TTT: Books I Liked Less Than I Thought I Would

This Top Ten Tuesday could go badly. When it comes to some very popular books, I tend to have unpopular opinions. And sometimes I’m vocal about those opinions…


So in case anyone feels any rage over one of my picks, please note that I don’t think any of these books are terrible, or that you are a bad person if you like them.

These are just books that I went in thinking I would really like, and for some reason I just couldn’t connect or love the book like I was hoping.

Also, I’ve reviewed about seven of these books, so I’ll link up the title to the review. If case you are curious or want to tell me why I’m wrong. 😉

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1 Divergent – Veronica Roth

I actually don’t remember much about Divergent. I wasn’t impressed and had no desire to read the rest of the series. Enough said.

2 Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

I was probably not the target audience for this book, as I was in my early twenties when I read it. I’m not going to knock someone’s personal journey of discovery, I was just more fascinated by the different cultures the author immersed herself in. Which was probably not the point…

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3 Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng

I really liked the first few chapters, but once I figured out the predictable ‘secrets’, the stream ran dry and it was only Ng’s beautiful writing that kept me going. Also doesn’t help that the parents were so awful.

4 Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Oh, this one is gonna break some hearts. I have a hard time explaining to people why I didn’t like Fangirl, because it’s the reason why most others enjoyed the book, and that’s the lead character, Cath. Which explains part of my disconnect with Fangirl, as I wasn’t like Cath. I have no interest in fan fiction, past or present, which was the only ‘fangirl’ type activity in the book.

Also I found the book to be a joyless downer, that had little fangirling and just a whole lot of angst.

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5 The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

Enough has been said about this book, just another Gone Girl wannabe.

6 Heartless – Marissa Meyer

Well, the last 50 out of 450 pages were pretty good?

And it has a pretty hardback cover…

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7 The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

Another one that could break some hearts, so let me be very clear. I loved the Circus side of the book, which is especially surprising since I don’t care about the circus, so I’ll give the book major props for that feat.

I just didn’t like the background story and the romance between the two main characters. I actually wrote a pretty lengthy blog post about my issues with the book, since I knew this was beloved.

8 Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

Another boring Hunger Games knock off. This time with X-men and lite Game of Thrones to throw in the mix. (I’ll stop before I get Salty.)

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9 The Sun is Also a Sun – Nicola Yoon

This book is insta-love on speed. And I hate insta-love. Also the main guy, Daniel, kept saying the corniest shit that made me want to barf so bad.

Too bad, I really liked Natasha and her backstory.

10 The Vegetarian – Han Kang

This book is split up into three different sections, and the first section was amazing. If The Vegetarian had ended there then I would have given this a book a 10/10. Sadly the second section wasn’t as strong, probably because of the narrator. The third section brought it back, but couldn’t quite rebound fully from the second section.

So as always:



37 thoughts on “TTT: Books I Liked Less Than I Thought I Would

  1. Hype can ruin a book for me. I really wanted to love Heartless… but I was bored (and that was with listening to the audiobook at 2x speed). Night Circus is my favorite book of all time, but I get that it’s not for everyone (well, no, I don’t but I pretend I do in order to function in the real world ;)).

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    1. Haha! I loved that you had to listen to Heartless on 2x speed! That was my main issue with Heartless, I was so bored.
      I completely understand why people love The Night Circus. If that Circus existed in real life, I would be obsessed. Sadly it was all the behind the scenes stuff that I didn’t like.


  2. I really get a few of these; I found The Vegetarian too weird and Girl on the Train was just a bit too populist for me (because I am a massive snob). I really liked Everything I Never Told You but I find a weird level of enjoyment in terrible parents. I loved The Night Circus too but it took me quite a while to feel that way.
    Here’s my TTT:

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  3. Lol, I feel the same way about The Girl on a Trian. I read the book and didn’t see anything amazing or different about it. It was really just another Gone Girl copy. I even found the ending predictable.

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  4. It’s refreshing to see different opinions about some of these books. I’ve not read any on your list but several have been on my TBR for quite a while. All the overly positive hype always makes me a little skeptical. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. There so much hype surrounding Fangirl when it first came out, but I seriously could not get through it. Same goes for The Night Circus, which was also on my list! I’m debating on whether to pick up Red Queen and Heartless but, I really don’t want to waste my time and end up being disappointed.

    Check out my TTT here:

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  6. I loved Everything I Never Told You, sorry you didn’t! I also really liked Fangirl but I could identify with the main character. Eleanor and Park is completely different so you might like that one. I couldn’t get into Eat Pray Love at all. I had a lot of books on my list that I know people love, I think that’s why you go in expecting so much and then get let down.

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  7. I’ve never read ‘Eat Pray Love’, even though so many people I know LOVE it. I felt like the odd woman out because nothing about it captured my interest. While you did read it, I’m glad to know I’m not alone in my little ‘No, thank you’ corner.

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