TTT / WHY WERE THESE REC’D TO ME?
So this week I wanted to get back into the swing of things and jump on a weekly meme. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is ‘books that were recommended to you’ and considering almost all of my books were recommended to me in some form, I thought this would be a very repetitive list with books you already know I love.
I came across Aimal’s list of books she wished she hadn’t even bothered with, specifically books that had been rec’d on Booktube. I found this interesting because Booktubers do often get paid to promote certain books, and you often see the same book roaming around the channels. So, instead of talking about the same books over and over, here is a list of books that I gave a go because of Booktube, but were just a little bit trash.
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
So American readers seem to love Morgan Matson. I picked up her newest book because a few American Booktubers would not stop talking about her, and it seemed genuine; it came from a place of love and adoration rather than money and PR. But this book is so damn long and nothing happens. Yes, there were many parts that were cute and fun to read, but the rest was girls fighting over a boy and just chapters of chapters of “we did more swimming and partying in the sun”. It just would not end.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
This book actually makes me so angry. I wrote a little review on Goodreads about it, but didn’t want to post one to my blog because I’d actually DNF’d it, and didn’t think that reviewing only 100 pages of a book would be appropriate. Booktube, especially certain creators who I adore, would not SHUT UP about this book, which they’d only come across because the author is hot (apparently). I really wanted to get into more sci-fi, so found this a perfect starting point.
But oh my God, it’s awful. In the first 100 pages, this book offends women, the working class, and the MC is the most perfect person that he’s immediately unlikable. Ew.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Shortly before reading Delirium I had read Panic and also found it really dull and uneventful, so I’m not too sure what possessed me to keep going with Lauren Oliver books. Delirium was just your stereotypical dystopia disguised as a utopia and by this point, this trend had definitely gone out of fashion. I’m not sure if I would have loved it if I’d read it while dystopias were popular, but I guess we’ll never know.
Soundless by Richelle Mead
I’d only read Vampire Academy, and while VA was ok but a little cheesy, I wanted to give Richelle Mead another go. It was the last book to read on my holiday, and I was ready to enjoy it like the rest of the books I’d read. But it was just dull. I can’t remember too well what happened in the story, all I know is thinking that this story could have been set anywhere, during any period of history, and it would have stayed the same. I was ready to learn about Ancient Chinese culture, but you would only know it’s set in Ancient China because of the front cover.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
More of the same as my criticisms as Delirium, only I read Divergent to the end and had an itch to read the next one. But then, the spark fizzled out and I no longer cared. I’ve been spoiled about the ending, and I can’t be asked to watch the films. Such a shame.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Why oh why did I bother? I found Throne of Glass to be average at best, but now the books are bigger and everyone has mixed feelings about them, I honestly don’t want to carry on. I struggled with Heir of Fire, and apparently it doesn’t get any better. Do I have time? Do I even want to make time? The thing is, if I don’t read them, I feel like I’m uninviting myself to a huge party that the whole YA book community is a part of. Forget Booktube, EVERYONE talks about this series. I just wish I had never started in the first place, so I’d never spent loads of money on these tomes, and never cared whether or not I enjoyed it.
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
The Host is straight up stupidity on my part. Despite loving and then being really critical of Twilight, I’d heard a lot of good things about how different The Host was and how science fiction-y it was. I was intrigued, although painfully aware about the way Stephanie Meyer writes; with ease, but with so much problematic content. Had she listened to feedback? Had she worked to write a better story?
The answer was a no and then some. The Host was worse than Twilight, and so much more damaging. There’s almost no science fiction to it, it’s just love triangle drama.
ALL OF THEM by Cassandra Clare
Cassandra Clare is the holy grail of Booktube. I struggle to find a popular Booktuber who doesn’t adore her. I read The Infernal Devices and they were OK, but still super cheesy with repetitive lines and awkward dialogue. But The Mortal Instruments was even worse. I read the first three, because I know the rest of the novels were just a push to get more novels out there. It was easy to see that the plot was supposed to naturally end at City of Glass, so I ended it there too.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & Bookish.