Top Ten Tuesday: May 14th

“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.”

I came across this weekly challenge by chance and wanted to give it a try since it came so highly recommended. All credit goes to the creator (I linked the blog above). This week’s topic is “Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read”.

1.) The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer

When the first book was released, I was in high school and all the girls in my year were gushing about how amazing it was. I felt a bit left out when the Team Jacob vs. Team Edward debate started, so I begged my mom to buy me the books for Christmas. Even though the trend had come and gone by the time I’d read all the books, I still felt like I’d accomplished something. As a side note, I enjoyed the first book. The other three…not so much. Don’t even get me started on the final “battle”.

2.) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

I had to read this classic for school, so I naturally hated it before I’d even cracked it open. I generally enjoyed it; it wasn’t great, but I didn’t think it was that bad. I was disappointed to learn that the unique, somewhat outlandish story was all just a religious metaphor. For the next few weeks, I had to analyze those metaphors and the hatred came back with gusto.

3.) Night by Elie Wiesel

I didn’t dislike the book itself, I just think it’s beyond terrible what those poor people had to go through during the Holocaust. It’s always fascinating to ‘see’ historical events through the eyes of someone who lived it and I’m always amazed at just how strong a person Mr. Wiesel was.

4.) The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg 

Again, I decided to read this book because it was so popular. I don’t regret reading it since the concept of paper magic was something new and exciting, but the story itself was disappointingly cliche. Without spoiling too much, I’ll just say that the plot is an overused one I’ve read many times.

5.) Lord of the Flies by William Golding

From a psychology standpoint, this book is fascinating. What would happen if a group of young boys was stranded on an island together? On the other hand, reading about boys still years from puberty literally tearing each other apart was definitely not. And Piggy. Poor Piggy.