Tuesday 11 June 2019

Top Ten Tuesday | Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that highlights ten books that all relate to a certain topic and is  hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This Weeks Topic Is... 

Unpopular Bookish Opinions and I'm not gonna lie, I actually found this topic quite difficult to begin with. I didn't really think I had that many opinions that would be deemed unpopular but I did a little research and then when I started I couldn't stop!

1. I kinda maybe sorta preferred Hermione with Harry

Don't get me wrong I didn't completely hate the idea of Ron and Hermione and yeah, it kinda did fit well in the end but my 10 year old self would've been crushed had she know Harry and Hermione didn't end up together. I just thought they were adorable and their scenes in the Goblet of Fire movie? So cute! I also don't understand the fascination with Draco/Hermione, like there was no chemistry. They hated each other and he was just a complete dick to her and I just get it!

2. I can't stand seeing highlighted passages in books  

This solely applies to physical books where the person has gotten a marker or neon highlighter and gone over entire passages with it. I don't why but it just really irks me. I think it makes the book look really ugly and I can't stand to read secondhand book with this in them so I always check before buying.

3. I prefer contemporary over fantasy  

*holds hands up in surrender*. I do actually really like fantasy, the world-building and the plot is often really original and creative but I tend to not really gravitate towards it all that much. I always go back to my trusty contemporaries, I just like how easy and fun they are to read and when they pack a punch - they really pack a punch. I also love how much versatility there is in this genre too.

4. I don't hate love triangles

I'm probably in the minority for this one but I don't mind a good love triangle as long as both love interests are equally fleshed out and bring something different and it's done well. I don't like ones where they're basically carbon copies of each other but with different hair colours or something, they need to be distinctive characters. But what can I say, I love angst and picking sides!

5. I prefer buying books second-hand

Brand new books intimidate me. They're so new and shiny and I don't want to ruin them by cracking the spine or accidently spilling something on it or ripping one of the pages. I also just like the feel of second-hand books, I like knowing that they've been read and loved long before I picked them up. It also helps knowing that my money is going to charity and they're just so cheap, you can find some amazing gems in charity shops.

6. I hate not finishing a book   

I just get this real sense of failure if I don't end up finishing a book even if it's one I'm not particularly enjoying. I wish I could be that person that DNF's books left and right and just moves on to something they know they're going to love but I have to know how the story is going to end. It's on the very rare occasion that I stop reading and I still hate myself for doing it.

7. My bookshelves aren't ordered

I'd love to be able to create rainbow shelves or even just alphabetise them but i'm lazy so it's probably never gonna happen. There is no order to how my books are placed on my bookshelf whatsoever. I just place them in wherever there's room. Actually now that I'm writing this I'm realising that I'm a complete liar cause I technically seperate my formats so my fiction paperbacks, fiction hardbacks and my non-fiction books are on different shelves but other then that I just put books wherever they'll fit.

8. I wish Goodreads had half star ratings

It would make my life so much easier if I could put half stars into Goodreads. There are just so many times where a book isn't quite a 5 star read but I also don't want to give it a 4 star cause I think it's too low and people are gonna think I didn't enjoy it as much as I did. I do understand how it could end up complicating everything plus some people don't like the star ratings at all.

9. I don't tend to read popular books whilst they're so hyped

I nearly always end up reading popular books and series years after everyone else has and no one is really talking about them anymore. It's mostly a money thing as I just can't afford to buy brand new books and I'd rather just wait until I can find it in the library or a charity shop for next to nothing. I do feel like I'm missing out sometimes but at the same time there are so many old books that I still want to read and they can be just as exciting as new ones.

10. I'm also not a fan of audiobooks

I've tried to listen to audiobooks but I really can't do it. I just end up feeling really detached from the story and I don't like having someone else read the words to me. I just much prefer reading the book for myself. I do prefer reading physical books but I will read ebooks for the convenience and the wide availability.

Do you agree or disagree with any of my opinions? What are some of your own unpopular opinions? Leave a comment or link your own TTT for me to check out! 


  1. A big YES to half stars! I want half stars, too. Great list. I'm getting better about DNF, but it's really hard.

  2. I'm with you on many of these, especially Hermione and hyped books!

  3. YES!!!! Goodreads needs half stars. I'm always hesitant to give a five star review, because I feel like I'm saying the book was perfect. But sometimes I need more than four stars. I'm also a little leery of hyped books. I feel like it's setting me up for disappointment. Surely, the book can't be THAT good.

  4. I liked Harry and Hermione just being friends, there are so few platonic m/f friendships in books that I loved that theirs was one and I honestly never got romantic vibes from them?
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/11/top-ten-tuesday-215/

  5. Goodreads definitely should have half-star ratings.

    My TTT.

  6. Audiobooks are good when you're doing something else (like driving). Otherwise, I'd prefer just reading it. I agree with you on the half star ratings.


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