Mon, April 22, 2013

Top 10 Books I Thought I’d Like Less Than I Did


It’s Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

Top 10 Books I Thought I’d Like MORE/LESS Than I Did

Today, I’m going to go with the list of books I was feeling a little iffy about…but that pleasantly surprised me in the end!

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead book coverShade by Jeri Smith-Ready book coverLove and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo book coverThe Day Before by Lisa Schroeder book coverMatched by Ally Condie book coverIf I Stay by Gayle Forman book coverThe Survival Kit by Donna Freitas book coverThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green book coverCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein book coverDragonswood by Janet Lee Carey book cover

1. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: A vampire school? Scratch that: ANY vampire books at this point? Eww, right? Um, no. 1. It’s not about a school. 2. It’s full of suspense and tension and ALL THE GOOD THINGS EVER.

2. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready: I knew there was a love triangle going in, which to me = gross. Plus, I figured it out be fluffy ghosty angsty stuff. No, Silly Past Anna, you fool! This series is actually very deep and emotionally challenging — there were lots of tears shed on my part!

3. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo: Hmm, how do I put this non-spoilery…hmm. I guess I’ll just say that as someone who likes closure, I never thought I would so thoroughly adore a book with an ambiguous ending.

4. The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder: Why I was scared of verse novels, I’ll never know. This book won me over — it’s sooooo good.

5. Matched by Ally Condie: I’d read a few mixed reviews, but this book was a total win for me, grabbing my attention from start to finish. So, yeah, obviously I think book reviews are useful (hello!), but that being said, everyone reads and reacts differently, so make up your own mind on what you want to pick up. In instances like this, you may be pleasantly surprised!

6. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
7. The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas
8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I used to insist I didn’t like books about death. Books 6 through 8 proved me forever wrong.

9. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: Ditto what I said about death books. War books? Eesh, no, right? WRONG. So good. If you’ve read this: You know that thing that you realize midway through the book? I used to hate that too but I actually realized now it’s quite brilliant. Vague bwahaha sorry everyone either you get it or you don’t.

10. Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey: This book marks the point when I realized it was time to embrace my inner nerd and admit it: I like dragon books.

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  1. BookTasty said:

    I don’t know why but I’m so hesitant to read Code Name Verity! I had it in my audiobook stack today at my library but put it back….maybe I should give it a try?!
    :)
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    Anna Reply:

    Totally!

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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  2. Isa said:

    So many people recommended Vampire Academy series but I’m still afraid to try it. I’ve been wanting to read Code Name Verity, the story sounds amazing!
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    Anna Reply:

    Nooo don’t be afraid! It’s soooo good!

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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  3. thelibrarianchick said:

    Yay! I love hearing when people are pleasantly surprised by CODE NAME VERITY. It’s such an amazing book.

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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  4. Alyssa said:

    Honestly, i DNF’ed Matched. Too boring and monotonous for me but good for you for sticking to what is a very good point about choosing for yourself. VA is one of my absolute favourite series too! Amazing. I haven’t read Code Name Verity yet but i’m wanting to very badly.

    Great list!
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    Anna Reply:

    See, lots of people say that about Matched! Maybe I was just in the right mood when I read it?

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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  5. Cassie said:

    Can I just say.. I’m STILL skeptical on Code Name Verity? PETRIFIES me. I don’t do well with slow stars. But also for me, VA and Love & Other Perishable Items, oh & TFiOS were MAJOR winners.
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    Anna Reply:

    It’s sooo worth sticking it out for that book!

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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  6. Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor said:

    I agree with VA!! I was so tired of vampires already, that I was willing to bet VA would suck, but it turned out to be oneof my fave series! As for Matched, though I was a teeny bit disappointed, I still liked it much. I was just so excited about it, you know? I guess it’s my own fault :)))
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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  7. Rebecca said:

    I listed Vampire Academy, too – I just wasn’t expecting to love it so much!
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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  8. Chrissi Reads said:

    I’m reading Vampire Academy soon so I’m pleased to read that you loved it so much! I’m also reading Matched soon.. Fab list!
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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  9. marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said:

    Totally agree! Especially with VA and If I Stay
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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  10. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said:

    I haven’t read a single book on this list! I know I probably should, especially with Vampire Academy but I forgot about them when I see all the new shiny books out.
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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  11. Gaby @ Queen Ella Bee Reads said:

    It’s funny because I’m the absolutely opposite when it comes to death books. For some reason I know those are the books I like best (even though they usually destroy me). I always get SAD when a death book doesn’t suit my fancy. And I officially sound like the most morbid blogger there ever was. But there was no way I could hide the truth forever, I suppose.

    Also, I really like how you interpreted this topic. Just saying.

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    Anna Reply:

    So morbid, Gaby! Geez!

    Kidding! :)

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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  12. Kelsey @ The Lost Book Reports said:

    So I was the same way with Vampre Academy and now I am beyond obsessed with it. Love and Other Perishable Things was interesting because when it ended.. I was so mad. But it took me a day or two to think it over and realize I really loved the book. That would of been a good one to add to my list as well..

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    Anna Reply:

    Maybe the other thing about VA is that the cover aren’t helping it out AT ALL, right?

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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  13. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    Vampire Academy! The Survival Kit! Shade! If I Stay! Look at all the awesomeness you would have missed out on.

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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  14. Merin @ Read and Reviewed said:

    Code Name Verity is intimidating to me! I want to read it, but am nervous to start it. Maybe because it starts a bit more slowly? I also want to read Vampire Academy. I feel like the only one who hasn’t read the series!

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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  15. Sash said:

    Heard such GREAT things about Code Name Verity – maaybe I’ll try it out. :)
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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  16. I Read Books and Drink Tea said:

    I too read a few mixed reviews about Matched. Decided to just go ahead and find out for myself. Just finished it, and I like it.
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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  17. kimberlybuggie said:

    This is such a great list. I was skeptical about Vampire Academy at first too but wow. So glad I read it.
    And a lot of people have Code Name Verity on their list. I have to move that one up my pile!

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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  18. The Avid Reader said:

    I agree so strongly with so many of these! It’s making me want to rush out and buy The Fault in Our Stars, The Day Before, and Dragonswood immediately, haha.
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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  19. Helene said:

    I still need to read The Fault in our Stars and like you I’m hesitant about the death part. I’m so afraid I’ll end up like a wreck after finishing it ;). I do own it though, so I’ll hope to start someday!
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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  20. Cassie @ KnowsProse said:

    Man, I have to find a time turner so that I can get to all of the books I haven’t had a chance to read yet. Code Name Verity looks AMAZING!
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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  21. Mel@thedailyprophecy said:

    I never thought I would love The fault in our stars as much as I did. Such a beautiful story with great characters :) and I also enjoyed Dragonswood a lot!
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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  22. Jessica @ Books: A true story said:

    I loved Matched too! The whole series was beautiful. Oooh I should read Dragonswood – I don’t read enough dragon books :)
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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  23. Nomes said:

    the survival kit was really great, i think it def needs more live

    my fave on here is the laura buzo <3 and her second book HOLIER THAN THOU is even better!

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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  24. Madigan said:

    Yay for dragon books!

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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  25. Lori said:

    I love soooo many of these! I was pretty iffy about Code Name Verity too. I ended up LOVING it! *sob*
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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  26. Alexa Y. said:

    I have yet to read the Shade series and the Vampire Academy series. I’ve been avoiding both for a time because I have odd feelings towards paranormal books. It looks like I may need to check it out though!
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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

  27. Dana said:

    The only one that I’ve read is Love and Other Perishable Items and I enjoyed it. I tried Code Name Verity twice and just can’t get into it even though I keep hearing glowing comments about it.
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    Posted on: Mon, April 22, 2013

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