Ten Books That Surprised Me

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is all about the books that surprised us, be it in a good or bad way!

The Good

The Host- Marissa Meyer

The Host (The Host, #1)

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Twilight so I didn’t expect to like The Host as much as I did.

The Giver- Lois Lowry

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

I didn’t expect this book to be a 5 star! It totally was.

The Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

I thought this book wouldn’t be for me, but I was captivated.

Lord Of The Flies- William Golding

Lord of the Flies

I didn’t like most of the books that I had to read at school so I didn’t expect to like this one.

As I Descended- Robin Talley

As I Descended

I was NOT a fan of What We Left Behind so again, wasn’t expecting to like this one as much as I did.

The Not So Good

The Fault In Our Stars- John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

I always feel bad for not liking John Green, but I just didn’t ‘get’ this book. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, I did. I just wasn’t blown away.

Girl In Pieces- Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces

This book was very slow in places.

The Girls- Emma Cline

The Girls

A bit strange! I don’t usually mind strange.

Dumplin’- Julie Murphy

Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)

I wanted to like it more than I did.

Follow Me Back- Nicci Cloke

Follow Me Back

Great premise, but it didn’t work for me.

How about you? Let me know which books have surprised you! Feel free to leave a link to your list and I’ll stop by!

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Stacking The Shelves #181

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!

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Bought:

Here We Are Now

I absolutely loved Jasmine’s debut novel, so I’m intrigued to read this one!

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

I have heard so many wonderful things about this book. I can’t help but think of The Darkness song when I read this title.

Turtles All the Way Down

I’m so nervous about reading this book because I’m not the biggest John Green fan. However, I’m always willing to give an author another go, so I’ll try read this one soon.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your posts! 🙂

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!

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously read by the same authors:

John Green:

David Levithan:

Synopsis:

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high-school stage.

Thoughts:

I have had this book for the longest time, but if I’m honest, I was a little put off from reading it. This is mainly because I’ve had some problems with John Green books. Now, don’t get me wrong, I think he’s a decent enough writer. I just don’t get all of the hype surrounding his books. I’ve read a lot of them now and I think they’re okay- just not outstanding like many other readers seem to feel. It’s just personal preference I guess. Each to their own. David Levithan is what pulled me to this book. I absolutely adore David Levithan’s writing and I’m working my way through his books. There’s something about David’s writing that pulls me in.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is narrated by two different boys named Will Grayson. Our first Will Grayson (narrated by John Green) is best friends with a guy named Tiny Cooper. He may be called Tiny, but he’s anything but tiny. He’s a bigger guy and definitely has a larger than life personaility. John’s Will Grayson has all kinds of girl drama because he’s trying to avoid girl drama…consquently making quite the drama over drama. I could tell from the start that this Will Grayson was written by John Green as his writing style is incredibly identifiable. I have to admit, that I actually really enjoyed John Green’s Will Grayson!

Now for the other Will Grayson. Ahhh David Levithan!<3 I thought I was going to hate David’s Will Grayson because it was all written in lowercase. The teacher in me was screaming about using capital letters and capitalising ‘I’. I quickly got over it though… because you know… David Levithan’s writing is delicious. Can writing be delicious? Yes. Yes it can. After finishing the book, I read the interview that both authors gave and David explains that Will writes in lowercase because that’s how he sees himself. I totally got that. This Will Grayson is a darker character. He’s depressed. One day, Will Grayson comes across the other Will Grayson (*cough* in a porn shop *cough*) and this leads to him meeting Tiny Cooper. They later become a couple.

There is a great deal of romance throughout this book. It’s full of relationship drama which I’m not usually a fan of, but it works so well in this story. The relationships feel real with relatable struggles. I also really enjoyed how this book was about friendship as well. It’s a wonderfully witty story and I’m pleased I finally gave it a chance. This was certainly my favourite John Green book.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A witty, engrossing read! I loved this book!

This Week In Books #41

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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A Boy Made of Blocks Strange Star Will Grayson, Will Grayson

NOW A Boy Made Of BlocksKeith Stuart– I have only just started A Boy Made of Blocks which is a debut novel out on 1st September. It’s a story of a family with a boy with autism. I’m only a few chapters in but it’s very promising so far.

THENStrange StarEmma Carroll– I absolutely adore Emma Carroll’s writing and was very late in reading Strange Star. I’m so glad I made time for it, this summer holiday as it was a beautiful read.

NEXTWill Grayson, Will GraysonJohn Green and David Levithan– I have to admit that I’m nervous to read this book. I’m not a huge John Green fan. Not at all. But I do like David Levithan. I’ve had this book way over a year (possibly 2!) so it’s time to see if I like it.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to a similar post that you do and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading!

I have had some problems with leaving comments on WordPress for the past day or so, so I shall do my best to comment on your blog! I will have definitely read it, if you leave a link!

Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten characters who are fellow book nerds. I love this topic! I love a bookworm, but I have found it a bit tricky to think about who to include! Has anyone else had this problem?!

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Matilda- Roald Dahl

Matilda

Matilda is the ultimate bookworm. I absolutely love her and think she’s such a great character for children!

Celaena-Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

I love that Celaena is kick ass and a bookworm! 😀

Jo March- Little Women

Little Women (Little Women, #1)

Jo was one of the first bookworms that I read about. I loved how much she enjoyed books and writing stories.

Cath- Fangirl

Fangirl

Cath is a fantastic, relatable character. I adored her!

Liesel- The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Of course, Liesel has to be mentioned in a list like this. Liesel has a great love for books!

Hermione- Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Hermione is one of the ultimate bookworms. I love how into her books she is and how powerful they are to her.

Juliette- Shatter Me

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Juliette isn’t the most obvious choice, as when I think of her I think of her strength, but she is a book lover for escapism!

Hazel/Gus- The Fault In Our Stars

The Fault in Our StarsJohn Green doesn’t frequently feature in my Top Ten lists, but there’s no denying that Hazel and Gus are wonderfully bookish.

Isla- Isla And The Happily Ever After

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)It took me a while to think about adding Isla, but when I thought about it, Isla really likes reading about adventures rather than taking part in adventures. She’s shy and unassuming. A character that’s easy to relate to.

Anne- Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)

Another wonderful bookish character. I think it’s lovely that book nerds are represented in children’s literature!

Who did you add to your list? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your posts!

Let It Snow

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.

A trio of today’s bestselling authors – John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle – brings all the magic of holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.

Thoughts:

I’ve seen this book about so much, I felt like I should get to it! The only author that I’ve read before is John Green. I like John Green but I don’t seem to love him as much as everyone else does. Still, I was intrigued by this collection of short stories, perfect for the Christmas season. If you’re not a fan of short stories, don’t be put off. They’re not too short. The action takes place in the same small town, with some recurring characters and links between the stories.

Maureen Johnson’s story is first up, The Jubilee Express. This was my favourite stories in the collection and I think I’m going to have to check out more of Maureen Johnson’s work. Our narrator Jubilee is forced to miss her boyfriend’s Christmas smorgasboard. She’s sent to stay with her grandparents when her parents are arrested in a shopping riot. Jubiliee finds herself stranded in Gracetown on a train in a carriage full of cheerleaders. It’s completely over the top, but well written and witty. I’ll read more from Maureen Johnson.

The second story is John Green’s A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle. I have seen many people list this as their favourite story, but for me, it didn’t overly stand out. Tobin and his friends brave the blizzard to be with the cheerleaders from the previous story.

Lauren Myracle’s story, The Patron Saint of Pigs, finishes the story. I didn’t find Addie, the character in the story very likeable. She’s recently split with her boyfriend, who appears in the previous two stories. She’s about to learn an important life lesson with a help from an older lady.

Let It Snow is an enjoyable, easy to read, seasonable book. I’d definitely recommend it to get into the Christmas spirit.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
Vain- Fisher Amelie