This week’s Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl is related to characters you liked in books you disliked. This theme definitely required a lot more thinking than usual. When referring to books I dislike, I looked through my goodreads and picked books that I rated 1 or 2 stars.
1. I didn’t like Unboxed by Non Pratt (please don’t hate me). I didn’t connect with many of the characters and for me, the story lacked depth. I did however like one of the main characters Alix.
2. I gave Esio Trot by Roald Dahl 2 stars. The storyline was very cute, but again, it lacked depth. I read the whole book in about 20 minutes as it was so quick and didn’t require much concentration. I loved Mr Hoppy, he was such an adorable old man and he was the reason it made me smile.
3. I didn’t really enjoy Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. I loved the film Mrs. Doubtfire so much and think I had set my expectations for the book too high. Even though the story was quite boring in places, the character of Madame Doubtfire was very funny.
4. I really liked all the four children in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, but unfortunately for me, the book was so boring! Again, I loved the film, it was so magical and fun, but for me the book wasn’t as magical at all.
5. The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr has been my biggest disappointment of 2018 so far. I was so let down and didn’t enjoy the book at all, but some of the secondary characters are what made the story for me. I loved the girl she met at the school, and the lady who ran the hostel. The secondary characters are just as important as the primary ones.
6. I love all of Jacqueline Wilson’s books, but was very disappointed by The Story of Tracy Beaker. I didn’t find the plot very interesting or exciting, but the saving grace was Cam. She was an absolute diamond and I really enjoyed reading the chapters where she was present.
7. I was really excited to read Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, but was very disappointed with the reading experience I had. I found it very slow, it lacked excitement and took me a lot longer to finish than it should have done. I did however like reading about Leslie, the bold new girl.
8. Although Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty wasn’t my favourite read about teenage pregnancy, I still liked Helen and felt as if I travelled on her emotional journey with her.
9. Although I rated Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan 1 star, I thought Norah’s characterisation was good. She kept me going, and although the story was full of flaws for me, she made the reading experience slightly more bearable.
10. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Cliffhanger by Jacqueline Wilson. FOr me, this story fell short in comparison to her others. I know it was aimed at a much younger audience and therefore the plot and characterisation wasn’t as complex, but for me it wasn’t the most exciting read. I did however really like the main character Tim. It’s rare I read a book with a male protagonist so that was very pleasant.
There’s a list of 10 books I only rated 1/2 stars but had characters in them that I liked reading about. I hope you’re having a lovely Tuesday!