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This week's topic is Top Ten Books I Loved More/Less Than I Thought I Would. Their post this week can be found here. There will be a Top Ten Tuesday hiatus until March 7th afterwards. You'll find the reasons on their blog.
I've been considering just putting together a list of books that disappointed me, because I've found one thing now that I'm in my 30's: books and films rarely blow my mind anymore. I think after you've reached a certain age, you have seen most plot twists and most scenarios played out in all different ways. Every time you see something for the first time, you're impressed, especially if executed well... and then after a while, all you think is: been here, read this before. But every now and then a book still manages to leave me with a hangover.
Books I liked Less Than I Thought I Would
- I feel like I'm probably not fair towards Sarah J. Maas book series. The books are definitely good. And technically, I'm not really the audience anymore. However, I do enjoy some YA a lot, so let me try book 4.
- The Book Thief is one of those that everyone seems to love, except for me. I just really didn't like the narrator. He's what ruined the story for me. I don't want to spoil here, but for some reason that narrator and me did not get along.
- Ender's Game. Ender is the best. Even at the age of 6 he can do it all. Flawless main characters bother me a lot. Nonetheless this is a sci-fi classic.
- The Handmaid's Tale is another classic. Written in 1985 it shows the terrible future that awaits us women if suddenly our rights get taken away. I thought the world and concept was really interesting but I was bored by Atwood's book. Sorry.
- Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children is on the edge of being YA. I thought it was probably more directed towards the younger segment of that age bracket. The photos were a cool idea, but the story was boring.
Books I liked More Than I Thought I would
- Flowers for Algernon is a sci-fi classic from the 60's about a young man who has an IQ of 68 and desperately wants to fit in. He participates in an experiment to increase his IQ and... well, saying more would give the story away. Visceral. A short read and one that punched me in the gut.
- A Gentleman in Moscow. It's getting pushed in all shop window's in London and I love to see that. It's such a wonderful, heartfelt tale. It gave me happy feelings.
- Red Rising. Wow, these books have made me yell at various things in my house like a pillow and a radiator.
- The Raven Boys. I expected just another YA adventure but it's mostly a series about friendship and it's lovely.
- The Promise of the Child. Complicated and dense but worthwhile because the world building is spectacular. It's thousands of years into the future and humanity has evolved into different species that are now spread across the galaxy.
I hope everyone is having an excellent week. I'm still mostly coughing. Stupid cold.