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15 May 2018

Top Ten Tuesday #123

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

Top Ten Tuesday
This week is Top Ten 
Books I Disliked but Am Really Glad I Read
I had to take a dive into my 1 and 2 star goodreads shelves for this. Turns out that eight is generally the limit of my patience with a series, and there's a certain type of book I just don't like very much.
  1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
    It was OK and I don't get the hype, but I gave it a go and found a good narrator with the audiobook. Silver linings? I might try the TV series instead.
  2. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepherd
    Not so much the first book in the series, but definitely later books I very much disliked. I think I got to the eighth book before I gave up, but I'm glad I tried it.
  3. Marked by PC Cast and Kristin Cast
    This is another series where I gave up on the eighth book because the story became a little bit too absurd. But I did it, I tried, and it was fun to begin with.
  4. The Elite
    I ballsed up reading this series and started with the second book. Huge mistake. Because you're just dropped in, and there's no explanation of the previous book. Also the world building is pretty non-existent.
  5. Frostblood by Elly Blake
    I just generally didn't enjoy this one, but I'm glad I read it because it's one I can recommend to people who like a certain type of fantasy.
  6. Losing It by Cora Carmack
    I just... I didn't like it, love. I especially didn't like Garrick, love.
  7. Twilight by Stephenie Meyers
    A lot of people hate on this, but I did keep an open mind and give it a go. Unfortunately I wasn't a fan of the writing, and that's down to personal preference and no hate for those who like it.
  8. Throne of Glass by SJ Maas
    As problematic as this book and series are, they actually helped me address some of my own internalised misogyny, and for that I am grateful.
  9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    So, fun fact - I love the story of Pride and Prejudice, but I hate the book. I just can't stand it, can't put my finger on why. Put an adaptation in front of me and I'll be enthralled, put the book in front of me and I'll make confetti with the pages.
  10. Panic by Lauren Oliver
    I have a love/hate relationship with this book. As much as I couldn't understand the game AT ALL I loved the exploration of family and friendship.

    What book are you glad you tried?


    1. I suppose I'm glad I read the Hunger Games, so I'm not totally lost when people discuss it, but I'd have really struggled had I attempted this prompt I think.
      Amy x

    2. I've only read Twilight from your list, and I enjoyed them at the time but they aren't something I care to re-read now which is cool. I know it got a lot of people back into (or into for the first time) reading, so that's awesome.


    3. Too bad you didn't like City of Bones, Twilight and Throne of Glass because all three of them are some of my favourite books! But hey, you cannot like all the books you read!😊

      Shirley |

    4. Oh, Twilight is a good one. I thought it was okay, and even though I didn't love it, I'm glad I read it too. It's one of my first books that got me into reading more young adult literature.

    5. I love all of your picks!

    6. Awwww, you can't stand my favourite book. For every time you've made confetti with its pages, I've read it! I agree with Twilight and I couldn't get through Pretty Little Liars, but I do think I was far too old by the time I attempted it.

    7. I really enjoyed the House of Night series when I was younger, but it did get a little crazier over time. I don't think I would have the same opinion if I read the series today in my 20s. I love Pride and Prejudice, but the book is a difficult one. I've read it once, and that will probably be it lol!

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    8. It always makes me very worried when an author has a series that just drags on. I start wondering what silly things they had to do to make it keep going, plus the writing style deteriorates the faster they have to churn them out. On the other hand, they could be George RR Martin and make me wait a decade. Ha! No way to win, I guess.

    9. Panic I despised, but I did find the family relationships endearing like you said. Throne of Glass I like (though I do recognise the problematic elements) and I'm glad that even if you didn't like it, you still took something from it!
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    10. Panic was my first Lauren Oliver book and I mostly liked it. The game was a little goofy but I liked the idea of it kind of flying under the radar in this little town, even if the realism factor was a little... iffy. lol

      It's funny I like movie adaptations of Austen's stuff too, but reading the books doesn't really work for me.

    11. City of Bones and Twilight made my list, too. I also don’t understand the hype.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

    12. I honestly liked Twilight back when I read it - years and years ago - but I'm.. not sure what I'd think of it should I reread them now. I can't imagine liking them anymore? It might ruin the memories I have of the books and watching the movies with friends [although the movies did get on my nerves quite a bit.]

    13. I read a few of Marked but I didn't keep up with the series. That was one that I was so meh on, the entire time. I did really like Twilight, though. I have read that book so many times, it's silly, but I'm like you. If I don't like something that other people do, I'm not going to yuck their yum. Everyone has their different reasons for enjoying their favorites. Great list! Too bad you didn't like these. But it's good to know what you do and do not like!

    14. I was recommended Throne of Glass but that's super interesting to hear your thoughts on it! I'm happy I read the Pretty Little Liars series as well but I think as the books went on they just got more and more farfetched.

      Julia // The Sunday Mode


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