Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Shameless Happy Birthday plug! This one is definitely going to be a fun one because I’m so proud of the progress of my blog (I’m gonna keep saying that until I get over it, sorry!) and I love being a part of this community! Here’s my second ever Top Ten Tuesday post, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. If you participate, make sure you add your post on her Linky! You’ll find this one here as well.

Unpopular Bookish Opinions seems super broad, so I’ll take a crack at it and see what ends up happening!

Unpopular Opinion #1: The Mortal Instruments Series is one I can’t read.

I tried guys. I really did. I didn’t even get 100 pages in before I threw in the towel. I think there was another post that I mentioned this, and I know there are so many people that can’t get enough of these books (I mean, aren’t there a ton of spin off novels as well?) but I just couldn’t do it. I’m sorry. Don’t disown me.

Unpopular Opinion #2: The Books are Not Always Better than the Movie/TV Show

This one was hard, but I really only agree with it on a couple of examples: The Vampire Diaries and The 100 mostly. I remember trying to read the first book of The Vampire Diaries, and I couldn’t get past the first chapter. Having loved the TV series before touching the books, I knew that they changed certain key elements of the characters, which I feel made the show way more enjoyable for me. I hated Book Elena. Plain and simple. To me, it made more sense for Katherine to be a bitch than Elena. The 100 TV show having Octavia as more of a main character than a side one made me love the show (major love for Marie Avgeropoulos) so I couldn’t handle Octavia making barely a blip in the book.

Unpopular Opinion #3: Switching between Audiobooks and physical books is normal.

For me, it’s normal because there may be a narrator that I’m not feeling but I like the book. I don’t even know if that make sense. Like for The Atomic City Girls, I tried to listen to it first because I’m still getting used to reading Historical Fiction. I wasn’t into the narrator so much that I almost DNF the book. But when I switched to the physical copy, I was able to get into it more and ended up finishing it. I didn’t love it, but I liked it enough that I was glad I finished it. Sometimes it just happens that way.

Unpopular Opinion #4: Reading eARCs are awesome, but hurt my eyes.

Especially when the books are massive! Maybe I just need to get new glasses, maybe I need to actually find my Kindle and use that instead of my phone, or something. I’ll never give up the opportunity to read eARCs, but I wish I was established enough that I could request a physical copy so it doesn’t strain my eyes so much.

Unpopular Opinion #5: Having multiple copies of the same book is awesome, if you can afford it.

I know there are always various editions of books, especially popular ones, and I’m not one to shy away from getting a special edition just so I can say I have it. But sometimes I think I need to remember that my money doesn’t grow on trees, and if I’m only getting it to say I have it, and not to use it and cherish it, then I’m wasting it on me when it could be used for something else. That’s just me though.

Unpopular Opinion #6: Celebrity Books Clubs don’t always pick the best books.

Disclaimer: I haven’t read this book yet, so I’m not talking about this book specifically. I think some people are under the impression that if a celebrity picked it for their book club, that it’s automatically going to be amazing for everyone. I don’t think that’s always the case. Not everyone has the same reading habits or genres that will appeal to everyone, so don’t feel discouraged if you couldn’t get into a book that Reese Witherspoon said was the best book on Earth (no offense).

Unpopular Opinion #7: It is OKAY to not finish a book.

This is more for me than anyone, since I have this urge to finish all the books I start, even if it takes me years and years. But as you saw above, I’m working on it. I’m not going to put myself through the agony of finishing a book just because I started it. Unless it’s an ARC or someone asked me to read it, but even that. If I truly can’t finish it, then I’ll have to stand my ground and say so.

Unpopular Opinion #8: You do NOT have to like a book that EVERYONE ELSE does.

This one should be pretty obvious, but I also feel like since this community is so big and open, that we should for the most part have the same reading interests. But of course that’s impossible, and we shouldn’t feel bad for not liking a book that everyone else has fallen in love with, or even vice versa. Maybe this isn’t an unpopular opinion, but who knows.

Unpopular Opinion #9: Full Cast Audiobooks can be amazing, if done well.

Think of it as a movie: if the actors playing the characters make sense and make you want to invest in them, then it’s perfect. If the actors just seem like they were chosen for their star power, but don’t make the character feel real at all, then it’s a waste of talent and energy. I feel it’s the same for audiobooks. Sometimes, just having the one narrator play all the characters makes sense, but other times, having a full cast makes the story come alive in a way that you wouldn’t have imagined.

Unpopular Opinion #10: Diversity in books should not be shamed.

I put this book because Sarah Glenn Marsh told a story about how an old lady basically made her feel like her book was shit because of bisexual necromancers. Like seriously? That was one of the coolest things about this book! Diversity should also not just be a check in the box to show that “hey, this book has diversity in it” and trust me, we can tell when that’s the case. We need to celebrate all kinds of diversity in our books because hey, the world is diverse. Let’s give everyone a chance to feel like their story belongs in books. Definitely not an unpopular opinion, but one that still needed to be said.

Phew! That was a long one, and pretty difficult to write! Let me know if you agree with these (maybe they aren’t so unpopular at all) or why you don’t agree. But until next time…

28 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

  1. I haven’t gotten through The Mortal Instruments, either. I tried it a long time ago, though, so I think I’ll probably give it another go, but you’re definitely not alone.

    Yay, I have opinion number two on my list, too. xD Oh, number six is so true. I find that I usually end up really disliking books from celebrity book clubs, mostly because they’re just not my sort of book. There might be one or two that I really end up liking, but for the most part, I don’t even pay attention anymore.

    So much yes to your number 10! I want diversity that feels authentic, without it being thrown in just to claim diversity. But at the same time, diversity is a GOOD thing, and no one should be shamed for it. I can’t even … I don’t know what goes through people’s heads sometimes where they would think that would be okay to approach an author that way. Great list!

    Here’s my TTT post.

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    1. Thanks so much for giving me your link! I appreciate you also reading through my long post. I was worried that it would be WAY too long, especially with me adding a photo for each opinion, but I’m glad it got some feedback! I love your thoughts on this ❤ I'll comment on yours as well with my thoughts!

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  2. I actually think I’d go more out of my way to listen to full cast audiobooks. I’ve heard some incredible things about them and they feel like full productions when they have full casts. I read the first three books in the Mortal Instruments series years ago, but I don’t think I’d be able to get through them now.

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    1. Seriously! It’s one of the best decisions ever. I’m bad at knowing ahead of time whether or not it’s a full cast audiobook. The first one I listened to was Graceling, and that was okay. Illuminae’s production was way better so far.

      I feel like maybe I would have liked TMI when it first came out, but I just can’t do it lol.


  3. Agree with these! Totally agree about diversity and I love that you picked SArah’s book so yay!!!

    Yeah, ebooks can get hard on my eyes as well. I only started reading them last year, before that I only accepted physical arcs. However, some publishers don’t send outside the states so I’ve given in and started reading them.

    I totally agree about celebrity book clubs. I actually groan when I heard someone recommend me an Oprah or Reese book. I’m sure tons of them are great, but I just feel tired when I hear about it.

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    1. Melanie ❤

      I totally love Sarah's book! I know I'm late in doing Song of the Dead, but I will get to it soon! I can't help but support her! She's the sweetest and her work is amazing.

      I think if I ever get to your level, then I'll start trying to get more physical ARCs and say it's due to my eyes. Speaking of… I need to get my eyes checked! Ugh, growing older.

      Yeah I don't think whether a celebrity liked a book or not should give it credibility, you know? But I got lucky with Next Year in Havana because I actually liked that one!


  4. OMG I relate to #4 sooooo much!!! I will say it is more convenient for publishers to distribute e-ARCs but overtime it becomes hard to read from the screen. I thought its just me! And my eyes aren’t that great to begin with lol I actually do prefer to have a physical copy.

    AND I wrote the same thing on my post for not completing a book!! Sometimes, a certain book may not be for you. Everyone has different reading interests and what works for one person may not work for another. So it is understandable that some people may not complete reading a book if it is not within their interests.

    This was such an awesome post! It’s amazing that a lot of these responses were quite similar to mine haha 🙂

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    1. And like I totally get the convenience of it, because you can start reading immediately rather than waiting for a copy of it to come in the mail, but that makes my eyes worse! OMG, my eyes have been so bad for years so it’s definitely not just you! I feel you on this!

      See that’s so true! And since this isn’t required for school or a job or anything, there really isn’t a reason why finishing a book is a requirement, you know? So glad you agree!

      Thanks so much! I like having engaging discussions like these and seeing other’s points and seeing how similar or different they are!

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  5. I agree with EVERY single one of these! That’s why we are such good bookish friends, haha. I cannot do the Mortal Instrument series… or anything by that author. At least, not for now! I also love switching between audio and the physical book. Sometimes your eyes hurt and you just wanna listen! Sometimes you want to feel the book in your hand! Having the ability to switch between the two has been a life savor for me. I think TVD television show is WAY better than the books. Full cast audiobooks are my favorite, honestly. Have you listened to Sadie on audio? If not, it’s a definite recommend.

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    1. Seriously we totally are such amazing bookish friends and I love it! Yeah I haven’t even touched anything by Cassandra Clare except for the first one. I don’t even know why I bought the book lol. Just for the pictures I guess. I don’t even know. See you get me ❤ No I haven't listened to Sadie but it's going on my list now!

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      1. Bookish friends are truly the best. As for Cassandra Clare, that’s just not a bandwagon I can jump on. At least not for now, haha. But oooh yes, you HAVE to listen to the Sadie audio! It’s pretty fast, and it’s a full cast so it’s SUCH a good experience. The book is amazing already and the audio just adds to it!

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  6. I often like a movie the same or at the very least the “same in a different way,” as the book. They often have different perspectives, and I like the unique ways of telling a story. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland last week!!

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