Top 5 Tuesday #57: Hyped Books I Didn’t Like

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now hosted by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 hyped books I didn’t like

(What are some hyped books that you just did not care that much for??)


I have a variety of books here that MANY people enjoyed but that didn’t work out for me.

LUMBERJANES, VOL 1: BEWARE THE KITTEN HOLY BY GRACE ELLIS AND NOELLE STEVENSON, ILLUS. BY BROOKE A. ALLEN

This is a middle grade fantasy comic book about a diverse group of girls who have interesting adventures at summer camp. The tone of the story is very silly, which I expected but didn’t like, and the story places a lot of emphasis on the girls’ friendship, which I loved. In addition to the tone, the illustrations also didn’t work for me because I expected the style to be like what’s on the cover.

THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX AND THE HORSE BY CHARLIE MACKESY (ILLUS.)

A children’s picture book about friendship and kindness… I think. This one would also fit in the self-help category and would appeal to both kids and adults. Basically it’s a book of uplifting phrases, I guess…? I didn’t like it. I just thought it was all very obvious and a bit too saccharine at times, which annoyed me. I liked the illustrations, but it took a while for me to get used to its wispy style.

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