me very sad because of a completely unexpected plot twist.
7. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Having read the Throne of Glass books already, I knew the outcome of these novellas and yet I still read them. That last one hurt me a lot.
8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I couldn’t really leave this one off my list. Back when I reread it last year, I genuinely stopped for a few months because I couldn’t keep going with it.
9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Yep, couldn’t leave this one off the list. The last section of this book was so sad and horrible and meaningful and good, and I’m still too scared to reread it.
10. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Considering this one isn’t out yet, it shouldn’t really be on my list. However, I know it’s going to destroy me and I cannot cope at all with the fact that this series is ending.
So, my list ended up being a lot of historical fiction, but what’s on your list this week?