Top Ten Tuesday: Book We’ve Lied About

Posted January 20, 2015 by Kara in Lyn, Top Ten Tuesday / 28 Comments

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
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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.

Lyn’s Picks

Untitled1. 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.

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Bekka’s Picks

Untited1. 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*

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28 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Book We’ve Lied About

  1. Do not feel bad about hating Hawthorne. It’s Victorian literature. I (unfortunately) decided it was a great idea to take a Victorian Literature class in college. Writers were payed by the word back then, so they would throw in words just for the extra cash. Which is why the first 50-bazillion pages of The Scarlet Letter is used just to describe a rose that is growing outside of the freakin’ jail.
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  2. I adored the Twilight books back when they were first coming out, and I re-read them more than once. But just like you, the Edward/Bella relationship was mainly the only thing I didn’t like about the books – but then again, I was Team Jacob 🙂
    I’ve tried to read Miss Peregrines 3 times now, and it’s just not happening. I thought it was a horror too, so I kind of lost interest when I found it it isn’t.
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  3. Great topic! 😀
    I agree with you about Twilight – despite the obvious gripes, there’s still a lot to like about those books. I have never read any of John Green’s books and I am really scared to due to the hype!! Also, contemporary isn’t one of my favourite genres so I’m really not sure if I will get to them!
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  4. Such a good post! I feel like sometimes I exaggerate how much I enjoyed a book just because everyone else loves it. Or I look back on it and wonder why I gave it such a high rating. I loved Twilight when I first read it, but I don’t think I would feel the same way if I read it today. Today I would probably give it a 3. Pride and Prejudice is one that I thought was okay, but I still don’t get it. I think I still gave it a 4 on Amazon.
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  5. I still need to read the Scorpio Races. I’ve heard so many good things about it. I am not a fan of animal cruelty though and that’s the first time I’ve heard it’s in there. Now… I’m not so sure if I want to read it.
    As for Twilight… it’s the series that got me back into reading. There I said it. I inhaled those books like they were the air I needed to breathe. I haven’t read them since then which was 5 years ago. So maybe it would be like Girl with Dragon Tattoo for you. I may see it in a different light now that I’ve read so many other amazing books… or maybe not.
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  6. Haha love the topic. When I think about it I do not like to lie about how I liked some book. It got me in trouble a lot of times. There are arguments with friends who wanted me to love some novel and I didn’t. And also in school when we had to read and write essay on some book and my analysis didn’t match the popular (or official) opinion.

    Finnikin of the Rock was recommended so many times to me. At last I read it a couple of weeks ago and – it was just average. (I still need to write that review lol)

    The Scarlet Letter and me didn’t work out either. It was meh. I thought movie was better.
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  7. I tell people that I love the mortal instruments because deep down, i really do. but on the surface, i still have a burning hatred for the characters and how dramatic it was.

    Divergent was the first book that got me into read YA back in 2012 and I RAVED about it. Now looking back, it wasn’t even that good. And the rest of the series is complete garbage anyway.

    I really love this post because coming clean is hard but also interesting for readers and yourself.
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  8. Jenny

    I loved the relationship in The Scorpio Races too. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was just plane awful.

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