Today I am back for another Top 5 Wednesday! Before I begin, I just want to make a disclaimer. If I mention one of your favourite series, please don’t be offended. This list stems purely from my personal taste and what I’ve heard from reviewers, not because I believe these books to be bad. Also, I may end up reading these someday, especially if they spark the interest of my children. For now however, I have no desire to pick them up. Let’s do this!
#1 – THE ‘MISS PEREGRINE’S PECULIAR CHILDREN’ SERIES BY RANSOM RIGGS
When the film adaption for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was released, I watched it because it was directed by the amazing Tim Burton. I enjoyed the movie but I wasn’t blown away by it and that made me not want to pick up the books. I didn’t care enough about the characters nor the story itself. I just don’t think these novels are my kind of thing. Having said that, I wouldn’t mind flipping through the pages just to look at the creepy images taken by Ransom Riggs.
#2 – ‘A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS’ BY LEMONY SNICKET
Everybody I know that loves A Series of Unfortunate Events grew up reading them. I however, didn’t. I don’t even remember seeing them at my local library. As an adult, I am not interested in starting them now. There is a lot of controversy in the media currently surrounding Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snicket) and I really didn’t enjoy his YA novel Why We Broke Up. I’ve also heard terrible reviews regarding the Netflix adaptation with Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf. It’s a no from me sorry!
#3 – THE ‘HIS DARK MATERIALS’ TRILOGY BY PHILIP PULLMAN
Similar to A Series of Unfortunate Events, I did not grow up reading the His Dark Materials trilogy. I have heard from multiple reviewers that this series is extremely slow and very confusing despite it being targeted towards children. The film adaptation, The Golden Compass, was apparently a huge-flop and the books do not seem to get better as they go on. If this is the case, what is the point of picking them up? I think, like A Wrinkle in Time (which I gave 1 star), these novels are wondrous as a child but as an adult, they present a completely different reading experience.
#4 – THE ‘CASTER CHRONICLES’ BY KAMI GARCIA AND MARGARET STOHL
The majority of people that have read this actual series seem to all say the same thing: the first book was great and then it goes seriously downhill. The main character, Lena, is described as extremely irritating and the writing becomes more and more convoluted as the novels progress. Several fans of Beautiful Creatures were so disappointed with the direction the series went. I also remember being very close to seeing the film adaptation …until I heard that they had butchered the story completely. For those reasons, I don’t plan on my wasting my time.
#5 – THE ‘VAMPIRE ACADEMY’ SERIES BY RICHELLE MEAD
I apologise to one of my close friends who I know loves this series but I just couldn’t get into it. I actually tried to read the first book and DNF’d (Did Not Finish) it after just under 100 pages. After the Twilight craze, every author and his dog was writing about vampires and I got over it pretty quickly. Bookstores created sections on their shelves purely for this genre alone. I wanted to see if the Vampire Academy hype was real but unfortunately, I didn’t catch the fever like everybody else…
I hope you enjoyed this post! What did you think of my list? Let me know down below some book series you don’t plan on ever reading and why.
Peace & Love xoxo