Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Thought I’d Like More/Less

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic. I’m a huge fan of lists, so this meme is right up my alley! 


This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like MORE/LESS Than I Did.  So here’s my list (the links go to my review or the Goodreads page):
Books I Thought I’d Like More…
I just read this one and I was incredibly disappointed with it.  All the bloggers love this one, and it was supposed to be MY KIND OF BOOK.  I was supposed to be fangirling all over Twitter, fangirling to my friends and family and to myself.  But instead, I wrote pages of angsty notes.  My review will be up soon, and it should be an interesting one…
Okay, before you guys start getting a mob together to come and jump me, just relax.  I gave Insurgent 4 stars, so I did enjoy it.  I just was expecting to LOVE it and that didn’t happen.  The ending was disappointing to me because I had seen it before and Four did some things that made him no longer one of my book boyfriends.  But I am totally going to read Allegiant and I hope that I love it just as much (if not more) than I loved Divergent.
I’m getting more diverse in the books I read and love, so when a girl in my book club picked this for us to read, I thought, “That sounds like chick lit, but it sounds like really cute chick lit!”  I mean, the name alone makes me want to sit in a big comfy chair with some tea or wine and devour the book in a day.  Unfortunately, it really didn’t live up to its potential at all.
Post-apocalyptic world controlled by aliens?  Yes please! Unfortunately this was another one that really didn’t live up to its potential.  I was confused during a lot of the book, and a lot of things didn’t get explained until much later in the book or they went completely unexplained.  I was left pretty disappointed.
This one was another disappointing one.  I didn’t end up hating it, but it was just okay, and I was expecting it to be really suspenseful and full of action.  But the synopsis was really misleading and the majority of this book was really slow and dull.
Books I Thought I’d Like Less…
This was another pick for my book club, and several of us internally groaned when we learned we’d be reading a biography.  But boy, were we wrong.  This book was extremely fantastic, and I recommend it to everyone, even if you don’t like biographies!
Like I said above, my taste has grown in the past few years, so when my friends were all raving about this book a couple of years ago, I wasn’t too interested in a YA contemporary novel, especially one that seemed very chick-lit-y.  But I read it anyway and I’m so glad I did, because Stephanie Perkins is definitely one of the best YA Contemporary authors out there!
I LOVE this movie.  Absolutely LOVE it!  But I’ve never been one for the kind of books that Nicholas Sparks writes, so I was expecting to not love the book as much as I loved the movie.  And yeah, I think I still love the movie more, but I loved the book, too!  I guess I really am an old softie…
I thought that I would enjoy this one, but I didn’t expect to completely LOVE it and fangirl over it like I did!  The sequel, Altered, is my #1 must have book at BEA this year, and I really hope I can meet Gennifer Albin there as well!
So now you’re all going, “Wait, what???” Yes, it’s true. Back when I was in college my mom told me that I needed to read the Harry Potter books.  At that point, only a few of them were out and I really didn’t know much about them, except that they were books for kids. And that’s what I said to my mom, in that annoying whiny voice, “Moooom, those are kids’ books!”  I had NO plan to read them, ever.  Then a couple years later I saw the first movie and I was hooked.  I devoured the first few books and soon became the extreme Harry Potter nerd I am today.  Yes, Mom, you were right.

So what books did you think you’d like more or less than you did?  Let me know, or leave a link to your TTT in the comments, and I’ll stop by your blog!


  1. Hound_bound

    April 23, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Oh, Harry Potter. I wonder how many of its legions of fans came to it unwilling at first. :) It seems a common tale among readers.

  2. Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

    April 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I was also unwilling to read Harry Potter. Thankfully I did!

    I'm disappointed that you didn't love Mara Dyer but I can forgive you because A: I'm cool like that and B: You loved Anna and the French Kiss.

  3. Bethany Farwell

    April 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Awww. We all have our books that people RAVE about that we just couldn't fall for. Personally, I loved Mara & Insurgent.. but I understand your points. Also – I've wanted to read Crewel for SO long. I just haven't bought it yet. ARGH!
    New follower :)
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  4. Jessica Elkins

    April 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Great list! There's several of these on my TBR pile.

    New Follower :)

    My TTT

  5. Addicted to Films

    April 23, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I'm with you on Insurgent, the ending was very disappointing among other stuff that I did not like in the book, my review post of it will soon be up. I wanted to like Insurgent as much as Divergent, but nope. I totally forgot about Insurgent when I came up with my own TTT list.

  6. Becky LeJeune

    April 23, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Yeah, I was fairly unimpressed with FROM NOTTING HILL… as a whole.

  7. Natalie Bell

    April 23, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I have HP on my list, too. And yay, Anna!
    Here's my TTT

  8. Bittner

    April 23, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I was a hold out on HP too! And I can't believe that Notebook is on your list!

  9. pagesunbound

    April 23, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I wasn't as in love with Insurgent as I was with Divergent either. So you're not alone!

  10. alibrarianslibrary

    April 24, 2013 at 2:39 am

    I totally fangirl over Crewel! One of my favorite books from last year! =)

  11. Susan

    April 24, 2013 at 3:51 am

    UNBROKEN is on my list, too, and for the very same reason. Non-fiction war books are not my favorite, but this one, wow — it drew me in and kept me totally captivated. Amazing story!

  12. Lola Reading

    April 24, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I totally agree with Anna and the French Kiss and Harry Potter! I waited to read both of them because I thought I wouldn't like them. Wow! I couldn't have been more wrong! :)

  13. Jessica @ Books: A true story

    April 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I loved Insurgent. I thought the writing was much better. The ending still gave me chills even though I kind of saw it coming. It gives an interesting set up for Allegiant! Harry Potter – same here! I was in college too and had the same reaction lol.

    My TTT

  14. fakesteph

    April 25, 2013 at 3:00 am

    I totally agree about Insurgent. I thought I would love it, but Tris drove me CRAZY and the end was like… ehhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  15. Sarah

    April 26, 2013 at 1:20 am

    I have no idea WTH happened in Mara Dyer. Didn't/won't read 2 or 3.
    Didn't like Insurgent too much, but I understand why the story went where it did.

    Loved Anna and the French kiss – even have a signed copy now! Dying for Isla (also, for anyone who reads this, it's pronounced "eye-la" not "ees-la" – I mispronounced it in front of Steph. whoopsies)

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