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Top Ten Books I Thought I'd Like More/Less Than I Did
This one makes me feel kinda bad. A few books on this list are books that have won awards and have a legion of fans that are devoted to them, and here I am announcing that I didn't like them! But, I think I redeemed myself by totally falling in love with an indie series that I'm pretty sure people have never heard of, YAY!
First up, the ones I did not finish:
Apparently I'm not a literary fiction fan, because this book drove me nuts! This quote summed it up for me; "A plot summary is impossible: there isn't a plot. To make matters worse, the protagonist is a laconic introvert of self-avowed mediocrity."
Don't understand the hype. AT.ALL. Seriously, this book was like reading something a third grader told their mom and she wrote it down as fast as she could so she wouldn't forget it.
So this is where I start feeling guilty... I know this book is supposed to be amazing (It won a GoodReads Choice award for goodness sake!) but I was feeling bogged down with unnecessary information. I've heard it gets better though, so I may give it another shot. Sometime. Maybe.
Second, books I finished but found myself unimpressed with:
After I finished it I couldn't figure out why I liked it so much. Then, I went to reread it and I had no idea why it was appealing. Maybe the historical and magical element? Everything else is just a weird love story...
Another one I don't understand the appeal of. It was creepy at times, but the stupid love triangle was just too much to deal with.
Another guilty admission here... I love Patrick Rothfuss and I did like this book, just not as much as I would have liked. I mean, it was good, just not amazing. (I seriously feel so bad for admitting that!)
AH! THE GUILT! I swear, this was a good book, but I wanted to love it so badly! I wanted it to blow me out of the water like A Discovery of Witches did! So, it wasn't terrible, just not spectacular...
Anything by Scott Westerfeld
Seriously, this isn't a dig at Scott Westerfeld, but I just can't read his stuff. It's like he has an amazing idea but never fully gets to the meat of it. Every time I've read his books I feel like I'm skimming the surface of something that could be so totally amazing that it irritates me to no end!
And the ones I loved more than I thought I would:
So these two books blew me away. I was gifted them from my mother-in-law a few years back for Christmas and it took me forever to read them. They are super indie and the covers aren't at all appealing, but she met the author at his bookstore and told him about how I'm an aspiring author. He signed the books and told me to keep going! But anyways, when I finally cracked them open I was in awe. I sped through both books (with the sequel being even better than the first!) and found myself regretting my fast pace when I got to the end. I wasn't really thinking clearly and gave them to a used book store when I was done, and I've been considering going back and buying them again so that I can keep them! Seriously worth a read if you can find them!
Agree or disagree? Let me know!