Today, I’m sharing something a bit different. I’ve talked about a few of these books before, but I wanted to share some of the books everyone seems to love that I didn’t. I don’t hate any of the books on this list, I just don’t think they lived up to the massive hype. So, here are the well-loved books that I didn’t love:
The Shining by Stephen King. I know this is a cult favorite, but it’s not mine. I didn’t hate it, but it’s easily my least favorite of the King books I’ve read so far, and I’ve read quite a few. It’s not a bad book, but I think it was definitely overhyped. I do love a lot of King’s novels, but this isn’t one of them.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I’m just going to say it: this was solidly mediocre. The story isn’t anything special and Maas’s writing isn’t great. I did enjoy most of the ACOTAR series (the last one, not so much), but I think I’m done reading Maas. I hated Celaena or whatever her name is now, and I’m not interested in reading an overly long series with an annoying main character, and I don’t particularly enjoy Maas’s writing.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I didn’t hate this, but it definitely didn’t blow me away. I think this was another case of it being overhyped. And I’d already read Fangirl, which, in my opinion, is better. I just didn’t get it.
A Separate Peace by John Knowles. This is super famous and well-loved, but I did not connect with it at all. It just felt like a book I needed to get through, and I remember almost nothing. Again, didn’t hate it, it just fell completely flat for me.
Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare. I am a huge Shakespeare nerd, but I just can’t understand why this one is prized so highly. If you look closely at the story, it’s pretty annoying. Two thirteen-year-olds fall in lust, disobey their parents, and cause the deaths of five people. I mean, there are worse plays, and this one has some classic quotes, but there are so much better ones, too. Like Macbeth or A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s a beautiful play, but the story is essentially YA romance at its worst.
Emma by Jane Austen. I love Jane Austen. But I am not a fan of Emma. I find the main character really annoying, and I struggle to get through it. Which is sad, because I feel that I’ve given this one a solid chance: I’ve read it twice at two very different points in my life, and still couldn’t connect with it at all.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I get that this is a classic coming of age novel that has probably helped a lot of people. BUT, I was not into the whole sex, drugs, and rock n roll (or, in this case, The Rocky Horror Picture Show) scene as a teenager, so I don’t really identify with characters like these. And, as an adult, teenage characters often annoy me. So, maybe if I’d read this when I was younger I’d like it more. But it wasn’t for me.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. Okay, don’t hate me. I wanted to like this one so badly, I just could not connect to it. Objectively, it is a beautiful book. But I wasn’t excited to pick it back up again each time I put it down. I’m sad I didn’t love it, but you can’t force yourself to love something.
I think that’s it for this post. I don’t think any of these books are bad, they’re just not for me. (And you’re not going to change my mind, so don’t try.) I think it’s wonderful we all have different opinions on books. If you love these books, that’s great! I just didn’t, and that’s okay.
Are there any books everyone else seems to love, but you didn’t? Let me know in the comments! (I promise not to be offended if it’s one of my favorites.)