This was originally meant to be a Top 5 Wednesday post in two weeks time, but I just couldn’t wait to post this, and I also couldn’t narrow my list of 9 down to a mere 5.
Now down to business! I read a lot of polarising books, because that’s just usually how I hear about them. Everyone’s always on rants about how bad they are, or how ‘amazing and beautiful and deep and philosophical’ they are. And because of such mixed reviews, I of course have to pick the books up myself to form my own opinion!
Obviously this couldn’t be a post by me if I didn’t start with
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Everyone I know loves this book, and a few I’ve seen online really don’t like it, and they just don’t understand all the hype. I’ve yet to see for myself more than a handful of people who are so-so about these books.
- Anything Cassandra Clare
The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, The Bane Chronicles, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, The Dark Artifices, you name it. Clare has a never-ending list of books coming, and a lot of people think she’s milking the cow. Personally, I think she needs to keep milking the cow for a long time yet, because nothing beats sitting down with a good Cassie Clare book.
- The Selection by Kiera Cass
Most people don’t like these books. They find our protagonist annoying and whiny, our prince indecisive, and our characters bland. If you think that, your opinion is wrong. Everyone is, of course, entitled to their own opinions, but in my opinion, your opinion is wrong. I will reread these books until the end of time.
- Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
I can’t even express how much I love these books. If you don’t like them, I don’t think I can ever look at you in the same way. Ever again. I am truly sorry, but these books have a strong hold on my heart.
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Most people I know or have seen online love this book. There are a few though, who find Cath annoying and unrealistic. I think she’s my long lost twin. So sorry to inform Cath haters that I am indeed, almost exactly like her. Annoyances and unrealistic-ness and all.
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
A lot of people love this book, but an almost equal amount think it has a disgusting message about disabilities and life. I love this book. It’s touching, beautiful, realistic, and absolutely gut-wrenching.
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
Apparently this book too, is ‘unrealistic’ and has ‘bland characters’. Yet again, I’m telling you that your opinion is wrong. This book has characters with depth and emotion, and this book broke my heart into teeny tiny irreplaceable shards with its beauty.
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
I think basically everyone loves this book. And if you don’t, you pretend you do, so the fans won’t murder you. This book is beautiful and just asdfghjkl. It has all the feels.
- The Young Elites by Marie Lu
I feel as though this book is either a 5-star rating or a 1-star rating. No in-between. You either cry and scream and cry again, all the while going on and on about the beauty of the writing and the characters, or you scream in frustration, launch the book into a wall, and never pick it up again. I’m definitely the former.
I hope you enjoyed this post! What are your favourite polarising books? Any the same as mine? Please comment your favourites! 🙂