Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Liked More/Less Than I Thought I Would

April 23, 2013 Top Ten Tuesday 17


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the awesome people at The Broke and Bookish, who love lists as much as I do!

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

 Books I liked MORE than I thought I would

Nora Roberts The Return of Rafe MacKade1. The Return of Rafe MacKade by Nora Roberts

Way back in high school I was catching up on the backlog of Mary Higgins Clark and John Grisham books when I ran out of books. My mom gave The Return of Rafe MacKade to me and said I should try it. I was like “Hell no! I’m not reading any romances.” But I did. And I loved it. And thus my love for all things contemporary was born. (Side note: I am so glad that contemporary romance covers have improved in their looks.)

Beth Revis Across the Universe2. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Prior to a few months ago I would have been adamant about the fact that I don’t read science fiction. I only picked it up because of a book signing and I flew right through it. Loving every minute of it, even if it did take place in space.



Sarah Waters Fingersmith3. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Fingersmith is what I would consider literary fiction and I’m not a huge fan of literary fiction. This was our book club selection though so I buckled down and pushed through it. It turns out though that I didn’t actually need to do that much pushing. I started to enjoy the story early on, but then there was a huge, gigantic WTF moment and I was sold from there till the end.


Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I had no desire to read a book about kids killing kids. It’s just not my thing right? Wrong! I not only enjoyed The Hunger Games I devoured it. I read all three books in less than a week. Collins really knows how to grab your attention!


Fiona Paul Venom5. Venom by Fiona Paul

I’m not that big on historical fiction, but while I was at BEA the ladies from Penguin said Venom was amazing and their favorite among all the upcoming releases so I picked it up. I put off reading it for a long time because 1. It’s historical fiction and 2. There was a lot of pressure (internal) like it. It turns out I needn’t have worried. Paul tells a fabulous story and the best part (for me anyway) is it wasn’t too historical feeling.

Books I liked LESS then I thought I would

John Stienbeck Grapes of Wrath6. Grapes of Wrath by John Stienbeck

I read Of Mice and Men my sophomore year in high school and really enjoyed it so the following year when I saw The Grapes of Wrath on the reading list I was pretty excited. Turns out that The Grapes of Wrath is the worst book ever. I hated every single minute of reading it. Even after all these years this is still the worst book I’ve ever read.

Sophie Kinsella Remember Me7. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

I love Sophie Kinsella and I pretty much devour all her new releases as soon as they come out. Remember Me? however was a huge disappointment. I liked it, but compared to all her other books this one sucked. There was just nothing in it that kept me into the story.


Francine Pascal Sweet Valley Confidential8. Sweet Valley Confidential by francine Pascal

Who didn’t love the Sweet Valley High books? I read so many of them back in the day and I was really excited to see what’s up with Elizabeth and Jessica today. Sweet Valley Confidential was a total mistake! It ruined all the things that I loved about Sweet Valley High and the gang. If you have love for Sweet Valley like I do then stay far far away from this book!

Susan Beth Pfeffer Dead and Gone9. The Dead and Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

I really enjoyed Life as We Knew It so I was excited when my cousin loaned me the second book. Unfortunately The Dead and Gone was just OK. I liked the survival parts but I had trouble connecting with the main character. It also had a much different feel from Life as We Knew It and I was expecting the same kind of book.

Cath Crowley Graffiti Moon10. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

I really expected to love this one. It was my favorite genre (contemporary) and everyone said they loved it. Unfortunately for me I didn’t find that love. It was a good book, it just didn’t strike the feelings in me like it did for other people.



17 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Liked More/Less Than I Thought I Would”

  1. Annie

    Okay, I may have to reconsider Venom now, I had worried it was aimed at a slightly younger audience than myself. Also I keep dancing around Sarah Waters – her stuff always sounds like it has a tragic ending, and I like happy romances!

  2. Jen @ YA Romantics

    I love this week’s question! And yep, I’d put Hunger Games on my “Liked Better Than I Thought” list. For the “Liked Less” list, I’d have to say Night Circus and Shadow of Night. I had friends rave about all those but had to stop reading. Not for me!
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  3. Rebecca

    I remember finished Graffiti Moon and thinking, “Did I miss something?” Everyone seems to just adore it, but I just thought it was alright. I never expected to like The Hunger Games, either! The premise is, well, disturbing. But I love the books now. Great list!
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  4. Katie Pomroy

    I’m so glad I haven’t read The Grapes of Wrath still! And I still need to read Fingersmith!

  5. Karen

    That’s too bad about Graffiti Moon. I liked it more than I thought I would. I guess expectations going in make all the difference sometimes. Great list! I still need to read Across the Universe. I hear the series ends well.
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  6. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    Yeah, I know that everyone (and by everyone I mean you and Kate) says that Sweet Valley Confidential is really not good at all, but I just know that I’m going to want to read it after I read all those SVH books I bought on eBay a couple years ago. I know, I know, I’m not going to buy it or anything–I’ll just have to get it from the library and groan and moan about it and then you guys can say “I told you so!” ;)
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