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This week’s topic is Books I Liked More/Less Than I Thought I Would. I really like this topic because it garners awesome discussion! It can be disappointing to read a book that you are super excited for, and realize that you don’t like it at all. But the opposite is so uplifting. When you go into a book that you don’t feel anything strongly about, or that you feel a little “meh” about… and it ignites your world? It is amazing. It is so very amazing.
Five Books I Liked Less Than I Thought I Would:
- Dare Me by Megan Abbott – I really thought this book would be about awesome girls doing awesome cheerleader things. Instead, it perpetuated a lot of harmful stereotypes about girls in high school.
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – This was so predictable I was just… yeah.
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – I thought I would love this book. But I really really didn’t. There are many tales of Clare’s alleged copyright infringement, and I found a lot of parallells between this book and others of its genre. Far too many for my comfort.
- The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – I really hated the ending of this book. I feel like it undid the entire book’s worth of story.
- The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa – I loved most of this series. The end of it, though, was terribly disappointing.
Five Books I Liked More Than I Thought I Would:
- Hello From the Gillespies by Monica McInerney – I got this from NetGalley forever ago and I still haven’t reviewed it because I have no idea how to. How do you review a book that is so outside your wheelhouse? This is a contemporary fiction about a woman who had enough of putting on a front, so she writes a Christmas letter that just lets it all loose. And it gets sent by mistake. And it was so relatable and hilarious and I just loved this book.
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – My mom bought me this book and I put off reading it for about four years. When I finally got around to reading it, I was kicking myself. It is so amazing and rich.
- Lost Gods by Brom – I picked this one up on a whim from the Library late last year. I had heard of Brom, but I hadn’t read any of his books. So I grabbed this one and read. And I loved it so very much. It combines a whole host of cultural beliefs about the afterlife and underworld without treading on any of them.
- Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – This is another series I was given by my mother. Just after the fourth book came out, I got the first four. And I put off reading them because I knew nothing about them. And then I read them and my world was shiny and new.
- The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen – This was a recommendation I got through book blogging. I picked it up thinking “OK, whatever”. Romance is not my preferred genre. And then I read it and I was introduced to one of my favorite authors. Her magical realism is so amazing and her romance is organic.
So bookish lovelies, what books did you like more or less than you thought you would? Do you find over-hyped books are more likely to disappoint, or do you tend to agree with the masses?