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Aibu to ask what books you love, that others hate!

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Ilovewineandcrisps Mon 15-Aug-16 16:28:19

Inspired by another thread, are there any books that you have really enjoyed but that others hate?

I saw We need to talk about Kevin mentioned several times relating to people who can't stand it, whereas it's one of my favourite books of all time!

mrsfuzzy Mon 15-Aug-16 16:30:57

i like '1984' and 'brave new world' both dark and a bit depressing but strangely coming true in many respects.

bingandflop Mon 15-Aug-16 16:32:03

Love 'Kevin' as well OP

Bearbehind Mon 15-Aug-16 16:32:56

Opposite way round for me but I hated 'Us' by David Nicholls yet others rave about it.

No idea why, I found it impossible to give even a tiny toss about any of the characters.

Witch91 Mon 15-Aug-16 16:37:01

I really enjoyed the Twilight Saga books as harmless and enjoyable trash, but can no longer admit to it after people have been very forceful with thier opinions after the (admittedly awful) movies came out!

Ilovewineandcrisps Mon 15-Aug-16 16:58:24

Witch, I loved the movies! grin.

sazerashez Mon 15-Aug-16 17:00:29

I loved 'The Slap.' Everyone else loathes it!

gettingtherequickly Mon 15-Aug-16 17:00:34

I really enjoyed life after life, but a lot of people didn'the enjoy it.
On the other hand I hated the goldfinch and have only seen rave reviews.

sazerashez Mon 15-Aug-16 17:02:34

On the other hand I absolutely detested 'a little life' with every fibre of my body. It was like limping a dreary marathon of misery. I had to keep going though.

Lookdownthesofa Mon 15-Aug-16 17:06:09

Love Atonement, but everyone in my bookclub hated it/misread it so therefore missed a key plot point.

90daychallenger Mon 15-Aug-16 17:07:57

Other way around but I loathed Chocolat and Peaches for Monsieur le Cure. People at my book group loved them but I thought they were wet, predictable and pithy.

PuntasticUsername Mon 15-Aug-16 17:09:27

I also loved Kevin, and On Chesil Beach, which is likewise getting a slagging on the other thread!

BagPusscatnip Mon 15-Aug-16 17:13:58

I loved Life After Life. Passed it on to my parents who hated it sad

Badders123 Mon 15-Aug-16 17:15:51

LOVED chesil beach
HATED life after life - couldn't get into at all and gave up

YvaineStormhold Mon 15-Aug-16 17:17:44

Loved Kevin.
Loved The Goldfinch.
Liked Beyond Black.
Adored Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies.

bilbodog Mon 15-Aug-16 17:18:06

I loved kevin, life after life and also a god in ruins which i think you need to read in conjunction with life after life as they are the same characters but from a different angle. My favourite is the lovely bones.

chocoLit Mon 15-Aug-16 17:19:07

Loved I Am Pilgrim

Couldn't get into Chocolat or Captain C's Mandolin

Chwaraeteg Mon 15-Aug-16 17:32:00

We need to talk about Kevin.

ginghamstarfish Mon 15-Aug-16 17:37:37

A Suitable Boy - love it and have read 3 times.

DanyellasDonkey Mon 15-Aug-16 17:39:24

Gave up on Captain Corelli - tried twice and failed both times. I normally dislike books that are raved about by other. I managed to finish The Kite Runner as I kept thinking it would get better, but it didn't. I have also failed with most of the classics. Trawled through Pride and Prejudice and wondered what all the fuss was abouy.

I don't read tosh but can't seem to get on with the stuff that everyone else likes.

ThinkPinkStink Mon 15-Aug-16 17:39:34

Brace yourselves... I a 36 year old woman with a serious job, LOVED the Hunger Games trilogy. I cried on the tube when Katniss volunteered to be Prim's tribute (not pregnant at the time). It was shit and I loved it.

So I can gripe about 'Kevin, Beyond Black, Concrete Island (in fact all Pynchon) and HHhH as much as I like, I can whinge about the interminable misery of the Grapes of Wrath, and the implausibility of Jane Eyre... pay no attention to my taste in books, it's obviously skewed.

Idliketobeabutterfly Mon 15-Aug-16 17:39:35

I quite like Twilight too. Got me back into reading and we're books I read a lot when pregnant.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Mon 15-Aug-16 17:39:39

Wolf Hall, even with all the 'he, Cromwell' weirdness.

Badders123 Mon 15-Aug-16 17:51:00

God yes to a Suitable boy !
And wolf hall and bring up the bodies...excellent.
C C mandolin one of my fave books ever.
Another one of my faves is one called "an instance of the fingerpost"
Amazing book
Also "the name of the rose" by Umberto Eco....just incredible.
I adore the falco series by Lindsey davis

chocoLit Mon 15-Aug-16 18:53:00

This is a great thread for my holiday reading grin

I read twilight & hunger games too as DD1 getting into reading them so had 'censoring' as an excuse. Admittedly loved hunger games.

Cannot emphasise what a brilliant book I am Pilgrim was. Have recommended it to everyone and no, don't know the author lol

I couldn't be arsed with Girl on the train. Plodded along and annoyed me yet everyone raves and now it's going to be a film.

I'm aware my taste may be shite blush

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