Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Top Ten Books I Thought I'd Like MORE/LESS Than I Did

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where book bloggers come up with their Top Ten list for a particular book topic. Here at Looking at the Panacea, Chantelle and Nara each pick their top five to give a combined list of ten. This week's topic is:

Top Ten Books I Thought I'd Like MORE/LESS Than I Did


1. Game. Set. Match. by Jennifer Iacopelli (Like More)
The blurb promised tennis, multiple POVs and drama. I was looking forward to it, but honestly, I didn't actually think that Iacopelli would be able to pull it off. Fortunately, I loved it! Review coming May 1st. 

2. Twerp by Mark Goldblatt (Liked More)
A middle grade book about a boy who needs to confess a deed. The blurb didn't sound amazing, but the writing, oh lordly, blew my mind. And the plot, and the characters and just basically everything.

3. Dirty Red (Love Me With Lies #2) by Tarryn Fisher (Liked More)
Leah the bitches' POV? puhlease, I was so ready to hate it. But then I read it, and revelled in the fact that we LOVE to hate Leah, I rant about it here haha

4. Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer Armentrout (Liked Less, well technically DNF)
I really liked Obsidian (Lux #1) but honestly, I can not get past how annoying Katy is as a MC. It's been taking me 8 months now and I still haven't finished it. 

5. Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire (Liked Less)
That is all. 

1. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan (Liked More)
My dad bought my brother and me a copy of this book. Little did I know then that it would become one of my favourite books of all time. Thanks Dad!

2. Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle #4) by Christopher Paolini (Liked Less)
I thought that Eragon, Eldest and Brisingr were pretty good and therefore was expecting an epic ending to an amazing series, but I'm afraid Inheritance just didn't make the cut. The ending was ridiculously unsatisfying!

3. Oblivion (The Gatekeepers #5) by Anthony Horowitz (Liked Less)
Ditto. Crappy ending. In fact, crappy most-of-book.

4. The Name of the Star (Shades of London #1) by Maureen Johnson (Liked More)
I had read a couple of Johnson's other books, and didn't particularly enjoy them, so I wasn't really expecting much from this one. But I was definitely surprised when it was absolutely incredible!

5. Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1) by Jamie McGuire (Liked Less, Way, Way, Way Less)
BD was recommended to me by Chantelle, who listed it as one of her Panacea Candidates. Unfortunately, maybe my expectations of this book were way too high, because I hated it. Here's a rant review about it. Strangely enough, I didn't mind Walking Disaster.


  1. Ah, Inheritance. I didn't like it as much as I liked Eragon. :( In fact, the books after Eragon didn't capture me as much as the first one did.

    1. I found it weird in Inheritance that the epic big battle (I'm sure you know which one I'm talking about) didn't fall at the end of the book, so even after the battle was over, it was like why is there still half a book left....?

  2. Walking Disaster was one for me that I liked so much less than I thought I would. For me, it's about expectations. So many people told me how fantastic it was and super amazing and all sorts of other lovely adjectives. And I just... didn't see it.

    So I already had these hyped up expectations which it didn't even almost meet. I think that's why I judged it more harshly than if I'd heard nothing about it before I started reading it.

    1. YES! Spot on, what a great comment, that's exactly how I felt too, I had such high expectations because I loved Beautiful Disaster so much, and I just didn't feel the same great things. Definitely would've been better without the comparison.

  3. I haven't read a single book by Jennifer Armentrout, and I feel totally left out. This is the second blog I've seen that was disappointed in one of her books. So maybe I'm not missing anything. Name of the Star was on my list too.

    My Teaser and Top Ten Tuesday

    1. JLA's Covenant series is great! A lot of people say that her Lux series (+Daemon Black) is better, but I don't know, I prefer her other series. Clearly Chantelle did as well haha.

  4. ughh, I didn't even like Eragon let alone having even bothered to pick up the rest. I guess I'm glad I didn't.

    1. I suppose Paolini does have a writing style that takes some time getting used to. I actually loved Eragon so was pretty disappointed by Inheritance. And I know a lot of people feel the same. Both of my friends who've read the series thought it was crappy as well haha