Books Everyone Loved But I Didn’t

Hi everyone!

I know I only just recently posted an Unpopular Opinions post, but you know what? I feel like being a bit more negative. (Just kidding…)

I didn’t quite talk about every single book that I wasn’t a fan of so today I thought I’d talk about the topic of books everyone loved…but I didn’t.

There are ten books on this list. Fair warning, if you’re sensitive to having your favourite book discussed negatively, maybe don’t read past here.

Let’s begin.

  1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Okay, granted I did read this ages ago but when I did read it I could not understand the hype. I found it kind of dull to be honest. I was not a fan of the love triangle at all and now I know what happens in the last book and I am not happy about that even more. I think I just can’t connect with Cassandra Clare’s writing. Oh well. MAYBE I’ll give this another go because of how long ago I read it but don’t hold me to that.

2. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

By god did I hate this book. One of the most boring and stupid plotlines I have ever read. The characters and their decisions made no logical or personal sense. So slow and uninteresting. Pass.

3. Ugly Love and Slammed by Colleen Hoover

I cannot understand the huge love for these two books. Both were pretty awful. Ugly Love is a romance between the two main characters? Yes? No. It’s a romance between the male character and his ex. What an interesting read. Slammed was just cringy and weird. Not my cup of tea.

4. Half Bad by Sally Green

Witches, magic, good vs evil. Sounds like my favourite thing in the world. I could not have been more wrong. Totally unlikable characters and the plot was so uninteresting, I literally skimmed the ending. Such promise!

5. The Fault In Our Stars/Paper Towns/Looking for Alaska by John Green

This is the big one. The one where I hide from all the rotten food being thrown at me. When I heard all the hype around TFIOS I immediately jumped on it and prepared myself to join in all the teenage fangirling and experience all the feels. I was…let down. It was kind of unrealistic to me and I didn’t like any of the characters. Same for Green’s other two books.

6. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Okay, this one wasn’t bad. In fact I generally enjoyed it. But I didn’t love it. The first book was so good and then the next two plodded along with no drive. Ugh and the romance. Noooooo. Alina was so annoying.

7. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

I think I actually DNFed this book. I was reading it and not really enjoying it. Too much science for my taste. So I read a review for it to see what other people thought and discovered all about Mr Card. Needless to say I am not a fan of him as a person and that’s when I lost all motivation to read his book. A lot of people say separate the person from the work but that will not work in this case.

8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I could not for the life of me connect to the story or the characters in this book and I didn’t enjoy the writing style, it was very strange to me.

9. Mockingjay Suzanne Collins

I know a lot of people think the last book in this trilogy isn’t the best but I really hated it. It didn’t flow at all. Nothing made sense and I no longer was as invested as I felt in the first two books. Such a disappointment.

10. Every Day by David Levithan

Many people who complain about instalove end up loving this book. This is quite possibly the most instalovey book besides Romeo and Juliet I have ever read. It was also badly explained and delved shallowly into the paranormal side of things.

Again, these are just my opinions. Feel free to disagree.

But there you have it. The books everyone and their mothers loved but I didn’t.

Let me know if you have read any book that you didn’t like but everyone seems to love. Do you agree or disagree with me?

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll talk to you in my next post!


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47 thoughts on “Books Everyone Loved But I Didn’t

  1. Hola, Liam!

    I actually agree with you on The Grisha trilogy and Mockingjay. The Maze Runner, I kind-of like. But Every Day? I love that book! Totally not judging your opinions. Have a great day, man! 🙂


  2. Totally agree with most of these! I love TFIOS the first read through but then I re-read it and suddenly the characters were so pretentious and the dialogue was so unrealistic. As for Mockingjay, I couldn’t even finish it. It was just so boring, nothing was working in it. Clockwork Angel was actually quite enjoyable for me but I both hate and love the ending. I wasn’t a big fan of the love triangle too!

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    1. Oh yay! I’m glad there’s someone out there who doesn’t want to slap me for some of these books. YES the dialogue in TFIOS was so pretentious, amen! Literally you speak my mind for all of these. Thank you! I can always count on the internet to find someone with similar opinions. 🙂


  3. I KNOW, RIGHT? I have to agree with you on Mockingjay because the final book was utter pants. I hated it. Such an epic fail after Catching Fire.

    I didn’t even bother with John Green’s other books after I’ve read TFIOS. Guess it shows why? It was good, but definitely not worth the hype.

    Happy Sunday and Happy Valentine’s Day with your books (sorry, or maybe you have a loving other half) 😂


    1. Yes! Ugh Mockingjay was such as disappointing read. Looking for Alaska was probably my favourite of all of John Green’s books but even still it was so typical. Normal boy meets different girl and falls in love with her.
      Happy Valentine’s Day (for yesterday) to you too! And yeah, it was just me and my books….:(

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      1. I’m reading Truthwitch now and it’s not as good as what everyone has been saying about it. Ugh. Who am I kidding? I’m so close to DNF-ing it.

        Hope you had a good weekend, Liam and books 😘


      2. Ooh the not-so-good reviews for Truthwitch are starting to roll in. You’re not the first person I know to feel that way. It’s like the next Red Queen. Don’t feel bad to DNF. My weekend was pretty relaxing. Hope you had a good weekend too!

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      3. Everyone has been telling me how amazing it is but I guess I’m one of the minority who feels otherwise.

        Eek. You didn’t like Red Queen? Are you remotely interested to pick up Glass Sword then?


      4. Yes the good things are definitely still overwhelming. I’m one who tends to come late to series like that so maybe I’ll pick it up a little later.
        Oh no, sorry, yes I did really like Red Queen. I mean, I didn’t love it but it was a solid four stars. I just meant that it is similar in the way that there were a billion and one good reviews in the first month and then everyone seemed to hate it after that. I’ve bought Glass Sword and hope to start it soon.


      5. Ok so I accidentally deleted your comment. Techno failure over here! Hmm a bit of a dilemma. Are you waiting to see what the general gist of Glass Sword is? So far, I think people are saying it’s a little better than Red Queen but not astronomically better. Maybe one for when you have nothing else to read.


  4. Hey Liam! I definitely agree with the large majority of these – I think TFIOS was just too “scripted” and I think that the hype around it kind of destroyed any hope of me truly connecting to the book – it felt a bit too forced in places I feel. (Although I must say I loved Paper Towns pre-movie, and Looking For Alaska was generally alright up until the ending which I adored)

    And I definitely agree with you on the Maze Runner – the book was just quite average for me, and I felt disconnected from all of the characters at one point or another. I struggled to power through the first half of the book without putting it down for ever more. Mockingjay however I thought was the perfect ending to the series and I prefer it by far to Catching Fire (although nothing comes close to the first book!). Not judging your opinions at all, just adding mine to the mix 😛

    Awesome blog 🙂


    1. Hi!
      Please! By all means share your opinions. I want you to. I love reading opposing points of view. I can completely understand that about Mockingjay. Maybe it’s not the book, it’s me. 😉
      Yes, TFIOS felt so scripted and just unrealistic to me. Looking For Alaska was probably my favourite of his books. But even then it was a little typical and unoriginal for him. Again though, I respect your opinions wholeheartedly.

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  5. I liked The Maze Runner but it did take me a really long time to get into the books. I think at one point I was reading a chapter a week and I pretty much only kept going because my friend kept saying it got better. I think once I got through the first book it started to pick up a lot.


    1. I can’t even remember if I fully got through that book. I couldn’t with Thomas any more. Maybe I should’ve persisted a bit further. I’m happy you liked it though! The movies are pretty good to be honest.


      1. The films are a lot better than the books – which is normally a sentence I never say. I haven’t seen the second one yet I hadn’t actually realised it had come out in the cinema, whoops.


  6. Mockingjay was a tremendous letdown after Catching Fire! While I did like The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska was pretty meh and flat and Paper Towns was downright awful. I haven’t read most of the books in your list.

    Right now, personally, the book everyone loved but I didn’t is Significance by Shelly Crane. I genuinely have no idea why it has high ratings. But eh. To each his own.


    1. Yes! Such a disappointing conclusion to such a great trilogy. Looking For Alaska and Paper Towns were too similar to me. They felt like the same stories and especially the same characters. It’s so funny looking on Goodreads after reading an especially bad or good book and then finding out the that book has a ridiculously high or low rating depending and then you just start to question the sanity of the people who read that book and rated it that way.
      Sorry for that long and weird rant. Thanks for the comment!

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  7. I liked most of the books you mentioned, but not the Maze Runner trilogy. Also, I felt like Every Day just started at the end of the book and that everything up to that point was just unnecessarily dragged out … I expected there to be a sequel, but then the next book was just a retelling from the girl’s POV … like WHY?


    1. Ooh this puts a little bump in our ‘similar bookish likes and dislikes’ road ;). But yes, the Maze Runner was so boring and had such flat characters. You speak my mind on Every Day. Although, at least you even knew that there was a sequel. I guess I just blocked out everything about that book after that horrible reading experience…


      1. I say it would be boring if we liked ALL the same stuff 😉
        Hahaha I only found out about it because I saw the book in a store and read the blurb. Otherwise I probably wouldn’t have noticed that there was another book either.


  8. I haven’t read the two books you mentioned by Colleen Hoover, but I’ve read a couple others of hers and I just don’t get the hype!! They weren’t horrible books, but I definitely don’t understand why people are so obsessed with her writing.


    1. Well funnily enough, I was pretty much going to give up on her but then I read Hopeless by her and really quite liked it. But I’ve heard pretty terrible things about Confess and November 9. I don’t really understand it either!

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  9. I have yet to read the Infernal Devices even though Will Herondale sounds like my kind of character. I just don’t have a tolerance for love triangles aka the bane of my existence. Plus I read The Mortal Instrument series and I wasn’t blown away by it. Ugly Love is one book I have no intention of reading. I’ve been curious about it but then I was told about the ex situation and I was not impressed. Mockingjay is definitely the weakest book but I didn’t hate it. 🙂


    1. I’m yet to read the Mortal Instruments after I failed to like Clockwork Angel. I’ve heard that they aren’t as good but there is still so much great praise for them so I’m torn.
      Ugh love triangles. There are way too many of them I can’t keep up!
      I know right? The romance was so dry because all we were focusing on was his ex. Weird.

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    1. Sounds like we have similar tastes then. Yay! Just quietly, I’m not really a fan of Cassandra Clare as a person. But all the praise for her books naturally makes me want to see what they’re all about. Even to give TID another go. I’m torn. Haha the constant drama and disasters can get to you 🙂

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    1. Looking For Alaska was probably my favourite out of all the books I’ve read by him. But even still it was a little typical for him. Me too, though I did quite like Insurgent. I haven’t even bothered to read Allegiant 🙂


  10. I would have to read Clockwork Angel to decide if I agree with you about Cassandra Clare’s writing, but I was so disappointed by City of Bones that I have been reluctant to buy her other books. I’m actually hesitant about reading any overhyped books for this reason.

    As for Every Day, I genuinely loved it. You’re not wrong about the instalove or the thin explanation of how the paranormal part works. However, I think those things are not really the point Levithan was trying to get across to the reader. The paranormal stuff is simply the tool he uses to explore non-binary gender, orientation, and ownership of one’s own body.


    1. Yes I’ve had City of Bones on my shelf for years and have still not read it! I think I’ve lost motivation after all this time, especially now that the TV show and movie have let me down so much. I obviously can’t say for sure, but I believe that The Infernal Devices is a better series overall, from things I’ve heard.
      Hmm maybe you’re right. But to be honest the story was just so boring and in my opinion the way he tried to explore those topics didn’t connect with me at all. It didn’t make sense. Not for me but I’m glad you enjoyed it!


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