Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and The Bookish and allows us to combine our love of books with our love of lists. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books I Liked Less Than Everyone Else.
Sometimes I think I’m just destined to be the black sheep when it comes to really popular, much hyped books. They seem to rarely live up to my expectations. And sometimes I just think I’m reading a different book than everyone else. Or reading it “wrong”. I can be hard to not love certain books as much as the rest of the YA community does. Especially when everyone’s flailing all over the same book and I’m just over here like “It was okay?”. I don’t know why but that’s the way it is sometimes. And I certainly don’t think everyone needs to like the same books, not at all, this is just a post about books that I picked up because everyone seemed to be loving them and in the end, I just didn’t.
So here we go. This almost feels like confessing my deepest darkest secrets. So be easy on me.
The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: I liked this one okay. The descriptions in the book were beautifully done but the story just didn’t do much for me. Most of all, I hated that the romance that wasn’t even that well developed for me took over the book. I wanted more magic and more about the world and the curse and pretty much everything else. Oh yeah, and there’s a love triangle.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: I am cold and emotionless and found this book to be quite boring. I feel horrible about it but I just didn’t like it and don’t quite understand the hype surrounding it.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I’m am not a fan of John Green’s writing. The characters are so pretentious and annoying. Or at least they were to me in this book. They didn’t feel real to me at all and that made it hard for me to connect with them. Plus, I really hate when authors just play with my emotions and it definitely felt like the only purpose of this book was to leave me crying and depressed. I know some people felt hope at the end of this book, and I’m glad for them, but I did not.
P.S. I Still Like You by Jenny Han: So I thought the first book in this series was actually pretty cute. It didn’t make my favorites list but I enjoyed it enough to read the sequel. But this one? I did not like. What was even the purpose of it? I still really don’t know. Except to cash in on the popularity of the first book. But I’m probably just grumpy and jaded because all the sequel did was add in a love triangle. And in case you didn’t know, I hate those.
Boundless by Cynthia Hand: I hated that this really just came down to the love triangle in the end. Tons of people love this series ender, though. And looking back, it feels so dated in the YA world. Team Christian and Team Tucker. I’m not sure I even remember anything else about the book? Except maybe her family. And how much I didn’t love Angela. I don’t know. It was kind of boring and not epic as far as finales go and so much focus was on the love triangle. I was pretty disappointed in it.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner: This is one that I feel like I read “wrong”. I just didn’t get it. It was boring and I felt we never really learned anything about anything. There were no answers. And a huge cliffhanger. If the only reason I want to read the second book is because of the last page of the first book, then something’s wrong. The only thing that I liked about the book and found interesting was the characters. But in the end, the lack of information and world building both inside and outside the Maze really killed it for me.
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Sometimes I think I just need to break up with JLA. While her books are gripping and I read them very quickly, I tend to have a hard time connecting with her characters. The writing, especially in this one, felt forced in places and really over-the-top. Plus, the repetition and the ellipses, which were there for a reason, just got annoying for me. Mostly, I just get pulled in and end up rolling my eyes through most of her books. And this one was no different. Even if I do love the cover.
The Selection by Kiera Cass: This one probably needs no explanation. Because while so many people love this one, there’s also a fair share that don’t. And I’m firmly in that group. The love triangle. The classes. The one-dimensional characters. The sexism. The Bachelor-like reality show set-up. Just all nos for me.
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins: I picked up this book because there was so much love for and so much excitement for the rest of the books. I just had to see what it was about! Plus the premise was pretty promising. But…I couldn’t even finish the book. The characters felt so flat and one-dimensional to me. The sweet innocent girl and the “bad” boy who fall in love. He’s not even a real bad boy, he just has to have sex all the time. Like, literally, that’s his character. Actual man-whore son of a devil guy. IDK. And Anna knows this and says it’s fine and still falls for him and gets all clingy and weird and I just couldn’t deal with any of it. Maybe if I’d stuck around it would have felt less formulaic and something really interesting would have happened. But I’ll never know because I just can’t get past the two main characters.
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes: Yep, this is on the list too. Probably one of the most loved books from the last 10 years, I finally gave in a read it. And it actually did make me cry. But I still didn’t like it. It raised some interesting issues, which I appreciated, but I could not get past the use of rape as a plot device. I had other issues with the book as well but I’ll just leave it at that.
I’m sorry if I didn’t love your favorite books. Let me know what books would make your list!