Tuesday, April 10, 2012

ttt: books that were totally deceiving

Today's Top Ten Tuesday on the Broke and the Bookish is "Top Ten Books that Were Totally Deceiving."

It's usually a bad thing for a book to be deceiving, isn't it? If you don't know what you're getting into, how can you know if it's the right book for you? So of all the books here, I can tell you I would only recommend four of them.

Top Ten Books That Were Totally Deceiving

1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I just read this a few weeks ago, and as I said in my review, I thought this was a creepy book for adults. I was, sadly, wrong.

2. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. Isn't this supposed to be an adventurous, exciting, sea-faring novel? It would be, maybe, if you cut out 80% of the book (the horrible middle). 

3.  Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I didn't even like Ishiguro's other popular novel (see below), but man did I love this. It stepped outside of ordinary literary fiction in the best way possible. I would say more, but I don't want to spoil it!

4. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. Yet another book that I thought was meant for adults. And maybe it is? I'm really not sure.

5. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. So I thought this was about geeks. Geeks as in nerds, I should say. Who knew a geek also refers to someone performing entertainment at a carnival by biting off chickens' heads?

6. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I don't know what I expected here. Something about a slaughter-house? I'd never read Vonnegut before (and still need to read more of him).

7. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. It's just so different from her other novels. In fact, it's my favorite. Lighter, more fun and exciting.

8. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. I'd heard so many good things about this, so my expectations were high. But man was it boring! Am I the only one who thought so? Listening to a butler ramble about his life and job are not worthy of a book, I think. Maybe I'll give it another chance someday though.

9. Journal: The Short Life and Mysterious Death of Amy Zoe Mason by Joyce Atkinson and Kristine Atkinson. Has anyone else read this? Let me explain. The book plays itself out to be a true journal (as in, the authors appear on the front cover as the ones who "found" it, there's a story explaining how the journal was found, fake newspaper clippings, fake myspace pages, etc.). But of course, it's not true at all. And in my opinion, it's only a good book if it is, so . . .

10. The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. I guess I just thought I would love it. It looked perfect for me (I like Donnelly's A Northern Light, love historical fiction), but it was predictable and unrealistic (and very disappointing).  

Can you guess which are the four I do recommend? :)


  1. Great list! LOL at Moby Dick!

    1. It did have a whale at least, so it wasn't completely deceiving! :)

  2. Will definitely read most of the books in this list! Here's my review if you don't mind: http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/08/journal-short-life-and-mysterious-death.html

    Thanks and good day! =)

    1. Thanks for stopping by! And for sharing your review. It's always good to hear another opinion of a book I felt strongly about. I did really like it up until the point where I realized it was fake (and really, I probably should have known from the beginning- pretty gullible, I guess!).


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