Books That Surprised Me | Top Ten Tuesday

The best feeling is picking up a book you don’t know much about, with low expectations and finding out how amazing it is. And then there’s a book with a lot of hype, or that you’ve got hope for, but it was a let down. I’ve linked book reviews I’ve written.


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl to bring bookish friends together. A new topic is posted each week. 

– positive surprises –

Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen

  • I didn’t have expectations going into this book, and it turned out to be good, young adult fantasy. Enjoyed it a lot.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

  • First book I read by Haruki Murakami, which probably wasn’t the best idea, but I loved this journal/running diary. I don’t even run.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

  • First book by Brandon Sanderson I ever read and I was blown away. His writing and world-building is excellent, the ideas so complex for how many and varied books he produces. I can’t keep up with all the releases.

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Liu Ken

  • I’ve never loved short stories like I do with these. So much creativity, orginality and important topics within immigration and asian culture


– negative surprises – 

Reckless by Cornelia Funke

  • The other Cornelia Funke books are great, this is very below average

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

  • The perfect example of the last book ruining a trilogy

Cress and Winter by Marissa Meyer

  • I liked the first two books, but these weren’t as good.

Ash by Malinda Lo

  • Boring and dull, but with a cute f/f relationship

Half Bad by Sally Green

  • Below average, very cliche witch-book

8 thoughts on “Books That Surprised Me | Top Ten Tuesday

  1. Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts March 13, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    I agree with Allegiant ruining a trilogy (though at that point I didn’t care…).

    Sorry to hear Ash was a disappointment – I was hoping to read it. 😦 (At least the romance is cute.)

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  2. ofthestarssblog March 13, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    Oh, Cress is my favorite in The Lunar Chronicle series!!! And I didn’t enjoy Divergent at all so I didn’t bother with the rest of the trilogy. I haven’t seen many people enjoy Allegiant.

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    • aquapages // eline March 13, 2018 / 4:34 pm

      Cinder is my favourite, Cress a close second! But the plot felt a bit all over the place in comparison to the first two books. Have you read fairest? I haven’t and wondering if I should

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      • ofthestarssblog March 19, 2018 / 8:06 am

        I haven’t read Fairest but I really want to. Levana’s story was an aspect that I was invested in and I would love to read more of it.

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  3. Brittani @ Hope, Faith & Books March 13, 2018 / 11:39 pm

    I can seriously agree with Allegiant being on the bad list. Just thanks to the spoilers from it I refuse to read it. In my mind, things ended with Insurgent. I just can’t with Allegiant.

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    • aquapages // eline March 13, 2018 / 11:43 pm

      Go you! That’s the decision I would’ve taken, had I not been too excited and read it before a lot of reviews were out


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