Top ten books I liked more/less than I thought I would

Another Tuesday another list of ten books. This week books that I thought I would like more or less than I did. As always this meme is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

Books I liked more than I thought I would

To Kill a Mockingbird – not because I have anything against the book or anything like that, but it is a classic, and when I’ve read classics before, or the “Great novel,” I’ve been disappointed. I loved this book so much, I think I’ll probably read it again and again. I love Scout, and Atticus is amazing. If I ever marry someone, or have a child by someone in a country where English is the spoken language I would name my son Atticus. Because I am horrible person.

Immortal beloved – I don’t know why I thought I wouldn’t like it. It seemed a bit in the Twilight-vein, and the concept sounds a bit odd, immortal teenager. I loved it though. Nas, the main character, is so jaded and snarky and awesome, and she feels believable, even if she’s 900+ years old. I read the book in like a day or two, and when I was done I felt a little like Cate Tiernan had tricked me somehow. I don’t know how, I just know she has.

The Night Circus – Again, I don’t know why. I don’t think it’s that I thought I wouldn’t like it. I just didn’t imagine I would love it so much. It’s just so beautifully written and really compelling. I loved reading the little notes on different tents. It was really cool. I loved it.

Farenheit 451 – Because it’s a sort of classic I was worried, because I don’t have a good experience with classics, more on that further down. I read this in like two days I think. I might have liked it because it was so different from anything else I had read. I stayed up through the night and just kept reading. I just really loved it. It’s creepy and interesting and I love books in general so the thought of someone burning them gave me weird anxiety feelings.

Pride and Prejudice – Because I basically devoured it. It was frakking awesome.

Books I liked less than I thought I would

Catcher in the Rye – it’s a classic, and people go on and on about it. I think I should probably read it again, but when I read it the first time I just found Holden to be extremely annoying. I am glad to know that I am not the only one. I realize more people don’t LOVE it. Maybe I was never angst-y enough, and I can’t relate to Holden. Either way, not a huge fan.

The Great Gatsby – Again, people kept saying it’s so awesome, and all I felt was: meh. I mean I like the plot and the era. I just couldn’t get properly into it.

John dies @ the end – it sounds really cool, but I couldn’t care less. I tried though. I gave it a fair chance. Then I stopped reading it, and because I thought it was unfair I tried again, but I just gave up, because when I picked it up again I just got aggravated rather than excited. I gave it 150 pages, if you can’t impress me in 150 pages, I won’t read your book.

Wuthering Heights – whiny assholes. I might be a bit too cynical to read it. I found Catherine, that’s her name, right? (Research is for losers.) And Heathcliff annoying and whiny and they are spoiled and I was just furious with them. Also I got sort of disappointed because it’s a classic and it’s a beautiful love story and I just, O-M-G will you stop acting like children?

Romeo and Juliet – again, it’s Romeo and Juliet, you should like it right? I hate them with a burning vengeance. I had to read it for school and write a paper on movie adaptations of the play. And the girl I wrote the paper with, was equally annoyed. It’s like this amazing love story and they are acting like kids. Now, I realize they pretty much are children, at least Juliet, but they are basically rolling on the floor, thumping their fists and screaming. I was so angry with them I struggled to finish the play. I might just be too cynical, but I hated them for the hours it took me to read this play.