Top Ten Books Everyone Seems to Love Except Me

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

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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

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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!

3. Caraval

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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22 thoughts on “Top Ten Books Everyone Seems to Love Except Me

    1. Glad to hear it! I still have full intentions of trying to watch the whole show at some point… we’ll see if that holds up or not haha

    1. I wanted so badly to love it! But I do want to check out her newest book, at least to try it. It sounds so interesting!

    1. I feel like The Scorpio Races might be something I could appreciate more as a re-read, but I can’t bring myself to do it quite yet haha. I don’t doubt that the GoT books were epic! I’m sure the storylines that didn’t make it into the show were awesome.

  1. #1 – I also tried her books but somehow just couldn’t get into them.

    #3 – I don’t get why people like this book. If we are to judge books on characters alone, this book or rather series, would get a lot of criticism.

    #10 – I have to disagree with you on this because I love the series but I haven’t seen the movies yet. But I do think these books aren’t for everyone so it’s no big deal if you don’t like them.

    Have a lovely day.

    1. Finally someone who agrees with me about Caraval! Haha I felt like I was totally alone in the world!
      And maybe I just haven’t given Narnia a chance as an adult, because I tried them when I was young and they just never clicked. Maybe I’ll feel differently now!

  2. The mystery of Caraval does rely on cutting off the protagonist’s agency to make the magic of the book work, but I think the sequel might actually be more to your taste, since it does the opposite: give away some of that unpredictability in order to let the protagonist drive her own story. (I could be wrong, but you mentioned character-driven reads, and the sequel has more of that than the first book.)

    1. I have heard from others that I might like the second book better, so maybe I’ll give it a try! I really dislike not continuing with a series usually haha so that would help a lot!

  3. You know, some authors just don’t click with us. I also didn’t love NIght Circus. I could appreciate it, but I didn’t get the hype. Which has made me not really interested in Starless Sea, but EVERYONE seems to love it. So I buckled and added it to my tbr. We’ll see if I pick it up. I do LOVE Maggie Stiefvater though. She’s in my top five favorite authors. I’m reading Call Down the Hawk now. But I’m trying to accept that it’s ok not to read every hyped book. It’s hard to resist though. 😉

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    1. Yay, someone who agrees with me! I agree, I definitely didn’t hate the Night Circus, but it wasn’t the most amazing book I’d ever read. I’m so intrigued by Starless Sea regardless of that, so I’ll give it a try! And that’s what everyone says about Maggie Stiefvater, so I will continue on with The Raven Cycle anyway (also I hear the rest of the series is better than the first book?). I’ve also picked up a copy of Shiver, so I’ll give that a try to! My issue is less with reading hyped books than with DNFing books. I’m the person that has such a hard time DNFing anything haha.

  4. The only ones I’ve read from this list are The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe & The Night Circus. I haven’t read the former in so long that I couldn’t possibly imagine what I’d rate it now, and I actually hated and DNFed The Night Circus. So, you’re not alone on that one lol! I love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing but haven’t been able to get into Scorpio Races despite trying twice now – I’m hoping for better luck the third time. I hope you enjoy these authors more in the future if you try any of them again!

    1. Scorpio Races really picked up once you get to the actual race! Although that’s like…the last 50 pages or so of the book, so take from that what you will haha. I came soooo close to DNFing the Night Circus though!

  5. Totally get not clicking with a book. I can remember reading ‘Narnia’ right before the new movie came out, and being quite enchanted with its world (and impressed by the production as a film, and an adaptation). Also, I love both the book (but understand what you’re saying) and film of TATBILB. I own “Caraval,” but suspect it might not click with me either. :/ Appreciate your visit to Finding Wonderland last week – thank you, Cate!

    1. I might give Narnia another chance as an adult; my reading tastes have definitely changed since the last time I tried to read it. I adore the TATBILB movie, and I can’t WAIT for the sequel finally! Good luck with Caraval, maybe you’ll like it more than I did!

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