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

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/ meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

This weeks topic is actually one that I was really excited to give a go, as I’m someone who often gives up on books if I’m really struggling to get into them, and so I found it really interesting actually looking over some of the books that I did eventually push myself through, and that were worth getting through.  I’m much more someone who tends to love a book that hooks me from the very first page and that I fly through very quickly, and so slower books and books that are harder to get into aren’t the ones I tend to enjoy as much.

So, unfortunately because of that reading habit, this list is not the longest.  But nonetheless, this list still contains some amazing books, including one or two of my all time favourites, even if I did struggle to get into them at first.

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If there is ever a book that is so worth getting through, no matter how hard it is, then it is this one.  I actually put this one down the first time I ever tried to read it, as I just could not just get over the first 100 pages or so, and only decided to give it another go after I heard someone talking about how good this one is once you do get through the first part of the book.

And I can’t tell you how true that is.

This is one of my favourite books, and the first book in one of my favourite series, so I can’t tell you how glad I am that I did push myself through this one.

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For such a short book, surprisingly this one did not actually really hook me until I was about 100 pages through it or so.  This one took me a good while to really get into, but once I did I loved how beautiful a story it was, and the simplicity of both the story and of the writing style.  Its just such a gorgeous story about a girl trying to find her place and making a life for herself on her own, and one that is so worth pushing yourself through.

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This one is definitely a slower read, and so definitely took me a good while really get into the story and to immerse myself into it all.  It was one of my most surprising reads of the year so far, as I really didn’t expect to eventually fall as in love with this one, and the magical atmosphere it creates, as I did by the time I had read the final page.

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As much as I loved this book once I had finished it, it was not one that gripped me right from the offset.  I think that because of the writing style of this one, as well as the complex world and plot, I had to put in a little more effort and pay more attention to begin with whilst reading this one.   But once I did get into it all, I loved everything about this one and loved the depth of this world and the detail of the writing style that described it.


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Despite this being quite an action packed read that was definitely unpredictable, it actually took me a good while to actually really get into this one.  Somehow despite all the plot twists that this book has in store, I did not fly through this book by any means, but still ended up absolutely loving almost everything about this one, so much so that it was actually one of my favourite books that I read last year.


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Again here is another book that isn’t particularly long, but that still took longer than usual for me to really get into.  I think it might have been the dual timeline that runs throughout this book, that whilst I did enjoy it, meant it took a little longer to really get into each individual plot-line.  But in the end, I really enjoyed how unique this book was and found it to be such a moving story that I thoroughly loved reading. 

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Finally, this one was actually a real recent read for me, and one that to start with I was really not enjoying.  It took a while for the main story of this one to properly unfold, and even once it did I was still not completely hooked with this one, and it wasn’t until very late on in the book that I realized, despite how long it was taking me to get through it, how much I was enjoying making my way through it.  This one is just such a beautiful story, with so many twists and turns that it will leave you utterly in awe of just how spectacular a story it truly is.

What books did you struggle to get into, but that you still ended up loving?  Have you read any of these – what did you think?




11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday Two – Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving

  1. The only one of these I’ve read was Throne of Glass. I struggled with that one too – but for different reasons. I read a lot of epic fantasy, so I really liked the depth of the world, but I didn’t care for the boys? They annoyed me so much I nearly put it down. I guess it all depends on what you’re looking for!


    1. I actually didn’t used to read that much fantasy at all when I first read Throne of Glass, and definitely not epic fantasy, so I think that it was just a little more complex than I was used to. I actually also didn’t mind the boys, but then I think you’re exactly right that it just depends what you want!

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  2. I saw someone else that had History Is All You Left Me on their list as well, and I’m hoping I manage to love it! I completely agree about Raven Boys, though. I enjoyed it eventually, but I still haven’t managed to read the rest of the books in the series…
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    1. History is All You Left Me is one that I did really love, even if it does take a little longer to get into – hope you enjoy it when you read it! The Raven Boys is definitely one that takes a while to get going, but I actually found that the rest of the books in the series were alot easier to get into and read 🙂

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  3. I 100% agree with you on The Raven Boys! I actually put it down the first time I read it too and didn’t think I would actually ever finish reading it. Oh, how wrong I was! And I’m really glad that I did give it a second chance because I really love the series now!

    And with Throne Of Glass, I found the story was so predictable and I was a bit bored at times, but then came Crown Of Midnight and I was basically hooked and read the book in absolutely no time!


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