There are always those books that everyone raves about. They’ll have high ratings on all the popular book sites. Your goodreads feed will be flooded with positive reviews from people whose opinions often align with yours. So you finally read it just to discover that it really sucks.
It’ll be too wordy, poorly edited, use every ridiculous trope in existence, or have the most annoying characters, etc., and everyone you know will love it.
How is it that I can read the same book as everyone else but have a completely different take on it? Is it me? Life experiences and mood can influence how we interpret what we read. It still baffles me that the same piece of literature can be viewed so differently from one person to the next. It’s the worst when I can’t stand a book and everyone else loves it. I feel like I missed out on something great. And it’s no fun when I want to rant about it, and there isn’t anyone else to commiserate with me. Sometimes I think I’m too critical or picky. Maybe it’s not me, it’s you.
These aren’t mainstream books, but they’re generally popular among the people reading them. Just because they’re indie doesn’t mean it’s only some random groupies reading them either. Some of these have tens of thousands of ratings on goodreads. Here are some of the indie books I either strongly disliked or passionately hated that most people loved:
- Angelfall by Susan Ee
- Ruthless People by J.J. McAvoy
- Until the Sun Falls from the Sky by Kristen Ashley
- Bang by E.K. Blair
- Suit by Jettie Woodruff
- Fighting for Flight by J.B. Salsbury
- Into the Light by Aleatha Romig
- Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski
- The Queen and the Cure by Amy Harmon