Top Ten Tuesday (55): Books I Thought I’d Like More/Less Than I Did


Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is

Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like MORE/LESS Than I Did

1. Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee: I had already read this and decided I didn’t like it, but then someone else opened by eyes to all the interesting themes raised by the story.

2. A Daughter of the Land by Gene Stratton-Porter: I thought this book would follow the general formula of A Girl of the Limberlost and Freckles.  It defied my expectations so, though it was good, I found myself disappointed.

3. Pollyanna Grows Up by Eleanor H. Porter: I might have liked it if I had read it when I was younger, but after years of searching for this book, I found it overly melodramatic and even cliched.

4. New Chronicles of Rebecca by Kate Douglas Wiggin: I thought another Rebecca book would show her grown up, but instead it covers the same time period as Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.

5. The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden and  A Little Princess are classics.  I almost cannot believe the same author wrote this book.

6. The Old Man in the Corner by Baroness Orczy: The book is a series of short mysteries solved by an armchair detective.  They’re good, but they become repetitive.

7. The Emperor’s Candlesticks by Baroness Orczy: The characterization is the one strong point of this rather predictable story.

8. The Coming of the Dragon by Rebecca Barnhouse: A retelling of Beowulf seemed like the perfect book, but the intended age range didn’t make sense to me and I missed the nuances of the original poem.

9. The Magicians by Lev Grossman: Someone told me it was Narnia and Harry Potter rolled into one, but the characters are disillusioned college students and the book didn’t resonate with me.

10. The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Barry: I didn’t find this retelling of “Cinderella” very original.

18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (55): Books I Thought I’d Like More/Less Than I Did

  1. Kelly @ PaperFantasies says:

    Ah! I haven’t read any of these! Every time that happens, I feel like a bad bookworm and work to pick at least one off the list to read. Sooo…The Lost Prince looks like a good one. And it’s a classic, so it’s like killing two birds with one stone haha.


    • Krysta says:

      To be fair, about half these books are more obscure works by authors I happen to like. For instance, even fans of Baroness Orczy, supposing they read more than The Scarlet Pimpernel, tend to read the rest of the Pimpernel series and not the books I’ve listed. But, definitely, if you like Hodgson Burnett, taking a look at her other stuff is always worth it!


    • Krysta says:

      I’m glad to see I’m not the only one! Everyone else seems to have enjoyed it. Thanks for leaving your link!


    • Krysta says:

      I think six of them are more obscure works by authors I just happen to like, so there’s no shame in not knowing them!


    • Krysta says:

      Most people seem to like it. I believe it was a New York Times bestseller in 2009. So don’t just listen to me! 🙂


  2. Steph says:

    So glad I’m not the only who didn’t enjoy The Magicians. I was sooo excited to read it (there was a special weekend blocked off just for reading it) but…I honestly didn’t even finish it :S and that never happens.
    Steph @ The Unlikely Librarian


  3. Steph says:

    I sincerely hope not 🙂 I didn’t get any Harry Potter or Narnia feeling from it. I guess there was a boarding school and the title says “Magicians”?


    • Krysta says:

      I think the boarding school coupled with the fact that they world jump or something. I vaguely remember elements obviously linked to Narnia, like maybe there were magic rings and magic animals or something. But, besides the overt parallels, I really see no similarity. Comparing something to HP or Narnia makes me think it’s a story with delight and wonder, but The Magicians distinctly lacked that. It just doesn’t make sense to me to say, “Oh, you’ll like this story because it, too, has magic rings.” There has to be a stronger link than that!


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