TTT #140 – Books I Disliked but I Am Really Glad I Read (for Bragging Rights)

Sometimes there are those books that you can’t help but be glad that you finished. Reading isn’t always sunshine and peaches, you know. It can be quite the struggle. Not every book is suited to your tastes. And yet we often read on with those books. Why is that?

In my case I often do not dnf. It is just not something I like to do and I tend to always see something that makes me unable to let go of a book or a series completely. I am getting better at stopping with series that don’t hold my interest anymore, but books are another matter.

But sometimes there are also those kind of books you are just glad you made it through. And while you might not have nessecarily enjoyed the experience (old-fashioned writing, dense paragraphs for example) there might still be something to take away from it. Even if it is just bragging rights.

So for this top ten tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) I am sharing with you some of those books for me. Disliked is a big word. I rated some of these 3 stars but over time, feelings about some of these have changed. I divided them into two categories as you will see down below.

Classics Bragging Rights

Ivanhoe by Walter Scott
I am not sure what even possessed me to pick up this book at the age of 16. I read it for English class. I don’t even remember anything about it, let alone my reading experience. I rated it 3 stars because I think that is what I would have given it back then. Now, who even knows.

Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Untitled I have only read about 4 of these in the last few years, but it has been a struggle. Especially The Horse and His Boy. My gosh, that one was terrible. I’ll probably read the other 3 at some point just so I can say I have read them all.

Peter Pan & Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J.M. Barrie / Review
I mean I knew this would be different from the disney classic, but wow, how did the Peter Pan from this book turn into that jolly fellow in the disney movie? The writing is also just terrible.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
I am just going to duck here for a minute.

Hyped and Popular Bragging Rights

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman


The Golden Compass wasn’t so bad but wow, after that it just went downhill. I could barely manage to get through that last one. I don’t know why people like this?

Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I did not enjoy these but they were so hyped and popular when I got back to reading that I thought I’d give them a chance.

The Martian by Andy Weir
Ducking here again. I seem to be one of the few that didn’t really enjoy this book as much as others. The mc was just not for me. Meh. But another one that was very popular for a while there.

Because You Love to Hate Me by various authors and booktubers. Edited by Aimeriie
At least because of this book I know I need to give Cindy Pon’s books a go since I really liked her short story. The rest was mostly meh.

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
At least now I can say I’ve read pretty much all of her books.

So what books have you read for ‘bragging rights’?
A.k.a books you picked up only because they were popular or classics?

41 thoughts on “TTT #140 – Books I Disliked but I Am Really Glad I Read (for Bragging Rights)

  1. “sunshine and peaches” lol. I’ve never read Ivanhoe although I did see the old movie version and it was… moderately entertaining? Narnia I hardly remember other than the first one because I was so young when I read them. Would I like them now, I have no idea. :):)

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  2. Narnia! I read those as a kid, several times over, and honestly, I loved them back then so I’m glad that I read them, but I wouldn’t touch them nowadays. They’re a little too “squeaky” for me, lol. Sorry you didn’t like The Hunger Games, though!

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  3. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower……… An abundance Of Katherines, The Girl On The Train. I DNF’ed The Hunger Games and therefore immediately removed Divergent from my TBR.

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    1. You are listing the books I know I’m not going to touch haha.
      And yeah if you didn’t like The Hunger Games odds are Divergent won’t be for you either.


  4. Haha, yes, this was really cool to read and so relatable! I’m definitely reading Game of Thrones for bragging rights (even though I don’t care about the show lol) and I definitely read the A Series of Unfortunate Events series for bragging rights and so I could know what the hell people were talking about!

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    1. Haha at least you can say you read those big ass tomes. Oh A Series of Unfortunate Events is a good one. I’ve read the first 6 books for bragging rights as well.

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    1. I just wanted to read The Casual Vacancy because I could say I read them all. I am really a big fantasy reader so the plot was never going to appeal to me anyway.


  5. I liked The Hunger Games but can see why it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I liked the first and second Divergent books but hated the last one. I only ever managed to read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe of the Narnia books, which I liked but could never get through the rest. That’s a shame you didn’t like Because You Love To Hate Me, I hope I get on better with it.
    My TTT:

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    1. For me Divergent derailed after the first book haha.
      I had higher expectations of some of the short stories in Because You Love to Hate Me because of the authors attached.


      1. Haha fair, most people seem to feel that way! I got BYLTHM because of Samantha Shannon and VE Schwab’s short stories, so I hope I at least like those!


  6. This is definitely relatable! I’m also trying to get better at DNF’ing books that are just not for me, but then again being able to say you read a hyped book also has its perks…

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  7. I really haven’t read that many classics… I just haven’t found that many that drew me in. (I guess, depending on what you define as a “classic” is there an official definition?)

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    1. I have a bunch on my shelf but mostly for the future. I am not forcing myself through them. Just a few each year. I didn’t get a lot of classics in high school
      (Old and stuffy?)


  8. Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy Narnia and The Hunger Games. I really enjoyed those series. I’ve actually been avoiding reading The Casual Vacancy because I just feel like I’m going to dislike it, lol.

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  9. I agree on the Narnia books, well, the first one because that is the only one I read, ha ha, and I hated it. It was my college housemate’s favorite book and she begged me to read it. Ugh. 😒

    I loved all of the His Dark Materials books except the last one. It was dreadful. I am still going to read the new one, though. 😊

    I have not read Peter Pan, nor Frankenstein, yet. I read Dracula a couple of years ago and didn’t like it. 😛

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    1. I think I was just too old for Narnia. We will see what Merijn thinks in the future haha.
      I am amazed I made it through that last book.

      Dracula was a bit average for me. So boring the last half.

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