One of the things I base my TBR list on are books that get some hype or really popular books (especially when it comes to classics). I may not read it at the time that everyone else does, but sooner or later I will read it to see what all the hype was about. What I hate is when I do finally get around reading it and the book is a big, fat disappointment.
So I thought I would share some popular books that everyone raved about but just didn’t do it for me. (Thanks MissM. for the post suggestion!)
This is a recent book that people are still raving about, especially now that it is a television show. I read the first book last summer and was surprised that I didn’t take to it.
I have read plenty of romance novels and historical romance novels and loved them. So when someone suggested reading this one, I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it. While I was reading it, it was fine, but as soon as I put it down, I didn’t want to pick it up again. I don’t know if the pace of the book was slow or drawn out but I could barely get through it. I just found the story line boring. I do have the second book on my bookshelf but I don’t know if I will pick it up. I have so many other books I want to read.
Here is a classic that many schools have as part of their English curriculum in high school. When I ask people what one of their favorite classics is, this is one of them and I just don’t know why. Am I missing something here? I thought the book was ‘meh’ at best. I just couldn’t related to Holden’s character and didn’t see why I should care. However, this is one book that I would try reading again. Maybe, I just couldn’t appreciate it at the time.
Another classic I read in high school and just didn’t like. I never really liked learning about the 1920s so I think that has something to do with it. The story line just didn’t interest me. I will say F. Scott Fitzgerald is a good writer so I wouldn’t mind trying to read some of his other works but Gatsby wasn’t for me.
For the longest time I wanted to read Vonnegut but his books were always out of the library, especially Slaughterhouse Five. So when it finally was available, I took it out. It is one of the books that always appears on a “should be read” list so I figured why not.
I am sad to say that I only got through a quarter of the book before I returned it. I didn’t even have the urge to renew it to try to finish it.
As I read the Goodreads summary now, it mentions that this isn’t a simple book to get through. Maybe that was my problem. I just didn’t give it the time that it deserved. I was trying to rush through it and it isn’t one that can be rushed. Perhaps I will try again at a later date, but I can’t promise anything.
I am not sure if this is a popular one but I saw it on several TBR lists on Pinterest. I had to read it for book club and sadly its one that I didn’t finish. I was really disappointed with this one because every time I saw it on a shelf in the bookstore I made a mental note to pick it up. C’mon, it had 24-hour bookstore in the title, every book lovers dream. Add in the description of secrets and strange characters in the summary and you have me sold. I was fooled.
I just thought it was very slow paced and boring. It was another one where when I was reading it, I was fine but as soon as I put it down, I had no desire to pick it up again. It just didn’t call to me. The concept was interesting but I just felt like it dragged and dragged and was taking forever to get to the point of the story.
Unfortunately, I never made it to book club that month so I never got to hear what everyone else thought but from what I heard later, it was a mixed bag.
It is very rare for me not to enjoy a book so when it happens, I am truly disappointed. There have been others (like the Ginger Man as I just reviewed) but these five I felt were some popular ones that many people have either heard about or have read for themselves. I may try to give them a shot again but right now, the answer is no.
Have you read the books on this list? What did you think? Are there any popular books that you didn’t like? Let’s discuss. Post in the comments below. 🙂