I decided to split this up into sections because there are definitely multiple ways you can interpret the topic for this list. Anyway, let me know your thoughts, grievances, whatever in the comments below. 🙂
Because they’re so LONG or complex that I’m actually kind of impressed with myself.
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
My high school English teacher assigned this, and I’m surprised I actually read it because 1) I was incredibly lazy and 2) this was incredibly long. However, I did read it, and I still view it as quite the accomplishment. Honestly, I’m thinking about rereading sometime soon.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
This is another one I was assigned to read, but I was in college then. Anyway, it was actually my first Dickens novel, and I honestly thought I would hate it, but I’ve read it three times since then and it’s one of my favorite novels.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
This book was on my TBR for five years before I got around to reading it. Like I said before, I’m lazy. And honestly, this book is incredibly long. However, it’s also incredibly good. I love a good revenge story, and The Count of Monte Cristo is a really good revenge story.
Because why did I think this would be good?
A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
I don’t know why I picked this up because I hate Twilight. But honestly, it’s probably because sometimes I do like vampire books and apparently a lot of people liked this one. But honestly, it was HORRIBLE.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Okay, I know the “hating on Twilight” days are probably over, but in all honesty, I truly hated the book. For some reason, I gave it a chance even though I knew I wouldn’t like it. I mean sparkling vampires? I’m still not over that.
Wait for You by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Ugh, I don’t even like straight up romance, and I have even more disdain for contemporary/realistic romance. So why did I think I’d like this book? Oh, right. It was after I read A Court of Thorns and Roses, and I really wanted to read more romance. And I was in Mexico, so I thought it’d be a good beach read. Yeah, I was wrong. I hated the whole “poor Avery” or whatever story line. But seriously, this had every single romance troupe that bugs the crap out of me. Perfect girl, reformed bad boy, girl on girl hate…the list goes on.
Because they’re not in my preferred genre and I actually gave them a chance
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This isn’t a book I would have normally picked up because it’s illustrated and because from the premise, it sounded like a children’s novel. However, I’m so glad I did read it because it’s one of my favorite novels.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
I don’t normally read epic fantasy, mostly because I’m the only person in the world who hated Lord of the Rings. However, I decided to finally give the genre a chance. And honestly? I loved this book, and I will definitely be reading more within this genre. Anyway, you can read my review here.
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
This is probably a sin to admit, but I actually don’t enjoy poetry all that much. And yes, I majored in English. Crazy, right? But I gave Crank a chance, and I’m glad I did because not only was it heartbreaking, but it also showed me that poetry does not have to be boring.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
This actually isn’t on the list because of its genre (I love YA fantasy…though I’d honestly consider this series more NA). Anyway, it’s on here because I’m not a fan of Sarah J. Maas. I was not impressed by Throne of Glass at all. In fact, I hated it. But whatever, I decided to give this a chance because I love Beauty and the Beast. And I’m so glad I did because I loved this book.I’ll probably even reread it.
Anyway, that’s it. Did any of these books make your list? Are you thinking about reading them? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.