Today's Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke & The Bookish is all about popularity and peer pressure. ;) What books lived up to the hype and which ones went splat. For me anyway, you may have had different results, which is totally okay. That's what makes reading awesome, right? Everyone has different tastes. I tried to pick books this week that are more contemporary and recent (so no Steinbeck or Anne of Green Gables lol) and most of these I haven't even reviewed. (Probably won't on the "not so great" category.)
Okay, let's start with 5 books that I thought I would like a lot more or even love...and one that I absolutely hated.
1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer --okay, I did enjoy this one and even gave it 4/5 stars. But, I didn't think it was the super amazing, ZOMG awesome book that everyone else had been saying. My expectations were super high and it just didn't reach them. But I will still be reading the others. :)
2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver --I read all 3 books from this Jan-Apr. The first I really enjoyed, but like Cinder, wasn't blown away. Pandemonium was okay and then Requiem just...pissed me off. (I was going to put a big old rant here, but deleted it.)
3. Looking For Alaska by John Green --as much as John Green's books get hyped by *everyone*, I expect every book I read of his to be incredible. This was enjoyable but not overly.
4. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith --with a title like that, you expect something off the charts amazing, right? I didn't *believe* the love connection, maybe if it had been a longer book or switched POV's that would have helped. But the main problem I had with this book was [highlight for spoilers]: the relationship between the girl and her father reminded me too much of my dad after the divorce. :( And that's not something I want to think about. /end spoiler
5. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick --when I realized I do not like books about fallen angels at all and wondered why these books about stalkery, abusive, creepy boyfriends continue to get published. Hated it. Hated the sequel. Hated the 3rd and 4th even though I didn't read them.
Whew, that was hard! This should be easier...5 books that I loved SO MUCH MORE than I thought I would.
6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern --I wasn't too sure about this one, since I had seen so many "love it or hate it" reviews. But I succumbed to peer pressure and I am so glad I did!
7. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han --I bought this book for $2 on the clearance rack at HPB. I'd never heard anything about it...I didn't have high expectations. But I read it late one Saturday night and absolutely loved it. The other 2 in the series are decent reads, but the 1st is the best.
8. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead --I wasn't sure if I would even try this spinoff of Vampire Academy because I really didn't enjoy the last book or two in that series. The 1st Bloodlines was just okay, but Golden Lily and Indigo Spell really took off for me and I can't wait for the future books. I love Adrian. Also [highlight for spoiler]: Baby dragon!! OMG, cutest scene ever! I hope she brings it back. :) /end
9. Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent --I got this at Walmart one day because I *needed* a book and it was 2 1/2 stories in one for fairly cheap and looked semi interesting. Promising beginning, right? Well, turns out it was a really interesting, different story and I loved it. And yes, it does have one of those "girl twirling in a big poofy dress" covers, but ignore that! :) I still need to review Vol 2 arg and can't wait for Vol 3 this fall.
10.Endless Summer/Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols --also an impulse *need* book, this was my first Echols book. (And if I recall, I wandered around forever at the bookstore that day with my sister trailing along behind and I settled on this book lol.) Such a great story about relationships and that feeling of summer lasting forever. I'm going to eventually do a real review of this one.