Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl is about unpopular bookish opinions. I got a little… well, let’s say passionate whilst writing this. I know these opinions will probably raise a few hackles but here it goes (please don’t hurt me):


Books others loved but I didn’t:

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When I read this as a 14 year old I, like most other 9th graders, fell in love with it. When I tried to read it again as an adult I threw it against a wall.

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I didn’t dislike it, but as an historian and archaeologist The Da Vinci Code was problematic. Not because I had issues separating fact from fiction, but because everyone else couldn’t. The questions I got when the book and then the movie came out were not fun.

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So before you ban my blog, let me explain. I love the mythology and fandom Tolkien spawned. It’s just I can only read so much about trees and elf songs. I would often skip a dozen pages at a time and find I hadn’t missed anything big. There are that many pages about trees and songs.

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Again, let me explain before you get out the torches and pitchforks. I actually really like Stephen King books. I just can’t stand his writing style sometimes. It’s often overly descriptive and the dialogue… eesh. Whilst I’m reading his books I go through varying levels of annoyance, but as soon as I’ve finished them I think, “Wow that was a hell of a good story!”

We have a weird relationship.

Oh my god this book. I had been excited to read it because of all the fanfare within science-fiction circles, but now I wish I hadn’t. The actual time travel chapters were fantastic, but whenever it went back to “present day” Oxford I wanted to scream.

If I didn’t live in the UK (where it takes 6 weeks of back and forth to get anything done and heaven help you if it’s a weekend or holiday), I wouldn’t understand how incredibly inept all these seemingly smart people are. Ugh, and the incessant whining in Oxford about the non-problems entirely of their own making.

That’s why I refer to this as The Headless Chickens of Oxford: An Exploration in Middle Class Whinging.

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People who love this novel really love it and I wanted to as well, but I couldn’t get into it. I think it’s because I listened to the audiobook and the narrator didn’t do much for me. I’ve bought a physical copy and I do plan to re-read it at some point so hopefully my very unpopular opinion will change.

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The imagery and setting in Wuthering Heights were amazing, but I absolutely detested every single person in it.


A couple books I liked that others didn’t:

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Man, do people not like this book. It’s been about 15 years since I read it and yes, the ending was a little silly, but Ethan Frome has really stuck with me all this time. I think it’s a beautifully tragic story.

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The backlash on this one! Go Set a Watchman obviously isn’t as good as To Kill a Mockingbird, not many books are, but I enjoyed reading it. So Atticus Finch wasn’t going to be going to the Million Man March, but honestly I don’t agree with everyone getting upset saying he was a secret racist. Bear in mind when and where this was written. Atticus is still far better than a lot of people living in Alabama now.


And finally, a bookish opinion that’ll probably get me murdered:

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…I have no interest whatsoever in reading any of the Game of Thrones books. *runs for cover*


So if after that you’re still following me, let me know in the comments about your unpopular bookish opinions!

31 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions”

  1. Are your opinions unpopular with me? Well, let’s see:
    Catcher in the Rye – I disagree with you – I already hated it in high school. Had to read it again for a book club decades later – still hate it.
    The Da Vinci Code – I refuse to read it because of all the people who did and tried to tell me it was “all true”. Dan Brown: increasing the world’s ignorance one book at a time.
    The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings – the trees and songs are some of the best bits! Have to agree to disagree on this one.
    Stephen King – despite what some people say, his writing is clunky at times. I am not a fan.
    The Night Circus – was okay. Some really good bits, but not brilliant overall.
    Wuthering Heights – hate them all with a passion!
    Game of Thrones – I read the first novel twenty years ago and disliked the ending so much I never continued. So I’m with you – not interested.
    I haven’t read the others.
    Overall, I think I have the same unpopular opinions as you, apart from Tolkien, about whom you are simply wrong. πŸ™‚

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    1. I forgot to put in the post, but I was getting my undergrad degree in ancient history when the Da Vinci Code movie came out. I remember my professor coming in one day looking pale. We asked what was wrong and he said “Guys…they’re making a movie of The Da Vinci Code.”

      Everyone in the class just groaned knowing what was coming next for all of us.

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  2. HA! No one is going to murder you for not wanting to read Game of Thrones, in fact, lots of people doing this meme have said the same. As for “Go Set a Watchman” I think most people didn’t care for it because Mockingbird is such a classic. But I don’t think it showed Atticus as being racist, in fact, I think it proved the opposite.

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    1. I loved Catcher in HS so one night when I couldn’t sleep I picked it up again. I threw it a few mins later. I guess as an adult it comes across as noise, whereas in high school I could relate a bit more.

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  3. I agree not everything Stephen King puts out is a five star read, but I’ve never thought of him as overly descriptive. Unnecessarily lengthy? Sure. When I think of overly descriptive I think of (like you) Tolkien. Or to take it more modern- The Priory of the Orange Tree. I think there are plenty of readers who would probably agree with you about King though. Great list!

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  4. Nice list! I do love Tolkien, but I know it isn’t for everyone, and I have to be in the right mood to read it. I agree with you on Wuthering Heights. I read it once, and I’m glad I did, but I don’t know if I’d ever pick it up again. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. I like Tolkien but you really need to be in the right mood for it.

      Glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t gush over The Night Circus. I’ve had a lot of people on social media think there’s something wrong with me for not being over the moon about it.

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      1. Fair enough. I don’t really talk about it all that much, so I haven’t seen other people’s reactions to my own lukewarm one, but people do seem to get incredibly hyped about that book and I’m not sure why.

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    1. Finally, someone who doesn’t want to throw Ethan Frome against a wall! πŸ˜‚

      GOT was a good show. I had a lot of issues with it, but some of the characters were just amazing. I’m looking at you, Tyrion.

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