Books I Thought I’d Like Less and More Than I Did


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It’s always disappointing when I discover that a book I thought I was going to love ends up being a dud.  But it’s really exciting when I’m reading a book that I had minimal expectations for turns into a favorite.  Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about those books.

Books I thought I’d like more than I did:

Splintered by A.G. Howard (Goodreads): I was really enjoying this when I first started listening to the audio.  The entire premise was intriguing and I was drawn in.  But then it turned into a weird, way-too-emo for me story that I couldn’t enjoy.  There’s a really long list of things I really disliked about this debut.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (Goodreads): I’m still disappointed that I didn’t like this book.  I didn’t even finish it!  It didn’t speak to me and I hated the footnotes.

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan (Goodreads): This debut had instant action and lots of promise, but ultimately it fizzled about half way through the book.  I never finished it.

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins (Goodreads): I really expected to like this book.  I like the star-crossed lovers storyline, and I was looking forward to see how the story would play out with one of the characters being Amish.  Unfortunately, the story grew repetitive and stalled out.  I stopped reading it after I discovered that there would be more books.  If I was already bored half way through the first book, I couldn’t let myself invest in yet another series.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Goodreads): I love Lauren Oliver’s writing so I fully expected to love this one.  I was listening to the audio over the summer and made it as far as the second half of the audiobook before I gave up.  I grew bored with the story.  I wanted it to move along faster, and after a while Lauren Oliver’s flowery writing started to sound verbose.  Maybe one day I’ll come back to this one, but it won’t be any time soon.

SplinteredAn Abundance of KatherinesGlowTemptationDelirium

Books I thought I’d like less than I did:

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Goodreads): Two students told me about this during my first year teaching my YA elective.  I was really hesitant to read it because I thought I didn’t like science fiction.  After they told me how amazing it was I decided to give it a shot.  It’s one of my favorites and it even made me cry.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Goodreads): I remember when my high school best friend picked this up when we were in college.  She raved and raved about it, but I wasn’t interested.  One of my students gave me her copy to read during spring break a couple years ago, so I finally caved and read it.  I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner because it’s SO GOOD!  I didn’t want it to end.

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick (Goodreads): I remember seeing an ARC of this in my ALAN box in Chicago and thinking, “What is this?”  I had never heard of Jordan Sonnenblick, and I had never heard of this book.  I don’t know why I was so hesitant.  I can’t even remember how I ended up reading it last year, but I enjoyed every minute of it.  It’s funny and heart-warming.

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima (Goodreads): I tried reading The Warrior Heir during my first year of teaching and really disliked it.  Last year I requested some titles to help me discover more fantasy and this was recommended.  I figured I’d like it, but I had no idea I would love it.  I was completely absorbed in the story and the world.  It’s a long book, and I’m pretty sure I read it in just over a day.  This is a fabulous series.

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Goodreads): I tried reading this in the traditional sense and then a year later I tried the audio.  Both times I had to set it aside.  I finally tried the audio for a second time and I was finally hooked.  I think this is one of those “I need to be in the right mood books” because I can’t believe I didn’t finish it the first time I tried reading it.  It’s such a fantastic book that’s beautifully written.  If you haven’t read it yet, I HIGHLY recommend listening to the audio.

The Knife of Never Letting GoWater for ElephantsCurveball The Year I Lost My GripThe Demon KingDaughter of Smoke and Bone


  1. Glow is also on my list, but with the books I thought I liked less than I did! I’m currently reading The Knife of Never Letting Go and I’m struggling with it. I’m reading it in Dutch, so it might be the translation. But the high hopes I had aren’t coming true so far…

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  2. I really enjoyed Water for Elephants way more than I thought I would, too. I put off reading it for years. I’ve tried reading Daughter of Smoke and got about 100 pages in before putting it aside. Maybe I’ll see if my library system has the audio. Everyone RAVES about this book and I feel guilty for DNFing it.
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    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      I felt guilty for not liking it, too. Listening to the audio really made a difference, so hopefully you’ll be able to get a copy.

  3. Bummer on Splintered and Glow! I’ve been meaning to read both of them 🙁

  4. I SO agree on THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO. I actually went to Border’s once specifically to buy it, but decided not to after I read the first couple of pages. It was SO confusing! I checked it out from the library later and, once I got used to the narration, could NOT put it down. Loved the whole series! It’s one of my all-time favorites.

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      I still need to read Monsters of Men, but I agree that the trilogy is fantastic. It took me some time to get used to the writing and the dialect, but it’s so worth that time.

  5. Great picks!! I’ve been wanting to read Splintered, but it has showed up on so many lists today that I’m scared!!
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  6. Great list. I have Splintered and Daughter of Smoke and Bone on my TBR list. Happy Reading!

  7. I found Delirium too slow and flowery for my taste as well; I ended up giving up on it.

  8. I was thinking of reading Delirium, until I saw the reviews for the last book in the series. I don’t know if I want to start a series where almost 98% of folks were disappointed by the ending.

  9. Completely agree with ‘Water for Elephants’ – I was surprised by how much I enjoyed that book.

    Same for ‘Daughter of Smoke & Bone’ – I was afraid I wouldn’t like it because everyone else did.

    Happy Reading!


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