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This was a tricky topic for me since I don’t tend to try to read really intense issue books and am pretty good and finding just the right level of darkness for my preferences. However, I do tend to prefer books that I can speed through, so I decided to include books with writing that just required more patience than I generally have as well as books that made my heart hurt so much I couldn’t see through my tears!
Writing that Required Patience
- The Midnight Queen – I realized shortly after starting Midnight Queen that the writing was more poetic and lilting than is ideal for me, but I was fortunately also in the mood for that when I read it, so it worked out. However, I know looking back that it would definitely not have worked if the timing hadn’t worked out perfectly.
- The Mirror Empire – Anyone who has read Mirror Empire understands this choice ;-). The writing is dense with details about this absolutely crazy fantasy world. There is also a lot of darkness which was right at the edge of what I can handle, ha.
- The Martian – But this one is full of humor right?? Well, yes, The Martian has lots of humor, but I also at first wanted to work through all of Mark’s calculations for survival to make sure they were correct and quickly realized that that was just not going to make it fun. Therefore, I ignored a lot of the numbers, oh well!
- The Thousand Names – I just apparently don’t like reading battle scenes and Thousand Names is thick with intricately described battles, oh well!
- The Scroll of Years – Again, the Scroll of Years has a very poetic and beautiful writing style that worked well for the world being described, but wasn’t a style that made me crave jumping back in.
- The Goblin Emperor – It’s a good thing I was trapped on a plane while reading this one since I am happy that I did, but I think I would have set it aside easily because it is mostly court intrigue and again dense and beautiful writing that makes me think too much when I’m tired ;-).
I tried to think of a category for these four but they would basically all have their own category, so whatever!
- The School for Good and Evil – I listened to this one on audio and really struggled to complete it at times. I think it wasn’t the ideal format for me since illustrations make me happy and I missed them and I just didn’t get some aspects of it unfortunately and ended up frustrated. Aspects of the gender role commentary just were too subtle for me while trying to drive.
- Expiration Day – Expiration Day is told as journal entries and I realized while reading that a teen’s journal entries just aren’t something that generally entertain me, haha. Things got awesome at the end, but it was a bit of a haul to get there.
- Dreams of Gods and Monsters – I think this was a case of this one being just too dang long and trying to pack in too much. I was SO excited when I first started it and then just lost my momentum by the end.
- The 5th Wave – Do NOT listen to this on audio! This is the one that made me cry so much that driving was treacherous and I had to switch to music >.>.
Whew, I made it! Maybe I could have made a “shouldn’t have listened on audio” category for those last four, haha. Basically most of these choices come down to my motivation for reading (escapism) not meshing with the goals of the book me thinks. Do you agree? Disagree? What books have been hard for you to read for one reason or another?
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