Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week features a different theme/prompt for which you come up with a list of 10 books. This week’s theme is top ten books you liked more/less than you thought you would. I’m pretty sure the intention was to choose one (either more or less), but I decided to go with both and choose 5 for each to make things a little easier for myself.
5 Books I Liked Less Than I Thought I Would
I’m starting off with the books I didn’t enjoy as much as I thought I would. This doesn’t mean that I didn’t like the books at all, but simply that they weren’t quite as amazing and jaw-dropping as I thought they would be.
Please don’t kill me. I really did enjoy this book (and the sequel) overall, but based on all the hype surrounding this series I was just expecting more from it. Like I said, I still liked it, but it hasn’t become an all-time favorite for me like it is for so many other people.
This was neither a wonderful nor terrible book. It was just “eh” to me. I know some people have really enjoyed it, but for me, it just dragged on forever and there wasn’t enough happening to truly keep me interested. I hope/think that the next books in the series will be better though and I definitely plan on reading the sequel.
Red Queen is probably one of my favorite books of all time and so I was expecting quite a lot from the sequel. Unfortunately, GS wasn’t the best. Similarly to The Bone Witch, I found it to be really slow and hard to stay interested in. It got really repetitive after awhile too. I’m still really excited to read King’s Cage, though (which I’ll hopefully be starting later this week!).
A lot of you have probably heard me complain about this book before since it’s kind of become my go-to example of a book that was hyped up way too much for me to enjoy it. I know a lot of people love the friendship between the two main characters (I can’t remember their names), but I had a hard time differentiating between the two. The magic system was incredibly confusing and contradicted itself several times. Basically, I was just expecting so much more out of this and was so disappointed with what I actually got.
This is another book that I was really quite excited for, but unfortunately ended up being disappointed by. I felt the pacing in this was kind of off and it made it hard for me to stay interested throughout the book. It certainly wasn’t terrible, and I may end up reading the sequel at some point, but I definitely didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
5 Books I Liked More Than I Thought I Would
Even though I had already read and adored the two other books Sepetys has published, I wasn’t convinced that I was going to really enjoy this one. Unlike her other two books, this one wasn’t WWII historical fiction but rather was set in New Orleans in the 1950s. My doubts ended up being completely unfounded though as this actually became my favorite out of her three novels.
I wasn’t expecting to dislike this book, but I also wasn’t expecting to fall in love with it like I did. This was such an absolutely fantastic book and I highly recommend it to pretty much everyone. There are some potentially triggering things in this book, like self-harm, though. But if you can handle reading it, you definitely should.
I was sent a copy of this book by the author to read and review and I am soooo happy that I accepted this request. It’s definitely one of my favorite YA contemporaries and I desperately want more people to read this and see what a fantastic book it is. Again there’s some potentially triggering stuff like abuse, but if you can stomach it, it’s well worth the read.
Okay, okay – I know I’ve been talking about this series nonstop since I first read it, but it deserves the recognition, okay? I read this when it was first published as Fear My Mortality and it has seen been re-released as a self-published series and it is amazing. If you like YA sci-fi, you should absolutely check this book out! It’s not the best in terms of diversity, but it’s still a great read. And with each book available for only a few dollars on Kindle, it’s pretty hard to resist. 😉
This is one of those books that I had been meaning to read for years and yet never did. Once I started blogging, I started seeing a ton of people say how horrible this series was and got discouraged. I decided to grab the first book from the library anyway and I’m really glad I did because it was a really enjoyable read. Maybe it’s just because my expectations were pretty low, but I thought it was great. Now I just need to get myself to finish the series.