Books I Disliked But Love To Discuss!

Books I Disliked But Love To Discuss!

Andddd we're back with another Top 5 Wednesday! And this one may be filled with a little bit of...
I guess we'll find out...

Let’s be honest here, folks, we’re all here to have a little fun and discuss some books! (What’s better than that!?) We all have books that we absolutely adore, and absolutely dislike. This list will encompass books that I have a hankering to talk about in regards to the latter. So! Feel free to comment and let me know what you think about the books I’ve designated to my “dislike” shelf.

Disclaimer: Nothing that is said here is against the author. I'm only critiquing the book!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber
My Rating: 2.5 stars

Don't disown me already!

I see you giving me the stink eye, there! Yes, I'm well aware that I have an unpopular opinion of this book. While I've seen people literally gush over the writing in this book, I absolutely struggled to complete it because of the writing. The use of random colors to explain emotions was so off! As a person who loves the arts, these random expressions of feelings made the characters disjointed and frankly, not making sense.

Not only did the color thing bother me, I felt that the writing was redundant and...could have been edited better. So many times I found the text ruminating over the same point, just saying it in different ways. If you know me, then you know I'm not one for redundancy. So, this may just be because I have a pet peeve with it.

The concept of the story was quite intriguing. However, the execution wasn't smooth, and didn't always string together with coherence. I'll still read the sequel, Renegade, but I'm not sure what my reaction will be. Hopefully it will be a better one!

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Again, please don't abandon me here...

This series has some serious super fans, yet, I'm not one of them. While I thought the premise of this book was fantastic, the characters fell flat, and it became too drawn out, and predictable for me.

The only character I really liked and felt had some real "skin" to her was Scarlet. The rest, mainly Cress, were infuriating for different reasons; Cinder, because she was insta-everything; Winter because she just needed more to her; Cress because of her immaturity. Yes, I do know this is a YA series. I'm glad it is, too! It was rather clean, and didn't have a bad plot. However, it just wasn't up to high bar that everyone had been saying it was at for me.

Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
My Rating: 1 star

I went into this book with high hopes. I thought the synopsis sounded promising. However, the further I went into this read, my dislike for it grew.

I really think this book missed a massive opportunity. The main focus is on a girl who can feel other people's feelings. Specific people with this ability often-times resort to self-harm in order to feel a "release" from the overwhelming emotions within them. So...basically they are cutting. Some girls even wind up dead because they go to far with this form of "pain management."

When I came across this in the beginning, my teeth were set on edge. I kept thinking that there better be some reconciliation, or some teaching/learning points that didn't approve of this behavior. BUT THERE WASN'T! I was literally gasping in the end. This book opened a huge can of worms and...didn't care that it had in the end. You can see a further breakdown of this book in my review by clicking on the cover image.

Ugh. My heart broke with disappointment after reading this book.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
My Rating: DNF (no star-rating)

I don't have much good to say about this book. While this is a feminists' favorite (or so it seems), it's not one of mine.

I think some people may be shocked to hear that I'm a female, but I'm not a feminist. At least, not a feminist in the form that it has been established as in today's era. OF COURSE I believe in equal rights as men. However, this book is a strand of feminist propaganda that I just don't agree with. Not only that, it takes verses from the Bible, misrepresents them, and throws it back in the face of the reader in a context which is completely wrong. Not only does my womanhood feel attacked, so do my beliefs.
I found the premise, characters, and just about everything to be repulsive. Especially now that it is a TV series, it's a constant hot-topic. My dislike for it won't stop me from discussing it though!

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

While this is on this list, I have a little confession to make. I don't remember a whole lot about this book. I remember the premise, just not the intimate details.

What I do remember is how much I disliked it, and how I kept wondering how it was even considered to be a classic? The premise revolves around adultery, which, I personally don't want to read about. Enough said.

That list was more difficult to comprise than I expected. It's easy to rant out loud, but putting words on paper isn't always so simple. Where there any books listed here that you agree with? Were there any that you rebuttle with your entire being? Let me know in the comments below! I'd love to discuss more with you!

I am the author behind Foals, Fiction & Filigree. An all-encompassing blog about horses, books, and my art.

5 thoughts on “Books I Disliked But Love To Discuss!

  1. I really enjoyed this post! A lot of my friends also tell me not to read The Lunar Chronicles because it’s super predictable. What are your favorite Christian fiction books that you’d recommend??

    1. Thanks Tiffany! I’d highly recommend you check out the Out of Egypt series by Connilyn Cossette. The first book in the series is called Counted With the Stars. Here’s a link to it on Goodreads! It’s about the Exodus story told by women from different backgrounds. I loved them! I hope you do too if you decide to read them 🙂

  2. Interresting post! It’s nice to see how some opinions differ – in all respect, of course! I’ve never read any of thoses, and not really planning to as it’s not quite my cup of tea, and as for the lunar chronicle per exemple; too many books for my liking 🙈 I get a bit annoyed by them halfway.. it’s just too much for me..

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