A popular book that you didn’t like?
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Johnathan Safran Foer. I know everyone seems to love this book, but I just honestly couldn’t stand it! I gave it 2 stars on Goodreads, but that was probably generous. I felt like the writing was pretentious and the author tried too hard to make it more literary than it was. The letters interjected throughout the story made the flow disjointed, and I just didn’t like anything about this book!
A book that everyone else seems to hate but you love?
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Okay, this one isn’t super hated, but a lot of the reviews that I saw after reading this book were bad, and I can understand why after thinking about it. It’s kind of predictable and has some cliché tropes in it. But I still really enjoyed reading it!
What is a love triangle where you feel like the main character ended up with the wrong person?
I guess I don’t read a lot of books with love triangles because the only one that comes to mind is the one in The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins; however, I’m totally happy with who Katniss ended up with.
What is a popular book genre that you never reach for?
Sci-Fi and Fantasy. I have read a few from both of these genres in the past, but I don’t typically reach for them.
What is a popular or beloved character that you didn’t like?
Pippi Longstocking from the book of the same name by Astrid Lindgren. I know that’s super random, but she is fairly loved by audiences of all ages. This book even has 4.11 stars on Goodreads! But I read it earlier this year and oh, my gosh, I could not stand her! Maybe I’m just too old to really enjoy the book, but I figured it was sort of a children’s classic and that I should give it a try. She was insensitive and pushy and annoying and…ugh, you get the picture.
Who is a popular author that you can’t seem to get into?
Ted Dekker. I have only read one of his books, Skin, but it was so bad that I just can’t seem to make myself read another of his books.
What is a popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing?
Even though I liked two of the books that feature this trope (Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon and Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall), I am tired of seeing the trope where a girl has a handicap of some sort, and then a boy comes into her life and all of her problems disappear. It’s just not realistic, and it’s honestly annoying. But I still highly recommend the books mentioned above, despite the frustrating trope.
A popular book/series that you have no interest in reading?
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I haven’t read any of these books and honestly, I don’t plan on it because I just don’t have any interest in the plot.
What is a screen adaptation that you liked better than the book?
Even though I haven’t quite finished the book yet, I have to say It by Stephen King. I enjoyed this book for the first maybe 300 pages and then it just started to drag on. There was WAY too much unnecessary detail about things that have no significance to the overall story, but more on that in a future review. The 2017 movie adaption of It was very well done and honestly made some of the stale parts of the book even better.
Source: Merphy Napier’s BookTube channel
What are some unpopular bookish opinions that you have? Do we share any? I really enjoyed completing this tag, and I challenge anyone who is interested to do it, too!