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What’s the hardest/most challenging book you’ve ever read? Was it worth the effort? Did you read it by choice or was it an assignment/obligation?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!


54 responses

  1. The hardest books I’ve read are ones that I haven’t yet finished. There are three: Don Quixote, Les Misérables, and Anna Karenina. (Sense a theme here?) I was not assigned any of these three for school, but was intrigued by them and chose to take them on. I still own them all, and I will finish them as they are like a red flag being waved in front of my face.

  2. I don’t know what my most challenging book of all time is but I’m struggling to get through The Origin Of Species by Charles Darwin. I’m reading it ‘for fun’ and it isn’t a difficult read – It just hasn’t captured my attention in the way I hoped it would.

    Yes, it’s interesting reading about the ants and the bees and the plants and evolution over time, but I just don’t seem to be making any progress with it. I’ve been reading it for 2 months now. TWO MONTHS!

    Since starting The Origin of Species I’ve started and completed 15 other books rather than sticking with it and plodding though. I don’t think I’ve ever done that before!

    Give me another 2 months and another 15 other books and I might just finish it. 🙂

    Read my post about Darwin here: http://manchestermeanders.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/charles-darwin-and-the-mongolian-grill/

    P.S. The Origin of Species is one of my Day Zero Project Challenges, as is reading my height in books. At least it’s helping me with to complete another challenge along the way!

    Read my Day Zero Project Challenge here: http://manchestermeanders.wordpress.com/day-zero-project-2/

  3. After a long time reading I’ve finally decided to join in with you guys! My answer is here: http://oldenglishrose.dmi.me.uk/2011/10/27/booking-through-thursday-hard/

  4. I hate having to read books that my teachers tell me to! Boring!
    My BTT

  5. Interesting question. Check out my answer for this week’s Booking through Thursday.

  6. […] This week’s prompt: What’s the hardest/most challenging book you’ve ever read? Was it worth the effort? Did you read it by choice or was it an assignment/obligation? […]

  7. […] Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme in which we answer a question about books or reading. […]

  8. Here’s my answer! Great question! I’m glad to see I wasn’t the only one that had trouble reading Anna Karenina!


  9. It doesn’t even take any effort to answer this one. My answer is up.

  10. My reply is at Reading in Texas — BTT: Hard. I’m finding that reading the classics is harder than it used to be. I’ve gotten out of the habit of reading well-crafted prose!

  11. Most of the “hard” books I’ve read have been assigned (Moby Dick, for example)…but there’s one that stands out and it’s one that I chose to read…here it is: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2011/10/booking-through-thursday-hard-choices.html

  12. Sorry it’s a day late, but here’s my answer for this week: http://wcs53.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/booking-through-thursday-oct-27/

  13. It’s my current book, Ron Suskind’s Confidence Men. I confess I’m skimming some of it, but I’m determined to find out how the Wall Street fatcats got us into the mess we’re in now.

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