Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would.
I decided to do a bit of both for this list, because I wasn’t sure if I could find ten books that would fit just one of these. Plus it adds a bit of fun to cover both sides of the topic. So here they are in no particular order.
Books I Loved More Than I Thought I Would
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I put this one off for years thinking I would hate it, but when I finally read it not that long ago I realized it was a really good book.
- Lost Stars by Claudia Gray. With so many disappointments in the new Star Wars Cannon series, I didn’t expect much out of this one. But what I got was a truly fantastic story, and I really hope that Gray writes a follow up novel to check in on these characters a few years later in the timeline.
- Foundation by Isaac Asimov. I really wasn’t expecting much from this one, and while I didn’t think it was the best book ever, I still enjoyed it more than I thought I would and plan to read the rest of the series some day. I can see how this story inspired Star Wars with a lot of similar ideas and terminology.
- Owl And The Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish. I had this one randomly send to me by the publisher, and when I read the back I though I would hate it. In fact, I didn’t think I would even bother reading it, but I did and fond a very interesting story within it’s pages.
- Half Of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I was expecting to like this one, but not to love it like I did. Adichie’s writing is so beautiful, and it was reading this book that prompted me to go out and buy all her other books, which are all wonderful reads as well.
Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would
- Star Wars: Catalyst. This, and most of the other books in the new Star Wars cannon have been huge disappointments. I want to like then, because they are Star Wars, but nearly every one I have ended up not liking.
- The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed The Raven Boys. But I found each book after that was less and less interesting, and when I got to The Raven King, I couldn’t even bother to finish it. I though I would love the whole series, but sadly I didn’t.
- Titans by Victoria Scott. I liked this book, I really did, but I didn’t love it. I had though I would absolutely love this book based off the synopsis, but it didn’t live up to my expectations. I think my big issue was I was thinking it would be like The Scorpio Races and when it wasn’t, I was left feeling disappointed.
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. When I first finished this book I gave it a four star rating, but shortly afterwards I really questioned that decision because the more I thought about it, the more I realized it wasn’t that good, and I began to forget the book just days after finishing it. So while I initially liked it, in the end I didn’t enjoy it very much.
- The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner. Sure, I liked the first book enough to keep reading, but everything after that felt like a carbon copy of the first book.