Top Ten Tuesday – 3. Books I Thought I Would Like MORE/LESS

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish (click on the picture to visit their blog). A new Top Ten list is posted every week for fellow bloggers to participate in.

In no particular order, I have listed first; the books that I thought I would like more than I did, and have ended with the books that thought I would like less than I did (I wanted to end on a positive note!)

Thought I Would Like MORE;

1. The Attolia Series – Megan Whalen Turner

I read this series because Melina has mentioned it many times and names it as one of her favourite series, so I thought I would absolutely love it.  I hate to say it, but I did not.  I liked it…but that’s about as far as it goes.

2. Just One Day – Gayle Forman

This one really really REALLY pains me to say it, but I liked it less than I thought I would.  Mostly because (and I hope this doesn’t ruin anyone else’s experience of it) I picked up on a bunch of editing errors and it really bugged me.  I couldn’t get into the story as much as I wanted to because of it.  In saying this, it doesn’t mean I didn’t love it, I just didn’t love it as much as I thought I would.

3. A Spot Of Bother – Mark Haddon

I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in high school and really enjoyed it, so I bought A Spot of Bother.  Unfortunately I did not enjoy it in the slightest.  Even more unfortunately, it has made me reluctant to re-read The Curious Incident because I’m scared that it’s not as good as I remember and I don’t want to taint my current perception of it.

4. The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling

Let me start by saying that I absolutely did not read this thinking that it would be anything like Harry Potter.  I knew it would be different, I was prepared for that.  What’s the nicest way I can put this…? I. Did. Not. Like. It.  While I knew I wouldn’t like it as much as Harry Potter (because really…Harry Potter…) I still expected to like it much more than I actually did.  I was very disappointed.

5.  The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

I am sure I am about to commit reading blasphemy, but I read The Book Thief because there were so many good reviews.  I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would.  In fact, I didn’t really like it much at all.  But I am aware that I am in the minority here so we’ll just leave it at that.

Thought I Would Like LESS;

6. Graffiti Moon – Cath Crowley

I read this book a couple of years ago when I had a ticket to Reading Matters and Cath Crowley was a guest.  I hadn’t heard much about the book so I went in without expectations and I was very pleasantly surprised.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and, being my first Cath Crowley read, it inspired me to buy more of her books.

7. The Dressmaker – Rosalie Ham

I read this book for the first time about 6 years ago after my better half had to read it for school.  I am generally very sceptical about books chosen in the English/Literature syllabus, so it was unexpected when I liked this book more than I thought I would.  I’ve read it twice more since then.

8. Saving June – Hannah Harrington

This was a ‘Rachel-impulse-buy-force-Annette-to-read-it’ book.  Rachel and I have pretty similar taste in books, so if Rachel gives me something to read it’s usually a safe assumption that I will enjoy it.  But with Saving June I enjoyed it even more than I thought I would.

9. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

This book was recommended to me by several people, and not necessarily people who are big readers.  I didn’t have super high expectations but I gave it a shot anyway and am very glad I did.  If I created a ‘Top Ten books you read in 2012’ this would be on it.

10. Me Before You – JoJo Moyes

Another Rachel Recommendation.  Thanks Rach.  I was actually about 2 chapters off finishing when I went to the movies to see ‘The Intouchables’.  I came home and finished this book.  It was an incredibly emotional day.  So this book had an even bigger impact on me than it probably would have if my viewing of The Intouchables wasn’t so perfectly timed.  (If you haven’t seen it, please do!  Don’t be put off by the sub-titles).

I have to admit… I am a little bit scared to post this…

– Annette


10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – 3. Books I Thought I Would Like MORE/LESS

  1. angelicreader says:

    I am kind of refusing to read the Casual Vacancy. I do not want to betray my childhood friend Harry. I have the book. I just refuse. It’s wrong. Bleh.

    My TTT

    • thesideofwonder says:

      I would encourage you not to read it. It really was incredibly disappointing. I understand what you mean about not wanting to betray Harry. It did feel a bit wrong…

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

      – Annette

  2. I haven’t read Just One Day, but I’ve read some of the reviews and it feels like Allison would just drive me nuts. I’m sorry that you didn’t like The Book Thief, it’s definitely not for everyone. I haven’t finished The Casual Vacancy yet, but I hope I’ll get around to it sometime this year.

    Great List :).

    • thesideofwonder says:

      I really enjoyed just one day, but I just couldn’t get over the spelling errors. Allison didnt particularly bother me, but I could see how she might!

      Yeah, I’m kind of sorry I didn’t enjoy the book thief. I really wanted to like it.

      Good luck with the casual vacancy. I hope you enjoy it more than I did!

      Thanks for commenting 🙂 – A

    • thesideofwonder says:

      13 reasons why definitely grabbed me. I almost missed a New Years party so I could finish it 😛

      – Annette

  3. I know exactly what you mean about Casual Vacancy. I wasn’t expecting it to be anything like HP and I appreciate it for what it is. I recognize that it’s an interesting book, but it’s just not the type of thing that I like. I couldn’t finish it.

    • thesideofwonder says:

      Yeah I really struggled to finish it. I kept thinking ‘maybe the ending will be its redeeming factor’ but no… I just found the characters so unlike-able
      – Annette

  4. Aw, it’s too bad you didn’t like MWT’s series. And I did read the first few pages of Casual Vacancy, just to get a feel of it. While it’s clearly not HP but I think I will still give it a shot just because it’s J.K. Must bump up Graffiti Moon on TBR. And I keep thinking that I might be too old for 13 Reasons Why, but now, I think I’ll reconsider. 😀

    • thesideofwonder says:

      When I read The Attolia Series I hadn’t read a lot of fantasy, so I’m wondering if I read it again if I would enjoy it more. I didn’t hate it, it just didn’t leave a lasting impression.

      I read The Casual Vacancy for that reason. If it wasn’t J.K I wouldn’t have given it a second glance. Luckily it hasn’t changed my opinion of her writing, I just think it was such a different style to what I enjoy.

      Graffiti Moon is great, I loved it. I also found it to be a pretty easy, casual read, which is good sometimes. I find myself not wanting to read ‘intense’ books all the time

      I don’t think you would be too old for 13 reasons why. I wouldn’t put an age bracket on it. It’s written in a very interesting and unique way, which I really enjoyed. But the story is also very intriguing and leaves you wanting more.

      Thanks for commenting!

      – Annette

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