books I probably didn’t like as much as you.

I…am a jump-on-the-bandwagon type of reader. I have a select number of bookworm friends and reviewers I follow that I trust and will pretty much consider reading anything they say is worthwhile.

But…I also often disagree with their tastes, and the tastes of the majority.


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic: Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would (recently or all time)


My topic: books I liked less than everyone else

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking // Susan Cain
This book took me literally three months to trudge through and I got very very little out of it. Too many case studies that didn’t mean anything. Too tiny font. And the poor contrast of the red text on a gray background just makes my eyes scream. Please get it away.

All the Bright Places // Jennifer Niven
This was my only 1-star read in 2016. This was my only 1-star read since 2014.
I hated it so much that I recently sold my copy to the local bookstore.
This book. was. awful.
It was destructive. It glorifies suicide. It does not offer any help or support to its readers.
It’s a John Green ripoff. Its characters are one-dimensional. It’s poorly written.
Should I say more?
(It’s books like this that make me cringe anytime the book blogging community praises literally anything with “diversity.” Diversity should only be praised if it’s handled correctly. And that is not this book.)
(Also I’m not against this topic in YA. I did an entire project over suicide in YA for a young-adult fiction class in college. It’s not the topic that angers me; it’s this book in particular.)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland // Lewis Carroll
If I had a quarter for every blog post I see with a Alice in Wonderland reference, I’d be pretty well off right now. It seems like if you’re a reader, then you obviously love this book. And I will say that I appreciate it. Lewis Carroll’s use of words is extradorinary. I love “Jabberwocky.” I like the Disney movie, and I liked Heartless. I just…did not enjoy this when I was a kid. Maybe I should reread it to see if it makes more sense (or at least, see if I can embrace the nonsense). It just wasn’t my thing.


The Secret Garden // Frances Hodgson Burnett
I didn’t read this one as a kid. I picked it up back in 2013 (I was 20). Maybe I would have liked it better as a kid, but I doubt it. I just found it so incredibly boring. Just…so boring. How do kids read this?

These Broken Stars // Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
I’ve talked about his one a lot so I’m going to keep this short. This book was so everywhere and I have no words. Just…no words. It was so weird.

Ender’s Game // Orson Scott Card
My Goodreads review: No character development. Overly simplistic writing. Repetitive plot.
Also I want more female representation.

The Winner’s Curse // Marie Rutkoski
I did not hate this book. I went on and finished the whole series. It was just…okay. There was never a time where I felt immersed in the story. I always felt like I was looking through a foggy window. I never really connected with anyone or anything, even after reading the rest of the trilogy.

Throne of Glass // Sarah J. Maas
Cue the assassin who never assassined? Seriously, where was the fierceness and bloodshed? Celaena was a huge letdown in this book. Also hated the audio narrator’s voice.
But I read book 2 on kindle and it was much, much better. I just bought book 3.

If I Stay // Gayle Forman
Again, this was okay. It just wasn’t for me. I barely remember a thing about it.

A Certain Slant of Light // Laura Whitcomb
Oh gosh, I hated this book so much. I don’t think I read the same book as everyone else. People just love this book, but I was utterly disappointed. The concept is so intriguing, but it didn’t deliver.

currently listening to: Dear Hank & John, Ep. 81
Did you dislike any of these?
What books did you like less than everyone else?

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