Happy Tuesday Everyone, It’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday. Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm and is now hosted by Meeghan at the Meeghan Reads. And this week’s topic is: Top 5 Hyped Books I Didn’t Like.
And yes I know this post is super late, I have been totally caught up in the Olympics for the past few days and boy was today a wild day. But even if it hadn’t been a big day I probably would have been watching most of it anyway, I am watching yet more as I write this post. I am a huge Olympics fan, honestly about the only sports I care about (Ice Skating is my favorite if you were wondering).
So right about those books. When thinking about this list I think of it as my disappointments list, some I really disliked but some of the books that I chose for this list are books that I had high hopes for but just didn’t work for me. And there are unfortunately all too many of those, I kept thinking of more books that would fit the bill as I was looking though old books. I almost put The Knife of Never Letting Go on this list and that book I really did hate.
1. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
I have been hearing about this book for years now, one of those that ends up on all the books about books lists and what big reader doesn’t like the sound of that? So I finally got around to reading it earlier this year and Ugh I just didn’t like it. I have tried to figure out what it is and the best I have come up with is that the it just spanned to much time in not enough pages for me to feel like I had any connection to the characters. I really had been hoping for something more like Ove but set in a bookstore and yeah that is not what I got, or for that matter Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore, a book that I did really enjoy.
2. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
So first I would like to say that it has been great to see diverse authors with prominent books in fantasy and fantasy based on different cultures and traditions. However, this book just didn’t work for me, I read it several years ago and what has stuck with me even now was that it was about half again as long as it really should have been, so I was ready for it to be wrapping up about at the 75% mark and then it just kept going. I also thought that I wanted more of the characters to be likable, as if there was some set up for a future redemption arc in the next book but not enough for me to be happy with. So I thought on the whole this book was just fine and I haven’t picked up the sequel yet.
3. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Talk about hype especially in the Jr/Teen Fantasy book world, but yeah this book didn’t work for me. Honestly I just felt like it was incredibly dark, especially for a book that gets shelved with the children’s books, and more than that I wasn’t getting much hope from anywhere when I was reading it. So many of the characters were just so awful, that it just felt like a slog to get through.
4. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Yes this is yet another book that I heard about on WSIRN, which totally counts as hype in my book. And I have to say this whole genre of the slice of life character driven books may just not be for me but if that were all it would have just been a book that was fine, about what I had expected in short. But what really got this book onto this list was the really troubling abuse in the book, I am just not Ok with it and the more I think about this book the less I like it.
5. Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan
So yes this book that was on my TBR Top 5 has now made it onto this list. As I wrote last week when I finished it I was not thrilled with this book. I had high hopes but it just ended up being rather disappointing, given that I really enjoyed the Crazy Rich Novels, and on the surface these books look very similar but the characters and the character development are really where this book fell flat for me.
Happy Reading Everyone!