Books I Hated But I'm Glad I Read

Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl!  This week's topic is books that I hated but I'm glad I read, mainly for the bragging rights.  There's a lot of low rated books that I read for university, but I can't say I'm necessarily glad that I read any of them.  So, I'm just going to go with ten of my lowest rated books on Goodreads.

If any of these books are your favourites, I'm glad that you enjoyed them!  But not every book works for every reader, and these ones just didn't do it for me...

1. Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
I loooooove me some Atwood, but this one was absolutely AWFUL.  It's supposedly one of her best and more popular works, but if I had read this book first I would have been turned off her work permanently.

2. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
I read this beast of a book for book club and I think it was the first time I'd ever encountered a book that was entirely character-focused.  Although I love a book where the characters are really well-developed, this book lacked anything but characterization and the characters weren't likeable at all.

3. Lord of the Flies by William Goldman
I read this in Grade 11 and did not like it at all.  Honestly, what part of this book was a 17-year-old girl supposed to engage with?

4. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, et al.
Based on my reaction to this book, I shouldn't have even purchased Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.  This book was the beginning of the end for me realizing that novellas are just not my thing.

5. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
This was one of the first adult fiction books that I read and I think it came from one of those pamphlets the library handed out, probably a list of Oprah's book club picks.  Thankfully, I also picked up The Poisonwood Bible and White Oleander off this list too, so it wasn't a total waste.

6. Marked by Kristin Cast and P.C. Cast
I laughed out loud when I saw that I gave this book two stars ... because I proceeded to read at least five more books in this series!  This was back in the day when I felt compelled to finish any series that I started.  I'm glad that I don't feel that way anymore!

7. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I know, I know -- I'm the only person in the whole wide world who felt this way!  But I did NOT enjoy this book.  At all.  In fact, on Goodreads I gave it two stars, but as time goes on I dislike it more and more ... I'm going to change it to one star.

8. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Thankfully this book didn't turn me off Jenny Han altogether because I adored her To All The Boys I've Loved Before series.  I didn't continue on with the Summer series though because this book was awful.  A main character named Belly, seriously?  

9. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
There is SO MUCH LOVE around the blogosphere for Patrick Ness, but I didn't care for this book.  So much so that I've avoided picking up any of this other books, although I have been tempted.  I feel like he's like Neil Gaiman -- I might be the only person in the world who just doesn't love their books.

10. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
I still want to give Jellicoe Road a shot (even though I've picked it up and put it down once already), but Finnikin was definitely not what I had hoped it would be.  Even buddy reading it didn't result in it being higher than two stars.



  1. You are NOT the only person who disliked Outlander, I have very strong opinions about it and I have no idea how any woman can love it? I am also yet to find a book by Patrick Ness or Neil Gaiman I like, despite many recommendations.


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