Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is unpopular bookish opinions. I like to be popular so these are hard for me to share!

However, being real is also a thing with me, and I want for people to know how I truly feel about certain book-related issues. So, I decided not to just list generally unpopular bookish opinions but, rather, MY unpopular bookish opinions.

They are sometimes tough to discuss, but these are the kinds of subjects that spur on intelligent bookish conversation. So, please let me know your thoughts (agree or disagree) in the comments!

Note: These are opinions that I hold. If you feel differently, that is GREAT! I firmly believe we all have our own way of doing things and there is no right or wrong way to be.

  1. I stop reading a book if I don’t like it. Period. I did a whole post on this.
  2. I sometimes like the movie better than the book. This used to be a cardinal sin of the bookish world, but with the amazing movie makers we have in the world in modern days, I think it is becoming more common.
  3. I don’t always love most classics. That does not mean that I do not read them, appreciate them or feel they are important to read.
  4. I will NOT be motivated to pick a book if someone tells me it will make me cry. Now, that does not mean I don’t ever cry when reading certain books or that I don’t like all books that make me cry. But, I truly don’t understand why one would DESIRE to be made sad. I just don’t get it. (I feel I am largely in the minority on this for sure.)
  5. Reading with my kids sucks sometimes. I always dreamed about reading with my kids and what it would be like. I had high expectations, and as I have learned in my 42 years, high expectations often set one up for failure. Reading with my kids can be wonderful, and I will never give it up or stop striving for those amazing moments (they do happen). But sometimes when I am reading with my kids, they are squirmy, whiny and not enjoying a book that I absolutely adore, and it just freaking sucks.
  6. I like to be entertained when I read. Not every time, but a good bit of the time I reach for a book to escape from the real world. So, I don’t often want to read something that will immerse me in the horrible or scary parts of the world. That does not mean I don’t stay up on current events or try and affect my world outside my little bubble. It just means that reading for me is more for fun. Many in the bookish world are very focused on the most impactful or important books, and I am in awe of them. That is just (usually) not me.
  7. If I don’t like a book, I tell people. I am struggling a bit with this right now because in practice, I hate it. Ever since I started in the book blogging world, I have been worried about negative reviews and how to handle them. I have noticed that some people don’t post negative reviews, and I don’t have a problem with that at all. But I think there should be some mechanism to (kindly) give a negative review of a book. Otherwise, how will people know? I feel that if I don’t like a book and if I can lay out the reasons in a constructive way, someone still might look at my review and think that while that book was not for me, it might still be for them. So, a negative review still has value in connecting people with books, and in the end, isn’t that the goal?
  8. I read books in all formats and mediums. Be it ebook, audio book or real book, I do not discriminate and until I entered the book blogging world, I never even knew this was controversial. Isn’t it all reading? To me, it is.

Tell me your unpopular bookish opinions! Feel free to post your TTT link in the comments.

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

  1. Thanks for bravely sharing your true thoughts about bookish things. It’s especially interesting to me that you don’t always enjoy reading with your sons. I, too, had sons and it took me forever to find books that we could enjoy together. Hank the Cowdog became a big favorite (we all loved the audiobooks). One of my sons actually told me about The Phantom Tollbooth. I wish I could say they grew up and read all the time now, but the truth is they read well and they read on their phones all the time, so I guess that’s something.

    I wrote about Widely-Held but Misguided Notions about Reading.

  2. I read to my kids when they were little, but only my oldest is actually a reader today. I think its a shame, but I know I slacked off some with the younger two so maybe I’m at partial fault…

  3. I am on Team Write Negative Reviews. I get why some people feel uncomfortable with it, but people deserve to hear different perspectives on a book, and WHY it didn’t work for another reader!

  4. I like people to give me honest opinions about the books they read. I think you can do a negative review without bashing the book or the author. And honestly, a negative review doesn’t always prevent me from picking up a book. I may still want to give it a try or may even be more interested. Like you, I think some movies are better than the books. One I can think of is “What Dreams May Come.” I saw the movie first and it remains one of my favorites but then I read the book and didn’t really enjoy it. Thanks for sharing your list!

    1. Exactly, I recently read a fairly negative review of the book The River where the reviewer said she did not like all the details about hiking and camping, etc. I love those kinds of details so it made me want to read it more. I loved the movie What Dreams May Come but never read the book….thank YOU!

  5. Definitely on #’s 1 and 2. I mean I usually like the book more than the movie or show, but not always. There are definitely some adaptations out there that were better!

    #5- haha! True.

  6. I’m totally with you on 2,3,5,6 & 8. There are definitely some books where I enjoyed the movie more (a couple that stand out in my mind are Warm Bodies and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before). And my kids are older now, but I remember reading to them and just wishing they’d listen the way I wanted them to! 🙂

  7. Negative reviews are great! Especially if they’re detailed (without being spoilery) — like you said, sometimes what a person hates is exactly what I love. They oftentimes also illuminate content that might be unappealing or a deal-breaker to a potential reader that isn’t necessarily an integral enough part of the story for a positive reviewer to highlight it.

    Totally understand your #6, too.

  8. “I will NOT be motivated to pick a book if someone tells me it will make me cry. ” — YES!! I also cannot stand reads that will reduce me to a driveling, sniveling emotional wreck. Hence, why I have avoided all books by Nicholas Sparks, Colleen Hoover, John Green, and MOST books by JoJo Moyes. My life has been emotional enough, thanks. Like you said in another bullet point, I want to escape when I read, and the tear-jerkers simply don’t do it for me. 🙂

    And, about posting negative reviews: This is a hard one to navigate as a book blogger. I post negative reviews because I like to let my audience know what I think is worth reading,and what is not. However, in each negative review, I try to point out some good things about the book, and to point out what I think other people might like in the book, even though I didn’t. I also don’t tag publishers/authors in my negative reviews; I know I wouldn’t want someone tagging me in a negative review of my “masterpiece” one day! However…if I REALLY hate a book and think it’s wretched — which has definitely happened — I won’t review it on the blog. I want to be honest, not cruel, and if I can’t find anything good to say at all about it, then I just say nothing at all. 🙂

    1. We are on the same page on sad books!! Cool. I feel kind of alone on that one usually. I agree it is hard to navigate negative reviews and am learning. I am pretty much the same as you. I want to be honest but am not going to trumpet my negative thoughts out to everyone (esp not the author!!).

  9. “But sometimes when I am reading with my kids, they are squirmy, whiny and not enjoying a book that I absolutely adore, and it just freaking sucks.” I really feel this! I don’t have kids myself but I have worked with children in my social year and I read with my nephew and sometimes it’s great and enjoyable and they fall into the story without getting distracted a second later but more often than not, I’m a lot more invested and appreciate the art and/or storytelling so much more which makes me sad because I want our enjoyment to kinda match each other and for them to see the beauty that I see. I really need to remind myself that it’s nothing personal or specific of the book but more of a general feeling of restlessness. Thank you so much for sharing!

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