I have a shameful secret… ready??
I’m very average in my tastes. I tend to enjoy the books everyone enjoys. I can’t think of one unpopular book I loved but I can think of some I liked… So, I’m going looser this week. I will be curious to see what everyone else chooses.
Next week’s topic is going to be much easier on me.
Top 5 Tuesday was started by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm!
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
We were ALL so excited for this book. I feel like everyone was talking about it. A spy story. A love triangle where the two boys fall in love. Everything about it sounded awesome.
Unfortunately, the majority of readers were disappointed. On Goodreads, it has one of the lowest ratings on my read shelf. I admit, I was slightly disappointed too, just not as much as everyone else. I thought the book could have been better, but I also thought it was pretty solid for Cale Dietrich’s debut book. I gave it 3.5 – 4 stars.
I putting my money on Dietrich growing with each new book.
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
I’m a little surprised more people didn’t enjoy The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett. I’d be the first to admit it wasn’t perfect, but it was solid. I thought it had a unhappy main character who fixated on the disappearance of the popular girl. I appreciated the relationship that wasn’t supposed to be perfect. I thought in some ways it was a decent portrayal of being a teenager.
Armada by Ernest Cline
I’m just going to come right out and say it: I feel that Armada was unfairly persecuted because it followed after Ready Player One.
RPO was such a phenomenon. It’s beloved, and with good reason. It’s a really freaking good book. Unfortunately that meant whatever Ernest Cline wrote next was going to be microscoped, and that happened to be Armada. Many said it was too similar to RPO, but what was similar I thought was just Cline’s style, Sci-Fi gamer fiction.
I really believe (in my gut) if Armada had come first it wouldn’t have rated so low.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
My theory on Landline is that YA was what made Rainbow Rowell popular and Landline is a huge departure from Rowell’s YA books: Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. Mainly it was different because it’s about a married couple in their 30’s. I think women like me, who worry about keeping their marriage fresh, and having the opportunity to converse with our husband from the past, feels extremely romantic and sweet. Seriously, I thought it was kind of awesome.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
I’m honestly not sure why this book has a lower rating. Maybe it has something to do with the lack of depth to the story, even with one of the characters having cancer. Perhaps readers thought it was too casual… I’m not sure.
I just know that this reader really liked it. To date, it’s one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. I also liked how it wasn’t a book about cancer, even when one of the characters was sick. I will admit that towards the end, I could have used a bit more seriousness (which the movie gave me). Still, overall I still gave this one 4 stars.