Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @That Artsy Reader Girl. Weekly prompts are posted on her blog each week and any blogger who want to participate can create their own list of 10, 5, 2, 1 or any combo of numbers in between in answer to that prompt. Do what works for you on your blog, and join in the listing fun!
This week’s prompt is “Books I Disliked But Am Glad I Read.” This is a tough topic this week! Mostly because when I dislike a book I am hard pressed to find reasons for being glad I spent the time reading it. I’ve sort of changed my habits as a blogger over the year + that I’ve been in the business – meaning that if I’m really disliking something I’m a lot more prone to DNFing it now than I used to be. There’s too many great titles out there I’m itching to read to waste time on a book I’m not enjoying!
That being said, I’m going to try to participate anyway with books I didn’t enjoy as much as I hoped I would, but am glad that I read them anyway – for the bragging rights.
Books I didn’t enjoy as much as I’d hoped but am glad I read!
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – So I read and reviewed this one before I started my blog over on Goodreads (review here). This one hurt to not enjoy as much as I hoped I would. I am obsessed with the television show, but I really felt that the book paled in comparison. Jamie is too brutish, and Claire too noncommittal to finding a way home. I felt like the Claire I love from the television show is lost in the pages of a book that is several hundred pages too long.
- The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson – Speaking of books that are several hundred pages too long… I loved the first Mistborn book, but the sequel really underwhelmed me. It’s too much circular politicking and not enough action.
- I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo – I actually enjoyed this one. Just not as much as I’d hoped and not for the reasons that the author probably intended. This is one of the ONLY YA contemporary romance books I’ve ever read though, so I’m still glad I gave it a shot.
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle – Another book I read before I started blogging. I think if I had read this as a child, I probably would have thought it was great. As an adult though… I found it lacking in a number of regards. Still glad I read it though, just to say I did, and so I can recognize how ludicrous Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon look as Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which and Mrs. Whatsit – seriously, they look nothing like they are described in the book.
- The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews – I read this years ago for an English class I was taking at the time. I’m glad I read it only as it affirmed that Self-Help/Inspirational books are just not for me.
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik – I wish that I could say that I loved this like everyone else did, but alas, this book and I did not get along. I thought the beginning was great, but things quickly fell apart. I hated the way male characters were written in this, and the romance was pitiful. Still, I get what a powerhouse this book has become and am glad I saw it through to the end.
- Bird Box by Josh Mallerman – another book I read before I was a blogger. It wasn’t terrible. I just expected more from it. I found the descriptions sparse and content lacking.
- The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco – I enjoyed this one as it was one of the very first ARCs I was ever approved for via Netgalley. Otherwise, the purple prose and lack of a real plot made this a real challenge in my first year of blogging.
- The Hero Of Ages by Brandon Sanderson – Yes, another Brandon Sanderson title made it onto this list, and the second Mistborn book. I’m mostly just glad that I made it through this trilogy so that I can say I’ve read them, but other than that I think this must be one of the most overhyped adult fantasy series I’ve ever read.
I saved my most controversial pick for last! The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss was another book I read before I started blogging – though I did review it on Goodreads. After absolutely loving the first book in the series, I was underwhelmed by this entry. The plot seemed awfully repetitive of plots from the first book, until it veered fully into levels of teen-boy wish fulfillment that are too silly and lengthy to discuss in this post.
I’m glad I read this because this series is so beloved and I can speak on it with others, but I’m not that hyped for book 3 anymore. To be truthful, I don’t think Patrick Rothfuss is either, given the 6+ year gap between books and that there’s been no update on Doors of Stone for ages.
If one of your favorites made it onto this list – please don’t hate me! Lets chat below about why you love those books instead. Change my mind! Or, lets chat about books you didn’t really enjoy, but are glad you read, below!