It’s Tuesday and time for #booksandhotdrinkstuesday, created by my best friend @katha_logisch (who gave me this wonderful mug 😋). Today’s question is: Which overhyped book did you not like?
I really like this question that @nora.reads came up with. Often, when I did not like a book that everyone else seems to like, I feel stupid. I sometimes check goodreads for 1 and 2 star ratings just so I can be sure I’m not alone 😂.
My trouble with the question was that I usually don’t keep the books I didn’t like. Why waste shelf space on them? That’s why most of the books I found are classics. (They are the only books I keep - even if I didn’t like them - because they have an intellectual flair 😂.)
For a long time not liking a book was especially difficult for me with classics. I used to think that when I didn’t like a work of literature that has been popular for decades, maybe even hundreds of years, it was because I was too stupid to understand it. And sometimes I liked a book better after analysing it in school and understanding more of it. But then I decided that I don’t want to have to analyse books to be able to enjoy them. I can enjoy books without exactly knowing what the author wanted to say with it. But there needs to be some kind of message or idea for me to grab, without having to read other books on this book. If that is not the case, if I just can’t connect to the story, I don’t care if the book is a classic, I just don’t like it. That doesn’t mean I think it’s a bad book, it’s just not one for me. And this has nothing to do with being stupid or ignorant.
The order of the books represents how little I liked them😂: I hated the bottom one and quite liked the one on the top, just didn’t like some aspects of it.
More information on the books in the comments ⬇️.