Top Ten Tuesday – Expectations


Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Recently Read Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would 




1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. 

Me before reading: Why was everyone raving about this short illustrated book with a monster?! Why is everyone crying? It can’t even be that sad. 


Me after reading: Oh. That’s why. 

It’s fantastic!


2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I almost didn’t buy this book because of the format. I have never liked books that have weird formats, but Illuminae turned that whole opinion upside down. It was one of my favorite 2016 reads.


3. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows. 

I received this book in both Owlcrate and Uppercase and it wasn’t even a book that sounded good. I did not want to read it, but I decided to take a break in between heavy books and I had SO MUCH FUN. This book was hilarious!


4. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman.

I don’t care much for the Unwind Dystology because it’s so far fetched, but I needed to read a book that won the National Book Award and I thought this would fit the category. I am SO glad I read it because it was absolutely amazing and one of the best books I’ve read that deals with mental illness. No wonder it won so many awards. 


5. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. 

I had no expectations when I didn’t know who Joe Hill was, but when I first began the book and realized his face on the back looked familiar and discovered he was Stephen King’s son, I had lower expectations. “No way this guy can out-write his dad.” Or “it’ll be just like his dad’s horror.” “I mean, really? Horror?” And then Joe Hill proved me wrong and gave me an absolutely terrifying book that wasn’t anything like a Stephen King novel. 



1. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. 

So I guess I just can’t do librarian stories. I don’t like The Librarians movie or TV Show. I didn’t like The Invisible Library. And I didn’t like this one. I don’t know why, I just didn’t connect with anything.


2. The Gunslinger (Dark Tower 1) by Stephen King. 

This is a beloved favorite of many, if not most, Stephen King fans. And while it was good, it didn’t knock my socks off. I read up to book three and I still don’t have my socks knocked off, but I’m going to continue. If I know anything about King it’s that his writing improves as he goes along. 


3. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke. 

I love the way the author writes. I didn’t care much for her other series, but I thought maybe this book could be the one that ties together her amazing writing with a plot that was different. And… the plot wasn’t very good so it was another miss for me. Maybe next book!

4. The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry. 

I jumped with joy after getting this book in an Owlcrate because I’d been dying to read it and I didn’t want to spend hardcover money on it. The cover was gorgeous and the plot seemed amazing. But something fell flat and it was just a Meh kind of book for me.


5. The Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes. 

I’ve heard this series be compared to Game of Thrones. The YA version! Awesome fantasy! Must Read! To me, a good fantasy has superb writing. I mean, that’s what I read fantasy for. And many well written fantasies have been YA, so a YA version of Game of Thrones sounded awesome. The book is like the fantasy version of [insert teen show with tons of relationship drama]. It’s fun, it’s addicting, but it’s not well written and compelling serious fantasy AT ALL. I mean, it’s like Game of Thrones in that people are fighting over power of the continent, but Game of Thrones isn’t the only fantasy to do that, so why even compare the two? I like the series, but it isn’t anything like I thought it would be. It’s not a game changer. It’s not a revolutionary book in the genre. It’s no Sarah J Maas fantasy…



6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Expectations

  1. I haven’t gotten a chance to read any of these yet. A Monster Calls is a movie now too, isn’t it? I haven’t read anything by Patrick Ness yet but I just picked up one of his other books: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here. We’ll see how it goes! Hope you have a great week!


  2. The Love that Split the World was meh for me too, gotta read Illuminae and My Lady Jane soon they have been on my tbr since before they released.
    Here’s My TTT


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