Top 10 Tuesday | 10 Books I Loved More or Less Than I Expected!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish. This week the prompt is to think about those books we loved more or less than we thought we would. I’ve decided to split this and do five of each. Here it goes!

5 Books I Loved More Than I Expected

1. Angelfall by Susan Eee

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)

I really did not know if I would like this book at all when I started it but I devoured the trilogy and loved every second of it!

2. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavendar by Leslye Walton

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

This book is GORGEOUS and magical. I had zero idea what to expect from this but I loved it so much. It sparked a bit of a love for magical realism in me. If you have ANY recommendations similar to this, please hit me up!

3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

It isn’t often I break away from YA books but this book BROKE my heart. I loved the characters and that this book is about strong female characters. I sobbed for a good 30 minutes after I closed this book!

4. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson


When I picked this up I had NEVER read a graphic novel. I thought this was absolutely charming and I loved how it raised so many important themes and the illustrations were fab too!

5. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

This series was SO hyped that I genuinely didn’t think it could ever live up to my extremely high expectations. Luckily it blew them out of the water. I remember being half way through Cinder and ordering the whole of the series because I was in LOVE.

5 Books That Didn’t Reach My Expectations

6. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

Gosh did I love the first two books in this trilogy. Alas, Allegiant did not at all live up to be the book I needed to wrap up this trilogy. I will forever forget about this and have my own ending in my head.

7. Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns

Did. Not. Get. This. At. All.

8. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

This book just was not for me. I didn’t particularly enjoy the writing style or the humour in it. It just didn’t seem to match up with what I had expected.

9. Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

Cuckoo Song

I honestly did not have a single clue what was happening during this book. It received so many amazing reviews but I just could not connect with it at all.

10. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On

I KNOW (before you all shout at me!!). Let me begin by saying that I am a HUGE fan of Rainbow Rowell’s writing and I loved Fangirl. But (and it’s a big but) this just didn’t quite live up to the expectations I had in my head. It is indeed a lovely read but maybe my expectations were too high. Who knows!


Do we have any books in common? Do you agree/disagree with me? Tell me!

What books have you liked more/less than you expected?


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20 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday | 10 Books I Loved More or Less Than I Expected!

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  2. Nimona was such a good read! I didn’t enjoy Allegiant at all, it brought up too many new questions and just didn’t feel like a conclusion to a trilogy. I feel like John Green is overhyped, TFIOS was alright but I haven’t really been able to enjoy anything else by him
    – Yasmin

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  3. I’ve heard REALLY good things about ‘Ava Lavender,’ but never read the book. Really glad to see the Lunar Chronicles on this list though as I’m curious about those – and have been told to read them asap.

    Haven’t read either one, but I didn’t care for ‘Earl’ as a film, and “Paper Towns,” while “OK” wasn’t a favorite. By a long stretch.

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    • Earl and Paper Towns were both books that didn’t impress me that much but I know others loved them.
      Ava Lavendar is beautifully written so I recommend that if you like magical realism. I flew through the whole of the Lunar Chronicles last year, they are fab!


  4. Allegiant was a massive letdown IMO, especially with that ending. I remember sitting there going, “huh?” because it did not compute in my head. Me and Earl was also pretty meh in retrospect, although I think I gave it at least 3 stars when I read it way back when. Angelfall is on my Beat the Backlist TBR for this year so I’m even more excited to get around to it now. Hopefully it meets my expectations as well!

    My TTT

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  5. Haha, I loved Paper Towns, even though I feel like everyone hates it. 😂 I still have The Cuckoo’s Song and Carey On on my TBR! Absolutely loved Angelfall and the Lunar Chronicles as well! ❤

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