Tuesday, February 21, 2017

10 Books I Loved More / Less Than I Thought I Would

10 Books I Loved More / Less Than I Thought I Would

There are times when I immediately fall in love with a book (I'm looking at you My Lady Jane, Illuminae, and all things Sarah Dessen).  It's as if the books were written just for me.  I grab hold tight and don't let go.

There are also times when I have to sit with a book for awhile.  Let the words, characters, and feelings percolate until I realize that I did, in fact, actually enjoy the book.  I couldn't tell at first, but spending time alone with my thoughts convinces me.

On the flip side, I can usually tell right away if dislike a book.  It usually festers while I'm reading, bubbles underneath the surface, until the ick explodes and the ranting begins.  It's nothing against the authors.  Usually the writing itself is admirable and interesting.  It's just that sometimes I really don't like the characters...or the setting...or the plot.  And sometimes it's just unfair because I have favorite authors who I feel do it better.

All that to say, here are some books that surprised a bit - for the good and the bad.

Didn't expect to like these, but it turns out I did... 

I'll Give You the Sun
1) I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

The Serpent King
2) The Serpent King by Jeff Zantner

Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink, #1)
3) Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)
4) Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Vengeance Road
5) Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

As for these...not so much

The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor, #1)
6) The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee

P.S. I Like You
7) P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies
8) Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar

Wink Poppy Midnight
9) Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

Kill the Boy Band
10) Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky


  1. Vengeance Road is so good, isn't it? I was tentative, since I'm not usually into hardcore Westerns, but I was pleasantly surprised by it too. Sad that you didn't like P.S. I Like You, though. It's one of my favorite Kasie West books.

    My TTT: http://bookworm716.blogspot.com/2017/02/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-wanted-to-love.html

    1. Vengeance Road blew me away! I'm with you when it comes to westerns, but Erin Bowman really sucked me in with her story. I just got another Kasie West in the mail so I'm going to give her another try!

  2. Hi! I have Dumplin' on my TBR list :)
    My TTT


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