Thursday, March 7, 2013

Follow Friday - Books ya'll got wrong


Follow Friday is a feature created by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  It's a fun blog hop where you meet other book bloggers and find people to follow.
What is a book that you didn't like that all your friends raved about or what book did you love that wasn't popular?
I have to say I cannot think of a book immediately that my friend loved and I hated.  My book blogging friends, bless them and their wonderful recommendations and good taste, seem to be pretty reliable sources.  Sometimes I know based on reviews and interests that I won't like a book that they like but normally their reviews give me enough information to make an informed decision (i.e. not reading it).  That is reason 1,000,001 why bloggers and goodreaders are the best ever.

Here's a list of a few books that quasi-fit the guidelines:

  • Quite a few of my friends disliked The Adoration of Jenna Fox but because of their bad reviews I was prepared for a disappointing ending and able to enjoy the book.
  • I'm surprised by how little attention Sorta Like a Rockstar received (though it seems to have picked up since Silver Linings Playbook by the same author became popular)
  • Only four of my Goodreads friends have read Alif the Unseen even though 27 have it shelved. Seriously folks what are you waiting for? Get on that yesterday. 
  • The Lions of Little Rock should be way more popular than it is.  Yes it's middle grade and historic but very very very good. None of my goodreads friends have read this gem. It even made my best of 2012 list (surprising even me).
  • The Shwa Was Here should be way more popular especially considering the popularity of Unwind. 
  • Anna and the French Kiss a lot of people loved. I felt (considering my normal tastes) predictably meh towards it. 
  • Oh and I don't do Sarah Dessen. I've tried twice and both times were pretty bad experiences. 

18 comments:

Alison Can Read said...

Hopping through. I'm very much a Sarah Dessen person. But if you're not, I can see why you wouldn't go for Anna and the FK.
My Hop

Susan Francino said...

Wow, last two floored me--all I hear on those seem to be enthusiastic fans. Sometimes it's nice to remember the very subjective nature of what makes a good story.

I'm an old follower. :) I don’t know if we’ll do FF tomorrow, but we do have a giveaway!

Think said...

Come check out my F&F!

Jessica@a GREAT read said...

Well that's good!

Here's my Follow Friday

Have a GREAT weekend!

Old Follower :)

Flannery Anderson said...

"I don't do Sarah Dessen." LOL, nice one, Cassi. I totally get it, though. I think all of her books are more or less the same story. (I'm pretty much at that point for John Green as well) I am one of those people who didn't really like Jenna Fox either. I am not part of this FF thing but I think a book that I loathed that tons of people seem to adore is The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Not at all for me. I'm cringing right now.

Cerian Halford said...

Hi, I'm a new follower.
Here's my FF at Rookie Romance

Mel@Thedailyprophecy said...

I really enjoyed The adoration of Jenna Fox :)

Old follower.
FF - Mel@thedailyprophecy.

Shirletta Armstrong said...

Stopping by from http://shirleyisnotmyname.blogspot.ae/2013/03/feature-and-follow-friday.html with a new GFC Follow.

Lexxie Lin said...

I did it the other way around... with the book all my friends loved and I didn't :)

I'm already following you via GFC.

Here's my FF post for this week.

Have a fantastic Friday!

Lectus Read said...

I'm thinking about reading Anna and the French Kiss because of its hype but... I'm not into romance.

Old follower.- This is This is my FF

Sanaa Parvayz said...

Hi, Im your new GFC follower via #FF
here is the link to My Blog

Tribute Books Mama said...

Just blogging by.

http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2013/03/feature-follow_8.html

Heather B said...

New follower via GFC! :)

http://owlnestlyreviews.blogspot.com

Bieke Paesen said...

Hi!
I'm a new follower via GFC!
http://bookaddictbieke.blogspot.be/

Heather said...

Old follower here.

I actually haven't read those folk.

http://littlesqueed.blogspot.com/2013/03/feature-and-follow-friday-139.html

littlelovelybooks.com said...

I haven't heard of most on your list but I did love Anna and the French Kiss and have Dessen on my list of authors to read.

New follower by Twitter and Goodreads too.

Dana

stargirlreads said...

I love Sarah Dessen but she isn't for everyone...

New follower.

Ashley
booksaremylove.blogspot.com

Daisy H said...

I haven't read them yet!
I love your blog! its so pretty :D
Here is the link to my feature follow; please follow me!:
http://soulfictionreviews.blogspot.ca/2013/03/my-first-feature-follow.html
- Your newest follower!