Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish
This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like MORE or LESS
The Beginning of After was a highly anticipated read for me and, I can’t explain it, but I just read the summary and it sounded like very much a Jamie book. It was GOOD but it was not great or wonderful like I expected it to be. Just never quite made it there for me though so many people I know loved it.
This was really sad for me because Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook was one of my most anticipated debuts for 2013. I mean, a YA Bonnie & Clyde type story? I was so game. Unfortunately I just wasn’t impressed which was a shame because I REALLY thought I was going to love this one.
When I first heard about Everything Is Going To Be Great I was STOKED — I love travelogues and from the description of this one I thought it was going to be my new favorite one because I just needed a story of a twenty something who also was trying to figure out this post-college real world like I was. There were definitely enjoyable moments but I really thought I was going to LOVE it and mostly it just wasn’t there.
I had followed Maureen Johnson for a while on Twitter and she is hilarious AND 13 Little Blue Envelopes promised European travel so it should have been a total Jamie book but I honestly never connected with it on the level I thought I would. It just stayed an ok to good read for me.
I was recommended the Uglies before I ever really got into reading YA much less YA dystopian. This had been highly recommended all around Goodreads but I just really didn’t care for it nor have the desire to pick up book 2. SADS because Scott Westerfeld is pretty darn cool and lots of people loved this one.
I was CURIOUS about The Program by Suzanne Young but honestly didn’t have high hopes for it because lately awesome premises have just seemed to fall flat for me and I thought it would hover in the “it was good/pretty entertaining but that’s it” category. This book honestly just had it all and I was INCREDIBLY surprised at how much I LOVED it to pieces. One of my favorite new series which is hilarious since I have been so anti-series and so over dystopians lately.
I ignored you all for so long. I’m not a paranormal girl and angels? PSHH. I thought I was seriously going to not be a fan of the Unearthly series but I can’t even tell you how much I devoured it and LOVED it.
HAHA. I read Cinder by Marissa Meyer to pacify you all and also out of curiosity because all sorts of different readers were LOVING this one. I really thought I was not going to like this but I was easily swept up in it and need to get my paws on Scarlet. CYBORGS = MORE AWESOME THAN I COULD HAVE IMAGINED.
Admittedly I’m a newbie to the fantasy realm and I honestly thought maybe I would ENJOY The Girl of Fire and Thorns but I absolutely devoured this book on my honeymoon and decided that I needed to explore the fantasy genre more if this was what I was going to get! Game changer for me! Could not believe I LOVED it like I did.
I LIKED The Scorpio Races but didn’t love (I think reading it during a stressful period of wedding planning didn’t help it) so I really thought I’d feel the same about The Raven Boys — especially since the summary didn’t really sound AMAZING to me. I was blown away when suddenly I found myself reading this in a single day! It is totally NOT something I would have thought I would have loved by any means!
So tell me…have you read any of these books? Did you like them more or less than you thought? What are some of the most noteworthy books did you think you’d like more/less than you actually did.