It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

Would it surprise you to learn that many librarians, myself included, firmly believe that if you aren’t enjoying a book, you should just put it down? Go find something you like, instead!

However, not all books grab you from the first sentence, and you can’t always know if a struggle at the beginning of a book is going to be worth it in the end. Therefore, we’ve done a little brainstorming to come up with a few books we think are worth the initial effort, even if you don’t love them from page one.

A caveat: By no means is there universal agreement about this list. Some of us had no trouble starting these books; others of us didn’t think they were worth the struggle at all. This just serves as a reminder that reading is subjective. Or in other words, “Every reader his/her book, every book its reader.”

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Feed by M.T. Anderson

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel

Got a book to add to the list? Let us know in the comments!

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