Unpopular Book Opinions

Unpopular Book Opinions

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book post, and I hope to have some reviews up soon, but for now I’m sharing my take on something I saw over on Amanda’s blog that I thought was fun and interesting. So, here are some of my unpopular book opinions, and please leave your thoughts/responses in the comments.

1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like.
I recently read Eligible, which is a modern retelling of Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. I picked it up because I’d heard rave reviews about it and it had a pretty high rating on Goodreads. However, I didn’t make it to the end because I really didn’t care for the author’s choices in modernizing it. Maybe I’m being a puritanical snob about it, but I don’t care. Liz and Darcy hooking up for hate sex? No thanks.

For a series, I’d say Divergent. I held on through the first two books, but I hated it by the third one.

2. A popular book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.
I’m not sure if this book is hated, but Austen’s Mansfield Park seems to be one of her books that is the least liked, and I love that one. I think it’s because I identified with Fanny Price in many ways, which made the story appealing to me.

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with.
I know this isn’t a love triangle, but I thought Harry and Hermione should have been together. DON’T @ ME.

4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for.
I can’t do YA books, generally. I loved HP and Hunger Games, but in general this genre is hard for me to get into. I started reading the first book in The Selection Series recently and stopped after a few chapters, because I found myself eye-rolling at the main character. This tends to be my response to most YA books – I just can’t connect with the characters.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
Katniss Everdeen. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed THG trilogy generally, but I wanted to smack Katniss on more than one occasion.

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6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
Stephanie Meyer because see #7.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. 
I’m with Amanda on this one, vampires and werewolves can just go away. It’s way overdone at this point, and I feel like most writers are trying to ride on Stephanie Meyer’s coattails, who was really piggybacking on Anne Rice.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
Anything related to a shade of grey.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or TV show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?
 Though I love Austen’s original work, I really love the both the BBC adaptation as well as the Kiera Knightley movie of Pride and Prejudice. And maybe I love them because they do such a good job of bringing that beloved book to life. But also because Colin Firth is so swoon-worthy.
And I think I can say confidently that I liked the Hunger Games movies better than the books – primarily because Katniss was less annoying in the films since you weren’t inside her head so much. And Gale is pretty nice on the eyes. Ahem.
Do you have any unpopular book opinions? Share them in the comments!
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Unpopular Parenting Opinions

Unpopular Parenting Opinions

 

When you become a mom, you learn that everyone around you has strong feelings about every fine detail of your decision-making as a parent. It’s like once the test strip turns pink, friends and family suddenly feel the freedom to throw their two cents into about all sorts of things related to rearing a child, from feeding to discipline to proper medical care. Sometimes, these opinions are welcomed and advice is much needed. However, sometimes the opinions are just that – and should be treated as such.

Since becoming a mom over four years ago, I’ve developed some parenting opinions as well – and some of them could be controversial. Here are some of my unpopular parenting opinions:

  1. Kids are unlikeable human beings sometimes. Listen, I will always love my children, feed them, clothe them, wipe their stinky bottoms, tuck them into bed at night and smother them with kisses in the process. But sometimes, they’re rotten and bratty and I don’t like them – and I don’t apologize for feeling that way or admitting it, because guess what? Most humans can be pretty annoying at times, and my kids are no exception. If you’ve ever lived with a spouse, significant other, or roommate then you know this to be true.
  2. Over-the-top first birthday parties are excessive and unnecessary. Save that money and put it into a college fund. I may get some heat for this one, but that’s okay because if you have more than enough money to throw it down the drain on a hot air balloon photobooth setup for a one-year-old’s party – then we’re probably not friends and you’re not reading this opinion, anyway.
  3. Sleep training can be a sanity-saver. Our first slept like a champ upon leaving the womb, but our second really struggled. It wasn’t until we sleep trained him that any of us got any consistent rest throughout the night, and I couldn’t believe how long we waited to do it.
  4. One and done is a perfectly legitimate child-bearing decision. Though we have two children, I remember the pressure others put on us to have a second kid. Any time I expressed that I might be done at one child, I was met with looks of shock and dismay, “the horror!” I’m glad we have two now, but I have good friends who struggle justifying their one-and-done decision every day, as if they’re being mean to their kid for depriving them of a sibling. Pretty sure my oldest would say I’m the mean one for giving her a brother – sometimes.
  5. Watching TV is fine. I could guilt myself about this one, but that seems like a lot of emotional effort and since I carry enough baggage with me each day – why add to it? We do this together as a family most of the time, we still have dinners around the table and we turn off the screens to read and sing together each night, so I’m okay with our TV time. And you know what? Thanks to Little Einsteins, my kids know the meaning of fancy musical terms like adagio, allegro, presto and moderato but can’t wipe their own bottoms, so clearly my parenting opinions might need to be taken with a grain of salt. Or a few grains and a shot of tequila.

Ahem. Anyway.

As a mom with a penchant for sarcasm, it’s easy for me to develop strong feelings about myriad parenting things – these are just a few. What are some of your unpopular parenting opinions?