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Top Ten Books I Liked More/Less Than I Thought I Would


Today, the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to list top ten books I liked more/less than I thought I would.

Expectations are always so damning, aren’t they. So many times I go into a good book with great expectations, and end up disappointed. At other times, I read a book that seems just about ok, and then end up surprised and amazed by the book. It may not be a particularly good book, but because my expectations were low, I end up loving it.



Oh! How much I wanted to love this book! The premise is wonderful, and it’s a Man Booker nominee so it was anyway on my TBR list for the longest time. The only reason I hesitated to read this book was that I felt the subject of the book would be too disturbing for me. My son is the same age as Jack – the little boy in the book, and I was afraid I would get all emotional about poor little Jack’s plight.

Eventually, it turned out I didn’t get all emotional or all that excited about the book. I”ll tell you why a little later in my review.

Hot April Books


Rightly or wrongly, I usually consider the summer months a lean time for reading. Everyone is outdoors/traveling/whatevering, and reading is not a high priority. In spite of that, I see some lovely books coming down the publishing pipeline this month. Hot new books in April Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman is a mystery/thriller novel where a ...