Top Ten Tuesday: Books Others Seem to Love More Than Me
I know everyone has different tastes, but as bloggers we often read books that other book bloggers recommend. I by in large read all of these books based on recommendations and then found myself not liking them as much as I expected to.
The graphic novel that includes fairy tales from Southeast Asia. I liked the stories and found the similarities and differences with Western culture fairy tales fascinating. I just felt confused by the illustrations, not being able to clearly tell the differences between characters. My rating: 3.0. Goodreads rating average: 4.57.
2. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
The tension is palpable but the story moves along incredibly slowly. My rating: 3.0. Goodreads rating average: 4.02.
3. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
I wanted to like this book more than I did. I just had no patience for it and found myself speed-reading great swaths of it. The last thirty pages were very sweet but I refuse to budge on my rating since I could barely make myself read the rest of it. My favorite parts were the few cultural references I gleaned from it. My rating: 2.5. Goodreads rating average: 4.31.
4. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Dimple and Rishi meet at computer camp and there is hardly any computer-related activities in this book. For some reason that really irritated me. My rating 2.75. Goodreads rating average: 3.69
5. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
There was something so unbelievable in the way this story unfolded. I was in shock that it won awards. My rating: 3.0. Goodreads average rating: 3.94.
This book won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 yet I had a lot of trouble with it giving it only a 3.0 rating.
7. We Begin At the End by Chris Whitaker
I had some issues with this piece of detective fiction. Many of issues revolved around the California setting being very un-California and some boo-boos that really stood out. I liked, not loved it. My rating 3.25. Goodreads average: 4.20
8. Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth
I love the Call the Midwife TV series. The book is just okay, not nearly as good as the show made from it. My rating: 3.0. Goodreads average rating: 4.13.
9. The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
I am about 80% finished with this book. Unless things change dramatically in the last 20% I will admit to liking but not loving this book. My rating of it is lined up with Goodreads but not the reviews I've read from book bloggers who all seem to universally love it. Goodreads: 4.01
Update. After finishing this book I see what all the fuss is about and shouldn't have added it to this list. The plot twist is a shock you won't see coming.
10. Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau
Another book I haven't finished. I decided to read it because so many bloggers love it. Yet I am not in love with it at all, in fact I am considering not finishing it. Goodreads rating: 4.12