Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is books I didn’t like but don’t regret reading. I’d normally avoid a topic like this because I don’t enjoy being overly negative, but I know that you guys like snark and unpopular opinions, so let’s give it a shot.
Normally, I’d stop reading a book I didn’t like, but I’ll push through a book if it’s culturally relevant. These are all books I pushed through. Some of them are classics, and some of them are books that got a lot of hype. I didn’t like them, but I don’t regret reading them.
Books I Didn’t Like But Don’t Regret Reading
This is so tedious. What is even happening? Can I please stop reading now?
1. The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
2. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
3. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
I was promised scary stuff. Where is all the scary stuff?! Why is there no scary stuff?!
1. The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux
2. Dracula – Bram Stoker
3. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
The terrible writing is making my brain hemorrhage, but everybody loves this book for reasons.
1. Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
2. Divergent – Veronica Roth
3. City of Bones – Cassandra Clare
4. Fifty Shades of Grey – EL James
I'd like a brief word with the committee who listed this book for a major award.
1. . . . And Now Miguel - Joseph Krumgold
2. The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill
3. Poor Things - Alasdair Gray
4. A Wrinkle in Time Trilogy - Madeleine L'Engle
5. Travels In Vermeer: A Memoir - Michael White
So much hype; so much "Meh."
1. Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
2. The Girls - Emma Cline
3. Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo
4. If I Stay - Gayle Forman
5. Cinder - Marissa Meyer
6. Bird Box - Josh Malerman
Stephen King, I love you, but sometimes I wonder if you're even trying.
2. Song of Susannah
Margaret Atwood, I love you, but you get ridiculous sometimes.
1. The Heart Goes Last
2. Angel Catbird
Can I claim bragging rights for slogging through these "very important" books?
1. Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
2. The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell
3. The Lover - Marguerite Duras
4. Crow: From The Life and Songs of the Crow - Ted Hughes
5. Black Boy - Richard Wright
6. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
What is a book that you disliked but don't regret reading? Is your favorite book on my list? Do you hate me now?