Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Didn’t Love, But Am Glad I Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read.” I’m not sure I could comprise a list of books I hated, but am glad I read. I can’t stop thinking about all the books I could have read in place of the ones I hated. So for this week’s topic, I’m listing books I didn’t love (but also didn’t hate) that I’m still glad I picked up. Covers are linked to Goodreads.


1. Outlander by Diana Gaaldon – I did a buddy read of this one a couple of years ago or was it a year ago? Doesn’t matter. I probably wouldn’t have picked this one up on my own because of the hype and genre, but decided to give it a try anyways. Didn’t love it, but am glad I gave it a shot.

2. The Young Elites by Marie Lu – I wasn’t overly fond of Legend, so wasn’t planning to pick up this series. I ended up reading this one and liking it enough to finish the series. It’s not a favorite fantasy, but it has some great characters and a morally ambiguous lead who’s hard to forget.

3. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – I was in no way blown away by this novel, but I do think it’s a really fun read and will probably pick up the sequel at some point.

4. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman – I waited so long for this sequel and ended up being mostly disappointed. Still, there is a large part of me that is glad that I read it.

5. Emma by Jane Austen – This was my final Jane Austen book that I read. I can’t quite decide if this or Mansfield Park is my least favorite, but I feel a sense of accomplishment that I’ve read all her novels.

6. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi – I have a feeling that I’d like this one more if I read it today, but at the time that I did read it, I found the plot to be very much lacking. However, I will forever be grateful that it led me to the companion novel A Crown of Wishes as it is one of my favorite books.

7. These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas – On a whim I bought the sequel to this even though I gave this one three stars. I ended up rereading this one recently and it turns out, I actually like it more the second time around.

8. The Merciless by Danielle Vega – This was a solid three-star read for me that has its flaws, but I would still recommend it, especially during Halloween season.

9. Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly – I wasn’t as fond of this second book as I was the first, but still plan on finishing the series.

10. Geekerella by Ashley Poston – Lots of bloggers love this one and while I did enjoy it, I wasn’t completely taken with it. Still, I’m glad that I picked it up.

Which didn’t-hate-didn’t-love read are you happy you picked up? Be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post in the comments, so I can visit.

56 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Didn’t Love, But Am Glad I Read

  1. ‘Pirate King’ is on my list of potential someday-reads, mostly I think because I don’t see many novels that dive into a kind of “old fashioned” swashbuckler feel. Also, “Geekerella” is on my bookshelf, so – *fingers crossed* – I find it entertaining at least. 🙂

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  2. I had a similar response to Geekerella… so many people said fantastic things about it and I found it… not bad? Like. It was fine but I wasn’t CRAZY about it. (Maybe partly because I’m not a huge contemporary reader but… I didn’t really see that much that made it stand out from other contemporaries?) But it was a quick read and not painful so at least I didn’t feel like I’d given it a huge amount of time investment or anything

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  3. The Merciless! Augh… bane of my existence when I first started blogging, that one. I was brand new to reviewing when I read it, and I strongly disliked it. I think it was my first ever seriously “negative” review. As luck would have it, my bookstagram was vaguely horror-themed at the time, and even though I never tagged her in ANYTHING, the author randomly started following me right after I posted my mini review of it… she unfollowed me a day or two later, so I think it was a coincidence, but I remember being so worried that she would confront me (she didn’t, of course – I’m sure she’s a super nice person) and I almost deleted my review altogether!

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    1. I think a lot of us have that fear that an author is going to see a negative review of ours. I always worry about following authors before I read their books. What if they follow me back and I read their book and hate it? Then I have to post a negative review and since they are following me, what if they see it?

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  4. I liked Warcross but wasn’t sure if The Young Elites would be for me, and I’m still not sure really. I may try it at some point, but the little snippet of it I read didn’t do a lot for me… I heard some mixed things about Daughter of the Pirate King too.

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  5. I didn’t like The daughter of the pirate king, The star-touched queen and The young elites either but I put them on a list for a later topic because I can’t say that I glad I read them. Especially since out of the 3 I read 2 only because of the hype.
    I’m sorry you didn’t liked Outlander, thou I struggled with the writing of the first book as well but it got better later in the series. But everybody has their own taste.
    Great list!

    Here is my TTT:

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  6. I feel exactly the same about Geekerella, I liked it well enough but it didn’t blow me away like it did so many bloggers and I didn’t find anything particularly new with it.

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  7. This book has a bunch of books I really liked on it. Geekerella and Pirate King were two of my favorites last year, and I just adore all that is Marie Lu. Glad the second read of Masks was better for you than the first. I liked the series (still need to read book 3). I had DNFed Outlander. The story was good, but the language was so tedious. I just didn’t want to work that hard.

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  8. I feel the same way about The Young Elites – wasn’t a big fan of Legend but ended up adoring that series.

    Same goes for Outlander – I doubt I will ever continue the book series but I’m hooked on the tv show.

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  9. I had a hard time with this week’s topic because I simply don’t pick up a book if I think I’ll hate it. Plus, there’s always the DNF thing. Therefore I shared books I didn’t like that lots of other people did. I’ve always wanted to give The Merciless a try. Have you ever thought about reading the next two?

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  10. So, all those times I was assigned Jane Austen in college? Yeah, I never read her. However! I am currently reading Northanger Abbey to my husband. We’re over half way done and still not to the abbey. It has all been “oh no, I have no high society friends” and “oh, I can’t tell if anyone wants to dance with me or if my friend is a trollop.” So far… I’m pretty bored and reminded of why I never finished an Austen novel in college.

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    1. I love Jane Austen, but totally get not really getting into her. Emma was a struggle for me personally. I do like Northanger Abbey, though I’d argue the best part of that novel is Mr.Tilney. I believe this book was Austen’s commentary on Gothic Literature.


      1. Yeah, Austen was making fun of all the Gothic novels at the time, especially Udolpho, which her characters read. I love Henry Tilney’s lines, but other than that, the book is slow. It’s take about 150 page just to get Catherine to Northanger Abbey.

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  11. I really want to check out Trouble Makes A Comeback. I really loved the first book. Sucks you didn’t like the second as much. Hopefully the rest of the series is good.

    I have Outlander, The Young Elites, Daughter of the Pirate King, The Star-Touched Queen, These Vicious Masks, and The Merciless on my TBR LOL. I really need to check some of these out. Some I’ve owned for awhile not and just haven’t ever gotten around to giving them a chance.

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