Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:
May 15: Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read (maybe just for bragging rights)
This week’s topic is an unusual one, but a good one. I bet we all have books that we didn’t enjoy but like to name drop in conversation for the kudos. I definitely do this on occasion, usually to make a critical point about why I didn’t think the book was good, or issues with genre fiction. These are just a few books that I didn’t really like, but still enjoy mentioning in bookish discussions.
The Road, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and The Wangs Vs The World // I’m pleased I read these three books because they offered critical commentary on the nature of our society, but overall I found them pretty dull. The plots of all three were slow-moving and mundane, and I’m glad I read them, but I wouldn’t go back to them.
Talon, A Shiver of Snow and Sky, and The Beast’s Heart // I always name drop these three books as good examples of bad writing. The narratives in Talon and ASOSAS lack fluidity and cohesion, and the style in The Beast’s Heart was just terribly overwrought and full of cliched metaphors.
We Were Liars and With Malice // I’m not even sure if I’m glad I read these books because I ended up disliking virtually all the characters. They were either callous or cruel, or a mixture of both, and these books are examples of poor characterisation ruining a novel for me.
Lorali and Milk and Honey // I’m definitely glad I read both of these to see what the hype was about, but I found Lorali unbelievable and, at times, silly. Milk and Honey I liked slightly more, but, to me, the first three sections lacked potency and flow. The poems are written in free verse and the line breaks seemed to completely break up the natural flow and rhythm of most poems. The fourth section, however, I loved and would happily read again.
Which books are you pleased you’ve read, even if you didn’t like them? Are there any books that you thought you were going to dislike and then ended up really enjoying?