Ten books I disliked* but still appreciated something about them

*Sometimes dislike is too strong of a word. So a lot of these are disappointments, which––for anyone who’s ever disappointed someone before––is far worse than if they just dislike you.

I’m going to try my best to not be super negative in this post because I tend to go all angry English major when I read books that disappoint me in some way. As a result, I tend to avoid books that I know I’ll dislike because I don’t want to spend time on something that makes me unhappy. But sometimes, a book comes up to you with a beautiful premise and a visually engaging cover, promising that it will be the next thing you’ll love, only to disappoint you in the end.

I’m splitting my post up between dislikes––or changed opinion––and disappointments. I think that better reflects my readings of these books.

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I’m finishing up my review on this upcoming novel this week, but if I had to sum it up in one sentence, it would be about the unfulfilled promise of its premise. I wanted to love this one––and there’s two more in the series so maybe things will be better in the next ones––but ultimately it just was looooonngggg without much going on. There’s a lot of potential, though, so I’ll be continuing it!

The one Scott Westerfeld book that has disappointed me. Somehow the fact that he wrote this with two other authors makes it worse. Someone should have had the writing power to make this interesting.

I fully expected to like this one when I read it. I’d liked her sister’s Jane Eyre and Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. But Wuthering Heights wasn’t what I was expecting and that made this a difficult one to get through. I’d like to think that if I gave it another chance I may find enjoyment in it, but I also don’t know if I can get over Heathcliff’s aggression. I don’t really see how this is a great love story.

The disappointment I felt for this one tasted especially bitter. Seraphina was such a unique and fascinating story, but the sequel did not bring back everything that I loved about the first novel. I’m really interested in checking out Tess of the Road, as it’s set in the same world.

I’ve never read a book that focuses on the Brontës’ fictional word before––something that has fascinated me since the first time I heard of it––but I felt like this one didn’t go deep enough into it.


Disliked or Changed Opinion

I always want to roll my eyes at myself whenever I mention Twilight (which only started happening when I started participating in Top Ten Tuesdays) but I can’t deny that this novel did make me fall in love with reading again––and specifically YA, a genre I now focus on. I just will never be able to stomach reading it again.

I am in the minority here when it comes to this book, and I really can’t understand why people love it as much as they do. For me, it was only okay. I can get over things like insta-love, but when the world wasn’t as detailed as it could have been and the characters were primarily archetypal characters, I tend to lose interest. I gave this series a second chance and predicted a lot of the things that would happen, so that was it for me. At least I can say I tried!


As much as I enjoy the series overall, for some reason I really struggled through CoK. It took me two tries to finally finish this book. I don’t know what it is about this one specifically but this one was just so boring. Glad I read it because I like the rest of the series. Just not this one.

Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy these books. And I love the show. But after reading thirteen books, I expect that the ending to be a little more…conclusive. I guess that’s what I get from a series that focuses on the misfortune of orphans.

I kind of hate myself for wanting to continue this series despite my dislike of elements in the first novel. This is a good example of an okay book with a well-written climax that makes you forget you didn’t like the book in the first place. For most of the novel I was pretty bored, but the ending was interesting enough that I’ll eventually get to the rest of this series.


This topic was surprisingly difficult for me. There’s been a ton of books I’ve disliked, but there’s not often a redeeming quality that’s made it worth it for me! What books have you read but not liked? Did you do it for the bragging rights? I’m sure that there’s a lot of people out there who have read things like War and Peace just so they could say they did! Happy reading! 

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s now over at The Artsy Reader Girl! If you want to follow along, here’s the list of planned topics!

May 15th’s topic was “Books I disliked but am really glad I read.” I loosely interpreted this.  If you’d like to check out the other posts people have written, you can find it on The Artsy Reader Girl’s page!



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