Top 5 Tuesday | Books I Hated but others Didn’t!

Top Five

Writing this up felt very familiar… maybe I’ve done something similar before.  If so, I’m totally writing it up again!

Here are five books that are super popular, but I can’t get behind them even though I really wanna!

Top 5 Tuesday was started by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm!


The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

I just feel like this one has got to be my fault. Seriously, this book sounds so perfect for me, but I read it halfway through and just couldn’t connect with the main character at all.  Even still, I can’t bring myself to give up on it.  I still keep this on my Goodreads ‘revisit’ shelf, because I will love this book damn it!


The Martian by Andy Weir

So, reread what I wrote above for The Rook.  The same is true of this one.  I can’t give up on it, because I want to love it, but it wasn’t my reality when I tried to start it.  (There were too many damn equations!)


Bloody Jack by LA Meyer

I’ve heard that I should try Bloody Jack again, but on audio.  Everyone says that the narrator is magnificent, and I can see how reading the pirating accent works better when listening instead of reading.  While I was reading I could barely understand the characters, the accent was so heavy.  It ruined the book for me.

Bloody Jack

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

I hate this book.  The Thorn Birds is my most despised read in my entire reading history.  I saw so many Outlander fans raving about this book that I was so positive I would adore it that I forced myself to read every single gawd awful page, and it just got worse and worse.  In the end I wanted to throw the book in the fire.  Instead I donated it to charity.  Hate. It.


Cut & Run by Abigail Roux & Madeleine Urban

When you look at the blurb it has all the tropes I love, but the reality was so disjointed for me.  I felt like it was far too obvious which author was writing what, and it made the read almost painful for me.  As much as I wanted to like this book, and the series, I couldn’t bring myself to continue.

Cut and Run


About Birdie

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24 Responses

  1. I haven’t heard of most of these! I’ve wanted to read The Martian for ages– just haven’t gotten round to it. I’m a physicist, so I don’t think I’d mind the equations 😉


  2. Ha, how funny about The Thorn Birds! I read it ages ago (back in my teen years) and loved it. I wonder if it would still appeal to me as an adult. I really expected to love The Rook as well, and just didn’t. I thought it was okay, but that it was trying too hard. I know there’s a sequel, but so far haven’t felt any need to read it. (There’s a TV version in development, I think with Stephenie Meyer producing or something?)


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