Top Ten Tuesday: Books that were Totally Deceiving

April 10, 2012 Meme, Top Ten Tuesday 14

TTTTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and Bookish.

Top Ten Books that were totally deceiving (those covers or titles that don’t fit the books, a book that was totally different than it’s summary, or those books you thought were going to be fluff that turned out to be more serious etc).

I had a tough time coming up with 10 books this week.  I know I’ve felt deceived before, but I just can’t think of those books right now.
Jennifer E Smith Statistical Probability of Love at First SightMarjane Satrapi - PersepolisStephanie Kuehnert Ballads of SuburbiaStieg Larsson The Girl with the Dragon TattooSuzanne Collins The Hunger GamesVC Andrews Flowers in the Attic
1. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith.  I thought this was going to be a cute love story, but it turned out to be more about Hadley’s life and her relationship with her family.
2. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.  I still don’t get what the title has to do with the book, and that makes me feel a little bit slow.
3. Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert.  I was expecting this to be a happy story but I wasn’t prepared for how much it made me cry.
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.  This is more because of what people had told me about the book.  Everyone said that the book was “dark” and a lot of people said it was the darkest book they’ve ever read.  Maybe there is something wrong with me, but I didn’t think it was as dark as everyone made it sound.
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  Kids killing kids?  No thanks.  Turns out it’s not really about kids killing kids.  (Note: I recently watched Battle Royal and that is more what I thought The Hunger Games would be like, which was pretty much violence for the sake of violence).
6. Any book* by VC Andrews.  I think her books are just deceptive in nature.  The little summaries on the back barely tell you what it’s about.  Her titles are pretty deceptive until you finish the book.
*Any book only refers to the books that VC Andrews actually wrote or had begun to write before her death.  “Her” other books are not that good.
That’s really all I’ve got.  I’m sure more will come to me later on.


14 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books that were Totally Deceiving”

  1. Erin

    GREAT list! Between you and Anna over at, I was convinced and read TSPOLAFS (despite the fact that I thought it was going to be all kissy, and I don’t do kissy). I’m so glad your reviews did talke me into it because I was shocked by how much I loved it!!!

    I agree about Hunger Games as well. I still have that problem when I try to convince others to read them. “Well, it’s about kids fighting each other to the death… but I swear you’ll LOVE it!” Then they look at me like I’ve lost my mind. Then they read it and love it as much as I did. :) That’s one of the greatest things about books and why I love them so much.

  2. fakesteph

    I just got The statistical Probability of Love at First sight out of the library. So excited to read it… of course, I got 7 other books and already had about that many out. I am drowning in books I want to read. :)

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      Drowning in books is never a bad thing! TSPOLAFS is a pretty fast read. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is not. And while it’s not a happy book (obviously) it wasn’t as dark as people said. It’s kind of like an episode of Criminal Minds

  3. Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader

    I know what you mean about the premise of The Hunger Games. I loved the trilogy and recommend it to everyone, but when I tell them what it’s about they all say “really? why would I want to read a book about that?”

    Great list.

  4. Bittner

    The only ones of those I have read was Girl with The Dragon Tattoo and Hunger Games. I thought Hunger Games was going to be more like Battle Royal too! Kate made me watch that movie and it totally freaked me out!