Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish with a different theme every week.
Books I sadly thought I’d like more
1. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson – I was so disappointed that this Peter Pan retelling lacked an interesting world or characters and that the writing felt like it was trying too hard to be poetic. I really wanted to like this one.
2. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows – I really wanted to like this book more, but I felt like the main characters (especially Sam) were just so boring and the plot felt very sluggish.
3. The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse – I didn’t find there was much original about this book. It had a few plot holes and over-explained a lot of things. I love dystopians and I was sad that this one fell short.
4. The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova – The plot was just too jumpy without enough time spent on why anything was happening and why I should care. The main character finds out that he’s a mermaid and hates it…then decides he should go to the island of mermaids for no good reason that I could find.
5. Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse by Kaleb Nation – This book had way too many similarities to Harry Potter for me to find it interesting and the plot just dragged along.
Books that surprised me because I thought I’d like them less
1. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Neilsen – I thought that this would be another typical middle grade fantasy, but I was pleasantly surprised at the main character and his anti-hero charm.
2. Pivot Point by Kasie West – I thought the premise sounded too predictable to be interesting, but I was blown away by how much personality was in the whole thing. The characters were fun and interesting and she managed to stick a plot twist in there that I didn’t see coming. Loved it!
3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel – I thought this book would be long and tedious for some reason, but it was engrossing, entertaining and thought provoking. I adored it.
4. Austenland by Shannon Hale – I don’t like very many chick lit stories, but I was tickled at how witty, smart and fun this one was. Plus I loved all the Pride and Prejudice references.
5. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck – I was surprised at how well the author completely transported me to a different culture. It was one of those rare books that I felt like I was experiencing everything the characters were.
What books were on your top ten list this week? Leave a link and I’ll come look!