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.