This week's topic is top ten books you thought you would like more/less than you actually did. I couldn't choose between the two, so I'm sharing some of each.
Books I Put Off Reading Basically Forever and then Loved:
- Partials by Dan Wells. I have no idea why I waited so long to read this. Absolutely fantastic. Fragments is currently sitting on my bookshelf begging to be dived into.
- Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. I had read a review somewhere that said these books read kind of young, and for that reason I kept putting off reading them. When I finally gave Uglies a shot I discovered that I really like this series, and I don't personally think they are skewed especially young. If you haven't read this series you are missing out.
- Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I can't even say how much I love these books! I like vampires and I'm a sucker for anything set in a boarding school, so I'm kind of mystified as to why I waited so long to read these.
- Matched by Ally Condie. Again, I read some so-so reviews and took them too much to heart, so this one sat on my shelf for a while before I finally picked it up. Definitely a pleasant surprise when I did! I think the lesson here is that reviews are great, and can be really helpful... but at the end of the day sometimes you just have to try something for yourself.
- Wither by Lauren DeStefano. I've reviewed this one recently, and you can read the review here if you're so inclined, but suffice it to say that I could not love this book any harder. I think I was initially a little put off by the premise, but I was hooked from page one and I flew threw through all three books. I think I'm still in mourning that Rhine's story is over!
- Stolen by Lucy Christopher. This is another one that I avoided because the premise sounded a little... off-putting somehow. I hated the idea of a girl being kidnapped and then developing feelings for her kidnapper... but I'm telling you, somehow it works!
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This one is a bit of a cheat, because I've just started reading it. But I was hooked from the very first sentence, and unless something goes dramatically downhill later in the book I can already tell this is going to be amazing.
Now, the harder list to write...
Books I Was Desperately Excited to Read... But Ultimately Didn't Love:
- The Passage by Justin Cronin. I'm cringing as I write this because I know how passionately people love this book. And I so badly want to be one of those people! I loved the first section of the book, but as soon as it jumped forward in time and started over with new characters, it lost me. I will say I keep thinking that I really should give this book another shot... eventually. Talk me into it?!
- The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. This book kills me because I loved it so, so much until I ran headfirst into a brickwall of a horrible scene, and I just flat out could not deal with it emotionally. I just... I just can't even, with this scene. You can read my full review of this book here, but bottom line? I wrote that review back in October, and i'm still not over it enough to read the second book.
- Everwild by Neal Shusterman. I went crazy for Shusterman's Unwindbooks, and when I finished reading them I rushed right out to buy all three books of the Skinjacker series, thinking they would be just as great. I liked Everlost well enough, but I didn't make it halfway through Everwild before I abandoned it. It's not like it's terrible, it's just not great, and I have so many great books waiting to be read, I'm really trying to let myself feel okay about putting down a book that I'm not loving. I also feel like this series seems more Middle Grade than Young Adult.
I would love to know your thoughts on these books... from either list! Any others that you unexpectedly loved or... didn't?
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