Back at it again with the Top 5 Wednesdays! As a reminder, Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme that was started by Ginger Reads Lainey and is now being looked after by Thoughts on Tomes. The topics can be found on Goodreads.
This week’s topic: Favorite Polarizing Books
According to Goodreads: “These are books that people either tend to love or hate, with no in between. Pick some of your favorites that fall into this category.”
I think this is a great topic! I think we all have those books in our library that you love and everyone else hates, or vice versa. Because I couldn’t think of 5 polarizing books I like (because I tend to fall in the middle when it comes to polarizing books), I’m including polarizing books I either love or hate!
Love | Great Expectations
I read this back in high school, and I seemed to be in the minority of those who actually really liked this book. I can honestly say that it is one of my favorite classics. I love how the story slowly unfolds and I also really appreciate the character development. I’ve read it two or three times, and I’ve watched a few film and TV adaptations, too! I think it’s a wonderful read, but there a LOT of people I know who would think otherwise.
Hate | The Fault in Our Stars
I really didn’t understand the hype around this book. I watched the movie first and thought it was all right. And then I read the book to see what all the fuss was about. I was not impressed. The characters were far too obnoxious and demonstrated wisdom beyond their years simply due to their medical conditions. Illness does not equate to an abundance of existential musings and an obsession with philosophical theory. It just wasn’t believable for me.
Love | Twilight
Even though I have my reservations about Twilight now, I didn’t back when it was popular. A few years ago, when it was all the rage, I was unapologetically in love with Twilight. Back then I wasn’t as anal about writing style, character and plot development, pacing, and just pure common sense, as I am now. So, I fell into the very large group of Twilight lovers, and even now, I won’t say that I hate it. I just realize its flaws.
Hate | Jane Eyre
I can’t stand this book. I think it’s incredibly boring and even though I’m a fan of Jane Eyre as a character, I’m not so much intrigued by the book and the events that occur within it. I’m more a Wuthering Heights fan. And I’ve discovered that most readers that are Wuthering Heights fans usually dislike Jane Eyre, and those who love Jane Eyre usually dislike Wuthering Heights. There’s not many people who fall in-between either of those books.
Love | Red Queen
I believe Red Queen is possibly one of the most polarizing books currently in the YA genre. You either love it or hate it. Even though I’m having a particularly hard time finishing Glass Sword, I won’t deny that I LOVED Red Queen. I thought the premise was interesting and I believed Mare Barrow was one bada** chick. Also, I was impressed by Aveyard’s world-building and execution of plot. But I know MANY readers who don’t think that at all.
LOVE/HATE | Throne of Glass
I’m actually in the middle for Throne of Glass. I didn’t hate it, but I most certainly didn’t love it. I know there are groups of readers that absolutely hate this book and the entire series so far, while there are others who are devoted ToG fans.
HATE/KIND OF LOVE | Captive Prince
I fall closer to those who hate this book, but I understand there are many who appreciate Captive Prince far more than I do. I much prefer the second book, which I would actually reread, to the first and third books. This one, however, I can’t seem to find much love for.
What did you think of my picks? Did you love some of the ones I hate, or hate some of the ones I love? What are some of your favorite polarizing books? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Sound off in the comments below! 😀
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