I was perusing the Books and Writing Amino when I came across the “Meh” book tag and thought that it would be something really interesting to do! There aren’t’ usually a lot of books that I feel “meh” about, but who knows? Doing this tag I may realize that there are more of them than I thought!
Original idea by The Bookish Babbler
Question 1: What is your “meh” book rating?
Generally, if I think a book is “meh” I’ll give it a two star rating, although I could give it a higher rating if there are aspects of the book that I really liked.
Question 2: Series that started “meh” but ended really good.
For this, I think I’m going to have to go with A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. I enjoyed the first book, but there were some aspects of it that I didn’t really enjoy. Then when I got to the second book I was blown away and I love the series so much! Feysand is one of my favorite ships of all time, and for good reason. They build each other up instead of tearing each other down.
Question 3: Series that started good but ended “meh”.
Again, I will have to say that A Court of Thorns and Roses is my pick for this question as well. Like I mentioned above, I loved A Court of Mist and Fury, but I was actually kind of disappointed by A Court of Wings and Ruin and how it ended. I still loved the friendships and Ferye and Rhysand together, but the action/plot wasn’t what I was expecting it to be. I wanted so much more from ACOWAR and it let me down.
Question 4: Overhyped author you think is just “meh”.
I really hate saying that I think this author is “meh” based off of the two books that I’ve read of hers, but those two books just didn’t quite reach my expectations. That author is Holly Black. I’ve read The Cruel Prince and The Darkest Part of the Forest, and while I enjoyed both of them, I don’t remember the characters names from The Darkest Part of the Forest, and The Cruel Prince had some elements that I just didn’t like. I do own The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and I plan on reading The Wicked King when it comes out, so I’m still holding out that those two will change my opinions on Black.
Question 5: A book people think is “meh” but you love.
This is actually a tough one, and I’m actually going to go with a series instead of just a single book. I wouldn’t say that everyone thought this series was “meh” but I’ve definitely heard a lot of people say that they didn’t enjoy the series. That series is the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. I absolutely adore this series from start to finish and I’m eagerly anticipating the final installment, even though I am terrified to find out what happens to all of my favorite characters.
Question 6: Book so “meh” you forgot the plot.
It’s actually pretty rare for me to forget a plot, I can tell you the basics of books that I read years and years ago, so when I forget the plot of a book that I read recently, it’s usually because it was a really “meh” book. Of course, I could reuse The Darkest Part of the Forest for this question, but to keep from reusing all the same books, I’m going to go with Stardust by Neil Gaiman. I honestly don’t remember anything that happened in this book (or really any of his books that I have read) and I just don’t think that his writing style is for me.
Question 7: “Meh” character that could easily be replaced.
I know that she is the main character and all, but Alice from The Hazel Wood was definitely replaceable for me. She didn’t have any redeeming qualities, and while we are (sort of) given an explanation for her behavior, I just didn’t really care for her. It actually took me a minute or two to even remember what her name was and I just read the book a few weeks ago. And yes, I know that I have two copies of this book even though I think its “meh”, the green cover I received in an Owlcrate box.
Question 8: Amazing book with a “meh” cover.
While I would never say that a cover is horrible or anything like that because I know that the artists work hard and are proud of their work, but there are definitely covers that just aren’t my favorite. One of those would be the cover for Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. I love the book (and I highly recommend the audiobook) but the cover just isn’t my favorite.
Question 9: A book people love but you thought was just “meh”.
Falling Kingdoms is my choice for this question. I know a ton of people love this book and series, and almost everyone that I have heard talking about this book says that it gets so much better as the series goes on, but for me the first book was just “meh”. It felt like there was hardly anything going on, and I felt that way for the first half of Rebel Spring as well. I haven’t continued on with the series yet, so I have yet to see if everyone is right in saying that it gets so much better.
Do you have any books that fit into these questions? Let me know!