Booking Through Thursday – Hard

27 Oct

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?


The hardest book i have ever read by choice is one of the books i have recently read. it was The Ambassadors by Henry James. I haven’t read many classics and really found it difficul to understand and really couldn’t get into the story. James seems to have a way of using 5 sentances where one would have really done.

Probably the hardest book i ever had to read in school was Macbeth by Shakespeare. I was around 13 years old and really had a thought in my head that i wouldn’t like it, so i think that effected me a lot. However, now that i am older, i love Shakepeare, Hamlet is my favourite!

20 Responses to “Booking Through Thursday – Hard”

  1. Lady Kell of Kincavel October 27, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    Macbeth has always been my favourite Shakespeare play – I just love the darkness and cold ambition of Lady Macbeth! 😉

    Here’s my Booking Through Thursday post. 🙂

    • shelovestoread October 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

      I really should read it again now, think i will probably enjoy it a lot more this time around 🙂

  2. GF Book Mom October 27, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    I do love Shakespeare — mostly due to a teacher many years ago actually taking the time to explain to me (and all her students) what he meant and how to read him properly. Makes all the difference. He’s a clever, clever author.

    I’m here:

    • shelovestoread October 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

      I think that that is the key. When i studied my A levels my tutor went through it almost page by page. It really enhanced my enjoyment of the book!

  3. Palm Trees & Bare Feet October 27, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Even after I struggled with Shakespeare in school, I never tried reading it again. Not a big fan of Shakespeare personally, but glad that you were able to eventually like him even though you disliked Macbeth! 🙂

    • shelovestoread October 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

      I would say give it another go. But if its not your thing i totally understand. I’m not going to tell people what to read!

  4. Vicky @ Books, Biscuits & Tea October 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    I agree, Shakespeare is hard! I haven’t read Macbeth yet but I like most of his plays – they are hard to read but they are worth the time and effort. 🙂

    Here’s my BTT post 🙂
    Vicky @ Books, Biscuits & Tea

    • shelovestoread October 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

      Indeed they are, not quick reads but definitaly enjoyable 🙂

  5. Nicole Langan October 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Not a Shakespeare fan either.

    Here’s mine:

  6. Aine October 27, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    Gotta love the Hamlet! Read and wrote about Shakespeare so many time in school it’s not even funny but still love ’em.

    Here’s my BTT – House Millar series


  7. mostraum October 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    I didn’t read Macbeth before I was grown up. I happened to read it just after having read Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett and I can promise you that you get really weird looks when you giggle on the train and people see that you’re reading Macbeth.

    • shelovestoread October 28, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

      I really must read this again. I always find laughing out loud in public gets you strange looks 🙂

  8. Share October 28, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    I’m not a fan of reading Shakespear, but I love seeing the plays!

    • shelovestoread October 28, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

      the plays are brilliant, i happened to see David Tennant in Hamlet, fabulous!

  9. iwriteinbooks October 29, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    Hamlet is my favorite, too! Macbeth is a toughie for 13 year olds though!

    • shelovestoread October 29, 2011 at 10:04 am #

      I do think its hard to study in schools as a lot of people cant understand the language.

      However Hamlet is briliant 🙂

  10. Briana October 29, 2011 at 4:08 am #

    I’ve never been a huge fan of Shakespeare, and apparently that makes me an unnatural English major. I don’t think his plays are particularly hard; I just don’t like them, and a lot of them are ridiculous. I have a bit of a soft spot for Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, though. Obviously I prefer his tragedies. Lately, however, I’ve been reading other plays from Shakespeare’s time period, and a lot of them I dislike so much that I’m really beginning to appreciate Shakespeare in comparison.

    • shelovestoread October 29, 2011 at 10:06 am #

      I think its a bit ‘each to their own’ when it comes to reading. I think that some people cannot get into certain books, and some just plain dont like them.

      However,i think that is what makes reading interesting, it would be boring if we all loved the same books!

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