There are exceptions to every rule, and bookish preferences are certainly included in that. I’ve loved books I didn’t expect to and did not love books that seemed like shoo-ins for new favorites. Here are my bookish contradictions.
1. I love this genre but I didn’t like this book
I love fantasy, but I did not love Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski. It’s a book series, a game series, a television series. The people can’t get enough of it. I made multiple attempts to get through it, but ultimately admitted I was just never going to like it and DNFed it.
2. I rarely read this genre but I loved this book
Although this is fantasy, which is mostly what I read, I rarely read middle grade, but I loved Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.
3. I love this trope but I didn’t like this book
I’ve always loved pirates as reckless, feuding, quick-witted characters. I also love the enemies-to-lovers trope. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller has both, but this book just didn’t do it for me.
4. I hate this trope but I loved this book
I hate insta-love more than any other trope, but I loved The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. The title gives away that the trope will be present, but she did it in a way that didn’t feel so jarringly, obsessively instant and a bit more probable.
5. I love this author but I didn’t like this book
I’ve read a lot of Kurtis J. Wiebe’s books, and the only one I haven’t loved so far is Bounty.
6. I previously disliked a book by this author but I loved this book
I love Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, but I read the Shadow and Bone trilogy first and found myself losing interest in that storyline as the books went on.
7. I love this cover but I didn’t like this book
I love this cover, it’s what drew me to this book when I saw it in the store, but I was not invested in the story while I was reading Dark Run by Mike Brooks.
8. I don’t like this cover but I loved this book
I love this series, and the paperbacks are gorgeous, but I originally read the hardcover version of Delirium by Lauren Oliver. The face close up on all the covers are not my favorite. I’m glad this one made a change when the paperback came out.
What are your bookish contradictions?