Top 5 Wednesday is currently being hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to learn more about the group or are considering joining in, check out the Goodreads group. Each week has a different topic and you just post 5 books that fit that topic. All links will take you to Goodreads. This week’s topic is top five favorite polarizing books. This was actually a bit hard for me because, in order to be really polarizing, I feel like books have to be pretty popular. And I fail miserably at reading super popular books. But I managed to come up with five so without further ado, here we go!
I swear this is the most polarizing book I think I’ve ever read. I know most people absolutely hated this book, mostly because of the ending, but I loved it. Divergent is still one of my favorite series and I can say with 100% honesty that I thought all three books were fantastic. I KNOW y’all hated how it ended, but I thought it was a very fitting ending that stayed true to everyone’s characters while also being pretty realistic (i.e. not giving everyone a happily ever after just because).
This is definitely one of those books that you read it and either absolutely love it or absolutely hate it. Luckily for me, I was in the former group. 🙂 I remember when I read this in high school, my class was really divided and I’ve seen that same division among bloggers who’ve read it. I actually want to reread this one to see if my opinion has changed at all.
I know overall this is a pretty popular book, but I think it’s still pretty polarizing, specifically among hardcore fans of thrillers/mysteries. As many people there are who loved this book, there were also a lot of people who hated it and thought it was really predictable (again, this is more noticeable among people who have read a lot of mysteries). This was pretty much the first adult mystery that I ever read though and so it definitely wasn’t predictable to me and I absolutely loved it. It’s actually one of the books that got me reading really frequently during the fall of 2015.
I never thought this was much of a polarizing book until I started book blogging and seeing blogger after blogger say how much they hated this series. After reading The Selection, I can definitely understand why people don’t like it since it’s certainly imperfect, but I found it to be a pretty light, fluffy read (albeit with some dystopian elements as well) and I really enjoyed it. I still haven’t picked up the second book, but I will definitely be reading the rest of the series at some point.
I’ll admit that I don’t know how “polarizing” this is online among us book bloggers. But it was certainly polarizing among my friends/classmates when everyone in my high school was reading The Hunger Games, haha. I remember so many people saying that Mockingjay was really disappointing and they didn’t think it ended the series well, but I’ve always loved this last book just as much as the first two. I think people got bored because Mockingjay is less “oh my god, everyone’s going to die in The Hunger Games!” and more focused on the politics of overthrowing a corrupt government which is decidedly less exciting. But, like I said, I loved it just as much as the first two books in this trilogy which is and always will be one of my favorite series.