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Unpopular Books I Like

So, as bookworms, we all have different opinions on books. Three people could read one book, and come out of learning different things, liking different things, and hating different things, which is what’s so cool about art. But, sometimes, there are books out there that we enjoy, but it seems like people shame us for liking said books and can sometimes act a bit “high and mighty” about it. So, I thought it’d be nice to talk about some of the books that seem to unpopular, in my opinion, that I really enjoy.

Also, I apologize for this being so late. My family overslept and decided not to go to church, and that’s, like, the only way I manage to post at 8 in the morning, so yeah. But let’s get on with the list!

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Queen of Shadows

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So, it seems like the entirety of the TOG fandom ended up splitting up because of this book, because some people literally can’t handle when two fictional characters don’t get together, even though when there are about 24374 hints that it ain’t happening. So, lots of fans hated this book because their ship didn’t happen or because all the characters acted differently (which, in my opinion, didn’t happen at all). This is probably one of my favorite books in the entire series (but all the books are so good, I can never choose a favorite)!

The Maze Runner Trilogy

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So, I’ve seen a lot of people hate on this series and saying the books get worse and worse each book and that Thomas is bland, but I actually love this series. Okay, I haven’t read The Death Cure yet, but I though the first two books were so addicting and wonderful and action-packed, and I absolutely love the entire cast of characters. Especially Minho, because he’s my boyfriend.

(I haven’t watched the movies yet, though? I’m so weird.)

Paper Towns

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Okay, so everyone seems to hate this book (or just John Green in general), but I loved this one. I see everyone say they really hate Margo, even though she is literally in the book for about max 40-50 pages (I mean, really? She’s MISSING pretty much the entire book) and they just found it boring, but I read this book in about two days when I was younger. I thought it was really hilarious and heartfelt). And, again, I failed to watch the movie, for some reason.

End of Days

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Everyone on Goodreads seemed to hate this finale with a passion, but I loved it. People thought it was utterly ridiculous and didn’t make sense and made them super angry, but I actually almost cried while reading this book. I really loved the romantic moments between Penryn and Raffe and the family relationships, not to mention how tense it was. I absolutely love lore about angels and devils, and I loved learning more about Uriel.

Insurgent

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I actually really hated Allegiant, but re-reading the series last year, I actually really enjoyed this sequel. I’m a fan of war politics in books and don’t mind ones that are slower-paced, not to mention that Tris had some really great and realistic character development, especially when she suffers from PTSD. This book was actually really clever, in my opinion, and not at all boring.

The Raven King

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Okay, some people might say this isn’t unpopular, but I know I saw some really negative reviews about this book and how disappointing it was, but I devoured it. Pynch was absolutely adorable in this, the writing was as magical as always, and, to avoid spoilers, I actually really enjoyed the ending and how everything unfolded. Also, apologies, but I didn’t really care much about Noah, so everything revolving around him didn’t bother me. Maybe it’s just the fact that ambiguous endings don’t bother me too much, plus we’re getting a new trilogy in the world anyway.

City of Bones

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And, again, some people might say this isn’t unpopular, but most Goodreads users seem to snark on this book a lot for being similar to Harry Potter (even though, honestly, to do that, most people are reaching like crazy), and I actually avoided it for that reason. In the end, I caved it and read it for myself, and I’m glad I did, because now I’m a Cassandra Clare fangirl.

Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Some also might say this isn’t unpopular, but I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews when I was around Goodreads about this book, and I found it really enjoyable. I definitely didn’t enjoy the rest of this series, but this one was really quirky and funny, and I loved it.

Red Queen

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Yep, I love Red Queen. Everyone seems to hate this one for being unoriginal – which isn’t a crime in my book; nothing can truly be free of cliches – and saying that it was made to become a movie just because it got a movie deal even before it came out, which is apparently an evil motive, even though books like The Hate U Give and Moxie have had movie deals months before their releases. I found this one to just be a really fun read, and, yeah, it may be predictable, but I didn’t think it was too bad, and I really liked Mare.

The Cursed Child

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And I enjoyed this one, too. I’ll wait before someone says I’m not a true Harry Potter fan. But, really, I loved getting back into this world and I smiled and laughed and teared up reading this, and all the Albus and Scorpius (who I shipped years before this book released). Pretty much everyone hates it and says how disappointing it is, but I don’t agree. Guess I’m not a real Harry Potter fan anymore!

All the Missing Girls

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I saw a lot of my favorite crime book reviewers saying they found this book boring and that the format wasn’t good, but I thought this book was pretty amazing. I thought the way this book was told – which was backwards – was what made it really addicting, and I found it really easy to piece all the clues together and keep track of everything. It made the book tense, and though the chapters were long as all hell, I still found myself glued to the pages.

All is Not Forgotten

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Again, another book that had a lot of negative reviews for this book once it come out, and I was going to not read this, but I’m glad I did. It’s more of a contemporary thriller about a small town and its secrets told from the view of a twisted therapist, and it was brilliant. I read this in one whole day, and I loved Dr. Forrester’s POV. Some said he was too clinical, but he’s a therapist. That was sort of the point. I just really enjoyed this one, and now I feel like I’m in a party of one.

Order of the Phoenix

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Not really an unpopular book, but I’ve seen so many people say this is their least favorite book in the series, which shocks me. This is definitely one of my favorites, and it seems that some people hate it because Harry is depressing and the beginning was boring, but again, I’m a fan of slower-paced books, and I thought Harry’s behavior was justified, since, you know, literally saw someone die, saw someone get his hand cut off, and watched Voldemort come back to life, and no one believed him, but, I guess we all have our opinions.

The Widow

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I don’t know if I can really classify this as unpopular, but I saw really average reviews for this one, and I really loved it. It’s a thriller, and I could tell from some of the reviews that people expected some sort of amazing twist, but it’s just a linear storyline where everything you think it is, it is, which is sort of interesting, since it feels like so many people expect thrillers to have a giant twist these days to be considered good. It was such an interesting way of telling the story, and a great way to showcase domestic abuse.

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And that’s it for all the unpopular books that I like! I hope you enjoyed it and it made some of you guys feel less ashamed to like books that everyone seems to constantly belittle!

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What are some unpopular reads that you like? Do we share any of the same ones?

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My Least Favorite Series

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And with spring comes…me complaining about my least favorite series. Last month, I talked about a lot of my favorites and such because it was the month of love. But I thought it’d be great to introduce a bit more about me by talking about my least favorite series!

NOTE: Most of these series are super popular and well-loved, so if you’re not into that, you don’t have to read the post! No need to troll me because we all have different opinions.

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The Selection Trilogy

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Oh boy. I knew I should’ve stayed away from this one because of all the bad reviews, but the covers are stunning, plus, who knew, it might be one of those fluffy series that I liked even though I knew it was terrible (you know what I’m talking about). Yeah, it was just terrible. America is one of the most annoying characters ever (this is coming from someone who doesn’t really care too much about characters who are supposed to be annoying) and it really annoys me that this is attempting to be a dystopian, when it’s not. It’s one of those dystopians where the author thinks that if she throws in some sparse details about the world it counts, but it really doesn’t. Not to mention the romance is really boring and really cliche.

The Winner’s Trilogy

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I have a lot of series that are uber popular on this list, but this one is probably the most popular. I was really excited to read this series because it sounded right up my alley – a fantasy book centered around politics and a smart female MC with a forbidden romance. And, for some reason, it just didn’t work out for me. I love the politics and I love Kestrel to death, but the romance bored me to tears. When you don’t ship the couple, and you don’t like the main male lead, it quickly becomes annoying. I even tried to read this twice because I felt like I missed something, but it didn’t work out.

The Darkest Minds Trilogy

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Again, another popular series. I found these books to just be okay, nothing really spectacular. I think I owe it to the fact that these books are so incredibly slow at times and tend to drag in some places. By the time the third book came around, I ended up DNF’ing it and not looking back.

The Shatter Me Trilogy

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I don’t really know the general consensus of how popular this is, but I didn’t like it. This is just one of those series that just got worse and worse with each book, and the only truly redeeming factor was Warner (who is one of my favorite book boyfriends ever). Ignite Me was just a travesty since it was 2/3 romance, 1/3 actual plot, which felt like it was shoved in merely as an afterthought, with one of the most disappointing “big battles” ever.

The Under the Never Sky Trilogy

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Okay, so I can’t really say this is my least favorite series since I only read the first book, but, wow, was it a book. I literally rage-quit reading it because the insta-love was just SO BAD. It took about a week and a half for them to go from hate to love because Aria gets her period and starts to smell good according to Peregrine. No joke. It was also a really boring journey story, which, again, not a huge fan of.

The 5th Wave Trilogy

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This is one of the saddest series to see on my list, mainly because I loved the first book. Loved. Then the second book came along and was meh, but I still stuck with it. Then the finale came, and it all went to hell. It was all over the place, the ending left readers with way too many questions, and the romance was completely useless. I was just left disappointed, and the series just isn’t my favorite anymore.

Mrs. Peregrine’s Trilogy

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Again, this was a series I sort of made it halfway through, to be honest. Again, I fell in love with the first book and how quirky it was, but I was bored to death while reading the sequel, and ended up just giving up on the series all together because I had zero interest in the finale.

The Testing Trilogy

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This is probably the least known series on this list, but the first book was brilliant. It turned what could have easily been a cliche dystopian novel into something a little bit new. The sequel ended up basically following the formula of the first one, and the third was just plain boring, and the deaths in it were seriously unnecessary. I was just really upset with this one since it had so much potential.

The Wrath and the Dawn Duology

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And we have another popular one! I actually finally read this series last year over the summer, but I found myself feeling meh about the whole thing. The writing was beautiful, yes, and I loved how witty the MC was, but I just couldn’t find myself falling in love with this series. It isn’t bad by any means, but I just ended up giving both books around 3 stars.

The Mara Dyer Trilogy

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Again, another rage-inducing series. I knew from the Goodreads reviews I should have avoided this one, but I decided to read it anyway. Noah, the love interest, was probably the most annoying love interest ever. The concept was under-used, and the third book was just a hot mess of a finale that had a conclusion from out of the blue, not to mention probably the worst sex scene ever. This series just left me annoyed.

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And that’s it for all my least favorite series! We’re all done with the negativity and the complaining (for now).

Also, tomorrow, I’m going to be trying out a brand new time! Much like on Sundays, I’ll post early in the morning! It’s so stressful having to post and then promote before I start my track practice, so I’m just going to adjust the time instead. Hopefully, it’ll work out, and you guys won’t be completely lost!

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What are some of your least favorite series (I promise I won’t bite if they’re my favorite)? Do we share any (please say we do; I’m all alone)?

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My Favorite Bookstagram Accounts

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Since this month is pretty much all about spreading the love, I decided it’d be nice to talk about something that I absolutely love: bookstagram. I have an obsession with looking at pretty pictures of books and I love aesthetics, and bookstagram manages to combine both. I follow pretty much all bookstagram accounts, but I have my favorite accounts, and I just wanted to share them all with you!

NOTE: I did this post last month (because I’m an overachiever at blogging, so the pictures of these people’s feeds are probably hella old, so feel free to click their name so you can get a look at their current feed!

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DARKFAERIETALES_

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Just look at her feed! I absolutely adore  the dark filter put on the books, and the way all her photos are unique and original.

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PAPERBACKDREAMS

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Have you seen her character portraits? They are absolute gold. Not to mention her feed is so dark and pretty and eye-catching and she’s a master of make-up. Absolute perfection and seriously underrated.

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PAPERFURY

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I’m sure most people are familiar with Cait from her blog, and her bookstagram is just as fantastic. Look at the background! The bookshelves! The stacks! The bright colors! It just all comes together so well.

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TWIRLINGPAGES

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I’m a sucker for clean feeds setting off white backgrounds and pastels and Alexandra totally nails it. It’s just so aesthetically pleasing to look at! And she has a nice bedroom, and I know that’s completely unrelated, but my room is messy, so, yeah.

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CRIMEBYTHEBOOK

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Abby’s bookstagram was one of the first that I ever discovered and the first I ever followed! It’s always consistent and neat, and since I’m a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers, I love her recommendations.

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READSLEEPFANGIRL

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Fiderly is already such a sweet girl herself, and her photos are just as gorgeous. Again, I love the fact that she doesn’t have a theme so all her photos are unique, plus, she has bookshelf goals.

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OHTHEBOOKFEELS

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I watch a lot of Booktube, and I’ve seen Carmen around in some vlogs, but I never knew that she had a bookstagram. I just love the soft photos she takes and how pretty they always look.

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ATHOUSANDBOOKSTOREAD

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My bookstagram skills are awful (I just need to improve on photography in general, to be honest), but Caden is around my age and yet she takes such gorgeous photos??? I am all kinds of jealous.

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CELINEREADS

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Celine’s feed is pure goals. I just love how bright and organized her photos always are, and look at that bookshelf! Also, she introduced me to Passion Planners, so thank you, now I want one really bad. 

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BOOKOTTER

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JUST LOOK AT THE WAY SHE USES PROPS AND COLORS! It’s so unbelievably perfect, and whatever filter she’s using is perfect.

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ALITTLEBOOKWORLD

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I just love bright feeds or the types where the books have this great ombre shade, so this is basically book porn for me.

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MYBOOKACADEMY

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Beautiful crowded photos are always my weakness. And, again, she’s! My! Age!

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ELEGANTBOOKS

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Another feed that uses props perfectly. Look at how unbelievably neat this entire feed looks!

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LIFEANDLITERATURE

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Not only are her photos that take place in nature really nice to look at, but, again, I love minimalist feeds with softer colors.

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And that’s it for my favorite bookstagram accounts! I hope I’m not the only one who’s unhealthily obsessed with bookstagram. Please reassure me.

ALSO, I know some of you guys have already found me, but I decided to start up my bookstagram account this past week! I know I’ve said it’s super stressful, but, so far, it’s really fun, and I’m actually very happy with the way my feed looks (finally!). Here is the link to my account! Feel free to follow me; I’ll probably check you out as well!

(And I’ll probably end up making a Part 2 to this because THERE ARE SO MANY MORE!)

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What are some of your favorite bookstagram accounts? Do you have a bookstagram account? Leave your username or your link in the comments section so we can find each other!