Hello, Bookish Buddies, and welcome to today’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I couldn’t choose whether to do books I liked more or less, so I decided to do five of each. Now let’s get to the books! Note: they are in no particular order.
Books I Liked Less Than I Thought I Would:
1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater
I had heard such great things about this series and I was so excited to get into it, but Steifvater’s writing style just isn’t for me. I feel like she tells the most incredible, intricate stories in the most boring way possible. I really wish I could enjoy her writing more, because her stories are so awesome and imaginative.
2. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
This book made me really sad. The covers were so beautiful, but the stories were just not. Shadow and Bone to me was just filled to the brim with the most unlikeable characters in a world that had potential if it was fleshed out more.
3. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Reading the synopsis of this book, I knew it would be so hard to build a world like the Shadowhunter world and sell it to the reader, but I thought I could by it because it was so loved by so many people. Unfortunately, it missed the mark for me, but I am happy for all of my fellow readers who get to enjoy it.
4. What Light by Jay Asher
After Thirteen Reasons Why, I thought Jay Asher could do no wrong. I was mistaken. I’ve already mentioned this book in so many other posts, so I won’t really get into it, but it was just so mediocre.
5. You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levathin
Is it really too much to ask for decent LGBTQ+ fiction? If you have any recommendations for me, please leave them in the comments. This book had so much potential, but all of the characters seemed so fake and the storyline made no sense.
Books I Liked More Than I Thought I Would:
1. Fire by Kristin Cashore
This one comes to mind because I finished it a half hour ago. I loved it. It was beautiful. It was my first full 5 stars of the year (I think. I’m too lazy to check). I actually liked it even better than Graceling. I loved the world, the characters, the political turmoil, and I actually liked the romance. I usually hate romances most of the time, but I loved this one.
2. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
I don’t think I’ve made many posts without mentioning this book. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d enjoy Wolf by Wolf and I was really disappointed to receive it in my Uppercase Box because I was super over history class last year and the sci-fi aspect seemed unrealistic. I was wrong. Past me can eat my words. I love this book. It is my favorite book of all time, and if any one of you is turned off by the historical aspect or the sci-fi aspect or whatever, don’t be. It’s epic.
3. The Selection by Kiera Cass
This was actually one of the first books that got me into YA. It was recommended to me at some kind of book fair, and I was really skeptical, because even then I wasn’t into princesses and romance (yes I was, but the cover made it look extremely cheesy). And yes, it is cheesy, but it’s really addicting, exactly like The Bachelor, which I totally don’t watch
4. Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
I was really excited for this book, but we get a terrible first impression of the main character. I thought I was going to hate her, but she redeemed herself pretty quickly. I honestly love this book and I think I’m overdue for a reread.
5. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
This book sounded epic from the moment I heard about it, but I didn’t realize just how epic it was until I actually read it. Darcy Patel is everything I aspired to be when I read the book. For those of you who don’t know, it is told in alternating chapters between the story of a young YA author (Darcy) getting her debut novel published and the paranormal romance novel she writes about a girl who becomes a psychopomp (Lizzie). Although I didn’t especially enjoy Lizzie’s half of the book, I like to think it was artfully crappy for the purpose of the story.