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Top 10 Tuesday 13th March

on March 13, 2018

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday post. Originally created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish and now with a new home with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, Top 10 Tuesday focuses on a different book-related topic each week. For today, it’s:

Top 10 Books That Surprised Me

I’ve split my list into 2 parts…..5 books that surprised me in a good way and 5 that surprised me in a more underwhelming sort of way. I’m sticking to relatively recent reads (2017, 2018) otherwise I’d be here all day. First, the good.

  1. The Three Of Us by Kim Lock. Going into this book, based on the blurb, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. But the blurb is a little misleading and it’s actually a really interesting exploration of an unusual relationship. Excellent writing and just a really thoughtful story.
  2. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I didn’t know much about this going into it but I knew it was hyped and on everyone’s list of anticipated books for 2018. Sometimes a book finds it hard to live up to so much hype and there’s only way to go (down) but this definitely surprised me. I loved it. I can’t wait for book 2.
  3. Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett. I was sent this for review and was definitely surprised with how much I enjoyed it. I just loved the story and the writing and really found the characters endearing. I can’t wait for Jenn Bennett’s new book, which I think is coming out next month!
  4. The Eye Of The Sheep by Sofie Laguna. This won an award here in Australia – quite a prestigious literary award, the Miles Franklin. I have a very tenuous relationship with award winners and therefore I was really surprised when I found this book beautiful. It’s heart wrenching and so clever. Written from a very unusual perspective and just brilliantly done, Laguna uses much of the ‘show, don’t tell’ because the focus character often doesn’t really see/understand what’s happening. This is a brilliant book.
  5. Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I must’ve owned this book 5 years before I finally read it last year. Actually this is a prizewinner too, one of the very few I’ve really liked. I can’t believe I waited so long to read this – I think I thought it’d be really wordy and hard to read (like Homer or something) but it’s amazing.

And now the books that surprised me by being slightly…..underwhelming/less than I thought they’d be…

  1. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. Some people will probably shoot me for this but I think I’ve decided that John Green just isn’t for me. I found this book a really big struggle to read. The plot was just….well not even really there. And what was there was full of holes. Something about Green’s writing I don’t find appealing.
  2. Little Secrets by Anna Snoekstra. Also full of plot holes. Was hyped up a lot on social media here in Australia but it was quite a disappointing read for me.
  3. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard. I thought the author would actually go in another disappointing manner to the one she actually chose, but this was equally disappointing for me. Not even going to bother with the next one.
  4. The Best Of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion. This was meh for me. Simsion has never really lived up to the standard of The Rosie Project….I even found The Rosie Effect quite a letdown. I gave him another go after that, picking up this one but I really didn’t enjoy it much.
  5. So Over You by Kate Meader. This one was a bit of a letdown. I absolutely loved the first book in this series and it also set up the second book, which I thought was going to be right up my alley. It literally looked like it’d tick every box on my romance Wishlist. But the execution was different to what I was expecting and didn’t really play out like it was suggested it might (probably my fault, expectations etc). It was still a decent book, just didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. Still going to read the rest of the series though.

So a bit of half/half this week! Taking the good with the not-so-good.

22 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 13th March

  1. I Liked TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN but not as much as John Green’s other books. My TTT

    • I’ve only read The Fault in Our Stars and I liked it when I read it at the time but it seemed to fade pretty quick. I just don’t have much interest in picking any others up now!

  2. ChrissiReads says:

    I’m putting off Turtles All The Way Down because I’m not a big fan of John Green. I keep trying to give his books another chance though.

  3. Greg Hill says:

    The Cruel Prince and Alex Approximately are both on my TBR. I’ve seen a lot of good reviews for The Cruel Prince so I think I need to read that one soon! Sorry to hear about Turtles All The Way Down. I haven’t read John Green yet…

  4. Same here with The Cruel Prince. I don’t really read hyped books at least not until they’re old. 🙂 But I was given an ARC of it so I read it and I loved it so much. I think Book two is titled THE WICKED KING…

  5. Ahhh I have a gorgeous hardcover copy of The Song of Achilles too and I KNOW I should read it but I’m scared I’ll hate it!

    • Ooh I bet it makes a beautiful hardcover version. I thought the same really, but it’s such a gripping, readable story. It feels really intimate and you get caught up in this unusual friendship.

  6. louise ☆ says:

    I wasn’t too bothered with Turtles All the Way Down when it was first announced because I felt like once I’d read TFIOS I’d read all the John Green I needed to. I didn’t love or hate his writing, but I just didn’t feel the need to read any more of his books.

    • I actually agree with you now. Lol, I should’ve stopped at TFIOS….I feel like his books are going to be very similar characters just repeated in different scenarios with the same snappy dialogue.

  7. judithcmoore says:

    I definitely want to read song of achilles! Great list!
    My TTT

  8. Astilbe says:

    Yeah, I’ve heard a lot of good things about The Cruel Prince. It seems to have many fans. I’d like to read it one day myself.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  9. I so want to read The Cruel prince. Just waiting for the price to go down 😀
    And oh sorry that you didn’t like Turtles. It was my favourite book of 2017 😦 I can understand your concern though. Don’t worry I won’t shoot you 😀

    My TTT:

  10. I’m not going to bother with the next Red Queen book either…

    Lauren @ Always Me

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