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. 😉
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…
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.
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.
Enough has been said about this book, just another Gone Girl wannabe.
Well, the last 50 out of 450 pages were pretty good?
And it has a pretty hardback cover…
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.
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.)
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: