This week we decided to talk about the books we’ve lied about. I’m sure that we all have a few titles in our past that we pretended to have read or maybe told some people we liked more than we did. It’s not the easiest thing to admit, but Lyn and I are doing it today.
1. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. I ranted and raved about this book when I first read it. I was very new to the community then, so I didn’t have any of my favorites at this point for comparison. What I really loved about this book is this: It was set in Sweden. That’s about it. Looking back, I would have now rated this book as a 2 or 3.
2. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I love to jump in on the jokes regarding this novel, but if I have to tell the truth, which I am on the feature today, I have to come clean. I don’t completely hate the series. What I loathe is Bella and Edward’s relationship, and how it validates stalking and emotional abuse. The background characters, however, still have a small piece of my heart.
3. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. I said I liked it at the time, but I was WRONG. I have since amended my rating, but y’all, I did not like this book, at all. I’m sorry.
4. Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I loved Sean and Puck more than I let on. I rated the book low due to the horrible animal cruelty, but if I have to be honest about the ship, it is one of my top favorite couplings.
5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. One of my first contemporaries. At the time I loved it, but the more I think about the story, the more I strongly dislike it. There, that’s the truth. I can’t stand John Green’s characters.
1. Eragon by Chris Paolini. Look, I hated this book. I thought it was incredibly dull and boring. But I pushed through it because my dad kept bothering me about it. Eventually I finished it and told him I liked it, but really – no. Not at all.
2. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I literally hate everything by Nathaniel Hawthorne and will do anything in my power to get out of reading him. So, taking advantage of the many times I switched schools over the years, I told my English teacher I had already read this one, so I could get out of dealing with it.
3. A Separate Peace by John Knowles. The last one related directly to this: this is the book I was assigned instead of The House of the Seven Gables. So I read the SparkNotes and took weekly quizzes and aced a unit on a book I didn’t even read.
4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I didn’t outright hate this book, but I didn’t like it either. I feigned enthusiasm for the title, again, for my dad. Really, I probably would have liked it more if I hadn’t been expecting horror.
5. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Look who it is again! Again, Hawthorne and I do not get along. I actually read about half of this one before I gave up. I opted to read the SparkNotes and watch the movie instead. *shrug*