Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week we’re given a new prompt for a top ten list of all things bookish (feel free to put your own spin on it). This week’s prompt is “Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read (maybe just for bragging rights)”. This one was really hard for me so I only have five this week. I had a few problems with it: 1. I’m not afraid to DNF a book when I don’t like it. 2. Because of that, I don’t often hate books that I’ve read all the way through. 3. I’ve never really considered bragging rights to be a thing when it comes to books. Brag about reading in general, but I don’t think it matters what you’re reading as long as you’re reading. To me no book is more important than any other just because it’s trending or because some scholars said it is.
With that being said, my list is going to be skewed more towards books I disliked but finished reading anyway since that’s something of a feat for me in and of itself.
1. Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest- This one actually fits into the original prompt for me. I read the first three books in the series but stopped during the fourth. While it’s another YA vampire series, I found it actually had a lot of unique ideas. I think my main problem was that a lot of the characters seemed really immature to me- not just the teenagers. I don’t think I’ll ever get back to this series (sorry Amanda) but am still interested in reading some of her other books. However I am glad I read them because I’d been in a serious reading lull for awhile and they got me back into using my Kindle.
2. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson- I just found this one a little annoying and hard to get through but the other two books in the trilogy were really good and I loved where she ended up taking the story so I’m glad I pushed through the first book despite my reluctance.
3. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger- I’ve never understood why this one is so popular. Holden is an immature, big, dumb jerk (we’re trying not to swear anymore) and I absolutely despised this book. But I actually finished it which I didn’t often do with the assigned reading from school.
4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald- This one was just so irritating. Nothing much happened until the end and the MC was SO DULL.
5. Fallen by Lauren Kate- You can read my somewhat angry review here. Amanda was a little annoyed that I didn’t finish this series but I’m just proud I managed to get through the first book. This is one of only a handful of books that I can honestly say I hated.
Well there’s my top five for this week. Let me know what you agree/disagree with. I love hearing your thoughts. As always, thanks for visiting our blog.