Ten Books I Disliked But I’m Glad I Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about books we disliked/hated but we’re glad we read. It was interesting to have a think about this. Most of the time, it’s totally the hype monster that ruins the reading experience for me. I’ve decided to go for dislike because most books I’ve hated I’ve given up on and I’m sad not glad I read them!

As ever, click on the book titles to get to the Goodreads page!

Those Girls- Lauren Saft

Those Girls

I really didn’t like this book but I’m glad I persevered with it, so that in my review, I could clearly explain my reasons why.

Shopoholic To The Stars- Sophie Kinsella

Shopaholic to the Stars (Shopaholic, #7)

Reading this book proved to me that my favourite authors don’t always get it right.

Follow Me Back- Nicci Cloke

Follow Me Back

It’s good to read books that experiment with different formats even if they don’t work for me.

The Nao Of Brown- Glyn Dillon

The Nao of Brown

I love graphic novels and like to explore new artists. This one didn’t work for me, but I’m glad I read it.

Grow Up- Ben Brooks

Grow Up

I’d heard a lot about this book. It wasn’t quite my sort of book, but I’m pleased that I gave it a chance.

Fifty Shades of Grey- E.L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)

I did read the whole trilogy. I’m pleased that I did read it, so I can discuss it with so many others. It’s just not my sort of book at all!

Alice Hartley’s Happiness- Philippa Gregory

Alice Hartley's Happiness

This is another one of those moments when you realise your favourites can write a bad book…

When She Woke- Hillary Jordan

When She Woke

I’m glad that I read this because it had an interesting concept.

Concentr8- William Sutcliffe


I loved the idea of this book, it just wasn’t executed as well as it could have been, in my opinion!

Ballistics- D.W Wilson


Another one that had an interesting premise, but I didn’t quite ‘get’ this book.

How about you? What have you read that you disliked but you’re glad you read them? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!



35 thoughts on “Ten Books I Disliked But I’m Glad I Read

  1. Though I think the film is adorable, I never did read the ‘Shopaholic’ books which is strange since I feel like they’d totally be my cup of tea. 😉

  2. I read part of the Gray series too. At least two of the first books. The Wife Between Us is one book that I didn’t like though but I was so curious about the hype so I am glad that I read it 🙂

  3. Most of these I haven’t read, although 50 Shades I’m obviously familiar with and I think I heard about Those Girls but I don’t remember the details. But yeah sometimes it’s nice to finish a book that we don’t particularly love just so we can join the conversation?!

  4. I read the whole Fifty Shades trilogy too! And I’m ashamed to admit I even liked it back then. BUT TO BE FAIR I wasn’t a blogger back then an my taste in books was questionable to say the least. But yeah I’m also glad I read it so I can steer people towards better books and occasionally rant about it. That’s always fun.

  5. Great list, Chrissi! I agree – sometimes you need to persevere with a book so you can actually discuss your issues with it and the reasons why you didn’t like it. That’s the main reason I made myself finish Among Others by Jo Walton.

  6. I finally see someone mention Fifty Shades on here! I started reading it several years ago online, then quit after chapter 14 or so… never understood the hype, it isn’t even that exciting imo.

  7. I read the 50 Shades Trilogy too simply because everybody was talking about it and giving their opinions…just goes to show that all literature doesn’t have to be classic…I always think of how many young people actually read books when they get as much publicity as these did.

  8. These are great! I read the 50 Shades books just so I could discuss them too- and I suppose I AM glad that I did, because now I can speak through experience when I tell everyone how dreadful they are! I low key wanted to read Those Girls just because of all the horrible reviews hah, but I didn’t.

  9. I definitely agree with the Fifty Shades series! I only read the first one and complained nonstop about how much I hated it, but as soon as I finished I finished I bought the second one haha. Still need to get around to read it.

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