The hype about some books can be utterly crazy that you will feel like an outcast if you are yet to read it. Sometimes, it actually gets to me, I get tempted and eventually give in to this fad. Most times it has been worth it, other times it has been a bleh moment. Sometimes, it can also be hard not conforming to the great reviews everyone is giving. If everyone you know say that a book is great but you think other wise most times it is very easy to conform and just do it for the gram. It is totally fine if you don’t like a book that everyone thinks is great. It is also fine to talk about this. IT IS YOUR OPINION. This post is not to throw any shade at any author but it just how book lovers feel about books that everyone really likes. When you are reading this, take your judgemental jacket off, you can pick it off after leaving a comment.
I asked my fellow book lovers/bookstagrammers for any widely loved book they did not like. I asked some people personally on Instagram (follow me @dasience please). I did not want to ask people personally because I felt replying without been asked personally will make it more real. At the end of the day I did a little bit of both.
Nusaybaho said the book on the list is Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo. This book is everyone’s favourite and has been shortlisted for various prizes. When I asked for the reason behind the pick she simply said, “I just didn’t enjoy the book”.
Sa: Teju Cole books. Although he is an intelligent writer, he rigmaroles a lot with his writings
The.zyzah: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe “Everyone loves the book, I didn’t. I don’t. I always feel I missed somethings other saw. I love other Achebe’s book but not Things Fall Apart”. Honestly, there are classics that don’t get to me too.
S: How to make money on Instagram by Laura Ikeji. He felt the book was more focused on the author and he expected more as a digital marketer.
Thatothernigeriangirl: The Fault in our stars by John Green. “I didn’t like that book at all”, she said.
T: When Silence becomes too loud by Chidera Okolie. The book to this book lover was uninteresting and did not resonate with this book lover.
Segun: What it means when a man falls from the sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah. “The book is not for me at all, I just can’t explain it, I read two stories and dropped it for Soyinka’s Ibadan”.
Bookwormingh: Haruki Murakami books and Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi. “With Haruki Murakami books I was expecting to be immediately drawn in and be deeply moved by it. I tried reading Norwegian Wood in particular, having heard so many raving reviews about his works and seeing his books everywhere (in the UK and US mainly) instead I found the story very dull and slow.
For Freshwater I had seen so many bookstagram reviews raving and gushing about it I thought I would be immediately captivated by it. The beginning was quite exciting but I kept expecting…some great event to occur instead I was disappointed. I did not find the story as shocking and out of the world as I had expected. I usually don’t read books when there’s a lot of hype around them but I made that mistake with Freshwater and have learnt my lesson. Freshwater is not a bad book, I think my expectations were just a bit too high”.
Omooba: Open City by Teju Cole. “I guess I expected it to be easier to read. I did not find it so”.
Sue: “But if I’m to judge from my last read books, let me just pick ‘the seed thief’ . The book was so underwhelming. I expected more from the plot especially since it began really interesting”.
Me: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi: Prior to reading this book, I felt like I was leaving in another world because I was yet to read it. I read great reviews about the book and was expectant. I tried to start on a neutral note and yes the author is brilliant. Like brilliant, brilliant brilliant. The story explores generation of black people (Africans) that experienced slave trade, colonialism, oppression and prejudice. As a black person, this book should speak to my soul, make me understand and give me closure. It did all of that but I did not just feel the book in the way I wanted to. In summary, I did not like the book. I did not feel the rave, you know that feeling when a book gets you. I know YOU reading this is like ‘what is she even saying?’ but yeah I did not enjoy Homegoing, period.
PS: This has been the most challenging post yet. I am the kind of person not to talk about a book if I don’t like it. I will not post about it but just avoid it so publishing this was challenging. I had to make sure people were fine with me publishing their opinion. Thank you to everyone that did. I have their permission to post it.
Let me ask you again, what is that widely cherished book you do not like?