Top 5 Tuesday

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

red queen with rosesI 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

sjm signed pageNow 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

b&n leather spinesMy 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

immortalinstruments6booksI 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.

 

4 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday

  1. Haha, you can start breathing now because I agree with you on most of these.

    Red Queen, I haven’t read so I can’t say. It’s on my summer TBR. I don’t love Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I didn’t get it. A Court of Thorns and Roses definitely has an it factor, but I also had massive issues with the book. ACOMAF was 100% better. So much better that I told my hubby that if he was going to read the series to skip ACOTAR altogether and I would fill him in.

    I love Alice in Wonderland. I have a biography of the author that seems pretty solid. I will let you more if I find out more on the background. I love this book because it was really the first of it’s kind. It was so quirky and out there compared to other Victorian literature. I also love that you’re left wondering whether or not it was real at the end. I also enjoy Alice’s transformation and how she comes into her own by the end. I think it’s relatable because she’s trying to find herself really in a world she doesn’t understand.

    And the Mortal Instruments. Sigh. Okay, the ones that I’ve read were definitely enjoyable and entertaining, but also a tad over the top. So the gushy and everyone saying how amazing it is really turns me off when to me it’s not much more than mindless entertainment. I also think the original Mortal Instruments series should’ve been a trilogy. It wrapped up all the story lines nicely and I felt the rest of the books were excessive. Eventually, I’ve started to kind of see the whole collection of books set in this world that way, almost like the author just keeps milking it. I’m curious about the latest book, but I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to actually picking up a copy.

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  2. Yep, ACOTAR had some massive issues with it. I loved loved LOVED ACOMAF so I am totally okay with the series now, but i was on the fence about continuing the series in the beginning of this year.

    I agree with Alice being the first of its kind. But I still couldn’t get into it. Every chapter was a slog for me. i feel like a fake bibliophile!

    And let me know what you think after Red Queen! I feel like its a love or hate thing, for instance my sister loved it and is diving right into the second one.

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  3. I totally agree with you on ACOTAR and the mortal instruments series. I read the first 2 and DNF the third, I found the series too dramatic and yes there is defiantly way too many of them😂 I actually never finished ACOTAR either but I’m curious now because ACOMAF sounds epic, so I might give it another shot.

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