It has been a little while since I have put together a list for some Top 5 Tuesday action! I carry around this notebook in my purse all the time, that I use to brainstorm all of my blog and bookstagram ideas in, and I have about four unfinished top five lists. I don’t know why it is so hard to come up with only five items, but clearly I have decision making issues. So I apologize that it took me several weeks to just buckle down and finish one of these! But without further ranting, I present to you my personal Top 5 OVER RATED books!
Oh god, here we go.
I am nervous. I am going to catch some slack for this.
Deep breaths, I can do this! Yes! Yes, I can!
Ok, here we go… again.
1. Red Queen
I could probably go on a little rant about why I disliked this book so much, but I will chalk it up to one word. Mare. She was/is the most unrelatable, selfish, annoying main character I can ever remember reading about, and I have zero interest in her story line. I wish I felt differently because the covers of these books are so beautiful, and there seem to be an inordinate amount of people that love them. Seriously, this book is everywhere in the bookstagram community. I cant get away from it!
I like reading YA, don’t get me wrong. In fact, I love the YA genre. But for me, Red Queen was just too juvenile. The ‘love story’ that was thrown in the mix for no reason, the underdevelopment of secondary characters, the lack of explanation in the world building. Maybe if I read a bunch of reviews on Glass Sword that basically said Mare became a better character, I would give it a chance. But it seems that she has gotten worse, so I think I am going to hang my hat up on this series and move on.
2. A Court of Thorns and Roses
Now don’t get me wrong, I love Sarah J. Maas. In fact, my sister and I lovingly refer to her as Queen Sarah. I love her stories, and her characters, and oh my god do I love her as an individual as well. But ACOTAR is just way too hyped. Before I continue, let me just say that A Court of Mist and Fury is one of my favorite books ever, and deserves all the hype thrown its way and more, but ACOTAR just didn’t live up to it for me.
There is a scene in the beginning of the novel, where Tamlin bursts into Feyre’s home in his beast form. Do you know what I am talking about? I literally laughed out loud. It was so dramatic and unfitting, and I found it to be comical.
I thought that the first 2/3 of the book were boring and uneventful. I was never a fan of Tamlin, and I didn’t understand why everyone was infatuated with him. I thought him to be semi one dimensional, honestly. And if it wasn’t for the exciting turn of events in the last portion of the book, I probably would have just shelfed the book and preserved my love for Queen Sarah and the Throne of Glass novels.
3. Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland is complete and utter nonsense. I get that the book is supposed to be nonsense, but why? I think I would have enjoyed it more if I knew that underneath all of the made up words and ridiculous conversations, if there was a double meaning, a message. But I did my research, and I couldn’t find one. So I thought, maybe I just wasted my time?
This choice is probably my most unpopular opinion in the bookstagram community. I read this book, and the ‘sequel’ Through the Looking Glass, and I got to say guys: I just don’t get it. I don’t understand why everyone loves this book so much. I don’t understand why people collect 50 different copies. I don’t understand, but I am willing to. So please, someone enlighten me why everyone loves this book so much?
4. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
My boyfriend said to me several years ago: “You would LOVE Hitchhiker’s Guide! It is so funny and good, and it is just right up your alley.”
So I read it.
I wouldn’t say that this book is as hyped up as some of the others on my list, but every single person that I have ever talked to about this book just loves it to pieces. I didn’t.
I thought it was kind of bizarre, randomly funny, but mostly bizarre.
5. The Mortal Instruments series
I am going to be completely honest with you my friends, I haven’t read these books. But good god, they are everywhere.
And the hype is so real, that I don’t know if I want to read them. First of all, there are tons of these books. I feel like I will never catch up to be on the bandwagon. Also, I have absolutely no idea what they are about. But mostly, it feels like a cult following.
I am not saying that these books are not good, or even great, how can I know? I haven’t read them. Just saying, the hype is real.