Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
This Week’s Theme:
Books Enjoyed More/Less
While I feel like I have done this topic before, why not do it some more and sound like a broken record?
Enjoyed More Than Expected:
The Blackthorn Key (Kevin Sands)
The backstory is that I discovered this title at a blogger event but paid no mind to it as there were two other titles that held my attention. Funny thing is that I didn’t read either of the two I wanted to read but gave this book a go…and holy shit colour me impressed that The Blackthorn Key arguably took the title of my favourite (if not Top 3) books of 2015.
Shadow and Bone (Leigh Bardugo)
After seeing this book everywhere, I was like “what’s all this fuss about?” then I read the first book…and the second…and the third within the span of a month (which is ridiculous by my standards of reading speed). Given that reason, I think I enjoyed it as a whole (even if I’m anti the endgame).
More Than This (Patrick Ness)
My first Patrick Ness book. The book the started my descent into Ness fandom oh my goodness.
I’ll be frank: this book is such a slog in the first 20% of the novel. It’s legit slow paced world build and I didn’t even know if I’d make it through. But once you hit that moment with the appearance of [redacted character name]. It’s such a thrilling read after that. But it’s that monotonous hurdle in the beginning…
Shooter (Caroline Pignat)
After the over-dramatized cinematic school shooting story in This Is Where It Ends, I was in the dumps with this particular story line and its representation in fiction. Then Shooter came along and it was pegged as “Breakfast Club” meets “We Need To Talk About Kevin” And I gave it a chance…and it was a more fleshed out and realistic read (for the most part)
Enjoyed Less Than Expected:
We Were Liars (E. Lockhart)
Hype is a powerful wizard that lied to me.
The Crown’s Game (Evelyn Skye)
This book is actually smartly advertised.
See: it promised a “duel” and a “fight to the death” (basically) — which basically sounds like a magical version of any action-heavy-and-edge-of-your-seat battle. While it was a duel, yes, it was so diluted that it was basically none of what it promised. What a disappointment.
Calamity (Brandon Sanderson)
What the fuck happened to this series?
Through two books, it was a thrilling X-Men-lite (ish, if you want a comparable) with a palpable but the ending to this series was total shit. It’s like if you went to a restaurant based on a high-rated Yelp review and when you get there all they serve is stale bread and you’re like “that’s it?” and they respond “that’s it.” What–no. NO.
Carve the Mark (Veronica Roth)
I respectfully thought that Divergent was good for its time as an entry-level book that propelled be back into reading (I gave it like 3-stars across the board) and so with Carve the Mark, I knew going in it had it’s issues as discussed about in the community. What I was not expecting was just a haphazardly disjointed world.
A Darkly Beating Heart (Lindsay Smith)
This book in an nutshell (from the 100 pages I read before I DNFd):
“I’m mad.” > Why are you mad? > “I’m mad.” > Okay but why? > *silence*
Also note that this book is written in first-person POV that the narrator is willfully withholding information from themselves…affsdsahajdasjdhaygf.
…I could totally keep going with these lists but I shall refrain.