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Discussion Post: 5 Popular Books I Did Not Like

Hey Pals!! Today, I will be sharing with you some popular books that I did not like. Once again, wow what a long intro, but I have tests coming up and I am writing this in a hurry and my intros are never really long anyways so I guess, this is longer than usual, for which I expect to receive a good amount of praise πŸ™‚πŸ”ͺ.

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Note: This is a discussion post so feel free to share your views in the comments. Now, let’s get started!

1: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

This is a historical fiction novel set in the time of World War 2 and written from the perspective of a 9-year-old who is an absolute moron and can’t even pronounce the word “Fuhrer” ‘cuz let’s accept it: kids are that dumb. This book has the most pathetic writing style I have ever read, and being the awesome critic that I am (bragging intended πŸ™‚), I couldn’t even bear to read this without cringing. If I frown every time this book used the phrase “mouth in the shape of an O and eyes wide”, I would become a permanent sulker and all happiness would be stripped from y’all’s lives ‘cuz obviously, what would happen to you if I stopped making you all laugh!? πŸ™„

This book was super boring, there was absolutely nothing interesting about it. It did get better halfway through when the main character (I don’t even remember his name) befriended a Jew kid in a concentration camp who looked exactly like him, which, by the way, was a very obvious attempt by the author to show everybody is equal. The ending was just as weird, it felt like it was written just to show the cruelty of war and not very well executed. This book had a solid plot, but the worst execution ever. Didn’t enjoy it at all.

2: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle

I reread this book this year because I had loved it the first time I had read it 2 years ago, but now? Man do I have issues. This book was so weird…and not in a good way. There was too much telling and not even a little showing. I can’t even remember the number of times Calvin, this random guy, shows signs of caring for our main character- Meg, (whom I hate more than online classes). Meg is probably the most frustrating character I have ever read, and that says a lot because I have read about characters like Clary Fray. The characters were all awful and everything felt exaggerated. Important scenes were not written with enough….well, importance. This book was just so clichΓ© and so badly executed, I wanted to throw it at the wall and never see it again 😀.

3: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

I read this book last year itself and it was a pain in the butt. This book was so boring, like oh-so-boring 😭, I can’t even…ugh! It took me ages to finish this. At one point I got so annoyed that I skipped complete pages and yet I was still able to figure out enough of what was happening. This book was not bad, but if only it had been shorter I would have enjoyed it. I found Mockingjay boring too, but this was just another level. When I read it, the only thing I liked was the ending, which was very shocking, but looking back on it, it seemed pretty forced and Snow did not previously show any signs of doing “such” a thing. But well, it was still thrilling and that saved the book for me, but I still do not like it.

4: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

This book was not bad at all, it was pretty clever and it was even funny at times. I listened to the audiobook and the narration was good. The thing is, this book was too clever if that makes sense. The author made impossible things sound so possible and so exaggerated that after a point, it just crossed the limit. It was so confusing, I would read one chapter and not get a single word. This was a good book, but it did not work well for me. Even though I love science-fiction, I am not sure if I will continue with the rest of the series.

5: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Yes, sadly enough, I did not enjoy this book. After having finished the Heroes of Olympus series, I went into this book with expectations higher than Leo’s dragon- Festus can fly. And boy was I disappointed. This book had a great concept, seriously. I liked the idea of a God being turned mortal and I even liked how it was portrayed, but I did not feel anything else throughout the whole story. I just kept reading because I did not want to DNF this, and it was such a tiring journey 😴.

1) this book follows the same plotlines as every typical Rick Riordan book out there, and I have had enough of that. 2) this book was really slow and boring even, the lack of involvement of the seven main characters from the previous series did less to lift my spirits. And D) the plot itself felt very flat. After reading Heroes of Olympus, I was expecting some super grave, life-threatening danger, worse than Gaia herself. However, the danger in this book was so underwhelming that I don’t even remember what it was in the first place. People do tell me that the series gets better, but I never really continued.

*sighs deeply*

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So anyway, that was it for me. Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them? Do you plan to read them? What is a popular book that you do not like? Let me know in the comments πŸ˜€.


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43 thoughts on “Discussion Post: 5 Popular Books I Did Not Like

  1. Aaah, I DNFed The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy! It was a confusing piece of literature, but, as you said, extremely witty.

    I felt really bad DNFing the book, because it’s a beloved book among the fanbase. πŸ™ƒ

    But I guess you either understand the book or don’t. I loved the first few pages as well as the foreword. Those were pure gold.

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    1. Wow, glad to know I am not the only weirdo who doesn’t like hitchhikers….that does not mean you’re a weirdo…..I guess πŸ˜†
      And don’t feel bad, I dnfed the second book even tho it was narrated by martin freeman and I don’t feel even a little bit guilty πŸ˜€πŸ˜

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  2. I completely agree with what you said about the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy – I had to read it so slowly and yet had to reread entire chapters, and still end up not understanding half of what was being said which got frustrating after a while πŸ˜‘, but it wasn’t that it was bad either. “Too clever”, as you said, describes it perfectly!
    I haven’t read A wrinkle in time, but I did watch the movie a couple of years ago (at the time I had no idea a book existed), but I hardly remember anything about it.
    Loved your post!

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    1. I know right! Thanks for the audiobook in my case, it made a few scenes rather funny, but otherwise it felt so exaggerated! Oh I have watched half of the wrinkle in time movie, and from the fact that I ended up watching only half of it, I can say that it’s worse than book πŸ˜‚.
      Thanks a lot, Jenna. Glad you liked it πŸ˜ƒ.

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  3. Great post! Love how you said WHY you didn’t like it instead of just plain criticism. I think A Wrinkle in Time is way too overrated, I mean I KNOW it was written decades ago and has no contemporary feel to it, but still. Loved reading this one!

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  4. First of all, wow, what a long intro!
    {you asked for praise. there you go}
    In any case, this was an amazing post! I read A Wrinkle In Time a while ago and loved it, though I could totally hate it this time around. Thinking back, it doesn’t seem… like the best book ever.

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    1. Thanks for the praise, glad somebody appreciates it after all 😌.
      Yeah, exactly! After my reread, I also found myself marvelling over the fact that I had loved this book once, lol. Thanks for reading my post!!

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  5. OMG, Nehal, I’m laughing so much now πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I absolutely love your rants! And I actually agree on all of these (at least partially) except for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, which is a dystopian masterpiece of pure genius!!! Seriously, it’s so good!! I just don’t understand why everyone apart from me hates it so much 😭😭😭
    As to The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – I thought it was okay, but the “FΓΌhrer” thing annoyed the crap out of me, too. “FΓΌhrer” is just the German word for “Guide/Leader/Conductor” and I’d start having serious concerns about even a four-year-old’s mental state if they didn’t know it. Especially since the word “fury” has no meaning at all in German. It didn’t make sense!!! I do love John Boyne’s writing style, though, and am kind of obsessed with his book Crippen, which follows a serial killer…
    Regarding Hitchhiker’s Guide and Trials of Apollo though – you pretty much voiced my thoughts exactly! The idea behind Hitchhiker’s Guide is fun, but after a while, the humor gets kind of repetitive and I really started wanting a plot πŸ˜… And yes, The Hidden Oracle is just every other Rick Riordan book ever, when it could have been so much more! I also remember thinking A Wrinkle in Time was kind of mediocre back in elementary school, but since I haven’t read it since and have forgotten almost everything, I can’t really give you much of an opinion beyond that πŸ˜…

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    1. Your comment made my day, once again 😍.
      I’m so glad you like my rants, it’s really motivating πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ˜˜
      And yeah, I mean I do think the concept of tbosas was cool, like I enjoyed the plot, but not the execution. So I totally get why you love it even though I don’t feel the same way about the book.
      Oh, I might try out Crippen then, I do like giving authors second chances. And yes, that kid was so annoying! The author tried so much symbolism, which was good, but I just didn’t like it. I guess “fury” was the way of the author to show that the fuhrer can be associated with rage and “fury”. I figured this because I’ve read quite a lot of rant reviews of this book on goodreads, and I absolutely love them πŸ˜‚.
      Exactly! So glad we agree 😌. Hitchhiker’s was a long stretch of exaggerating things and not enough happening, and so was hidden oracle, I wish uncle rick had spiced things up a little, but well. Believe me, if I were you I wouldn’t bother picking up A Wrinkle In Time again if I had known what I know now, lol.
      Also, thanks for reading and commenting, Naemi! πŸ˜ƒ

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      1. Rants are always the best 😁 And gosh, yes, the symbolism in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas was so over the top it just felt way too forced! Like, why??! But I did appreciate what the story was trying to do overall.
        And haha, thanks for the advice πŸ˜‚Unless someone gives me a completely differing opinion, that A Wrinkle in Time reread is highly unlikely…

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    1. Yes, glad to know I am not alone, lol. And I thought ballad of songbirds and snakes was kinda slow, but if you like a slow burning plot, then I think you might enjoy it. My pleasure, Cherelle!! πŸ˜„

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  6. I can’t believe the first in your list is the Boy in striped Pyjamas! 😧 Bruno was one of my favourite literary characters and every year on April 12th (Bruno and the Jewish Kid Schmuel’s birthday) I’d wish them happy birthday in my head haha. Just goes on to show how diverse people can be in terms of preferences! πŸ˜€ I like that you were able to look beyond the story. It takes a certain amount of aptitude to be able to critique a book, to appreciate it, not so much. So I’m impressed with your literary intelligence at such an age. 😊

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    1. Oh god, I’m so sorry, now I feel bad for saying all that about Bruno 😧. It’s just…I didn’t really feel anything much for him, and he annoyed me a lot. But I totally get why you liked this character, I guess he made a fine medium to show the cruelty of war through innocent eyes.
      But thanks for the praise, sometimes I feel like I’m too good at criticizing, and keep looking for things that are wrong in a book πŸ˜‚πŸ˜³

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  7. “The Boy in the Striped Pajama” movie was good though …..not sure about the book because I still haven’t met the opportunity of reading it . I respect your opinions because everyone has different expectation and views .
    i also recommend you to read “Miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children”.
    The movie is amazing but the book is even better and if you are planning to read the book , then DON’T watch the movie because there is a difference in the ending climax and also some plot wists in the movie from the book . And im guessing the director of the movie had to make few changes because the book has 4 or 5 sequels to it , so obviously they had change the climax and other few characters and plot twist .
    The book is sooo well written , it almost convinces you that there are peculiar people living among us and also the monsters kinda haunt you in your imagination .

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    1. Oh, I hope you enjoy the boy in the striped pajamas if your ever read that book. It works out for most people, the exception being me, lol.
      And actually, I’ve watched miss peregrines πŸ˜‚. I really liked the movie, like overall. So I even tried reading the book and made it halfway through, then I ….uh I… I dnfed it sorta 😳😳.
      Maybe one day I’ll give it another shot though!
      Thanks so much for reading the post and commenting!! 🀩

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    1. Glad to know I’m not alone who doesn’t love mockingjay.
      I currently just started an emotion of great delight by taherah mafi. What are you reading?
      And no, I don’t need suggestions, because I’m trying to limit my reading coz of exams πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­

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