It is Tuesday once again and the wonderful ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish are still on their hiatus. That’s alright, gives me a reason to make my own stuff up! Not that I ever entirely follow their themes anyway. It is so easy to get derailed.
This week I stumbled across a post over on Thrice Read about books they liked/didn’t like as much as they expected. I thought, hey! What a great Top Ten Tuesday theme! So, here it is. Top Ten Tuesday- Books I liked/didn’t like more than I expected.
Books I didn’t like that I had expected to enjoy
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor – So, yeah, I finished this one up about two weeks ago now and didn’t even bother to write a review on it. Everyone seems to love this book. The amount of lovey gush is astronomical. You know what? It bored me. Bored bored bored.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – Never ending dialogue and half witted, selfish, single minded characters. I went into this read completely excited and ready to love it. I have never been more let down by a book in my life and that is saying something.
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas – After the masterpiece that was A Court of Mist and Fury I have to admit that I was expecting a lot from this book. It did not deliver on ANY level. I gave it a 2/5 on Goodreads I was so agitated with it.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer – This book was just dull. I picked this book up after I had read Meyer’s Heartless which I adored. Cinder, however, was a let down. I may continue the series at some point but the longer I wait, the more I doubt it. Simple characters, simple story, did not give me any feels, and some really awkward dialogue? No thanks.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Hello to another book that completely bored me. The characters were dull, the story was long with very little of consequence happening, and I was just damn bored! This one was a struggle to get through. It has such a huge following I was expecting much more out of it.
Books I loved with no prior expectations
The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost by Lucy Banks – I got this book as an ARC a few months back and didn’t really know what to expect from it. Happy to say that I loved it. Light read, entertaining without being overkill. Just a good book.
Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn – I mentioned in my review previously that I picked this book up pretty much at random. Sometimes I take my daughter to the library to play when the weather is bad and I grabbed this off the shelf to entertain myself while she did her puzzles and what not. Could not put it down once I had it. Excellent book.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – When I started blogging at the beginning of this year I noticed a few people mentioning this book. I didn’t really read much about it, mostly skimmed a few blog posts on it and picked it up on a whim at Barnes and Noble. Schwab quickly became one of my top five favorite authors. So glad I grabbed it that snowy day.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – It feels like it has been a lifetime since I read this book but I can still remember it clearly. This one was picked up on the strength of it’s cover alone and I just fell in love with the story. Many people say that the descriptions in this book are over the top but I love them. Lyrical without being tacky. Just a good, well written story.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – Have I brought this book up enough on my blog? Probably but I will continue to do so. This is another one that I purchased on the strength of it’s cover alone. I was on lunch break from work one day and there was a Barnes and Noble just up the street so I went in to browse the shelves. I purchased this book without knowing ANYTHING about it other than, “Man, what an eye catching cover!” Since then I have re-read it a half dozen times, purchased the next two in the series which have also been re-read, and ended up completely adoring the author.
That is it for this Top Ten Tuesday. What books have you read with high expectations that just crashed and burned for you? What books were pleasant surprises? Let me know in the comments and, of course, feel free to leave your own TTT link!