Top Ten Books I Love Less/More Than I Thought I Would

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I am linking up today at The Broke and the Bookish's link up "Top Ten Tuesday".  They have a different topic every week and it's a lot of fun to meet some new bloggers and find a bunch of new books to add to my list!  This week's topic is: Top Ten Books I Loved More/Less Than I Thought I Would. 


I decided to split the list so I could list both, the books I loved more than I expected AND the books that I loved less than I thought I would.


Loved More
The description talks about a sci-fi cyborg "Cinderella" retelling, and it just sounded so out there that I didn't think it was for me.  But after reading so many great reviews about it, I decided to give it a chance and I'm glad I did.  Now I'm hooked!

I honestly thought I was going to be bored, but I was so wrong.  I ended up really loving this one.  I even made my husband read it after me so I had someone to talk about it with. haha!

I was nervous about this one because it sounded like too much of a rip-off of Harry Potter, but I ended up really loving it.  It was my favorite book that I read that year.

I'm not a huge fan of Christian novels, but I was intrigued when I saw this one was a retelling based on Swan Lake and Robin Hood.  I'm glad I gave this one a shot because I thought it was good, and while it is it a Christian novel it wasn't overly "preachy".


Loved Less
Everyone loved this one and it sounded pretty good so I gave in a try.  I ended up hating Margo by the end, so it kind of ruined it for me.

Okay, so this one may be my fault.  I basically got this one just for that cover alone.  I mean, the story sounded pretty good, but that cover! <3  It was really juvenille and overused cutesy phrases like "pix you", "what in the spell?" and "Oh, for Grimm's sake"

This one promised it was perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes and Sophie Kinsella, and also had a modern Pride & Prejudice feel to it.  So I requested it from NetGalley, and was really disappointed.  I think all the hype ruined it for me.

Every single character in this one is unlikable.  This one started really slow, got going in the middle, and then fell flat at the end.  I wanted a bigger bang at the end and it never came.  

Everyone seemed to love this one, so I gave it a shot....and I really hated it.  Just about everything about it.  The writing was miserable, I felt disconnected to the characters, Heaven seemed like the worst place ever, the characters were also completely unsympathetic, and it was just so depressing!

I think this is another book that was ruined by the hype.  Everyone was so excited about this one.  I didn't like it at all.  I couldn't connect with the main character at all.  This just felt like a book about the relentless rants of a neurotic 34 year-old-woman .  And ohhh the endless crying scenes..


Have you read any of these?

39 comments:

  1. I agree with Cinder! I really thought I was going to hate that book but I am so glad I picked it up.

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    1. Me too! I've read Scarlet too and really enjoyed it. I haven't gotten to Cress and Winter yet but I hope to soon

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  2. I totally loved Cinder and The Martian, great choices! And I absolutely agree on The Lovely Bones. That one was so popular and I was not impressed. And I have not read Paper Towns but I don't have a lot of interest. Great list!
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm so glad I'm not the only one that felt that way about The Lovely Bones. People were crazy about it but I didn't like it at all.

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  3. Ugh, Eat, Pray, Love - I totally agree with you on this one. I was expecting so much more from it. Maybe I just didn't get it!

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    1. haha So glad I'm not the only one. I read all the way through it and watched the movie and didn't like either. I disliked the movie less tho. She didn't come off quite so entitled and whiney.

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  4. I actually have to say that I've never read a John Green book. I enjoyed the Martian more than I expected to as well.

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    1. I only read John Green because he was really hyped at the time, but I didn't get the hype at all. I didn't like it at all. I may give another one of his books a try some day but I'm not in too much of a hurry. lol! I really loved The Martian! I was surprised how much I liked it. The movie was good too, but like they always say, the book was better.

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  5. I am so with you on Carry On (it made my list!) and Cinder. Oh man Dn't Get Me Wrong was the same way for me. I DNFed Eat Pray Love. I didn't get all the hype!! Great list!

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    1. Ohhhh I loved Carry On! lol! I really been wanting to reread it soon. Hopefully I find time eventually.

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  6. I LOVED The Lovely Bones when I read it about a decade ago...I wonder how I'd feel about it if I read it now. I read Eat Pray Love and while it didn't measure up to the hype, I thought it was a decent enough read. I did have a little envy about being able to toot off around the world on a self-discovery adventure, though

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    1. haha Yeah, I think I'm in the minority with The Lovely Bones. Most people I know loved it. I think it's why I was so bummed when I didn't. And yes, I definitely wouldn't mind traveling around the world for a while. lol

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  7. I actually liked Cinder less than I thought I would. Every blogger went on about how great it was and it just didn't live up to expectations for me. Glad you liked it though!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/top-ten-tuesday-97/

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    1. Aww really? That's a bummer. I went into it expecting to really hate it, so I was pleasantly surprised, but I know what you mean. I have had quite a few books ruined for me by the hype. lol! I went into them super excited and then was left disappointed. I'm worried that is going to happen when I finally get to read Caraval or Eleanor & Park. Everyone seems to love them both.

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  8. I haven't read cinder yet but it's been so highly recommended to me, I need to read it ASAP! I'm with you on Margo from paper towns, she was such a strange character for me, I just didn't get her at all. I loved the rest of the characters though!

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    1. I had no interest in Cinder at all but so many people told me that I should read it anyway and I'm glad I did. So glad I'm not the only one that felt that way about Margo. I just didn't like her at all. I did like some of the other characters but still didn't care for the book. I'll have to give another John Green book a chance some day. Not sure which one tho. lol.

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  9. I heard that a lot of people hated Margo! I've only seen the movie/ haven't read the book, but I was tempted... but after seeing the movie I lost my motivation to read it. *sigh*

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    1. Yeah, after reading the book I didn't want to see the movie at all. Some people said they liked it better than the book but I just had no desire to watch it. And yes, I was definitely a Margo hater. lol!

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  10. Totally agree with you about Cinder and The Martian! I didn't think I was going to love them as much as I did!
    ~Sara

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    1. I was very pleasantly surprised by them both! So happy I took a chance on them

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  11. I was surprised how much I loved Cinder too. And I was also a bit disappointed with Spelled. So I guess Cinderella stories are hit-or-miss for us. :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I keep wondering if Spelled was actually written for a much younger crowd and I missed it, but I don't think it was. I didn't care for that one much. LOVE Cinder tho! I'm still working my way through The Lunar Chronicles. I am on book #3 now (Cress).

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  12. Cinder and Carry On for sure! I also agree about Paper Towns! Great picks though its always sad when you don't enjoy books you read :(

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    1. So glad that I'm not the only one that really didn't care for Paper Towns. So many people were crazy about it. Carry On was my favorite read of last year. I've been wanting to reread it sometime soon.

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  13. I stayed away from Cinder for over a year, thinking I wouldn't it enjoy it, but it really surprised me! Great list.

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    1. haha I was the same way! I kept saying no because I just wasn't interested at all, but I'm glad I ended up giving it a chance because now I'm hooked! lol

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  14. The Martian was a surprise for me too. I thought it was going to be super sciencey and boring, but it was actually really entertaining and interesting (and a little bit funny). I haven't read Carry On yet because I'm NERVOUS!!

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    1. I thought there were some great funny moments too. I loved the MCs personality. The movie was pretty good too, but like they always say, "The book was better". lol! I hope you get a chance to read Carry On soon! It was my favorite read of last year! If you do get to read it, I hope you love it!

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  15. I didn't like Paper Towns all that much either. I reated it 4 stars back when I read it, but looking back that was probably too high. Great list!

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    1. LOL I sometimes look back at my ratings and wonder why I rated something so high or low. It's funny! Sometimes I think that it depends on what I read right before that book. If I read a really bad book right before, the one I'm currently reading might not seem as bad?? lol! Does that make any sense at all. haha!

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  16. I hated Paper Towns and Margo. I find the author's characters very hit and miss. I really hated The Lovely Bones-totally depressing and nobody to like or care about!

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    1. So glad I'm not the only one! Margo was the worst! lol I liked some of the other characters in Paper Towns but not enough to enjoy the book. And YES, to Lovely Bones. I couldn't understand why everyone was so crazy about it

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  17. Hi! I'm with you on Eat, Pray, Love. I really disliked that book and she annoyed me so much! I remember The Lovely Bones made me feel gray. And if you think that one was bad, don't read her memoir Lucky about being assaulted. More depression.
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    1. haha I will keep that in mind, thanks for the warning! lol! I really didn't like either of those at all. I didn't understand the hype at all

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  18. REALLY glad to see Cinder on this list. I've been intending to read that series for a looong time now. It along with Marissa's Heartless remain on my TBR, so I'm looking forward to discovering the adventure she pens. :)

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    1. I'm still trying to work my way thru the rest of the series. I'm only on the 3rd book, Cress, right now. I haven't found time to pick it up yet. I also have Heartless but haven't read it yet. If you get a chance to read them, I hope you love them!

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  19. I completely agree about Cinder! I felt the same way - I was so hesitant to read it but then I did and now it's one of my all-time favorite series! I also really loved Carry On, and I was disappointed by Paper Towns as well.

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    1. I'm still trying to work my way through the series. I'm currently on boo #3, Cress. I'm super excited to start it but I feel like I keep pushing it aside for new releases. lol! I just need to buckle down and read it. Paper Towns was definitely a let down. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I didn't dislike Margo so much?? I dunno..

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  20. So agreed about Cinder! It's now one of my favorite series <3
    Sad to hear about Luckiest Girl! I just picked this one up.

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