Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Judged Wrongly Before I Read Them

the broke and the bookish

Good morning you guys! It’s Tuuuuuuesday! I’m hosting a Premier jewelry party tonight, so obviously I should be cleaning my apartment like a madwoman and running to the store for more snacks, but here I am finishing up this post instead. This will be short-ish. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and this week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like More/Less Than I Did. I’m gonna try to divide this topic in two and do five of each.

Books I Thought I Would Really Like but Ended Up Being Disappointed By

1. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker –  I picked this up after seeing some buzz around the blogosphere for it and it sounded good! A woman tells the story of how when she was 12-ish, the Earth suddenly stopped rotating and it caused all sorts of hell. EXCEPT the book is really just about a 12-year old girl, with some world-going-to-hell happening in the background. Lame.

2. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan – A story of a relationship told via dictionary “entries”? Sounds intriguing! Except it wasn’t. The relationship told was kind of a joke, and the dictionary entries were the author trying to be cool and edgy, and instead it came off as the author being pretentious and wannabe-edgy. Fail.

3. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison – Came highly recommended to me by a friend, and it’s about a witch set in a world in which lots of humanity died and so supernatural creatures are now out in the open. It could have been so cool! But I HATED the main character. A lot. The setting was well-done and there was a fun secondary character, but I couldn’t stand to continue with The Hallows series just because I couldn’t stand Rachel Morgan.

4. Jam by Yahtzee Croshaw – The apocalypse in the form of flesh-eating strawberry jam? Hell yes! Sadly this was not the fun romp I thought it would be. It got a little too weird, and I never really grew to like the characters.

5. The Return Man by V.M. Zito – It’s the zombie apocalypse this time, and the main character is hired by survivors to find their zombified loved ones and deliver peace to them. A zombie hitman! Great premise that could have been done SO much better. It turned out to be more of a political-ish thriller, and the main character was not as tough or smart as he should have been, seeing as how he’d been killing zombies for a living for several years. Disappointment face.

Books I Tried Out and Was Pleasantly Surprised By

6. Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding (Tales of the Ketty Jay series) – I heard awesome things about this book in one review, but that was just one review so I was still a little tentative going in. And OMG the love!!! I finished it and IMMEDIATELY wanted to read the sequels, and now I am counting the days until the fourth and final book in the Ketty Jay series comes out (142 days, in case you’re wondering).

7. Nexus by Ramez Naam – The idea of a nano-drug that links minds sounded really cool, but after the first couple chapters I thought it wasn’t going to be my thing and almost quit it. But I kept reading and got sucked in and ended up liking it! I’m actually looking forward to the sequel, Crux, which comes out in August.

8. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray – I never go into classics assuming I’m going to love them. And since this was 800+ pages, I was almost sure that it was going to be a drag. But it wasn’t! It had interesting, detailed characters and humorous lines and I ended up really digging it. Classic win!

9. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory – Sometimes you should judge a book by it’s cover! I saw it and thought the cover was super pretty and so I finally decided to try it, not expecting much. I devoured it! I first read it at least 8 years ago, but it’s still one of my favorite historical fiction books.

10. Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines – I was lured into buying this book because it was about zombies and superheroes and got great author blurbs on the cover, but I was still a bit hesitant of course. Luckily, I REALLY enjoyed it! And the sequel, Ex-Patriots, comes out today and I’m sooooo tempted to stop and get it.


And there we have it! What books did or didn’t meet your expectations?

Aaaaand now I’m off to do above-mentioned cleaning & snack-buying.




  1. Oh goodness, I NEVER Expected to love Retribution Falls as much as I did. And I agree about Jam as well – read it first week it was out and left it feeling a bit unfulfilled. I suppose the unlikability of the characters may have been part of the point, but it was poorly developed if so.


    1. YAY for the Retribution Falls love! Have you read the others in the series?

      I was SO disappointed for Jam. I hounded my brother to get it for me for Christmas, and he did… so now even though I didn’t like it much, I don’t wanna give it away! Lol.


  2. I’m glad to hear good things about Vanity Fair. I have that on my Classics Club list and now I’m looking forward to reading it. Have a fun party!


  3. I keep looking at Nexus, but I’m worried that it will be too sciencey and technical for my mushy brain to be able to understand any of it.
    And oooo Vanity Fair! I need to read more classics!


    1. Honestly, I got the basic idea of how Nexus was working (nano-cells, yay!) and then glazed over the more technical bits. It was kind of interesting to read about characters bringing up programs and stuff in their own mind, it was like reading from the POV of a Terminator or something! Ha.


  4. Me too on Vanity Fair! I was so glad I hosted the readalong of that this year because it gave me the motivation to actually dig in and read it. And I liked it! I’m so glad you listed the ones that disappointed you, because 3 of them are on my TBR because of hype and I wasn’t excited about them. I think I will probably skip them all.


    1. Yeah, hype lured me in to some of those and I was disappointed. This is why I’m always nervous to try popular books! Lol. But yeah, thank you for hosting the VF readalong, I’m so happy I joined.


    1. People sometimes criticize Philippa Gregory for “playing” with history too much – but to that I say, hey that’s why it’s fiction! TOBG is a really, really good story and got me into Tudor history.


  5. You truly just broke my heart with your hatred of Rachel Morgan. I AM BROKEN, SARAH. 😦 LOL. Just kidding. That is my favorite UF series of all times, but it’s ok. You can not like it. You are allowed…this one time. 😉

    I am sad to hear about The Lover’s Dictionary! I thought the concept sounded so cool but what a bummer that is anything but…


  6. Something I never tire of is hearing about new books! Ex-Heroes sounds neat!! Sad that you didn’t enjoy Age of Miracles though .. that one was on my to-read list :(. Love this post :)!


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