Top Ten Books I Loved More (or Less) Than I Expected
I used books that I’ve read in the last year or so to narrow things down.
(In no particular order, except how I happened to arrange them in the pic. Links go to my reviews)
1. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Historical fiction definitely isn’t my go-to genre, and this book is formatted kind of strangely—with lots of short chapters from each character’s perspective. But that didn’t stop me from LOVING this book! It was a bit of a surprise.
2. Written in Red by Anne Bishop
Even though I’d seen lots of my blogger friends raving about this series, it just didn’t appeal to me for some reason. Urban fantasy is hit or miss with me, and I just wasn’t sure about this one. And then I read it. LOVE THIS SERIES!
3. A List of Cages by Robin Roe
I didn’t have any real expectations at all when it came to this book. The cover was just okay, in my opinion, and it didn’t look like a me book. Um, I was wrong.
4. The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
My mom read this book before I did, and she (ironically) kept seeming to forget about it—including the title. I sort of assumed it wasn’t that great, so I was blown away with how much I loved it.
5. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I wasn’t sure to expect with this since I had only read Armentrout’s Lux Series. I hadn’t really felt inspired to pick up her contemps in the past, but this one was so super pretty I couldn’t resist it (yep, I really am shallow like that when it comes to covers). I absolutely adored the book!!
6. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
This is another author that people have been raving about for forever, but I just wasn’t feeling inspired to pick up her books. I decided to change that with This Savage Song, and I am now completely convinced!
7. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
This book looked good, but I had NO idea how wrapped up I would get in the mysteries surrounding the three queens. Apparently I’m not the only one, since my Spoiler-Filled Discussion of this book is my most visited post of all time. I actually plan on reading this one again before the next book comes out, which I NEVER do, so …
NOT SO MUCH
8. The Memory Book by Lara Avery
Everyone loved this book—even my friends who I ALWAYS seem to agree with … but not me. I just could not connect to the main character, and I found myself feeling really let down when I read this one. It was a rare two-star read for me.
9. MILA 2.0: Redemption by Debra Driza
I actually haven’t reviewed this one yet, since I just read it pretty recently. I really enjoyed the first two books in this series—I wouldn’t say that they were absolute favorites, but they were great reads (and my son loved them, which was an extra bonus since we could talk about the series together). But this last installment was … boring. Until the very end, when it was disappointing.
10. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Okay, nobody jump down my throat here. I didn’t dislike this book, but I just didn’t love it the way everyone else seemed to. It was good, but I was a bit puzzled by the romance and had a really hard time getting behind it. I actually liked the second book much better than the first.
Aftermath by Clara Kensie and Die for You by Amy Fellner Dominy
I actually thought I had Aftermath on my list, but looked back at the picture and realized it wasn’t there. I won both of these books along with Hello? from Liza Weimer. I usually let books I’ve won sit, but for some reason, I read all three of these right away, and I really loved all of them!
What books either impressed you way more than you were expecting or let you down? I want to know!