Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Top Ten Books I Disliked But Am Glad I Read

 

 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by 
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This week is Top Ten Books I disliked/ hated but am glad I read. I thought it might be hard coming up with ten, but after a little reflection I came up with some.     

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I love the idea of this book but I was pretty bored 

All We Have Is Now

I love the idea- what do you do if the end of the world is imminent?- but the execution was just okay. 

Girl Out of Water

This was a good book, and I liked the beginning and the end, but I got bored in the middle. The love interest seemed a little too perfect as well. 

River of Teeth (River of Teeth #1)

This one just didn't wow me. 

Vicarious (Vicarious, #1)

This one didn't do a lot for me but I liked the premise, and Paula Stokes is a good author. This one just wasn't my thing. 

The Passenger

I didn't really like this but I was excited to read it. Glad I did I suppose. 

Winter of the Gods (Olympus Bound, #2)

Wasn't fond of this one either, but gods living in NYC? You gotta try right? 

The Incident on the Bridge

Kind of disappointing but I had to have it for the cover. 

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  1. I didn't finish Girl Out of Water because it felt too young for me so it wasn't my thing either.

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  2. Winter of the gods and Vicarious are on my list but didn't have much of a luck with them so far. Great list!

    My TTT: https://fantasyraiders.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-didliked-but-glad-i-read/#more-8338

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  3. Bite your tongue! Lincoln was too fabulous and I loved him so much. XD Girl Out of Water didn't blow me away, but I definitely enjoyed it, and Lincoln was a big part of that enjoyment for me. I have The Incident on the Bridge on my TBR. I was all over that cover. I am sad that you didn't enjoy it.

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    1. Ha I'm glad you liked Linc (and Girl Out of Water generally). I actually liked it too, I liked her relationship with her dad and the whole staying in contact with her friends thing (although I think if I remember right I shipped her and her old boyfriend?) but it sort of lost me a bit in the middle. Still, a good book.

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  4. Nice picks! The only one I read here was Vicarious! I did like this one more than I thought I would. Part of the appeal was that it took place in my hometown! Lol!

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    1. Oh yeah Vicarious was in St. Louis, wasn't it? I forgot that!

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  5. Nice books Greg but sorry that you did not enjoy a few of them.

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  6. I haven't read any of these, but sorry to hear they weren't quite what you were hoping for! It's never fun to be disapointed by a book, but it happens.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  7. Great list! It can be so frustrating when the premise of a book sounds amazing but the execution doesn't do it justice.

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  8. great list. I have been contemplating reading 20,000 leagues ever since I read Journey to the Center of the Earth.

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    1. I think I'd love Journey- I loved the old movie and th whole concept. Plus that cover art on the one you showcased a while ago grabbed me. :) 20,000 was a dud for me though, even though it WAS interesting at times.

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  9. I haven't read any of these but the idea of books you dislike but you're glad you read is pretty intriguing? I might make a similar post on my blog...

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    1. This was a tough topic, but a lot of people took a swing at it and there were some interesting post!

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  10. I want to try Winter of the Gods, sorry you did not like it. I like the cover! haha Great list Greg!
    My TTT.

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    1. It is a super cover, for sure! And the first book The Immortals was good. Just didn't like where she went in the second one...

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  11. I do want to read Winter of Gods. I'm super interested in that whole series but sorry it didn't work for you. I've seen quite a few bloggers I trust not really like River of Teeth so I think I'll be passing on that one!

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    1. Yeah River of teeth was a disappointment. And I really liked The Immortals, which was the first book of Winter of the Gods, but the second one just came down for me.

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  12. I didn't like the River of Teeth sample so I never read on with it. It still seems to get mixed reviews.

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  13. Interesting list--I'm fascinated this week by the number of classics showing up. Tastes change and to each his or her own. Lisa @
    https://hopewellslibraryoflife.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/top-ten-tuesday-10-new-royal-books-for-royal-wedding-week/

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    1. Yes classics can be hit or miss, and it's always interesting to see how one person can love a particular classic and someone else doesn't!

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  14. 20,000 Leagues bored me as well :( I was really hoping I'd love it.

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  15. I agree with you on The Passenger. I stuck with only because I was listening on audio and the narrator did a good job.

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    1. Yeah I wanted to like that one SO much- the premise intrigued me and there were things about it I liked, but just as a whole... yeah it was disappointing.

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  16. I just ordered the Vicarious series from Book Outlet. I am a little bit worried that you didn't like the first book so much! However, if you are glad to have read it, then I feel a little bit better about it. ;)

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    1. Ooh well I hope you like em! Vicarious does have a cool concept- I like the whole VR thing- and I haven't read the sequel, but I hope you like 'em!

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  17. I'll admit to not having read any of these and not really interested. Even if there are a few that I should

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  18. Oh no! Winter of the Gods sounds so interesting! Too bad that you didn't like it :/

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    1. I know, I was bummed! Especially since I liked the first book...

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  19. Sad that you didn't enjoy these! Some look intriguing!

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    1. I thought so, in fact several of these were must reads! You can't win em all I suppose!

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  20. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is the only book on this list I'm familiar with. And I agree with you. Jules Vern just doesn't pass the test of time like other authors. There's something about his pacing and character development which I cannot connect with. I love the concepts of all his works! I just don't want to keep reading them....

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    1. Same here. I love his concepts but just couldn't connect to 20,00 at all. I wanted to like it, and the Nautilus is awesome!

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    1. Well I'm going to be snarky and say- good choice!!!!!

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  22. I don't think I've read these ones but saw many movies for Jules Verne

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    1. Yeah I do like movies based on his works.

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  23. I have not read a single one of these...now I wonder if I should. Have a great week. - Katie

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    1. Some are actually pretty good, they just didn't work for me in certain ways?

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  24. Is it bad that Winter of the Gods actually sounds really interesting to me now?

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    1. No, I couldn't wait to read it! I mean the concept is there, it was just disappointing to me?

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  25. Girl Out Of Water is on my TBR but I'm sorry to hear the love interest was a bit too perfect. That tends to really annoy me when that happens.

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    1. It's still worth a read, some people really liked it and a commenter above mentions she loved the love interest! And I liked the book overall but just had a few issues w/ it.

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  26. Love the cover of All We Have Is Now - too bad it didn’t really deliver.

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    1. I LOVED that cover, and it wasn't a bad book- I just wanted something else.

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  27. River of Teeth is one that I've been interested in for ages, but I always see people saying similarly not great things about it and being disappointed, so I haven't ever picked it up. 20,000 Leagues was pretty disappointing to me as well. It had some strong moments, but many parts were a bit of a slog.

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  28. I still need to read The Immortals. Thanks for the reminder! I felt the same way about All We Have is Now.

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  29. I still don't understand why you have an alternate history book about hippos and then barely talk about the freaking hippos. The hippos are the whole shtick, right? I kind of liked All We Have Is Now, but it definitely wasn't what I expected- I had hoped for something a little more... apocalypse-y.

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  30. Aw, sad to see the Olympus Bound trilogy didn't end on a better note. And I'm with you on River of Teeth. I know a lot of people loved it, but I wasn't that blown away by it either.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  31. I tried to read Verne as a kid (12-13 years old) but his writing style didn't grip me at all. My dad loves some of his books, I guess we don't have that in common XD

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

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  32. I was really curious about Girl Out of Water, but never did end up reading it. I'm not particularly fond of the perfect love interest trope.

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  33. I remembered the disappointment in Girl Out of Water. It's always annoying when a book doesn't live up to it's cover. This was a fun topic but I had no luck thinking of any of them!

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  34. This reminds me that I still haven't gotten around to Girl Out of Water yet. I might save it until the summer now since that cover always makes me think of it as a beach read. Curious to see if I love it or hate it.

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  35. Oh no, you didn't like River of Teeth? I have an eARC of American Hippo (which is the combined novellas). Well, at least you didn't *hate* it, so that's good lol. And I know you were excited for Winter of Gods before you read that one, so that's a bummer it didn't turn out like you hoped!

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  36. I've seen Girl Out of Water around the blogosphere, but haven't really given it a second glance. Looks like one I might want to take a look at. Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland, Greg.

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  37. Ahh lots of promise but poor follow through. Too bad, really.

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  38. Ha ha ha, River of Teeth still slays me. 😂

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  39. I still want to try Vicarious even though I've seen mixed reviews for it.

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