Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions


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 Unpopular Bookish Opinions.  Honestly I don’t know how unpopular any of my opinions really are. I half expect when I post this that I’ll learn lots of people share my opinions.  If not…




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10 Unpopular Bookish Opinions



  • I can’t stand Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.  I love several of his other books, but I’ve tried to read American Gods twice now and have DNFed it both times.  I don’t get it since pretty much everyone else I know loves it, but it’s just not for me.


  • Every once in a while, the movie (or TV show) is better than the book.  I don’t say this often, but I do believe it in a few rare cases.  The 100 comes to mind. I love the TV series but couldn’t get through any of the books.


  • Bookshelves organized by color aren’t my thing.  Don’t get me wrong – I think they look absolutely beautiful, especially in Instagram photos, but honestly, if I were to organize my books that way, I’m pretty sure I’d never be able to locate a book on them again.  Plus, what if series books aren’t the same color? I need my series together on the shelf.  I need a more practical system, even if it’s not as asthetically pleasing.


  • Standalones > Series.  Even though I read a lot of series, I honestly still prefer standalones.  I prefer following characters from the beginning to the end of a single book and then being finished with them rather than left hanging waiting for the next installment.  I also like that the narrative tends to be tighter in a standalone, whereas sometimes I feel like some series book have a lot of fluff and filler in them.


  • The Red Queen series makes me want to scream.  Speaking of series, I know a lot of people love the Red Queen series, but I’m not one of them.  I made it through the first book and thought it was good enough to pick up Glass Sword, the second book in the series, even though Mare, the main character, and her love triangle, (square, rhombus, whatever it was?), annoyed the bejeezus out of me.  That second book, however, did me in and I DNF’ed it and quit the whole series.


  • I have very mixed feelings when it comes to John Green’s books. There were some, like The Fault in Our Stars, that I thought were incredible, but then there are others like Turtles All the Way Down and Paper Towns that I just feel meh about.


  • I love Dan Brown’s books.   I know a lot of people hate them and I’ve heard several say he’s a bad writer, but I completely disagree.  Maybe his books are not high brow literature and maybe they’re a bit formulaic, but they’re always very entertaining and I love reading them.


  • I don’t love Fiona Barton’s books.  I know she’s a super popular author right now, but I just continually struggle to get through her books.  I find the writing style somewhat dry and I always struggle to connect with Barton’s characters.


  • Maggie Stiefvater is also hit and miss for me.  Like with Barton, I know Stiefvater is super popular, but my experience reading her books has been very inconsistent.  All the Crooked Saints was mostly a miss for me and I just didn’t connect with the story at all.  In contrast, however, I thought The Raven Cycle was pretty amazing.


  • The Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series was mostly a miss for me as well.  I made it through the first book okay but the next book bored me to the point where I quit the series.


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What are some of your unpopular bookish opinions?