Listing my top 5 favorite books was a challenge. Listing books I didn’t like was not so hard even though I couldn’t quite get 5. Some of these are controversial because so many people seemed to loooove them. Those ones always spark the best discussions!

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern ~ I wanted so badly to love this book. I was so excited because I loved The Night Circus so much and it did not deliver. It started out so promising. A boy see’s a door and almost turns the handle but doesn’t. Years later he’s mysteriously invited to a party which takes him on a wild adventure of opening doors that don’t look real and falling down into a world he never knew existed. Filled with magic and mystery I was excited for the first part. But then it felt like being in a fun house. One that’s kind of scary. The kind that feels like it should be fun but leaves you uneasy and you can’t find the way out. It just kept going and going and I had to look up spoilers because I couldn’t finish it. I made it about 90% and realized there’s too many books to be read to keep reading something I’m not enjoying.

Four Winds by Kristen Hannah ~ This one is controversial because it was talked about so much everywhere. I hated this book. I don’t know if its because of things I’m going through in my own life or if its because of the pandemic but things are depressing enough. I appreciate that it was a real historical event. I really do. But this story of a woman living during the Dust Bowl and having one tragedy after another happen only for things to get worse and worse and worse was so painful I had to skim to the end. Which wasn’t any better!!!!! Nearly everyone else I’ve talked to loved this book so don’t take my word for it. Give it a try. But when you are so depressed and lying in bed wondering what the purpose of life is, text me. I don’t sleep. I’ll recommend a romantic comedy book that will make you giggle and want to fall in love.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman ~ People have said that this book is significantly better as an audiobook because of the accents and the way you can feel the story a bit better. I respect that and was tempted to not even add it to the list. But since I disliked it so much I don’t want to listen to the audio, on the list it goes. I liked Eleanor herself. Socially awkward mixed with some anxiety and deeper issues. She was fine and I liked when she met Raymond from work. Their friendship/relationship seemed fine to me but the pace was extremely slow. I didn’t find myself incredibly attached to the characters and found I was play games on my phone and watching more reality TV than normal (I know, it was bad). From what I understand there is a twist at that seemed to grab everyone’s attention but I didn’t make it that far. So if you are interested I recommend the audio version.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon ~ Once we are over the shock and gasps of me not loving this series we can continue to be friends. I haven’t read the series. I haven’t even finished the first book. I got lost in the time travel and it was way too slow to start for me. I’m sure it really is great and maybe it’s one of those books I should pick up another time and will fall in love with it. But I’ve had it on my kindle for a while and no matter how many times I’ve already tried I can’t get in to. I’ll watch the show. Except I probably wont. We can still be friends right?