Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new topic/top ten list and invite everyone to share their own answers. I'm so obsessed with lists - so it makes perfect sense that I'd love this feature!
Because of... Writing Style
1. Bleak House by Charles Dickens | I love Dickens, but this book was definitely a challenge to read! After creating my blog, I decided to participate in a read-along with this book. The experience was fun, but I wasn't crazy about the book. It was so confusing! | My Review
2. Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy | I read this in high school and had a love/hate relationship with it. Hardy was challenging sexual more of the Victorian period with this book, which I can appreciate. But oh goodness, it was such a depressing read!
3. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne | This was another classic from high school, and I'm so glad that I had an excellent teacher guiding us through it. I adored this book, but I credit my teacher for making it come alive and prompting such intriguing discussions.
4. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo | So, I wanted to love this one when I read it last year. But this was such a chore to get through! When it focused on the characters, I was hooked... and then it would get lost in some pages long essay on sewers, politics, etc. No thanks! | My Review
5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy | This was a hard read, but in a good way. I read this in my AP English class in high school, and it's remained an all-time favorite book. It was surprisingly readable, although it sometimes suffers from the same long-winded diatribes prevalent in Les Miserables.
Because of... Subject Matter
6. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank | This book is such an incredible read, but it's also so difficult. I remember reading it when I was much younger, and it was one of the first times that history became real to me. It wasn't just dates and events - real people lived through it.
7. There Is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay Greene - I loved this book when I read it earlier this year, but it's definitely a heavy subject matter: the HIV/AIDS crisis in Ethopia and how it has impacted children, in particular. It was a moving and heartbreaking book. | My Review
8. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand - While this is one of my all-time favorite books, it was definitely hard to read. The struggle to survive, the torture and abuse, the ugliest parts of war... I will never forget this this man's story or the way it touched my heart. | My Review
9. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - This book was so interesting, but it also made me stomach hurt at times. Questions of ethics, race, class, consent... Reading about the troubled relationship between medicine and minorities was a hard reminder of this country's history. | My Review
10. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls | This memoir is so well-written, and I loved Walls' voice. But it was definitely hard to read about all the ways her parents neglected their children and failed to provide for them. I was amazed by how the kids managed to overcome the hurt and not be defined by it.