Top Ten Tuesday: Books I hated but I’m glad I read

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I hated but I’m glad I read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl

I’m sure we’ve all been there. You read a book and absolutely hate it, but you can’t keep telling people that you read it. It’s the only thing you can talk about. You’re obsessed.

This happens to me far more regularly than I’m willing to admit to. These ten books are ones that I hated but I’m really glad I read, because I feel like they make me a proper book blogger.

10) Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy

Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy

I’m glad I read Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You because the idea is so brilliant, and if I hadn’t read it I would still be wondering if it would become one of my favourite books of all time. The answer? No. A story told through lists is a cool idea, but the execution is dreadful (and the main character is a total ass).

9) The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

I had wanted to read The Age of Innocence since watching an episode of Gossip Girl which paid homage to it. I’m not sure if it’s the way I read the book – through an app which sent me a chapter a day – or the story itself, but something about it was awful. It definitely gave me a deeper appreciation of Gossip Girl, though.

8) Flight to Eternity by J.R. Harrison

Flight to Eternity by J.R. Harrison

When I started working in the library, people could not stop talking about local author J.R. Harrison and his book, Flight To Eternity. It’s… Trippy. I’m glad I read it, because it means that there’s a real review of it available on Goodreads (it has three ratings: my 2 stars, and two accounts which the author created to give his novel two 5 star ratings) but my brain still hurts when I think about this book too closely.

7) There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

I loved Whisper To Me, and although There Will Be Lies wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, I could appreciate the fact that Nick Lake featured a protagonist who was hard of hearing. It made the book a little disorienting because it constantly felt as though I was missing bits, but that’s a realistic portrayal of the experience of people who are hard of hearing. I’ve even recommended it to a couple of friends who are hard of hearing since, and they really enjoyed it.

6) Ferryman by Claire McFall

Ferryman by Claire McFall

Ferryman was the first book which I gave a bad review, so I’m grateful that I read this one because it tested how brutally honest I wanted my blog to be. It’s gone on to be one of my most popular posts of all time, so it’s proof that honesty pays off!

5) Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone was one of the strongest series starters I’d ever read, and the story vastly improved during Siege and Storm. Sadly the third volume disappointed me, but I’m glad that I finished the series because I adored the first two.

4) Panther by David Owen

Panther by David Owen

Panther is one of the books which has disappointed me the most. I’d heard amazing things about it and was really excited to read a YA book which featured a male protagonist with an eating disorder, but I ended up hating Derrick because he’s a very creepy character. The eating disorder was handled sensitively, it was just the rest of Derrick’s personality that was problematic.

3) Girl Online by Zoella

Girl Online by Zoella

I only read Girl Online so that I could make an informed judgement regarding the ghostwriting drama and Zoe Sugg’s merits as an author. For some reason I decided to carry on reading the series and I enjoyed the third installment so much that I gave it 4 stars: if I hadn’t forced myself to plough through her first book, I wouldn’t have gotten the enjoyment that I did from the third.

2) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Everyone should read The Fault in Our Stars, but it really does seem to be the YA community’s version of Marmite. It’s either someone’s favourite book of all time EVER or the worst book they’ve ever read which they’re tempted to throw in the bin. I’m firmly part of the latter camp: I genuinely think this wouldn’t have been published if it didn’t have John Green’s name on the cover.

1) The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Fate of the Tearling is on this list for the same reason as Ruin and Rising. I hated The Queen of the Tearling and thought The Invasion of the Tearling was one of the best books I’d ever read, but the third installment was utterly disappointing. It feels as though Erika Johansen changed her mind halfway through writing the book and chickened out, which still really annoys me.


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Are there any books which you hated but you’re glad you read anyway?