Every blogger knows what I’m talking about. A new book comes out, drenched in hype. You’ve seen all kinds of glowing reviews from other bloggers who have been sent ARCs. You’ve even marked your calender with the release date. That glorious day finally comes, and you rush to the store. You get home, curl up in your favorite chair, crack open that beautiful, beautiful book and… you find yourself legitimately hating it. Desperate to find some kind of confirmation, you take to Goodreads, only to discover more good reviews. Surely, it’s a fluke. There HAS to be someone else that feels the way you do. Minutes pass. Hours pass. You can’t find a single bad review. It’s then that you realize: you, my friend, are the literary black sheep.
Being the black sheep isn’t terrible. It’s happened to me a few times in my reading career. Honestly, it happens to everyone. I’ll even admit to still searching for others who share my negative thoughts every once in a while. After owning up to one of my biggest black sheep instances in my Series Tag, and also going through a pretty recent black sheep bout, I was inspired to put my “black sheep” books out there, in hopes that I’ll find a kindred spirit who agrees. Without further ado, here’s my black sheep list:
1.) The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
This may be my biggest (basically sacrilegious, I’m told) black sheep moment. I couldn’t even finish the first book in the trilogy. I found the writing to be boring, which in turn made all of the characters seem a little flat. I will say that I find the movies to be more enjoyable, as my problem wasn’t with the story line.
2.) To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
The main character made me cringe. She was supposed to be sixteen(ish?) and her character read MUCH younger. To me, she sounded a bit like a twelve year old. With that said, I probably WILL read the sequel, simply because I liked Peter, and I want to see more of him.
3.) Half Bad by Sally Green
While I’m still trying to get through the very beginning of this book, everyone is awaiting the sequel, Half Wild. Yet another case of simply being bored. I’m not sure if it was the story or the writing, but I didn’t finish it.
4.) I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
This was just too flowery for me. Everything was a metaphor. I don’t think there’s a single paragraph in this book that isn’t filled with metaphors.
5.) Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
I didn’t dislike this book, I just didn’t find it as strong as Dark Places and Gone Girl.
So there you have it. Please note that I’m not trying to offend anyone with this list. If I have your favorite book on this list, I’m sorry. There was just something about it that didn’t work for me. I’m also planning on doing a post on books that everyone dislikes but I love. This will be the Part Two to this post.
What are your thoughts on being the black sheep? Have you ever experienced it? What book or series was it?