Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Recent Enjoyable / Disappointing Reads

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays: a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of March 29, 2016 is ten of my recent favorite reads or disappointing reads. I couldn’t think of a full ten for one or the other, so I ended up just doing five of each.

Top Ten Tuesday

5 Recent Enjoyable Reads

1. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
The red herrings and plot twists were well done. I think this is my favorite Agatha Christie novel so far.

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

2. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Both the cover and the synopsis promised a suspenseful novel with multi-dimensional travel and it delivered.

3. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

4. Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
I didn’t like Ten Thousand Skies Above You as much as A Thousand Pieces of You since there wasn’t as many surprising twists, but I still enjoyed it and that cliffhanger…

Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

5. Winter by Marissa Meyer
Besides City of Heavenly Fire and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I think Winter is one of my favorite last books of a series.

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5 Recent Disappointing Reads
These aren’t books I necessarily disliked, but more of just books that I had very high expectations for that weren’t reached.

6. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
I didn’t really connect to any of the characters and the plot didn’t move really quickly.

7. I Was Here by Gayle Forman
The premise sounded very ominous, but I just wasn’t very invested in the story or held my breath at any point in the story. I also thought the plot took awhile to establish and I would’ve liked there have been more action.

8. The Smoky Corridor by Chris Grabenstein
Again, I wasn’t really frightened and I’d kind of hoped the book would.

The Smoky Corridor by Chris Grabenstein

9. Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie
I’d seen the TV adaptation of Elephants Can Remember and faintly remembered the plot, so I wasn’t as surprised as I might’ve have been if I hadn’t. It also wasn’t as action packed as Death on the Nile (another Hercule Poirot mystery) since it was mainly Poirot and Mrs. Oliver asking questions and piecing together the mystery.

Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie

10. Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
I did like this book, but I guess I was just expecting it to be scarier and for the plot to move faster and for the book to be completely resolved at the end. With all books, I like to feel invested in the protagonists, but I didn’t really connect to any of Nightfall‘s characters. Overall though, I do think that Nightfall is a hidden gem of the book world.

What books are on your TTT this week? Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them?Feel free to post a link to your TTT in a comment–I’d love to check them out 🙂

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