No list of books is complete without the list of overrated books. Not that I have read all the books in the world, but there are some books that I wish I hadn't read. Some books create so much of hype around it that I feel like an outsider for not having read it. Then I go ahead and read it and then I wonder what was so good about the book? This has happened way too many times that I now have a long list. Almost all Indian authors fall into this list by default, led by Mr. Bhagat of course. Apart from these, a lot of other books have left a bad taste in my mouth. Since I cannot talk about all, I have just picked a few pretty famous ones here.
This book was just okay. I have no idea why people take lifes lessons from this book. A lot many people call this their bible as well. As for me, I was super bored thanks to Santiago and his treasure. In fact, I feel every book from Paulo Coelho is over rated. I hated 'Eleven Minutes' and 'Veronika Decides To Die' made me want to kill myself. He seems to be the favorite author of many bibliophiles, but sadly his writing doesn't work for me.
The Fault In Our Stars
Oh, the hype this one created! And the number of people who succumbed to it! This book will always remain the hamartia of my life. You can read my review here.
Eat Pray Love
Boring, depressing and more boring. I just couldn't connect with this book. There also is a book called 'Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It', that is written by people who sorted out their life after reading this book. All that I wanted to do after reading this was to tuck into a big bucket of gelato.
You can't start a book with the death of a heroine and then build a story around it. While it worked for many others, it did nothing for me.
The Cuckoo's Calling
J. K. Rowling's Robert Galbraith persona attracted many readers. But the writing was so tedious that I read this book fully only on the third attempt. The mystery was luke warm and predictable too.
The Twilight Saga
This clearly was one of the biggest mistakes of my life. If I had to try the genre of fantasy, maybe I should have tried 'Harry Potter' earlier. Actually, the story is pretty imaginative and creative. What lets the book down is its main characters, Bella and Edward. To me, they were the most boring couple ever.
The God Of Small Things
So much hype around this one that I asked this to be my birthday gift. When I got it, I couldn't get past two pages. Ayemenem and its settings did not appeal to the mallu in me. This probably is a book that I'd never give a second chance to.
Fifty Shades of Grey
Yes, I have this book on my shelf. I did not buy it, I borrowed it for someone who was more than glad to get rid of it. Now I'm looking for someone I can pass it on to. I found this book surprisingly funny, to say the least. No, I did not complete it. Had I, it would have completely ruined sex for me.
Are any of these books on your list of over rated books? If not, tell me which ones are.