This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is books that I thought I would like more or less than I did. I decided (like many others) to split my list into top 5 I thought I would like more and top 5 I thought I would like less. Here are my top books:
Top 5 books I thought I would like less than I did. AKA books that pleasantly surprised me:
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer - When I first heard of these books Twilight and New Moon were the only ones out. I had heard so much about these books but I was still unsure about them. At this age I was primarily reading YA contemporaries. I had a few darker mystery/ suspense books I had read and maybe one paranormal, but for the most part I was not interested in anything that had to do with vampires, werewolves, ore anything else of the sort. My sister had been reading the series and told my mom how good it was. So, my mom read it. And then she tried to get me to read it. By this time my mom and sister had ganged up on me and every time I wanted to read a book they told me to read Twilight. But I really wasn't all that excited about the book. It got to the point, to where one night I wanted to go hang out with my friends and my mom told me I was not allowed to do ANYTHING until I read the first two chapters of Twilight. Seriously guys, I wasn't allowed to read Harry Potter growing up but I was grounded until I read Twilight. My family is weird. Anyway, turnes out my family knows me well.. I didn't leave my room until I had to ask my sister for her copy of New Moon.
2. Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire - This was actually the first book I reviewed on my blog! If you have read my review, you guys know I was iffy on this when I first found out it was the same story from Travis's point of view. I really wanted more story when I finished Beautiful Disaster and when I found out I would be retreading what I just did I was disappointed to say the least. But once I started the book, I knew it would be my favorite of the two. It was so great, it exceeded all expectations I had for it. If you want to read my review click HERE!
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - I had been hearing about this book for YEARS. I was so stuck in my own ways, I really just wasn't interested in this book. I didn't want to read a coming of age book from a boy's point of view. I wanted to read a good ole YA romance with a girl narrating. But when they turned the book into a movie, I knew it was time to read it. And boy am I glad!! This is now one of my top favorites :)
4. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling - I know, I know.. You guys are all thinking to yourselves.. "Amber, how did you ever not want to read Harry Potter!? The problem was, since I was not allowed to read it as a kid, I was afraid I wouldn't enjoy them as much as everyone else did. I knew how important these books are to my generation and I didn't want to not like them. I was 21 years old reading about a 12 year old boy. I was terrified it would not live up to my expectations. Thankfully it did, I can honestly say I am a true Harry Potter fan now. If you have not read these, please do. NOW.
5. The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins - This book had just started getting popular when I got it as a gift. I never picked it up on my own because I was not interested in action packed books, and that's what I thought this was. And I was not wrong, but I didn't expect myself to fall in love with all the characters and the relationships they formed with eachother. I got so emotionally invested in these books that I carried the EVERYWHERE. I went to a hockey game with my boyfriends family, we had awesome seats.. And what did I do?? I read Catching Fire. LOVED. THESE. BOOKS.
Top 5 books I thought I would like more than I did. AKA books that disappointed me:
1. Bared to You by Sylvia Day - As much as I wanted to like this book, I just didn't. I loved Fifty Shades (E.L. James) and I expected these to be the a rather predictable but still enjoyable series of books that followed the same storyline as Fifty Shades. This book just did not do it for me. I have to admit, I didn't finish it. I just couldn't. To me, there was not plot. It was just, "I want to fuck your cunt." I have a really hard time reading books where the guy says they just want to "fuck" the girl. I don't like it, but if its not constant I can overlook it. But when the word cunt is used, I lose ALL interest. I just can't stand that word. I don't generally have a problem with curse words in books, I use most curse words on my own. They do not offend me, but I like to read about character I would connect with. And if some guy came up to me and said "I want to fuck your cunt" I would not react well. I just want a little respect guys, come on. So when the main character doesn't punch the guy and then walk away without a second thought, I just can't make a connection with that character.
2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien - I really wanted to LOVE these books. I think when I tried to read them I was just too young. I believe I was 12 years old and these books were significantly bigger and at a higher reading level than I was used to. But I saw the movies and couldn't get enough of them. I would watch the movies at least once or twice a week. I had them memorized, and that could have been part of the problem. But I just couldn't get into the books like I did the movies. Maybe one day I'll try again but for now, these books were just meh.
3. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia - I got this book, read about 100 pages and then put it down. Later when I heard they were making it into a movie I tried again. It was good, don't get me wrong. It just wasn't great. This book just took me a while to read. I wasn't into it as much as I have been with other books. I carried it everywhere mainly because I just wanted to finish it, but even then it took me a few weeks to read. One day I'll read the rest of the series, but that day is not today.
4. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer - For as much as I LOVED the first book, hated this one about the same. She took a good story, and turned it to crap. Total dog crap. I wish Stephanie Meyer would have just put an ending on Eclipse and called it a day. This book was unnecessary and a waste of time. I was so excited to read this book, I waited in the bookstore at midnight for its release, and as much fun as the experience was, the book was NOT worth it.
5. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard - I really wish I read these BEFORE the TV show. I loved the show and I knew the books were different so I picked up the first one and started reading. I just couldn't get into it. I was too impatient and I just wanted to get to parts I didn't already know, but that would have taken FOREVER. So I gave up after the first book.
Have you read these books? What did you think of them? Let me know!