6 Disappointing Books I’m Glad I Read Anyway

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. Today, I’m talking about 6 books that left me disappointed. Yet somehow, I’m still glad I read them? I only chose 6 because I really wasn’t feeling glad I read any of the other disappointing books I’ve read and I didn’t want to lie to you just to make it to 10. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne & John Tiffany // I’m going to be honest: I absolutely hated this script. Sorry not sorry. But I’m glad I read it, because I want to keep up to date with the Harry Potter franchise. Even though I hated everything about this.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald // Another one that I intensely disliked. Yet I’m glad I read it, mostly because it is such a classic. I always hear everyone talking about this book, so I felt like I had to give it a go too. I did. Hated it. But at least I tried, you know? 

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger // Another one I’m only glad I read because it’s such a cult classic. Everyone seems to love this book, and I really wanted to watch the movie adaptation too. Guess what? I definitely won’t be watching because I didn’t enjoy this book (and thought it had a lot of problematic aspects).

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp // I’m glad I read this book because I want to support Marieke. I know it may seem silly, but you got to support the Dutch or Belgian authors if you’re Dutch-speaking. And I really loved her debut! This one just wasn’t for me.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins // I can’t remember when I read this, but it sure was one of the most disappointing books of that year. I just found myself bored and annoyed throughout the whole read, which isn’t a very good sign when you’re reading a thriller. But I am glad I gave it a go, because I want to read more thrillers and people really seemed to enjoy this one. 

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness // I’m also glad I read this because of the hype surrounding this series (and this author in general). I want to read all of your favorite books too, and this seemed to fit the bill. And it’s not like I hated it… The writing style just really wasn’t for me. This book was a tad too chaotic (ha!). 


Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

14 thoughts on “6 Disappointing Books I’m Glad I Read Anyway

  1. This is such an interesting lists – all of these books were SO hyped. I wonder if that contributed to your disappointment at all? I think sometimes the amount of high expectations around a book can wind up being to its detriment.

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  2. The Great Gatsby made my list this week, too! And Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is another good choice; I was lucky enough to see the play a couple of years ago, and seeing it was such a brilliant experience, but the story itself is so bad. Great list!

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  3. The Cursed Child is on my list, too. Obviously, given that it’s a play and not a novel, it’s going to have a different feel. But the whole thing was way off. It didn’t even feel like the same author wrote it. I hated the storyline.

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  4. I didn’t hate Cursed Child the way you clearly did lol, but I agree in that I thought it was a bit of a mess, but I’m still glad I read it. It would bother me knowing I’m not up-to-date on something that actually involves the MCs from the series.

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  5. Cursed Child! Oh, man… I’ve actually decided not to read that one because I skimmed it in the bookstore one day and was SO UPSET by it, and then I watched a full-spoiler rant review on youtube where the booktuber read excerpts out loud, and just… NOPE, NOPE, NOPE, lol! I don’t blame you for being disappointed by it. Great list!

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