Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Didn't Like But I'm Glad I Read

A weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

1.) A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
I have mentioned my dislike of this book many times on this blog, mostly because it is the reason that I started blogging more consistently. Five years after reading it I haven't looked back and that is why I am glad I read this book.

2.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
One of my most unpopular opinions is how much I dislike this book. I am just really not a fan of Rochester and can't get behind him as romantic lead. But I am glad I read because I then debate with people about it.

3.) The Diary of a Madman by Nickolai Gogol

I think I mentioned this in a top ten Tuesday awhile ago because I sometimes brag about how I have read Gogol. But this book isn't great, it just makes me look more like an intellectual.

4.) Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister
The reason I am glad I read this book is because it was the second book by this author I read and I didn't really like either of them. They both should have been my thing but they weren't at all. It made me realize that I just don't like this author's writing style.

5.) The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
And another unpopular opinion. I know as a big fantasy fan I should love Tolkien. He is beloved. But I do not like his books. They are incredibly wordy and unnecessarily long. The world is great, but the plot could use some tightening up.

6.) Emma by Jane Austen
I like a lot of Jane Austen novels but I do not like this one. But I'm glad I read it because then I could be like "I've read most of Jane Austen's books aren't I cool and well-read?"

7.) A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
And another unpopular opinion. Wow, do you guys all hate me because of my opinions on these beloved books. Anyway, I am glad I read this because after not liking many Sherlock Holmes retellings I realized that it's not the retellings, I just don't like Sherlock Holmes.

8.) Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle
I am glad I read this book because this author had been on my list for awhile but after reading this one I realized I wouldn't be into her style and I could take a few lists off my TBR. Having a smaller TBR is always good for book people.

9.) Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
This book is another one where it made me realize I don't like the author's style. But this one was even more of a big deal because I know most people love Tiger Lily but I didn't. And it made me feel better because it wasn't just that book.

10.) Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
I think this is probably going to be on a good amount of lists this week. I mean this series is not great. But I'm glad I read it helped me connect with the middle school girls at the school I was working at nine years ago.

Honorable Mention: A lot of Fear Street books because they made for snarky podcast episodes.

There you have it. All the books I didn't like but am glad I read. Most of the books I hated I'm not glad I read them. But these are the ones I am. What books made your list? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!


  1. Oh man, Fellowship of the Ring is the only one I've read from that series, but it almost made it onto my list, too! Wayyy too much epic poetry, and a wandering plot. But I love your honorable mentions... I went through a massive Fear Street phase during one of my middle school summers, but they're definitely not something I'd want to read again! :) Great list

  2. Midnight at the Electric is a book I was planning on reading (I still am I guess) but other books just keep getting in the way.

  3. Twilight was more of a curiosity read for me. I was already madly in love with vampires long before it graced the shelves. I read the series just because the curiosity held, but honestly, it's a series I regret reading. Lol! So it wouldn't fit here I suspect! I tried to read A Discovery of Witches because I was hearing so many good things, but I think I DNF'd it around the 100 page mark, it just wasn't working for me. The rest are ones I never read.

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  4. I am a big Fowley-Doyle fan. Loved both her books, but I understand if her storytelling isn't for you.