I cheated a little a split this into two categories, books that were tough to get through because of subject matter and books that were just cringeworthy.
Five Difficult Reads
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
This book is really disturbing, it took me months to get through and just made me uncomfortable the whole time I was reading it. Kevin and his mother are both such damaged characters and it’s just hard to read about some of the violence and abuse that happens throughout the book.
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Forbidden is about incest which pretty much explains why it was hard to read. I felt so bad for the main characters and at the same time the situation was so easy to understand. This book just gave me a lot of conflicting feelings while I was reading.
The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
This book is definitely the most disturbing thing I’ve ever read. It was so hard to read and what made it worse was that it was based on a true story. This is not a book for someone who gets queasy about violence and abuse. This is probably one of the most violent and heartbreaking books I’ve ever read.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I was really drawn into the story and mystery but at the same time I’m not sure there was one character I actually liked in this book. Everyone is awful and the things that go on between Amy and Nick are crazy. There were time where I just had to put the book down and to wrap my head around what was going on.
The Shining by Stephen King
The only reason this book was hard to get through was because it scared the crap out of me. I had to put it down multiple times and stop myself from freaking out. It’s a great book but one I can only read during the day.
Five Cringeworthy Reads
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
I was a fan of the Twilight series until this book. The whole magic, miracle baby thing really turned me off. I tired to accept it but this just ruined the whole series for me.
Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James
I wanted to see what all the hype was about with these books so I gave them a try. I regret it, some of the dialogue is just so cringeworthy. I got so much secondhand embarrassment reading these books.
Numbers by Rachel Ward
The whole premise of this book sounded so interesting, a girl who can see the date a person will die, but it just turned out to be so boring to me. I wanted to like it so much, but in the end I didn’t enjoy it at all.
Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan
This is another book I wanted to love but ending up struggling to finish. I love a good post apocalyptic story but there was so much that was left unexplained in this book and it just left me confused.
Unremembered by Jessica Brody
I hated the main character, it was really hard for me to find sympathy for her. I wasn’t attached to her which made it hard to really get into the story.