This week the topic is books you have mixed feelings about. I actually had a hard time finding books I had mixed feelings about. I’m pretty opinionated, but I also don’t really hate on things. So I have a lot of books where I’m like “this was amazing, everyone read it” or books where I’m like “it just didn’t connect with me.” But having truly mixed feelings was hard to find.
Women Talking by Miriam Toews
I reviewed this last week, so if you want to hear all my jumbled thoughts, you can go read that review here! But essentially, I enjoyed a lot of this book but had a hard time getting into it. I loved the women and the story and though it was so interesting, but the format made it hard to connect with the characters.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
This is more about the second and third books in this trilogy. On the one hand, the story and world-building are amazing. On the other hand, I was so let down by the characters in the second and third books. If you read my review of ADSoM, I say something like “I liked how Kell and Lila didn’t turn into caricatures or the stereotypes I thought they would”. And unfortunately, that’s exactly what they do in the second and third books. I think everything that I was like “I’m glad this book didn’t do this!”, that exact thing happens later.
This book is undeniably well-written. But,,,,, I just don’t get it. It’s at the same time very profound and also doesn’t really say anything. The second one is much better (review still to come, I’m so incredibly sorry). That was Murakami’s debut, though, so I give it a bit of a pass.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
This is one of those books that I know I should hate but,, I just don’t? Every time I reread it, I expect to dislike it. I’m always like “this is the time I don’t enjoy it!” And yet, I still enjoy it. I recognize the shitty things and all the issues, but I still think it’s a fun read and I enjoy it every time.
So those are some books I have mixed feelings about! What about you? Have you read any of these? Do you have the same feelings? What are some books you have mixed feelings about? Let me know!