6 Bestselling Books I Didn’t Like

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Bestselling Books I Didn't Like

Everyone has a few books they don’t like, no matter how highly recommended they come. Sometimes, the hype over a book sets your expectations too high and you feel let down. Other times, you don’t connect with the characters or the story. But whether it’s due to your mood, personal tastes, or disappointment, bestselling books don’t always resonate with you.

The funny thing is, people get very protective over the books they love. When someone doesn’t like a book that you adore, things can get ugly. So I’m setting myself up for some bookish enemies here, but I’m about to reveal six bestselling books I didn’t like. So get out your torches and pitch forks, because here we go.

Bestselling Books I Didn't Like

Bestselling Books I Didn’t Like:


Life of PiLife of Pi by Yann Martel

I know I’m not completely alone on this one. This is one of those books that you either love or hate, and I’m the latter. I read it with my book club a few years ago, and have been lamenting the fact that I purchased it ever since. It’s long, philosophical, boring, and disturbing. After our book club meeting, I understood why this novel is such a big deal, but I still didn’t like it. I even liked the message of the book, but I couldn’t get over the way it was delivered. All things considered, this book was not for me.

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InfernoInferno by Dan Brown

I got  halfway through this book before I quit. It was unrealistic and over the top. The main character was too fabulous to be real. He had near death experiences, near misses, and daring escapes every fifteen minutes and still managed to keep his wits about him. He also happened to know everything and everyone. I couldn’t relate to him at all and couldn’t see him as a real person.

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The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Yawn and double yawn. I could NOT get into this book. I know, I know. I’m alone in my dislike of this book, but my goodness, it was boring. I don’t know what made this novel so popular. Everyone I know loves this book. It made them cry their eyes out, but not me. Maybe I’m heartless and maybe I’m insensitive, but there it is. This novel didn’t hold any appeal for me.

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Red QueenRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This book has gotten a ton of publicity and has been loved by readers, bloggers, and critics alike. Unfortunately, I didn’t like it all that much. It was okay, but it fell into a lot of the same cliches that most young adult novels do. It wasn’t so much that I disliked this book, it just didn’t stand out. I had high hopes for it, so that probably contributed to my disappointment when it didn’t measure up to my expectations.

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Walk Two MoonsWalk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

I haven’t read this book since I was a kid, but I remember not really liking it. I didn’t understand it. It was supposed to be deep and meaningful (it won a Newberry Medal for crying out loud!) and it made no sense to me. It was really confusing and kind of boring. I’ve thought about giving it another try as an adult to see if I can learn why it’s so popular, but I can’t bring myself to do it.

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Breaking DawnBreaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

I loved Twilight with an unrivaled passion. I became obsessed over this series of bestselling books and read it several times (try eight). Then I read Breaking Dawn. It was so weird! Half the book was spent building up to something that didn’t even happen. It was a huge disappointment and a major let down. Ironically, I still read this book more than once. I didn’t read it as much as the rest of the series, but for a book I didn’t enjoy, I’ve read it a lot.

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What bestselling books have you read and didn’t like? Share them in the comments!

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  • Reply
    Kat Paton
    November 30, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Twilight and The Hunger Games are two huge book series that I just couldn’t get in to.

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      November 30, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Isn’t it funny how everyone goes wild over a series and you just can’t get into it? It doesn’t happen too often to me, but every now and then it does.

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    Anna @ Adventures with a Book Nerd
    December 9, 2015 at 4:26 am

    The Fifth Wave, I had to stop reading it around halfway through. I just could not get into the writing style. It was just too annoying. Now it’s being made into a movie, and I am not sure if I am going to see it yet. Still, The Fifth Wave, did not like.

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      December 9, 2015 at 4:31 am

      I haven’t read that one, but I have heard a lot about it and seen the previews for the movie. It’s such a bummer when the writing style is off-putting. I’ve had a few of those myself!

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    Tressa @ Wishful Endings
    January 17, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Oh, no! You didn’t like Red Queen! I haven’t read it yet, but I have both the first and second books as arcs, so I’ll give it a try. I also haven’t read John Green’s book. I know so many loved it, but sometimes I don’t like giving in to the hype. I’m weird like that. I’ll have to try it eventually. I think we did see the movie.

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      January 18, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      It’s true, I wasn’t a fan. But a lot of people love it, so you never know. I think I’d just read too many similar books at the time I read it.

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