T5T- Books I DIDN’T Like That Others LOVED


I have decided to finally join in on Shanah @ The Bionic Bookworm’s weekly meme! She is one of my favourite bloggers and I am so excited to be posting these every tuesday from now on!

I was excited about this week’s topic because there are quite of few books that I did not like but I know that other’s loved and I am happy to have an excuse to talk about them. I am looking forward to everyone else’s lists as well!

Uprooted by Naomi Novik


Goodreads Average Rating: 4.11 stars| My Rating: 2 stars

I was completely ready to fall in love with Uprooted. I love Beauty and the Beast but I have yet to find a retelling that I enjoy. I could not connect with these characters and I despised the romance. I found myself bored a lot of the time. There was a lot of potential but it just never clicked with me. I am interested in giving her new book a chance!

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


Goodreads Average Rating: 4.55 stars | My Rating: 2.5 stars

I can not put in to words why I did not love The Nightingale as much as everyone else. I think it is because I have read so many WWII novels, that they have to be quite unique in order to stand out. I found it to be quite predictable and I never truly connected with the sisters. I did really enjoy the ending though!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


Goodreads Average Rating: 4.10 stars| My Rating: 2 stars

I have talked about the problems I had with Everything, Everything many times! The one thing that I am thankful for is the fact that this is the book that inspired me to start my blog. I just needed a place to write out my feelings on it. The ending was very predictable and I kept hoping that it wouldn’t happen. I hated the way that the whole situation was handled! The romance was cute though!

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver


Goodreads Average Rating: 3.91 stars | My Rating: 2 stars

Before I Fall is another book that I have talked about a few times on this blog. I have discovered that books where the same day repeats over and over again is not for me. I grew bored very quickly! I was also hoping for a lot more character growth than I got!

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater


Goodreads Average Rating: 4.08 stars | My Rating: 2.5 stars

There is something about Stiefvater’s writing that I just do not connect with. It took many attempts to finally get through The Scorpio Races. I loved the idea of the book but did not enjoy the actual execution. I think the main problem for me is the pacing. It takes a long time for anything to actually happen! I had a similar problem with The Raven Boys.


I would love to know what your thoughts are on any of these books! Are they some of your favourites? Please let me know in the comments!


46 thoughts on “T5T- Books I DIDN’T Like That Others LOVED

  1. I really loved Everything, Everything but I’m a huge romance junkie so that’s probably why. Have you read Cruel Beauty? It’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling.

      1. I still haven’t seen the movie yet either. The first few chapters of Cruel Beauty are a little I do dumpy but if you can get past that it’s really good.

  2. I wanted to read Uprooted when it was first published but just never ended up reading it. I saw mixed reviews and lost interest in reading it after a while.

  3. Totally agree about Uprooted, I never felt like I quit connected to that book either, even though it was so complex. But most of all I hated the romance!! Haha,I was glad to see you felt the same.

  4. It’s such a shame you didn’t like Scorpio Races. I love Stiefvater’s writing, but I do know it’s not for everyone. I only watched the movie of Everything, Everything, and I could tell that I wouldn’t like the book if I tried to read it. It’s just too cheesy and it had a lot of ableist problems.

  5. Yay you are joining the fun! Welcome! And I loved the Scorpio Race by the way 😉

  6. I could have put Uprooted on my list too! I was so underwhelmed by that story, and I definitely felt like there was some secret I was missing when I was reading -because way too many people love it.

  7. I haven’t read The Nightingale but I get you. I love historical fiction, but now I expect more from it? Maybe because I’ve read the same setting many times so I want more variations….

  8. truuuuuuue to everything, everything!! i liked the nightingale a lot but also i’ve been partial to kristin hannah for a long long time so maybe that had somehting to do with it?? it felt more kristin hannah-y than historical fiction-y to me, though, if that makes any sense at all.

  9. Oh no, Uprooted!!! That is one of my favorite books ever. It’s so rare to find a good stand-alone fantasy book that doesn’t make you commit to a long series. I also loved the Nightingale, but totally know what you mean about there being so much WWII lit. The way you feel about the Nightingale is exactly how I felt about Lilac Girls.

  10. Too bad about Uprooted — I loved it! I’m with you on Scorpio Races, although maybe for different reasons. I thought some of the writing was lovely, but the story just didn’t make enough sense to me. (I couldn’t stand The Raven Boys, so maybe she just isn’t a writer who works for me.) I had a big problem with the end of Everything, Everything — just felt like it cheapened the story and was too much of a bait and switch. This is a great post. Really shows how for every book someone loves, there’s going to be someone with the opposite reaction!

    1. I really wanted to love Uprooted. I don’t connect with Stiefvater’s writing either. I don’t know why! The ending of Everything, Everything truly cheapened the story and made me so mad. Thank you! I loved this topic for the same reason!

  11. I’m with you on Uprooted – I HATED the romance so much and otherwise wasn’t impressed either! I had really high hopes for this book, as everyone seemed to love it, but it didn’t work for me at all 😕

  12. I felt the same way about The Nightingale! So many of my friends raved about it, but I thought it was only OK. Couldn’t put my finger on why, but it just didn’t do it for me.

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