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It would be so easy to use this post to simply list my favourite books of all time, but that would be a cop out. So instead, this is a post about 5 books that were better than I expected they would be and 5 books that were less awesome than I expected they’d be. I am being completely subjective here, this is about my reaction to these books, nothing more. So here goes, in no particular order…
5 books I thought I’d like LESS than I did:
1. Lost Voices by Sarah Porter
This blew me away. The best book about what it means to be human that I have ever read and there’s basically no human characters in it. And I only read it because I got a free e-ARC. (I now own it in hardback.)
2. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
I found The Twilight books boring, sue me. And for the first half of this one I didn’t get the awesomeness of what I was reading, and then I got it. I totally cried towards the end.
3. The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
Panned in all the reviews I read. I put up with the tinsy tiny print of the paperback version for all 411 pages. Enough said.
4. The Catalpa Tree by Denyse Devlin
I thought twice about reading this because of the twisted synopsis, but I’m glad I read it.
5. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
Unknown author, during the first few scenes the main character’s immaturity made me squirm and then… I had to stay up all night. Really good!
5 books I thought I’d like MORE than I did:
1. Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
This book had the potential to be mind-blowing – fairytale characters, curses? And the storyline was pretty epic, but unfortunately I was not swept off my feet.
2. First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky
Some great observations about love and living, but I was bored reading it. This was not the sexy romance novel I had been expecting.
3. Starling by Lesley Livingston
I gave up 2/3rds of the way through. I just didn’t care enough about the characters or their world to bother. And yet there was myth, magic, boarding school and a romantic interest. Weird.
4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
I had heard so many good things about this book, but it got sent to the charity shop around the same time I finished the last page and I never read on in the series. But I still like werewolves thanks to Annette Curtis Klause.
5. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
I kept waiting for the humour and upbeat message the synopsis implied was eventually coming. I bought it in hardback. But it was all a lie, what I got was passages on blisters, tumours and human greed – misery in a book. No wonder it was nominated for the Booker Prize.