Please come back after you read this! I have a bad habit of finishing all books I start, but every now and then there are books I wish I hadn’t finished. Then, there are the books I read but wouldn’t recommend to anyone. And there are also those books that just aren’t for me. But I think it’s important to talk about the bad and the good, so here you are: 8 books that lots of people like, but I didn’t.
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng [YA fiction, contemporary] VERY, very rarely do I DNF a book (I really struggle with it, actually), but I gave up on this one when I was about halfway through. The premise is good. It’s about a mixed-race Chinese-American family whose middle daughter Lydia is found drowned in a lake and what happens to her family after this. And I really loved Little Fires Everywhere (also by Celest Ng), but I just couldn’t make myself finish this one.
- The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater [YA fiction, fantasy] I read the first two books in this four-book series, but I just didn’t want to keep going. These books are about 16-year-old Blue, daughter of a psychic, and her group of Raven Boys as they hunt for a sleeping king along an energy line in their town. YEARS ago, I read the Shiver series and I remember loving Maggies Stiefvater’s writing, but these books just didn’t keep my attention good enough for me to keep reading.
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini [historical fiction] okay, okay, okay, I won’t lie, it has been almost 5 years since I read this book. That’s a long time. This book is an unforgettable story about two boys separated by social class. Honestly, I think I was just too young for this one, as I read it in high school, and I just found myself in over my head in the painful reality of the world. Which is probably why my teacher made us read it (Thanks, Mrs. B!).
- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold [YA fiction] This sad story follows Susie Salmon as she watches her family come to terms with her horrific death. This one was SUPER popular when I was in high school and I REALLY wanted to like it, but I just didn’t like the story. I found it hard to follow and just super depressing.
- Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer [biography], A young man leaves everything behind and hitch-hikes to Alaska where he tries to survive. Like the Kite Runner, I read this one back in high school and I think maybe I was too young to appreciate it? I read it really fast because I wanted to know what was going to happen, but I really didn’t care for the story. (Sidenote: My husband recently read it and he pointed out that the main character, Christopher Johnson McCandless, is closer to our parent’s age than ours.)
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [fiction, fantasy, history] This classic read just isn’t for me. It’s an interesting concept, creating a human from scraps of other people, but it just wasn’t for me. Please don’t misunderstand: I have all the respect in the world for Mary Shelley and what she did for woman and literature, this book just wasn’t for me.
- Elanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell [YA, contemporary, coming-of-age] I have seriously LOVED some of Rainbow Rowell’s work (specifically, Fangirl and Landline) and I had really high hopes going into this one (maybe that was part of the problem?). This story is about two sixteen-year-olds who fall in love despite the odds against them. It’s cute and I really adore Rainbow Rowell’s writing style, but I didn’t connect with the book the way I wanted to.
- The Young Elites by Marie Lu [YA, fantasy] This year I discovered Marie Lu. Over the course of two weeks, I read Warcross, Legend, Champion, Prodigy, and The Young Elites. And I loved every second of her writing, allowing myself to be transported to another universe through her storytelling. I think the reason I couldn’t connect with The Young Elites was that it was so dark. Instead of following a heroine, the story is that of a villian. And that’s just not my thing.
Let’s talk! Have you read these books? What are your thoughts? Do you agree with me or disagree. I love to hear from you!