Top Ten Tuesday is hosted my the awesomeness over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week we’re discussing books we thought we’d love more. And the ones we thought we’d love less. This is a tough subject because so many books are either a million times more breathtaking than I ever could have imagined or they’re, well, meh. It isn’t always fair that we hear such hype about a book and it just can’t always live up to it, so I will do my best to be very honest while keeping that in mind.
Thought I’d Like More:
1. The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter- I liked this book, but I thought my intense love of Henry would carry me further. Nope. I was just expecting something more.
2. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare- Yeah, it pains me to list that one, it really does. I think, as much as I love these characters, this story is over for me.
3. Matched by Allie Condie- The premise was fantastic, the cover is gorgeous but I was never able to feel more than apathetic toward this book. I’m thrilled for the people who love it, but I never fell into those ranks.
4. Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson- This book is totally cute, don’t get me wrong, but I fell so in love with the premise and it somehow ended up feeling like it fell short.
5. Hallowed by Cynthia Hand- Yes, another sequel. Another sequel from a series where I flipped over the first book (or books). It’s not fair to the books that come after that I feel let-down since my crazy love for certain books soars so high. This was a good book with good characters, it just felt long, like there wasn’t enough steam to keep it going. I still want to read book three.
Thought I’d Like Less:
1. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness- Make no mistake, I knew this book would be amazing, but I had no idea it would touch my heart and soul the way it did. This will go on the list (it’s a long one) of my favorite books of all-time. It is absolutely one of my favorite series.
2. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch- This is a recent read, and it stands out in my mind for the fact that it sounded like a good story, but not something I would read and reread. I fell in love with this book, with the girls, with the writing. It was absolutely beautiful.
3. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson- This book sounded good, but really too sad for words, so I avoided it for quite a while. Of course, I was blown away by it. Of course, I fell in love with it. It is my of my favorite books and probably the number one book I recommend to people. I knew it would make me cry at times, but I had no idea how hard it would make me laugh, how wide it would make me smile, and how much I’d swoon over it all.
4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell- Oh, another book that sounded super sweet and cute. And it was, but I wasn’t prepared for the incredibly funny, beautiful romance it held. I adored this book. I wanted to hug it to my chest when I was finished reading it.
5. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry- This book seemed like a knock off of Perfect Chemistry. I was totally wrong. I was SO sucked in. It was romantic, and painful and so good. I devoured it in about a day.
There are so many more that can go on this list (both parts), but these stand out in my most recent memory. I sound like a broken record on a few but that’s only because they are always at the forefront of my mind (because they’re so good!).
What about you? Any books you’d add to this list?