Top Ten Tuesday

This week on Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, the prompt is books that surprised you (in a good or a bad way).

  1. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

My Mum read Harry Potter before I did, and kept telling me I’d love it, and for some reason I just didn’t fancy it.  I finally picked up the first one whilst recovering from knee surgery and was up until the small hours reading every night and finished all 6 in a week – some sort of Olympic record with my usually snail-paced reading speed.  I then had to wait the best part of a year for the final one.

  1. Flawed – Cecelia Ahern

I loved this book.  The concept was absolutely fantastic: in addition to the criminal justice system, a ‘moral court’ exists whereby if someone is judged to have committed a moral transgression, they are branded flawed and certain rights then denied them.  The author has written numerous adult books but the writing style for me felt like a debut.  Flawed is a YA debut, in fairness, but I expected it to feel more polished, for want of a better word.

  1. How to Stop Time – Matt Haig

I reviewed How to Stop Time recently and it was a huge surprise to me to so enjoy reading historical fiction.

  1. Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

My lovely friend Kirsty bought 6 of us copies of Illuminae for Christmas one year, so I was confident I was in for a treat.  The format was uniquely fresh (the story unfolds through transcripts, diary entries, security camera logs) and masterfully executed. The sequel was just as fantastic, and the final in the trilogy is out today!

  1. The Leaving – Tara Altebrando

This book was very much plugged as a thriller, and as such I was expecting a whistle-stop page turner with plot twists-a-plenty.  It’s more of a gentle-paced mystery: this isn’t a bad thing, but I may have enjoyed it more without the thriller preconception.

  1. One – Sarah Crossan

My lovely friend Catherine is a fan of Sarah Crossan, so I wanted to try one of her books.  Had I realised One was written in verse I’d have bought a different book…and I’d have missed out.  One will be reviewed here at a later date, so all I’ll say now is it is absolutely stunning.

  1. The Maze Runner Series – James Dashner

I’ve commented on this series before, but each book felt like it was building for a grand denouement, and the lack of dramatic reveal left me rather frustrated.

  1. Under Rose-tainted Skies – Louise Gornall

This is a really skilful portrayal of agoraphobia, OCD & anxiety disorder.  I’m hoping Ms Gornall releases more books because this was a beautiful story, and mental health needs more representation like this.

  1. The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven

Another author I’m hoping releases more books ASAP.  I loved the quirky, sardonic writing style.  My full review is here.

  1. The Island at the End of Everything – Karen Millwood Hargrave

I’ll be honest; I bought this book because I couldn’t resist the gorgeous cover!  The story didn’t sound quite my flavour, but it was just as beautiful on the inside.


I hope you enjoyed my Top Ten Tuesday.  Which books have surprised you?


9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday”

  1. The Harry Potter books are the only ones on this list I’ve read. But seeing as I was an adult when they initially came out, I was highly surprised at how good they were.


  2. Harry Potter surprised me as well – I’m a slow reader also, so going through each book in less than a week was a first for me.

    I abandoned The Maze Runner after awhile – the first book was amazing, but the second and third I didn’t really enjoy and just abandoned it after reading it for months and never finished it.


  3. I know that everyone is raving about The Maze Runner series with the release of the latest movie, but I am not the biggest fan. After finishing the first book I did not feel compelled to finish the rest. Nothing was explained in that first book, which some people might find intriguing and suspenseful, but I just found it annoying. And now, with recent allegations, I am not going to pursue the rest of the series at all.
    Anyway, you have a great list! I am glad that you were pleasantly surprised by the Harry Potter series since it is one of my favorites.


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