Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic was a rather sticky one for me: Top Ten Books I Thought I'd Like MORE/LESS Than I Did. It seems there are a lot more books I thought I'd like more and not so many less. I think this is in large part due to that wily thing called expectation. To an extent, we go into every book with some level of expectation. And generally I avoid those I expect not to enjoy, hence the longer first list. The disclaimer, then is this: most of these are based entirely on whether or not a book met my expectations, which is definitely a subjective thing. And on that note:
Books I Thought I'd Like More Than I Did:
Beta by Rachel Cohn
I was super excited to read this one, as it looked like an awesome concept. It was, I just didn't enjoy it.
Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
I admit my hopes were not too high, as I'd been burned out on paranormal romance when I got this. Still, I was sorely disappointed in it.
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
I was truly surprised by the first book in this series, Unearthly (see list below), and thus had hoped to like the sequel more. Alas, it wasn't so for me.
Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
I had very high hopes for this one and while it met some of those, it still wasn't quite as much as I thought.
Reckless by Cornelia Funke
I really enjoyed Funke's Inkheart series, but this one felt all wrong to me.
Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
Ruby Red, I expected to love this one. Not so.
Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder
I guess I missed spending the time with Yelena, because I did not like Opal nearly as much.
Tris and Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison
Admittedly, after seeing a number of less-than-stellar reviews, my hopes were not high. But, I wanted more from this retelling by a favorite author.
The Weepers by Susanne Winnacker
Another dystopian that I was hoping would be as awesome as Hunger Games. It wasn't.
What Came From the Stars by Gary D.Schmidt
I adored everything I'd read of Schmidt's thus far, but this foray into fantasy was a miss for me.
And on a happier note:
Books I Thought I'd Like Less Than I Did:
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
I thought this one would be silly fun. I was right, but it was so. much. more.
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
I expected only a bit of silliness, but the audiobook of this was much more interesting than I first thought!
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Yes, I liked lots of Maggie's stuff, but I did not expect to fall so head over heals in love with those raven boys!
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
See my above comment about the sequel. I had not had much luck with angel books, but this one surprised me with its refreshing touch.
With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo
This one sounded like it might be a bit too cheesy, but it turned out to be a really smart, thoughtful book!
What books made your list this week?
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