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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me

I think it’s safe to say that every reader has been surprised by their fair share of books. There are those you nothing about and blow you away. There are those you expect the world from and fail to deliver. There are those you think you’ll hate and you turn out to loved. And the best, the ones you think you’d enjoy, and that blow your mind and stick with your forever. That’s why this week’s topic is so fun!

For all of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, or don’t know how to get involved, click here. The lovely folks at Broke and Bookish teamed together to create this awesome weekly prompt, which is now hosted by the wonderful Jana @ The Artsy Reader Girl. Then, you rack your brains and narrow down your top ten favourite of that topic.

I decided this week to split my TTT list into two. I’ve started with the books that surprised me in a good way, that left a good impression, or exceeded all expectations. Then we have the bad surprises, the disappointments, and the awful reads:

The Good

Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

I borrowed it because it was about books and it would be a short audiobook. It ended up becoming one of my favourite books of all time, and reminded me of my love for dystopian literature.

Great Expectations Charles Dickens

I really didn’t think that this was going to be for me, and if I am honest was just trying to read it to say that I had read it. The thing is, Simon Prebble brought it to life and I found myself thoroughly enjoying it.

Life Lessons from Space Col. Chris Hadfield

I expected to like this. I expected to enjoy it and find it interesting. What I didn’t expect was it to move me or to find it so mesmerising. It was my book of 2017, the book I haven’t shut up about since, and the book that made me realise that narrating an autobiography is what makes an autobiography (well, that and Born a Crime by Trevor Noah).

The Hating Game Sally Thorne

I thought this would just be another trashy contemporary novel that I would begrudgingly enjoy, but I actually became quite engaged with it, and found it knowingly amusing.

The Host Stephanie Meyer

I expected less than nothing from this novel, considering that it was was by the author of The Twilight Saga. I absolutely adored the premise, and thought that it was both believably plausible, and really well done. I actually re-read it quite often I enjoy it so much.


The Bad

Brave New World Aldous Huxley

As previously mentioned, I like dystopian novels, so I thought I would love this, but I didn’t I struggled to finish it, and felt like it was boring.

Crash J G Ballard

I kind of knew I would hate this, and sort of knew what it was about going in as a friend was reading it for a university course, but I don’t think I was prepared for just how awful it truly was.

American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis

I know this is the point, but, the constant dropping of names and brands throughout ruins this novel. I GET IT. I thought I would like it because it was about a murderer, but I just didn’t. At all.

The Intruder P S Hogan

I had such high hopes for this book. The concept was so unique, and it was just a complete let down. Oh well. You can read my full review here.

Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I love Sherlock Holmes, like, really love the books. I think this is why I found this so disappointing. I know it’s arguably his most notable book, but I can remember being so disappointed by it.


Well there we have it. The thing about this week’s topic is that it took no time to write. Both lists came to me with surprising ease, which really made me think that they’re right. I know that some will be different for you, but that’s literature right?

What do you think of these books?

What books surprised you in a good way? And a bad way?

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