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Friday, September 16, 2011

TGIF (12): Sept. 16, 2011


TGIF is a feature at GReads which recaps the posts for the week and has a different question each week for bloggers to answer.

This Friday's Question:

Book Disappointments: Have you ever come across a book you were so stoked to read, but it failed miserably in your eyes?

Yup, and I'm sure this has happened to many people.  For example, you get a recommendation from a friend who says, "You MUST read this book, it's awesome!" Maybe you see a bunch of 5-star raving reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, or blogs so you order the book immediately.  Then, what happens?  It's a total let down.  It's like there were so many great things written about it and you built it up so much in your head that there was no way it would meet your expectations.  Does that mean the book was bad?  Not really.  It maybe didn't meet your expectations, but the story and great writing elements were all there.

Anyway...here are a couple of books (or authors) that I was told would be awesome and I guess they just weren't for me.  Definitely doesn't mean I didn't like them, but rather that my expectations were insanely high for the book to meet.

1.  This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

2. The Great Gatsby by Scott F. Fitzgerald

3.  The Summer We Fell Apart by Robin Antalek

4.  Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult

5. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

How about you?  Were there any books you were disappointed by? 


Anne said...

I was not thrilled with The Great Gatsby either. I usually love a classic but I just didn't enjoy reading it.

starryeyedjen said...

Huh...The Great Gatsby? I never had to read it in school, but I bought it recently because my hubby -- who is not a big reader -- said it was one of the only books he liked in school. But I totally agree about Bree Tanner. What an inconsequential character to write a novella about.

Happy TGIF!!! :D

JJ iReads said...

"Bree Tanner" seems to be a popular choice for today's TGIF picks. Thanks for sharing your POV.

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Anonymous said...

I'm with JJ so many people were disappointed with "Bree Tanner". I have to admit, I didn't love it...but I also wasn't expecting all that much from it. Figured it for a marketing strategy from the start. Also, a little "oops" as the movie really included the stuff from Bree's perspective and the original book didn't have anything!

Alissa said...

I absolutely hated The Great Gatsby, too. However, I really liked This Lullaby. Have you tried any of Dessen's other books? The Truth About Forever and Just Listen are probably her most popular - and they're pretty fabulous.

LillyReader said...

I haven't tried any of Dessen's other books. After This Lullaby I couldn't bring myself to pick up another, but I keep telling myself I should give it a chance with one of her more popular books. Maybe that's a trip I'll make to the library!