This week’s Top Ten on The Broke and the Bookish blog is “Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like MORE/LESS Than I Did.”
1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
As a fan of Neverwhere and the Sandman series, I expected to fall in love with this Hugo and Nebula Award-winning fantasy novel. Unfortunately, I could not help but feel somewhat underwhelmed and disappointed. I will have to revisit it sometime to see if my opinion changes.
2. Dracula by Bram Stoker
I had high hopes for this one, thinking it would be gripping, spooky, chilling, spine-tingling, etc., you know, everything you expect from a vampire story; but I found this epistolary novel to be more boring than bloodcurdling.
3. Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would, as I had never read a romance novel before this.
4. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
Having heard so much about Díaz and this novel, I thought this book would be nothing short of astounding, but I ultimately found it to be just OK.
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Many people have told me this was their favorite book in high school, but I simply just couldn’t get into it.
6. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
This was another title I didn’t enjoy as much as I thought I would.
7. Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America’s Soul by Karen Abbott
I typically don’t read nonfiction, but when I do, I often find myself enjoying it more than expected. Sin in the Second City is one title I thought was fantastic.
8. The Wild Things by Dave Eggers
I love Dave Eggers and Maurice Sendak, so I thought Eggers’s interpretation/novelization of Sendak’s classic Where the Wild Things Are would be amazing, but I couldn’t have been more disappointed.
9. The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
Three words: chilling, disturbing, unforgettable. I expected nothing from this book and was left speechless by this amazing psychological suspense novel.
10. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
I fell in love with this heartwarming and deeply moving book that is perfect for just about anyone. I am so glad I read this.