Popular books I didn’t like!

Unpopular opinion type posts are one of my favourites to read – even if their opinions differ from mine, I’m always curious about what it is that the person didn’t like about something! But I have to admit I’m a little afraid to post this because some are really popular. I’m just going to have to suck it up and go for it!

A friend of mine hated The Name of the Wind but I loved it. We have such similar taste in books so when we didn’t agree on it I thought that was interesting. It just goes to show that no matter how close you are in your similarities, there will always be something out there that either works or it doesn’t. The first book I’m going to mention is one of those books, just in reverse!

Arrow

Lady Midnight

LADY MIDNIGHT by Cassandra Clare

When this one was first released the early reviews were glowing. “Best Cassandra Clare book yet!” – “Most in depth and complex Clare book to date!” – NO. Just NO. I fell asleep more times than I could count and it felt like torture. I paid full price for this hefty thing so I was going to finish it. I just kept waiting for it to pick up and show a glimpse of that in depth writing everyone was talking about and it never came. It felt like the same story recycled just in a new time with new characters. The same friend that hated Β The Name of the Wind loved this one and when she explained Lord of Shadows to me I was rolling my eyes. Of course that happened. Of course they got together. Of course they didn’t get together. It was all just so predictable. Done with shadow hunters. I’m over it.

The 100

THE 100 by Kass Morgan

I love the TV show more than I can put into words. And when I found out that the show was based on a book I freaked! This amazing show came from a book – how can that be and how did I miss that? I insisted that I couldn’t start season 2 without reading the first book…….. well I also insist that I get those hours back of wasted time because the book was just awful!! The characters and the story fell flat and there was an emphasis on some characters that I didn’t particularly like (with little to no emphasis on the characters that I actually did like!). I think the show spoiled me. Normally if you like the screen version then the book is always better…. no matter what order I would have taken this one in, the book still wouldn’t have been good.

gone-girl

GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn

Hate is a strong word. So let me just say that I HATED THIS BOOK WITH A PASSION THAT CANNOT BE EXPLAINED IN WORDS!!! I realize that I have probably made a few of my readers mad by this, so I hope you can let me explain. I can actually see how some people could like this book and I will never take that away from you. This just wasn’t the book for me. AT ALL! The characters were assholes – plain and simple. If the characters had any redeeming qualities in any way then I may have actually enjoyed this. But the ending was the icing on the cake. They deserve everything they got and I hope they are freaking miserable. I tried to read another Gillian Flynn book but it was much of the same. If she didn’t throw in so many twists then the endings wouldn’t be so bad. But I feel like she’s pushing it WAY too far to make you surprised and it’s just too much. She’s just not for me. If you leave my blog now I understand, and I will miss you, but I can’t lie and be nice to this book at all.

Paper Towns

PAPER TOWNS by John Green

Meh this just didn’t do it for me. Margo reminded me a lot of the characters from Gone Girl. She was just so freaking selfish! Her “mysterious” personality was all a motive for her own enjoyment and it made me so mad and annoyed. I enjoyed the beginning when she was getting back at all the people who were jerks to her, but after that it all went downhill! She couldn’t care less about the people who actually cared for her. Or maybe she thought no one would care. Wither way I just couldn’t get into this one the way I wanted to.

Arrow

There they are – and I hope I haven’t made you too angry. If you loved any of these I have to say that I can see why you did like them! But for some reason I couldn’t identify with these books or characters. It’s not my intention to hate on the author and I hope no one thinks that’s what I’m trying to portray. It’s just that there were too many elements that didn’t work for my personality and bookish tastes. Also, I won’t give up on an author after one book. It’s never the author that’s the problem, it’s usually just the story Or characters I don’t connect with. Are there any books that you didn’t like that are popular?

Until next time, happy reading!

56 Comments Add yours

  1. Shame about Gone Girl, but if it wasn’t your sort of book, it wasn’t your sort of book. No harm in that. In relation to the characters, I think Flynn purposefully made them both awful characters to spark up debates between readers πŸ™‚

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  2. Nika says:

    I love this kind of posts! ❀ I totally agree with you on The 100, the show is just so much better and a lot more complex that the books (yes, I read the first three, don’t ask me why πŸ˜‚). I liked both Paper Towns and Gone Girl but wasn’t as crazy about them as some people so I see your point there too. Haven’t read Lady Midnight yet so I don’t have an opinion on that. Great post!

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    1. That’s the word I was going for – complex!! The show had so much more to the story.

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  3. it’s totally ok to not like these books. i also have a lot of books, that are super hyped but just were not that interesting to me. sometimes you don’t connect with characters or don’t like the writing or the story. it happens and i also think, that it’s good, when that happens πŸ™‚

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    1. I think so too. There’s something for everyone and everyone won’t like the same things πŸ™‚

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  4. The Spine Cracker says:

    Gillian Flynn is one of the WORST writers I have read. All of her books are horrific and I have given a lot of them a chance. Never again. I actually ended up writing an entire rant post inspired by her books https://crackyourspines.wordpress.com/2016/12/16/tiring-crime-thriller-tropes/

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    1. Omg I love that post! I literally laughed the whole way through. You basically captured everything in crime that drives me insane!
      I hated Gone Girl but decided to give her another chance. I will always give authors a second chance. But no. The characters were still assholes and she pushed the story too far for the “shock value” and it’s just annoying! Never again

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      1. The Spine Cracker says:

        Thank you! I wrote that after reading a few of her books in a row.

        Check out Sharp Objects if you want another train wreck novel. Some editions even have a spoiler written right on the cover.

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        1. I read her short story The Grownup as a “redemption” and I wanted to throw it. It was really really good for the first half. Kind of creepy and I couldn’t figure out who was telling the truth. Then the ending made me want to scream. I don’t know if I could sit through another one of her books! Spoilers on the cover? Really?! πŸ˜‚ I guess I will skip reading it and just look at the cover!

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          1. The Spine Cracker says:

            I have given up on her books. I actually donated all of the copies of her books that I owned so they don’t clutter my shelves.

            And yep, spoilers on the cover. You might as well just read the cover and not the book.

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          2. I gave my copy to a friend. I didn’t want to look at it anymore either! πŸ˜‚

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  5. I love unpopular opinions posts! I have to agree with you on Paper Towns. I hated that book. Unpopular opinion: I have hated every John Green book I’ve read. He’s just not for me and I’ve given up on his books all together.

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    1. You’re not alone. I didn’t fall in love with any of his other books either. His books are ok and I can see why people would love them but I can’t relate to his characters any more.

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  6. You are so write about the shadow hunters. I have only read TMI (and didn’t finish it) but from everything I have seen it seems like just recycled characters and story lines. At this point it just seems like a money grab to me!

    I could barely get through Paper Towns. It was just so boring.

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    1. I LOVED The Infernal Devices trilogy! That one was just amazing! TMI was ok in the beginning but now I’m done. There just didn’t seem to be anything new to make me interested. Glad I’m not alone!

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  7. Great post, I feel exactly the same about Paper Towns, I was really excited to read it because I had read and absolutely loved The Fault in Our Stars but it just did nothing for me!!

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    1. The fault in our stars was so good! But it was a polar opposite to Paper Towns and the characters. Glad I’m not alone!

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  8. kyera says:

    Oh I completely agree about the 100! I had to review the first two books and I was so frustrated the whole time. I was amazed that the books had just come out and they were already basing a tv show off them. (Plus being the science nerd that I am, I kept getting so angry about illogical things that were happening in space.)

    I actually liked Lady Midnight a lot more the second time I read it, but I can definitely see the repetitive narrative of the books.

    Great thought provoking post though!

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    1. I haven’t picked up the second book in The 100 – was it any better or did it take a different direction from the show? I don’t plan on reading it, especially since you said you were frustrated!

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      1. kyera says:

        It’s completely different from the show. There are major characters who don’t exist in one versus the other, and major character deaths that are different. I watched the first season or two before I left and really enjoyed it, so I think reading the second (and third) books wouldn’t be worth it.

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  9. Em says:

    I love the 100 TV show too!! (Although I haven’t watched the latest season quite yet…. oops!). I got the first book for the same reason you did, but haven’t started it yet. I hope I like it more than you did!

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    1. I hope you like it too! And no worries – I haven’t watched the most recent season either! I’m waiting for my kids to go back to school so I can marathon it. The last season I watched made me too sad – my favourite two characters are gone! 😭

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      1. Em says:

        😭😭 that’s the worst!! I need to find time to marathon it too!

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  10. Beware Of The Reader says:

    I love your post and Lady Midnight. I hated Collide by Gail McHugh, Beautiful Bastard and Looking for Alaska πŸ˜‰

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    1. Looking for Alaska wasn’t my favourite either. He seems to write a lot of the same character types. The other ones I haven’t read – probably for good reason lol

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      1. Beware Of The Reader says:

        Well I know you don’t like romance so yes… that should be the reason πŸ™‚

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        1. I have a friend that reads a ton of romance so the Collide one sounded familiar.

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          1. Beware Of The Reader says:

            Well there is a great “Collide” by AL Jackson but not the one by Gail Mc Hugh. The heroine was a real doormat 😦

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  11. Angela JC says:

    I always get nervous when I post a review for a book I didn’t like! Some people get really insulted when you don’t like a book that is their favorite (or they think you’re dumb for enjoying a book they thought was terrible), but it’s just a difference of opinion!

    Of those on your list I’ve only read THE 100 and PAPER TOWNS but to be honest I didn’t really like them either. The 100 I thought was okay but it wasn’t anything to rave about and I didn’t at all feel inspired to read the sequel or continue the series. I also felt like the show did a far better job with the story’s concept. What fell flat in the book they twisted into intrigue and excitement in the show.

    Paper Towns is a book that ALL of my friends loved (plus they filmed part of the movie in my town) but honestly I’ve never really liked any of John Green’s books. I just never find myself able to relate with them. I don’t laugh out loud, I don’t cry, I don’t…anything. And I completely agree with you in that Margo was simply selfish and who wants to root for a character they don’t like at all???

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    1. That’s cool that they filmed in your town! It still wouldn’t be enough to make me like it though.
      And you’re right – it’s just a difference in opinion. It’s not like you’re trying to take away their love for it. Harry Potter is hands down my favourite series but I wouldn’t get mad at people for not reading it or liking it!

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  12. I also didn’t love The 100. I love the TV show and had a similar “OMG IT’S A BOOK I HAVE TO READ IT” reaction. And then I read it… and I think if I’d read it first, I wouldn’t ever have watched the TV show.

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    1. I didn’t think I would have watched the show if I had read the book first either. The show is just incredible! Not to mention the casting was spot on. That always helps!

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  13. Haha, I like most of these! Lady Misnight was okay for me, but not the best; I don’t care about Julian and Emma at all, but the rest of the Blackthorn family and Kit are great! I LOVE Gone Girl and the rest of her books; her unlikeable characters ARE what make it fantastic for me, since it’s the point of her books, but if you don’t like dark books and terrible characters it’s probably not your thing! πŸ˜‚ Paper Towns was pretty good, but TFIOS and Looking for Alaska take the cake as my faves.

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    1. It’s funny you say that – I cared about everyone else BUT Emma and Julian! πŸ˜‚
      I think that’s it. It’s just the characters that I didn’t like when it comes to Gillian Flynn. I get that’s the point but I can’t do that character type. Her writing wasn’t bad at all, but just not for me πŸ™‚

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  14. Justine says:

    I love unpopular opinions!! You hated Gone Girl for the exact reason I loved it so much! They’re absolutely awful, self absorbed people and completely deserve each other. I haven’t read Paper Towns, but I hated Looking for Alaska with a burning passion! Such obnoxious, horrid teenagers.

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    1. I wish I could enjoy characters like that! But they just end up making me mad in the long run lol

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  15. I’m not a fan of John Green in general. I read Looking for Alaska, and couldn’t even begin to fathom why people thought it was such an amazing book. Everything was so cliched and I could barely bring myself to finish it. I’ve never even tried his other ones, because I can tell you what happens just by reading the back cover.

    One of my managers went to high school with him, and said he was the biggest pain in the rear you could think of.

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    1. I’m not a fan of his books either. Sad to hear that his attitude matches some opinions of his books!

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  16. That’s good to know about The 100. I was considering reading it.

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  17. I also hated Paper Towns. I could not STAND the girl main character. She was just awful.

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  18. I was very bored when reading Me Before You, and I hated Carry On, so I’m familiar with unpopular opinions xD

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    1. Me before you wasn’t as interesting as I thought it would be. And I haven’t read Carry On….. because I didn’t like Fangirl so much (should have been on this list!) that I’m afraid to read Carry On! Thanks for being in the unpopular opinions team with me!! πŸ˜‚

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  19. Ryann the Reader says:

    Yes! I love unpopular opinion posts! And, honestly, I haven’t read a single John Green book that I’ve enjoyed. I’ve always hated the characters, and most of the conflicts I remember from his books could be solved with a simple, honest conversation. They drove me insane! Which really stinks, because he seems like a rad guy.

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    1. Lol! That’s the thing that drives me insane in books too!! If they just had an honest conversation you could have saved yourself a whole lot of trouble!!! πŸ˜‚

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  20. Ravenclaw Book Club says:

    I considered reading The 100 because I absolutely love the show as well, but after a while of not picking up a copy I just decided not to πŸ˜… Hadn’t heard very good things anyway!
    Also yeah John Green really isn’t for me πŸ˜‚ I liked Paper Towns more than others books of his tho. I hated Looking for Alaska and found An Abundance of Katherines really boring.

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  21. lacyliteracy says:

    Yup, I felt the same about Paper Towns πŸ˜‚.

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  22. Marie says:

    I feel like loads of people dislike Paper Towns and, if I enjoyed the book, I can understand where everyone comes from. Margot wasn’t the most likeable character, that’s for sure! Lovely answers πŸ™‚

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    1. I definitely understand how someone could like that story. The story itself wasn’t that bad and I get what he was trying to accomplish with it. That character type is just one that I can’t get into unfortunately

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  23. Paper towns and lady midnight ! I can’t help but agree that they’re both on my ‘don’t touch them’ list . I have a weird feeling for the Gone girl , like I don’t hate it but I’m not a fan either lol . And I haven’t read the other book yet πŸ™‚

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  24. Well, I’m currently reading Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas, and I’m dozing off much more that I’d ever expect! Also, I didn’t like TMI series and The Night Circus. Or the Twilight “Saga” of the Divergent series… I’ve got a lot of unpopular opinions!

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    1. And don’t ever feel bad about that! You like what you like and that’s awesome! Not everyone is going to like the same things πŸ™‚

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  25. This is off the topic a little but your post made me think of this fact about how I react to things people go absolutely gaga over. Usually TV shows or movies, if EVERYONE likes it I will probably refuse to watch it. I don’t know why I am this way. But if it seems everyone is doing or liking it I don’t want to. O.o

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    1. Same!!!!! It’s like a rebel thing. β€œYou love that books and think everyone should read it? NO! You can’t make me!” πŸ˜‚
      I was like that with Harry Potter. I didn’t get into it for the longest time because it was so popular. I didn’t want anything to do with it!

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