20 Books You Loved, But Everyone You Know Hated

Posted by Hayley on June 10, 2015
Your high school English class couldn't stand it. Your book club gave up halfway through. Even your Goodreads friends are posting one-star reviews. But you know what? Who cares! Sometimes it's better—and more fun—to read to the beat of your own drum.

Last week we asked on Facebook and Twitter: What's a book you loved, but everyone you know hated? Today we've got your top answers! Did your favorite "unlikable" book make the list?

I Capture the Castle
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The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
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The Iliad
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Emma
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The Wind in the Willows
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The Sword in the Stone
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The Enchanted Castle
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Surprised by some of the books included? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! And keep reading against the crowd on Listopia: Best Unpopular Books and Hated Books.

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Adrianna [SypherLily] People hated Eragon? I must have been living under a rock.
Granted, I've been stuck on Eldest for 8 years...but Eragon was fantastic for me! :P


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Renee Webster I am equally surprised by Mansfield Park (Jane Austen), Wicked (Gregory Maguire), and The Awakening (Kate Chopin).


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Nat I haven't read most of these, and whilst I didn't mind most of the ones I have read I certainly wouldn't put them on my favourite books list.

There are several books that I hated that I was surprised not to find on this list though!!


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Trini Adrianna wrote: "People hated Eragon? I must have been living under a rock.
Granted, I've been stuck on Eldest for 8 years...but Eragon was fantastic for me! :P"


Same here. Three of my friends, however, all quickly gave up on Eragon, no matter how much I tried to get them to read it :P


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Elke I love The Casual Vacancy!


message 6: by Akina (last edited Jun 10, 2015 06:07AM) (new)

Akina Nat wrote: "I haven't read most of these, and whilst I didn't mind most of the ones I have read I certainly wouldn't put them on my favourite books list.

There are several books that I hated that I was surpri..."


I have to agree with you. I read Twilight but I actually thought the movie was better. And that never happens. I read Allegiant but I didn't enjoy it as much as Divergent. I read a couple of the other books but it was so long ago that I barely remember what they were about. I am considering reading Casual Vacancy but right now I am caught up reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. Now that is excellent reading!


message 7: by Ollie (new)

Ollie ah, Twilight, classic. I've loved it as a teenager, but I've re-read it this year and had to find out that it really wasn't that good. So I agree with that. The Selection wasn't my favourite, either. But I really enjoyed The Catcher in the Rye, though. Thought it was fantastic!


message 8: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Books I loved on this list: Twilight, The Awakening, and The Catcher in the Rye. Books I hated along with the crowd: Allegiant and The Pearl. The rest I have yet to read.


message 9: by Zeynep (last edited Jun 10, 2015 06:26AM) (new)

Zeynep Beyza I LOVE 1Q84. It's my favorite Murakami book so far. I've re-readed it even though it's a huge book and wanna re-read again.


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Karen I'm with the crowd in not being a fan of either "Catcher in the Rye" or "Wicked." However, while I didn't love "The Sound and the Fury," I'm glad I read it. It's that first section that drives readers off -- if you can get through it, it's relatively smooth sailing from there. And I actually thought "Valley of the Dolls," was some fine trash.


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Yamna I'm surprised Fifty Shades isn't here.


message 12: by Emma (new)

Emma I was never in the crazy over-hyped fandom but I did used to like Twilight. The books on this list that I like are The Selection, Eragon and Allegiant. Granted I need to re-read the latter two and actually pick up some of the other books on this list.


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Silvia Turcios ♡Ann wrote: "Yamna wrote: "I'm surprised Fifty Shades isn't here."

I got the same idea."


Me too.


message 14: by Silvia (new)

Silvia Turcios Actually I liked Casual Vacancy, I know it's not what we were waiting of J.K. Rowling, but the book is great! A town full of hideous people, where you just have to die to be a good person.


message 15: by Alyssum (new)

Alyssum Dawn WIIIIICKEEDDD. Proud Fan of ELPHIE here and I truly believe that ELPHABA is such a good witch.


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Janet Carroll I thought The Road by Cormac McCarthy was a great book and one of my favorites of all time. The Pearl and A Separate Peace are books I had students read in high school English class. They are both full of symbolism and imagery.


message 17: by Julie (last edited Jun 10, 2015 06:52AM) (new)

Julie Ehlers Every single one of these books is hugely popular, so if you loved it and thought everyone else hated it, you're wrong.


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Jane Silvia wrote: "♡Ann wrote: "Yamna wrote: "I'm surprised Fifty Shades isn't here."

I got the same idea."

Me too."


Me three.


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Jane Nicy wrote: "ah, Twilight, classic. I've loved it as a teenager, but I've re-read it this year and had to find out that it really wasn't that good. So I agree with that. The Selection wasn't my favourite, eithe..."

I think many that so many people liked and I didn't, such as the Game of Thrones series and Riches's Empire series, are generational. The younger generations like them and I thought they were terrible.


message 20: by Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* (last edited Jun 10, 2015 07:00AM) (new)

Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Yamna wrote: "I'm surprised Fifty Shades isn't here."

Probably because it gets so many tired debates going - every time the book is mentioned people pop up to insult it and its readers and it gets old.

My friend read Valley of the Dolls and loved it, but I haven't tried it yet. I actually disliked A Separate Peace but most seemed to like it on here. Oh man, I hope The Pearl isn't notoriously disliked since I planned on reading it soon....Too true on Catcher in the Rye, loved the book. I find the reviews mixed.


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Lopa Janet wrote: "I thought The Road by Cormac McCarthy was a great book and one of my favorites of all time. The Pearl and A Separate Peace are books I had students read in high school English class. They are both ..."

Totally agree on The Road. It makes the list of my all time favorite books! I loved both The Pearl and A Separate Peace which I read in high school English class.

I also loved The Cather in the Rye! It's not surprising to me that I loved so many of the books others hated.


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April "Wicked" would be my pick. I tried to read it, but geeeez. Seems everyone I know went nuts over it, buying tickets to see it off-Broadway, etc. Blegh.


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Jana I didn't even know Eragon was so widely hated. Everyone I know who read it loved it!
I must admit I'm among those who hated Twilight and didn't like The Casual Vacancy. But I really liked The Selection, Allegiant, The Pearl, Eragon and The Catcher in The Rye and thought Mansfield Park was okay... haven't read any of the rest.


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Michael Adrianna wrote: "People hated Eragon? I must have been living under a rock.
Granted, I've been stuck on Eldest for 8 years...but Eragon was fantastic for me! :P"


I didn't hate the book so much as see it as a thinly veiled re-telling of Star Wars. That lost me.


message 25: by April (new)

April "Nicy wrote: "ah, Twilight, classic. I've loved it as a teenager, but I've re-read it this year and had to find out that it really wasn't that good."

Believe it or not, I first read "Twilight" as an adult (book fair at our middle school). I read it over a two day time, and it was a fun read. I subsequently read the others in the series and became less and less enamored as the story progressed. I passed 'em on to my 8th grader who ate 'em up for two years. Recently, she and I were talking about them (she's 17 now) and we were both in agreement that their charm only lasts for a short while. :)


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Hanne Frost I liked The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling


message 27: by REDD (new)

REDD The catcher in the rye? That's surprising!!!


message 28: by Claudia (new)

Claudia Definitely couldn't finish the Casual Vacancy!!


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Lopa April wrote: ""Wicked" would be my pick. I tried to read it, but geeeez. Seems everyone I know went nuts over it, buying tickets to see it off-Broadway, etc. Blegh."

I had a hard time finishing this one too. The Broadway musical is almost NOTHING like the actual story. Different ending. Happier story in general.


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Jamie Evans I hated The Pearl and I did not like Wicked, however I loved the play. Both books confused me.


message 31: by Megan (new)

Megan Agree with The Casual Vacancy! I looooooved it but so many people hate it!


message 32: by Sara (new)

Sara Baldazzi Why "The casual Vacancy" is in this list?!?
I can't believe that people didn't like it. I think it's a great collective story.

Also The Road is amazing: the atmosphere, the tension and the absolutely absence of hope. Also the way how it is wrote is awesome.


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Rebecca April wrote: ""Wicked" would be my pick. I tried to read it, but geeeez. Seems everyone I know went nuts over it, buying tickets to see it off-Broadway, etc. Blegh."

To be fair, the musical is nothing like the book, so don't tie a love of the book to ticket sales. Honestly, that's probably why Wicked is on this list. The book is much grittier and geared for adults, and the musical, while dark at times, is a bunch of family-friendly sunshine and rainbows. People who see the musical first and then read the book usually get a nasty surprise. I like both mediums, but in my mind I keep them pretty separate.


message 34: by Clare (new)

Clare CRH Marek wrote: "Adrianna wrote: "People hated Eragon? I must have been living under a rock.
Granted, I've been stuck on Eldest for 8 years...but Eragon was fantastic for me! :P"

Depends... The generation that wa..."


I really enjoyed this whole series! Yes, I was in my teens when I read it- but my elder brother and dad both read all 4 books too and were always looking forward to the next installment!

The Goldfinch I've been stuck on pg40 for months... couldn't get into it (though will try again) and got swept away in a wave of preferable fiction.


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Clare CRH Allegiant was a disappointing end to a trilogy- I felt Roth raced through it, undermined her basic concepts and killed off good people for no reason. It's not like GRR Martin keeping you on your toes, so you never feel like anyone is safe. She was just like and now, to shock you... goodbye protagonist!


message 36: by Laura (new)

Laura Mason WHAT? People hated twilight...... OMG!


message 37: by Giulia (last edited Jun 10, 2015 07:27AM) (new)

Giulia I can't believe Eragon is on this list, that series is one of my favourite ever! And also The Road is a grat book.
Agree on Allegiant (Divergent was pretty good, Insurgent not so much and Allegiant was just awful) and on Twilight.
I would add the books after the third of the shadowhunters series (don't even remember the actual name, that's how much I hated them)


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Tamara Lane Claudia wrote: "Definitely couldn't finish the Casual Vacancy!!"

Me either and I gave it a good effort (well over 100 pages).


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Patricia Renee wrote: "I am equally surprised by Mansfield Park (Jane Austen), Wicked (Gregory Maguire), and The Awakening (Kate Chopin)."

Oh, I LOVED Wicked, but everyone I have ever given it to gave up on it, so I get that one completely. In fact, I stopped recommending books for a while b/c of reactions to Wicked and The Alienist (Caleb Carr).


message 40: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Kind of surprised to see Wicked on this list - I liked it (and the others in that series). But not surprised to see Twilight - read the first book in the series and hated it. I didn't waste my time on the rest of the series OR the movies.


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Alyssum Dawn Rebecca wrote: "April wrote: ""Wicked" would be my pick. I tried to read it, but geeeez. Seems everyone I know went nuts over it, buying tickets to see it off-Broadway, etc. Blegh."

To be fair, the musical is not..."


I definitely agree! The whole sense of the book had been omitted in the Musical though the musical was presented well, but If you watch the musical without knowing the whole book you just see what's in front, you just see the artistic presentation of the book, and you cannot understand the story as a whole and worst one might end up thinking elpahba is really wicked.. and the ending though in the musical shows that elphaba actually died and the story has already ended which was absolutely in contrast with the series.


message 42: by Jose (new)

Jose Monarrez Adrianna wrote: "People hated Eragon? I must have been living under a rock.
Granted, I've been stuck on Eldest for 8 years...but Eragon was fantastic for me! :P"


The Same here... Eragon saga its not the best in the world, because its diferent, but works for me...


message 43: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Like Red Tent? All my friends loved it and I HATED IT!!


message 44: by Agnes (new)

Agnes Marek wrote: "Adrianna wrote: "People hated Eragon? I must have been living under a rock.
Granted, I've been stuck on Eldest for 8 years...but Eragon was fantastic for me! :P"

Depends... The generation that wa..."


I think the same: I loved Eragon and I still do, mainly because it was part of my childhood, but only now that I'm older, I can recognize that it wasn't such a masterpiece


message 45: by Ron (new)

Ron Adrianna wrote: "People hated Eragon? I must have been living under a rock.
Granted, I've been stuck on Eldest for 8 years...but Eragon was fantastic for me! :P"


I haven't read the book, but I bet there are users rating it solely on the movie. And the movie wasn't very good.


message 46: by Phoenix2 (new)

Phoenix2 I loved Eragon and I was surprised to see people hating it at first. I wanted to read the selection as well, but I read the reviews and they were all suggesting against it.


message 47: by Lysergius (new)

Lysergius Hmm, almost nothing here I would want to read... even if I had nothing else...


message 48: by Jinan (new)

Jinan H I can't believe people hate Eragon. It's one of my favorite series!


message 49: by Peggy (new)

Peggy Wardrup April wrote: ""Wicked" would be my pick. I tried to read it, but geeeez. Seems everyone I know went nuts over it, buying tickets to see it off-Broadway, etc. Blegh."

I've read the book twice, seen the play three times. The book is a difficult read, very dark. I almost gave up on it. But the play, which is quite different than the book, is amazing! Don't let the book keep you from seeing it.


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Charon Lloyd-Roberts Guilty I loved the Selecton trilogy and unpopular opinion I liked America Singer.


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