Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and 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:
June 11: Unpopular Bookish Opinions
I didn’t think I had a lot of unpopular opinions until I started writing this post, but here we are with a full post of 10 opinions. Some of these might not be that unpopular, but some are a little on the risky side. Prepare your mugs for a helping of tea.
1. French flaps are the worst
They just spill out whenever you’re reading and get in the way. They make it so hard to hold a book that I’ll actively avoid buying a specific edition if I know it has flaps.
2. Bookish candles are overpriced
I SAID WHAT I SAID, OK. They smell amazing and I’m a sucker for ADSOM candles, but I don’t actively buy them because they’re a lot of money for what they are. If you set your mind to it, you could probably make your own for much cheaper.
3. Book Depository are great for worldwide shipping, but so unreliable
I can’t count the number of times when I’ve ordered from them they’ve sent the wrong book or it’s been lost in transit. And usually these are gifts or books for giveaway winners too. Sort it out BD.
4. I read two pages of TEOOO and put it down
The protagonist’s voice felt annoying to me and I didn’t love the writing style. I might still pick it up at some point, but I just immediately felt put off and didn’t want to continue reading it.
5. Adaptations can make or break a series
I’ve seen a lot of authors talk about the fact that an adaptation doesn’t affect the source material because it still exist in its original form, but for me it does. I really liked the Mortal Instruments series until I saw the film. It was bad, guys. Bad. So bad, that it tainted the books for me because every time I thought about them, I remembered how bad the film was. Although I’d been growing apart from them for a while, I felt even less inclined to finish them after seeing the film, sadly.
6. We put too much emphasis on the number of books we read every month
I’m 110% guilty of doing this too, but we place far too much importance on how many books we read in a month.
It becomes something of a contest for who can read the most, and while it’s truly impressive if someone’s read 12 books in one month, it’s not all about that, right? Surely the most important thing is your enjoyment of the book and whether you found a new favourite?
Yes, friends, I’m banging the quality over quantity drum. I would rather read two 5-star books that I adored, than ten books that I didn’t love. I’m not trying to detract from people who read lots of books in one month – quite the opposite. I’m a medium-to-slow reader, so I’m always amazing when someone’s read 14 full-length novels in one month. It’s a great achievement. But it shouldn’t be the be-all and end-all of reading.
7. I don’t like the UK Queen of the Tearling covers
I’m sorry, I’m being unfair, but I just don’t like the aesthetic of them. The colours don’t harmonise and the animal trap in the shape of a crown is clever but boring. The American ones are beautiful in comparison, and they make the UK ones look even worse. Can we get a rebrand over here?
8. Requesting an ARC just to trade is bad etiquette
I know people love to trade for books they want, but asking for ARCs just to trade isn’t great behaviour. I’ve seen so many people get proofs at conventions and put them on #arcsfortrade the next day.
Reading the book then trading it? Absolutely A-OK. Trading immediately? Please no. It means that people who really want to read a specific book have less of a chance of getting a proof because other people have already requested copies just for trade. It isn’t as bad as selling ARCs (literally Satan’s work) but publishers only have a finite amount of proofs. They should go to readers who really want to read and review the book.
9. I’m done with fae/fairy stories
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy these types of stories (sometimes), but I feel like I’ve read so many of them in the last few years that I’m at saturation point. There’s only so many super-powered, macho alpha-male fae stories a girl can take before she wants to physically erase the word “Tamlin” from her mind. So take me out of the bookshop because I’m done.
10. Not every YA novel needs to include romance
I enjoy a good romantic adventure as much as the next person, but I need a break every now and then. It’s so refreshing to read a YA book with 0 romance. Zero. None.
One of the reasons I love This Savage Song so much is that there was an amazing friendship, but no romance. The lack of romance left the narrative open to spend more time exploring the main friendship and the story benefited so much from it. A book doesn’t have to have a romantic side plot to be exciting. Give me romance-free novels.
What are some of your unpopular opinions? Do you agree or disagree with any of mine?