Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes on Goodreads. Each week features a new prompt in which you are suppose to talk about the top 5 books that you relate to the prompt. This week the topic is: Books You Disliked but Love to Discuss – – Some books we disliked or they were just okay, but they still have a lot of discussion points to sink your teeth into.
I’ll try to keep this list as civil as possible while I present my contribution to Top 5 Wednesday for the week of January 24, 2018.
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Go Set a Watchmen (To Kill a Mockingbird #2) by Harper Lee
Publisher: HarperCollins (July 14, 2015)
Print Length: 278 pages
I love to discuss this book solely to show why rough drafts of books should never be published. Lee never intended this to see the light of day, and rightfully so, as it takes all of the qualities that made To Kill a Mocking Bird, writing, character, plot, literary masterpiece, and completely shatters it all so that some publisher could make a few extra dollars. Sometimes a standalone novel is a good thing.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Publisher: Riverhead Books (May 1, 2004)
Print Length: 371 pages
There are merits to this novel, which is probably why its taught in Canadian primary curriculum, but to me this is the type of novel I would give to my teething dog in order to save all my other books from being destroyed. With repetitive writing, with repetitive writing, and sleep worthy plot I stand by what I said, fruit choice and all, when I talked about this book in my answers to The Book Sacrifice Tag.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Publisher: Seal Books (August 29, 2006)
Print Length: 460 pages
This book gives me ‘Nam’ flashbacks if you know what I mean. Sitting on the floor in my tenth grade English class while our teach squirted the class with a McDonald’s toy shaped like a tiger definitely made me dislike this book. What’s more bothersome, however, is that after 460 pages this book pulls a mixture of a LOST and Rosanne twist by making the reader wonder whether Pi was dead or hallucinated everything that happened. 460 PAGES.
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Publisher: Ecco (March 22, 2016)
Print Length: 368 pages
I touched on a lot of discussion points about The Nest in a review I did. However, to spare you having to read a very angry rant by a very tired book blogger let me sum it up… mix one dismally cliché dysfunctional family plot, with four one-dimensional characters, and a misleadingly aesthetically appeasing cover and you have a general synopsis of The Nest.
The Shinning Girls by Lauren Beukes
Publisher: Mulholland Books (June 4, 2013)
Print Length: 375 pages
I did not finish this book. There is a lot of discussion in the review section on Goodreads as to the merits of this book. And, honestly, I couldn’t care either way.
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And those are my top 5 books I disliked but like to discuss. Do you have any books that could fill this Top 5 Wednesday? Leave it as a comment below and let’s chat about it!