I know a lot of people have the ability to be able to tell what book they’ll like before they read it. I sometimes have this ability, but more times than not I don’t. I sometimes struggle to work out what I will like and what I won’t like. Typically I fall into reading what books are hyped, which leads to a lot of disappointment for me when they don’t live up to it.
It’s not all bad news though. Sometimes I pick up a book with a resigned sigh, not expecting much and discover a new favourite. Have you ever had this happen? If so let me know in the comments so I know I’m not strange.
Some of these books include:
Warcross by Marie Lu
I had absolutely zero expectations for Warcross. I was actually lucky enough to read an eARC of the book back in July last year. I was so shocked by how much I absolutely fell into the world that Marie Lu had created and I am so excited to pick up the second book when it finally releases.
I will say though, if I hadn’t picked up this book in July I doubt I ever would have. The cover was just too unappealing to me and I am not into gaming at all. However, this book had an incredibly accurate representation of poverty and was a book that kept me on the edge of my seat.
If you’d like to read more of my thoughts on Warcross, in my old review format as well, click here.
How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
This book left me so emotional that I was unable to even review it. My thoughts on How To Make A Wish are still scattered because of how deeply this book touched me. It is 100% not a fluffy read and deals with some hard-hitting issues, ones that I have faced in my own life. It has an f/f romance and Grace and Eva are two characters who are going to follow me in my heart for the rest of my life.
I’m not sure why I wouldn’t pick up this book, I guess the best reason is that I was simply not in a contemporary mood when I picked this up. I’d been reading fantasy so fast and Ashley Herring Blake’s books enabled me to slow down for a moment and focus on characters rather than plot – something that is hard as a plot based reader.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I bought Strange the Dreamer on the fact it had a beautiful cover. I am slightly ashamed, honestly but I am so glad I did. I was pretty nervous about actually picking it up due to the fact I hadn’t enjoyed the author’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. So, it did take me some time to finally pick this one up. Added to the fact I was hesitant was I had several friends saying ‘you won’t like it’ and ‘oh my God, Amber’s going to trash another one of my favourite books.’
It didn’t really fill me with a great longing to dive into Laini Taylor’s newest world. I am so glad I did because Strange the Dreamer quickly become one of my favourite books. It was one of the most exciting and beautiful stories I have read in a long time and the wait for book two is killing me.
If you’d like to see my review for Strange the Dreamer click here.
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas
This might get a bit of hate – from both people who don’t like SJM and people who do. I don’t like the Throne of Glass series. I feel they’re overdone to an extent and I really do get tired of how many POV’s there are. I also didn’t like Chaol. Big shocker. But, I received a review copy of Tower of Dawn. It was when I was just starting out with receiving review copies and I was too nervous to not read one. So, I picked up Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas with low expectations and ready to scream.
This was not the case, obviously since it’s on this list. I fell in love with the story. It obviously contains the typical SJM traits of toxic masculinity and weird sex but the PTSD representation spoke to me. That may sound weird but I was just so moved by it since it was pretty damn accurate to what I have personally gone through. I know the book isn’t perfect, nor the author, but it will be in a special place in my heart for a long time.
If you’d like to see more of my thoughts on Tower of Dawn click here.
As I was working on this post I realised I had a lot of books that had shocked me (and some that had disappointed me) so I figured I might do several of these posts if this is well received. I really did enjoy writing this out, forces me to reflect on the books I’ve read which I forget to do sometimes. I might even do these based on genres. Thoughts?
What’s a book you didn’t think you’d like but ended up loving?
Happy reading everyone!
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