Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they come up with a topic and invite whoever wants to add their own list to their own blog.
I anticipate books for all reasons – others’ recommendations, loved the first or second book in the series, the cover is pretty, the plot sounds good, I love the author… but, with that anticipation comes the possibility that I may set myself up for not liking a book. Sometimes there’s a specific reason, sometimes there’s not.
Here are the top ten books that I wish I loved more:
The Fault in Our Stars – Yeah, I’m gonna start with the biggie. I didn’t like this one as much as I hoped I would. I liked it, don’t get me wrong, but it didn’t stick with me like it seems to with everyone else. I was slightly touched at the end, but then I forgot about the book and all the feels I was supposed to have.
Everneath – This one was a HUGE let down to me! I soooo wanted to love it and just didn’t. I don’t know what it was, but it didn’t do much for me.
The Red Pyramid – As a huge fan of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, I thought I would fall in love with this one too. I listened to the audio of it, and while I loved the narrators, the book was totally boring to me. Yes, it had all the same elements of Percy Jackson – exciting adventures with gods, traveling the US/world, bad guys – but I dunno… it lacked something that made me connect with it. Maybe it was the Egyptian gods. Either way this one was a let down for me!
Mirror, Mirror – I read Wicked back in grad school, so I just assumed I would love any of McGuire’s books as much as I loved Wicked. Boy, was I wrong. A) it was way over my head, B) it was so BORING. I just couldn’t follow it and the weirder it got the less I enjoyed it.
Stardust – I watch the movie of this over and over and over because I love it so. It’s one of my go to “I’m bored” movies because I love it so much. So surely I would love the book, right? WRONG. It was enjoyable, but I prefer the movie to it. (please don’t hate me!)
The rest of the Matched series – Amiright?
Sloppy Firsts – Everyone was all “Oh, Jessica Darling!” and “Marcus Flutie is so sexy!” and I’m all “When does this actually get good?!” I mean, it was cute, but not life changing. I couldn’t even get through the 3rd book of the series!
Insurgent – I think the problem with highly anticipated books is that you overthink them. They are going to be so awesome! So when they aren’t… it’s like you totally hate them. While I didn’t hate Insurgent, I had some major issues with it and it did not live up too all my hope!
Carrier of the Mark – Despite all the controversy around the author, I listened to this audiobook. It was fairly enjoyable and I pretty much spoke with an Irish accent for the better part of the week (at home of course). At first I was completely into the book and loved it. And then somewhere along the line, right around the time the two MCs were so desperately in love after knowing each other a week and they cannot live without each other and it would kill them to be apart… I lost interest.
Wentworth Hall -Haven’t heard of this one? We read this for Selective Collective a while ago. As a huge fan of Downton Abbey, I thought this one would be excellent in the way of me being interested in the subject. And I was. I really was. But there was something missing from it that just… didn’t live up to my expectations. It was a total let down!