Hey guys! So this week's theme for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Brooke and The Bookish is ten books I loved less/more than I expected. This is the first time I'm doing this meme, and I decided instead of writing about the books I liked, or didn't like, I thought I would do both. So I'll be sharing 5 books that exceeded my expectations, and the 5 books which were underwhelming.
Books that exceeded my expectations:
1. On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
I found On The Jellicoe road randomly while scrolling through Goodreads. I hadn't heard much about this book, and even now I don't see many people reading it, but it's one of those book that'll stay with you for a very long time. This story is about love, friendship, grief, guilt, forgiveness, all woven together and forming a beautiful story. It takes some time to get into, but once you do, you just can't stop reading it. It's a very powerful book and would definitely recommend it to everyone!
2. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
This is a book I was very hesitant about reading. I don't know why I just couldn't make myself read it, maybe because it seemed like a heavy book. But when I did read it, I was surprised by how everything was handled in this book. It is a story of a girl who's suffering from Schizophrenia and her journey of facing all the hurdles that came her way, It's not only an emotional story, but the author has done a brilliant job keeping the atmosphere of the book light and funny while also giving a very strong message. I love this book for its uniqueness, crazy plot twists (trust me, they are), and beautiful characters.
3. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Oh, my god, where do I even start with this book?!! This was recommended to me by one of my friends, and while I have always been interested in dark matter theory, I didn't really expected to like this book. But it totally proved me wrong and became of my favorite books of 2016!! It's thrilling, scary, funny, and also sad sometimes, but it's a book worth reading!
4. Cracked by Eliza Crewe
This one was definitely a fun read! I hadn't even heard about this book until I saw one of my friend's review on it on Goodreads, And it immediately got me intrigued. I've read so many paranormal romances in past that it's become very difficult to find something different in that genre, but if you are looking for a hilarious story, with some crazy characters - this book is for you.
5. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
This book was a complete emotional rollercoaster. This is the book where I could connect with all the characters as it has multiple povs, and on top of that, it's a really beautiful story about friendship, family and love. If you haven't read this book, I highly recommend it!
Books that were underwhelming:
6. I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
I might be in a minority, but I didn't like this book as much as everyone. Before reading it, I had read nothing but great reviews on it, so automatically I had very high expectations from it. But unfortunately, I didn't really enjoy it and ended up giving it two stars. Definitely not for me, but many people have loved it, so I guess it was just me.
7. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
I've read very few books on magical realism, so I guess I just need to find the book that works for me. But about this book, it was very complex and layered, and while I got the whole point of the book, I just couldn't connect to it.
8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Okay, first of all, let me make this clear: I didn't hate this book. I really enjoyed this book. This book was like going on an actual circus, but with more fascinating magic tricks and a great plot. Everything is fascinating about this book - it's plot, the cicrus itself, the magic tricks, and the characters. So why didn't I love this book as much as everyone else? Well, I just expected something more. I just felt that this book was more focused on the writing (which I ablsolutely loved) than the actual plot. So it gets all the stars for the imagination and writing, but I couldn't bring myself to rate it high than 3 stars for the plot.
9. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors when it comes to romance. I've read all her books, and have loved most of them. Unfortunately, this was one of the books I just didn't enjoy. Her books are always very heavy on emotions, but this book felt very dull when I compare it to her other works like Confess, Maybe Someday, and It Ends With Us. I couldn't relate to the characters, and not even how unbelievable the entire insta-love was in this book. So this is only one of the two books I didn't like by her. But that doesn't change anything since I'll forever keep reading her books!<3
10. Every Day by David Levithan
This was another unpopular opinion. The concept was interesting, but the execution not as good. It's a nice story overall, but I expected a lot more.