I’m always cautious to read hyped books because I’m worried that they’ve been built up so much that they won’t live up to some expectations. In some cases, I am disappointed by a book, but still understand why people loved it. Here are five books that I didn’t enjoy, but would still recommend to other people:
- Milk and Honey Rupi Kaur
Goodreads describes Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur as a collection of poetry “about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.” This poetry book is extremely hyped, so even though I’m not the greatest fan of poetry, I decided to pick it up after seeing snippets of it on social media. Unfortunately for me, the only parts that really caught my attention were the snippets I saw on social media. Additionally, I felt like I was just reading to finish this book most likely because I’m not a big poetry reader but it was a quick read. While I didn’t personally enjoy reading this book, I can see why some readers would appreciate it if they enjoy poetry and the themes explored in this collection.
For my full thoughts on Milk and Honey, see my review here.
- Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall follows a teenage girl with obsessive-compulsive disorder and agoraphobia after a cute boy moves in next door. I didn’t hate this book, I rated it three stars after initially reading it, but there were some aspects of the story that hindered my reading experience. While I personally only found this book average, I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a book that authentically portrays mental illness written by an author who shared similar experiences to the ones presented in the story.
- Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz features the love story between Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler. I ended up rating this book two stars because I wasn’t sure what parts of this book were historically accurate and how much was created in the author’s head. A lot of these characters in this novel came across as a little too love sick for me, which is one of my bookish pet peeves. However, I know Alexander Hamilton stories are extremely popular right now and fans of Hamilton may appreciate this story more than I did.
For my full thoughts of Alex and Eliza, see my full review here.
- Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett follows Bailey as she moves across the country to the same town as her online friend. Once in California, Bailey takes a job in a museum and finds herself falling for a cute new boy with a secret. I received an ARC of this book and found it okay. At the time, I rated it three stars, but looking back, it was probably more of a 2 or 2.5 stars book for me. The story was similar to other books I read before, I thought there was some unnecessary drama, and I felt like the synopsis gave away too much of the plot that you knew all of the story’s twists before they happened.
This book is extremely hyped, and while I don’t necessarily agree with all of the hype, I can see why other people would like this book. Bailey is a relatable main character and the love interest is fairly decent, if not predictable. I think if people went into this story not knowing what movie it’s compared to, then they may enjoy the story a little bit more than I did. This is a cute, summer contemporary book that I could see people wanting to read when the weather gets warmer.
For my full thoughts on Alex, Approximately, see my review here.
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights. After a girl’s best friend is killed by the prince, she decides to marry him and get revenge. Like a few other books on this list, I rated this book three stars, which for me means that I didn’t love it but didn’t hate it either. For this book, I really liked the author’s writing style and world-building, but wasn’t a fan of the characters or romance. For me, the main character flipped too much back and forth with her emotions and I felt like she gave in to the romance a little early on. Additionally, I felt like I didn’t get enough out of the love interest to invest in his character or the romance. However, I can see why other people may like this book because the writing is so strong that it completely transports you to the book’s setting.
For my full thoughts on The Wrath and The Dawn, see my review here.
What books do you not enjoy, but would still recommend to other people?