Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Thought I Would Like MORE/LESS Than I Did.
I limited the list to books I’ve read in the last few years, rather than over my entire lifetime. (Hey, I can’t remember some of the awful ones from childhood, anyway!) Even so, there are more than ten. And the titles are in no particular order, although I’ve grouped them by books I was disappointed in, and books I was pleasantly surprised by. If you’d like to read my full reaction to any of these books, click the title link to see my review.
Books I was disappointed by, or liked LESS than I thought I would:
Copper Beach, by Jayne Ann Krentz.
After the tight suspense and cool world-building of the Arcane Society novels, I found this book a bit uneven.
The second book in the trilogy started to redeem it, though.
Pirate King, by Laurie R. King. I love the Mary Russell series. I love Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas. When I heard King was putting them together, I was over the moon. Sadly, when I read it I was alternately bemused and annoyed because Russell kept behaving in a most un-Russell-like way. (She missed far too many clues; Russell isn’t usually that unobservant.) And the whole book felt slightly “off” compared to the rest of the series. Don’t get me wrong; parts of it were a lot of fun. But taken as a whole, it’s now my least favorite of the entire series. Which is to say, it only got three stars instead of four or five. (I never actually reviewed this one.)
Home from the Sea, by Mercedes Lackey.
It was all right, it just wasn’t up to Lackey’s usual standards.
Actually, that’s been true of Lackey’s books as often as not over the last few years. She’s still coming up with good ideas, but the execution isn’t always up to par.
Perhaps she needs a tougher editor.
It’s frustrating, when I know she can do better.
The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett. I’ve dipped into enough Discworld books to know that Pratchett is a good and funny writer. So I thought I’d start at the beginning of the series. Unfortunately, although I finished the book, my reaction was mostly “meh.” I wish I’d taken the advice of a few friends, and started with one of the later books. (I haven’t reviewed this one, either.)
Murder on the Rocks, by Karen McInerney.
I like cozy mysteries, I like B&Bs and the New England coast – and the book was getting good reviews.
But this one really disappointed me. The heroine was an idiot when it came to the police, or rather, to staying out of jail.
And if the detective was as out to get her as he seemed to be, he could have arrested on several counts of obstruction and tampering.
I just couldn’t suspend my disbelief.
Books that surprised me, and I liked MORE than I thought I would:
A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness.
I’m not much of a vampire fan, so I was a bit unsure when I borrowed DoW
from the library.
I was so blown away by it, I had to buy my own copy.
Then I had to buy the ebook so I could reread it on vacation.
His Majesty’s Dragon, byNaomi Novik. Given my daughter’s excitement over the series,
I expected to like this book about dragons during the Napoleonic Wars. I didn’t realize how much Temeraire (the dragon), Laurence (his human captain), and Novik’s whole world would capture my attention — and my heart.
Love Saves the Day, by Gwen Cooper.
A non-fantasy book with a cat as a character? I wasn’t sure, but Cooper’s wonderful memoir about her blind cat – and the ARC I won in a Goodreads giveaway – convinced me to give it a try.