Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Hated But Never Reviewed


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Last week’s topic was about books that we loved but haven’t reviewed for whatever reason. I really liked this topic but I’m sure at some point or another I will review all the books I’ve loved. So instead I wanted to twist the topic just a little and make it about some of the books I’ve hated but haven’t reviewed.  I’ve actually stopped reviewing my one star reads recently because I was just tired of writing about books I disliked. I’m sure there will be some books I just want to rant about, but for now I’m giving myself permission to not review them.  And it’s honestly been really nice.  So anyway, here’s my list! Hope you enjoy.

1. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I think I’ve mentioned before that I have not had good luck with these two authors, everything by them that I’ve read I ended up quitting and sometimes hating.


2. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen 

Going into this book I thought it could be an intriguing idea, sadly it just ended up not being for me. It was just a pretty cliche take.


3. In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan 

Of all of the books on this list I believe this was my greatest disappointment, it seemed like such a fun idea and I was just bored and annoyed by the writing style.


4. The Institute by Stephen King 

I think of all the books on this list I can’t say that I actually hated this one, it was just disappointing and

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5. Normal People by Sally Rooney

I started this book and very quickly put it down, not only was I just bored but it seemed like it could be problematic and I was just having a hard time reading anything.  I think if I had been able to finish this book I could have written a really great scathing review of it but I just didn’t want to put out the effort.

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6. The Wives by Tarryn Fisher 

Another book I could have written a long rant-y review of but just didn’t want to put out the effort. This book is trash, just fyi.


7. The Overdue Life of Amy Blyer 

Boring, bordering on problematic, I gave up. I’ve had such reader’s block this year that I’ve had zero patience to try and wade through stupid books.


8. Verity by Colleen Hoover

I have always have mixed results with Hoover’s books. Either I love them or hate them. This was a hate for me.


9. When All Is Said – Anne Griffin 

Boring story of a boring old man, written by a woman who was trying too hard to sound like an old man. 😛

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10. Lanny by Max Porter 

I think I’ve mentioned this book before because it’s pretentious drivel that really pissed me off. Y’all might consider yourself lucky that the pandemic has sapped me of my love of writing long 1 star reviews, because this one would have been fun. Who knows, maybe I’ll come back to it someday and actually write the review.


What are books you haven’t reviewed and why? Don’t forget to share you Top Ten Tuesday post with me! I’d love to see y’alls takes on either this week’s or last week’s topic. 


  1. “written by a woman who was trying to hard to sound like an old man” 😂

    I think you should write some rant reviews, I bet they would be hilarious! I love a good rant review.

  2. I have never read Illuminae or Aurora Rising but Jay Kristoff weirded me out with Nevernight, so I think I’ll pass. The only one from this list I’d like to try out is Verity because a friend really enjoyed it, but I’m not sure if I’ll.

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