Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Loved + and - Than I thought I Would


Another week has begun which signals another trip to the bookish world known as Top Ten Tuesday.

Broke and Bookish February 21 | Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would (recently or all time) -- or you could do something like books I liked more/less than everyone else. - Broke and Bookish

There are a number of books I’ve liked more than I thought I would, which always makes for a pleasant read. On the flip side of that coin there have been books I didn’t like as much as I anticipated. And that is never a happy day - or at least it isn’t for a reader. When books don't live up to the lofty expectations it's a sad day. Most of the time, this is no reflection on the author, it's simply that the story or style doesn't suit our reader preferences, and that's okay. 

So... because I've apparently run out of things to say, let's have a look at said list.

Below are BOTH books I DID and DID NOT like. Find out which are which below. 

1. The Inheritance (-) by Louisa May Alcott | Much as I adore this story, this book doesn’t hold a candle to the film adaptation. An adaptation that could use an update considering it’s 20 years old. (Also, can I just enjoy the fact that I worked a classic lit novel on my list!? *smile*) Amazon | Godreads

2. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (+) by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith | Silly sometimes, but overall, I adore this story. Though I will admit, the film gets the win in my "best of" column as between it and this novel. Amazon | Goodreads

FILM REVIEW | Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) - Or the Film in Which Darcy and Lizzy Kick Butt

3. Velvet Undercover (+) by Teri Brown | Though I had high hopes going in, I REALLY enjoyed this fun WWI mystery novel. Because of that, it surpassed my already optomistic expectations. Amazon | Goodreads

4. All Fall Down (+) by Ally Carter |I don’t think I expected not to like this novel, but with the praise everyone heaps on Ally’s earlier series, I suppose I wasn’t sure what to expect. Fortunately, I did indeed think this one was a great read.  Amazon | Goodreads

5. Misery Loves Company (+) by Rene Gutteridge | This one took me by surprise in the best kind of way. It’s a cozy mystery that also manages to be “cute.” Amazon | Goodreads

6. A Noble Groom (+) by Jody Hedlund | This book is so swoon worthy, romantic and all that jazz. Plus, it doesn't hurt that its hero is (quite literally) as heroic as this cover suggests! Amazon | Goodreads  

7. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (-) by Rosamund Hodge | Given I’m more of a HEA girl, and the fact that this is inspired by Romeo & Juliet (Um, duh! *note to self: this isn’t going to end well*), I wonder at the fact that I decided to pick this one up. But it’s definitely full of unique ideas, and I’m sure many will find it the perfect weekend read. Amazon | Goodreads

8. The Affectionate Adversary (+) by Catherine Palmer | I don't know how I'd feel about this novel today because I read it so long ago, but at the time, it was one of my happy reads. Amazon | Goodreads

9. Ash and Bramble (-) by Sarah Prineas | Though I love fairy tales, this book (overall) wasn’t my cup of tea. Why I don’t know. That's not to say I didn't enjoy portaions of it, but in the end, it's not my favorite retelling. Perhaps this is one of those situations where it’s a “it’s not you, it’s me” adage. Amazon | Goodreads

10. Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between (+) by Jennifer E. Smith | This was my first and still only novel by Jennifer. I anticipated really enjoying it, but I don’t think I expected to like it as well as I did. Thanks to Jennifer for this poignant story. What books do you recommend by Jennifer? Amazon | Goodreads

11. The Merciful Scar (-) by Rebecca St. James | This was one novel I remember being really excited about because I’d listened to Rebecca’s music growing up. Sadly, it simply didn’t live up to my expectations. Amazon | Goodreads

12. The Light Between Oceans (-) by M.L. Stedman | I really wanted to like this one, and while I do respect it for many reasons, it just want’s suited to my reading style. If you’d like to read my thoughts, my review is linked in the title. Amazon | Goodreads

13. Miracle in a Dry Season (+) by Sarah Loudin Thomas | As with many on this list, it wasn't that I anticipated not liking this book, I simply thought it was the kind of book that wouldn't 100% be my "cup of tea." Happily, I discovered that I really enjoyed this one! Amazon | Goodreads 


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That brings another week of Top Ten Tuesday to its close. Tell me, which books did you discover you liked more or less than first impressions? Tell me more about them down below. Or let me know if you’ve read and liked (or disliked!) any of the books I talk about. Basically, let’s talk all things bookish! I’d love to chat with you all.

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  1. I've only read This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith, but I also enjoyed it even more than I expected to.

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    1. I'm so glad, Lenore! This is What Happy Looks Like is high on my must read. All of Jennifer's books look like "happy" reads, and I love that. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  2. Oooh Ash & Bramble and Bright Smoke, Cold Fire *almost* made my list too! I mean, I definitely liked them less than I thought I would, there were just more books I liked even less and thought I would even more ;) I really want to read All Fall Down, so I am glad to see it on the plus side of your list!

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    1. I liked both books for certain aspects, Shannon (though overall, Ash & Brambles was by far my favorite of the two), but they didn't live up to what I expected of them. Glad to know I wasn't the only one who felt this way. :)

      YAY! Enjoy All Fall Down if/when you read it. And as always, thanks for stopping by! :)

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  3. I haven't read any of the books you have in your list. But I really want to read Bright Smoke, Cold Fire. I do not know why I haven't bought it yet.
    Nice list and good looking blog! As always!
    My TTT.

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    1. Hope you enjoy Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, Mariela. It's a unique read for sure! :)

      Thank you, as always, for the kind words and for stopping by. :)

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  4. I have always struggled with Ally Carter's stuff. I know that a lot of people love it but everything that I have tried has fallen flat for me.
    For Jennifer E. Smith The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (I think that this the title...) is still my favorite.

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    1. Nothing wrong with that, Tara. This is the best part of this book world - the wide range of styles and genres! SO grateful to authors for giving us so many different styles. :)

      I really want to read 'First Sight,' especially since there has been news a film is being adapted! Looking forward to reading the book, and seeing the film. :)

      Glad you stopped by.

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  5. So I haven't read any of these yet but there are a few on my TBR so I'm glad you liked them more than expected! My Top Ten

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    1. Fun. Hope you discover some new favorites, Eve. Thanks so much for visiting! :)

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  6. I'm looking forward to reading that book by Jennifer as I've really enjoyed her books so far! :-) Great list!

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    1. Cool! Hope you enjoy this one too, Chrissi. :)

      Thanks, as always, for dropping by.

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  7. I wondered about Bright Smoke, Cold Fire since that cover always grabbed me. Sorry it was a bit disappointing. Hello, Goodbye and P & P and Zombies look kinda fun. :)

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    1. I am too, Greg. BUT I do feel like it's more a "me" thing than a popular thing since I'm not a big R&J fan.

      Enjoy 'Hello' and P&P&Z if you ever read them. Their both really fun in their own right.

      Thanks, as always, for making Finding Wonderland a Top Ten Tuesday visit. :)

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  8. I think this is the first time I have seen a comment about someone not liking The Light Between Oceans! Its probably a good thing, now I can go into the book with not unrealistic expectations and I will probably like it more haha

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    1. It probably is! I mean I did like some things about it, but I think it just want's a "me" book, ya' know. We all have those. :) For me, it was so sad because these characters could have avoided SO much pain, and despite it trying to be, I didn't feel "happy" with the end either.

      Thanks so much for visiting - and I hope you enjoy The Light Between Oceans.

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  9. My book club read The Merciful Scar a few years ago. We loved it! But we did have someone in our group who was a cutter, and her insights added a lot to the discussion. Thanks for sharing your list!

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    1. For me, it wasn't a personal reason why I didn't care for The Merciful Scar, it was more the WAY the story was told, and the emotional connection it tried to and didn't (for me) inspire. But I'm glad your club liked the book, Beckie! A good book is the best kind of book nerd find. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  10. Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between is on my TBR list. I've seen a lot of great reviews for it so I want to check it out. The Light Between Oceans is on my TBR list too. Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy that one as much as you had hoped. I've seen mostly positive reviews so far, I think. I haven't read any of the others on your list, but I may have to avoid Bright Smoke, Cold Fire because I'm also a fan of HEAs. lol!

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    1. It's a really good read, Julie. Or I thought so. :) If you have read any of Jennifer's other book, I suspect you'd enjoy this one.

      I was sad about 'Light' too. It's good in terms of writing though, so there is that. I might be the only one who had reservations about it, so hopefully you too will enjoy. :)

      'Smoke' is a unique read, that is FOR SURE. It's just not my kind of read. HEA girl all the way. Glad to know you are too.

      Thanks so much for visiting, Julie!

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  11. Ah, I'm hoping to read both Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between soon, so I'm happy to hear you enjoyed them both more than you thought you would :)

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    1. ME TOO, Lindsey - especially P&P&Z. Zombies aren't "my thing," but I really liked this story (Col. Darcy = *swoon*) and also the film Warm Bodies, so... hmmm. Wonder what that means!?

      Hope you enjoy both books!

      ...as always, thanks for visiting.

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  12. First - your penguin header? ADORABLE.

    Second - you reminded me that I need to read Velvet Undercover!! And that a reread of A Noble Groom is never a bad idea ;)

    My TTT

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    1. Thanks, Carrie! I'm sort in an "in between" stage. Time to take down the hearts, but it's not QUITE spring yet (or at least by the calender's standard, it isn't - the temperatures would have us believe otherwise!).

      Velvet Undercover is really good, and I agree. A re-read of Jody's novel should be on my must list. :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  13. I've never read anything by Jennifer E. Smith but I have a few of her books on my TBR...I'm glad to see you enjoyed her book, I'll have to get around to reading some sooner rather than later!

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    1. Hope that you enjoy once you do read some of Jennifer's books, Kirsty; I thought this one was delightful. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  14. I liked Pride and Prejudice and Zombies quite a bit more than I expected to as well. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

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    1. YAY! Glad to know that, Lauren. Odd as it sounds, it's really very entertaining. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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