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Top 10 Tuesday 6th April

on April 6, 2021

Hello everyone and welcome back to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week features a different bookish related theme and this week we are talking….

Top 10 12 Books I’d Happily Toss Into The Ocean

  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I hate this book. Just going to leave a quote from the previous time I included this book in a TTT post: All sorts wandering around misty and rainy moors lamenting bad decisions and lost loves. A cast of people that make you want to murder them for being such self-involved and moronic twits who somehow all have combinations of the same three names. I know a lot of people love this but basically, kill it with fire.

2. In The Skin Of A Lion by Michael Ondaatje

Look, this book might be brilliant. But I had to read it at 17 years of age for my year 12 text and I hated it. It honestly made me so miserable, having to pick it apart and I hated everyone and the exam questions were a nightmare. I remember telling someone about it not that long ago and I said maybe I should try reading it as an adult. It’s 22 years later, my literary tastes and abilities to understand text have evolved a lot since then. But I just can’t bear to. It turned me off anything to do with Michael Ondaatje for life.

3. Seven Sons by Lili St Germain.

My brief review, on GR: I read this as it was only 100p and it was an attempt to find out quickly what happened to Mariana from Cartel without having to read the rest of the books in that series. I didn’t find out what happened to Mariana and this is even more of a clusterfuck than Cartel.

4. The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich

I really, really did not like this book. A guy into D/S type stuff who inflicts it on his partner without a conversation, without getting her permission, etc…..Gross. Just gross. Chase was the actual worst, from ignoring Amanda turning him down and showing up at her restaurant night after night, to spanking her without her permission, his refusal to see that this behaviour was wrong, to how he is when it’s accidentally made public. Awful.

5. The Gift Of A Lifetime by Melissa Hill.

This book made me super mad. I realised part-way through reading it the manipulation and that I was being guided carefully to think one thing and I remember thinking to myself “I bet it’s X and if so, I am going to toss this at the wall”. It was of course, X. I ended up thinking a huge portion of this book was just a shitty thing to do by someone and really, really resented it by the end.

6. Undead & Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson.

I remember someone recommended this to me and I thought it sounded like fun but I ended up just…really hating it. Every stereotype and cliche from “chick lit” done badly. The obsession with shoes and designer clothing was the actual worst, plus it mixed in the paranormal “special one” trope. This is apparently quite a long series but after this one I had zero interest in reading anything else about Betsy, or whatever her name was and would happily pitch this one into the nearest sea.

7. Fearless by Diana Palmer

I remember wanting to fire this into the sun when I read it. It’s a “romance” of the pretty misogynous variety where the “hero” blatantly is embarrassed by the heroine’s “dowdy” looks (after he’s already slept with her, mind you). And even though he knows she has a heart condition, he berates her so brutally when she’s in hospital after she told him she was pregnant to him, that she almost has a heart attack. He’s a DEA undercover and she’s actually a prosecutor in witness protection but he thinks she’s some sort of farm hick. His internal thoughts about her and even after they are married (for reasons I cannot remember now), the way he talks about her to other people is horrific. I’m sworn off this author for life.

8. Temptation by K.M. Golland

Honestly, the guy in this makes Christian Grey look like the most amateur of creeps. It’s some sort of Australian version that sprang up after Fifty Shades exploded and every second book contained wealthy billionaires who simply had to have some woman they came across and would stop at nothing to shower her with attention until she acquiesced. Yawn. This one was particularly bland. And speaking of which….

9. Fifty Shades Of Grey by E.L. James

Look, Fifty Shades is a bit of an easy target. I read it wayyyy back when, during it’s first publication when it was some small press before one of the bigger ones picked it up. And it was just…..bewildering. Like I just didn’t really see the point of it. It wasn’t well written, the characters were not at all interesting to me, the BDSM stuff was just meh. But the thing that really made me resent the book, was because everyone who knew I was a reader, was like, “oh my god, have you read Fifty Shades, how amazing is it? I don’t even read books and I devoured it! You have to read it.” And I was like…okay? Why? There are a million other books like that one out there, many of them much better written and with better sex scenes, if that’s what’s intriguing you, what is it about this one that gets you so excited? People that had never spoken to me about books before, who considered my reading habit boring and/or lame and not worth their time, were suddenly like “oh you love books, let’s talk about Fifty Shades.”

Please. Let’s not.

10. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I know this is a very popular series but honestly, reading it hurt my brain. I couldn’t wait for it to be other and I had zero interest in picking up the next book in the series, especially if it was going to be structured the same way. Plus I have spoilers and what I know makes me want to continue it even less.

11 {bonus book}. As She Fades by Abbi Glines

Aka the straw that broke the camel’s back with me and Abbi Glines books. I was never a huge fan, but I’d read a few that were okay. There was a time where I just got SO MANY of them as ARCs. This I think, was the last one I received and I just found so many things about this incredibly problematic, especially the way characters think, speak about and treat women (except the heroine of course, who is different). Also the people in this book are named Vale and Slate and what?

12 {bonus}. Othello by William Shakespeare

Yes, I’m a Philistine. Actually, all Shakespearean tragedies. Starting in year 9, I did Romeo & Juliet, MacBeth, Hamlet, Othello & MacBeth again. I think Shakespeare is supposed to be seen, not read or forced upon generations of school students. Like a lot of things, they’re probably best enjoyed when come upon them naturally, organically, rather than be shoehorned down our throats until we can’t stand it anymore. In year 12, I did both Othello and MacBeth and it was a bridge too far, especially as I’d already done MacBeth in year 10. Also I was doing extension English and in that, we also were doing 2 of the comedies, which I do enjoy more than the tragedies but still. It was a lot of Shakespeare in a small amount of time.

So these are books that I didn’t like but I understand that people reading these may have different opinions and no offence is meant! I’m sure I’m going to read some posts today containing books I enjoyed as well, but I actually quite like reading negative reviews of books, because it makes me think of things that I might’ve overlooked or that don’t bother me, but bother other people. It’s interesting, all the different opinions out there. So I’m sorry if I want to fire one of your favourite books into the sun 😉


15 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 6th April

  1. Anne Bennett says:

    What? Wuthering Heights? You don’t like that creepy, gothic vibe? My TTT is off-the-board this week

  2. brookelorren says:

    I can see why you wouldn’t like some of these.

    I did make my boy read Macbeth this year (we homeschool). I picked it because he loved Hamilton and Macbeth is mentioned in that play. Next year’s literature curriculum has another play, but I try to keep the Shakespeare to a minimum.

    • I think studying Shakespeare is fine, if you’re interested in it or it’s relevant to something else you’ve enjoyed. But here in high school in Australia, it’s a play every year at LEAST (I did MacBeth twice, in years 10 and 12 and in year 12 I also did Othello) and it’s just super overkill especially as I don’t think reading them aloud in class and trying to analyse them to pieces is the best way to absorb it. I hope you boy did enjoy it though! More than I did anyway lol.

  3. I’m with you on Wuthering Heights, I don’t get the appeal at all. I fell the same about Shakespeare, it shouldn’t be read in schools

  4. lydiaschoch says:

    I’ve never read Othello, but I wasn’t a big fan of watching the play.

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-books-id-gladly-throw-into-the-ocean/

  5. Molly's Book Nook says:

    Wuthering Heights is one of my moms favorite books. I’ve yet to read it lol I read Fifty Shades and while it was horrible, I still read book 2. I never continued to book 3 though lol and omggg Shatter Me! I read the first one years ago and I HATED IT. It was my first ever 1 star read. Yet, here I am, with the first 3 books planning on rereading it >.< I heard it gets better haha

    Here's my TTT: https://www.mollysbooknook.com/6-books-that-belong-on-the-ocean-floor/

    • I commend you for going on and trying the 2nd 50 Shades book, I 100% could not after the first one, haha. I hear it gets pretty out there. You’ll have to let me know how your re-read of Shatter Me goes!

  6. Mareli Thalwitzer says:

    Fifty shades of Grey! Finally! It made someone’s list. I tried 3 times and couldn’t get passed p40. Oh my….
    Othello was my Gr12 dysecting drama, not all that bad for me.

    Great list!

    Ten Books I’d gladly throw into the ocean (for the mermaids to read)

    • It is honestly not worth going past p40, ever haha. It just gets worse the further you get into it. I could barely get past the college graduate who had never had a computer.

  7. I’ve not read any of these but can definitely understand from your explanations why you didn’t like them!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/04/06/top-ten-tuesday-310/

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