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Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like more/less Than I Did

First of all, Happy Book Day, everyone! Today, in Spain, to commemorate the death of two great authors: Miguel De Cervantes and William Shakespeare, we celebrate Book Day. Some special readings are scheduled in big cities, as well as contests some promotions. But what makes this day special is we get to celebrate we have books and everything related to them. I myself will buy a book at a local bookshop today 🙂

Back to the TTT Feature. Here we go!


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

I’ll divide this one into two: the five books I thought I’d like more and the five books I thought I’d like less.


1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I loved excerpts from it, but mostly, it got on my nerves. How a woman had to be and how they suffered to fit into a description that aimed at perfection – from a man’s point of view -and was practically impossible was just too much.

2. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

I thought I’d like everything about this book, but as you know I’m a not a big sci-fi fan. Totally my fault.

3. Arthur and George by Julian Barnes

My professor recommended this one to me. It was dense and slow and although I like the idea of the book now that I’ve already read it, it was not easy.

4. A Question of Identity by Susan Hill

I had no idea Susan Hill had a detective series which I thought I’d love, but it was not really my cup of tea. I think had I red the previous installments, I’d had enjoyed this more.

5. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

This simply didn’t work for me in that inexplicable way sometimes books don’t work.


1. Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell

I knew I was going to like it, but not that I’d become an addict to Cornwell’s novels in complete admiration for Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

2. Howards End by E.M. Forster

The prose in this novel is more beautiful than you can imagine and the quirk Schlegel sisters more fun than you would think.

3. Death Comes to Pemberly by P.D James

I didn’t like Pride and Prejudice at all but James twisted their personalities and the plot to make a perfect postmodernist revision of Elizabeth and Darcy’s romance.

4. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

I love Atwood so I thought this one would be great, but it was more than that. It is one of the most complex and richer novels at a psycholigical lever I’ve ever read. A masterpiece.

5. When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson

My professor first told me about Atkinson three years ago. I decided to try this one and I don’t think I’ve experienced this immediate love for a book since I discovered Sherlock Holmes when I was 11.



  • Streetlight Reader

    I think with Margaret Atwood, you can either love or hate her books. I was reluctant to read her work, until I had to read Oryx and Crake for an English course in second year university and ended up loving it! I haven’t read Year of the Flood yet, that’s the sequel for Oryx and Crake right? It’s a shame you didn’t enjoy Little Women :(. It’s a favourite of mine, but I know what you mean about perfection.
    Great list!

    • Elena

      I agree with Margaret Atwood. People passionately love her or hate her. I happen to admire her, especially since I attended a conference she gave at my university. She has so much energy!

      Yes, it’s a pre/se – quel to Oryx and Crake. Not sure which one and I think not having read O&C was what prevented me from liking it.

  • Lianne @

    That’s cool that you guys are commemorating the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes today; guh, would love to be in Spain for that right now xD

    Great list! Julian Barnes also made it on one of my lists this week 🙂 I also look forward to reading Atwood’s Alias Grace at some point *crosses fingers*

    My TTT

  • Leah

    Aw, I’m still sad you didn’t like Cloud Atlas. But I can see that it’s not for everyone. I still need to read Howard’s End. You always make it sound so lovely.

    Book Day sounds amazing! I’m glad you have a whole day dedicated to celebrating the written word!

    • Elena

      I am too since you loved it so much. I don’t know what happened with that book, seriously, I cannot explain it.

      And you HAVE to read Howards End. I think you’ll like it 🙂

  • Jade

    It’s interesting to see Little Women on your list, I intend to read this particular book in the month of May (as a reread) and I’m keen to see if I enjoy it more or less than my first experience with the book, which was many moons ago now.
    I hope to get round to Cloud Atlas one day… one day…

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