Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Book I Thought I’d Like More/Less Than I Did

This weeks topic from The Broke and The Bookish is Top Ten Books I thought I’d like more or less than I did. I don’t think before I started blogging I would have had any on the thought I like less list but now I have more on that list. I think we could have just picked on but I have gone for a bit of both.

Thought I’d Like More

  • Warm Bodies by Issac Marion I was really excited about this book becuase it seemed like a really original idea but for me there wasn’t enought excitement in it. 
  • The Auschwitz Violin by Maria Angels Anglada Books about the war tend to grab my attention and because I like music I thought this sounded really interesting but I found it lacked the emotional connection. 
  • Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld Dystopian is another thing that makes me pick up a book and I liked the idea of a world obsessed with beauty because it is becoming true but the main character was just totally unlikeable. 
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver This was another dystopian that I thought had merit in its idea but just didn’t have the drive for me. 
  • The Medusa Project by Sophie McKenzie I love how Sophie Mckenzie writes action books that still feel realistic and I was looking forward to this series but it didn’t like up to her Blood series. 
  • The Fault In Our Stars by John Green This one might be a bit contreversial as I know how much people love John Green but for me this story wasn’t what everyone made it out to be I think just because I have read a lot of similar stuff. 
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis My disappointment from this book may be because of my age but I felt this book missed a bit of action. 

Though I’d Like Less

  • Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but everyone kept recommending it to me so I gave it a try and it blew me away. Totally original idea and racing plot. 
  • The Black Pear by Alan Porter This was a kindle freebie that I thought I would try as I don’t usually read a lot of scary mystery and it was free so worth it but it turned out to be really interesting. 
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver After not enjoying the first book in the series as much as I expected I was just reading this to see what happened but the different lay out of the book and more action going on made it really enjoyable. 

What Books Did You Find Better Or Worse Than You Expected?

John Green (and Me) on Likeable Character’s

  

My Tumblr dashboard page is often presenting to me new quotes by John Green and almost all are worth reading. This one in particular has caught my attention today however as last night I was writing my Top Ten Tuesday post about frustrating characters.

I understand that a book is suppose to be about the story, books were created to allow people to pass on stories to one another, but for me the characters are just as important if not more. I find that if I can’t connect to the main character I struggle to connect to the story, even if I love the idea of the plot. Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series is an example of this as I thought the idea of a totally vain society is something we could easily become but his main character Tally was just awful and so I couldn’t enjoy reading the book because I was to busy being frustrated at how she behaved. Of course all books need to have a ‘bad guy’ in them so the main characters has someone to over come and I am not saying you have to like every character you read but although I appreciate the point John Green is trying to make I think what makes a good book is at least a likeable main character.

Are Likeable Character’s Important To You In Making A Book Good?  

Extras

The final book in the series, that was originally a trilogy.

I think however that this was my favorite one. Set about 3 years after the end of Specials the main character is Aya a girl that live in a city in what we call Japan. In this city they don’t have money but get merits for helping the community and being famous. Aya wants to become famous like her brother, however to do this has to deceive quite a few people. What she finds could change the world however it ends up getting her into a lot of danger. It is at this point that the characters from the previous books come into it and they all go to try and discover what is going on. What they find allows Aya to grow as a person and realise how important it is to be right before telling stories just for fame.

I think that the idea or a city were fame is everything is very realistic and reflects a lot of people that are living just now. I did however come up with a reason why I may not like these book so much which is that I struggles to like the main characters. In the first 3 books i was frustrated by how Tally couldn’t make up her mind and keep to her loyal’s and I hated that her best friend kept hating her. I found a similar problem with this one as I couldn’t help but get annoyed at how Aya was putting fame before everything else.

I’m glad I have finally read the series and there were moments that kept me reading it. I think if you haven’t read anything like this before it may be a good place to start and I am sure there are plenty people that would like these books but for me they were a one off read.

Specials

The third book in the Uglies series, this one see’s Tally once again operated on and changed. She is finally friends again with Shay but this comes at a cost that will eventually break her heart. She has forgot the desire she one had to be free of the city and putting people she loves at risk tries to help prevent change taking over. However things don’t work out the way she expects and she learns some important lessons along the way.

Although I still struggled to read this book I think it is probably the best one. There is enough going on and surprises to make you want to find out what is going to happen. I still don’t like how some of the relationships with other characters worked out but in the end I think the finally chapter  was a good one.

This series was suppose to be a trilogy however he did write a fourth book. I am going to take a break from them at the moment though and will review the 4th book once I have read some thing more enjoyable.

Pretties

The second book in this series continues Tally’s battle between how you look and how you feel. She has to decide to follow with what she think she wants, and did want when she was younger, and what she is starting to remember in her mind. She continues to deal with new situations trying to help more people. However this comes at a price, that shocked me and I’m not convinced I like.

I think this book is worth reading if you have read the first however I still feel it isn’t as good as other books of the genre. Perhaps is this was the first dystopian series you had read you would enjoy it more, and I still stand by my comment that the idea is an interesting one, however I’m not convinced by the plot and how it’s written. For younger readers however it is very easy to read.

Uglies

I have read this book twice before but this is the most focused I have been whilst reading it.

The idea behind this book is a good one in my opinion, a society where everyone becomes pretty at 16. The story was about a young girl just about to have the operation to make her pretty when her world is turned around. She learns all about the life she is desiring so much and also the alternatives. This leads to a difficult choice that wont only effect her but also the life of many others.

I think the idea of world where everyone becomes pretty is an interesting one and it really opened my eyes to issue’s that are in view to me today. However compared to other books in the dystopian genre this isn’t as well written but I wouldn’t tell someone not to read this book, or say it is bad.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten Books on your Spring to-be-read list. I wasn’t 100% sure how i was going to do this so I have decided on the books I am reading at the moment and then the new releases I am getting in the next couple of months. (plus on more to make then ten).

1,2,3,4. Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras by Scott Westerfield

 

This dystopian series has been on my to read list for a while and I am finally getting round to it. I have managed to get through the first one a couple of times but never the rest so I am looking forward to finally finding out what happens to the characters. 

5. Callum by Malorie Blackman

This is just a short story released for World Book Day but I can’t wait to read it. I loved the first book, it made me cry, and I can’t wait to hear some more of Callum side of the story. I may even re-read the first book.

6. The Saga of Larten Crepsley(4) Brothers to the Death by Darren Shan

The concluding book in this saga, I am looking forward to where his story ends. I have really enjoy reading about this character again after finishing the Darren Shan saga so long ago. 

7. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Another dystopian series I have currently got my teeth into. This is the sequel to Divergent, which I think is my favourite book of this genre. I can’t wait to see where the next book will take us, the story so far has been exciting and gripping filling me with desire for what I want to happen next.

8. Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

An unexpected new book in the Gallagher Girls series. I have no idea what book 5 is going to be about but from past experience it will be full of fast paced action, suspicion and a little bit of typical  teenage girl goings on.

9. Thumped by Megan McCafferty

The ending of the first book ‘Bumped’ was not what I had expected, I never imagined it opening the way for further books. However it was a good twist and I am looking forward to finding out what happened next. 

10. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

I have been trying to get through this book for about 6 years and I still haven’t finished it. I have re-started it many a time and I am currently about two thirds of the way through. This spring I intent on finally getting it finished once and for all. 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books In The Dystopian Genre

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten Books of ‘x’ genre. I have decided to go for Dystopian. This may be a popular one but it is the books I have been reading most of recently and I do really really enjoy them. For a change I am also going to put these in order of my favourite first too.

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth I have already blogged about this book on my page, however in a brief summary, it is a society of 5 factions and one girls choice of which to belong to. I really enjoyed this book, I wasn’t really sure what to expect but it was interesting from the start and not like others I had read. 

2,3. Matched and Crossed by Ally Condie This series is still in progress and I can’t wait for the third one. In these books, the heads of society control everything about it’s member lives however an experiment leads to the main character feeling uneasy about how they live and causes problems for everyone involved. 

4,5,6. The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins This is another unusual idea, where the members of society are split into 12 districts and two tributes a year a expected to fight one another to the death to remind them of the power of the capital. In these books however things don’t go to plan and it makes for an exciting trilogy.

7. Bumped by Megan McCafferty This is the most like our lives. However there is a virus that prevents adults (18+) from becoming pregnant. As a result people pay teenagers to have children for them. There are two main characters in this story, and when their lives come together everything begins to go pair shaped for them both. 

8. Ugliest by Scott Westerfield This book started off my liking of this type of series of books. I have only read this one, out of the four but I am about to read them all. The story finds us in a world where children are kept together as ‘uglies’ until they are old enough to be made pretty and go out into the real world. It is something the main character has never been happy with and when a new girl come to her dorm her live turns around. 

9. The Declaration by Gemma Malley This was another book of this genre I read early on. I liked the idea of it, however it is my least favourite of the genre. I haven’t read the second one yet but this one as many of the other see’s the main characters life turned abound when a new person arrives in her life. People are not allowed to have children in this society, as they have worked out how to live for a very long time, so children that are born are taken away to live in boarding school type places and learn to be useful, 

I know this is only 9 but I am still reading books from this genre. I am about to read the rest of the Scott Westerfield books, I will probably read the next two books in The Declaration series ( The Resistance and The Legacy)  and I would also like to read Delirium and Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. So I guess having this Top Ten unfinished is just a sign that there are still books to read and that may fit in this list.