Top Ten Tuesday (72)

August 12, 2014 Top Ten Tuesday 23

Top Ten Tuesday
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Top Ten Tuesday

This topic was interesting, at first I was like now how the heck am I going to figure this out? Then I realized that there are so many books that I have bought on a whim, or that sounded vaguely interesting, OR that were on sale and that seemed the best reason to buy, that I am not even interested in anymore. Or that I just second guessed why I wanted to read it in the first place. So, here are the ten books I’ve narrowed it down too.

Uglies  Wither  Possession  A Reliable wife  If I Stay by Gayle Forman
1. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
*I bought this when I first started blogging, over two years ago, because I was really into the dystopia trend since it was entirely new to me. This does still sound interesting and something I may get too, but there are other genres that I am just much more interested in right now. 
2. Wither by Lauren Destefano
*Again, bought it shortly after I started blogging because it sounded very interesting. Like Uglies, it does still sound good to me, but seeing as how the series is finished now and it seems the final book has disappointed a lot of people, I’m not sure if it’s worth starting 
3. Possession by Elana Johnson
*I will be entirely honest and tell you I have no idea what this is even about anymore! I picked it up on a whim, because it was on my TBR and on discount but I have zero recollection of what it’s about or why it interests me. 
4. A Reliable wife by Robert Goolrick
*I bought this when I first got my tablet, shortly before I started blogging and I was reading more adult fiction than YA. Now, this sounds boring and I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be picking this up before others that are on my shelf. 
5. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
*I bought this also, when i was a new blogger and everyone was raving about it. Now, it just doesn’t seem like something that will appeal to me. I have realized that when I first started reading YA I really picked out books that were popular as I didn’t really know what I liked. Now, I have a better feel for what I like and don’t like and this seems like it will fit into the category of “Won’t Like”. I might still give it a try though because the movie trailer has sparked my interest slightly. 

Waiting on Wednesday(1)  The Casual Vacancy - Top Ten Tuesday  Masque of the Red Death  The Eternal Ones - Stacking the Shelves  The Fault in Our Stars
6. The Kill Order by James Dashner
*Ok, I really loved The Maze Runner series so when I seen there was going to be a prequel I was over the moon. Well… I got to about page 50 and put it down, and that was over two years ago. It’s just NOT what I expected it to be, which isn’t the books fault because I didn’t read the synopsis and just assumed it was going to be about Thomas before the maze but this is WAY before the maze was even in the picture. I just don’t know if I will ever get back to this one. 
7. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
*I didn’t buy this thinking it would be Harry Potter, I knew it would be much different especially considering it was adult fiction. BUT LORDDDDD… this was so boring I put it down after 25 pages. I may pick it back up… may not, either way I’m glad I own it because J.K. Rowling is amazing. 
8. Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
*I started this last year for a readalong but I made it only about 40%. I really liked the story, it was definitely interesting but it was SOOO dark… like super depressing and I just don’t know if I can ever pick it back up again. It’s so bleak… 
9. The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
*The weird part of this is that I had no idea what it was about until I looked it up on Goodreads tonight to link to this! I picked it up when it was on discount at Chapters and it has sat on my shelf since then. It does sound really interesting but I have a ton of others that I would be reading before this one. 
10. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
*Yah… so this is probably going to be a big surprise to a lot of people but I’m not sure if I will ever read this. The cancer thing… and I know how it ends really, and ugh.. I don’t know if my heart can handle it :/

So those are my picks for this year… what are your picks? Leave yours in the comments 🙂


23 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday (72)”

  1. Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads

    I couldn’t finish Casual Vacancy either, but I think I only read 10 pages before I returned it to the library. So disappointing.

    I’ve read the whole Wither series, and actually enjoyed the last book. I think sometimes it works in my favour when people are disappointed by a book, because it lowers my expectations going in and I actually quite liked it. Her writing is absolutely beautiful, and I think what I loved most was seeing a world that was absolutely horrific described so beautifully. It worked for me because it was so eerie.
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    • Lauren

      I like when people are disapointed too haha, it does lower expectations. I think I will give wither a try now because so many people said it’s good on this post 🙂

  2. Rebecca @ The Library Canary

    I agree about the Kill Order. I read it, all excited to read about Thomas before the maze and was sorely disappointed. I got through it, but I was really not a fan and I think it was because, like you, I was expecting something different.

    I’m also trying to decide if I want to read If I Stay. I’ll probably read it because I want to see the movie and I can’t see the movie without reading the book…
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    • Lauren

      Oh you finished it?!?! Gosh, I’m sad to know that it didn’t get much better. I just so wish it could have been about thomas before the maze… I feel like it would have been so much better because I was already attached to him. This new set of characters i just didn’t really care about!!

      I agree, I can’t see the movie without reading the book too 😛

    • Lauren

      So many people have said that the Wither trilogy is good on this post I will probably end up reading the first book now 🙂 And If I Stay seems to be a popular choice… I do want to see that movie so someday it might end up in the read pile 😛

    • Lauren

      I want to read it because my best friend loved it but GOSH, it just seems like a dry read and there are more exciting things out there 🙁

    • Lauren

      I loved the topic today!! I know a lot of people had a hard time with the series, and if I was to reread it today I’d probably have a different rating for them.

  3. NicoleLynn @ PopCrunchBoom

    I haven’t read anything on your list, but Wither. I really enjoyed Wither, but haven’t continued in the series yet as I get distracted easily with other books and sometimes forget to pursue my series 😮 I do recommend giving it a try though 😉

    With If I Stay, I was unsure about reading it as well, but I most likely will because I want to see the movie and I generally read the books before hand.

    I also understand why you’re hesitant about The Fault in Our Stars because it’s the same reason I haven’t read it yet either! I’m not sure I can handle all the feels in that one. Although, I do want to read a John Green book. I might just make myself one of these days.

    Thanks for the list! Great post 🙂
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    • Lauren

      I too like to read the movies beforehand so I will probably read it at some time before the movie!! I’m just so meh about the whole John Green phenomena … I feel like everyone is so AHHH about him, it kind of takes away the intrigue about his books. I dunno, that probably doesn’t even make sense hah,

  4. Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    Ohhh I really think you should give If I Stay a try. It’s so short that even if you don’t like it, it’ll be over soon! But it’s so thought-provoking and heart-wrenching – I’m sure the movie is going to be a great adaptation.

    Okay, I totally understand the TFIOS thing. I knew *something* happened in the end, but not what… and I was a wreck. A total, complete mess. But now I’ve read it twice and I just embrace the tears 😛
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    • Lauren

      That’s such a great point about If I Stay haha, it is very small. The movie trailer has really intrigued me though so we will see 😛

      YES to embracing tears… I’m still not sure though. And honestly, I thought it was the opposite that happened and then the other day my friend and I were talking as his mom had recently went to see it. And I was like yah, I know what happened and he’s like do you? And I said yes and told him and he said no that’s not what happened and then he told me and I was like WHAT? SERIOUSLY? and now I kind of want to read it a bit more haha.

    • Lauren

      Haha, that’s the thing with me… I know I’m gonna blubbery cry with those ones so I have to be in a special kind of mood for that haha.

  5. Amanda

    Haha my experience with the Uglies is exactly the same. I have to say I didn’t love If I Stay so personally I don’t think you’re missing anything there. I also have the Casual Vacancy on my list – I don’t know if I can separate J.K. from JP. Oh, and I personally thought the TFIOS movie was better than the book. So if you’re unsure but still want to experience it, the movie is a much quicker but even better way to go. Good luck!

    • Lauren

      I think the movie looks interesting but gosh… there is just something about the whole TFIOS thing. Maybe it’s the crazy amount of hype that’s associated but I will probably watch it once the craze dies down.

  6. Annie

    Honestly, I didn’t like Wither at all. I only reached the first book but that was enough to make me put it off. Things didn’t really make any logical sense because there wasn’t substantial information backing everything up and the characters really grated on my nerves as well. I did like the writing though and thought it was really good. Buuut a lot of people do really love the series and I realize now that it just wasn’t for me so you might end up really liking it!

    The Casual Vacancy is on my list as well. I picked it up because it was JK Rowling and honestly i will read whatever that woman comes out with regardless. And while I wasn’t like bored out of my mind, I also didn’t really understand where the story was going? And the book was just too enormous for me to be waiting around for something to happen that might give indication about what the five hundred pages would be about. I might go back and give it another shot though. But I think I might pick up The Cuckoo’s Calling first.
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    • Lauren

      Oh yuck, see that’s what I dislike about dystopia, when stuff just doesn’t make sense. ugh.

      I do have The Cuckoo’s Calling as well but I think that’s more my thing. My mom read it while she was hear visiting me and really, really enjoyed it!

  7. Wendy @ Book Scents

    I wasn’t sure I was ever gonig to read TFiOS too because I thought it would make me too sad. I finally read it and it became a MEH book and I didn’t even cry. I was surprised. But now that I’ve actually read it, I’m even more surprised at the love it gets, to be honest…
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    • Lauren

      Seriously Wendy, you are like the only person that I have heard said this and it’s kind of like a sigh of relief… I feel like I just don’t care about this and it’s not going to be as great as everyone says and I’m almost scared to say that lol. It sucks that it was a meh read for you though 🙁 I just feel like I won’t even cry either because I know what happens now… someday I might try it, it’s kind of short it seems so I kind of just want to read it and say HAH see, wasn’t my thing haha.

  8. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    I liked Wither, felt okay about the sequel and I have yet to read the last one. I hope somewhere this year, because I want to cross it off my series list.
    The fault in our stars is good. It’s a sad book, but it has a hopeful tone to it, which I really liked. It’s not about cancer; it’s about two people who fall in love and who have to deal with the cancer aspect in their life.
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