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!



Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

My Summer Challenge: Did I complete it?

Chrissi’s Summer Challenge!


I work in a school, so I have a glorious six weeks off in the summer. Today I’m back to school. Sad face. Oh well, I can’t complain too much as I have completed my Summer Challenge! On 18th June, I picked 10 books on the top of my to be read pile as part of Top Ten Tuesday. I then decided, that I would actually endeavour to read these books!  So here are my thoughts on my favourites and unfortunately one DNF (Did Not Finish).

If you click on the book image, it’ll take you to the book’s Goodreads profile. Easier to add to your TBR list that way! 😉 If you click on the title of the book, it’ll take you to my review (bar my DNF book).

10. Q- A Love Story- Evan Mandery

15729302Unfortunately this is the book that I didn’t finish. I recently read a review saying that you wouldn’t enjoy it if you weren’t into philosophy. Well, that doesn’t work for me. I studied philosophy at university and it is one of my biggest passions. For me, it was too slow and went off track. I’m sure others would enjoy it though which is why I decided to include it even though I don’t usually mention books that I DNF.

9. Grow Up– Ben Brooks

10830696There was nothing really wrong with this book, it just wasn’t as much my thing as the others on this list. It has extremely strong language and adult content so beware. I’d say 18+ only!

8. Beauty Queens– Libba Bray

9464733Again, there was nothing particularly wrong with this book. I’ve just read a lot of good books out of this list! This book is completely OTT and certainly not for everyone, but I enjoyed it enough!

7. Why We Broke Up– Daniel Handler

10798418I think this is such a beautifully illustrated book. I didn’t really know much about it when I picked it up, but it was a pleasure to read! Not the most amazing story ever, but definitely likeable and very readable.

6. Attachments– Rainbow Rowell

8909152I found this book incredibly easy to read. I finished it on a train journey. It wasn’t quite Eleanor & Park for me, but it was still a decent read.

5. Under The Never Sky– Veronica Rossi

11594257I loved this book and I’m looking forward to checking out the sequel. This was one of the first of the books I read and I really expected it to be placed higher, but no.. I read much awesomeness.

4. The Beautiful and The Cursed– Page Morgan

15989598This is the last book I read out of the 10 I picked. I didn’t quite save the best until last, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this book.

3. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer– Michelle Hodkin

8591107I completely fell in love with this book. I was so confused about what was going on, but that just added to the awesome. Oh yes.

2. Boundless– Cynthia Hand

13049981Argh! I wasn’t sure I was going to like Boundless that much since I wasn’t overly keen on Hallowed. I still like Hallowed, but it didn’t quite match up to Unearthly for me. I need not have feared, I really enjoyed Boundless. A great end to the series. (If you’re on the same ‘Team’ as me..)

1. Divergent– Veronica Roth

13335037I am SO in love with this book. The last 3 in this list were so hard to order, but Divergent just had to come out on top.

Have you read any on my list?  If so, what were your favourites?

Grow Up


How did I get it?:
I bought it!


Who says youth is wasted on the young? Jasper wants to get on in the world, but life is distracting. He’s got his A-levels to contend with, his mother pushing him to overachieve, weekly visits to his psychologist, come-downs, YouTube suicides and pregnant one-night-stands. And then there’s his step-dad – the murderer. Hilarious and heartbreaking by turns, GROW UP is the ultimate twenty-first-century coming-of-age novel. It paints a vivid portrait of the pills and thrills and bellyaches of growing up today. Funny, smart and twisted, it is the story of one young man transformed.


This is another book I was recommended. I’m glad I read it, but it’s definitely a strange read. I’m not sure that everyone would enjoy it as it’s quite rude and blunt. It also uses a word that rhymes with blunt that I absolutely HATE. Urgh. Anyway, besides from that, it’s a funny book, not quite laugh out loud funny for me.

If you want to read about a normal teenage English boy, then this is the book for you. Our protagonist Jasper is a seventeen year old boy. He’s typically self-absorbed. He can be quite a charmer and quite thoughtful but most of the time he’s just irritating. Still, the author makes you want to continue reading about him. Jasper is always avoiding studying and looking for sex, drugs, drink and cigarettes. Some of the storyline is completely over the top, but I guess that’s realistic for a teenager. The author was a teenager when he was writing the book, so it does feel quite authentic and Jasper feels like a character that teenagers could relate to.

I think if you’re going to read this book, you definitely need to keep an open mind. It could easily offend a lot of people with its subject matter.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! (A very tentative yes though. It’s a very rude book, so definitely 18+)

Reading next:
The Husband’s Secret- Liane Moriarty

WWW Wednesday #31

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post!

To join in with WWW Wednesday you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book images to find out more about the book!

What are you currently reading?

17465450I am just beginning this book, so haven’t formed an opinion on it yet. It looks intriguing though. I’m looking forward to reading another adult book.

What did you recently finish reading?

10830696This is an interesting one. I thought it was an okay read, but it’s incredibly rude and I think a lot of people would find it offensive. My review will be published within the next few days.

What do you think you’ll read next?

15989598I really can’t wait to read this book. I’ve heard good things!

What about you? Please feel free to leave your links to your WWW posts, so I can check them out. If you don’t participate in WWW please feel free to answer the questions in the comments. I love to see what other people have been reading!

Stacking The Shelves #31

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

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


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These books are the next 5 on my 10 books that I want to read this Summer. I don’t go back to work until 3rd September, so hopefully I have a good chance of reading them. Why We Broke Up is illustrated and oh so beautiful. As is Boundless. I just can’t wait to finish the series. Grow Up is supposed to be very funny so I’m looking forward to reading that one. I also can’t wait to read Attachments. I’ve only read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell so far, but I really enjoyed it!

Bought for my Kindle:

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I have been wanting to read Left Drowning and The Originals for a while. My friend recently read and recommended The Originals, so I decided to get my hands on a copy. God knows when I’ll actually read it. Perfect Chemistry and Not Pretty Enough were recommended on Read and Repeat’s Two Pound Tuesday feature. They sounded like my sort of read so I snapped them up.


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I have to admit to being immediately drawn to the cover of These Broken Stars. It’s so pretty. The F List sounds like it’s going to be a tough read. I loved the synopsis of Gretel and The Dark. It looks like it’ll be an intriguing read.

Random House


Thank you very much to Random House Children’s Publishers for the copy of Hurt. I can’t wait to read it!

What are you stacking your shelves with this week? Feel free to leave your links to your posts and I’ll come and check what you’re reading!

Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke And The Bookish. This week the list is the Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR list. I’m counting summer as the six weeks break I get from work. (I work in an infant school!) This summer I’m going to try and catch up/start series I have heard so much about. So in no particular order here are the 10 I’m hoping to read..

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page.

11594257I’ve heard so much about this book that I just have to read it!


I’d like to finish this series. I’ve read the first two but haven’t got round to finishing it yet!

13335037Another one that’s been on my TBR pile far too long!

8591107I’ve heard loads of good things about this book. Can’t wait to start it.


I haven’t read any Rainbow Rowell yet. I need to change that.

10798418This book came highly recommended to me, so I really want to read it soon!

15729302This sounds brilliant! Can’t wait to get stuck in!

15989598Gorgeous cover! A book I’ve heard a lot about!

10830696I’ve heard this book is incredibly funny!

9464733I’ve seen this book so much recently on blogger’s lists, that it’s made its way to my TBR pile!

How about you? What books are at the top of your list? Please feel free to share your links and I’ll come and visit your blog.