Top Ten Tuesday | Booktube Recommendations I Wish I Hadn't Wasted My Time On

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Hello everyone! It’s that time of the week again! Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Basically, you get a different bookish topic every Tuesday, and you comprise a list of ten (or however many you’re able to list) relating to said topic.

This week’s topic is themed around recommendations- so, you can comprise a list about the top books that were recommended to you, or ten books on your TBR that are there because of someone’s recommendation. Although some of my favorite books of all-time have been recommended to me, I thought I’d take the time to do a negative topic because I haven’t done one in a pretty long time. Now, I’ve read a ton of books because of Booktube, but there are so many books that I read that I wouldn’t have done had they not been hyped. So without further ado, let’s get into it!

10. Splintered by A.G. Howard

I’ve heard a couple of my favorite Booktubers talk about this book and just rave about it constantly, so I picked it up expecting a weird, fascinating retelling of Alice. What I got was a ridiculously offensive, flat and unlikable cast of characters involved in a story that made little to no sense. Splintered is one of the only books I have ever abandoned in my life, but I’m glad that I did.

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9. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

This is one of those series that everybody raves about on Booktube, and for some strange reason, I thought I’d enjoy it even though the synopsis seemed mediocre. I’ll admit that the series is addictive- you start the book and you fly through it, but there’s very little of substance in the books. At the turn of the last page, I never think, “that was fun.” I think “okay, what was the big deal? Why did I read that?” Meh.

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8. Pivot Point by Kasie West

This book was so forgettable. I remember thinking the synopsis was really cool- parallel worlds that diverge because of different choices- that’s always such an intriguing premise, but I remember reading this in under a day and forgetting almost immediately what the characters’ names were and exactly what had happened. It’s like a black spot in my memory- not memorable at all.

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7. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Honestly, this category encompasses every CoHo book I’ve read because of Booktube (not many- just two, but you get it). Colleen Hoover is the NA queen of Booktube, and I went into her books expecting tragic, moving stories that spoke to me as a new adult. What I got were highly problematic storylines with unlikable, horrible characters. Thank goodness I only read two and decided that I wouldn’t read anything else by her.

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6. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

This book made the Booktube world explode when it first came out. Literally everyone was talking about it, and I’d never read a B&tB retelling before (except for ACOTAR), so I thought might as well. It was so dull. The characters were completely uninspiring, and the world-building was hella info-dumpy and confusing. I did like the writing, though, so it wasn’t a complete waste.

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5. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

This series is so hyped on both Booktube and the book blogosphere in general, and I picked up the first book earlier this year because it’s often referred to as the “YA Game of Thrones.” Safe to say that I was disappointed. I thought a large portion of the characters were flat, and much of the plot twists were there for shock value rather than logical plot. Meh. It’s a shame because I really wanted to love these books!

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4. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

One of my favorite Booktubers raved about this book when it first came out, and I usually really trust her recommendations. Unfortunately, this book failed to do anything for me. It was all over the place, and even though I liked the generational aspect of it, I wish it had been executed well. The writing was lovely, however.

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3. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

I bought this book because I saw the beautiful cover in many, many videos. Probably should’ve looked at the reviews first, so that’s my bad. A lot of the scientific aspects of the world in this book were glossed over or made no sense, and the characters were all rather flat. The love triangle was unnecessary. I’d just expected more.

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2. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Honestly, the premise of this book is fantastic. And the cover is also beautiful, but the content was so mediocre. It was so angsty, geez. It was marketed as dystopian, science fiction but it was mostly just romance. Then, when I realized there was going to be a love triangle between this lovely guy, the protagonist and this abusive asshole, I got out of there so fast.

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1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Tricky because my favorite male character ever is in this book. And if I hadn’t read it, I wouldn’t have been introduced to him but if I hadn’t read it, I could have avoided the heartbreak, the disappointment, the frustration and the anger. The first two books were good for me, but book three onwards just went downhill with numerous plot holes and cop-outs, ridiculous storyline decisions, and character inconsistencies.

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That’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! Have you read any of these books? Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments below; as always, thanks for stopping by and happy reading! 🙂

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  1. This is a really interesting take on the topic. I got through the first three (?) books of the vampire academy series before getting too bored.
    Interestingly I’d never heard of cruel beauty before I saw it recommended today and thought it looked good now I’m rethinking! Haha.
    I’ve been aware of falling kingdoms and throne of glass for a while (who hasn’t?) but for some reason something doesn’t quite grab me about them. anyway this is a great list 🙂

  2. I totally agree with you on Shatter Me. You know I love it but it totally is romance first and foremost with a dystopian background. Kinda like how the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout is romance with a sic-fi/urban fantasy background.

    And ahh, ToG. I still need to get rid of my books cos I’m so mad with the entire thing. I feel you though. I know I’ve scarred you with life with my vision of Chaol when I started ToG but Dorian is my baby and I am so glad I found him, but at the same time, I wish I had been saved all the crap. We should just pluck Chaol and Dorian from the world and give them the love and respect they deserve. SJM doesn’t deserve them lmao.

  3. I have never read these 10 books since I’m not a huge YA reader and I get very picky about my books. Sometimes I feel the tricky thing about booktube is how a lot of these books are given as ARCs to the booktubers to promote them. And at times I am not entirely convinced they truly loved it. Do they really love it because it’s a good book or because they received a free copy and felt obliged to do a positive review? Just a thought I had ><

  4. I completely agree about A Thousand Pieces of You and Throne of Glass – those felt underwhelming for me as well. 🙁 Sorry you felt so meh about all of these, but thanks for sharing regardless!

  5. I agree with you on Ugly Love or any CoHo books (I have also read only two by the way) They mostly consist of a character with a tragic story and one character who is highly unlikable.. and oh, the boys are handsome for sure.
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  6. YES. THANK YOU. You’re the only other person I’ve seen mention that Vampire Academy was meh. I just couldn’t get into it. At all. The writing, the plot, the characters– any of it. This is actually one reason I tend to avoid hyped books. I haven’t read Throne of Glass or Shatter Me or A Thousand Pieces of You for that reason. Oops?

  7. Great picks for this week, and I love your take on this week’s theme; picking books that were recommended to you that you didn’t enjoy as much. It’s a shame about Splintered, A Thousand Pieces of You and Cruel Beauty, those are favourites of mine but I guess they obviously aren’t for everyone. I have a few of the others on my to-read list, and I hope you find other books through Booktube you enjoy a little more as well! 😀

  8. I can’t imagine the frustration of having such a promising series fall flat. I’m angry on everyone’s behalf with the direction the Throne of Glass series has taken and for that reason I’m going to save myself the pain of reading the books myself, despite the fact I know I’d probably love Chaol.

    The Vampire Academy series is another one I’ve seen everyone talk about but I’m so over vampires so I can’t see myself picking up the series anytime soon.

  9. Yay for Colleen Hoover and Kasie West! I love seeing them on this list. They’re two of my favorite authors. 🙂 So happy you found them!
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  10. I totally agree on Shatter Me! Way too much emphasis on romance! Disappointed to see your thoughts on the Ava Lavender novel though. Oh well, it’s been on my tbr forever since finding it on BookTube. Great post!

  11. I’m assuming your favorite male character ever is Chaol, because he is so well written in 1 & 2, but totally goes right down the gutter for the remainder of the series. I’m rereading it right now in preparation for Empire of Storms, and while I still love the series, I totally see where you’re coming from.

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  12. I actually enjoyed the Throne of Glass series, but I get where you’re coming from. The book really shifts a lot in the third and fourth book. I had issues with book four in particular. A lot of the characters didn’t really resemble themselves from the first book.

  13. The first book in the Falling Kingdoms book wasn’t the greatest, but I ended up loving the series after I got through the first book. It was hard to focus on the first book though because it kept reminding me of the BBC show Merlin LOL. So I kept thinking about the TV show while reading the book and trying to pin point all the similarities.

  14. I’d have to disagree with you on Splintered, just because I loved that book so much. I haven’t read Shatter Me, Falling Kingdoms, Throne of Glass, or A Thousand Pieces of You, but I own them all. I know they’re very hyped up, which is why I bought them, to see if they live up to the hype or not.

  15. I agree entirely with Cruel Beauty! I heard great things, but once I cracked it open, I couldn’t get into it at all. The main character really through me off too!
    It’s amazing how we all have such varying opinions on books! Makes life more interesting 😉

  16. I totally agree about Falling Kingdoms series and the Throne of Glass series! I found the Falling Kingdoms to be very surface level, if that makes sense. There was no depth to it and I disliked the majority of the characters. I am not a fan of the Throne of Glass series! Celaena is my most disliked character ever! Great post!

  17. The fact it often the hype is not real and books end up disappointing, I’ve had my fair share of mislead recommendations too. Great list though, I love it when people express their opnions about books even though they may be controversial.

  18. I agree about VA and Falling Kingdoms. I didn’t even end up reading the last VA book. And I’m not sure I want to read the third Falling Kingdom book either…


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