Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me, Good Or Bad
Welcome to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!!
The thing I love most about reading many books is that books can really take you by surprise. You never really know what you’re up against because a book you are certainly you’ll love can turn out like a complete flop or a book you just read because everyone else is reading the book can turn out to be the next one on your all time favourites list.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.This week’s topic is “Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way).” I’m going to list 5 good surprises and 5 bad surprises. Enjoy!
1. Eliza & Her Monsters – Francesca Zappia
This was a book that I was fairly certain I would enjoy, but not love. If you would have asked me before hand how many stars I would probably give this book, I would have said probably 3 or 4 at the very most. I was so wrong about this book. I loved it so much and it compleeeeeetely took me by surprise, so much even that I lost an entire day while reading this book. This book was, for me, the perfect reminder that a character doesn’t need to be “likeable” or relatable to be a good character. It was a really interesting book for me that gave me a look inside the mind of someone who is the complete opposite of me.
2. Caraval – Stephanie Garber
I started reading this book because there simply wasn’t a bad review out there about this book (or they were hidden quite well). I’m so sorry for all the Caraval lovers out there, but it was my biggest disappointment of 2017.
By now, I have met some other people who really didn’t love Caraval too. So, apparently I’m not the only one (phew). I don’t know if it’s a good idea, but I’m planning on reading the second book in the series. I really want to give this author a second chance. Everyone deserves one, I think, and I didn’t completely hate everything about this book.
3. Burn for Me – Ilona Andrews
THAT COMPLETELY WRONG COVER! It looks like an erotic novel, but it really isn’t. It’s an adult book, but the amount of romance scenes would be acceptable in a YA book (I’m talking about the first book, the other two are a little bit more heavy on the romance). Someone told me that this book really didn’t deserve this cover and it made me curious enough to give Ilona Andrews a chance. I’m so happy I read it, because now I’m an Ilona Andrews addict and I’m slowly devouring every book they ever wrote.
4. Warcross – Marie Lu
This was a book I started just because everyone liked it and it was that kind of day when I just really craved a good book. Sadly, this wasn’t that kind of book. In my eyes there were so many things wrong with this book. The romance was such a bad example, the science/technology part was just so wrong. I’m in my last year of my engineering studies and I just couldn’t take it anymore after a while (this is a problem I seem to have with the majority of sci-fi YA books).
5. Behind Closed Doors – B.A. Paris
I read this in 2016 and at that time I hadn’t read that many mystery/thriller novels yet and I really liked this book a lot. So much, that I was convinced that mystery was a new go to genre for me. I read a lot of mystery novels after this one and I actually didn’t like any of them. I was convinced that I was just reading the wrong books and I just kept reading them and not liking them. After a while I finally realised that this book was just an exception on the rule and I actually don’t really like the mystery genre! Definitely a good surprise though!
6. Origin (Robert Langdon #5) – Dan Brown
Normally I’m a really big Dan Brown fan, but this book really wasn’t that good. It was a lot more boring that Dan Brown’s usual books. If you compare this book to The Da Vinci code it’s just not possible to not be disappointed. I really hope this is just a one time event and that the next book will be a hit again!
7. The November Girl – Lydia Kang
I really loved the characters in this book. they were everything but ordinary and a lot of time was put into the two main characters. A big part of the story is only about two people but it never gets boring. It’s such a good surprise because it was executed so amazingly.
8. Secondborn (Secondborn #1) – Amy A. Bartol
This book really wasn’t my thing. It was overly dramatic, the main character was little miss perfect, the romance made me quite literally gag and nothing about this world made sense to me. It felt like a cheap rip off of the Hunger Games. I really couldn’t handle this book.
9. Wicked Charm – Amber Hart
This was a mystery but only barely. It had a lot of romance and the setting was amazing. This book made me really want to visit those swamps and that’s something that had a very low priority before I started reading this book! I think that books that are able to completely change your view on something are always a good surprise.
10. The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #1) – Charlie N. Holmberg
I really liked the premises of this book. A lot of magic in an original setting. But the lack of details and the super long boring parts just were so disappointing. This book is only 200 pages but it feels like a 600 page book. Definitely a bad surprise.