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
Shannon's Picks 
Books I thought I would like less than I did:
1. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 
My main problem was the cover looks juvenile.  I thought it would be another one of those over the top books that tries way to hard to be clever.  But I really really ended up loving this book.  The humor was witty and the story line was a lot of fun.  Way better than I thought it would be.
2. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This was actually a book club pick.  I hadn't read YA in a really long time and it took me awhile to even open this book.  But man, I LOVED it!!  And I really can credit it with renewing my interest into YA.
3. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
I had seen these books around for a long time but was not at all interested in reading about werewolves.  But after I read The Scorpio Races, I wanted to check out Maggie Stiefvater's other books.  While this book wasn't perfect, it was definitely MUCH better than I was expecting.
4. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
This is another one that involves werewolves and seemed very popular.  I really dislike the covers though.  I don't always judge a book by its cover, but it still affects me because marketing is marketing for a reason.  But if I am already iffy about it, then it could push me away from it.  Anyways, this book was a lot more exciting than I expected and I devoured the whole series in about 5 days.
5. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Ah, young teenager love.  Young ANGSTY teenager love.  Or at least, that's what I assumed.  But again, I was pleasantly surprised by the witty humor and likeable protagonists.  The angst was kept to a minimum and it was overall just a really fun read.

Books I thought I would like more:
6. Swamplandia by Karen Russell
This book was a bit of a critical darling.  But I hated it.  In fact, it actually made me mad.  And thoughts why you see it on a lot of my Top Ten "Hate" lists.
7. Requiem by Lauren Oliver
I really liked the series over all, but as a final book Requiem disappointed me.  I didn't like how some of the main characters were acting and I didn't like the ending (non-ending?)  It is hard to get on board with a character when they are acting awful.  
8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Again, everyone seemed to love this book.  I was bored and didn't get what was happening half the time.  Plus I couldn't really connect to the story and always felt like I was being held at arm's length.
9. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson 
I just finished this and haven't had a chance to write a review yet, but I really thought I would like it more.  It had all the right components, but the main character Sophia makes it hard to love her.  And when I don't like your narrator (especially if told in first person), it is hard for me to like the book overall. 
10. A Discovery of Witches by Diane Harkness
Another book everyone seemed to love.  Were they even reading the same book?  I mean, it was bad per se...but it was all over the place and some of it was just...too much.  Also, note to authors who write about vampires: we don't need to have certain questions answered about blood and menstruation.  In fact, if you are an author at all...lets just make a pact to NOT talk about it.  I have my own - I don't need to read about anyone else's.

Julia's Picks 
Books I thought I would like less than I did:
1. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Honestly, I thought the plot sounded amazing and everyone kept talking about it, so I thought hey- why not? But I wasn't expecting much at all because I didn't like Julie Kagawa's other series- The Iron Fey. I just couldn't get into it and the world didn't come alive for me at all. The total opposite is true for The Immortal Rules! I LOVE this book!
2. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
A friend nagged me for over a year to read this book. The cover didn't excite me and the summary made it sound... I don't know, blah. And the fact that she kept nagging me made me feel like I really wouldn't like it. So, I read it just to placate this girl. I couldn't take her nagging me anymore. After reading the  first chapter I felt like an ass because I was SO INTO IT! This is now one of my favorite books/trilogies ever. And yes, I did apologize to her for taking so long. haha
3. Fracture by Megan Miranda
I loved this cover, that's what made me read the book. But I'm not usually into books like this one. I can't even remember what made me think ehh... But I'm so glad I read it. Megan Miranda is now a must buy author. This book is absolutely compelling.
4. Isle of Night by Veronica Wolff 
Didn't like the cover model, thought it would be just another one of those vampire young adult novels.... Wrrrrrong. This book is AMAZING!! One of my absolute favorite series ever. Veronica Wolff reinvented young adult vampires for me. There are some sexy men and kick ass ladies. Action, romance, sexual tension. Read this series.
5. Firelight by Sophie Jordan
I have a hard time envisioning shape shifting dragons. That's what held me back for awhile. I'm glad I finally succumbed to the pretty cover and read this one though. Sophie Jordan made it easier for me to see dragons flying around in my head and I really enjoyed this book

Books I thought I would like more:
6. The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
I loved the first book in this series SO MUCH. This book isn't bad at all, it is pretty good... but it is so predictable and I had really high expectations. Hoping the next book is just as good as the first! 
7. The Lily Bard Mysteries by Charlaine Harris
I am in love with the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. (The last few books have been bad though.) Anyway, I started her Lily Bard series thinking I really liked her other writing, so why not? I was also in the mood for a cozy mystery. Ugh, what a mistake! These books are badly written and I kept thinking of Lily as a man. She talks a lot about how muscular she is. Which is fine, but her muscles and her hair and then her personality, I don't know. It didn't work for me at all. 
8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I hated this book. It got so much hype that I thought it would be great. I was soooo bored and couldn't connect to the characters or the story. Sorry, Shannon, regurgitated your thoughts, but it is the truth. I couldn't even finish this book, and I had been so excited to read it.
9. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
I think this is a good book. I can't wait to see the movie. But after everyone telling me how great it was, I expected it to be great. Why didn't any of these people warn me that they call the alien Wanda? It ruined the story for me. I don't know why, but as soon as I heard Wanda I shut down a little bit. Haha, I was like nope doesn't work. The name does make sense, but oh well. I kind of ignored it and that made it easier to read. I also had a hard time dealing with the fact that they were sorta okay sharing a body... or I don't know, them talking to each other in her head? Not my cup of tea. Was a satisfying read though! Glad I read it. 
10. Lover Reborn by JR Ward
This paranormal romance series is dark and delicious. Every book up until Lover Reborn. It has been awhile since I read this one, so I can't remember exactly what turned me off. I think that the couple just didn't really do anything for me. I couldn't see them working. And I waited SO LONG for the release of this book. Oh well, I think the next book in the series rocked my world. ;)


  1. Good lists, I was also surprised by how much I loved Hex Hall and Shiver.

  2. Haha! DISCOVERY OF WITCHES made my list as well. I found it pretty cheesy as a whole. I did think it was mostly fun but I definitely didn't love it like everyone else seemed to.

  3. I TOTALLY agree with Requiem. I felt like throwing my Kindle out the window and on to a moving train platform (LOL).


  4. I agree about the cover of Hex Hall. If it's witty and has a good plot, maybe I should try it! And lol I never thought about how crappy a name Wanda is for an alien. :)

    My TTT

  5. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Hex Hall. I'm with Shannon; the cover didn't do it for me and gave the book a much younger feel.

    I love lists like this :)



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