Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Loved But Others Didn’t

Happy Tuesday! I’ve completely lost track of the days since finishing University last week, so I can’t believe it’s already time for another Top 5 Tuesday! This week’s theme is about books I loved that others didn’t, which I think is a really interesting topic. However, some of the books on my list aren’t ones I loved, but they are ones that I enjoyed.

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm – if you’re interested in participating or checking out Shanah’s blog, click here!


Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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This book is a lot like marmite; some people loved it, some people hated it. Luckily for me, I was one of the ones who loved it. As much as I enjoyed it, I do think that this book was over-hyped and maybe that’s why so many people were disappointed after reading it.


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Red Queen is another book that has a lot of mixed reviews surrounding it, but I thought it was really good. It’s been a couple of years since I read this, so I can’t remember too much about all the little details, but I loved the world that was created and the red blood vs silver blood aspect of it. I know a lot of people had issues with it being similar to other YA books, but I feel like there was enough in the plot to make it stand out amongst other books.


A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnston

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I have never read the tale that this book was based upon so I don’t know whether it’s a faithful adaptation, but I can say that this book was so beautifully written. I will admit that I struggled a lot with this book, some parts were so confusing and it was hard to keep up with it at times, but the way this book was written made up for that.


The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

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I am obsessed with fairy tale retellings, I love them so much! I picked this one up a few years ago and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it as I’d heard so many negative things about it. The one thing I’ve gathered about this book is that people think it’s similar to other books out there. However, it’s a completely different take on the Snow White tale and I really loved it.


The Selection series by Kiera Cass

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This series will always be a guilty pleasure of mine because I really enjoyed it. I know that a lot of the characters are flawed, but I loved the concept of the books. But it definitely should have stayed as a trilogy, the other books were pretty pointless.


What are some books that you loved that others didn’t?

15 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Loved But Others Didn’t

  1. Ok now you have me totally curious – I know where you stand with these books, but where do you stand with Marmite?? LOL! I live in Canada and this isn’t typical for us, but my aunt came home from Australia one year and brought us Marmite and Vegemite to try……. dear lord that was AWFUL!!!! Luckily my feelings for Caraval were much the same as yours. It wasn’t perfect, and the main characters sometimes annoyed me, but it was a great book! I am dying for book 2 – SOON!! EEK!
    Thanks so much for participating – added you to the list 🙂

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    1. I’ve never actually tried it but it smells awful. That’s enough to put me off so I can’t even imagine how gross it tastes haha! I’ve heard great things about book 2, so I’m really, really, really excited for it!
      Thank you 😊

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    1. I’ve enjoyed the series so far but I think that the second book is definitely the weakest one so far. It had some good moments but a lot of it was due to the pacing. Thankfully the third book makes up for all of that!

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  2. I really enjoyed Red Queen too, even though I went into it thinking that I’d hate it. Now I’m super excited to see what happens in the upcoming finale! One book that I absolutely loved but got really mixed reviews, was Heartless. I was completely engrossed in that story and thought Meyer did a great job bringing Wonderland to life.

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    1. Same here, it’s almost time for the final book to be released – I’m so excited! I loved Heartless as well, it’s probably my favourite book by Meyer. I had no idea it had mixed reviews though, it’s such a shame because it was so good!

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