Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like MORE/LESS Than I Did

I came up with five books that I thought I’d like more than I did:

1. Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

I really liked her book Graveminder, and I was intrigued by this book’s premise, but for reasons outlined in my upcoming review, I really didn’t like this book even though I wanted to.

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I thought I’d like this book a lot more than I did, considering the glowing, gushing reviews I read, but when I actually read the book myself, I just couldn’t see what everyone loved about it. It was entertaining but just an average read for me – I liked it but didn’t love it.

3. Dualed by Elsie Chapman

I was so excited to read this book, and based on the really cool premise, I totally thought I’d love this one. Unfortunately, the world building was a bit lacking for me. A fun book, but I was a bit bummed that it wasn’t as awesome as I hoped it would have been.

4. Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

A new story featuring Elizabeth and Darcy?? I eagerly started this one, but it took way too long for me to really get into the book, and it just wasn’t a love connection.

5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The premise intrigued me, the photographs were pretty cool, but when it was all put together, it totally fell flat for me.


And here are five books that I thought I would like less than I did:

6. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

I wasn’t super excited to read this book, as I thought it would be a Twilight-style love story but substituting werewolves for vampires. But I was pleasantly surprised by this book and quickly read the full series.

7. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

I was feeling a bit iffy after I read the first book, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, but I loved this sequel more than I liked the first book, and now I can’t wait for the final book in the trilogy, coming out this fall.

8. The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

I read Kate Morton’s The Forgotten Garden and liked it, so when I picked this up, I expected to like it too. But oh my gosh, I fell in love with this book. It was my favourite read of 2011 and to this day, I still find myself thinking about it and the characters who inhabit its pages. This book blew me away.

9. Legend by Marie Lu

I think I was feeling a bit dystopia’d-out when I finally picked this up from the library, but I was drawn into this book immediately and loved it. I need to get my hands on the sequel, Prodigy!

10. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I had heard so much about this book and knew that pretty much everyone loved it, but I resisted reading it for a while because I thought I didn’t like contemporary YA, especially those with an emphasis on romance. But this book changed my mind! I’ve since read a whole bunch of contemporary YA, and lightened up on my anti-romance stance. This book was just pure fun and I loved it!

8 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday

  1. Angelique says:

    It’s sad you didn’t enjoy The Night Circus!
    Thanks for sharing your list
    My TTT

  2. I started the Night Circus and put it down. Something better came up. And as for Death Comes to Pemberly? How is it possible for a book to go so wrong? i was so disappointed in it. Thanks for sharing. you can find mine at:

  3. Oh noes! I loved The Night Circus and I have such high hopes for Carnival of Souls. 🙁

    • Pingwing says:

      I really enjoyed aspects of The Night Circus but I do seem to be in the minority of people who didn’t love it.

      I’ve seen really great reviews for Carnival of Souls, so this may be another case where pretty much everyone but me likes it! I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts on it!

  4. I’ve seen THE NIGHT CIRCUS on several lists today. I think it’s one of those love it/hate it kind of books. I loved it, mostly because of the pictures it painted in my head.

    Happy TTT!

    • Pingwing says:

      Yup, I’m surprised to see others didn’t like it – I have only ever heard from people who loved it! The writing was great – I think my issues were more with plot and character. 🙁

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