Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books I disliked but I’m glad that I read

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is ten books I disliked but I’m glad that I read. It’s no secret that I dislike a lot of books(!) but that doesn’t mean that I’m mad that I read them. Even books that I didn’t like can hold value. I’ll break down my reasons for being happy about the experience rather than the book down below.

✨ Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

As we all know, Alice in Wonderland is a huge piece of pop culture. I’m sure that I read the original book as a child, but I don’t remember it. I read it again as an adult a couple years ago, and I’m glad that I did. Even though I didn’t love the story (I love the retellings much more) it’s good to see where such a fixture in today’s society came from.

✨ Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

I read this book because I thought that I should. I didn’t particularly enjoy it, but that’s fine. It never hurts to get more perspectives in life. I’ve since read better feminist novels. Send me a message if you want a recommendation!

✨ A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

In my daily life, I encounter a lot of people who like to sound smart. I guess that’s what happens when you live in an Ivy League town and work in a high-ish end doctor’s office. I don’t know. But these are the kind of people who want to have conversations about literature and stuff (not the usual kinds of books I review on this blog) and would be tickled pink to discuss the literary merit of a Pulitzer prize winner. I thought this book was awful, but at least it gives me something to talk about.

✨ The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

This is another big influencer of pop culture. (Heck, Shakespeare himself is a big part of pop culture.) I think it’s good to see where things come from, even if the original play itself was somewhat problematic. After all, it gave us the iconic 10 Things I Hate About You, so it can’t be all bad.

✨ Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women is one of my mother’s all-time favorite books. We live about 1,000 miles apart and reading books she loves makes me feel a little closer to her. I didn’t love this book, but at least I know what she’s talking about now.

✨ Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

The only reason that I’m glad I read this is because it’s a classic.  That’s it.  Otherwise, I found it pretty convoluted (which is possibly because I read it in a 7am Spanish lecture in college) and very boring. It never hurts to read classics, though! (I’ll keep reminding myself of this.)

✨ The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

This book was awful. I literally remember nothing of what happened in the book and all of my simmering rage at having to read this book in a college literature class. (It would be interesting to re-read it now, outside of class, and see if I still hate it so much.) Regardless, I’m glad that I read this book because it came up one night in pub trivia! There I was with my boyfriend and his friends when the literature section of the evening began. All these scientists were sitting there dumbfounded while I was shouting out authors right and left, including Mikhail Bulgakov, bane of my existence.

✨ The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Anytime someone brings up cleaning, there’s always that one person that has to bring up Marie Kondo. I personally thought this book was utter nonsense, but at least I have that opinion and I’m not still sitting around thinking about how this book would change my life. Ugh.

✨ Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

This book was some more utter nonsense that I read over many, many lunches at work. I rarely, if ever, eat alone, so I guess I can’t argue with that aspect of it. I’m glad that I read it because I had a ton of conversations about it and it was always a good icebreaker.

✨ Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov

I feel like when people talk about Nabokov, they usually want to talk about Lolita. I tried three times to read Lolita and couldn’t make it through.  (That’s a project for another time, I guess.)  Even if I didn’t really enjoy it, I’m glad that I can at least say that I’ve read something of his.

26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books I disliked but I’m glad that I read

  1. Berit&V@Audio Killed the Bookmark says:

    LOL that tidying up book, my mom and I had it in the car one day when I was picking the kids up from school and we were reading it out loud cracking up, and my mom is a total neat freak, but that book was insane!😂

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  2. Winged Cynic says:

    Aww that’s sweet you read the books your mother enjoys; I can see how it would make you feel closer to her! I’ve also read Little Women, but because of my sister; it was also nice for me because I could actually understand her enthusiasm for the series. 🙂

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  3. miscellanypages says:

    I love the honesty in this list, it’s a great reminder that reading is such a personal experience and that we shouldn’t feel obliged to like books just because they are ‘popular’ or ‘classics’!

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  4. gwalsh1985 says:

    I’m the same as you – there’s been some lauded classics (and non classics) that I just *can’t* like and am usually too scared to say! It’s always interesting to know what does and doesn’t tick someone’s boxes!

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    • Sara @ The Bibliophagist says:

      I totally get that! I was so nervous about this topic since I felt like someone was going to come in the comments and chastise me for not understanding their favorite book. (I am very happy with the way this post turned out. No angry comments yet!)

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      • gwalsh1985 says:

        Everyone so far that I have interacted with seem to be very open minded that the world would be boring if we all liked the same things. Some of my favourites are on your list but then I know that some of what I dislike are on other peoples. It’s just personal taste! Mind you I have come across some fan communities that get a little… passionate… shall we say!

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  5. MaoPants says:

    Your comments on The Master and Margarita are hilarious. It’s actually my favorite book, but I understand your review, because it is the same thing everyone I’ve tried to get to read it has said to me (minus the pub trivia part…they just outright hated this book)

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