Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Were Totally Deceiving!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weakly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week a different topic comes up and bloggers list their top ten books in that category. I love a good list...I've always said that. That's practically my catchphrase.

Top Ten Books That Were Totally Deceiving

These are books that had covers or titles that don't fit the books or books that were totally different than their summary

10. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Deceiving because...I thought it was going to be about hell. I thought it was going to be trash. It has the tagline, 'Love as strong as death, as hard as hell'. I hated that and the cover...looked kinda mock Gothic and lame. I was so wrong. This is a fantastic book and one of my favourites.

9. Anna and the French Kiss

Deceiving because...I don't read much romance and everything about this screamed 'CHICK LIT'...which I'm not a fan of. From the cheesy cover to the cheesy, pun-laden title I thought there was no way I was going to like this. Then I read it and it made me cry a bit and want to go to Paris. Sob.

8. The Sisters Brothers

Deceiving because...I thought this was going to be a Western...cowboy hats on the front cover and everything! However, it was much more about the relationship between the brothers and I really liked it! I really want to read True Grit now too.

7. Blankets by Craig Thompson

Deceiving because...I really got it into my head that this book was about a middle aged couple who met when they were younger and are still together and are telling their story. I think it has a lot to do with the way the couple on the cover look old to me. It's not about that...it's so much better. It is much more about religion and coming-of-age than a romance (although that bit is cute too :-P)

6. The Underground Man by Mick Jackson

Deceiving because...Ugh, deceiving in every way. This book is marketed as a steampunky novel all about an eccentric duke who has a labyrinth of tunnels under his estate (based on a true story). In reality, the tunnels hardly feature and we never find out why he built them. Laaaame.

5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

Deceiving because...I'm going purely on title here. I assumed that a dragon tattoo would be important or they would be looking for the girl of the title. Nope. Actually, the tattoo is of no significance whatsoever and  the title was only changed to this because publishers thought it would sell more. It was originally called 'Men Who Hate Women'. I prefer that title personally. Still liked the book though.

4. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Deceiving because...I picked this up when I was a wee teenager thinking that as it was YA it couldn't be too upsetting or violent. How wrong I was. Anyone who has read this knows to which horrific part I am referring...I cried for days. I was inconsolable. Great book though (I am partial to a bit of violence and heart break it would seem!)

3. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Deceiving because...I picked this one because, for me, it's genre placement is deceiving. I picked this up in a bookshop from the Horror section...and in no way, shape or form is this horror. It is a zombie novel but the zombie in question listend to Frank Sinatra and protects pretty ladies. Not scary at all. More romance/dystopia/YA

2. The Map of Time by Felix Palmer

Deceiving because...the blurb says it's going to be about time travel in the Victorian era. Fake time travel would have been a better description. Hated this book with a passion. I'm bitter because the cover made me think it was going to be good! 

1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky

Deceiving because...This is probably an unfair one but I really thought the wallflower was going to be a girl. Who would be played by Emma Watson in the movie. But no, he's a boy. I was also told in the blurb that he was going to be 'the voice of the average teenager'. Yeah he definitely is that...if the teenager is mentally deranged with no social skills. I didn't care for this one much.

Thanks for reading my 'Top Ten Tuesday' post- let me know if you've read these and if they deceived you!


  1. Sometimes I think publishers of books like Wallflower and Blankets get scared that the characters in the books will be too outspoken for the general public to take. That's sad, because it is these characters that YA readers adore.

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  2. I really want to read The Sisters Brothers!

    I loved The Gargoyle too. Fabulous book, far far better than I ever expected it would be.

  3. I don't know why I didn't think to put Anna on my list. It's a perfect choice! The cover is so fluffy looking and not at all like the book. Fabulous list!
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  4. You chose some great books, I've only read 2, Anna and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Covers can really make or break a book!

  5. Great list! Again so many books I would never have thought of! :)

  6. I've only read Anna but that probably bc the other covers dont appeal to me. I admit I do usually judge a book by its cover! I actually had a hard time with this theme so I went rogue and did Fairy Tales this time.

  7. I haven't read any of these except The Perks of Being a Wallflower (and I felt EXACTLY the same way you did). Definitely some new books to add to my to-be-read list!!! Great list.

  8. Three of my favorite books made it on your list --- Warm Bodies, Anna, and Blankets. They're so exceptional. But they all have this stigma around them that shy people not in that "genre" away from them, while in reality they are extremely universal.

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  10. I nearly put both Anna and the French Kiss and The Perks of Being a Wallflower on my list too! I'm so glad to hear you didn't really like the latter either. I feel guilty about my distaste for that book as a YA fan, but I really didn't feel like it was the 'Catcher in the Rye of the 90s', it didn't really move me or speak to me the way I thought it was billed to.

  11. Great list Anna! I love that a lot of these were positive experiences (I struggled to think of those - I guess it's easier for me to remember when I'm pissed off!)

    Totally agree about Men Who Hate Women, though the title they chose worked well for the trilogy. And it is overall about her, really. I came late to Anna because it looked cheesy, but had heard nothing bad about it and yeah, it was wonderful! How disappointing about The Underground Man - oh and Map of Time, I'll bear your warning in mind because I've got the lovely hardback copy. And Warm Bodies, I've got that to read too. And I ordered a copy of Wallflower because so many people recommended it but I agree, when I think "wallflower" I think girl!

  12. Great list! I HAVE to read Anna and the French Kiss. It made it onto quite a number of top ten lists.


  13. Men Who Hate Women would have been a much more fitting title for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo! I totally agree with you about Anna and the French Kiss also. It jumped on my top ten list as well. x3

  14. Great list! You were a lot more creative than I was with my list, haha. Thanks for stopping by!

    Amber @ Fall Into Books

  15. A Confederacy of Dunces: It was deceiving because I thought it was going to be a dry, literary novel and it literally made me fall out of my chair laughing on more than one occasion.

  16. I'm sorry you didn't like the Perks of Being a Wallflower. And I agree with you about Anna and the French Kiss. I really want to go to Paris too!

    Jennifer @ A Librarian's Library

  17. I love the topic. Your list is great! I seriously laughed at your reasons. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Yep to Anna! Yep, yep, yep. I actually cried a little when I read it too.

  19. The Underground Man does sound disappointing! I thought that description sounded pretty cool too, but no tunnels? Sad. And you've intrigued me with Noughts and Crosses. I'll definitely have to check that one out – I love emotional books.

    Great list, and thanks for stopping by!

  20. Totally Agree about Perks of Being a Wallflower, the main charcter was out there. Loved Anna and The Dragon Tattoo books!!

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  21. I totally agree with you about Warm Bodies. I was more interested in reading it when I heard it was more of a love story actually. The Sisters Brothers and Blankets sound really good!

  22. i should've added Anna and the French Kiss to my list too. For a long time i didn't buy it because the cover and the title was so lame and cheesy. i thought it was gonna be some kind of chick-lit lite but i was very surprised at how much i really liked it once i read it. And now i'm kind of obsessed with Stephanie Perkins.
    P.S. i totally love your blog header! :)

  23. Anna and the French Kiss has been on a surprising number of top tens this week! But I do agree, the cover and blurb do not match the writing. I feel like one of the few who has NOT read The Perks...and I just wasn't able to get into it the first time I tried it. Maybe I'll just wait for the movie??

    Great list!!

  24. I agree with the bookstore placement point you made on Warm Bodies. One of my favorite bookstores (and one of the last in my area) divided their YA section into Sci-Fi/Fantasy, General, and Horror. Now, there are some things that totally make sense in the Horror section (V.C. Andrews, RL Stine, Anne Rice) but books like Twilight, Hex Hall, or Warm Bodies just don't fit. But because they have 'classic' monsters featured in the description, well they must be horror! Methinks they need to re-categorize into simply Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Paranormal & General.

  25. I haven't seen that cover of Warm Bodies - if I had seen that cover I think I'd have no idea what to expect.
    Definitely had the same reaction to Anna....

  26. I have the Gargoyle and need to read it! I had the exact same impression of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and have not yet read it.

    This is great!


  27. Really!? I didn't know that the Larsson books had different names beforehand!? Blick! I LOVE the title it got now..."The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is so mysterious! On the other hand I completely agree about Anna and the French Kiss and haven't picked it up b/c of it's cover. Now I'm thinking maybe I should try it sometime...hmmm. Thanks for stopping by our Top 10 this week!

  28. Warm Bodies sounds funny... Frank Sinatra? haha. I was wondering if Dragon Tattoo was any good? I almost bought it but decided against it. Would you recommend it? Anna and the French Kiss looks very Chick Lit-y, but I'm happy to hear that it wasn't; I'll probably add that to the list. Great TTT! :)

  29. Eeek! I haven't read any of these! I totally need to expand my TBR list!
    Hope you like Shiver! I liked, but didn't looove it. However I went in thinking I'd get Twilight and left mostly pleasantly surprised!

  30. I didn't know that about the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo! I've yet to read it, but it definitely fits more with what I've heard that it's originally called "Men Who Hate Women."

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  31. Awesome post! I agree with you on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  32. Warm Bodies sounds... interesting... and totally weird. I might look into it.

  33. When I think about it, everyone who had Anna and the French Kiss was totally right. It's got so much more depth than the cover would lead you to believe. Anna and St. Clair don't have a cutesy relationship.
    I've been on the fence about Warm Bodies. Not because I thought it might be horror but because I don't usually do zombies. But your description makes it sound...LESS brain-eating-ish.
    Great list!!

  34. Yay for Anna. The cover and title are both awful. I'm glad I read enough great reviews to try it.

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