Tuesday, April 23, 2013

10 Books I Thought I'd Like More/Less Than I Did

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

Here we go!



Books I liked MORE!


1. Crossed - Ally Condie

I loved Matched so much! It read like a lighter, more romantic version of Louis Lowry's The Giver. I'd read plenty of ho-hum reviews for the sequel, and had put off reading it for quite a while. But even so, I was certain that I'd really, really like it, despite what I'd heard. When I finally dug in and started reading it... I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. I thought it really suffered from the "middle-child syndrome" that lots of trilogies have. Not enough forward action on the plot and the main characters are separated for most of this book. Still, I plan to press on and read the third book, Reached.

2. Out of the Easy - Ruta Sepetys

I like the occasional historical fiction but really prefer sci-fi, or fantasy. I loved this book about independent Josie Moraine growing up in a 1950's New Orleans bordello so much more than I thought I would. What a terrific read!

3. I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had - Tony Danza

I picked up this memoir, excited to hear about 80's sitcom star Tony Danza's foray into teaching. I was expecting, I guess, the typical first year teacher story. What I didn't expect is that Danza was actually teaching in a Philadelphia inner-city school for a "reality" television program. He only had ONE class of high school English to teach. Wait. I'll say that again for anyone who missed it. The man taught ONE class - that's it! So, I was really disappointed. I felt like I was watching Marie Antoinette "play" at being a shepherdess with a flock of perfumed sheep, not reading a real autobiography of the rigors of teaching.

4. Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style - Tim Gunn

I'm a huge Tim Gunn fan. But this book didn't offer anything new or interesting. Disappointed!

5. The Other Normals - Ned Vizzini

I'm always on the look-out for teen fiction with guy appeal, so I figured I'd give this one a whirl. I felt like it was my duty to read something "for the guys." Boy was I surprised when it pulled me in immediately, and I was enchanted! 15 year old Perry finds himself teleported to a magical realm - and his red-skinned, tailed counterpart Mortin Enaw takes his place on Earth.

6. Chime - Franny Billingsly

I love Franny Billingsly. She's an auto-buy author for me. I did like this book a lot, but it took me a lot longer to get into than I thought. If this was the first Franny Billingsly book I'd ever read, I don't know if I would have kept going! Fortunately, I did, and it won me over by the end.

7. Tolstoy and The Purple Chair: My Magical Year of Reading - Nina Sankovitch

I don't regret reading this book, but what I had not realized was that this book is really about Sankovitch's extreme grief for her sister's untimely death from cancer. It was a lot more depressing than I had anticipated. Also, it turns out, the gorgeous purple chair on the cover, only becomes Sankovitch's reading chair after a cat pees on it, and nobody else want to sit on it. Ugh!

8. Legacy - Kayla Cluver

I didn't know much about this series except that I kind of liked the cover. Wow! Loved this story about a princess in a magical kingdom and the Romeo and Juliet aspects of her romance so much!

9. The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant - Dan Savage

I figured I'd like this book, as Dan Savage, of Savage Love advice column fame, and founder of the "It Gets Better Project" is always funny and irreverent. As a hopeful adoptive mom, it actually soothed a lot of my worries, and put me in a very upbeat state of mind. So, I thought I'd like this book, but I didn't think I'd love it as much as I did. It totally warrants a re-read, and I don't re-read books very often!

10. Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor

Well, I'd heard all the wonderful reviews. The breathless excitement over this wonderful new fantasy. And I figured there was no way that this book could live up to all the hype. But incredibly, it did! I had been bracing myself for disappointment, but this book surpassed my every hope and honestly is one of the best books that I've read in years. Hurrah!



Books I liked LESS!

11 comments:

  1. I really, really struggled with Chime. Almost abandonded it several times. So, I get you there.

    TTT at Krista's Dust Jacket

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  2. It was a slow starter for me. But, I love Franny Billingsly so much, I kept with it.

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  3. Out of Easy look amazing! I'm going to need to read that one soon.
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    1. I read it for book club and loved it! A quick read.

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  4. My sentiments EXACTLY on crossed! :) Love your blog! New follower!

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  5. So glad you loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I still need to read the second book.

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    1. I still need to read the second book too. Loved, loved, loved Daughter and Smoke and Bone though. I really thought people had probably overhyped it. But fortunately, it turns out it's just not possible to say enough good things about.

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  6. The Other Normals sounds great. Also I felt the same about Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I had even read the first chapters and bypassed it as just pretty writing without substance. Then the aaudio book entered my life. My favorite book actress read the audio so I listened and found that the bland "romance" of the beginning is there to show the growth of the character. I mean where that story starts and ends? it's so huge and wonderful. Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor
    is one of my favorites now.

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  7. Thanks for sharing your top ten books! They are on my TBR pile now!

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  8. Hm, Daughter of Smoke and Bone sounds more and more intriguing. Romance that is there to show the growth of a character? How refreshing!! I've been avoiding it because I find the title so annoying (there are so many books now with the title pattern "X of Y and Z"...they all blend together in my head). I was also so excited for Chime and felt a bit let down. Need to read it again to see if it grows on me.

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