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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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