Books I Thought I’d Like More (Or Less) Than I Did

April 23, 2013 Meme / Surveys 14

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This week’s topic is: books we thought we’d like more or less. I’ve divided the list to include 5 books that were a disappointment and 5 that I loved.

Disappointment
Down To You by Michelle Leighton: I remember when Leighton said she would NEVER write a book with a detailed sex scene then comes Down To You. No that’s not why it was a disappointment. It’s more along the lines of the theme of cheating and Olivia not knowing which brother she slept with, but happily goes around and sleeps with both? uh no thank you.

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young: Back when I was with the ex-blog, this was the IT book among the rest of the blog members. Since six others were reading it, I decided to give it a go, but couldn’t continue with it. A lot of it has to do with the way the author set up the story and carried it. American girl goes to Scotland for university and yet the author focuses so much on Americanisms that I began to wonder if she knew any Americans in Scotland. Having spent a year living in Scotland myself, I just feel Young missed so much and the portrayal of an American girl abroad is just wrong.

Diary of a Submissive by Sophie Morgan: I confess I was hooked from the opening scene, but sadly I had more questions then answers. Then I decided to do some research (something I do for ALL authors I’ve never read) and came across a few articles questioning the truth behind the book. Some went as far as to insist it was a fictionalized account, then I found the book had been published a year before and had been cataloged as fiction. The opportunity came to interview her at ex-blog and she refused to address the issues at hand. So for me that pretty much indicated it was fiction or at least part fiction.

Thoughtless by SC Stephens: Ah where do I begin? It’s difficult for an author to write a good love triangle and even more so if you can’t connect with the heroine. This was a train wreck for me from all aspects and I still can’t believe it’s a trilogy. Even more so? I have the first 2 books signed by the author when it was still self-published and since it’s made it out to me, I don’t know what to do with the copies.

On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves: This came highly recommended and it was meh to me. Too cliché with the plane crashing and the suitcase containing the toiletries washes ashore. Plus the toiletries that were meant to last 3 months for one person happens to last a little over 3 years? In the end I think I was more bothered by the apparent romance between the two. I don’t mind an age difference, but somehow I just couldn’t buy these two together.

Loved
Bared to You by Sylvia Day: I was able to read a copy before the Fifty Shades of Grey craze hit. I LOVED it. I still do.

Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard: When a friend recommended GI I was on the fence especially since said friend loved Fifty shades of Grey. I then kept seeing the book pop up at different places as MUST read and I cracked. When I did, I just fell in love with it. Despite being disappointed that it was former Twilight Fan Fiction, I try to pretend that it isn’t.

The Siren by Tiffany Reisz: When I heard the author was involved in the BDSM lifestyle I rolled my eyes. I had no desire to read it and then because a few friends were reading it and talking nonstop I opted to see what the fuss was about. I liked her writing and her characters came to life.

One Day by David Nicholls: Yeah I picked this up after the film because I was curious to see how different they were. Having heard the film was a horrible adaptation, I went in and woah I LOVED the book! I was a zombie for days afterwards especially with the ending and cried buckets of tears.

Slammed by Colleen Hoover: This was one of those books that could have gone either way for me when I first read the first few chapters. The whole attraction between Lake and Will was a bit too fast for me and I wanted to shake Lake a few times, but despite a few hiccups, I really liked this book.

What about you? Any books you thought you’d like, but didn’t or thought you’d hate, but liked?

14 Responses to “Books I Thought I’d Like More (Or Less) Than I Did”

    • Jessica

      Slam poetry was something I’ve never heard of so it was great to read it and learn more about it.

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  1. Rory

    So the Thoughtless trilogy…I absolutely agree. I couldn’t stand the heroine and actually thought she was a bad person. And my copy of of GI came in to the library today after reading your cover reveal yesterday.

    I thought I would like Gone Girl because everyone raved about it, but I just didn’t care for it.
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    • Jessica

      I’m glad someone agrees about Thoughtless! I just couldn’t connect with her and it was all a bit of a meh trilogy for me. I had to read the last book because I had rest the first two.

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. Arlinda

    Thank you for sayin you hated One Day the movie as well. I didn’t understand the big deal when everyone kept telling me it was a good movie. Sadly, I don’t think I’ll read the book because the movie spoiled it.

    • Jessica

      I really didn’t hate the movie. I was just wondering why everyone hated it and then read the book and can see why it is disliked.

  3. Rebecca

    I loved Gabriel’s Inferno! I actually didn’t find out about the fanfiction thing until after I had finished the second book. I was kind of disappointed, but like you, I pretend it’s not. 😉
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    • Jessica

      Yay a fellow pretender! yeah I found it was fan fiction after reading it, but I LOVED it. I’m counting down for book 3. 😀

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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