Top Ten Tuesday #310

Hi all! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, and that you had a nice Easter weekend, if you celebrate.

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so that means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books I’d Gladly Throw In The Ocean, so it’s time to get SALTY (sorry for the terrible pun!). I honestly thought I wouldn’t have many of these, but it turns out that I have way more than I thought I did, so who’s ready for an extra long rant post. Let’s go:

  1. Glass Sword-Victoria Aveyard

I think I’d be hard pressed to find a book that made me angrier than this one. The first book was very tropey and didn’t do much that was original with those tropes but was ultimately a decent enough read. This one however: it was slow, the main character was UNBEARABLE, there was hardly any plot, the romance was rubbish and I HATED the way that girl hate was still perpetuated. I would have hurled this one in the ocean if I could.

2. Graceling-Kristin Cashore

The main character in this one made me want to throw the book in the ocean. Katsa is the kind of “strong female character” that has absolutely no emotions, and despises anything feminine and thinks that she’s above other women because she’s like this. UGH IT MAKES ME SO MAD. Female characters can be both strong and in touch with their emotions and I really hated the way that Katsa seemed to be a 1D stereotype.

3. Foul Is Fair-Hannah Capin

This one hurts me because I so wanted to love it. A feminist retelling of Macbeth should have been right up my street. However the characters in this one were all so flat that it made me angry because if the characters had been better developed I probably would have really enjoyed it.

4. Not If I Save You First-Ally Carter

This one had me seething because I love Ally Carter. Her Heist Society books are so much fun. This was not fun. NOTHING HAPPENED. It was so slow, I felt like I was waiting the entire book for something to happen, plus it was pretty badly written with incredibly corny dialogue and the romance was terribly developed.

5. The Fault In Our Stars-John Green

Ah the first book I thought of when I saw this topic. HAS THIS MAN EVER MET A TEENAGER? THEY DO NOT SPEAK LIKE 40 YEAR OLD PHILOSOPHERS. I was so mad after reading this book that I wrote a 1000 word essay for my sixth form newspaper on how terrible it was. Both Hazel and Gus felt really poorly developed to me, and I thought the plot was weak.

6. The Invisible Library-Genevieve Cogman

It kills me to be putting a book about libraries on this list, but I was SO CONFUSED through the whole book. The plot was so hard to follow and I didn’t particularly connect to any of the characters, so by the end I was just confused and bored and wanted to throw the whole book out.

7. Alex and Eliza-Melissa De La Cruz

UGH THIS BOOK MADE ME SO MAD. There was a ridiculous amount of historical liberties taken with the plot and whilst I do get creative license, this book got some pretty basic and blatant stuff wrong (and yes, I am aware that Hamilton the musical also takes its fair share of historical liberties). But beside all that, the story just wasn’t good? It was slow paced, the characters felt flat and it felt like it missed the mark on the audience it was aimed for as it read much younger than YA.

8. The Fandom-Anna Day

This one was super disappointing because it had the potential to be really fun but it was poorly written, featured a lot of toxic teen girl friendships, the characters were flat, it was incredibly predictable and VERY SLOW PACED. I ended up feeling really frustrated by the end because it had the potential to be so good and it just wasn’t!

9. Lord of The Flies-William Golding

Ah school required reading, the bane of my teenage existence. In all seriousness though, Lord of The Flies is just a terrible book. It’s dull, the characters are barely developed at all and there’s way more focus on THEMES and SYMBOLISM rather than providing *gasp* a decent plot. Honestly one of the most tedious books I ever had to study at school.

10. The Court of Miracles-Kester Grant

Another one that I really wanted to love, but fell short of what I wanted. It was so confusing, there were multiple confusing time skips and the author really seemed to be rushing through the story. It also wasn’t really a fantasy which was what it was advertised as, and there were numerous historical errors. The characters were also very flat and weirdly it was actually too fast paced as we seemed to just skip through the story. It was such a shame because I think it could have been so good, but I ended up so frustrated with it.

11. The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Nighttime-Mark Haddon

What to say about this terrible book? It’s an offensive and stereotypical portrayal of a kid with autism for starters and the story just isn’t particularly good? It’s dull and fairly thin on plot and just not all that well written. Definitely one that I wish I hadn’t wasted my time on.

12. Sea Witch-Sarah Henning

Very ironic to use this one for this topic given that it’s sea based! This was meant to be a dark, villain origin story and what did I get instead? A fairly dry historical retelling of witches in the 17th or 18th century in Denmark with a slight hint of fairytale. It was so slow, the characters were underdeveloped, the world was underdeveloped and it descended into one of my least favourite tropes, girls hating other girls for no apparent reason. I would definitely leave this one at the bottom of the ocean.

13. Wintersong-S.Jae Jones

It was long, it was confusing, it was slow paced and it was more pretty words than actual substantive plot. I know some people like that, but I am not one of those people. I need things to actually be happening in my books and for 90% of Wintersong, nothing was.

14. We Are Blood and Thunder-Kesia Lupo

This book was such a SLOG. The world and magic wasn’t developed, there was barely anything happening for most of the book, the characters were underdeveloped and there was a romance with an uncomfortable age gap (16 & 23) which I was not behind. If I hadn’t been reading this for review purposes then I wouldn’t have finished it because it just wasn’t very good.

15. One Day-David Nicholls

Though not as painful as the film (please never allow Anne Hathaway to do a film where she needs to do any kind of accent EVER AGAIN, she cannot do them), One Day the book was still not a pleasant read. Neither Dexter nor Emma are particularly likeable characters and the repetitive format of them connecting on the same day every year had me bored. I never really got why the two characters liked each other since they didn’t even really seem to get along that well! It’s very hard to connect with a story where there are only really two characters, when both seem like awful people and you’re not rooting for either.

16. Stealing Snow-Danielle Paige

TWO WORDS: LOVE QUADRANGLE. QUADRANGLE. There are THREE LOVE INTERESTS for the main character in this one and that’s just ridiculous. She has no chemistry with any of them, and none of their relationships are developed at all. The characters are flat and hardly developed, as is the world, it’s just not a particularly good book and made me very mad that I wasted my time reading it.

17. Allegiant-Veronica Roth

I know what you’ll all think, that I want to throw this book in the ocean because of THAT ENDING, but weirdly that was the only part of the book that actually made sense to me? Don’t get me wrong, it’s anti-climactic and poorly done, but the actual event that makes everyone mad, wasn’t what made me mad. What made me mad was that the book was slow paced and NOTHING HAPPENED, it was such a limp squib of a trilogy ending.

18. Days of Blood and Starlight-Laini Taylor

There’s actually a particular moment I can pinpoint where this book made me want to throw it in the ocean. There’s a completely unnecessary and gratuitous attempted rape scene which made me so mad! But aside from that, the book in general is just not great: it has far too much relationship angst which I hate, the pacing was HORRIBLE, and it was just incredibly depressing as a story. The third book is still sitting on my shelf waiting to be read because I was so put off by this one but as it’s only a trilogy I would like to finish for completeness sake.

19. Slated-Teri Terry

The writing style in this one infuriated me, it was so dull and slow and she kept overusing certain words. The main character was also really dull and had hardly any personality for most of the book and it just felt like a setup book for the next one in the series, which didn’t really work as I found this one so boring that I didn’t want to continue.

20. Strange The Dreamer-Laini Taylor

I had a similar problem here as with Days of Blood and Starlight, rape is used as a plot device here, almost every main character seems to have either been raped or the product of rape without any real thought to the effect it had on them. This whole book seemed to trivialise and normalise rape for me and that made me really angry. The characters also felt bland, the world poorly developed and the plot was forsaken for the sake of a lacklustre romance.

So that’s it for this week, a bumper list to make up for the slightly shorter one last week. Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? (it’s okay if you did!) What books made your list this week? Let me know in the comments.

I’ll be back with another Top Ten Tuesday next week, the original topic is meant to be Books That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colours, but honestly I can’t really think of anything for that topic, so instead I’m going to do Spring Book Covers, since we did Autumnal & Wintery Book Covers last year and I really enjoyed doing those ones (after this I only needed to do summery book covers and I’ll have the whole set!).

58 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #310

  1. readingrecluses 06/04/2021 / 3:46 pm

    Great list! I hated the curious incident too. The fault in our stars is so bad, but I put Paper Towns on my TTT because I hate it even more

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2021 / 12:51 pm

      Thanks! I’ve never read Paper Towns, after TFIOS, I didn’t want to read anymore John Green books.

  2. lindseyhabets 06/04/2021 / 5:00 pm

    I did like The Fault in Our Stars, but to be fair I used to be addicted to Dawson’s Creek so I guess I was already used to teenagers talking like 40-year old philosophers haha πŸ™‚ I completely agree about Glass Sword though, that book was so disappointing!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2021 / 12:47 pm

      Ha ha I was too young for Dawson’s Creek when it aired so I’ve never seen it, but from that it sounds like I probably wouldn’t like it. It was so disappointing! Even worse, I went to a book signing with Victoria Aveyard and got it signed, and ended up hating it!

  3. chonkybooks 06/04/2021 / 5:32 pm

    I’ve had similar thoughts on a few John Green books as they are very hit or miss for me. [My Top Ten]

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2021 / 12:46 pm

      I’ve heard that from a few people! I’m glad I never read any more of his books, I don’t think they’re for me.

  4. Simone || Leafing Through Time 06/04/2021 / 6:22 pm

    I felt the same way about Glass Sword, but I did end up continuing the series and really liking the last two books. But I hate it when main characters suddenly become super annoying. It happened with the second Shatter Me book as well and I almost gave up on the series. πŸ˜…

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2021 / 12:45 pm

      I’m glad to hear the rest of the series worked out for you. Yes it sucks when that happens, it definitely makes you dislike a book that you otherwise might have liked.

  5. Louise 06/04/2021 / 6:33 pm

    The SALTY pun! You got me! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  6. Leah's Books 06/04/2021 / 6:34 pm

    I haven’t read most of the books on the list, but I definitely was not a fan of Strange the Dreamer. I felt like I struggled through all that book for such a cliffhanger and no payoff!! Great list.

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2021 / 12:42 pm

      I’m glad to hear that, so many people love that book I was starting to think I was alone in not loving it. Thank you πŸ™‚

  7. Aviaja 06/04/2021 / 6:39 pm

    Great post and I love your reasonings as to why they deserve to be thrown in the ocean. I think I’ve only read The Fault in our Stars…however, I’ve pretty much forgotten what it’s about. I don’t think it made too much of an impact πŸ˜…

  8. FangirlFlax 06/04/2021 / 8:02 pm

    Oof, there are some hot takes on here from a very sharp tongue! I’m nervous to read the ones I haven’t read now, haha! Great list πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2021 / 12:40 pm

      Thank you! Ah no don’t be, these are just my opinions, you might like them more than I did.

      • FangirlFlax 13/04/2021 / 1:59 pm

        πŸ˜… it’s just a shame you didn’t like them more!

  9. Rabeeah 06/04/2021 / 8:19 pm

    You went all out, double the salt! When I was thinking about this (books I don’t enjoy) a little while ago, I definitely noticed some common themes across all of them, so it makes sense there’d be a few on your list.

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2021 / 12:39 pm

      Ha ha I had more salt than I expected! Yeah there are definitely certain things that come up again and again that mean I don’t like a book (pacing being the most major and notable one).

      • Rabeeah 14/04/2021 / 3:48 pm

        Agreed, pacing is definitely a massive factor in how much you enjoy a book. I certainly notice if a book is going too slow for me πŸ˜‚

  10. Susan 06/04/2021 / 9:12 pm

    LOL, salty indeed! I’ve only read one of these books and it was so long ago that I don’t really remember it. Sorry these didn’t work out for you. It’s always a bummer when that happens!


    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2021 / 12:38 pm

      Sometimes you’ve just got to let the salty out ha ha. Yeah it does suck when you don’t like a book, reading is my favourite hobby, so I obviously want to love everything I read.

  11. Greg 06/04/2021 / 9:24 pm

    Good to know about Graceling since I almost bought that book once, thinking I’d try the series. And John Green- seems like I’ve heard similar things before. 40 year old philosophers- that cracked me up πŸ™‚

    The Invisible Library I kind of liked, but apparently not too much because I’ve never made the effort to get book two! Slated I liked but I wonder how I’d feel on a re- read…

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2021 / 12:37 pm

      I mean lots of people do like it, I just wasn’t one of them! Yeah so have I, which is why I’ve not read any of his books since. I’ve been finding more and more that there are series where I’ll read book one, kind of like it but never make it to book two.

  12. Nicole @ BookWyrmKnits 06/04/2021 / 11:25 pm

    I’m not the only one who didn’t like The Invisible Library? Good to know. I agree, though, it hurt to dislike a book about libraries so much!

    Also, I didn’t like Allegiant either. And technically not because of THAT ENDING because I never got far enough into the book to get to the ending. I got mad enough at Roth telegraphing what she was going to do at the start of the book by adding in another POV that I just couldn’t finish the book.

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2021 / 12:29 pm

      No you weren’t! I’m glad to hear from someone else who doesn’t like it, was starting to feel a little alone. I know why add in two POVs from the start, it’s clear that something is going to happen just from that. I got spoiled for the ending on Goodreads so I was quite mad about that, I don’t know how much that played into my dislike of the book though.

      • Nicole @ BookWyrmKnits 13/04/2021 / 3:53 pm

        It is always nice to find someone else who shares our opinions! I was feeling pretty alone in not liking The Invisible Library, too.

  13. brookelorren 07/04/2021 / 12:12 am

    I don’t know if I’d actually throw Sea Witch into the sea… although she’s already there in the first place… but looking back, I can’t say it was one of my favorites.

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2021 / 12:27 pm

      I would never really throw a book in the sea, just metaphorically!

  14. 1girl2manybooks 07/04/2021 / 12:47 am

    Agree on a couple of these. I actually liked TFioS the first time I read it but in recent years I’ve come to find John Green books/characters pretty insufferable. Have you seen that Tumblr post where it posits how he comes up with plots by just throwing darts, spinning wheels and rolling dice to get random things that the then just chucks into a plot haha. Also One Day was a total DNF for me, I hated both the main characters!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2021 / 12:26 pm

      I haven’t but that doesn’t surprise me! I’ve heard that a lot of his characters feel very samey. Yes, the characters in One Day were insufferable, I don’t know how I got through the book tbh.

  15. evelynreads1 07/04/2021 / 5:41 am

    Totally agree with Sea Witch haha!


  16. Mareli Thalwitzer 07/04/2021 / 5:44 pm

    You sure went all salty with this one! Great job! I agree totally with Lord of the Flies. It should just sink to the bottom of the ocean and stay there.

    But I still think The curious incident of the dog in the night time was a good read.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  17. bookgirlsstudio 07/04/2021 / 8:08 pm

    Really enjoyed your list. I didn’t like The Fault in Our Stars at all for that same reason. I cannot imagine any teens actually speaking like that all the time. However I did like The Curious Incident of the Dog.

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2021 / 11:56 am

      Thank you! I’ve never met any teenagers, either when I was a teenager or since who speak the way Hazel and Gus do. That’s fair enough, I know it’s a very popular book.

  18. Leslie 10/04/2021 / 4:02 am

    I did not like Glass Sword or Graceling at all!! I did enjoy the Taylor books though. Although, I hated the moments you talked about!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2021 / 11:53 am

      I’m glad I’m not the only one. I have really liked other Laini Taylor books (Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Night of Cake and Puppets) but the two I listed just didn’t work for me. Laini Taylor does seem to have a tendency to use rape as a plot device, she does it in the two books I’ve mentioned her and apparently it’s also used in Muse of Nightmares and I’m just not a fan! Rape is a topic that needs to be really sensitively handled and I just don’t think she does.

  19. Davida Chazan 10/04/2021 / 9:05 am

    Okay, I disagree with you on a couple of these, but I’m glad you warned me off of Alex and Eliza. You know, I’m kind of pissed off. Hamilton died fairly young but Eliza lived LOTS after he was killed, and NOT ONE BOOK is about her life AFTER Alexander’s death. Harumph!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2021 / 11:51 am

      YES! Eliza had a good 50 years post-Hamilton and I would definitely love to read more about her life after he died.

  20. HerBookishDesires 10/04/2021 / 3:33 pm

    I agree with you on quite a few of these! I liked Wintersong when I read it, but I think the main reason I liked it was because it was the first book I had read it a while and I just needed something to read, if that makes sense! Looking back, I didn’t like Wintersong as much and I was definitely confused at certain parts of the book.

    Great post!!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2021 / 11:49 am

      Thank you! I definitely get that, when you’ve been in a reading slump for a while, the first book that gets you out of it you tend to look more favourably on it than you might have otherwise.

  21. thebookishlibra 12/04/2021 / 2:50 am

    Glass Sword is definitely one I’d like to toss into the ocean. I quit the series after that one.

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2021 / 11:47 am

      So did I! I was willing to try the second book even though I was kind of lukewarm on the first because often series improve from their first book but that was not the case with Glass Sword.

  22. ashley @ socially awkward bookworm 12/04/2021 / 2:32 pm

    I was so angry about Glass Sword too, especially since I actually really liked the first book a lot! I tried to read Stealing Snow and ended up not being able to get through much of it before quitting.

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2021 / 11:45 am

      UGH IT WAS SO BAD. I’ll admit, I wasn’t in love with the first book but I liked it enough to continue on but after the second book I was out. Yeah it was not good, if I hadn’t had to review it then I probably wouldn’t have finished either.

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2021 / 11:42 am

      No problem! That’s great, I’m glad you’ve been enjoying your recent reads. Thank you πŸ™‚

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