Ten Books That Surprised Me

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 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is all about the books that surprised us, be it in a good or bad way!

The Good

The Host- Marissa Meyer

The Host (The Host, #1)

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Twilight so I didn’t expect to like The Host as much as I did.

The Giver- Lois Lowry

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

I didn’t expect this book to be a 5 star! It totally was.

The Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

I thought this book wouldn’t be for me, but I was captivated.

Lord Of The Flies- William Golding

Lord of the Flies

I didn’t like most of the books that I had to read at school so I didn’t expect to like this one.

As I Descended- Robin Talley

As I Descended

I was NOT a fan of What We Left Behind so again, wasn’t expecting to like this one as much as I did.

The Not So Good

The Fault In Our Stars- John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

I always feel bad for not liking John Green, but I just didn’t ‘get’ this book. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, I did. I just wasn’t blown away.

Girl In Pieces- Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces

This book was very slow in places.

The Girls- Emma Cline

The Girls

A bit strange! I don’t usually mind strange.

Dumplin’- Julie Murphy

Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)

I wanted to like it more than I did.

Follow Me Back- Nicci Cloke

Follow Me Back

Great premise, but it didn’t work for me.

How about you? Let me know which books have surprised you! Feel free to leave a link to your list and I’ll stop by!

58 thoughts on “Ten Books That Surprised Me

  1. I was also captivated by Lovely Bones though it was such a heartbreaking read. I liked TFIOS although that was a surprise for me because I didn’t expect to like it. Curious about your experience with The Girls. Were you surprised in a good or bad way?

    My current read is a surprise so far. It is called The Baghdad Clock. I have seen nothing but negative reviews about it and almost DNFed it at the third chapter. However, I decided to read it just a little bit more and now I am totally hooked. Such a beautiful story.

    Great post!

  2. I wasn’t overly in love with TFIOS either… I think I just don’t enjoy those kinds of books anymore :S And I did find The Girls really weird too haha

  3. I remember seeing the Girls and being kinda curious. And I never did read Lord of the Flies although I did see a movie version, I think.

  4. I liked The Host when I first read it but now it just doesn’t do it for me anymore, sadly. And I get why John Green isn’t your thing? It’s another one of those books that I won’t re-read because I know I’ll like it a lot less than I did the first time around. I’m not a big fan of his writing anymore. I won’t read Girl in Pieces due to personal reasons but I do know it was slow to some people while others loved it.

  5. I actually I agree with you about The Host. I read the Twilight books and kind of got sucked into the hype but once I was done with them, I realised they weren’t really that well told. But The Host was a much better written book than I was expecting.

  6. I completely forgot how good The Giver was! The Fault in Our Stars was actually pretty good in my opinion, but I can totally understand how it was super overhyped. Awesome TTT post!

  7. I can’t remember the last time I saw someone list The Host on a list of books they actually enjoyed. lol I loved it and am always so disappointed to see how many people did not. I was also not a fan at all of The Girls.

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