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 being our first TTT, I wasn’t sure exactly how to go about this and I’m too scared to ask anyone for help so I’m taking this as..
Books I Can’t Believe I Read (Because They Were So Bad Why Did I Waste My Precious Time Finishing Them?!)
I was beyond excited to read this book..I think I found it on Goodreads and that cover really reeled me in. Long story short: I hated every minute of it. I read it in November 2015 and I still remember how disappointed and annoyed I was. This was before I was leaving real reviews for myself to remember, but I wrote: “Not a fan, all flashbacks. Never enough to get connected to any characters.” LOL, short,
sweet and to the point.
OK, this needs no explaining. Most of us did it, then regretted it, and if you were one of the few who didn’t, well lah tee dah, aren’t you special.
NOW. I might have appreciated this book a bit more if I had read it later in life. At the time, I was single and fun and just having a great time, so the couple hating each other thing, it didn’t really do it for me. NOT SAYING I HATE MY HUSBAND but there have definitely been times where I could understand how it could happen. (love you, babe!) It was just like mixed thoughts, bouncing around, and quotes? I just never got the point.
Hands down, one of THE MOST DEPRESSING BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ. I mean, I’ve read books where the dog dies at the end and they couldn’t compare to this. Such a sad, lost girl in a big city and I just wanted to hug her and tell her to go home to her family. Who hurt you?! The whole book was so pretentious and maybe someone liked it (it was called book of the summer 2016) but that someone was NOT ME.
In all honesty, I should have loved this one (you know I’m all about the dark and twisty), but this one just made me feel… wrong. I felt very uncomfortable reading this the whole time (but my stubbornness refused to let me stop), and its one redeeming factor is that my resentment towards this book was so strong that it made me feel less angry about being stranded at the airport over night after having 5+ flights cancelled.
Honestly, it may have just been the ending of this one that ruined it for me, but I can’t let that cloud of pure hatred leave my mind. What does hubby remember about me reading this book? I literally threw this book against the wall and it stayed where it landed for 2 weeks because I couldn’t even touch the cover I was so mad. My blood’s boiling just thinking about it….
Everything about this book annoyed me, but most of all (*spoiler alert*)….SHE FORGOT SHE LEFT HER DOG TIED UP OUTSIDE OF COSTCO AND WENT BACK LIKE 8 HOURS LATER TO GET IT. I literally kept thinking, “Okay, is the dog actually with her and the author forgot to tell us? Is the good boy okay?” I think that summarizes everything you need to know about this book.
Don’t get me wrong… high school Kaylie was straight up Team Jacob. I read not 1, not 2, not 3, but ALL 4 in the series (perhaps more than once…), and I’m not ashamed to admit it. But as I’ve gotten older, the whole story has gotten icky. (BTW spoilers if you haven’t read it) The insta-love between a 17-year-old and 100+-year-old, plus whole imprinting of Jacob ON AN INFANT?! Weird AF.
1984 by George Orwell
I was less than impressed by this “Big Brother” novel. While I did enjoy the plot as a whole, I found the characters to be extremely bland and felt as though the story was dragging on, even when it should have been sucking me in. *Side note: unlike most people, I read this after high school, so my opinions aren’t skewed by student angst or being “too cool for school.” I just felt it was lacking where it could have been much more powerful.
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