Top 5 Saturday | 10/26/19 | Trick or Treat

For this week’s Top 5 Saturday, we’ve been tasked with choosing our own topic! I went back and forth with my boyfriend about this, but we finally settled on an idea. I’ll choose five books that tricked me (i.e., I thought they’d be great, but really fell short) and five books that were a treat (i.e., books I didn’t have high hopes for, but ended up really surprising me). Let’s end this months Top 5 Saturday with a two parter. I’m deviating from the rules a little bit, but I think it’ll be fun. I’ll post the tricks today and the treats tomorrow, so I guess this is more of a Top 5 Saturday & Sunday.

The rules are:

  • Share your top 5 books of the current topic – these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, you can do it any way you want.
  • Tag the original post. (It’s here!)
  • Tag 5 people.

Top 5 Tricks

I’m going to try to keep this positive! I don’t like to be overly negative about books, and just because they’re on this list doesn’t mean I thought a book was bad, they just didn’t live up to my expectations.


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This might be an unpopular opinion, but this book was just so hyped, especially on booktube, so I had high hopes. Unfortunately, it just didn’t live up to that hype for me. It was a lot of fun, and Leigh is an exceptional writer but I didn’t think it was one of the best books I’ve ever read.


My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. Another book that was overhyped. Maybe I just have out of the box tastes when it comes to thrillers? Domestic thrillers are starting to bore me lately. I definitely like how messed up this couple was, but I knew the twist so early on, I just didn’t enjoy it half as much when it finished and I was just ready for the book to end.


Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware. Another thriller that’s been raved about all over booktube. I liked the way this book was written, in the form of letters to an attorney, but the ending just fell flat for me. I definitely didn’t anticipate a few of the twists, but they didn’t keep me engaged and on the edge of my seat while I was reading.


Wildcard by Marie Lue. Warcross was one of my favorite, most surprising reads last year. But Wildcard…………was…..just a let down. It didn’t have the same “umph” as the first book. I’d definitely recommend reading Warcross but maybe skip the second book if you don’t mind an open ending.


Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. This book wasn’t bad by any means, but I just loved the movie SO much more. I just don’t think I vibed with Kevin’s writing style, so I wasn’t impressed.

What books have tricked you in the past?

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