Books I Disliked But Love to Discuss

Today I am back with a Top 5 Wednesday prompt! I have been running low on ideas for posts, so I thought I would just go back to Top 5 Wednesday. This week’s prompt is “books I disliked but loved to discuss”.

“Some books we disliked or they were just okay, but they still have a lot of discussion points to sink your teeth into.” 

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is currently hosted by Samantha (Thoughts on Tomes). For more information, check out the group on Goodreads.


They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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I got an ARC of this book before it came out and it was the first Adam Silvera book I read. The reason I didn’t like it is that I thought it was too slow and uninteresting. It is fun to discuss because on goodreads, it is a very loved book! This really surprises me because I don’t know how other readers had the patience to get through it.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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This book makes me a little bit angry. When I read it, I noticed that the writing was quite poor and the main characters were mean. It was a struggle to get through this book because whenever I opened it, I just wanted to stop reading. I guess I don’t really understand or condone some of the actions from the characters, as they treated others with malice.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

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I don’t think I even finished this book. I picked it up because a booktuber had recommended it, and when I read it I found it was incredibly slow. I know I use the book being “slow” as a criticism a lot, but it is something that really bugs me! I may have a short attention span or something, so when nothing really happens in a story, I cannot bring myself to keep reading.

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

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When I found out that Stephenie Meyer was releasing a new book, I was very excited to read it. I thought it would be similar to Twilight, which is a series I was obsessed with many years ago. Turns out it was nothing like Twilight! Well, I knew that before going in. I liked thrillers and The Chemist was classified as a thriller, even though it definitely felt more like a spy/action book. It was just an awful book. Halfway through reading it, I still didn’t know what it was about. I think I only skimmed the last third.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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I didn’t altogether hate Throne of Glass. I’ve never really gotten into reading fantasy and I guess I just don’t understand the appeal of it. I wasn’t interested in the plot or the love triangle, and continuing the series was not something I wanted to do. So many people love this series, so it is kind of nice when I see someone who agrees with me.


I am sorry if I trashed a book that you liked! Feel free to let me know your different opinions on any of these books, or if you also don’t like these.

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38 thoughts on “Books I Disliked But Love to Discuss

  1. I’ve heard so many mixed things about When Dimple Met Rishi, and added to the fact that I’m not a huge YA fan anymore, I’ll definitely skip reading that 🙂

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  2. I understand your opinion on When Dimple Met Rishi, and I felt the same way at the beginning. Then l started liking the characters and it all fell into place for me. I get that a lot of the malice was to show the differences in culture and how unaccepting people can be, but also the differences within the culture itself. It definitely was hard getting into this book though.

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  3. I totally get what you mean by books being slow. Even I can’t get through books when there isn’t anything significant or exciting happening. (Eg: the beginning of three dark crowns!)

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  4. Yes girl, voice your opinions!!! Why else run a blog, right? I’m going to read They Both Die at the End and When Dimple Met Rishi very, very soon; they both sound like books I’d adore.

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  5. This is such an interesting topic, and I’d never stopped to think about it but I do love to discuss books I dislike? xD
    Personally, I’ve only read ToG and The Queen of the Tearling off this list and have to say that both are quite good. I think Crown of Midnight was even better than ToG, but still.
    As for TQotT, it *is* very slow and it might put you to sleep at first, so I totally understand where you’re coming from. But as the story progressed and a lot more things came to light, I was shocked. Absolutely shocked. I don’t want to spoil you so I’ll just leave it at that.
    I think it’s worth going through the slowness because the plot really does surprise you, even if the pace is kept more or less the same throughout? Hmm.
    Great post, Charlotte! 🙂

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    1. So do I, but I don’t do it often because I prefer writing positive reviews!
      That’s great you liked those two, I know a lot of people do. I’m not big on fantasy so that could have something to do with it. Oh I probably should have kept reading the queen of the tearling because I have no idea what twist you’re talking about haha. I might have to see one day what you mean 🙂
      Thanks 😊

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  6. I’ve seen a couple other people do this list, and it always produces some interesting answers!
    The only book on this list I have any personal experiences with is “Throne of Glass,” which I only read part of. My wife read the first chapter. I read even less. My sister loves the series, however. I think she’s read the whole series like 3 times now.
    I’m sure the series is good(ish), but I didn’t like the start. It seemed a bit heavy handed, and I could feel a lot of the things I don’t like about YA already coming into play. Maybe someday I’ll try it again, but for now I’m proud to stand with the small minority of people who aren’t in love with it.

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    1. It does! I love seeing what books others have on their list.
      I didn’t like Throne of Glass either, and the start wasn’t very interesting. That’s cool that you might try it again, I don’t think I’d be able to.

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      1. Yeah, it’s probably mostly just because my first try wasn’t really even a try. I picked it up, read the first page or two, and was like, “Wow, this is a bit over the top!” Many people have said that the beginning is like that, but that it smooths out later.

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  7. I love that you have Throne of Glass on here, I could go off about that book for hours, lol. Also When Dimple Met Rishi- that book was such a struggle to get through, I agree with everything you said about it.

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  8. Ah I enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi but I actually totally get why you felt that way. And I really really agree about Queen of the Tearling- honestly, I finished it, and thought it was one of the most boring books I’ve ever read- so at least you’re not alone 😉

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  9. This is such an interesting topic! Some books I love to discuss even thought I didn’t like them (although I can see the appeal) are Fangirl and The Book Thief, both of which are really popular.

    I have read most of the Throne of Glass series but I agree the hype is a bit much and if fantasy isn’t really your thing then you’re not really missing out. I read Queen of the Tearling back when I had a lot more patience with books, but I never got to the rest of the series and I don’t know if I ever will so that shows how the book has (not) stuck with me. I haven’t read any of the other books you mentioned, but some of them are on my TBR so we’ll see what I think.

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    1. I didn’t really get into Fangirl either but I guess I can see why others like it. That’s too bad you didn’t like The Book Thief, I really liked it, but I think I’ve seen some others who didn’t like it too, so at least you’re not alone 😉
      That’s good that I’m not missing out with ToG, at the moment I just can’t get into fantasy. Ah yeah it’s not great when a book doesn’t stick with you, and if it’s a series then there’s not much point continuing on if you can’t remember what’s happened! It will be good to know what you think of the others I’ve mentioned 🙂

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  10. I’m a big fantasy person but I haven’t read ToG – I’m afraid I won’t like it. I loved ACOTAR and plan on reading the rest of the books, but I don’t want to lose any love for SJM and not like the book! 😂🤦‍♀️

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  11. I love this topic! And this is a perfect list of non-recommendations for me because I also have a short attention span! Equally, sometimes you really enjoy a book but don’t feel like you have an awful lot to say about it. Weirdly, I find it really interesting discussing 50 Shades of Grey, despite not having read it. I think it has permeated culture so much that it’s possible to critique it without reading it back to back.

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    1. Good to know I’m not the only one with a short attention span! That’s very true, that happens to me a lot when I finish reading a book I enjoyed. 50 Shades of Grey is the kind of book you can discuss without having read it, especially if you’re just pointing out the faults it has.

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