23 April 2013

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


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I heart lists!

Sometimes my cynical side comes in handy when it comes to books - after all, if you can't build up my expectations, then it's easy to be pleasantly surprised.  On the other hand, I'm probably missing out on loads of great books because I'm a creature of habit.

Pleasant Surprises!

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi - I was so sure this book was going to be a messy disappointment, particularly after I read the first chapter and almost permanently set it aside.  But something convinced me to give it another chance, and I'm so glad I did.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - I'd not long started reading YA novels when TFiOS was released, and I avoided it for a long time, because I couldn't see how a book about teens with cancer could be anything but heartbreakingly sad.   The characters were what I wasn't expecting, I fell in love with Hazel and Augustus right from the start.

Mockingbird by Walter Tevis - Literary science fiction.  Three words guaranteed to strike fear in my heart, particularly in that combination.  And even though it's more than 30 years old, it's one of those books that I'd read again and again and again.

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa - I'm not usually a fan of vampire novels, but I started this one as I wanted to read a Julie Kagawa book, but I was hooked - I loved the world-building, the dark atmosphere and especially Allie.

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee - like vampires, I'm just not a huge fan of angel books normally, and I only picked this one because I was looking for an audiobook in a hurry and it was the first one that caught my eye.  So fabulously dark, with a hero that's impossible to ignore.  Mmmmm Raffe!

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion - Zombie perspective?  Ummmm zombies don't think and I don't think so.  I only read it because of the movie release but I was so surprised with both the amazing writing and that a zombie character can be so likable.


WTF Just Happened?

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks - I risk expulsion from every zombie lover group in the world with this one, but I had massive expectations after World War Z and then....I didn't find this funny, interesting or even entertaining in it's crapiness.  I skimmed 80% of it!

Gone (Gone #1) by Michael Grant - I wanted to love this book, I really did - a group of teenagers whose parents disappear and paranormal powers and bullies and smart kids?  Unfortunately I just found it boring.  It took me over a month to read it...

Breathe (Breathe #1) by Sarah Crossan - Three characters, humans living in a dome amid a post-apocalyptic wasteland?  It could have been so good, but I hated all the characters.  With a burning passion.

Far North by Marcel Theroux - It had been on my wishlist for several years, and when it came up for a Book Group Read, I was finally convinced to shell out for it - and promptly fell asleep.

What books surprised you, either pleasantly or not so much?

22 comments:

  1. I need to read Warm Bodies and Under the Never Sky, I have both. Zombie Survival Guide was probably the first zombie 'fiction' I read so I'm probably bias in saying I enjoyed it, though I couldn't read it constantly it's too text book like for that. The Immortal Rules was amazing and I'm glad you ended up liking it more than you thought you would.

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    1. Yeah I think that was my problem with ZSG - too textbookish!

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  2. Wow! My mom loves the Gone series. I haven't read it. Sounds lame. :P

    LOVED Under the Never Sky and The Immortal Rules SO MUCH. I will be reading The Fault in Our Stars next, and I really should read Warm Bodies...

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    1. I was SO disappointed by that series. It's in the graveyard now :(

      Warm Bodies is so different than I thought it would be, but in such a good way!

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  3. I LOVED Under the Never Sky, Warm Bodies and The Immortal Rules. I was nervous to read The Immortal Rules because I loved the Iron Fey series, and this was soooooo far away from that. But, I was very pleasantly surprised too!

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    1. I don't know that the Iron Fey would appeal to me, but I'm a definite fan of Julie Kagawa now!

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  4. I felt the same way for The Fault in Our Stars and Under the Never Sky! I was so surprised and happy that I loved them as much as I did. Fortunately, I haven't read any of the books that you didn't like so I'll keep that the same ;)

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    1. Such a good feeling when you don't expect much and then it's mindblowing!

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  5. I loved TFiOS... but I was a bit hesitant at first for the same reason. I am so glad my desire to read it won out. :) Gone & Breathe both are on my TBR list, so if I ever get around to them I'll enter cautiously.

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    1. I found Gone to be so slow, but I'm a pretty action-oriented reader :) and Breathe is very personal, the characters either click or not!

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  6. Ahhh!!! I love UTNS! I'm intrigued by Breathe's cover. It's on my TBR list, but I don't know when I'll actually get to it lol.
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    1. So good! I went straight on to the second book I was so addicted!

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  7. I am SO with you on Under The Never Sky. It wasn't until about 1/3 of the way in when I really started coming around to it, but man, am I glad I stuck it out. And book #2 was even better! I also ADORED Warm Bodies, especially after seeing the movie.

    Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy Max Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide. I actually liked it, but I also read it prior to reading World War Z. I think had I read them in reverese order (like you), I probably would've felt the same way because World War Z is a masterpiece of zombie/apolcalyptic fiction!

    I'm still not sold on the angel fiction/mythology, but I totally trust your opinions so I might have to give Angelfall a try. Maybe.

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    1. You should definitely try Angelfall - it's so dark and the world building is awesome - it's easy to forget it's an Angel book ;)

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  8. I've not read any of your unlike list, but I have read quite a few of your likes and totally agree!!! UTNS was so great for me!!!

    Jennifer
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  9. Great list! Several of these are on my TBR pile.
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  10. Sorry to hear that about Breathe! I bought I copy of it like half a year ago and still haven't read it due to mixed reviews. I just read The Immortal Rules and I loved it. I was wary of Under The Never Sky at first, too, mostly because there isn't a whole lot of introduction so much as diving headfirst into what's going on and learning as you go. Wonderful list!

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  11. Angelfall made my list too! I don't care for angels, but wow, that one was amazing!

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  12. I never finished the Zombie Survival Guide. I thought it was trying way too hard and just missed the point.

    TFiOS was on my list too - and so many others ones you mentioned are on my to-read list

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  13. Ok I have only read TFiOS out of those but I do have a copy of Warm Bodies lying around. Think I should get to it?

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  14. I am with you on Breathe. I was so underwhelmed that I didn't bother finishing.

    I'm hoping TFioS is one of those more fantastic books for me too. *crosses fingers*

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