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

Concentr8

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

Ballistics

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!

 

 

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The Nao Of Brown

The Nao of Brown

How did I get it?:
I bought it at Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights

Synopsis:

Twenty-eight-year-old Nao Brown, who’s hafu (half Japanese, half English), is not well. She’s suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and fighting violent urges to harm other people. But that’s not who she really wants to be. Nao has dreams. She wants to quiet her unruly mind; she wants to get her design and illustration career off the ground; and she wants to find love, perfect love.

Nao’s life continues to seesaw. Her boyfriend dumps her; a toy deal falls through. But she also meets Gregory, an interesting washing-machine repairman, and Ray, an art teacher at the Buddhist Center. She begins to draw and meditate to ease her mind and open her heart—and in doing so comes to a big realization: Life isn’t black-and-white after all . . . it’s much more like brown.

Thoughts:

My sister Beth and I are trying to read more graphic novels, so when we attended our second reading spa at Mr B’s Emporium we asked for some graphic novel recommendations. Ed recommended The Nao of Brown amongst some others. I was really intrigued after he discussed the book, so we decided to buy it!

The Nao of Brown centres aroune Nao Brown who is a Hafu, she’s half Japanese and half English. Nao is in her late twenties, she shares a flat with a nurse and works in an adult Japanese toy shop. Nao has obsessive compulsive disorder. She is plagued by intrusive thoughts which can often be violent. One particuarly disturbing scene that comes to my mind is when Nao imagines attacking a pregnant woman-killing the baby. Nao is searching for love and becomes obsessed with Gregory. The story follows Nao’s love life and her battles with her OCD.

This story really is grim at times, yet there’s something about it that kept me turning the pages. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Nao. I think it’s quite a unique story even if it can get a little muddled at times. I don’t think it’s the clearest or strongest storyline that I’ve read, I also didn’t enjoy the ending at all, but it’s well worth reading if you don’t mind a strange tale. It may have a dark edge, but there are also some great humorous moments which I appreciated.

The art in this graphic novel is simply beautiful. It’s got such detailed watercoloured art work. I often spent some time just looking at the pages admiring the art!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Whilst this graphic novel wasn’t my favourite to read, it was still highly engaging and unique!

Stacking The Shelves #149- A special haul from Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights

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!

This week I went to the wonderful Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath. I had another reading spa with my sister. You can read about our first experience of a reading spa HERE.

Images of the shop

This time around, we had the lovely Amy as our bibliotherapist. Amy made us a cup of tea and then sat down to chat to us about our reading tastes. It was a lovely chat and we found out that our reading tastes were very similar. A wonderful bibliotherapist for us both!

Amy then supplied us with the yummiest cake as she went to collect a pile of books for us to look at. Amy come back with a huge stack of books. She also brought Emma with her (our first bibliotherapist from our first reading spa!) to talk through some books. As Amy knew we were looking into graphic novels, she also brought Ed to speak to us about some graphic novels he thought we might be interested in. All of the staff at Mr B’s are so lovely!

Here are the books we picked up. If you click on the title of the book below the photograph it’ll take you to Goodreads. What I love about this stack is that the majority of books are books we would never have picked up. I can’t wait to read them.

Deathless– Catherynne M.Valente

Lighthousekeeping– Jeanette Winterson

My Name is Lucy Barton– Elizabeth Strout

The Gracekeepers– Kirsty Logan

The Lie Tree– Frances Hardinge

Dreamwalker– J.D Oswald

If I Fall, If I Die– Michael Christie

The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet– Becky Chambers

The Rithmatist– Branden Sanderson

Into The Trees– Robert Williams

The Book Collector– Alice Thompson

Get In Trouble– Kelly Link

Undemajordomo Minor– Patrick DeWitt

The Immortals– S.E. Lister

Hideous Creatures– S.E LisBter

What Is Not Yours Is Yours– Helen Oyeyemi

The Nao of Brown– Glyn Dillon

Massive thanks to Amy for being so lovely and knowledgable about books. The staff at Mr B’s are marvellous. I highly recommend popping into Mr B’s if you’re in Bath in the UK! We will certainly be back…

Visit their website HERE.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!