It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s topic IS (Survey says!): Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like MORE/LESS Than I Did
Let’s split this into two, shall we? We’ll start negative and end positive.
TOP TEN BOOKS I THOUGHT I’D LIKE MORE THAN I DID
(meaning, what a bummer… and omg you guys are going to kill me)
** DISCLAIMER: While I marked these books as ones that I was a little disappointed by, many of them were still 3-4 star ratings, just not the 5-star rating I had hoped for! **
1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: DON’T HATE ME FOR THIS. Please? I just heard how everyone looooved this book and they cried and it was amazing. I was expecting something phenomenal and I think the hype kind of ruined it for me. I kept “waiting for something to happen” and the story just didn’t go how I thought it would. I found out later I MAY not be a John Green fan. Oh wait, maybe I shouldn’t have started with this one because now everyone is going to stop reading my blog….. Please don’t leave me! Haha.
2. Dualed by Elsie Chapman: DUALED was one of my most anticipated dystopian reads of 2013. I just felt like there were several plot holes and a disconnect from the MC that totally didn’t do it for em.
3. Requiem by Lauren Oliver: I think we all know the issues here.
4. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: Another one that was so hyped and I was just SO LOST the first half of the book. Maybe it’d be better on a re-read?
5. Golden by Jessi Kirby: Don’t get me wrong, I did still really enjoy GOLDEN, but that mention of Robert Frost in the book’s description on Goodreads…. I just REALLY wanted the MC to be related to Robert Frost and I expected her to go on some wild journey to prove the relation. Maybe I should write that book because this is not what that was about! Still very, very good but I was just so bummed that for a non-poetry fan, I was hoping to see that poet connection.
6. Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black: The romance was totally bizarre to me and the twists that this book took… Not to my liking.
7. Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbook: This is NOT “If I Stay meets Bonnie & Clyde”. I didn’t like either main character and it was a frustrating read for me.
8. Mind Games by Kiersten White: Another frustrating read. I didn’t like the stream of consciousness from our MC Fia and then ending did not make sense to me at all.
9. Origin by Jessica Khoury: Another disconnect from the MC (see a pattern here!?!) and everyone felt very cold. Add a dash of insta-love and I was out.
10. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: Am I the only one who wasn’t blown away by this? I just didn’t quite get the appeal. It was okay, but I honestly don’t think I’ll continue the series. I may see the movie though haha.
TOP TEN BOOKS I THOUGHT I’D LIKE LESS THAN I DID
(meaning I liked them a lot more!)
1. The Trouble WIth Flirting by Claire LaZebnik: I can’t believe I almost passed this one up! It was my first LaZebnik book and it was just so much fun!!
2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: I knew I would like E&P but I had no idea I would fall in love with it!
3. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay: I was invited to this galley by the publisher and I was like, “Okay, I’ll give it a shot.” I dove head first into THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY (no pun intended but hah!) and fell in love.
4. How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller: I totally didn’t know what this story was when I started it, but it was delightfully dark and sinister in a realistic way.
5. Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett: I first thought this would be some sort of silly book about an angry teenage girl. It actually had a ton of depth and a swoony romance.
6. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: I was so burned out on the vampire scene when my friend loaned me her copy of VA. I’m so glad I gave it a shot!
7. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater: I wasn’t a fan of Shiver and decided not to continue that series. THE SCORPIO RACES was so different and the audio was amazing!
8. Insignia by S.J. Kincaid: It was a boy book. Something about space ships? And technology… Snooze. OR NOT. It was so awesome and for a male MC, it was totally relatable!
9. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: I thought I’d enjoy RPO, but it was AMAAAAZING. The audio with Wil Wheaton narrating was that much more fun.
10. Everbound by Brodi Ashton: I wasn’t a huge fan of Everneath so I was concerned to read EVERBOUND. The good news is that I liked it so much more than I thought I would! Still not stellar, but it convinced me to read the third book.