Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Dislike But I’m (Mostly) Glad I Read

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday post is Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read (maybe just for bragging rights). While I wish I liked every book I read, there are some that come to mind that I’m surprised I finished. If read them now, I probably wouldn’t have stuck with it unless I was determined to read it.

Dracula by Bram Stoker: This is one I read recently, and while it wasn’t absolutely terrible, I will probably never read it again. But I am glad I read it, especially for the vampires. Gosh, I love the vampires in this book. So iconic. So scary.

Animal Farm by George Orwell: I had to read this in high school, and I hated it. I hated the stupid pigs and the stupid farm and the stupid socialism. Years later, I’m still angry about that stupid horse. But I can say I read Orwell and not feel guilty for ignoring 1984.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: I wish I liked this book. I really do. But I thought the narrative was boring and the story pointless. But I wanted to read it because everybody praises it. The movie (with good ole Leo), however, is glamorous. Much more exciting.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: This book. If there is one book I hate, it’s probably this one. My grandma told  me if I read it, she’d give me money for college. So I spent the whole summer after high school reading it. I read all 1,000+ pages, and did I get money for college? Nope. (But I read all 1,000 pages of it!)

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: I also read this one in high school, and I think if I tried to reread it I might understand it better. But I was pretty turned off by the whole creepy murder and psychological battle by Raskolnikov. Still, it’s one of those books on the top 100 books you have to read in your lifetime list, so that’s one less book I have to gripe over reading.

Divergent series by Veronica Roth: I could go on for ages about how terrible this series. I could probably also rewrite the series to make it better (or at least write a list of ways to make it better). But I’m glad I actually read (or in the case of books one and two, reread) them before completely ranting against them. Now I have the right to dislike them.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: The same can be said about this book. While I was super bored when I read this book, I’m glad I read it so I can angrily dislike it. Plus, I read it and know I can do better.

O’Keefe trilogy/Time Quintet by Madeleine L’Engle: If you want to read any of the books connected to A Wrinkle in Time, my suggestion is to read A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet. After that, pretend the other books in the Time Quintet and the O’Keefe trilogy don’t exist. They just aren’t good. But I’m glad I read them so I can say I read them. Madeleine L’Engle deserves at least that much from me.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling: I can’t say I was a fan of this “eighth” Harry Potter book. Albus spent the whole time whining and messing everything up, and it was irritating. If it weren’t for precious baby Scorpio, I probably would never have finished it. I think this is one story that would be better to watch than read, anyways. (But I can say I read it, right?)

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: While I’m not quite finished with the series yet (one more to go), I can’t say I’m a fan. (And unless book six does something drastic to change my mind, my opinion will stand.) There are some merits to the book (Magnus Bane, anybody?), but a lot of it irritates me to no end—especially in books four and five. But am I mad I listened to them? Nah. It’s a staple of YA fantasy, and now I can freely give my (unpopular) opinion about the series without anybody calling me out on it. That’s what counts, right?

What books are you glad you read even if you dislike them? Don’t forget to join the link-up!

19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Dislike But I’m (Mostly) Glad I Read

    • Yes, it was very boring. I think the only exciting thing about it was the vampire descriptions. Red eyes and bloated faces? Sleeping in coffins?! Amazing!

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  1. Dracula to me reads like two different books. You have the exciting beginning part where not much happens but you get thoroughly creeped out, and then the main part of the book where all of the plot takes place, but which is comparatively boring and non-creepy. (Or was that just me?) Still, it’s worth having read.

    I enjoyed the first three books in the Time Quintet, but Many Waters and An Acceptable Time didn’t do much for me. I still own them, and will likely re-read them someday, but meh. I think part of why I like Wrinkle is how big an impact it had on my very young self. I don’t know that I’d like it nearly as much if I was coming to it new as an adult.

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    • It DOES read like different stories. And all the letters and correspondences felt boring and unnecessary. There was a lot of telling, not enough action. I think the beginning and part of the end was good, but the middle sank.

      I agree. Many Waters was bizarre while An Acceptable Time just came across stupid to me. (I hated the one character who literally messed everything up.) I’m not mad I read them because I finished the whole series, but I probably will never reread them again.

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      • Riiiight? It was so strange I could hardly believe it came from the same writer as the other books in the series.

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      • Yeah! At the time I never really looked at how much time has passed between books (I just looked: 8 years between books 3 and 4) but I’m guessing that her style changed and she didn’t try to write book 4 in the style of the rest of the series.

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    • Oh yes, there are sooo many new ones that are popular where I just don’t understand the hype.

      And I’m glad I’m not alone when it comes the The Great Gatsby. The movie is so pretty, but the book was boring.

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    • Oh I agree! The classics I read in college (or at least the ones for classes I wanted to take) and on my own were far better than anything I was forced to read in high school.

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