Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! Today we have compiled a list of 5 books each that have tricked us somehow. Was it because of faulty cover art? Was the summary in the back completely different than the actual contents of the book? Or did you expect a book to be one thing and it turned into something else all together? So, as you can see or will come to see, the word deceiving isn’t necessarily always a bad thing…
1. The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes
As I’m sure you noticed from my review, I absolutely loved this book. Loved loved. But I was so surprised by how deep this story actually went. (The title suggests something entirely different.) There are also so many sensitive themes explored, as well as this undeniable affection for writing. So deceiving in a good freaking way. This book blew me away.
2. Other Words for Love by Lorriane Zago Rosenthal
I don’t know about you but when I’m perusing the bookstore, I read the backs of books to help me decide if I’m interested in. OWFL made me question those who wrote the back summaries because this one was extremely off. The description focuses on first love and the horrendous pain that comes with heartbreak. But the book was much more about the main character for me and dealing with pressure from her mom, crappy treatment from her sister, and finding her place. I think the love story, though significant, wasn’t the true focal point of this book. (My review.)
3. Various Positions by Martha Schabas
I don’t want to give that much away since I have my review coming up on Friday (finally!). I knew this book contained certain intense and uncomfortable moments, including some super weirdish sexual moments. I was most surprised by the feminine themes, as well as assuming a certain situation went one way because of incinuations on the back of the book. (They didn’t go the way I thought.) I know. Totally vague right? No, it’s not a book just about ballerinas but instead, the darker parts of this profession and self-discovery in dark and difficult ways. (And so worth reading.) (Goodreads)
4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Judging by the title (and terrible cover), I never would have picked up this book if it wasn’t for a friend’s recommendation. Because, c’mon, what is a 27-year old doing reading a book about french kissing? I’m so glad I didn’t listen to my judgmental self or I never would have become so enraptured with contemporary YA. I still think this book deserves a better cover and title, but whoa it is so much more than a book about a girl getting kissed for the first time. It’s smart, it’s LOL funny, and it makes my stomach flip. Thank the YA lords for this book. (Goodreads)
5. Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
I have this terrible habit of buying a billion books on my Nook and just letting it sit there. At some point, in all my blog reading, I stumbled across this title and a raving review. When I opened it on my Nook though, it was about 700 pages. HOW WAS I EVER GOING TO FIND TIME TO FINISH THIS? I even told myself if I reached a certain page number and wasn’t into it, I would just give up. (I hate giving up.) But my god. Even though my Nook pages were drastically wrong, I would have read 700 pages. It was such an engrossing story about family and beginning college and relationships. (My review.)
1. Crossed by Allie Condie
This may be an odd choice, and I’m fully aware of that. I suppose I felt most tricked by how captivated I was with Matched. I love, love, loved that book. Couldn’t have raved about it more than I did, and therefore pre-ordered Crossed to be delivered on the release date. I felt so let down. The whole mood had changed and things were so slow. I missed the action-packed, sit-on-the-edge-of-my-seat feeling that captivated me in Matched. I’m still holding out for book three, but my heart broke a little when it wasn’t what I expected. (My review.)
2. The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
I gave a lot of reasons for why I felt so deceived by The Disenchantments in my review. The cover implies a fun, light-hearted book. I didn’t find it to be that way. It also screamed female protagonist. That it was not. I felt pretty tricked because I fully expected to love every.single.thing about it, and it just kind of fell flat for me. (My review.)
3. The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
Estelle and I did a joint book report on this book. The impression I received from the summary on the flap of the book was that this would include quite a bit of a sweet romance. NO. Negative. False statement. That was such a minimal part of the book; I loved the bits that did exist, but I’m a girl who loves some romance and I felt betrayed.
4. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
The title of the book screams I NEED A BOX OF TISSUES WHILE READING THIS. But, don’t be fooled. The book is clever, witty, laugh-out-loud funny, and ridiculously original. (My review.)
5. Populazzi by Elise Allen
I saw this cover and thought it would be a lighter read that I’d breeze through. I did fly through the pages, but that’s mostly because I LOVED the humor and greater messages included in the book. Allen wrote the story so well, and everything felt so authentic. I didn’t want it to end. (My review.)
So, do you have a list of books that were deceiving? Let us know what’s on your list!