Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (4-23-13)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week, 
they post a different topic, and you get to create your own top ten list. So, this week's 
topic is:

Books I Thought I'd Like Less Than I Did

1) The Art of Fielding - this one totally caught me off guard and I wasn't expecting it! I read it because I read so many rave reviews and figured I would give it a chance, totally not expecting it to blow me away like it did!

2) The Night Circus - I'm not a huge fan of the fantasy genre, but this book is a wonderful work of fiction. It's so realistic that it doesn't seem like a fantasy world at times, and it's so easy to get sucked into and forget what time it is.

3) Jane Eyre - I didn't think I would like this one as much because it was a darker novel, but I fell in love with Jane and she is now one of my favorite heroines!

4) Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Childs - I didn't think I would learn to love Julia Childs so much and what she did not only for women, but for food in America! She truly revolutionized how American cook and prepare food and this novel gave me a newfound apprciation for her.

5) More Than You Know - I picked this book up at the library, not quite sure what to expect, but the more I read of this book, the more I was blown away by Penny Vincenzi's gift as a writer to write about relationships and the bonds that people share.

6) A Good American - another book that I stumbled upon the library that knocked my socks off. A great piece of writing that chronicles one family's pursuit of the American dream.

7) The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost - I love a travelogue but this one resonated on a different level from others that I've read. If you are a woman in your 20s, then you need to read this book!

8) Twenties Girl - I thought this was going to be another piece of chick lit fluff, but it wasn't that at all! It was a great novel about a young woman, wanting to make her way into the world, but needing a little help to make it all happen. The fact that a romance doesn't factor into this story is even better!

9) Firefly Lane - another one that I thought was going to be an easy piece of fluff, this novel blew me away with it's relationships and the span of the novel. A great work that had me laughing and crying.

10) She's Come Undone - the depth with which Wally Lamb writes is phenomenal and blows me away everytime I read one of his books. This one was no different, but it was a departure from his other books that I've read, so it was a bit unexpected.

Don't you just love that feeling when you weren't expecting to love a book as much as you do? Let me know which books really blew you away, unexpectedly!


  1. I think I have twenties girl sitting on my book shelf unread because I didn't think I would like it. Hmmm perhaps I will pick it up now. Great list!

    CeCe @ Steaming Mug of Books

  2. I've been on the fence about "Dearie" but I may have to pick it up. Thanks for the great list!

  3. I still haven't read Jane Eyre. I do plan on it though :) Nice list. New follower :)
    Beth | The Reading Vixens
    Vixen's Top Ten!

  4. I liked the Night Circus more than I thought I would, too. I remember being fairly blown away by She's Come Undone years ago, although it's been several years since I've read it.
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