Top Ten Tuesday – 1/26/16



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme of lists hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

This week is a freebie week so I decided to go with “10 Overhyped Books That Disappointed Me”. This could be trouble waiting to happen. *nervous sweating*

Top 10 Overhyped Books That Disappointed Me:


1) To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – This one didn’t work for me because it read entirely too juvenile. The main character acted more like she was 12 instead of 16 and it was all just really silly. I don’t think I like fluff too much and this was sugary sweet annoying.

2)Ready Player One by Earnest Cline – This one relied way too much on the 80’s pop references. So much so that they served no purpose other than to be a “Hey, remember that thing? Wasn’t that awesome?” and then back to the plot. It was a mess. I also didn’t feel any type of connection to the characters. This could’ve been great but it just didn’t work for me.

3)Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – I just read this book this month and it definitely has potential. I just feel like it relies way too heavily on the gimmick and because of that the story suffered. I liked the main character, Kady, but everyone else and everything else felt underdeveloped. The little bit of writing that was present was good and I hope that there’s more emphasis on it in the next book. I haven’t given up hope for this series yet.

4)If I Stay by Gayle Forman – This one was just so boring. I didn’t have any kind of emotional attachment to the story. I’m a terrible person, I know, but I also didn’t like Mia. That…sounds horrible given the circumstances. I’m gonna stop now. I swear I’m not a horrible person!

5)An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – This one just took way too long for me to get invested. Over 200 pages of me being bored out of my mind and disliking Laia (grrr how I disliked Laia) made this a pain to get through. The ending was good but it wasn’t a good enough payoff when I had to suffer to get to it.

6)Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – Oh, this one was problematic for me. So, problematic. I won’t get into that here ’cause I have a review up on my goodreads but I hated the characters in this one. I enjoyed the beginning up until the romance all of a sudden started and then I was just rage reading until the end while occasionally banging my head against the wall. I just really didn’t like it. Don’t even get me started on the caricatures (no, not characters) of black people that Eleanor had as friends. *rages so hard, brain explodes*

7)Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – This one was really boring. Like, really, really boring. I didn’t connect with any of the characters and I wanted more from the world building. Not much to say ’cause there wasn’t much to this one for me.

8)City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – Please, put your knives away. I know everyone loves this series but this book was off putting for me. I didn’t like any of the characters except for Simon and I didn’t really like the plot. I have no motivation to continue with this series but I did love The Infernal Devices trilogy and it’s one of my favorites so I guess something good did come out of this series in the end.

9)The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider – This one is pretentious as hell. Annoying characters throughout the whole thing and cringe worthy dialogue that’s meant to be thought provoking and poignant. This book made me dislike teenagers for a month after I read it.

10)The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – Again, annoying, terrible characters. I wanted to punch Cassie for Cassiopeia and the fact that everyone and their grandmother got a P.O.V made this feel cluttered and I was so annoyed. I hated the characters so much that I couldn’t enjoy the story itself. Also, the romance was icky to me. It just felt weird.

Are there any hyped books that you didn’t care for? I would love to know!

Author: Jamie @therebelliousreader

I run on words and coffee.

22 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – 1/26/16

  1. I could write a similar list and I think Gone Girl might be at the top *ducks for cover as bloggers go mental at me*

    Here’s my TTT –


  2. I loved Ready Player One (I grew up in the 80s), but I agree with you on City of Bones-I DNF’d it!


  3. Love your list! This is a great idea for the the Freebie week! Several of my high school students read Eleanor and Park and were so disappointed in it!


  4. Too bad about To All the Boys. I could see how Lara Jean can come off juvenile. I personally loved it, but there was a point at the end where she freaks out over a stupid rumor and I was thinking “woah, grow up girl”. I also did not love If I Stay. I wanted to so bad… but I didn’t feel the connection at all. I’ve heard that Where She Went is better, but I can’t really get up the energy to go for it. I totally agree about Dorothy Must Die… YAWN. Nothing happens until like 50 pages from the end. And I wasn’t super impressed by Illuminae. SO hyped but not SO amazing! Great list 🙂


  5. I agree on Ready Player One! Illuminae – I actually listened to the audiobook instead of having to sort my way through the unique formatting. As an audiobook, it rocked and made so much sense. My TTT


  6. Oh no! This list hurts me 😦
    I LOVE If I Stay, An Ember in the Ashes and City of Bones! I will admit to not loving If I Stay the first time I read it, but then strangely I reread it after watching the film and it just felt so much more emotional and powerful the second time round.
    I totally agree with you on Eleanor and Park. I really struggled with that one and actually had to force myself to finish it. I haven’t yet found a Rainbow Rowell book that I love, don’t really understand all the fangirling about her?
    This was a great choice for a list … even if I don’t agree with all of your choices! 😛


  7. I have read many books that were hyped and felt disappointed by a few of them too. It’s such a let down when it happens.

    Here’s a link to my TTT post for the week:


  8. I totally agree with you on If I Stay and City of Bones. I couldn’t get into either of them.


  9. What a great topic! I have to agree with you on To All the Boys.. and Eleanor & Park. I DNF To All The Boys and I keep thinking that I may pick it up eventually, one day but Iʻm not too sure about that. I got through Eleanor & Park but there were so many aspects of the book that I didnʻt like…I thought I was the only one, though, seeing how many book bloggers/booktubers rave about this book! I do love Rainbow Rowell and have enjoyed all of her other books, but this was definitely a miss for me.


    • Yes! Someone else who gets it. To All the Boys was just way too immature for me and Eleanor and Park was just awful to get through. I thought I was all alone because those two books in particular are so well loved. I was sure there was just something wrong with me. Lol


  10. A bright yellow school bus, of cos!reuIt could even have little faces in all the windows.I would love to win this awesome 100 Blocks volume!I spend all my free time making quilts.


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