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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.