I’m excited today, because I am starting a brand new weekly feature! Now, on Tuesdays, not only will I continue to do Top Ten Tuesdays with “The Broke and the Bookish,” but I will also do Teaser Tuesdays with MizB over at “Should Be Reading.” Yay!
Since this is new (for me anyway), here’s what you do:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Simple! Here’s mine for today:
“Funny, isn’t it? People are scared of ghosts, ghosts are scared of people, when there’s no reason for any of it.”
– Boo Chodhari, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Next up, Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s topic – books that were not what we expected. They can be either something we liked more that we thought we would, or something that was a huge disappointment. Here it goes!
Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like MORE/LESS Than I Did
Starting with the disappointments:
1. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey – I don’t know what it was about this book, but I kept getting lost. Usually I love epic fantasy, but this one didn’t cut it for me. Which is sad, because I did like the setting and several of the characters. I just couldn’t get into it and embrace it fully.
2. The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer – This will bring a few laughs, I’m sure. When these books became so popular, I knew I had to read them, just to see what all the fuss was about. I said it before and I’ll say it again, I don’t understand why these books are such a big deal. They weren’t terrible, but they weren’t great either. Definitely not worth all the hype, in my opinion.
3. The Magicians by Lev Grossman – I’ve mentioned this one before, both on the blog and the podcast. This book was recommended by someone who’s opinion I really value, but the actual reading was very disappointing. I spent the entire book being incredibly frustrated with the main character, which is a shame because lots of other things in the book were really cool.
4. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Another epic fantasy that I expected to like a whole lot more than I did, that came recommended very highly. I don’t know why, but I just got bored through part of it. It wasn’t that the writing was bad or anything. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for it when I was reading it.
5. City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams – There are very few books that I don’t finish. Even if I don’t like the book, I’ll probably still finish it just because. I loved the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series, so I thought I’d give this series a go. Not worth it. The plot was confusing and gave me a headache.
Now the books I liked better than I thought I would:
6. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky – Going back to high school for this one. I dreaded having to read it. I mean, look at the title! But I quickly became immersed in Raskolnikov’s story and now it is one of my all time favorite books.
7. The Newsflesh series by Mira Grant – Another book(s) that I’ve mentioned several times before. I had no idea that I would enjoy a book about zombies this much. True, the zombies are only background noise. The real story is about politics and intrigue. I just finished the last book, and I’m sad that it’s over.
8. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – Another one I’ll probably get laughed at for, but way back when, I was ready to write off Harry Potter as nothing but a kids’ book. Yeah, right. Those books are phenomenal, worth all the attention and fans that they got.
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I read this book for one reason: it was available for free through the Kindle library. I had just gotten my Kindle and desperately wanted to read something on it. I had heard of The Hunger Games, but knew nothing about it. I figured it was worth a read, but didn’t expect much out of it except to play with my new Kindle toy. How surprised was I?
10. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – I got this book because it was on sale through Amazon for $1.99 and I had heard of the author’s name before, connected with other authors that I enjoy (like John Green and Maureen Johnson). I knew it was basically a YA romantic comedy, but I wasn’t expecting to be so enchanted by it. Such a sweet book! It’s now my go-to book if I need cheering up. It just makes me smile.
So there you have it! A new feature and a fun list.