This week’s Top Ten Tuesday meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is about books bloggers loved more or less than everyone else. Sorry to be so negative here, but I am going to talk about 10 books I loved less than everyone else. How did you feel about these books? What books would be on your list? Feel free to argue against me! Tell me why you loved these books or agree with me. I welcome your thoughts and opinions!
- The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – I hated this book which is written from the perspective of a dog. The plot is horrible!! There is a false accusation of rape and the father loses visitation rights with his daughter, blech! The dog somehow is able to tell of events occurring in courthouse and other locations he was not in. Race car driving becomes a metaphor for life. This was a huge bestseller, promoted by starbucks and has a goodreads average rating of 4.19. I don’t get it!
- The Rent Collector by Camron Wright – This historical fiction novel takes place in the slums of Cambodia, a country which the author has never visited!!! He was inspired to write this novel after his son traveled there and made a documentary. The whole thing rings as false. You must take a huge leap of faith to go along with this story. Yet, this too, was a best-seller and has an average goodreads rating of 4.23. My review.
- The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner – This is the only book by Jennifer Weiner that I’ve read and I’ve heard some of her other books are better. I thought this was pretty terrible, lacking any degree of depth whatsoever. It’s about a young girl trying to make it in Hollywood. It was literally painful to read and I’m pretty sure I did not make it to the end.
- The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – I really disliked this book. It is typical emotionally manipulative chick-lit. I hated the focus on the nuclear family above all else. I hated the spiteful relationships between the women in this novel. Of course, we all know this was a huge best seller and very loved by many.
- Magic America by C.E. Medford – After listening to an interview with the author on NPR, I decided to read this book. It involves biker angels, fairy godmothers, radioactive cats… The problem was the story was underdeveloped and the book didn’t really take off, it just fell flat. Not many people read this book, but you’d be surprised at all the 5 star reviews on goodreads.
- Bossypants by Tina Fey – I know I’m not going to be popular for putting this one on my list. I LOVE Tina Fey, but I didn’t love this autobiography. I love her humor and my favorite parts of this book were transcripts of some of her SNL skits. The rest felt like scattered tidbits relating to her life. So, I really couldn’t love this memoir.
- The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton – This is a book that got a lot of attention and was hyped as a great book club book when it came out, so my book club read it. I found the storyline dull and the characters flat.
- On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan – Yes, Ian McEwan is an amazingly talented writer. I just hated this story and am still shocked and amazed that this was a Man Booker Prize nominee.
- The Martian by Andy Weir – Yes, this novel is impressive on so many levels. It is excellently written and the science element is fascinating. However, it made me want to pluck my eyelashes out, because there was not enough human interaction. It’s about a man alone on Mars. I need more interpersonal interactions in my books!
- Divergent by Veronica Roth – Having really enjoyed the Hunger Games series, I decided I’d give this book a try. For me, Divergent did not live up to the hype. It greatly paled in comparison to Hunger Games.
** Before posting this I realized the actual meme is “Books I loved more/less than I thought I would. I liked the way I had already created it, so kept with this slight variation.