10 of my unpopular bookish opinions

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. For today, the topic is ‘unpopular bookish opinions’. I really hope I don’t have to say this, but I’ll do so anyway just in case. These opinions are in no way meant to offend anyone. There you have it, disclaimer done. Let’s get into it!

I love breaking the spine of paperbacks

I said it! I love breaking the spine of paperbacks, and seeing the lines it leaves on the spine. I really like the way it looks on my shelves. It makes me feel like the book has been read and loved, like it has a history of its own. I don’t always do it as some paperbacks don’t require bending it somewhat to be able to read it properly, but it does happen quite often. Don’t worry, I don’t really lend books from others, so I’m not breaking other people’s book spines! Just my own.

I prefer paperbacks

I’m sure this is not that much of an unpopular opinion, since many people love them, but I do think there’s this love for hardcovers in the bookish community. Which is fine, obviously! Who am I to say which format you should love more? I personally prefer to read and collect paperbacks, however. I find them easier to hold and read, like the way they look read and loved (due to the spine), and am grateful they are usually cheaper.

The one thing I hate about paperbacks, however, is that there are 234234 different sizes and the chance of my series not matching is high. Looking at you, Nevermoor.

I love used books

I know that a lot of people prefer to buy their books new because they look pristine, haven’t been handled yet, or are a more direct way of supporting the author. I happen to love used books, however, and will almost always seek out a used bookstore before a regular one while traveling. Like I said with the broken spines, it makes me feel like a book has a history already, one that’s now being transferred to me.

sometimes the movie really is better

OOPS, I SAID IT. The book isn’t always better, guys. I do happen to enjoy the book more 90% of the time because there’s usually more time and space to explore the characters and world, but that’s definitely not true for every movie or TV adaptation ever.

Annihilation is a fantastic movie adaptation, for example. More on this later!

I don’t own/want to own a lot of bookish merch

Don’t get me wrong, I love bookish merch. I love the way it looks, and I admire the creators who have put so much of their hard work into it. However, I don’t own all that much. A few pouches, some socks, and a tote. That’s pretty much all the merch I’ve bought myself. Why? I honestly prefer my home to have a more minimalistic style (even though I definitely own too much to truly call myself a minimalist). Having too much stuff makes my house feel cluttered, which stresses me out.

The only bookish items I would buy are things I would use on a daily basis: (travel) mugs, pouches, a welcome mat, or a tote bag.

Obviously, no offence meant to those who do! This is just a personal preference when it comes to keeping my home uncluttered.

5 books I have unpopular opinions on

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
It’s clear how unpopular my opinion on this book is by the amount of annoying comments I get on my review. If I get one, just one, more comment that starts with “you completely misunderstood…” I’m going to scream. I absolutely despised this book and made a review/rant video to talk about the reasons why. Out of all the negative reviews I have ever made, THIS is the one I get the most hate for.

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
What the fuck was this book. Seriously. SOMEONE EXPLAIN  how this one has an average rating of 4.28 on Goodreads. I hated every single sentence in this book with a fiery passion, and wish I could erase it from my mind immediately. Since that’s not possible, I decided to grace you all with a review full of quotes so you can experience the horror that is this reading experience too. This is a definitely a case of ‘the movie was better’.

The Cursed Child by John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
Perhaps a bit less unpopular than the previous two, but still. As a Harry Potter fan, I am deeply disappointed in this one. Yes, I knew this was a play before reading it. Yes, I knew it wasn’t written by Rowling herself. Those are not the reasons I hated it. I disliked it because it broke the few rules of magic established in the original series, because the characters didn’t even seem like themselves, and because of the blatant queerbaiting.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
My hate for this book is no secret. I simply don’t understand why everyone loves this, or why it’s a classic in the first place. Supposed symbolism aside, let’s all agree on the fact that this book is incredibly boring. Nothing happens. At all.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
This was such a popular mystery novel/thriller when it first came out, and it even won the Goodreads Choice Award in that category. I thought it was incredibly boring, and really struggled to finish it.

Do you agree with my unpopular opinions? Tell me some of yours in the comments!

44 thoughts on “10 of my unpopular bookish opinions

  1. I have bookish merchandise on my list as well! I own a Harry Potter scarf but that is it. I just don’t get it. Why use so much money and space on basically useless things…
    But I must admit I am sorry to see The Great Gatsby on your list. It is on my classic tbr…. Hopefully I will enjoy it more than you 😉

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  2. I prefer paperbacks too! They’re easy to hold, much lighter to carry around, and you can fit more on a shelf! Absolutely love used books as well… and I can’t stand Gatsby. So obviously, I think your list is great! 🙂

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  3. I love a good hardback, but yeah when it comes to convenience and being able to snuggle comfortably into bed with a good book, paperback is the way to go! Still, I can’t help but wince a little when reading about the spinebending habits 😛

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  4. Cool! I did my TTT in the same way as you (mixing unpopular bookish and book opinions)! I totally agree about the movie/show sometimes being better, and also bending/cracking spines! I honestly don’t know how people don’t do this because no matter how hard I try I just can’t! Lol

    My TTT

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  5. I don’t really get the big issue with breaking the spines on books, personally I like my books looking read! I like the way hardcovers look on my shelf more, but I definitely prefer reading paperbacks, they are a lot easier to read, and I wish hardcovers and paperbacks came out at the same time because I’d like to have the choice of the paperback without having to wait a year!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/11/top-ten-tuesday-215/

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    1. I don’t get it either! Why is it such a hated thing? YES, by the way. I hate having to wait for paperbacks to be released. Why do they do that?

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      1. I don’t either, especially since it’s quite difficult to read hardbacks without breaking the spine! Me too. I have no idea, I think it’s a US thing that seems to have come over here and I don’t like it.

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  6. OMG – I loved this post. So hello from another paperback spine breaker! I have always preferred paperbacks for the very same reasons, although it’s nice to have a new hard cover now and then. I just think paperbacks are easier to read. But I also read a lot of ebooks, and they’re easy too – just no spine factor.

    And let me join your club! I hated The Time Traveler’s Wife! I thought it was creepy and weird. So thank you for voicing your opinion. I did like The Great Gatsby and The Girl on the Train, though, but that’s what makes for great discussions.

    Great post – keep those opinions coming 🙂

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    1. Hi, fellow spine breaker! (I probably should have added ‘book’ in between there because now it just sounded aggressive 😀 ) I’m so glad to find someone else who feels the same way about The Time Traveler’s Wife!

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  7. Great list! YES, I LOATHE The Great Gatsby. It’s literally the book I hate most in the world. I also love breaking the spines of my paperbacks, like you said it makes them look like they’ve been read and loved, and I also love picking up used books. They have so much character and they’re such a cheap way to get new books!

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  8. Paha, your review for Call Me by Your Name makes me hesitant to try the film, have you? Maybe that’s one of the “the film is actually better” ones because that’s meant to be great 😂💕.
    I don’t know if it’s unpopular but I personally preferred the Perks of being a Wallflower film to the book – the diary format didn’t really work for me.

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  9. I am staying very far away from Cursed Child after everything I’ve heard haha. And yes, sometimes the movie is just better. 😀

    (also I really love the yellow you have going on right now :D)

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  10. Hah I agree with you on most of these. Though I have more ebooks than physical books, I also prefer paperbacks to hardcovers because hardbacks are so heavy and take up so much space. I have no problem with used books (they’re still books after all) and yes sometimes I like the movie versions more than the books. And I don’t have a lot of bookish merch but I like bookish things that I can really use – tote bags, mugs, tees. Not a big fan of bookmarks or cards and decorative trinkets. 😉 As for the books you mentioned, I haven’t read any of them and I don’t really feel called to read them. I tried to read The Time Traveler’s Wife but couldn’t get into it even at the start. I’m content with just having seen the movie. 😀

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  11. I agree about Cursed Child. I hated it because it disrespected the original series and I lost some respect for Rowling for signing off on it in the first place. It felt like a complete slap in the face to the fans and characters. I don’t get Girl on a Train, wasn’t for me at all – guessed the twist so early and had to push all the way through.

    I love the look of broken spines. I do use books as decorations in my living room so I wouldn’t use them out there but I love a well loved book – esp on beloved books or older ones. I’m also a thrift queen when I can be. I would thrift 90% of it if it were possible lol

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