OK, I found eight books that I struggled through, for whatever reason. Click on titles for additional opinion about each book.
1. Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
This is my first choice because it was so difficult, content-wise, that I only read one chapter - which took a week to suffer through; and I am so sure that I will never try it again. It sucked the joy of reading right out of me.
2. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
I have no explanation for this one. I just loathed reading every second of it. And if you think the book is weird, try watching the movie version, "Apocalypse Now."
3. If on a winter's night a traveler - Italo Calvino
I almost did not complete this one - a really unique and strange way to tell a story. A lot of people enjoy it, but I was like, "Get to the point!"
4. Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
This one was like hearing little voices in your head, but instead you are reading the subconscious minds of several characters.
5. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Ugh! I felt like I was stuck in a Frida Kahlo painting.
6. Possession - A.S. Byatt
Got through it, but it never kept my attention. Mystery, romance, Greek mythology, and poetry all wrapped up in an epistolary novel. Wah-la!
7. Persuasion - Jane Austen
It's an Austen. I struggled with it because it was way over my head, and I could not appreciate it as I wanted to. But someday I hope to give it another go.
8. The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James
Mr. James made me so irate over one single character, You-Know-Who! I hated him so much, that I scowled throughout the reading of this book. (Talk about effective writing! He's only a fictional character, Girl. Get over it!)