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Top Ten Tuesday (#32): Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like MORE/LESS than I actually did

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like MORE/LESS than I did”.

Books I thought I’d like more…
1. Clockwork Angel
I enjoyed The Mortal Instruments, and everyone seemed to be loving The Infernal Devices, so I borrowed both Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince from the library.  In all honesty, I couldn’t get into them at all. I slogged through Clockwork Angel waiting for it to pick up or for something to draw me in, and it just never happened. I didn’t even open Clockwork Prince.

I may come back to them eventually, but for now, life’s too short for books I don’t love!

2. Dearly, Beloved (Review)
After Dearly, Departed was such an unexpected success, (see below!) I was really excited about Dearly, Beloved.  It didn’t live up to the first book at all though in my opinion.  Slower pacing, a lack of chemistry and a generally cluttered plot, this was a big letdown.

3. Hysteria (Review)
This sounded so good, but to be honest, I didn’t end up liking it very much.  I felt like it just didn’t fit – like the believable flashbacks clashed with the unbelievable present day.

4. Life of Pi
I really loved Life of Pi….Except the ending. I know that’s a controversial thing to say, but in all honesty, the more I think about the book, the more I resent it. You know how you were always told in school that “And then I woke up” was the worst way to end a story? The ending of this is way up there with that in my opinion.

5. The Claiming of sleeping beauty
Anne Rice puts an erotic spin on a fairytale – how could it possibly go wrong? This was recommended by several friends, and a few book bloggers I share reading tastes with (usually) loved it. And yet, this was just a bit too ‘out there’ for me.  I found it repetitive, the plot seemed to drift off to another set of characters halfway through the book, and there was a much bigger focus on m/m than I expected.  If you were expecting something like Fifty Shades crossed with Sleeping Beauty (which I’ll admit is basically what I expected) this is not it – this is several levels darker.

Books I didn’t expect to love as much as I did
1. Wolf of The Plains
Historical fiction? I can pretty much take it or leave it.  Genghis Khan? Don’t really know anything about him, don’t really care.  Those are pretty much the thoughts I had when my Dad recommended Wolf of the Plains.  Eventually I read it just to stop him whinging, and I LOVED it.  Of course there’s action and war and epic drama, but there’s also romance, and family and suspense.  I’ve bought every book in the series since then, and they’re a favourite.

2. Dearly, Departed
I should start off by saying that I am a wimp. There’s no tip-toeing around it, I’m hopeless with both horror and gore, and I spend most episodes of True Blood with my eyes closed.  Given that, I didn’t expect to like Dearly, Departed at all.  However, I was curious to see what all the fuss was about regarding zombie fiction, and this was a really pleasant surprise.

3. Always & Forever (Review)
This is what I expected from The Fault in Our Stars – beautifully written and heartbreakingly sad, Always & Forever was one of my favourite reads of 2012. 

4. 0.4
Although not a huge sci-fi fan, I couldn’t put this down.  The plot was really interesting, and I loved following Kyle Straker as the world literally changed in front of him.

5. Cinder (Review)
I didn’t love this as much as a lot of people, but I still enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting to, and it was one of my favourites for 2012.

6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (#32): Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like MORE/LESS than I actually did

  1. I myself, am a self confessed wimp. I have no back bone. I am the laughing stock of all my friends. I walked out of Drag Me to Hell five minutes in and was them promptly told this was not a horror but in fact a comedy ( I did not appreciate this).
    Therefor I have not picked up a single Zombie story. Maybe I should start bucking up.

    My TTT

  2. I agree re: Cinder, I wasn’t expecting to like it at all, and I was pleasantly surprised – it’s not a favourite of mine, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I would like to read Hysteria, but I have read a few reviews now where people have said it’s not as good as they were hoping, so I’m not quite as keen to read it as I was before!

  3. I felt the same way about Dearly, Departed and Dearly, Beloved. I will probably read the next book in the series to see what happens but I felt let down by book 2.

    I’ve kind of given up on the Cassandra Clare books. I really liked the first three in the Mortal Instruments but didn’t care for book 4 and while I read Clockwork Angel, I didn’t ever get around to reading Clockwork Prince though I did buy it. I have too many books I want to read to force myself to continue a series I’m not into anymore.

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