Top Ten Tuesday : Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.
It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This weeks topic is Top Ten Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read


I don’t think I have any books I’ve HATED and been glad to have read at the same time. These are the closest I could get. While I don’t hate them, my memory of them is bleh and I’ve given them away.

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1 The Princess Bride

by William Goldman

I LOVED the film and when you hear a film like that is based off of a book, you expect something pretty epic. Nope. A whole book of nope.
So much nope that I even tore the book up for crafting, le gasp! I felt I couldn’t pass it on, and now I have a Princess Bride themed box!
I’m glad I read it though because somehow it happened to make the film that much more amazing!

2 Unwind

by Neal Shusterman

This was a strange book, I only have vague memories of the full plot but the overall memory is pretty creepy.
I’m glad I read this though, because it meant that when I got Scythe in a book box I recognised the name of the author and it made me far more receptive to the book – which I think meant I stuck with it perhaps longer than I would have other wise, which was lucky as I ended up loving it.

The Knowland Retribution

by Richard Greener

This is the book that The Finder was based off of. This book had too much detail for me, but the character is amazing!
I’m glad I got to see his origins. So sad they cancelled the show after the first season and I can’t find it on DVD

4 Allegiant

by Veronica Roth

My review of this book starts like this:
“This book is not my friend. It’s hard to review a good book you didn’t like.”
I didn’t like this book but I did like this world and I’m glad I spent the time in this world that I did. I never watched passed the first film though. Not only was Four too old, they also changed the whole storyline! Therefore I’m also glad that I read the books first.

Dark Fire

by Christine Feehan

So this is number 6 in this series and basically if you’ve read the first few you’ve read them all. I read these on the recommendation of someone I want to college with. She loved something that happened in book 9 or something and wanted me to read them so that I could talk with her about it. I really wasn’t enjoying myself with them as all the women were practically the same character just with a different history and colouring (and these were written by a WOMAN). Then I hit this one and I just couldn’t go any further.
I’m glad I read this one because it meant I didn’t keep going and this later helped me lead up to putting down books I wasn’t enjoying rather than forcing myself to go through them.


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6 Inkheart

by Cornelia Funke

I watched the film and really enjoyed it and thought I really should read the book. Honestly, if I’d read this when I was younger I probably would have loved it but as an adult it just seemed long and cliched. The film was better (not something I say usually). I’m glad I read it though because I still appreciate the magic of it, and now I can recommend it to my daughter when she’s a little older but not as old as me lol.

7 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

by Muriel Spark

Can you regret reading a classic… I think I’m close with this one. It was so boring and bland but I guess I’m still glad I can tick this off my list of 100 books to read before you die.

8 Thirteen Reasons Why

by Jay Asher

So contraversial. I didn’t enjoy this one, but then can anyone really say they enjoyed it? I didn’t, but I’m still glad I read it. I think it’s important to be aware of other people and issues like this.

9 Isla and the Happily Ever After

by Stephanie Perkins

I didn’t enjoy this book at all. I was really sad as I loved the previous two. I’m happy that I finished the series though. It’s always nice to complete something.

10 Avoiding Temptation

by K A Linde

Again another end to a series that, in my opinion, was a waste of time and paper. I loved the previous two but didn’t agree with where the storyline went, and I don’t think I was alone. Glad to tick off another completed series though.

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2 comments on “Top Ten Tuesday : Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read

  1. Kiss Like a Girl

    Great list! I’m totally with you on Thirteen Reasons Why. It was fine and it’s a book to talk about with people, but it was not an enjoyable read.

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