Let’s face it – not everyone agrees on which books are winners.
Sometimes there’s major hype around a book, all your friends love it, there’s critical acclaim or whatever, and then you read it and end up like.. whaatt?? Really? This book? Okay…
Now there haven’t been too many times when I’ve actually really disliked a book that’s been suggested to me. If anything I might not love it as much as the person who recommended it to me did, or I might just think it was a little boring. But there have been a couple instances where books that were recommended to me truly just – I don’t know – got under my skin.
So without further ado, I’ll get to the books that nobody should ever read ever. Just kidding. I know people who like all these books.
(People who are wrong and whose opinions can’t be trusted). Okay I’m done.
Popular books I didn’t like:
Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
I read Angels & Demons in about a day. I was into it – the book was this great mystery that I couldn’t wait to solve. Who could possibly be doing all these terrible things? What was the meaning and the motive behind the violence?
I’ll tell you. There was zero meaning behind the violence. And the motive was one of the biggest copouts in literary history. The motive (if you could really call it that) was not good enough to explain all of the things that happened in the book and it ruined everything for me.
And it also made me very, very angry. Everything in the book was pointless. I haven’t read any other Dan Brown books because of the ending of this book.
(I’ve actually had quite a few people tell me that if they had read this one first they never would have read The Da Vinci Code and that I should give that one a chance. I don’t know. Maybe I’ll give it a chance eventually. But I’m still really angry.)
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Beautiful Disaster isn’t really something I would normally pick up but a couple of people I know had read it and really liked it so I borrowed it from a friend. And 2 things killed it for me.
- The relationship in this book was built on ‘instant obsession.’Without even knowing each other the guy was over-the-top obsessed with the girl and resulted in (what I feel was) an emotionally abusive relationship. It started getting too creepy and forceful for me.
- There was a pretty traumatic event at the end that was basically forgotten about in the next chapter.Like what? Nobody moves on from trauma in 2.5. It made no sense and it felt like this huge traumatic scene was just thrown in there randomly as a last minute way to fill up more pages. This event was never actually integrated into the rest of the plot and there was no explanation on how it impacted the characters long-term. I wasn’t a fan.
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
Oh Dear John.
I read Dear John because I knew someone who really loved it (someone who usually has very similar book tastes to me) – and let me tell you – this book did some damage to my emotions.
And not in a “yeah this book was sad but it was a good sad book” sort of way. I can read good sad books. But this was a bad sad book. Too sad. Nicholas Sparks took every possible terrible situation that could possibly happen to the book’s protagonist, and then just threw it all on him at once at the end of the book. And that’s how it ended.
I have never felt more hopeless and in shock then I did after finishing this book. And this feeling lasted for a long time. I know that sounds overdramatic but it’s true. Then a few months after I finished the book the commercials for the movie adaptation started playing on TV and I would have to change the channel every. time. And I love Channing Tatum. It was a very trying time – and I’ve since boycotted Nicholas Sparks. He’s clearly a sociopath. (JK @ Nicholas Sparks – but seriously I can’t read your books.)
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
I had to read Lord of the Flies in the 9th grade (I think) and I can honestly say it’s the absolute worst thing I’ve ever had to read for school. The schoolboys in this book were SO mean.
My heart broke for Piggy and he never even got any justice.
I don’t really have much to say about this one – the cruelty was just too hard for me to read.
The Selection series by Kiera Cass
My main problem when it comes to The Selection series is that I just didn’t enjoy the protagonist at all. I found her annoying and indecisive, and she responded to situations without thinking anything through. Because of this she came across as selfish – and really really stupid. And she always thought she was right – in an annoyingly self-righteous kind of way.
I also really didn’t like the love triangle in the book (I mean I rarely enjoy love triangle’s in books). But the main girl kept going back and forth between the two guys and then would never take responsibility for her own decisions and actions. She’s was incredibly hypocritical when it came to the two guys and it drove me up a wall.
But anyway – like I said, I know people who like all of these books so it’s all a matter of opinion.
If you’ve read them, how did you feel about these books? What are some popular books you weren’t a fan of?