Every Tuesday The Broke and The Bookish provide their readers with a subject for a Top Ten list. This week it’s all about the books we thought we’d like/dislike but turned out to have the opposite opinion about. I’ve picked a few of each, so here we go!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Yeah, I avoided it for the longest time, because I thought it sounded so silly and childish. And then I loved it.
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
I thought I’d love this one, I really did, I loved the idea more than the actual book though, and in the end I was pretty disappointed.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I mention this every now and then, but wow, I really dislike this book. Again, I had high hopes, the plot even sounded decent and so many people love it. I read it and really, genuinely wonder what all the fuss was about.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
I’m not going to lie, I thought I’d hate this book, it just didn’t sound interesting and a lot of the classics which focus on families and love and drama are really not my thing. I had to read this for one of my Swedish classes, and surprisingly I loved it!
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
I didn’t dislike this book, but I didn’t like it at all as much as I’d expected. I’m a huge fan of dystopian novels and everyone talks about this one, so I thought I’d adore it. It was decent, but far from the best book in the genre.
Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
I’m going to come out and say it; I discriminate against Swedish literature. I often don’t like it. I don’t like the language, I don’t like a lot of the famous authors, and more often than not, I find the plots to be extremely forced and non-Swedish. It’s like they force a foreign setting onto Swedish culture, and the clash makes for an awful mess. Thus when I started reading this, I hoped for nothing. But hey, look, it’s a good book! Really good even! I actually enjoyed it (right up until the end, at which point I think one of my worst phobias got about 10 steps worse!!)!
Niceville by Kathryn Stockett
I usually don’t like these kind of books, that are supposed to move you but are too superficial and stereotypical. This was none of it, and it really did move me.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
There is one simple reason to why I didn’t expect to like this book. Because everyone else does. I’ve learned from experience that a lot of the books other people adore, or that are generally said to be good books, I end up disliking. Maybe because I don’t appreciate the fact that they’re classics if they’re not good, maybe because I have my expectations set too high, I don’t know. Either way, I expected to be disappointed by this, but I was not. It’s a brilliant book, fully deserving of all the praise it gets!
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
I accidentally picked up the sequel to this one at a thrift store a while back without knowing it was a sequel. I really just liked the cover, to be honest. Upon reading the synopsis for this book, I thought I wouldn’t like it at all, it didn’t seem like my type of reading. I was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed it a lot, and am looking forward to reading the sequel!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This book has been extremely hyped in the online book community over the past couple of months, and everyone seems to have read it. I seem to be the only one who doesn’t have an obsession with circuses, but I liked the cover and the synopsis sounded interesting enough so I thought I’d give it a shot. Turned out to be a fantastic book, I finished it in one day!
So, thats my list for today! Please link me to your Top Ten so I can check it out!