We had the option, this week, to do either books we loved more than we thought we would, or less than we thought we would, but I wanted to make a list for both of these so I’ve decided to split this up into two lists of five!
Books I like more than I thought I would:
1. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis – I had a pretty good idea that I would like this novel, but I didn’t think I’d like it as much as it turned out I did. This novel is witty, scary, shocking and thrilling. I really think this is one of those books you should at least attempt to read before you die.
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – unoriginally, this is probably my favourite book of all time. I had to study it in school, which obviously already made me dislike it, but then we read it and I was blown away by the beauty of it! This is such a fantastic novel, it’s hard to put it into words just why it’s so amazing. I think it affects people in lots of different ways but it’s definitely one to pick up if you haven’t already.
3. The Witches by Roald Dahl – I recently re-read this and expected to like, but I’m amazed at how timeless this is. Even as an adult this books scares me.
4. Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien – another book that I read in school, we’re talking way, way back in school. I don’t remember this book all that well, but I do remember being surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I’m going to buy it for myself again to refresh my memory on why I loved it the first time around.
5. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North – I was expecting to like this novel, but I’d heard several people say it was a bit mind boggling, and I’m not good at coping with things that confuse me, so I was a tad wary going in to it, but it turned out to be one of the best reads of 2016 for me.
Books I like less than I thought I would:
6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – yes, I talked about this last week but holy cow. I wasn’t expecting to like this, it was a book to study at school and it’s an old school romance novel, but I never imagined I’d hate it as much as I do. Why the world thinks this should be studied by all students ever, I will never know. Even my teacher said a lot of it was complete bollocks.
7. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters – I was really looking forward to this, it sounded like a good thriller. No one had told me that Waters writing isn’t really that fast paced or thrilling so you can imagine my distaste at reading this 500+ page book where not a lot really happens.
8. Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty – this has got some really great reviews and seems to be very popular, but there was something about it that just didn’t click with me. I read it on holiday one year, which really should be when you most enjoy books because you’re so chilled out, but, for me, this book was a dud.
9. Little Boy Blue by M J Arlidge – to give this novel some credit, I requested it off Netgalley without knowing it was partway through a series, so maybe that’s why I found it so weird and annoying. I couldn’t connect with Helen Grace at all and I thought the plot was so outlandish and stupid that I actually laughed at it several times – not my favourite crime series out there.
10. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson – this book’s title sounds so creepy and I was promised, by several reviews, that this was going to be creepy, but I just didn’t get that from it. It was a little kooky, and I still really liked the plot, but it was nothing like what I imagined it was going to be.
Do any of you agree with any of these picks?