My Unpopular (Bookish) Opinions

May 27, 2016 Discussion, Tag 54

Hello friends and strangers! I got tagged to do the Unpopular Opinion Book Tag by Marianne at Boricuan Bookworms! As always, thank you for tagging me, I love tags! (Even if it takes me months to do them aaaaha sorry) Seriously, Marianne, forgive me for taking so long on this.

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A Popular Book or Series You HATED Didn’t Like

5th wave

Popular Book or Series that Everyone Hates But You Love

dark of the moon masque of the red death nobody's princess

Generally speaking, if the majority of the book community dislikes a certain book, I do too, because they are probably on to something. Here, I picked three favorite books of mine that had pretty low ratings on Goodreads.

Love Triangle Where the MC Ended Up with the Person You Didn’t Want them to End Up With

ruin and rising bardugo

Probably not what you think: View Spoiler » Otherwise, I’ve been pretty lucky with love triangles lately!

Popular Book Genre You Hardly Reach For

Urban Fantasy. I just can’t get past fantastical elements being mixed with a reality I am familiar with. The closest I’ve probably come to it has been like YA paranormal.

A Popular or Beloved Character that You Didn’t Like

beautiful creatures

Ethan from BEAUTIFUL CREATURES. I thought he took too much in stride and made decisions that weren’t really reasonable. He was also kind of a bland character, IMO.

A Popular Author that You Can’t Seem to Get Into


I’ve tried reading CARRIE and IT, and couldn’t get into them at all. Is there a different book by King I should try? Does IT get better?

A Popular Book Trope that You’re Tired of Seeing

Insta-Love. I can put up with almost any other trope or cliche but insta-love just makes me so mad. Especially in large books where there isn’t really an excuse.

A Popular Series that You Have No Interest in Reading


I have seen so many negative reviews for this book and after reading one too many YA paranormal books with relatively the same plot, I can’t really see myself reading this series.

Show/Movie Adaptation that You Liked Better Than the Book

the jungle book

I’ve seen the new version in theaters twice now, and it was just as good the second time. So much nostalgia!

Have you read any of these books?
What did you think of them?


54 Responses to “My Unpopular (Bookish) Opinions”

  1. Denise

    I agree with you about Stephen King, but I have only read one of his books (The Shining). I just really couldn’t get into it, and I found it kind of dull! I really don’t fancy Fallen either – there’s been so many negative reviews, and it sounds like something I really wouldn’t enjoy. I don’t really care that it’s being adapted into a film – I still have no interest in reading it or seeing the film!

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    • Alise

      Same here, plus the sheer size of it is kind of intimidating. I’ve read so many negative reviews of Fallen as well, there’s got to some truth to them.

    • Alise

      Yeah, I think that is why I liked it so much! Haha I can’t blame you, it was frustrating but my ship won *evil laughter*

  2. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I still need to read the Grisha trilogy, Beautiful Creatures and The 5th Wave. I never read Stephen King because I’m a scaredy cat but I liked the movie adaptation of The Green Mile. Oh and I was one of those who really didn’t like Masque of the Red Death but a few of my close blogger friends LOVED it, so you’re definitely not alone there^^ Oh and I am SO SICK of insta-love too! There is NO excuse for it, especially in longer books like you said >.<
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    • Alise

      I would put the Grisha trilogy at the top of that list ;) The others you can put pretty far the line LOL. I haven’t seen that! Really? I always feel like the black sheep when I say I liked Masque. SERIOUSLY!

  3. Abi

    The Jungle Book was amazing!!! I didn’t think I was going to like it as much as I did but I DID and it’s just so sastifying. I really actually haven’t read any of these books, but I will definitely look into Dark of the Moon, Masque of the Red Death, and Nobody’s Princess. The titles by themselves grab my attention

    • Alise

      Right? I felt the same! I mainly saw it for nostalgia but it was super impressive. Yay, I’m glad :)

  4. ShootingStarsMag

    Fun tag! I’m really bad when it comes to reading series and other popular books, so a lot of these I haven’t even read. I agree about Fallen though – not going to read that. One, doesn’t really interest me, but two, I have heard some negative things about it so that doesn’t bode well. hah

    I’ve read a couple books by King – Misery and Joyland. Two books that aren’t TOO scary or violent, so I didn’t mind those. I really like Joe Hill though and NEED to read more by him (he’s King’s song, btw – so maybe you could try him?)

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    • Alise

      Haha yeah, at this point I think I would only read it for kicks.

      Good to know, I’ll have to look into those. I haven’t heard of Joe Hill so thanks for the rec :D

  5. Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic

    Aww it’s such a pity you didn’t love The 5th Wave as I adored it! I also really enjoyed Beautiful Creatures as well but I can see where you’re coming from that Ethan is quite a bland character. I also don’t think I’ll be reading the Fallen series as it just doesn’t seem like something I’ll enjoy! >.<

    • Alise

      I’m definitely in the minority, haha. Did you finish the Beautiful Creatures series? I’m debating on whether or not I should. Yeah :/

  6. Lee @ Rally the Readers

    Beautiful Creatures and Ethan were both kind of blah for me, and I never read past the first book (don’t think I will, either). I really liked Masque of the Red Death, so I’m glad to hear that someone besides me enjoyed it, too, lol!

    • Alise

      I feel the same, if I didn’t own the series I wouldn’t continue but alas, haha. Yeah, seriously! I’ve seen negative reviews for it and am like…but it was so good?

  7. Tasya

    I really have no interest in reading the 5th wave, idk why XD I really agree with you on Ruin and Rising ending. I just think Alina could end with someone else?? I never read any Stephen King’s books, but they sound pretty creepy. Maybe we should just stick to the movie adaptations of his books? :/
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    • Alise

      Yeah, Alina needed a fourth love interest xD I’m with you, I’ve seen quite a few movie adaptations of his books and liked them, but the books-nah.

    • Alise

      YES. I have the whole Beautiful Creatures series though :'( I may take your advice and donate them then.

  8. Ella A.

    I feel the same way about Fallen and The Fifth Wave! Even though you didn’t like The Fifth wave, did you still see the movie?
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    • Alise

      I saw the movie with a friend since I couldn’t finish the book and thought it deserved a second chance. Wasn’t a huge fan of the movie either xD Did you see it?

  9. Hannah @ Hannah Plus Books

    Someone else who didn’t like The Fifth Wave! YAY! Also, I loved Bethany Griffin’s Masque of Red Death duology, not a lot of people seemed to have either read it or liked it. Sad face. I was totally Team Nikolai to be honest, I hated Mal.

    Great tag!

    • Alise

      We have to stick together! Haha Yay, I’m so glad! I agree. Team Nikolai FTW, Mal was so frustrating!

  10. Jordon @ SImply Adrift

    Omg I hated The Fifth Wave too! I got so bored, I just skimmed until the end so I could find out what happened! I really want to watch the movie though…

    Ohh actually I agree with you on Urban Fantasy. I haven’t been able to pick any of them up, once upon a time is was such a popular topic to write about and read. But now it feels like it’s over done and it’s cliche…

    Yes! Do not ever pick up Fallen by Lauren Kate! It is my most hated book. It was such a horrible book. In all ways.

    Ohh I really need to see The Jungle Book, I’ve heard it’s really good!

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    • Alise

      YES. Not only was I bored but it was so predictable. I’ve seen the movie and it was a little better on the entertainment aspect but was still kind of cheesy.

      Yeah! It definitely had its phase but I could never get into it.

      HA, who am I to ignore that advice xD Pretty sure I’m going to avoid it even more now.

      It really is, much better than I ever expected!

  11. Dinara Tengri

    If you want to get into Stephen King, I can really recommend The Shining. I’ve read very little of his work (same reason as you, I just can’t get into it) but I’ve read The Shining 3-4 times. It’s not your typical haunted house book. And the movie has nothing on it.
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    • Alise

      Wow, good to know! I’ve seen and liked the movie so now I really wanted to check the book out.

    • Alise

      Right? Nobody’s Prize was pretty good as well, although the rest of her books weren’t my favorite >< Yeah, it's not super well known!

  12. Jee Ann @ The Book Tales

    Oh, I love the King! I recommend the Dark Half, it’s really nice, in my opinion, anyway. I remember reading book two in the Maze Runner trilogy and got really bored. I didn’t finish it :( although I know a lot of people liked it.
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    • Alise

      Good to know! I’ve tried reading the Maze Runner trilogy and I couldn’t get into it either, although I do like the movies.

  13. Romi

    Oh, I ended up not reading Ruin and Rising, because I was too frustrated by the plot/characters, but… I know what happens and it just wasn’t what I was hoping for. And I hadn’t really heard of other people being unhappy with the ending? But I love the Darkling so much and Mal was such a prat and *sighs*

    It’s been years since I read Beautiful Creatures and I hardly remember how I felt about it specifically, although I do believe I had meh-ey feelings towards Ethan. I’d have loved it if Lena had narrated, rather than him. He did have intrigue, and I guess it’s unusual for the character who everything is happening to not be narrating, so that side of it is interesting in retrospect, but him… he could definitely have grasped my attention more throughly.

    I watched the old Disney Jungle Book… last year, I think it was, and I didn’t remember it from childhood so I’ve no idea if I watched it when I was younger… but I fell asleep *laughs* And I hard;y ever fall asleep in films. That one just utterly failed to captivate me, and I hadn’t actually been particularly interested in the new one, the trailers not really doing much for me (although the soundtrack seems quite interesting), so I’m intrigued to hear you enjoyed it so much! I might have to check it out afterall!
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I remember you saying that in your Siege and Storm review. I’m still crossing my fingers that you like Six of Crows though! The ending to the series was probably the best it could have been, I just wasn’t a fan of Mal xD

      That’s such a good point that I totally agree with. Lena was always such an interesting character, it would have been awesome to have her narrate.

      Awww :( Maybe if I hadn’t watched it a thousand times during my childhood xD Haha

  14. Anissa

    Finally, someone who didn’t like The 5th Wave either!! I personally would’ve just read Ben’s parts had I known how boring Cassie’s parts were. I also do not like Urban Fantasy at all. I feel like the whole vampire/werewolf thing is just such a tired theme. Love this post!
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    • Alise

      I couldn’t finish the book, haha. I have seen the movie and I thought it was a teensy bit better, but cheesy. Agreed! Thanks :)

  15. peach @ rebelle reads

    Omg I’ve been dying to read Carrie and I hate horror everything. My sister saw The Jungle Book (without me) but she said it was good, so. I’ve never heard of Fallen, but I’ll definitely keep away. Eek. A lot of bad reviews. I like the cover, though. haha.
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