Top Ten Tuesday (7): Books I Thought I'd Like More/Less Than I Did

The topic this week is Top Ten Books I Thought I'd Like More/Less Than I Did. Ever been so excited about a book, only to finally read it and be let down? Ever been hesitant to start a book, but then fall in love with it? What about begrudgingly reading something you're sure you could never like, only to be proven wrong? Well, here are some of those books for me!

Here are some books I thought I'd like more than I actually did:

1. Matched by Ally Condie: I liked this one well enough, but I was sure I would like it more. I mean, it's a dystopia, there's lovey stuff in it and there's a sort of rebellion against society! I don't know what it was, but it just didn't capture me the way I thought it would. Sad day.

2. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson: I'm a huge Peter Pan nut. I was really excited about this book, but I just didn't enjoy as much as I'd hoped. I'm still trying to sort out my thoughts enough to make a coherent review. Hopefully that happens at some point!

3. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare: I loved the first three books in this series. I thought it ended well... and then I found out she was writing three more. I was excited to read this book, but it really let me down. Gone were all the elements I had loved in the previous books. I haven't read the fifth book yet, though I have it... all because of how much I really didn't care for this one. If it were me, I would have stopped at three.

4. The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell: The premise of this one was really interesting, but it fell extremely flat for me. It dragged for most of the book and then a bunch of stuff happened all of a sudden without any real rhyme or reason to it. I know a lot of people loved this, but I was left wanting more from it.

5. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma: Oh my word, I thought I was going to love this book. I know a lot of people really loved it, but I hated it. I'm not going to go into detail, but if you're curious, I wrote a review of it on my old blog.

Here are some of the books I liked more than I thought I would:

6. The Host by Stephenie Meyer: I'm not a fan of sci-fi, but I picked this one up because I enjoyed Twilight. Boy was I surprised when I really enjoyed this book! Sure, it took me a good 60 pages to get into it, but once it picked up, I fell in love! I think I might even like it more than Twilight... maybe...

7. Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs: I wasn't so sure I could be interested in a mermaid book. However, one of my awesome bookish pals, Jen (of Literally Jen), is a huge mermaid fan and suggested I read this series to see if I could be into mermaids. This book is hilarious! I read it in a day and had to go and check out the second book the following day. I haven't finished the series yet, but I hope to do so eventually. I also have a few more mermaid titles waiting on my shelves and it's all thanks to Jen and this book.

8. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly: Okay, this is a weird one because I went into the read thinking I'd like it simply because it's fairy tale related... then I started reading it and it's quite a lot darker than I thought it was going to be. It kind of gave me nightmares. I wasn't so sure I wanted to finish it because it was creepy and scary, but I kept reading anyway. I'm glad I kept going because by the end of the book, I realized I really loved it.

9. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: I think there's kind of a theme with books I thought I wouldn't like as much as I did... this one is creepy, but I LOVED it! I reviewed this one too, if you want to see how much I loved it... which is a ton.

10. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake: Yet another scary book that I liked! Maybe I like them more than I think I do... or maybe it just takes a really well written, intriguing story full of interesting characters to change my mind (even if only briefly) about horror/thriller novels. I had to take a break from reading this book because it creeped me out so much, but I was interested in how it all ended enough that I did pick it back up eventually. Such a good one!

Honorary mention: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd. I still have ten chapters left until I finish this one, but seeing as I stayed up until 3 am reading it yesterday, I can say I am surprisingly hooked on this story. I'm reading it for my book club and wasn't really excited about it... but now I think I just might love it. I guess I'll see what my final verdict is when I finish!

Which books did you like more than you though you would? Any books you were ready to fall in love with, only to be let down? Let me know in the comments!

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    1. I think you may have something here... :) Thanks!

  2. I really loved The Host. I liked it better than the Twilight series. Great list!

    1. So did I! I think I'd even be satisfied if she left is as a stand-alone... maybe.

  3. I had Matched, too (and the Host, but on the other side of my list). It's a bummer about Imaginary Girls, I keep meaning to pick that one up. Oh, well.
    Here's my TTT

  4. I looooved Anna!! It took me a while to get to it but it was so worth the wait :) I hope I'll be able to say the same when I finally get around to reading Mara Dyer!
    I thought the ending of City of Glass left a lot in the open and by the time I read it, CoFA was out already anyway. But I agree, that one was not as good as the others. Good news: City of Lost Souls was better in my opinion.
    Thanks for sharing your list!

    My TTT

    1. I am SO happy to hear CoLS is better than CoFA! I really, really didn't like it. Meh. Mara Dyer is so surprisingly good! A little creepy, but still amazing! :)

  5. I adored The Madman's Daughter, it's one of my favorite reads so far of 2013. Matched was an awful book, in my opinion. Nice list!


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