X is for X’d Out… Popular Books I Hated #atozchallenge

For A to Z 2018, my theme is Books About ____. If you’re stopping by from your own A to Z blog, feel free to leave a link. If you need help with how to do that, you can look here.

If you’re someone looking to read a lot of great blogs, here’s the link for the A to Z challenge.

I think X is always the toughest letter in the alphabet, requiring a little more creativity than the other letters.

For this one, I’m going with popular books I didn’t like. Please note that I’m not saying these were bad books. Books are very personal choices, and these weren’t for me.

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt (contemporary): I tried to read this and just… could… not. Lots of people said it was really good and worth reading, but I was so bored that I started to dread reading it. It was not a bad book, but just not for me. I seldom push through and read books I’m not interested in because life is too short for that.

The Casual Vacancy, by JK Rowling (contemporary): I was so excited when this book came out, but that excitement quickly fizzled out and died. This book is like the anti-Harry Potter. Every character in this book is an awful person and they all hate one another. There’s no magic to be found; not the wand kind and not the kind that sucks you into a good book and won’t let go. I made myself read for about a hundred pages until I got so mad that I stopped reading in the middle of a sentence and never looked back.

I Am Providence, by Nick Mamatas (?): The only reason I managed to finish this book is because I was reading it with a friend. This is probably the worst book I ever managed to finish. It was set at a Lovecraft convention, which sounded like an amazing premise. No. Nope. Not even a little. I hated every character in the book and I felt like the author was making fun of convention-goers. One of the characters gets murdered, and the murderer ended up being someone who was barely mentioned for a reason that didn’t make sense. The only sad part about the murder is that only one character got killed. A better ending would have been to just kill all of them. Or stop on page 1.

What popular books did you hate?


5 comments on “X is for X’d Out… Popular Books I Hated #atozchallenge

  1. Lea says:

    Great post!! I’m definitely steering clear of that last one! My husband just started a new series that I think you’ll love. Re:lovecraft. The Carter and Lovecraft series. He loved the audio of Book 1!

  2. I don’t read many contemporary books, so I really can’t think of any popular books I’ve hated. Movies, though, are a different subject. I’ve disliked several relatively recent films, quirky films I expected to enjoy but didn’t, such as Under the Skin (with Scarlett Johansson), I ♥ Huckabees, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show… just to name a few.

    • doreeweller says:

      When I saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show, I just didn’t get it. I didn’t hate it, but it just didn’t do anything for me. I haven’t seen the others you mention.

  3. Liz A. says:

    I tend not to read popular books, so I have nothing to add. You’re right, life is too short to suffer books you hate.

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