Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Unpopular Bookish Opinions

My latest post is one that is going to shock my colleagues and divide opinion. It’s an unpopular bookish opinions post.

These are my top Unpopular Bookish Opinions and they’re quite controversial, especially coming from someone working in the books industry. I can only apologise to all my colleagues and friends within the industry, but I’m afraid these are my thoughts. What are yours?

I hated The Secret History by Donna Tartt

I found it over-written, plotless and utterly obnoxious. The characters were bland and neither likeable nor dislikable. The main character was instantly forgettable, so much so I actually forgot his name and most of his back-story, and the main plot-point was pointless drawn out and quite contrived. Apparently murder was easy for this pretentious students.

I rarely read series’ anymore

I once was a big series fan. I read all of Twilight, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Dorothy Must Die and the Eragon series. But now I rarely read a series. Currently the only ‘series’ I’m considering reading is the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith, and that’s only because I read the first book and enjoyed the series.

My bookshelf is not organised by colour

I have multiple bookshelves, one at my parents and now four at my flat in London. Granted I wasn’t able to do much organising on my new bookshelves before we went into lockdown, but I doubt I’ll ever organise my bookshelves by colour. What’s the point of that?!

I’m not a fan of BIG ‘prize-winning’ books

If a book has been a massive ‘prize-winner’ for the most part I find it too intellectual and boring. Examples would be A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear O’BrienWolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. Just not for me.

A series with 5 books or more is too much

Part of the reason I don’t read many series to begin is the fact that I don’t have time to dedicate to a long series, and I rarely stay interested in a series long enough to read 5 or more books, Harry Potter being the exception to the rule.

I rarely read over-hyped books

I’m yet to read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky AlbertalliPride & Prejudice by Jane Austen or The Testaments by Margaret Atwood because of the hype. People raving about books or constantly telling me it their favourite book ever is a turn-off. I’d rather find a book on my own or via an honest review rather than fandom or pressure. Even if the books are great!

I never read hardbacks

I’ll be honest I don’t see the point of hardbacks, beyond looking pretty on a shelf. They’re more expensive than any other format – why bother then? – and are the hardest format to read. Why then, would I ever choose a hardback to read over a paperback, audiobook or ebook? Why?! I apologise to all of my publishing colleagues in production for my unpopular opinions bookish opinions.

Readathons are too much pressure

I can barely keep up with book club reading let alone trying to force myself to read for a readathon. I hate pressure, even innocent pressure like a readathon. It’s the same with NaNoWriMo in November and deadline reading for university. I hated it! The pressure.

I will skip ahead to find out the ending…

Sometimes, if a book is boring me or I’m not sure if I’m enjoying myself, I will skip to the end of the book to find out what happens. From finding out I’ll tend to decide whether to carry on or not. Is the ending twisty enough to re-intrigue me, or is it so obvious that there’s no point. I have no patience.

I prefer reading used paperbacks

Strangely enough, although I work in publishing, I actually quite like getting used copies of books. When I get a brand new paperback I feel guilty if I dare damage it in any way, from dog-earing the pages to breaking the spine. With a used book there is none of that pressure attached to reading and I purely fall into the story. As such, I love a used book!

What are your unpopular bookish opinions? Let me know in the comments below.

Love Ellie x

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