Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl, where a weekly topic is given and you pick your top ten things that fall into that topic! This week’s topic is a freebie, so I decided to do the Top Ten Books Everyone Seems to Love Except Me. Check out my previous Top Ten Tuesday’s here!
Everyone knows what I’m talking about. A book that is so incredibly hyped by the bookish community that you get excited to read it. Then you start, and the whole time you’re wondering to yourself, “What the hell was everyone talking about?
Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand and appreciate if you love any of these books! It’s just that, for whatever reason, when these were picked up, they didn’t click with me.
1. The Scorpio Races
I’m still trying to find a way to click with Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. I definitely don’t hate it! But I’ve read this and I’ve read The Raven Boys (and I plan to continue with that series) and I’ve given both a solid three drops. I love the concepts, but I just can’t seem to get drawn into the stories!
2. Three Dark Crowns
This series was…dark. I mean, I know that’s the point, but I just had the most difficult time pushing myself through this book when sisters were supposed to kill sisters, and some of the characters I actually liked didn’t make the most…ethical of decisions. I have the second book in the series on library hold to read but I don’t know if I will or not. I’m just not sure I care what happens next? We’ll see though!
I think what I’m learning is that I’m not a huge fan of circus-type books. I didn’t really like either this or The Night Circus, and those are the two most notable circus-y books I’ve read. The concept here was really cool, and the puzzle they were trying to figure out was interesting, but I didn’t really like any of the characters. Like, at all. I had no one to really root for, because I thought the main character was way too whiny for my tastes.
4. The Maze Runner
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the movies. I adore Dylan O’Brien. He’s incredible in everything he does, and I’ve loved him since he was Stiles in Teen Wolf. But the books felt so much…drier. And boring. I started and stopped reading this so many times because I WANTED to love it, but to this day it remains a DNF.
5. The 100
Another book that I wanted so much to love! I enjoyed the first season or so of this, before I fell off of watching it, and I heard great things about this book as well. But again, I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it. I’m not sure if it was the writing style or what, because the premise is SO COOL and exactly the type of story I would like.
6. To All The Boys I Loved Before
Listen, I love me some Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky. This movie had me so far in my feels I watched it probably…six times the week it came out? Peter Kavinsky is the best and you will never convince me otherwise. And I didn’t hate this book by any means! But the writing of this book felt so juvenile and trite that I’m not even sure I finished it? And I had no interest in reading the second one.
7. The Dark Tower Series
I should have known better, because there’s only been one book I enjoyed by Stephen King, and that’s 11/22/63. His writing never really does it for me, as I’m not a huge fan of horror. I guess that’s why I thought I would like this, because it’s not really horror! But I read the book in preparation for the movie (I love me some Idris Elba) and I FORCED my way to the end. And it’s short, too, which makes that even more sad.
8. The Night Circus
Don’t hate me, because I feel like this book is beloved everywhere. I’m just an incredibly character AND plot-driven reader, and this book seemed to focus way more on the atmosphere. Which is totally fine! It just isn’t my thing. I didn’t really find myself connecting with either of the main characters, but the concept was REALLY cool.
9. A Song of Ice and Fire Series
I tried. I tried SO HARD. I read the first book, and was mostly okay with it, but the second book lost me. I just can’t mentally keep track of the MASSIVE cast of characters and the political sub-plots and everything else that happened all at the same time. Which is weird, because I love the TV show and I didn’t have such a difficult time with it, but maybe I just prefer the story visually.
10. The Chronicles of Narnia
I just…never clicked with this, in any way? I mean, I watched the movies. I guess I even enjoyed the movies, but they aren’t anything that I seek out to re-watch. I liked the one with Prince Caspian in it though! (Mostly because I thought he was super attractive at the time haha). But I tried (and failed, repeatedly) to read the books, and I just didn’t like them.
So those are the top ten books everyone seems to love except me! What are your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree? I’d love to see what popular books you didn’t like, too!
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