So it’s a freebie week for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish.
I feel like I keep talking about the same books over and over again and I’ve been so repetitive with declaring my love for the same books/series (especially during my 30 Days of Books challenge!) – So since it’s a freebie and I was able to come up with my own, I’m trying to take a look at books that weren’t a given.
Here are my Top Ten Books That Surprised Me!
To narrow it down, I’m taking the Top 5 books that I was surprised I liked and the Top 5 books I was surprised that I didn’t like:
Five Books I Was Surprised I Liked:
- Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – I borrowed this book from a friend. She said she really enjoyed it. I was pretty skeptical! But this was pretty different from the typical vampire stories. I actually liked it a lot and got totally sucked in by the second book.
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen – I’m not much on historical fiction and for some reason a lot of best-sellers and I don’t get along. I figured since everyone was reading this book and they made a movie out of it, I might as well try it. I liked it so much more than I thought I would! The story was really well written and I was captivated by the love story.
- Man In The Dark by Paul Auster – I picked this one up on a random swap. I thought the concept sounded interesting so why not! I think I started and finished in the same day. It wasn’t too long and the storyline was really interesting!
- A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle – I didn’t think I was going to dislike this, but I expected it to have a lot more of a “children’s” feel. I never read this book as a kid so I decided it was time I got around to it and I was so surprised at how well it read for all ages and the creativity it took to create these worlds/planets!
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – I’m not a big sci-fi person. I like the more mild aspects of sci-fi like dystopia, time travel, etc, but when it comes to outer space adventures, not so much. I was pretty skeptical about this book, but I read so many good reviews and when it came up as a swap opportunity, I figured that would be the perfect time to try it. I was very heavy in the sci-fi but it was so surprisingly FUNNY! I knew it was a humorous book, but I didn’t expect to be so drawn in by everything.
Five Books I Was Surprised I DIDN’T Like (Or didn’t like as much as I thought I would):
- Numbers by Rachel Ward – I thought this concept was so cool! A girl who could see the death date of people when she looked them in the eye. Cool and creepy! I think just a lot of things threw me off and I wasn’t expecting the book to take the turns that it did, so it really kind of let me down. I thought the end redeemed it for me a bit so I’ll try the second book, but just really not what I expected it to be.
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – I didn’t dislike Mockingjay. I love The Hunger Games. One of my favorite books! Like, super love it. But Mockingjay seemed like a little bit of a let-down. I felt like it was building up the whole book towards a fantastic end and then all of a sudden, it ended! I felt like I wasn’t prepared for the end and I didn’t even know it was coming so I was still waiting for something awesome to happen. And that was the end of the whole series…? So I don’t know.. Just a bit let down by the end of that one!
- Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – This book just wasn’t for me. This was another dystopia book (clearly my new favorite genre!) so I was pumped to read it. But I honestly didn’t like the way it was written. The similes/metaphors combined with the strikethroughs were really overwhelming and for me, it took away from the story for me instead of enhancing it. I actually found it distracting, so it’s one of the few books I chose not to finish.
- Crossed by Ally Condie – I really enjoyed reading Matched, the first book in this series. This was another one that I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t like it as much as I wanted to. It had a totally different format, now being told by both Cassia and Ky in alternating chapters, and I just couldn’t get a good grasp on their new outside world that they were venturing in. I could picture it, but it was such a different setting that I felt like it was almost a completely different story. It’s a problem I keep having with the 2nd book in a dystopia series lately – The couple is broken up (most likely reunited in the middle/end of the book) and the 2nd book takes place in a brand new setting, and I just feel like it’s not the same story at all. I think this one lost me a little more than usual. Of course I’ll still finish the series, but I was just a little disappointed with how I was left feeling after I finished!
- Insatiable by Meg Cabot – I LOVE Meg. I have read all of her “adult” books/series (still need to read the YA ones – I know! I’m getting to it!!) and I loooove them. So when I heard about another book, I grabbed it as fast as I could! This was at the end of my “vampire phase” and I was starting to grow a bit tired of the topic so I was afraid I wouldn’t like it, but I was like, “Come on! It’s Meg. She can make anything great!” Well. Not so much on this one. It wasn’t even the vampire side of it that turned me off, but I felt like a lot of it was way too over-the-top and the ending was way too theatrical and silly for me. Even bad enough that I didn’t want to keep reading the series. Totally bummed out by that one!