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.