Ten Books I Liked Less Than I Thought

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about books we loved or disliked more than we thought. Now, for most of these books I did like them, just not as much as I had first thought I would. You may enjoy them! Each to their own they say…

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More Of Me- Kathryn Evans

More of Me

I wasn’t that impressed with this book unfortunately. I wanted to love it because the synopsis sounded incredible, but for me, it didn’t work.

Another Day- David Levithan

Another Day (Every Day, #2)

I LOVED Every Day but I don’t think this book was necessary. I felt a little let down by it.

What We Left Behind- Robin Talley

What We Left Behind

I loved Robin’s debut, so I was sad to be disappointed by this.

After You- Jojo Moyes

After You (Me Before You, #2)

It was always a gamble to read a sequel to one of my favourite books. This book didn’t work for me, unfortunately.

Ballet Shoes- Noel Streatfeild

Ballet Shoes (Shoes, #1)

I wanted to love this book! 😦

The Fault In Our Stars- John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

I know, I know. Most people love it. I liked it but wasn’t blown away.

The Coldest Girl In Coldtown- Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

I thought I’d love this book, but it wasn’t quite what I thought it would be.

Me & Earl & The Dying Girl- Jesse Andrews

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

This book was okay, but I thought it was going to be WOW!

Everything I Never Told You- Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You

I feel like so many people would love this book but it didn’t quite work for me.

Those Girls- Lauren Saft

Those Girls

I thought this would be a fun book but sadly it wasn’t. It really irritated me at points.

I’m really intrigued to see what you’ve posted this week, so feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Everything I Never Told You *mini review*

Everything I Never Told You

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet . . . So begins this debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and the tragedy that will either be their undoing or their salvation. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.

When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart.

Thoughts:

This book definitely fell victim to the dreaded hype monster. I had heard some amazing things about it, so I was ready to love it. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. Don’t get me wrong, the writing style is absolutely beautiful and Celeste Ng is a fantastic writer- her writing is lyrical. I just didn’t connect with the story!

I don’t know why, but I thought that this story was going to be a really dramatic thriller. It’s not. It’s more of a contemporary read about a family, filled with drama. It follows a family who are experiencing a family crisis, when their daughter Lydia goes missing, and is later found dead. This book follows their story, looking at the background behind the family, and why Lydia was desperately unhappy. The reader finds out that everyone in the family isn’t happy for one reason or another.

I think Celeste Ng explored family dynamics in an interesting way, but ultimately I felt that it wasn’t overly believable and felt a little dated in parts. I didn’t connect to the characters at all. I can see why others have enjoyed this book, the writing is beautiful. It just wasn’t a book for me!

Would I recommend it?:
It’s not for me! Unfortunately, I could not connect with this book. It was engaging enough to finish, but I wouldn’t highly recommend it.

This book didn’t live up to the hype for me, but I very much enjoyed the writing!

This Week In Books #7

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

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NOW-Things We Know By Heart– Jessi Kirby- I have just started this book, but I think it’s going to be emotional!

THEN- Everything I Never Told You– Celeste Ng- I thought this book was good, but I wasn’t blown away. It’s about the life of a family who are torn apart when a member dies. We find out the back story for the family.

NEXT- Nowhere But Here– Katie McGarry- I love Katie McGarry’s writing, so I can’t wait to read this book!

What have you been reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by. Happy Reading! 😀

This Week in Books #5

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I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Click on the book tile below to take you to Goodreads!

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NOW- If You Find MeEmily Murdoch– Well, I’m happy to say that I’m out of my reading slump! So pleased! Not so pleased that I haven’t been able to get stuck into this book. I was hoping to read last night, but unfortunately my rabbit got very unwell, so my focus was on him…

THEN ChokerElizabeth Woods- Don’t be fooled by the pink cover. It’s certainly not a sweet book. It’s disturbing. A great, short thriller. I loved it!

NEXTEverything I Never Told You- Celeste Ng– I have heard such good things about this book, so I’m very happy to be reading it next!

I haven’t added anything to my wishlist this week, so that’s it from me! If you do a similar post, feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #104

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book Image to get to the Goodreads page!

NetGalley

Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy, #2) We All Looked Up

I was approved for Sally Green’s Half Wild which I’m excited about. I loved Half Bad and can’t wait to dig into the next instalment. We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach was on my list of 2015 débuts I’m excited for, so I was happy to be approved for this book too!

Bought:

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou's Autobiography, #1) Winger (Winger, #1) I Don't Want To Be Crazy Everything I Never Told You

I bought I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings for part of the Banned Books feature that I have with Bibliobeth. I’m excited to read this book.

Winger is a book that I’ve wanted to read for a while, but for some reason I didn’t get around to!

I Don’t Want To Be Crazy is a book about anxiety. I  like to read books that tackle this issue as I suffer from anxiety myself. Hopefully this one will impress!

Everything I Never Told You is a 2014 début that I didn’t get around to! I’m looking forward to reading it.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading 😀