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.