Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would (recently or all time).” High expectations can really ruin a read if the book in question doesn’t live up to the hype. Sometimes it’s hype from fellow bloggers and publishers and sometimes it’s your own expectations that can work against you. Whatever the case, I know everyone has experienced picking up a book, so sure they’d be blown away, only to realize that no, you will not be sharing in all the hoopla surrounding said book. Here are ten books I read in the last year(ish) that I had high expectations for, but ultimately let me down. Covers are linked to Goodreads.
1. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – Everyone loves this one and being a huge fan of her book A Madness So Discreet, I went in thinking I was going to love this one too. I liked facets of it, but was kind of let down.
2. How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather – I’m still baffled by the fact that so many bloggers loved this, but it just ended up being okay for me.
3. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner – I might be the only blogger who didn’t love this debut. I just really didn’t like any of the characters and thought the story itself wasn’t all that compelling.
4. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – I love love love Lara Jean. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is one of my favorite contemporary books, but this sequel really let me down. The characters lacked the kind of charisma I loved about them from the first book. I was so disappointed that I’m not sure I’ll be picking up the third book.
5. The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron – I loved Rook so much, but this more recent release by Cameron did absolutely nothing for me. The story was just okay and quite honestly, I remember next to nothing about the characters.
6. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers – We could have been soulmates! I love assassin stories, so I jumped on this one immediately despite it being a debut. I wish I had waited.
7. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken – I think I need to accept the fact that this author and I don’t mesh well. I loved her debut Brightly Woven, but nothing since then has moved me.
8. Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey – Jane Austen elements should make this one a delightful read for me, but alas, I found it pretty boring.
9. When We Collided by Emery Lord – So many bloggers love this one and I expected to as well considering how much I enjoyed The Start of Me and You, but it’s another book I’m puzzled over not liking.
10. Gilded Cage by Vic James – My most recent letdown. When I picked this one up, the Goodreads rating was really high and early reviewers were raving about it. I think I might have read a different book because I’m not sure what was so impressive about it. Yikes, that’s harsh.
I hate to ask, but…did you enjoy any of these even though I didn’t? What was the last read you went into with high expectations that ended up disappointing you? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.
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