Two Book I Like VS Two Books I Dislike

Hello everyone! It’s Reese from Blogging With Reese and I am so excited to be collaborating with Mary Elizabeth on this post! We’re both doing a Two Books I Like VS Two Books I Dislike post on each other’s blogs!

These are just two books I love and don’t love (not hate, exactly, but they’re just not mah favs), and I have soooo many more books I love.

So, let’s get into the books!

——- Two books I love ——

Words On Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen

I love this book soooo much! It’s just such a good book! I seriously read the whole thing in one day (it’s not that short, either) it was so enticing. The story just kept pulling me in more and more until I was almost shaking the book and saying, β€œTELL ME WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!”. But I didn’t :). 

It’s about a girl whose parents are book smugglers in Lithuania in the late 1800’s. Besides being a really good read, Words On Fire also was about a time period in a place I’d never really thought about before, so I learned lots of new things!

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Where do I even begin with this book?? It is just… SOOOOO good! It is funny, sad, and happy, plus I think that the characters are developed very well. The storyline is great, and it really lets you understand the story. 

And the fact that it’s told from different points of view really helps it stand out as an awesome book! It lets you in on everyone’s lives and shows you why they did what they did.

It has a great moral, and I think everyone who reads this book will come out a better person for doing so.

——- Two books I dislike ——

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

I really wanted to like this book. I truly did. But, it just wasn’t for me. The main character and his sister were supposed to be twelve and nine years old, but they acted like they were eight and six. 

Bruno is constantly mispronouncing things, which makes it a bit hard to follow, because I had no idea what he was talking about.

Plus, we were supposed to believe that Bruno didn’t know who Hitler was. At this time, I seriously doubt there was a single person who didn’t know his name. But, I could be wrong.

Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli

I had read Stargirl a couple years ago and not enjoyed it, but I wanted to give the author a second chance, so I started reading Hokey Pokey. It’s supposed to be a meaningful book about growing up and all, but half the time I just couldn’t understand what was going on. 

Plus, how was the world of Hokey Pokey even existing? And what was The Destroyer’s purpose in the book? It was all very unclear to me. I thought that I would enjoy it, but instead ended up confused.


Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post! (and thanks, Mary Elizabeth for the idea to collab!) 

Reese signing off!

p.s from Mary: Be sure to check out my half of the collab on Reese’s blog!

14 thoughts on “Two Book I Like VS Two Books I Dislike

  1. Oh boy I thought The Boy In Striped Pajamas was going to be a super serious tragic one and that was the reason I was hesitating to get into it. πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚

    And I agree about wonder🀩🀩

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  2. Lovely colllab, guys!! I might have to disagree on The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas though. I thought that book was exceptionally written. But we’re entitled to our own opinions πŸ˜‚ I loved reading your other choices and reviews as well!!πŸ’•

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  3. WONDER IS THE BEST! IT’S SO GOOD! I have to disagree on something though, the Boy in the Stripped Pajamas was absolutely extraordinary and lit. It is such a great book, I was on the verge of tears in the end. It makes you feel. But loved your choices!

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