Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read

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Hello lovely bookish friends! Time for another fun Top Ten Tuesday post!!!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and has been moved to That Artsy Reader Girl since January 16, 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic is Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read (maybe for bragging rights…) I had a really difficult time with this topic. I had to go through my Goodreads and go over all the books I’ve read and really think about them. Surprisingly, I was able to come up with 6 books. They’re a mix of books from my high school required reading and books I don’t necessarily hate, but I didn’t like them as much as I thought I would.

So, without further ado, here are the Books I Didn’t Really Enjoy, But Am Really Glad I Finished Reading.


 

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Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad –  I didn’t enjoy reading this in high school. It just did not sit well with me and I felt so uneasy throughout the entire time. I just thought that the narrative was a bit disturbing and not my cup of tea. But, it’s a classic and required for class so yay me for actually finishing it and not buying the cliffnotes version.

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Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg – I actually had this book on another TTT. So, basically I didn’t like this book that much because the characters just really annoyed me.  One of the MC’s POV, Hope, was incredibly exhausting that I thought about DNFing the book. I almost did a few times, but the other MC’s POV, Parker, was a little better and had more depth so I liked that. Overall, this book wasn’t amazing, but also not completely horrible… so yeah I guess I’m a bit glad that I finished it. I really don’t like giving up on books.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain – I don’t really get a long with classsics, but there are several that I enjoyed and loved. This book wasn’t one of those. I don’t know what it is about Huckleberry Finn, but I DID NOT LIKE this at all. I dreaded having to read it and I just could not get into the story. It was just soooo BORING to me.  I’ve never read it again and I did not finish any other Mark Twain book. At least I actually made it through this one…even if I disliked every moment.

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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan – Here’s another classic that I could not get into. I just didn’t like the story and couldn’t really connect with the characters. I’m still kind of glad I read it since I enjoyed learning a bit about the Chinese culture (I’m 1/4 Chinese).

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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – I love fairytale retellings and I was so excited for this book, but it wasn’t what I expected. Not a bad thing, but also not so great. I was a bit confused on some parts and I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. Overall, it was okay… I don’t think I dislike this book, but I was frustrated with so many things. And the writing wasn’t that amazing either. That being said, I’m happy I actually finished it cause it was pretty unique and interesting. I 100% would never read this book again and really want to give away my copy to someone who might actually like/love this book, but that darn cover is just too gorgeous.

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Odd and True by Cat Winters – I just did a review for this book HERE, so if you’ve read that, then you know why I didn’t like this book that much. Odd and True was just not for me AT ALL. The premise was interesting and there were a few enjoyable parts, but it just didn’t hold my interest. As I mentioned in my review, I read this probably 3-4 times before I actually finished the entire book. BUT, the good thing here is I didn’t DNF!!! Took me a few times, but I got to the end!


Well that’s the end of my list. What are some books you didn’t really like, but are happy you actually finished reading them? Leave your links in the comments so I can check out your post.

As always, have a wonderful day!

sincerelykarenjoendsign

February Wrap-Up

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Hello beautiful book lovers! I hope you all had a wonderful reading month. As for me, I still didn’t get to read as much as I wanted and I’m now 4 books behind my Goodreads challenge. BUT, I really enjoyed all the books I read and that’s what really matters to me. I actually did a little better in February than I did last month and managed to finish reading 8 books. I know I have a long way to go and I really need to work on my Netgalley feedback ratio, but I have a good feeling about March. Anyway, how about we take a look at all the books I read this month.

Remember to click the book titles to read my reviews and view the posts.  


 

Collide by Nicole Sobon

3.75 – 4 ★ – SHORT AND SWOONY

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Collide by Nicole Sobon is a short, but heartwarming and swoony friends to lovers story. A delightful guilty pleasure read perfect for romance lovers.

 

Pen and Xander by Laekan Zea Kemp

5 ★ –   FULL OF HEART, AFFECTING, AND BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN

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Pen and Xander by Laekan Zea Kemp is incredibly captivating, well-written, and absolutely so full of heart. It’s a wonderful book that inspires, teaches, and comforts you in the best possible way. I am so in love with this book and everything about it!

Breaking the Ice by Julie Cross

4.5 ★ – Hilarious, Adorable and Swoony

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I really enjoyed Breaking the Ice! It’s the first book I read from Julie Cross and I’m definitely excited to check out her other books. This one was hilarious, sweet, and so adorable! My review for this book should be posted in a few days.

 

Blood Type by K.A. Linde

5 ★ – Dangerously Fun, Pleasantly Tantalizing, and So Deliciously Sexy

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I absolutely loved this book! So glad I opened the email from Netgalley during Valentine’s Day Week. Damn you Netgalley… I’m trying to stay away, but you keep luring me back. I really didn’t want to request anymore books and I was doing pretty well…. BUT, that cover was too tempting and I could not resist. (After that day, I just went downhill and requested for all these other books on Netgalley and download a lot of free books from Bookbub…I seriously have a book addiction problem LOL). Anyway, as I was saying, I really LOVED everything about Blood Type! I was extremely enamored by the world building and storyline that I found it almost impossible to put the book down. It’s dark, mysterious, and quite terrifying at times, but incredibly fascinating. It’s so damn good and that insane cliffhanger will have you craving for another bite!  My review will be posted closer to the release date. If you’re a Netgalley member and fans for vampire books, then I highly suggest you request this now!

 

Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol

4.5 ★ – THRILLING AND SO MUCH FUN

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Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol is a fantastic retelling of Robin Hood that had me undeniably enthralled the entire time. This story totally made my emotions go haywire and I LOVED IT! Not to mention, there were some nice twist and turns that kept me on my toes.

Sweet Dreams by Marika Ray

4 ★ – Sweet, Adorable and Deliciously Swoony

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This book pleasantly surprised me and had my heart melting from the start. With delicious chemistry, hilarious bantering, steamy sexy scenes, and heartwarming friendships, Sweet Dreams by Marika Ray is a delightfully fun debut novel.

 

Coral and Bone by Tiffany Duane

4 ★ –   POSITIVELY MESMERIZING AND ENTERTAINING

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I’m really impressed with Tiffany Duane’s gorgeous and enthralling novel. Coral and Bone had fun surprises, heartbreaking moments and mind-blowing twists and turns that had me completely glued to the pages. If you’re looking for a fast-paced, engaging, and creative YA fantasy story, then definitely add this on your TBR. I’m actually reading the last book, Smoke and Ruin, right now and I just know I’m going to be really sad when it’s all over. I love being in Duane’s magical world and will miss everyone. Don’t forget to check out my Blog Tour stop and review tomorrow for the second book, Curses and Ash.

Curses and Ash by Tiffany Duane

5 ★ –   EXCEPTIONALLY DAZZLING FROM START TO FINISH

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Curses and Ash is an amazing sequel! It’s even more thrilling, suspenseful and captivating than Coral and Bone. And my heart… shattered multiple times throughout the book. I love this world and the characters and everything about this dazzling series!


How did you do with your February TBR? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments down below!

sincerelykarenjo2