This week, I’m breaking the rules for our feature. The reason for this is simple. I haven’t been reading, at least not much, recently (I have finished a few books which feels like progress). Because of this, asking me to remember what I decided to DNF, well, that’s a stretch. If I do remember any while creating this, I’ll mention them and denote them with the “DNF” tag. In the meantime, we’re going to talk popular books I didn’t care for.

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This does and doesn’t fit with this week’s theme. It fits because it’s talking about something we didn’t love, even those that are popular and still saying, nope, it doesn’t work for me. So I don’t necessarily loathe all of these, they just aren’t my cup of tea despite the Internet telling me I am crazy. Regardless, we’re going to soldier on and still share these… all in the hopes now one is too upset if their favorite is here. *grin*

Let’s take a closer look.



Didn’t really love this one by Kiera Cass though I do enjoy The Selection. Amazon | Goodreads


Didn’t hate this novel, but the idea of kids killing each other at the whim and fancy of people who think its sport is, well, disturbing. I did like the adaptation better in that I felt like Jennifer Lawrence helped me like or “connect” with Katniss a bit more. Amazon | Goodreads


Again, didn’t hate this one, but just not a favorite. I also don’t remember it and I have had zero inclination to pick up book two. Amazon | Goodreads


I don’t think I didn’t not like this one, but it also just wasn’t something I cared about so it was very “meh” for me. I read some, and it’s been sitting in my book stack for… weeks? Months? Have you read this one? If so, is it worth reading in full? Amazon | Goodreads


I didn’t like this one nearly as well as I wanted to. There were elements I enjoyed, and I even did like the first section of the novel in a way that made me want to keep reading. In the end, the book didn’t work for me. Amazon | Goodreads

📚POPULAR BOOKS I DIDN’T CARE FOR📚 Looking at some of the books I didn't care for n this top 10 book list. © Rissi JC

The Internet loves this novel and I think Natalie’s subsequent novels as well. I just couldn’t get into this one so that I loved it. It has its moments but overall, it’s not a me read. Amazon | Goodreads


Wanted to love this novel and tried reading it prior to the movie. Just couldn’t get into it (there was SO much detail and history for each character switch off). The movie really fun though. Amazon | Goodreads


Really not too sure why I did finish that one. I think it’s, for me, the mental mindset of “if you start something, don’t just quit. See it through.” I’m trying to teach myself this doesn’t apply to fiction, but still… sometimes it doesn’t ring true. Either way, I really didn’t root for the people we’re supposed to. Amazon | Goodreads


The characters made mistake after mistake (which can be ok, but I want them to learn) which in turn made them miserable and living an existence that just didn’t make anyone happy. Asking myself WHY did I finish this one? Amazon | Goodreads


Another one I didn’t loathe by any means, but it doesn’t sparkle in the way I anticipated it would. Amazon | Goodreads

Have you read any of these? Are they on your favorites list? Which ones would you still read? Let’s hear all of the things! The comments are now yours.


📚POPULAR BOOKS I DIDN’T CARE FOR📚 Looking at some of the books I didn't care for n this top 10 book list. © Rissi JC

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  1. I struggled with that aspect of The Hunger Games as well. I’ve never reread them.

    Congratulations on your new theme, and thanks for stopping by so early today!

    1. I never re-read them either and in fact, for some reason, I don’t think I’ve ever read book two. Probably won’t at this point. :) Thanks for visiting, Lydia.

    1. Movies are “easier” sometimes that way. For me, I think it’s more the visualization but then also, depending on the story or its author, sometimes the book doesn’t affect me in that way. :) Just depends I guess. Thanks for visiting, Lauren.

    1. I liked the film more (weird I know ;D). Mainly because I actually LIKED Katniss more. I mean she’s still standoff-ish and impersonal in many ways, but that’s also because of her circumstances, which has been to survive. So I cannot fault her too much. Thanks for visiting, Molly!!

  2. I completely agree that The Hunger Games has a super disturbing theme. I thought the movie handled it really well, though, and it’s one of the best book-to-movie adaptations I can think of.

    I also read Ruby Red and didn’t care for it! I don’t remember much of anything about it, though, so I have no recollection of why I didn’t like it. I think I tried to read book two, but DNFed it… though again, I don’t remember what was the final straw.

    Happy reading!

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    1. I agree. THG movie is a good adaptation. I did like it better (weird, I know) than the book. I cannot remember much about “Ruby Red” either. But it just wasn’t soemthign that really stands out or a book that I remember loving. Still, I know SO many love these, so they’ve found their readers. :) Thanks for visiting, Nicole.

    1. I feel like I did like SOME aspects of “The Light Between Oceans” (I seemed to like how it was written when I read it),but overall, it wasn’t a “me” book. I’ll maybe have to pick up “Throw Like a Girl” again! I don’t think I was “hating” it or anything, I just haven’t finished it. ;) Thanks for sharing, Deanna.

    1. I’m glad I wasn’t alone about Crazy Rich Asians. Sometimes I feel like it’s always me when these popular books do well and I just cannot get into them. Like you, I did really enjoy the film and have been thinking I need to re-watch it! Glad you stopped by, Lindsey. :)

    1. I agree. I think THG is a unique story. And I did read it and book three PLUS see all of the films, so… there’s something I do like well enough about the world. ;) I think in the film’s, it’s the connections between the characters I like best. Thanks for visiting, Susan.

    1. Thanks, and me too, Leah! I’m striving to be more selective so by the time you finish a book I’ve enjoyed it far more than my quibbles. ;)

    1. It looked that way to me as well, Cindy! I so wanted to like it and many readers adore Emily Henry in general. I’ve even been tempted to try another of her books because they do look fun/cute, but haven’t. Yet. Thanks for visiting!

  3. I agree with on The Hunger Games.
    I’ll also add, that while I so wanted to like The Lost Girls of Willowbrook. One of the few books I’ve resorted to a one-star review.

    1. I like elements of the film… but for some reason I wasn’t a fangirl for the book. :/ Thanks so much for visiting – and sometimes it’s good to revisit a book we read in the past. :)

    1. I don’t think I didn’t not like Ruby Red, I just don’t have memories of it which usually means it’s not an out-of-this-world favorite for me. But I’d agree in categorizing it as simple… but fun! :)

  4. I really loved The Hunger Games but it is super disturbing so I totally get that, and I understand what you mean about Katniss too, I loved her in the book but I can definitely understand how Jennifer Lawrence’s performance might have made it easier to connect with her. I’ve not read The Jane Austen Society but I did read Natalie Jenner’s most recent release, Bloomsbury Girls and I felt the same way about it as you did about that one, I liked it well enough but I didn’t LOVE it.

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    1. Ah, no! I’m sad that Natalie’s books “feel” the same in regards to readers. I was thinking about trying another of hers eventually, and I still may, but I think, she’s an author that won’t be for me. Which is fine and I know MANY readers love her books so that’s awesome! I don’t think I can say any of these books on this list are books I “loathe” as a reader, but they aren’t favorites. When it comes to THG, I don’t consider myself “squeamish” so I think for me, it’s more the “emotional” aspects. As always glad you stopped by!

    1. I read THG and “Mockingjay” (because it’s kind of a “rule” for me if I see the film or I *try* to read the book first) but the whole lets-watch-this-for-entertainment aspect isn’t something I loved. Still, I did think the film’s expanded the world/characters for me.

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