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This week’s Top 10 Tuesday post gave us the chance to be a bit snarky, which is always fun. We couldn’t think of enough books to fit a single category, so we changed the topic a bit. Hopefully no one will be too insulted by our opinions. 😉 Also, don’t let our complaints scare you away from these books – some of them are among our favorites!


LESS ACTION: „The Fold“ by Peter Clines
This is an amazing book that everyone should read, but it ends with non-stop action that comes out of nowhere and doesn’t fit with the rest of the book.

MORE DEATH: The „Divergent“ series by Veronica Roth
Let’s be honest: Wouldn’t life have been much less annoying if both Tris and Four had died in the first book of the trilogy so that „Insurgent“ and „Allegiant“ would never have happened?

LESS ROMANCE: „The Naturals“ by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
On one hand, this is an addictive read with a fascinating premise. On the other hand, it features a stereotypical YA love triangle that gets in the way of said fascinating premise.

LESS EVERYTHING: „The Stand“ by Stephen King
Stephen King’s best novel or a book with 1000 pages too many? (Spoiler: It’s the second one.)

LESS TALKING: „The Truth Factory“ by Cody McFadyen
Okay, the first part of the fifth Smoky Barrett was pretty disturbing and disgusting BUT it was at least also addictive and thrilling – Smoky’s endless talk with her psychiatrist in the second half of the book not so much…


LESS DISTRACTION: „Nevernight“ by Jay Kristoff
It’s hard enough to stay focused while reading without a 200-word footnote right in the middle of every other sentence to distract you. Fun idea, poor execution.

„Time Salvager“ is without a doubt an entertaining time travel adventure but it could have been epic with more scientific time paradox mindfuckery.

LESS SUPERNATURAL: „Mind Control“ by Stephen King
Supernatural elements are to be expected from Stephen King’s novels, but this series was different. King held out until the very end, but apparently he just couldn’t help himself and added in a supernatural twist after all.

MORE EPICNESS: „Calamity“ by Brandon Sanderson
The first two books in the Reckoners trilogy were truly epic (the pun just never gets old…) but sadly this conclusion was rather rushed and underwhelming – especially since Sanderson has proven with his Mistborn series that he can do much better.

MORE ROMANCE: „Career of Evil“ by Robert Galbraith
Yes, you have read correctly, we’re asking for more romance IN A CRIME NOVEL. And don’t pretend you’re not hoping that Matthew bites the dust asap so that Robin is free for Cormoran ;P

Which books would you like to modify a little bit to improve them?

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