Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Hated But Don’t Regret Reading

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read (maybe just for bragging rights).  This topic was actually pretty tough for me.  I guess I’ve been lucky in the sense that there haven’t been too many books I’ve read that I’ve just outright hated.  That said, when I started thinking about the topic, with rare exception, most of the books that I have disliked have been required school readings.  I’m still glad I read them since most of them are classics and classics are often referenced in modern works as as the saying goes, the more you know…but yeah, hated them!  And the last two on my list are more recent reads that I just really disliked even though most people I know loved them.  I’m glad I read them to see what the fuss was about, but they just ultimately weren’t my kind of reads.

 

Top 10 Books I Hated But Don’t Regret Reading

 

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 1. THE CANTERBURY TALES by Geoffrey Chaucer

 

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2. THE SCARLET LETTER by Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

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3. GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens

 

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4. MOBY DICK by Herman Melville

 

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5. GULLIVER’S TRAVELS by Jonathan Swift

 

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6. THE METAMORPHOSIS by Franz Kafka

 

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7. ETHAN FROME by Edith Wharton

 

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8. A SEPARATE PEACE by John Knowles

 

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9. EAT, PRAY, LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert

 

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10. THE NOTEBOOK by Nicholas Sparks

 

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Question:  What are some books you hated but don’t regret reading?

30 replies
  1. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    Now this! This is what my list would have looked like, if I had done this topic. It would have been filled with those required reading books from HS, most of which I did not like, but appreciate having read, because they were classics, and so talked about often. I obviously subscribe in some manner to FOMO. Though, I must say, I liked A Separate Peace and The Scarlet Letter.

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    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m probably in the minority on not liking those two. I’m not even sure why I disliked them so much but can’t bring myself to find them again and figure out why, lol.

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  2. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    I actually really enjoyed A Separate Peace and Ethan Frome, but it’s true that that classics are often the books that I’m glad to say I read, but don’t ever want to read again…like Grapes of Wrath. LOL

    -Lauren

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  3. Angela
    Angela says:

    There are some classics I like, but yeah, I agree, a lot of them are ones I’m glad I’ve read and been exposed to, but I wouldn’t necessarily say I liked them. Eat, Pray, Love is definitely one I did NOT enjoy, even though lots of people have!

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    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yes, I think I’m done with Dickens too even though there were a few of his books that I did really enjoy the first time around. A Christmas Carol is the only one I can ever see myself reading again.

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  4. Olivia
    Olivia says:

    I couldn’t get through The Scarlet Letter and haven’t read the others! My ultimate nemesis was Infinite Jest. I hated every minute I spent with that book but I was too stubborn to give up!

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    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I agree with you. I also prefer being able to choose the ones I want to read rather than having them forced on me as required reading. I probably would have enjoyed a few of these a little more if I had selected them myself.

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  5. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books says:

    I actually managed to dodge most of these throughout school. Lucky me. LOL I seem to remember being assigned The Metamophosis (possibly?) but I also know that I never read it. Such a little rebel. 🙂 I did read The Notebook and while it was okay… I’e never understood the hype.

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  6. Greg
    Greg says:

    This was a tough one! And ooh The Canterbury Tales- that was one we had to read in school too, and I remember loving the idea but not actually enjoying the reading of it! I don’t think I’ve read the rest of these?? I did see the Eat Pray Love movie though 🙂

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    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Haha, that pretty well sums up my exact reaction to The Canterbury Tales. The concept sounded so cool but than I got so bogged down in the Old English that I completely lost interest in it.

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  7. Annemieke
    Annemieke says:

    Great list. I don’t think I hated any of our required reading but I think I only had two? Back then we didn’t have a reading list here either.

    I still have Great Expectations to read on my shelf. More because I just love the look of the paperback (which was a cheap buy) than for actually wanting to read it haha.

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    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I wish we hadn’t had required reading when I was in school. I always prefer to choose my own books and I think having them chosen for me makes me start out biased against them, lol.

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  8. Verushka
    Verushka says:

    Heh, I hated the classics I had to read in school too, but I am split as between regretting some and not others lol And most, I hated were Shakespeare’s tragedies lol I needed a comedy in my life 🙂

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    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I hear you! There are plenty of books that I was forced to read and regret doing so. I did actually enjoy most of Shakespeare’s tragedies though. I think I was an angsty teen and so they just fit my mood, haha!

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    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m actually jealous that you did enjoy these. I remember going into each one thinking it sounded so good and then ended up disappointed. Sometimes I wonder if I read them as an adult if I would better appreciate them.

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  9. bookworm
    bookworm says:

    Interesting topic, and yes some of those required school readings were though lol. Yikes, especially middle school. They made us read things like The Red Badge of Courage. I haven’t read any of the books on your list except The Notebook, which I loved.

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