Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish featuring a list based on a theme. This week we are exploring books that we didn’t expect to like or dislike as much as we did.
1. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
I went into this book and quickly became uncomfortable with the story and the way it was going. I gave it a chance but it didn’t get better, it got worse. I didn’t finish this book and still, have really strong feelings about it. I’ve mentioned it before and always struggle to not go off on an entire rant about it. Just.. UGH.
I’m not a fan of romance in general so it’s still surprising that this book is one of my favorites if not my actual favorite of all time. I’ve read it numerous times and just realized I’m long overdue to read it again!
I went into this book expecting to really enjoy it but was just bored. I never really connected with the characters and it seemed to drag for me. It’s a book I might try again in the future but I have a suspicion I’ll enjoy the movie more.
There was a time when I didn’t know that Brandon Sanderson was a famous author (I know, weird huh?) so I picked up this series sort of randomly. All three books were available and I decided that was enough reason to give it a shot. I expected to be entertained by it but I fell in love. I’ve only read the first three books but I’ve got the rest on my TBR. I’m also curious to read more (perhaps everything.. including grocery lists?) by the author.
I really expected and wanted to like this book. The premise is incredibly interesting but the actual book just felt confusing. I was 30% into the book and still didn’t really understand what was going on nor had I really connected with any character. Sadly, it’s now in my pile of DNF’s.
With the combination of steampunk and cover art, I expected to enjoy this graphic novel series. The cover is only a small taste of the amazing illustration done in this series. As much as I love the artwork, the storyline matches it perfectly. I love this series and am looking forward to reading more.
It’s not that I didn’t like this memoir, but I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. Amy Poehler is an amazing actress and comedian and I’ve enjoyed much of her work. I expected to enjoy this just as much as I had enjoyed her on SNL or Parks and Recreation. It was okay, but it didn’t engage me as much as expected.
I started reading this because I kept hearing about it. I liked the cover art and was curious after so many booktubers and bloggers had mentioned it. I expected to like it but not to fall in love with it. After reading it I’m still a little shocked because of how graphic this book can be. This is definitely an adult graphic novel but I adore it and can’t wait for Volume 7 to be published later this year.
I don’t really connect with this author’s writing style but for some reason keep trying to like her books. I wanted to enjoy this book but in the end, only sort of liked it. I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters and the style of humor used isn’t that funny to me. I finished this book but have no desire to read the rest of the series.
It’s not that I didn’t expect to like this series but I thought I’d have trouble getting through all five main books. I’m not great at finishing the series I start but somehow I managed to all but devour this one. I read all of the books in a fairly short time frame and really got into them. I’ve not ventured into the series spinoff yet but I’m curious and they are on my TBR.
What about you?
Have you read any of the books on my list? Do you agree or disagree with my thoughts? What other books have you read that surprised you, good or bad? Let me know in the comments below!