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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
…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!