Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Disappointed or Exceeded Expectations

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme held over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week we are listing our top ten books that we thought we would like more or less than we did. Interesting topic! Here are my picks:

Books I Was Expecting More From…

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1) The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

I am a huge Stephen King fan and bought this book a few years back. I took it with me on holiday as it’s only a thin book. However it took me ages to read it and I just found it boring! The ending I found really disappointing too. It’s the only King book I’ve ever read and not liked.

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2) The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling

As a huge Potter fan I was disappointed with this book. It was probably my own fault though as it was never marketed as being similar to Harry Potter. My full review is here.

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3) Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch

I still don’t really understand what I didn’t like about this book. It has everything that I would like but I just couldn’t get into it!

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4) The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

I remember seeing the description of this and falling in love with it. I love stories that use food this adds magical properties. I think it was the writing style that got me this time. I just didn’t like it.

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5) The Somnambulist by Essie Fox

I rushed to the library to find this book. Victorian gothic? Yes please! The start of the novel was very slow going though and I ended up giving up.

 

Books That Exceeded Expectations…

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1) The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas

It’s difficult choosing a book to take to a festival. I have to take one for late night reading in my tent before I go to sleep. It has to be not too thick, interesting enough to keep me occupied on the train but not so interesting that it makes me want to sit on my own and read it all week! This book ticked the boxes. It was a brilliant read though and my train journey (from Liverpool to the Isle of Wight!) sped by.

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2) Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green

This was an impulse buy that sat on my shelf for a while before I read it. It’s not my usual kind of story at all. I adored it though. I’ve become a huge fan of novels written from a young child’s perspective.

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3) Room by Emma Donoghue

Similar to the one above really! Everyone raved about this book but I wasn’t sure. I got hold of a copy and it sat on my bookshelves for ages. When I did finally get to it, I read it within a couple of days.

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4) The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

The good thing about the library is that you can pick up books that you would probably never buy but look vaguely interesting. If you don’t like it you can take it back and you’ve not lost anything! I’ve always looked at Cecelia Ahern novels as boring chick lit. Let me tell you though that if this is chick lit then I’ve been misinformed about quality!

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5) When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman

Another library book! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and used it in the recommendation  part of my interview for my Christmas job at Waterstones 2 years ago!

Thats all! I probably could have come up with a lot more than ten books here. Novels are constantly surprising me. The two things I’ve learnt are:

1) If you don’t like a book then stop reading it! I used to commit myself to struggle through a book if I’d started it. I now know not to!

2) Try anything. If there’s a book that looks interesting but you don’t usually like that genre/author then try it anyway!

Are there any novels that you thought you’d like more or were disappointed in?

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

040213_0955_TopTenTuesd1.jpgTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme held over at the Broke and the Bookish where each week we list our top ten of a certain topic which is always book based! This week’s topic is the “top ten books I read before I was a blogger”. I haven’t been a blogger for very long so this is a very easy list for me!

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1) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I think this will always be my favourite book. I’m sorry that it seems to be on my top ten list every week but I can’t help it! It’s a beautiful love story and is so much better than any film or tv adaptation.

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2) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Another one that is probably on this list every week! It’s up there at the top of my list of favourite books with Wuthering Heights.

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3) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

I wanted to be more specific than just saying “the Harry Potter series” but I did love them all! The Deathly Hallows had to be my favourite though.

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4) Christine by Stephen King

This was the first Stephen King novel I read and I adored it. I couldn’t put it down at all. We were on a family holiday at the time and I was the most anti-social big sister ever! After this I started reading other Stephen Kings and he is one of my favourite authors.

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5) Mort by Terry Pratchett

Still my favourite of the discworld series and one of the first I read! My favourite discworld novels are all the ones about Death so I also love Hogfather and Reaper Man.

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6) Dead to the World – Charlaine Harris

Eric was always my favourite character in the True Blood series but in this book he is just so loveable! Definitely my favourite True Blood novel.

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7) Room by Emma Donoghue

I read this just before I started blogging and it was an exciting novel for me as it encouraged me to branch out and try new genres! I bought it because everybody was raving about it but I was never really sure if I’d like it. I loved it!

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8) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I read this in about 48 hours when I was ill. I’m pretty sure most people have read it by now but if you haven’t you need to try it! I spent the whole Christmas season working at Waterstones a couple of years ago encouraging people to buy this book for their kids but I still hadn’t read it myself. I’m glad I did!

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9) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I remember staying up really late every night reading this book. The concept drew me in but it sat unread on my shelves for a while. When I finally got around to reading it I couldn’t put it down!

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10) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Definitely my guilty pleasure. I know it’s badly written and that Bella is not a very good female lead. I know that vampires are supposed to be scary and not sparkly. Nevertheless I adored this series and I still do!

What books did you used to like before you were a blogger? Has blogging encouraged you to try different genres?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Series I Want To Read!

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme held over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is top ten series that I want to read but haven’t yet. My list contains some series that I’ve started and some that I haven’t got around to yet!

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1) A Song of Ice and Fire – George R.R. Martin

Everyone raves about this series so I think I should at least give the first one a try!

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2) The Dark Tower Series – Stephen King

Another one that every other Stephen King fan has read but me. I actually have these books on my shelves so I’ve got no excuse!

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3) The Vampire Chronicles – Anne Rice

I am a huge fan of vampire novels but I still haven’t read these yet! I started Interview with the Vampire when I was a lot younger and got bored but I’m definitely going to try it again.

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4) The Chocolat Series – Joanne Harris

I loved Chocolat but it has been a while since I read it. I recently bought the sequel to this (The Lollipop Shoes) and apparently there is a third one coming! I need to catch up!

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5) Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams

I’ve only read the first novel of this series but I loved it. Again, I’ve got the whole series on my shelf so no excuse!

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6) Discworld Series – Terry Pratchett

I think I’ve mentioned this before but I’m totally confused about where I’m up to in this series! I think I need to reread from the beginning!

Are there any series you need to read?