Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is unpopular bookish opinions, and this is one that I really had to think about! This seems like it’ll be quite a day for Top Ten Tuesday.

Not every book about a controversial topic can be good

I’ve noticed that after pretty much every YA bestseller, a wave of similar books comes out. Take, for example, The Hate U Give. I loved that book. I thought it was a great story that was amazingly well-written. After the popularity of The Hate U Give, a number of YA books focusing on gun violence came out. While I’m sure many of those books were good, not all of them were.

Similarly, not every book about homosexuality, racism, religion, drug use, school shootings, etc. can be good. It seems like we’re almost expected to adore these books without question just because they’re about a difficult topic.

I can’t support Cassandra Clare

Not only do I feel like the writing quality in The Mortal Instruments really went downhill midway through the series, but after learning about her behavior in general, I just can’t support her anymore. I’m not going to go into detail on everything she’s done, but please feel free to check out the links below:

I hate it when romance novels end with a proposal or surprise pregnancy

I know, I know, I read a ton of romance. But when I read a romance novel, I expect to read something that adds to the genre, not something that recycles the most cliche plot lines of all time. I think that ending a romance novel with a proposal or pregnancy is probably the easiest way to wrap things up, and most of the time it just feels like the author couldn’t come up with anything better, so they were just like, “…and they all lived happily ever after, the end.”

I was not a huge fan of Six of Crows

Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate it or anything. I just didn’t have any strong opinions on it. I enjoyed Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone and I’m excited to someday finish that series (and read everything else she’s written), but I think Six of Crows was just way too hyped for me and I expected more. It felt like every other YA fantasy I’d ever read, just with a more diverse cast of characters.

All the Bright Places was not good

I’ve written a number of rants on what exactly is wrong with All the Bright Places, but I’ll summarize here: the main character is a smooth-talking mental illness (with no other character traits) and his love interest is overtly blamed for telling someone that he’s suicidal. The whole book glamorizes depression and idealizes suicide (he’s so dark and mysterious!) and I feel that it sends an incredibly harmful message to teens.

Bragging avoiding certain genres or formats doesn’t make you cool

Every time I hear someone say something like, “I don’t read books with half-naked guys on the cover, I read real books” or “Listening to an audiobook doesn’t count as reading,” I just cringe. I don’t care what you’re reading or how you’re doing it. What’s important is that you’re enjoying yourself.

I have no problem with an unlikable main character as long as they’re realistic

One of my favorite books of 2018 was Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi. I loved how realistic the main character, Penny, was. A lot of reviewers have taken issue with Penny and hated the book because of her, and I get that. Penny is not perfect, not by a long shot. She says the wrong thing all the time and she’s not always likable. But what teenager is?

Not every book needs a romance

Right about now, you’re probably thinking, “Whoa, whoa, what are you talking about? You mostly review romance books!” But it’s true. Not every book needs a romance. Sometimes sci-fi should just be sci-fi. Sometimes fantasy should just be fantasy. Sometimes a romance is entirely unnecessary and actually detracts from the story rather than adding to it.

I have no interest in reading classic sci-fi novels

I remember very clearly a moment when a man walked up to me, completely unprompted, and said, “How can you call yourself a book blogger when you haven’t even read Dune?” I mean… first of all, sci-fi from the 1960s doesn’t interest me whatsoever, but also, I blog mostly about romance! I’m not sure what that book has to do with anything!

I am not a fan of Penny Reid’s books

I’ve tried. I really have. I know that so many people adore her books, but I’ve enjoyed one of them and I’ve hated the rest. I one-clicked a lot of them when they were free on Amazon and so I’ll keep trying (eventually), but I was really disappointed by Neanderthal Seeks Human. Attraction is one of my least favorite books of 2019. And her Winston Brothers series has been hit or miss so far. Nothing against her personally, but her books are just not my favorite.

Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! What are some of your unpopular opinions? Let’s talk in the comments!

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49 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

  1. bookishrantings says:

    We have so many unpopular opinions in common! I only read Penny Reid’s Dear Professor series (I think that’s what it’s called lol) and I have had issues with CC’s behavior for awhile. Surprise pregnancy is possibly my least favorite ending for a romance. If it makes sense for the book, GREAT, but if it’s just there because that’s what people “should” want, I hate it.

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  2. jamsu says:

    Sorry for this long answer ‘letter’ you never asked for 🙊 I still need to learn to stay in the topic while commenting but this is not one of those days.

    I get why you have problems with Cassandra Clare but I enjoy her books, especially TID, too much to care. No matter what she’s done she’s one of the writers (the very first one actually) who made me read books that didn’t involve any movie or TV show. She’s like J.K Rowling to other people in that sense to me.

    I actually agree about Six of Crows. I DNF’d it like two or three years ago and I hated Shadow and Bone. I rarely give books one star but that one was one of them. I know many ppl love her books but I guess her writing isn’t just for me.

    I guess I should confess that I was “Listening to an audiobook doesn’t count as reading,” before I started blogging *hides away*

    I don’t mind unlikeable main characters either. What does that matter if you like other characters? Like I wasn’t big fan of Zayne in The Dark Elements series by Jennifer L. rmentrout but I’m still planning on reading his book just so I could get even few seconds of Roth appearing 😂 Also I started re-reading Sookie Stackhouse series and she’s not perfect (and she annoys me a lot) but I still enjoyed that re-read awhile.

    I mostly need romance in my books but there are some, like Percy Jackson which made me wish there was no romance at all. I don’t ship Percy and Annabeth. I still wish they would’ve just stayed friends.

    I don’t think I’ve read any classics in my whole life. If I have read one for school I’ve hated it so much that I removed it from my brain. I don’t think any book classic or not can make you less of a book blogger. So I don’t like classics and I never plan on reading one… so what?

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    • Sara @ The Bibliophagist says:

      Haha, long answers are totally fine! I’m glad that we agree about a few of these things! Sometimes I feel like I’m one of like three people who didn’t fall in love with Six of Crows, so it always makes me happy to hear that someone else felt the same way. And honestly, that classics comment was so weird? Like… who gets to decide what kind of books someone should be forced to read in order to be a real blogger?


  3. AJ says:

    I agree with a lot of what you say – I don’t care what a person reads as long as they love reading and I have never been able to get into a Penny Reid book either.

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  4. bookbeachbunny says:

    I agree with a lot of your thoughts! I don’t understand why some people are so quick to judge what stories people like/hate, read/don’t or how many books one person has versus etc. etc. In the great scheme of things we’re all just trying to enjoy our lives with a good story!

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  5. Shannon says:

    Thank you so much for all the links about Cassandra Clare. I didn’t know anything about her but I enjoy TID and am going to continue her other series. But after reading all that, I understand how problematic she is. That doesn’t mean I’m going to stop reading her books. But now I can be more careful about how I’m going to interpret her works

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  6. Bentley ★ says:

    I’m with you on Cassandra Clare. Everyone raves about her books, but when a friend filled me in on her whole penchant for copying other author’s stories and slightly tweaking them/re-branding them, I became a lot less interested in keeping up with her books. I read the first three Mortal Instrument books, and then dropped the series entirely. I just have no desire to read anything else she puts out.

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  7. Sarah says:

    I don’t have much interest in classic sci-fi either (and I’m a SFF book blogger) and I also haven’t read Dune, and I don’t really care because dear lord have you seen those covers?!

    I know I’m not supposed to judge books by their covers, and I don’t mostly… but ugh. Also- someone has probably done it better in the last 60 years….. sorry not sorry. Lol

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  8. paperplanenomad says:

    Wow I had no idea about any of the Cassandra Clare stuff! I’m planning to read TID next month and will definitely pay closer attention. I so agree with the point you made about romance in the plot; I love a good romantic sub-plot as much as anyone (keyword: good) but sometimes it’s just so unnecessary, slows down the plot and feels like a waste of page space.

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  9. The Educated Negra says:

    I totally agree with #1. As someone who reads YA focused on societal issues and current events, there are so many books that just aren’t good. I was reading Tyler Johnson Was Here and I wanted to like it so bad, but it just wasn’t all that. Just because a book is about an important issue doesn’t mean it’s going to be a five star read.

    I relate to #8 on sooo many levels. There’s so much YA with unnecessary romances and it just takes away from the story a lot of the time. Especially when the romance isn’t believable or comes in out of the blue.

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  10. Diana says:

    I have an interest in classic science fiction, but I cannot get past the third page of Dune. The book is almost unreadable and painfully boring and I normally like both classics and science-fiction. A book blogger is certainly not defined by some silly Dune.

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