Top Ten Books That Were Hard to Read

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My list this week is a little varied. Some of these books were hard for me to read because they were so good. Beloved and Lolita are probably the two best books I’ve read. But the fact that they are done so well and dealing with such difficult subject matter really made me feel edgy and nauseous the whole time I was reading them. The Bell Jar kind of falls into that category too.  Other books were hard because I found them boring or had a hard time understanding what was going on. Anyways, here are my top ten books that I had a hard time reading. Feel free to ask me why in the comments.

Thank you to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly book meme.

Marry, Date or Dump: The Men from Little Women

jo-and-laurieWhen you think of Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott, the first thing you think about is the women, right? I mean it is right in the title. Women. However, part of what made the book exciting, and at times infuriating (I’m looking at you Jo), is the men in the books and wondering which man each girl was going to end up with. Since I’ve already done a marry, date or dump for the March sisters, I thought it would be fun to see who you’d choose between Laurie, Mr. Brooke, and Frederich Bhaer. Let me know in the comments!  Continue reading

Ashes to Ashes, by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

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*I’m going to try not to put in any spoilers for any of the books in the series into this review, but there definitely won’t be any spoilers for the last book. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone*

I can not say enough nice things about the Burn for Burn trilogy, by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. But I’m going to try. These books are funny, quirky, romantic, thought-provoking, suspenseful, and heart breaking. The characters are relatable and grow throughout the series … some in ways that I promise no one could have imagined. The books deal with issues of race, social class, sexual assault, grief, bullying, and betrayal without being issue books. They also deal with boyfriends, best friends, fashion questions, lip gloss flavors, gossip, jealousy, and school dances without being frivolous. Ashes to Ashes is no exception.  Continue reading

Blog Awards

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Had a surprise influx of blog award nominations this week. Huge thanks to ILIKEBOOKSTOOMUCH and Between the Pages and A Sentence Crafter for the nominations. Everyone go check out their blogs!

I have mixed feelings about blog awards in general. I think they are a great way to learn about new blogs, but they also feel a little like the chain letters that I used to get when I was a kid. I would love to get other bloggers opinions on this in the comments.  Continue reading