Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like MORE/LESS Than I Did

Posted April 23, 2013 by Kara in Lyn / 28 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like MORE/LESS Than I Did.

Do you know what I love more than Vikings, chocolate and kittens? Trick question: nothing.

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Add in a brownie, and I am in Valhalla!

 If I had to choose something, however, I would have to answer this: books that shocked me with my vote of approval, when my prediction for said book didn’t look too bright at the start.  For this week, I want to share my top ten books that I liked more than I first thought I would.

 photo 98023721_zpsdb8c70c3.jpgName of the Star by Maureen Johnson – I didn’t have high expectations for the book, and the story was so-so, but the possible love interest in the story caused me to applaud the book overall.

 photo 66047941_zpsdcfc9407.jpgThe Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson– It sounded so sappy that I didn’t see myself liking this book when I started.  In fact, one of my notes for the 4% status update said this: “So far, I am not impressed. The writing is a disaster, and it feels so by-the-number that it is downright embarrassing. I’ll fully admit I am reading it only because Ms. Gomez will fill one of the roles in the upcoming movie.”
By the end of the book, I was sold, and this book is one of my favorite YA novels.  The emotions were so real, it felt just like a real life tragedy.

 photo 14120291_zps5759a570.jpg A String in the Harp by Nancy Bond – This poor, dense, and overlooked Newbery winner tends to turn people away due to the writing style.  Luckily, if the reader can stick with the book and digest somewhat dry storyline, then you are rewarded with a sweet family recovery story and are able to witness some very wonderful Welsh mythology.

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Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier – I was a sucker for the cover, but nothing could prepare me for the mind-blowing prose and world building for this book.  A perfect blend of fairy tale and real world issues, this one was a pleasant gem of a novel.

 photo 4392881_zps8bd29e34.jpgSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson – Hype can really kill my interest in a book, so I went into Speak with some reserved feelings.  I am still happy that I read this book, and I believe it deserves all of the praise in the reading community.

 photo 118700851_zpsbd254e49.jpgThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green – I’m not a John Green fanatic (I didn’t care for Looking for Alaska), so I was a bit flabbergasted when I came out of the end of this book with rabid adoration for the storyline.

 photo 104290921_zps49723c14.jpgThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson – A book with heavy pro-religion messages tend to chase me away, even before I open the cover (my apologies).  Girl of Fire and Thorns steered away to religious clobbering and ended up coming out as a wonderful and very twisted story.

 photo 120437711_zps974f842a.jpgThis is Not a Test by Courtney Summers – My favorite zombie book, period.  This is a must have for zombie lovers and people who have struggled with major depression.

 photo 88437891_zps1c2ada69.jpgUltraviolet by R.J. Anderson – There were parts I did not like, but this book is amazing, and the writing leaves me with a touch of writer’s envy!

 photo 6932081_zps7985f75a.jpgThe Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie– This book went against the grain with the gritty and hilarious horrifying details.  I wish there were more realistic books just like this one on the shelves.

What books made your list this week? I love links – leave them below!

28 responses to “Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like MORE/LESS Than I Did

  1. Wildwood dancing <3 Juliet Marillier is one of my favorite authors and I adore this book. Fairytales 😀

    I never thought I would end up loving The fault in our stars SO much as I did. I wasn’t prepared for his beautiful writing-style. The girl of fire and thorns was indeed amazing, just like This is not a test.

    Great list!

  2. Hmm I think I really need The Sky Is Everywhere in my life like yesterday. I actually just bought Speak this past weekend and plan to re-read it soon. I read it in high school and remember nothing of it, which is actually really weird. Great list!

  3. Sam

    Great list, Lyn! Ultraviolet and This is Not a Test would make my choices, too. I was also really pleasantly surprised by Girl of Fire and Thorns. I’m not entirely sure why, but I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it much at all. I ended up loving it. 🙂

  4. Glad you like Girl of Fire and Thorns– I’ve heard so many positive things about it and I’m itching to read it, thought it probably won’t happen any time soon. Why do tbr piles have to be so big???

    I can’t bring myself to read The Fault in Our Stars. I feel like it would get me really emotional and depressed. I’ve even bought the book and returned it without reading!!!

    • I agree. My pile looks horrible….and depressing, to boot.

      It is a very emotional read, and you guessed right if you want to dodge it due to the emotional strain.

  5. Oh, yes, I like The Sky is Everywhere FAR more than I thought I would. That book is so amazing. I love a good Jack the Ripper tale but have been skeptical about The Name of the Star for quite a while… will have to give that one a shot one of these days. 🙂
    My Top Ten Tuesday!

  6. So many books on your list that I want to read! I also was surprised by This is Not A Test (because I’m not huge on zombies), and am looking forward to reading The Name of the Star and Wildwood Dancing.

    Great list!

    My TTT post 🙂

  7. Amy

    Great list. I still have to read This is Not A Test. I have it, I just haven’t gotten to it. Also TFIOS, I almost bought the special edition one at B&N the other day. The cover is gray instead of blue.

  8. I just LOVE The Sky is Everywhere and although I disliked Looking for Alaska too, TFIOS blew me away. Also, The Girl of Fire and Thorns and This is Not a Test are two of my other favorite novels. I’m thrilled Name of the Star is on here as well because although I haven’t read it, I’m planning to, and I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. Great list! 🙂

  9. The Name of the Star is a book I liked more than I expected too. Exactly for the reason you mention. I haven’t picked up the sequel yet because everyone was wailing so much over the end I’m almost scared to.

    I loved Girl of Fire and Thorns and Ultraviolet as well but I knew I would like those. I like both of their sequels even better.

  10. This is Not A test!!! So good! I also have to read Speak and Ultraviolet I even have Ultraviolet for review since last year O_O lol I also really liked Name of the Star I haven’t read the sequel yet though I hear it’s not as good.

  11. I started This is Not a Test a while ago and had to stop it for the meantime. It wasn’t quite what I needed or wanted and I didn’t want to end up judging it unfairly. Nice to know when I pick it up next time, I’ll end up being overwhelmed with all the awesome. I still really need to read The Sky is Everywhere but it does sound a bit cliched and meh.

  12. Oh I love this list 🙂 TFIOS and Ultraviolet were positively amazing. I need to read The Girl of Fire and Thorns – everyone keeps praising it 🙂 And The Sky is Everywhere too. Awesome!

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