5 Books I Liked Less Than I Thought I Would


Êl síla erin lû e-govaned vîn! Today, I'm teaming up with The Broke and the Bookish to bring you Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly bookish link-up.

Given the fact that the blogosphere often seems to be an echo chamber of bloggers all raving about the same (fantasy) (YA) books, it's no surprise I often find popular books to be overhyped and underwhelming. Even when a book isn't popular, it can be hard for it to live up to the hype you create in your head! With that in mind, I'm coming to you today with a list of ten books I ended up liking less than I thought I would.


5. Life of Pi by Yann Martel


I don't know quite what I was expecting with Life of Pi. But it had recently topped all the charts and been picked up for a movie and all that, so I know I was expecting it to be good.

And then I DNF'd it.

So it obviously wasn't.

4. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valante


To be fair, the following volumes in this series are fabulously written and definite favorites of mine. But this first one was a bit rocky - I expected something whimsical and unique, and I got something that tries too hard to be The Wizard of Oz for modern readers. (I would recommend the series as a whole, though!)


3. The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh


This looks to be a case of sequel blues if you just skim the surface of my disappointment, but reading Ahdieh's most recent works reveals the deeper problem I had with this book. Here is where she starts to use the slowly-paced, fragmented, melodramatic writing style that comes into its own in Flame in the Mist and is the reason I DNFd that book. Although the characters were still interesting and the plot still moved relatively quickly, TR&TD fell flat for me compared to The Wrath & The Dawn, its predecessor.

2. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones


I'll be the first to admit retellings aren't my thing, but that wasn't what put me off about this book. I really liked the fairytale Jae-Jones chose to retell; my problems lay with the main character. In an effort to make her relatable, Jae-Jones had Liesl whine about her appearance every page (I'm not even exaggerating) and be incredibly indecisive. Halfway through, I wanted to throw Liesl off a cliff. I can't even count the amount of times I considered DNFing this.

1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE MY JAM. Heists, antiheroes, a large cast of main characters, gay rep - all my favorite things in one book. Unfortunately, it fell quite flat for me. I found the writing dull and bland, and the only characters who didn't bore me were Kaz and Wylan.

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Let's chat! Do you feel like the blogosphere is an echo chamber sometimes? Have you read any of these books? What are some books you liked less than you thought you would? Comment below, and have a lovely day. <3

Namarië,
Ellie

10 comments:

  1. I loved Life of Pi, I read it years before the movie came out. I have to admit though, there are some dry parts. Haven't read the rest of the list I'm pretty much on cruise mode

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    1. Maybe I'll like the movie better?

      - Ellie

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  2. I enjoyed the Six of Crows, but I can see why you wouldn't, the writing was a bit dry in some places.
    And I got that vibe from The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making too! Although I also like the series as a whole. =)

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    1. Everyone kept going on about how amazing the writing was, but it was nothing special to me. Me too!

      - Ellie

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  3. It's such a letdown when you go into something hoping to love it and you just like it in the end. I felt that way about The Hunger Games. I was told it was LIFE CHANGING. Don't get me wrong, it was a good book, but not what my friend painted it to be.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks

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    1. Yesss, I know just what you mean! Sometimes, it's just impossible to live up to the hype around some books.

      - Ellie

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  4. Ah, sorry to hear you weren't a big fan of Wintersong or Six of Crows - they're both on my TBR, so hopefully I'll like them a bit more. I think there is a lot of YA love in the blogosphere, but I think there are plenty of bloggers out there, myself included, who do talk about other genres and I think there's plenty of brilliant YA out there, too. =)

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    1. Yeah, I agree. I always love finding bloggers who also talk about MG and adult!

      - Ellie

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  5. I hope I like Wintersong more than you did, it's on my TBR. I really enjoyed Six of Crows, but to each their own!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/top-ten-tuesday-123/

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      - Ellie

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