Today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about books that exceed or fall short of expectations. Here's my off-the-top-of-my-head list...decided to split the 10 in two.
Books Loved Less
- Game of Kings, by Dorothy Dunnett - I just abandoned this book. I ended up really not liking the main character and I felt that despite the plot machinations, the story seemed fairly predictable. After reading over 200 pages, I felt justified in deciding I'd given it a fair shake.
- Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley - this series has gotten rave reviews but I really couldn't stand the precocious girl who was the main character.
- Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke - never finished it. Got halfway through and was bored to brain fatigue.
- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne - yawn...
- Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury - exhausting and overblown.
Books Loved More
- Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott - somehow I never read this as a child or teen, and so was surprised by how good it was for a skeptical, adult reader.
- The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins - I wanted to see what the fuss was about and was swept away.
- Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro - I was totally unprepared for the story, but found it compelling. Distopian fiction is not a genre I like, but this story really worked.
- Germinal, by Emile Zola - what a fantastic book, I was expecting a dull book but was overwhelmed by the story and the fully developed characters.
- Miss Marjoribanks, by Margaret Oliphant - what a delightful character in this sleeper of a Victorian novel.