Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would

Welcome to my first ever Top Ten Tuesday!

Thanks to The Broke And The Bookish for this week’s topic: Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would. I decided to divide this list up into two categories; five books I didn’t love as much as I thought I would, and five books that I loved more than I thought I would. So here goes:

Five Books I Didn’t Love As Much As I Thought I Would:


The summary for Stealing Snow made it sound so amazing and exciting, I couldn’t wait to read it. Unfortunately, the actual story fell flat for me. It felt more like an outline of a (potentially great) fantasy story, rather than the actual story itself. The characters were annoying, the world-building was unbelievable, and there was a LOVE SQUARE. An actual square. This book was super, super disappointing.

You can read my full review of Stealing Snow here.


There was sooooo much hype surrounding the Divergent series. When I received all three books for my birthday one year, I couldn’t wait to dig in.

But it turned out to be the most boring dribble I’ve ever read in my life, and I still have no idea how this series ever became so popular.

To me the hardest part to believe was the basic premise for the story: that a person showing more than one personality trait is something special. If that was the case, wouldn’t we all be divergent?


When I read the Gone series by Michael Grant, I freaked out because they were amazinggg. And I read a review that said that Gone was basically a modern version of Lord of the Flies. So I decided to give the classic novel a go.

Big mistake.

It was so boring, especially compared with the action-packed Gone series. Can we start a petition to make the Gone books the classic instead?


During my last years in high-school, I kinda lost my passion for reading (due to being forced into reading boring school-based books). A few years later I tried to get my mojo back by reading City of Bones. 

It didn’t work. It probably didn’t help that I was a huge fan of Cassandra Clare’s Draco Dormiens series (which has essentially the same storyline and characters, just with different character-names) before I discovered that she’d stolen most of her witty dialogue from Buffy). Boooo.


I heard so many great things about Eleanor & Park, and I really hoped that it would be a book that I loved. And I did enjoy it enormously, don’t get me wrong, but there was one major problem that I just couldn’t overlook: the casual racism.

Obviously it was meant to fit in with the time and the setting, but I personally found it quite jarring. I didn’t like the way that Eleanor ‘othered’ Park and made a big deal about his Korean heritage.

You can read my full review of Eleanor & Park here.

Five Books I Loved More Than I Thought I Would: 


When I first picked up Risk, I was aware that it is probably meant for an audience quite a bit younger than me, so I didn’t expect to get too much out of it.

But I was absolutely floored by this debut novel.

It has great characters, a compelling plot line, sensational writing, and overall some really important messages.

You can read my review of Risk here.

Yasssss this book! I originally thought that Mother Tongue looked ‘quite interesting’ but ‘absorbing’ and ‘captivating’ are much better word choices.

I became absolutely engrossed in Darya’s life. This was a tale packed with raw emotion, realistic relationships, and incredibly three-dimensional characters. I think that Darya is one of the most interesting and complex characters I have read about to do this date.

You can read my review of Mother Tongue here.


When I first read The Natural Way of Things, I honestly couldn’t decide whether I loved it or hated it. Now that I’ve had some time to sit on it (figuratively of course), I have decided that I love it. This book is not a comfortable read: it will churn your insides up and make you wonder how things could possibly be so messed up. It’s a relevant, well-thought-out, and stunningly written look at rape culture and misogyny.

My review of The Natural Way of Things can be found here.


My initial thoughts about The Graces were, ‘oh no; it’s Twilight 2.0,’ and, ‘this dialogue takes me back to 2007 when I had a side-fringe and was desperately trying to convince my parents to let me dye my hair black’.

But it just got SO MUCH BETTER. And it all became so fabulously dark and twisted and gorgeous. Plus River is such an intriguing character. She’s so cold and calculating but then it all gets revealed at the end and wow.

Check out my review of The Graces here. 


Basically I purchased Holding Up The Universe because I liked the cover (except for the yellow post-it-note, wth) and because it seemed really popular in my YA circles.

I would never have guessed this book would be so inspiring and uplifting. Seriously, of you ever feel like you don’t have a place in the world, then you need to read this book pronto.

My review of Holding Up The Universe is right here. 

So that’s it, folks; my top five books that disappointed me, and my top five books that pleasantly surprised me. Do you feel the same way about any of these stories? What books would make it on your list?

13 thoughts

  1. I think this is the only post I have seen where someone else has liked Holding up the Universe. I thought that book was pretty beautiful. Some things were a bit silly but the overall message of just love you for you and forget other people was present in such an amazing way. I did the audio book and it was so well done.

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  2. I’ve seen a lot of underwhelmed reviews about Stealing Snow, so I decided to skip it altogether. lol! I’m not a fan of love triangles as it is, but a love square? Nope. Not my thing at all. lol! I haven’t read Eleanor & Park yet, but I bought it recently. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, but casual racism? Hmmm…. not a fan of that myself, so we’ll ust have to see how it goes, I guess. Great list! Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Yeah I think a lot of people found it quite disappointing, which is a shame because it sounded so good! I just couldn’t get over all the love interests either, the whole square thing was ridiculous. I was just surprised how much of a ‘big deal’ it was in Eleanor & Park that Park was Korean? Eleanor sort of went on a bout it a bit. Thanks for reading, I hope you have a great week too!


  3. I’m totally with you on the Divergent series! I haven’t read Lord of the Flies, Stealing Snow or Eleanor & Park – but they are all on my long term TBR 😐 😦 I really enjoyed City of Bones, but I was the first thing I’d ever read by Clare and I found the series did drag on towards the end. I found the first three books great, but there was so much useless filler in the later books. After forcefully slogging through the fourth book, I just skipped to the six.

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