We all have books that we are dying to read and then get to finally read just to discover they weren’t that great and other books we don’t really look forward to and then discover they are fantastic. This week’s top ten Tuesday with the Broke and the Bookish addresses those very books… The top ten books I liked less/more than I thought I would.
Books I thought I would like more than I did:
- My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I do like Jodi Picoult’s books and such, but after all of the hype, I found this one disappointing. It wasn’t consistently medically accurate and the whole thing ended badly. I liked it, but was disappointed in it.
- Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel. I was a huge fan of Life of Pi, so I assumed that the newest book by Yann Martel would be fantastic. It was not. Both Patrick and I agreed that it was disappointing.
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I have heard such great things about this classic, but for some reason, I had a hard time getting into it and staying focused on it.
- This Is Your Brain on Music by Daniel Levitin. I have expressed my disappointment in this book before. I still have yet to pick it back up and finish it, but it was not what I expected thus far.
- Almost everything by Joyce Meyer. I am sorry that I seem to have a hate on for Joyce Meyer. I know her books and her ministry make a huge difference to some people, but whenever I read anything by her, no matter how highly it comes recommended, I always find it disappointing. Her writing is just too self-helpy or something for me.
Books I wound up liking more than I thought I would:
- The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. I devoured this book because it was written how I think. Most of my friends say they hated it, so I put off reading it until I had nothing else in my apartment and I finished it in a day.
- The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. If you would have talked to me two years ago, I would have said that I was not in to young adults books and that the Hunger Games series was not my thing. I heard so many people rave about them that I bought the books and wound up loving them even more than I thought.
- Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger. I thought The Devil Wears Prada was okay and when I got this book, it was more because it was a dollar and I needed something to read at work during my break. It turned out to be funnier and more interesting than I anticipated.
- The Circle by Ted Dekker. Patrick bought this book last year and I was intrigued because it was so huge and the Biblical parallels sounded interesting. When I got around to readining it, I thought I wouldn’t love it because it seemed too action-packed/fantasy-like to be my sort of book, but it surprised me. It was deep and kept you interesting, even if it did seem outlandish at times.
- A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen. Patrick bought this book in London because it was set there and about a cat. I had no plans to read it, but once he started telling me about it, I decided to give it a go. It was such an adorable, heartwarming tale, I couldn’t help but love it.
What are some books that surprised you by either being less than your expectations or more than your expectations?