Every Tuesday, the site The Broke and the Bookish posts a prompt for a top-ten-style list, and book bloggers around the web respond to it on their blogs. The prompt this week is top ten books I thought I’d like more or less than I did.
1.) Going Bovine by Libba Bray—I was initially hesitant to read this book because it dealt with fatal illness and I thought it was going to depress me, but it ended up being SO WONDERFUL.
2.)The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan—I love David Levithan, so I was expecting to be more wowed than I was. His other books are better.
3.) Abandon by Meg Cabot—I am also a massive Meg Cabot fan, but the Underworld series hasn’t turned out to be my favorite by her. The love interest is a little clingy and grumpy, and the main character lets him be that way.
4.) Graceling by Kristin Cashore—I think I expected to like this more than I did, because I thought Katsa’s killing abilities were going to be more interesting. I thought there would be more magic and mysticism involved in her power, rather than basically just that she can hit people really hard really fast.
5.) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer—I don’t want to take a stance in this debate at this point, but I will say that when I was younger and Twilight first came out, I wasn’t especially interested in reading it. But then a friend of mine was raving about it so I gave it a chance, and at that time in my life, at least, I really enjoyed it.
6.) Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink by Stephanie Kate Strohm—I wasn’t expecting much from this book—I literally took it to the beach with me—but I think I found it even more iffy and laughable than I expected. Still, it was quite entertaining in its own way. But I wouldn’t nominate it for any awards, I’ll say that much.
7.) Dreamland by Sarah Dessen– I had heard so much about this being Sarah’s darkest, most haunting book that I put off reading this one for a long time because I was afraid I’d be scarred forever. But it really wasn’t so bad. It was intense, but not overwhelmingly so. And it was a great book! (I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE MOON AND MORE.)
8.) The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman—this book had a lot of good dystopian potential, but it just wasn’t very memorable. There’s very little actual action or much of a climax. Just kind of eh.
9.) Claim to Fame by Margaret Peterson Haddix—This one makes the climax of The Other Side of the Island look like a heart-pounding thriller. I adore her Among the Hidden series, but nothing happens in this book! Like, actually nothing. Maybe it would have been better off as a short story.
10.) The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak—Everybody loves this book, but I never really got into it… I actually didn’t finish it… maybe I was too young for it. I don’t know. Sorry.