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3 most overrated books #FridayReflections

June 16, 2017

As an avid reader, I have several books I love. It’s usually hard to choose. But I’ve also come across books that I’ve felt were totally overrated. You know, those bestsellers, award-winners and ones everyone raves on about? Yeah, some of those, I just don’t get. But if I had to pick, there are some clear ones that come to mind.

3 most overrated books:

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014. But it was a torturous read. One that I gave up on because life is too short. We chose it for our bookclub back in 2015 as it had an interesting premise. This book, spanning 771 pages, begins with 13-year-old Theo Decker surviving an accident that kills his mother. He is taken in by a friend’s family. They don’t want him either and he moves from New York to the midwest by his father who is negligent. There he gets into the wrong company and starts engaging in drugs. And that’s as far as I got because it was torture. There were pages and pages and pages of Theo and his friend doing drugs and passing out. I have no problem with kids doing drugs. But there’s no need to have endless pages with no point.

The God of small things by Arundhati Roy

The God of small things won the Booker Prize following its publication in 1997. I read it 2008-09. Once again, it seemed to have an interesting premise. But when I read it, the only thing that came to mind was that it was a pretentious piece of crap. Themes of trauma are something I find very interesting and when well-executed, pulls at my heartstrings. But this felt like utter crap. The running words and sentences, the lack of clarity, it messed up what could have been a great storyline. I’ve read other Indian authors more deserving of awards than this one {Rohinton Mistry for one!}.

The Catcher in the rye by J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the rye is a classic that is on almost everyone’s ‘must-read’ list. It’s meant to be this big coming-of-age novel. I read this one in 2012 and honestly, I didn’t like it. I could not stand Holden Caulfield and wanted to smack him. I wondered whether it was because I was reading it as a twenty-something as opposed to a teenager but I think not. I do love YA as a genre and somehow, Holden was just a self-absorbed prick. It just didn’t do it for me and I couldn’t help but think the hype around it was overrated.

Some other books I reckon could easily join the list would be the Twilight series {didn’t get past 7 chapters of the first book} or the Fifty shades series {disclosure: didn’t read it after having a colleague lend it to me}. But I’ll leave it at three.

Have you read any overrated books?

Do share!

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15 Comments

  • Reply Ness June 16, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    Gosh yes. I tried to read The Catcher In The Rye and I couldn’t get into it. You’re right, it’s one of those ones that’s always on those ‘must read’ lists, same with Wuthering Heights. Therefore you try to torture yourself with them. Never made it through those two. I read The Secret History by Donna Tartt back when it was popular (must be more than 20 years ago!) and despite thinking I enjoyed it at the time I can’t remember a thing about it and I’ve never been interested in reading another one of her novels. So maybe I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought? Can’t even be bothered with Twilight or Fifty Shades. There are too many other books I want to read! Great topic.

  • Reply Pratikshya June 16, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    Wuthering heights.. i think is overrated to be a romance . It’s not… it’s narrative is great but i hate the characters…
    The one book i couldn’t finish reading
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  • Reply Lata Sunil June 16, 2017 at 1:10 PM

    Oh! I absolutely loved God of Small Things. I still remember it though I read it many years ago. Like you said, while reading it, I did not think it was great. But, after I read it, the images would keep coming and I kept thinking about the events in the book for a long time. I think about it even today when I cross the Meenachil river. The other two I have not read. Other book I found a bit tedious is Wuthering Heights but I plan to listen to an audio book so I can complete it. I find Gabriel Garcia Marquez a bit tedious to read. But, his books are still amazing.

  • Reply Balaka Basu June 16, 2017 at 2:47 PM

    I beg to disagree about God of small Things…I think it was one of the best books I ever read…it was more like poetry.. I found Jhumpa Lahiri’s lowland quite overrated. And I do find Chetan Bhagat and Amish Tripathy as overrated authors…

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  • Reply Kalpana Solsi June 16, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    ‘The God if small things’ left me wondering as why I kept reading the book till the end.

  • Reply Reema Sahay June 16, 2017 at 9:59 PM

    I have not read any of those! The two books which are immediately coming to my mind are ‘Midnight’s Children’ by Salman Rushdie and ‘A Suitable Boy’ by Vikram Seth. I finished the latter despite it being over 1300 pages but I could not connect with it. The less said the better for former. God knows, I tried 3-4 times but could not go past 100 pages.
    It does not bother me any more when I do not like a book which everyone seems to be loving. Every book connects differently with every reader. As they say ‘no reader read the same book ever’!

    • Reply Sanch Writes June 17, 2017 at 8:56 AM

      Oh yeah, I was very disappointed by A Suitable Boy. I haven’t been able to get through Midnight’s Children either.

  • Reply Soumya June 16, 2017 at 10:18 PM

    The God Of Small Things
    The Alchemist
    The Fault In Our Stars
    Eat Pray Love
    Twilight

    These are a few on my list of overrated books.
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    • Reply Sanch Writes June 17, 2017 at 8:54 AM

      Oh yes, I thought the Alchemist was overrated too. Haven’t read Eat, Pray, Love but totally believe it when you say that it’s overrated. Must admit I did like The Fault in our Stars! 😀

  • Reply The Unknown Journey Ahead June 17, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    I have not tried to read (nor will I) either Twilight or the 50 Shades series. My #1 overrated book may well be The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. I may be the only person in the United States who didn’t think it was the most amazing book ever. Worst trilogy (YA department) the Divergent series, which I quite about halfway through the first book. Tried to skip around (it’s sometimes a trick that works for me) and nope. Nope. Yes, each to their own.
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  • Reply Esha June 19, 2017 at 12:05 AM

    I think books reflect personal taste and there are no generalizations possible that could apply universally! I can perfectly understand why we all have different reasons for liking or disliking something. For me personally, the first didn’t make the cut, and I couldn’t read beyond a few pages. But I did like ‘The God of Small Things’ and ‘The Catcher in the Rye’. So, there you go. 🙂

  • Reply Obsessivemom July 6, 2017 at 11:45 AM

    I haven’t read the Catcher in the Rye and now have no wish to pick it up either. You’re right about the other two. Honestly, I have no recollection of what I read in the God of Small Things. Maybe I need to read it again. Oh and I found Eat Pray Love so very overrated. Couldn’t get through it at all.
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    • Reply Sanch Writes July 6, 2017 at 9:19 PM

      Oh I didn’t even bother to read Eat, Pray, Love…because I thought it was overrated too

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