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.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This is YA fantasy about a girl searching for her sister at a circus. It was heavily compared to Erin Morgenstern’s Night Circus when it came out, so I read it expecting it to be similar, but it wasn’t. I wasn’t enraptured by the circus or the writing, and the characters annoyed me.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Romance novel about a biracial couple that fake dates until they finally fall for each other. It’s a light, fluffy read and good for being a debut novel, but I didn’t (and still don’t) see what all the hype is about.

Kindred by Octavia Butler

I read this years ago in college (or maybe high school… can’t remember), so I’d like to try it again. It’s been getting A LOT of buzz lately, and maybe it’s very well deserved, but I didn’t like it. I’ve since forgotten why, but I think it’s because it has time travel and I don’t like time travel. I’ve since forgotten what the book is about except that it’s historical fantasy about a young Black woman who keeps getting pulled back to slavery days to save a boy or a man… can’t remember.


HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?

21 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday #57: Hyped Books I Didn’t Like

  1. Somehow I am a little extra disappointed when I don’t enjoy a graphic novel series, as compared to a text-based story. I love the *idea* of Lumberjanes but I didn’t get very far with the series either, and ultimately decided (but maybe unfairly because I do like a lot of books for younger readers too) that I would have loved them more if I’d discovered them as a young reader.

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  2. I really find the Boy and the Mole and the … grating and too saccharine yet everyone around me is constantly sharing images from it. My friend, the author Paul Magrs, has a parody out in the autumn, The Panda, the Cat and the Dreadful Teddy: A Parody, which is so funny and very anti-tweeness, although the author of The Boy, the Mole is a Very Nice Man and I hope it doesn’t upset him! I want to like the Butler but I really don’t like time travel and I prefer my historical reading to be non-fiction.

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    1. Well, I know some of Butler’s other books don’t deal with time travel so maybe you could try one of those. That’s what I plan to do before attempting to read Kindred again.

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  3. I love Kindred, and want to reread it at some point. If you can look past the time travel element, the point is really about the character’s experiences, and is so powerful. But I understand it doesn’t work for everyone. I didn’t really care for Lumberjanes at first either, but I ended up reading a few more volumes, and liked it just okay. It’s cute, but I don’t feel the need to continue. I’ve read all the Jasmine Guillory books — definitely light reading, but fun (and I think The Wedding Date might be the weakest).

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    1. I’ll try to do that the next time I try to reread Kindred, but time travel just always messes me up. Ugh! I find it so annoying lol.
      And I’ll def try another Guillory book, probably a most recent one.

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  4. I’ve not read any of these, and in fact I’ve never heard of 3 of them. I have read Butler’s Xenogenesis series and really enjoyed it, and I have several other of her books I’m looking forward to trying, including Kindred, though I’ve not decided which to try next.

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