Without any more stalling, here are some books that just didn't do it for me:
Nope. Boring. Flat characters. Don't care. Only made it about five more pages on my second attempt.
2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I got bored. Why? Stuff is happening! But I didn't care. I feel bad because my students love it, especially the boys, and I have to kind of fake more familiarity with the series than I really have.
3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Loved the first chapter, couldn't make it much further.
4. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard I read about half of this before realizing I just didn't care what would happen. This is the rare case where the author didn't explain enough, as opposed to over explaining. I didn't see why I should CARE about these people and what they did.
5. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. Wanted to love it. Didn't. Can a book be too booky? Sadly, yes.
6. Eragon by Christopher Paolini. Oh my God. It felt like when one of my students says, "Do you want to read my story?" and I grit my teeth and smile. Derivative, unoriginal, plodding, pretentious. Everyone was all, "Can you believe a fifteen year old boy wrote this?" and I was all "I wouldn't believe it if you told me anyone BUT a fifteen year old boy wrote this."
7. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. Once again, I let down my male students by not loving this book. To be fair, I can at least see why they do, and I may well have loved it if I discovered it at 8, 10, or 12. But it does nothing for 46 year old me. (See Artemis Fowl, Michael Vey, and Septimus Heap for other examples of this failing on my part.)
8. First and Then by Emma Mills. Football. Clunky Austen references. A foster kid named Foster. No thanks!
9. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. She killed herself because she was depressed. She was depressed because of mental illness. Nothing other people said or did affected that. With proper medical treatment, she probably would have lived. This fundamental misunderstanding of suicide and mental illness enraged me too much to consider whether or not the book had any redeeming qualities.
10. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall. I might have liked this better if something happened. Or if I cared about the characters.
And you? What books have fallen flat for you? Which of my unpopular opinions made you shriek with outrage? (Or quietly gasp, "Me too!"?)