Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Thought I'd Like MORE/LESS Than I Did

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Top Ten Books I Thought I'd Like More/Less Than I Did
I thought I'd like these LESS than I did:  
1) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin- When I first got this novel, it had been hyper up a lot (which is crazy because I got an advanced reader's copy and it was still all I was reading about). I thought that it couldn't possibly be as good as everyone was saying. Or maybe it was but I didn't think I was a fan of unreliable narrators so I probably wouldn't be too crazy about it. Wrong, wrong, wrong. It was amazing from the first page to the last word.  
2) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- I jumped on this bandwagon after the second novel came out and I couldn't walk into a bookstore without seeing a huge display of the series. But it had a boring cover and all I knew was it was about a dsytopian world which was so not my thing. At the time, I wanted to read paranormal romance. But I had a coupon AND it was already on sale so  figured, why the heck not? Well, there went my next three nights. Addicted!  
3) Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling- I grew up seeing these books at every kid's house that I played at. But I wasn't much into reading and I really didn't think a book about a boy wizard was going to be very good so I ooked the other. Then the movie came out and I thought, what the hack? Yeah, it was epic. So I walked into the bookstore and being the idiot I was, I only bought the first novel...and finished it that night. At the time, I was 15 and couldn't drive so I had to wait the entire day for my mom to get home and drive me to get the next two. The fifth book was coming out at the end of the week and I knew I HAD to finish them so I could get. Been a fan ever since.  
4) 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher- It was really this book that made me realize that I loved all YA and not just YA fantasy/paranormal romance. I picked up because I couldn't get over the hook of the novel. But it was a contemporary and I didn't read them. I gave it a try anyway and was so touched by the story that I realized I'd been missing out on a world of possiblities.  
5) Across the Universe by Beth Revis- I keep saying this over and over again but I wasn't supposed to like this book because I've never been too in to sci-fi. That's the thing about these books, they made me break my rules and expand my reading horizons. Revis' book had the sci-fi thing against it and it was set on a spaceship which I really didn't like. Yet the moment I started, reading I couldn't stop. Beauty was bursting in every word and I was addicted. 

6) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs- A book filled with slightly unsettling to full on creepy pictures? Yeah, you've got the wrong blogger buddy because I...well look at that, this first chapter is pretty damn good. And the second one is even better. Yeah, I can't talk right now because I'm reading. It was creepy and eerie and not my thing and exactly what I wanted to be reading!

I thought I'd like MORE than I did:

1) Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer- I went back to the bookstore I used to work out and volunteered to host the release night party with my best friend because I loved those books so much. I was stoked to get behind the register and hand out a book to everyone that paid and couldn't wait to get home and start the book. I ended up being disappointed because I just didn't love where the story went.
2) City of Bones by Cassandra Clare-This book was super hyped up. Everyone loves it and loves the characters and the plot and the world. The problem was, I just didn't. I didn't feel drawn to the characters the way most people did and I didn't think the writing was that great. However, I always said they would make great movies and I do plan on reading the entire series. I just wasn't blown away by this one.  
3) The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda- Something was off about this novel. It had high stakes but it just felt so slow. I kept waiting for things to happen and they just never did for me. I really wanted to like this novel because it was so unique but it ended up not being for me.   Which books made your list?


  1. City of Bones is great. But it is the weakest out of the bunch, in my opinion. The second book was the one that got me hooked, and made me addicted to anything and everything Cassandra Clare writes. You should read her Infernal Devices books though (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess), they are amazing! Especially the final book. It is my favorite series of her two series. Really, really worth reading, even if you couldn't get into City of Bones.

  2. I'm a huge Cassie Clare fan, so I will defend her honor until the end of time. But. I can see how enjoying The Mortal Instruments much, especially the later books that she added on. But The Infernal Devices are just so incredibly amazing! I think her writing just really fits with a historical setting and the characters. THE CHARACTERS. ::dies:: Such. A. Good. Series.

  3. I didn't end up liking The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer or Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, they really disappointed me unfortunately :( Loved the first two HG books -- still haven't read Mockingjay though, LOL. & of COURSE HP!!

    I'd really like to read 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher -- I've heard great things!

    Great list & happy reading!

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