Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like More/Less Than I Did

Posted April 23, 2013 by chooseyabooks in toptentuesday / 9 Comments



Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is top ten books we thought we would enjoy more or less than we did and I thought I’d do it as the top ten books I thought I would like less than I did. I love it when this happens and a book you think is only going to be okay is actually brilliant.

The following ten books are five books I started to read with high expectations but sadly didn’t enjoy as much as I hoped and then five I went into thinking they would be okay, or good but not for me, but turned out to enjoy so much more than I initially expected to.

Five I Thought I’d Like More

Mystic City-Theo Lawrence

This book sounded so great from the summary and was one I eagerly awaited, however I think I built my expectations too high and it sadly didn’t quite meet them.

Kiss Of Death-Rachel Caine

I am a huge Morganville fan but unfortunately the eighth offering lagged a bit for me. That said, I carried on with the series and book twelve onwards has been a highlight of the series.

The Missing-Lisa McMann

I recently read and absolutely loved Dead To You, but The Missing, or Cryer’s Cross as it’s published in the US, just didn’t work for me. I love a great spooky thriller, but I never engaged with this one and I found the actual cause/twist really didn’t work for me. 

The Goddess Test- Aimee Carter

I love mythology and Classics so a YA adaption featuring this seemed like a great idea. Unfortunately I really didn’t like how a serious topic like cancer was handled in the book.  

City of Fallen Angels- Cassandra Clare

While I adore the TMI series, I found the fourth book didn’t meet my admittedly high expectations and I didn’t enjoy it as much as the previous three. That said, I decided to give City of Lost Souls a go with limited expectations and found that was a return to the Cassandra Clare books I adore so it just shows how it’s all swings and roundabouts, huh? 

Five I Thought I’d Like Less

The Gathering Dark/Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo.

I wasn’t much of a fantasy reader, but something told me to give this a go so I did, despite thinking it might not be for me. Wrong, I loved it!

How To Keep A Boy As A Pet-Diane Messidoro

I thought this was going to be a good, pleasant read but not one I loved. I actually adored this book and it reopened my eyes to the younger, fun end of YA.

Pure-Julianna Baggot

I’d heard mixed things about this complicated dystopia so was dubious but wanted to give it a go anyway and I’m glad I did as I really enjoyed it. 

Silent Saturday-Helen Grant

I love YA crime, but I wasn’t sure how I would get on with Silent Saturday. It’s actually a brilliant read and one I really enjoyed. 

Hidden Among Us-Katy Moran

Fae books are very hit or miss for me, so while I was dubious I decided to give this one a go and was so glad I did. It’s without a doubt one of, if not the, best fae YA book I’ve read yet.





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9 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like More/Less Than I Did

    • chooseyabooks

      I absolutely cannot wait for the sequel Siege and Storm, I’m so hoping I will get a proof when the UK ones are ready.

      I think Mystic City has a lot of interesting elements, but I found parts too predictable and I would have liked more of a background to the world. There were some fun scenes though 🙂

      I know what you mean there, however the fifth one is worth reading. To be honest, I’d wiki the fourth book and skip it and go to the fifth if you wanted to carry on with the series.

      Thank you so much for commenting, Kristen 😀

  1. I was a bit wary of Pure so I never ended up reading it. Such mixed reviews on it. I haven’t read City of Fallen Angels yet. Feel a bit reluctant now. LOL.

  2. I really liked City of Fallen Angels and, personally, I thought that City of Ashes wasn’t brilliant. That said, City of Glass and City of Lost Souls are my favourites.

    I really need to read something by Leigh Bardugo soon because I’ve heard amazing things. 🙂

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