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

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week they provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. You don’t have to do all ten. Instead you can do three, five, fifteen, whatever you want. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

This week’s theme is Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read. 

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Look. Look. I don’t know why I can’t stop reading these. Each one is worse than the lass but then Maas throws in a little nugget of character development that just sucks me back in like quicksand. For instance, I am currently more than half through Empire of Storms and have sworn this whole book that I won’t be reading anymore. NOPE! Then Dorian and Manon. I am half in love with Manon myself. Now I am sucked in again. WHY DO I KEEP DOING THIS TO MYSELF! I know, logically, that these stories really aren’t very good. I’m sorry, but they aren’t, however Mass sure can suck you in. I have never had an OTP. Ever. Not in a single book. But here I am sitting rooting for Dorian and Manon like a crazed pre-teen fangirl. I’m too old for this shit.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This was a book I reviewed very early on in Literary Weaponry’s life. I had been hearing about it everywhere and was so excited to read it. When I was finally able to pick it up from the library I dove in with a gusto…and ended up really not liking the book. But you know what? That was fine. I’m glad I read it and found out that Bardugo’s world for these stories wasn’t for me. Better than wondering about it for ages, right?

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber. This pick is a little different. I read this book and hated it so much that I swore that I would never read Garber again. Nope, not kidding. Then, somehow, I ended up with an ARC of Legendary. I still haven’t figured out how that landed in my possession. Long story short, I read Legendary and absolutely adored it. It was pure magic. If I hadn’t read Caraval, despite the fact that I hated it, I would never have read Legendary and it was well worth suffering through the annoyance that was Scarlett.

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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. I’m taking an altered approach with this book. When I picked it up I truly expected to HATE it. All caps. Yup, I intentionally read a book I expected to hate. I grabbed this one as audio for a long drive and, well, I was pretty upset at the time and wanted something to listen to that would elicit strong emotions. What happened? I ended up really enjoying this book. I 100% expected to write a bashing post about it but instead I gave it a 4/5. This book was exactly what I needed at the time for all the reasons I didn’t expect. I’m rather grateful for it.

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There are my five for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. I’m going back to reading Empire of Storms now and shouting at Dorian and Manon. They have my blood pressure up. And lets not even get started on Lorcan…these characters are going to kill me.

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read

  1. I know exactly what you mean about feeling too old for certain types of young adult romance, haha. I love fantasy and there are some great young adult fantasies but I feel like recently the series that have surged to popularity are just… lacking something. It might just be a sign I’m leaving the young adult audience, or I’m listening to the wrong book recommendations.

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    1. I’ve found myself enjoying fewer YA books the last couple of years than I used to as well. Personally, I chalked it up to being picky but I also think that the YA landscape has changed. Eragon and its simple little childish story used to be considered a YA book. Now you pick up a YA fantasy you get sex, blood, and murder. It is interesting to see how much has changed in so short a time.

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      1. I’ve always been of the opinion that things like sex, blood and murder (within reason, obviously) do belong in young adult, but that there should be a dividing line between ‘young’ young adult and ‘old’ young adult (for lack of a better description) – the books at 13 year old wants to read are very different from the books a 16 year old wants to read. I don’t think the current structure of the YA industry caters to that at the moment.

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