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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Six Books Everyone Loved, Except Me

Do you ever feel like you're the only one on the planet that just doesn't get it sometimes? Like everyone on earth obviously has amazing taste in books, and you're just a complete literary loser?  I can't tell you how many times I've heard people rave and rave about a book, and then I read it and I'm like.....er.....(crickets)....I......uh......must have missed something.

So here's my list of books that ALL THE GLOBE thought were amazing, and I just didn't.  If you're the author of one of these books, just take comfort in the fact that it's OBVIOUSLY me, not you.


In the Shadow of Blackbirds
by Cat Winters

I swear this book is EVERYWHERE right now!  Every.  Where.  When I Goodreads'ed it, all the people said, "That books is freaking awesome!  You will love it!"  But....I didn't.  So I'm obviously lame.  I just reviewed this one, so I won't bore you, (unless you want to be bored, and then by all means, click here) but this book and I are sadly not besties.

Nightshade
by Andrea Cremer

It killed me not to love this book.  I met Andrea right before Nightshade came out.  It was my first ALA, and she was my first author-stalk.  I loved her, I loved the (this) cover, and I loved the premise.  But I just couldn't get into the story.  I was bored.  I admit it!!  It's obviously because Andrea's mind is too brilliant for my puny brain to comprehend.  Now in full disclosure, I did finish the series on audio and ended up loving it, and I'm IN FREAKING LOVE with Rift and Rise.  So, does that make up for my Nightshade betrayal?

Cinder
by Marissa Meyer

*Hides not only from book world, but also from my own daughter*  It's not that I hated this book or anything, I liked the idea, I thought it was cute, but I just couldn't connect with it.  The whole time I just thought, "I bet younger readers will like this."  I wasn't wrong about that, they love it.  My daughter ADORES it.  But everyone else seems to love it too!  WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?  I just got bored, and I honestly struggled to finish it.  Please don't tell Reagan

Throne of Glass
by Sarah J Maas

Geez, another completely amazing and adorable author that I love, but.....erm....yeah.  So, I'm still hearing people rave about this book.  People are SO spastic about the sequel coming out they can hardly contain themselves.  They scream and shout (and let it all out), "This book is the most amazing thing ever!!" And all I can think is, "Did my book covers get switched?"  Before you ask, I'm a HUGE high fantasy/historical fantasy fan.  They are my favorites.  And maybe that's the problem.  Most books in that genre are more complex and seem to be written more for adults than for teens.  Throne of Glass seemed kidish to me.  Ugh...well aren't I just so sophisticated (read: snotty)?!

Shiver
by Maggie Stiefvater

I finally got this book because everyone, including Amy, loved it.  As I was reading it, I just thought, "Seriously??  This is it??  What on earth do people see in this book?"  I found it to be one of the most boring books, and the characters were just so lame!  I mean, this can't actually be true, I know, because you all adore them and want to have their babies. That is, never-the-less, how I felt while reading.  I will proceed to therapy now.



Beautiful Creatures
by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Oh, Lord, PLEASE do NOT let Amy see this post.  Lord, while I'm at it, please don't let Kami or Margi see it either.  Actually, please keep all the authors away so they don't hate me. -Amen

I can not believe I'm actually admitting this.....IN PUBLIC.  But I didn't like Beautiful Creatures.  There!  I said it!!  I got 1/4 through it and quit.  Then because of Amy's COMPLETE INFATUATION with it, I got the audio and finished it.  The audio was great....the book.....not so much.  Without getting into too much detail, there were things I liked about it, but I thought it was slow, I thought Ethan was a big weenie, and Lena was a *bleep.  Oddly enough, I did like the movie! But I have no desire to go any further in the series. *Wails*



So, that's it for me for now.  I've dug myself into a big enough hole for the time being, now let me have it!  Or, if you're brave, you can tell me in the comments what books you've hated that everyone else loved.  If you're really brave, you'll write a post about it :D



39 comments:

  1. Love this! There is no shame in not liking something, everyone is entitled to their opinions. I do feel more pressure to love something though, when it feels like everyone else on the planet did. Good for you for putting it out there!

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    1. That's so true about the pressure! I felt it most recently with In the Shadow because two of my favorite authors loved it, and were tweeting me saying how great it was. I was like, "Crap! They'll hate me if I don't love it!"

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  2. Haven't read the first one but I read Nightshade and I couldn't be bothered to follow the series. The MC annoyed the hell out of me and I just wasn't interested in that love triangle or... anyone.
    Haven't read Cinder (yet) but I think I might be able to relate to the feeling. Some YA books just make me feel like I'm too old for this, these characters, their issues and all their raging hormones. Don't get me wrong, I love it in some other books but then there are some that make me close the book. Having said that *looks at bookshelves* it's hard to find a book where the MC is over 21. Do people just die at the age of 21 or something? 23 and still alive here people!
    My mate read Throne of Glass and she told me to avoid it. Hahhaha.
    Some books I love AT THAT TIME but then my love just dies out, for example Shiver, Grave Mercy and possibly Beautiful Creatures. I did really like BC and I am interested in reading the next books when I get my hands on them. With the others, I don't care to read on. And I think I love Maggie Stiefvater more than her books, lol. It's like I love Kiersten White and Tahereh Mafi but I also LOVE their books :)

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    1. OMG yes, about loving Maggie more than her books. She is completely adorable, and hilarious!! I really should try her other books, though, The Raven Boys etc. But I'm kinda scared. :P

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    2. I tried Scorpio Races and I just couldn't get into it. Wasn't getting the whole concept and I didn't care much for the characters. Might try Raven Boys but I'm not going to get my hopes up.

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  3. I hated Beta , and Original Sin & The Mesphisto Convanant ...Those are my worst books ever.

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    1. I think you might be cheating with Beta. I'm pretty sure everyone hated that book. hahaha..... :D

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  4. My livebrary loan expired on Beautiful Creatures and I just never cared to finish.

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  5. You know, I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Scorpio Races and really liked Raven Boys. But I stopped reading Shiver after about 4 chapters.
    I read Beautiful Creatures, but I wasn't too excited over it.
    I quite liked Cinder, but the sequel, Scarlet, had a couple of things that really bothered me. (Still, I thought the writing was really good.)

    In the world of English teachers and university stuff, I am a bit of a pariah. I really cannot stand Moby Dick, which is held by many as the greatest American novel ever written. I also suspect that James Joyce wrote Ulyses just so professors could argue about it. It was obviously the product either of a joke or waaaaay too much of that Irish ale. You can just imagine how my opinions on these books are thought of as sacrilege in university circles.
    Want to know what other classic I really don't like? Catcher in the Rye. For all those people who called it "life changing," I ask, "And just how boring was your life to begin with?" I read it as a 14-year-old because it was assigned, and I thought, "This is boring." So I read it again, years later, as an English teacher and thought, "Why is this considered 'great'?" The book is about a loser kid who blames everyone else for his problems, has no change (for good or bad) during the whole book, and does nothing.
    You can just imagine how popular this opinion makes me among other English teachers, who tend to hold this book up as a great light to the teen world.

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    1. I totally agree with you about so many of the classics. Sometimes I think that we're so stuck in tradition and trying to look smarter than everyone else, that we can't admit those books weren't really all that!

      Good to know about The Scorpio Races! I might give that a go!

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  6. Uh... typo. Please mentally insert a comma after the phrase "as an English teacher." Thank you.

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  7. I didn't like Beautiful Creatures either! And I actually just read a review of Throne of Glass where the blogger hated it as well.

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    1. Wow, I had no idea so many people didn't love BC! Where was all this when the book came out? If only I had known that I wasn't alone.

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  8. *raises hand* Another person who didn't like Beautiful Creatures, right here. One of my big why-did-everyone-like-it-but-me books is Anna and the French Kiss. I always feel ashamed to admit to these things, so kudos to you for being brave and writing an entire post! :)

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    1. Haha, yeah, I was one of those that adored Anna. And I don't ever read that type of book. :P

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  9. do not feel bad I was not a big fan of beautiful creatures the book either but actually really liked the movie and well shiver, nightshade and Cinder are still sitting on my bookcase unread.

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    1. I am so shocked about all the people agreeing about BC!! This blows my mind! In the end, I did really end up enjoying the Nightshade series, especially the prequels, but get them on audio!!!

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  10. I read the first five of these and liked all but Throne of Glass-it needed a lot more complexity I agree!

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    1. So crazy how people can be so different! I guess it's a good thing there are so many books out there! :D

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  11. Oh, I didn't like CINDER or THRONE OF GLASS either!

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    1. YES!! I'm not crazy!!!! :D I also felt the same way about Falling Kingdoms and The Fairie Ring.

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  12. I didn't like Throne of Glass or Beautiful Creatures, either, but like you, thought the BC movie was awesome!

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  13. I read Shiver because I fell head over heels in love with Scorpio Races - but I don't think it is a book for everyone (The Scorpio Races). Shiver was better than I expected, but not something I fell in love with. Beautiful Creatures was ok, but again, I didn't love it. Now for my list: Twilight! I don't get it at all. But I think I hated the movies more than the books. The Fault in our Stars. Everyone tears their hair out over this book, but I just couldn't handle the characters. The Goddess Test and The Body Finder are two more that come to mind.

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    1. Oh wow, yeah, I loved TFioS, and I never read contemps. Ever. I also loved The Body Finder series. So funny!

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  14. I didn't like Beautiful Creatures. I actually didn't even finish the audiobook of it. I had less than 2 hours left and just gave up. It felt like it was just going on, and on. I did really like the music and sounds effects though. You don't get that much in audiobooks. I haven't read Throne of Glass or Shadow of Blackbirds. I have heard that Shiver is good, but the rest of that series isn't. I liked Nightshade and Cinder though.

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    1. Yeah, I don't think I've ever listened to another audio that had all the sound effects that BC had. I really liked it a lot. Amy listened to it, though, and didn't care for it. Funny!

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  15. this was a great post. No one should be ashamed in talking about books that just didn't work out for them. I went thru this when I came to terms with the fact that I have no interest in Matched series. I thought bloggers would come at me with itch forks, but no one did. So everyone should respect others opinions.

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    1. UGH!! I really liked Matched, but that's one I can definitely understand you not liking. You either connect with that type of writing, or you don't. And that series went WAY downhill.....

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  16. It always happens to me! And here it goes my list:

    Fallen - Lauren Kate
    Crescendo - Becca Fitzpatrick (loved Hush, Hush but it should've stopped at that!)
    Personal Demons - Lisa Desrochers (DNF)
    The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (classic of classics and I hated!)
    Ink Exchange - Melissa Marr (really liked Wicked Lovely but this one...)
    Intertwined - Gena Showalter (it made me sleep...)

    The next are going to grant me some hate but...

    Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyers (I don't want that mutant baby!)
    Obsidian - Jennifer L. Armentrout (couldn't finish...)
    Delirium - Lauren Oliver (only that?)
    City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare (angsty Jace, boring...)
    The Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare (sorry but it felt like The Mortal Instruments all over again...)

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    1. FALLEN!!! Yes, that's one I definitely could've added to this list. Also, HUSH, HUSH, though a lot of people hated it for the same reasons I did. I'm definitely with you on PD & TCinR. I ADORE Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series, but Ink Exchange was my least favorite. In the context of the entire story, I like it ok, but when I first read it I was so confused. I didn't realize Ash & Keenan wouldn't be main characters, and it was SO dark.

      Intertwined-didn't read
      BD-meh
      Obsidian-didn't read
      Delirium-loved
      CoFA-ugh....wish it would've stopped with City of Glass
      Clockwork Angel- ONE OF MY FAVORITE SERIES EVER. It is SO different than TMI for me. I just adore all three of those, and they got better and better. :D

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  17. I SO appreciate this post, Andye!! I feel the same way about books that other people rave about and when I finally read them and I'm like..."Um, did I miss something here?" I'm so glad to know that I'm not alone! :)

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  18. I get like that too... I think it's just that everyone has a different taste in books, and we just happen to on the minority group... I personally didn't enjoy shiver, beautiful creatures, or the fallen series very much. I think the problem is that I couldn't really connect with these books. I couldn't understand some of the logic or relate to the characters, and some books just seem to drone on and on about things that don't seem to be very important to me... It's nice to know that there are a lot of people out there like me :)

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  19. What? There are people out there that didn't like Cinder? Wow. Cinder is one of the few books I get giddy over when I think about it. It was such a neat premise!

    I liked Beautiful Creatures. Buuuuut, I don't really want to continue with the series. The first book left me feeling satisfied enough.

    - Jackie

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  20. I did not care for Shiver either and I totally thought something was wrong with me! Glad to know I'm not alone :)

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  21. Oh dear, this is fabulous! It's unfortunate that people have to feel trepidation before releasing their true views on certain medias when it goes against the masses' praise out of fear that they'll turn on them in a (as Nathan Bransford has deemed it) a virtual witch hunt.
    I felt the SAME EXACT way about 'Shiver' and 'Beautiful Creatures,' the only ones on this list I've tried. I felt so wrong for thinking the former was terribly boring because I adore Maggie Stiefvater, her blog, humor, music, and writing advice! With the latter, I just felt that what was a 500 page story could've easily been wittled down to the size of a novella had all of Lena's whining been deleted. And YES! Ethan was a wheenie! I also found a lot of the fantasy elements unbelievable.
    Now, my confession is, I think, even worse, simply because millions would care to differ, and because, despite my admitted love for John Green, I feel I'd have to lock my doors so Nerd Fighters didn't come in and DFTBA me to death... I hated TFiOS.
    o.o

    I'm gonna go lock my doors

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  22. I couldn't get into Cinder at all, which still makes me feel bad because I have so many students who love it. Shiver took me a while to get into, but once I did I loved it. I really liked Nightshade, but Wolfsbane dragged and I can't get into the third one.

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  23. I rather liked Beautiful Creatures. After reading all those girl-centred books it was refreshing to find one that was seen from the boy's viewpoint, though in the end, it was still a girl's book. I enjoyed the send-up of small town life and was disappointed that the lollipop sucking was left out of the movie. I could take or leave Throne of Glass, though it was better than all those reviews were saying. I only read it because I was sent a review copy. And I thought it WAS YA? Catcher In The Rye is regarded as the world's first YA novel, so have some respect! :) it has dated somewhat, that's all. I read it twice for English at high school. My ow,"What's all the fuss about?" is Veronica Roth's Divergent. What a selfish, unpleasant heroine! And a universe I found very hard to swallow. But the author, from what I have seen online, is a real lady. As you say. Admire the author, not the book. As a YA writer whose novel has had every rating -and I mean EVERY rating - between one and five stars on Goodreads, I'm here to tell you that this is probably more normal than the fuss made over a few best sellers. They just make more noise. Oh, and one more: Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. Even my local librarians made a fuss over it. It all happened in 24 hours, during which time nobody ate, slept or went to the bathroom and was fresh as a daisy for the final action scene.

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