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You’ve picked up that popular book that everyone is raving about, but you thought it was awful. However, you can’t completely hate it because you also found yourself glad that you read it at the same time?
Rarely does this happen to me because I have a habit of choosing books that I know ahead of time that I will enjoy ahead of time. However, this happens from time to time. There are books that my close friends will rave about but I can still have discussions about it even I didn’t like it.
Here are some of the book that I disliked, but I’m glad that I read.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I picked this up because the movie was all the rage with most of my friends and it was all that anyone would talk about for the longest time. To be honest, I don’t even understand what all the fuss about this book is about. There isn’t anything impressive about it. Gatsby wasn’t even that great of a guy so I don’t even know why the title is “The Great Gatsby” anyways. I mean, I’m all for a good romance story featuring a couple who find each other years later and are still in love. However, it’s not a relationship that I think should have even happened in the first place. First off, our female character that I can’t even remember the name of anymore, is married. Yes, I get she is married to an awful guy, but she was still married when she started her love affair with Gatsby.
However, I’m glad I read it because it is a classic and I can talk about it amongst my peers.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Now, this is a series that I jumped head-on into the craze for. I was that fangirl that had every single book, multiple posters covering my walls, owned several buttons, begged my mom to take me to the movie showing on release day, owned several T-shirts, and even the movie soundtrack. If it had Twilight on it, I probably had it. I was that obsessed. So I get the whole vampire falling in love with a human thing. After reading Breaking Dawn released, I found myself convicted and need to cut this filth out. Sure, we had action scenes when we fought of the Volturi, but it mostly focused on kissing which I thought were too descriptive. Not only did we see tons of kissing, but I started noticing how much I didn’t like the characters. Bella was whiny, annoying, and clingy. Edward was a stalker, attracted to her because of her blood, tried to abort her baby, tried to convince her to sleep with Jacob so she could have children while she was married to Edward, amongst other weird things. And no, I don’t think Jacob is any better either. Eventually, I got rid of everything Twilight because I couldn’t support it anymore.
However, I’m glad I read them because it gives me an opportunity to talk to girls about what a Godly boyfriend looks like and why these books are complete trash.
Unblemished by Sara Ella
If you’ve been following me, then you probably already know that I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book. There were a ton of issues. You can read more about that in my review here.
However, I’m including this on the list because I didn’t completely hate it because I thought Sara Ella had a lot of potential to make this an excellent series. Which she has proved in her sequel, “Unraveling”. That was AMAZING and now I cannot wait for the next and final installment, “Unbreakable” which releases soon.
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
This another popular classic, that I didn’t dislike, but it doesn’t remain on my favorites lists. It’s a coming of age with a character who is growing up but is realizing how hard it is. There seemed like there was hardly any plot, but a big focus on Holden complaining about anything and everything and how life isn’t fair. There are also scenes where he hires a prostitute and a few other scenes that seemed a little weird. I dunno, I know it’s a classic, but it wasn’t one I loved.
The fact that it’s a classic and most teachers make their students read it, is the only reason why I’m glad I read it. I can say I’ve read it and have an intelligent conversation.
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
So I didn’t actually finish this one. I need to because it’s a well-known classic. It’s also considered one of the best romance novels which I disagree with. I mean, it’s a book that the characters pretty much commit suicide because they think each other is dead. Oh, and didn’t Romeo fall instantly in love with some other woman immediately after? Yeah, Romeo is a bit of jerk and needs to slow down and think about the consequences before jumping into action immediately.
One of these days I will probably finish reading the book, but for now, it’s been DNFed. I’m glad I read the little bit I did because it is a popularized novel that makes it way into everything.