Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Books I Liked More Than I Thought I Would
1. Divergent by Veronica Roth: I loved this series but was very skeptical about reading it. I had just finished reading The Hunger Games and thought it sounded too similar, but boy was I wrong about it!
2. Looking for Alaska by John Green: This was my first John Green book and I really had no idea what to expect. I had heard him compared to J.D. Salinger and truth be told I really couldn’t get through Catcher in the Rye when I was in school, but I loved John Green from his Vlogbrothers videos. So I gave it a try and just fell in love with his writing—it’s so smart.
3. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card: This was assigned for a lit class and I read the back and thought “Aliens? Really?” But this book is fantastic! Really interesting storyline! I fully intend to read the rest of the Ender books (as soon as possible).
4. Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer: This was another case of my unnecessary skepticism. The story was delightful (and the illustrations were beautiful).
5. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler: This book surprised me in the best ways possible. I loved the writing, the illustrations and the voice of Min.
Books I Liked Less Than I Thought I Would
1. The House of Night Series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast: I found the first book a bit shockingly sexual, but I got into the storyline and tried reading a few more. As the series progressed I got more and more frustrated with the writing and editing of this series and eventually just stopped reading.
2. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer: I did enjoy reading this installment in the Twilight series; however, I didn’t enjoy it as much the others. It had quite a different feel to it.
3. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green: I only include this one on this list because I didn’t care as much about the characters as in his other books. So for me, this one is not as great a John Green book as his others, but still pretty great as far as books go.
4. Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton: I was told this book was the next Harry Potter so my expectations going in were way to high. It was a very enjoyable read and I love the way it blends with the history of books—it just wasn’t the next Harry Potter like I was promised.
5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins: I loved the first two Hunger Games books but found this last one to be a bit of a let-down.
Which books did you like less/more than you thought you would? Share your answers in comments.