We have been having fun with these Top Ten Tuesdays, so we decide we will do one every week. This bookish meme was hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and has been going since June 2010! Starting this January Top Ten Tuesday will be hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s theme is books that surprised me. The books I choose can be surprising in a good or bad way! I definitely had to think about this one. If you want to see what books I choose, keep on reading.
I am going to discuss books today that surprised me in good and bad ways! I think this is more interesting than just doing one or the other!
1. Goodbye, Good Girl To start things off, this book surprised me in a bad way. I thought I was going to read a story of a girl trying to help her family and discover what she wanted. Kandice definitely was on her way to help her family, but ended up doing a lot of things I didn’t expect. I honestly think this character made a lot of stupid decisions and didn’t really even think about her family while making them. Too much was going on this book that seemed unrealistic. Just not my cup of tea I guess.
2. My Lady Jane This book was a pleasant surprise. I heard a lot of people say they loved this book, but also a lot of people who didn’t care for it. My Lady Jane was my first historical fiction and I adored it. The fact that three authors wrote this is amazing. I honestly couldn’t tell that it was more than one person. This book had me laughing out loud and I loved how they turned history in to their own story with some interesting twists.
3. Stage Kiss I thought this would be just a typical contemporary, but it really surprised me. It started off with the fact that it took place in 2002. Not many authors do that these days. I was 14 that year and so many things were familiar. The references to TV shows and music brought me back in time. I felt like a teenager all over again, haha.
4. The Girl Without Magic This book has so much potential and when I started reading it I was really interested and thought the story was really unique. The only thing that surprised me in a bad way was that this author wanted to put too much into one book. It seems like it will turn into a series, but I felt like she was trying to do it all in this first installment. I would’ve love to see the focus on one thing instead of so much at once.
5. Me Before You This was such a beautiful book. I don’t think any book has made me cry as hard as this one did. Me Before You was a pleasant surprise, because the author was able to make me feel what these characters will feeling. I can’t imagine it’s easy to write a book like this. The movie surprised me even more. A lot of the times I don’t really like when a book is filmed. I mean we all have our own ideas of how characters look and things go, but this movie did the book justice.
6. I Hate Everyone But You This was another book that surprised me in a bad way. I Hate Everyone But You is about two best friends who goes to college on the opposite side of the country. It started off really strong and I loved that it was told through e-mails and text messages, but the ending really disappointed me. Certain events upset me and I didn’t appreciate how things went between friends. I get this book is two characters discovering themselves at college, but in some ways it went too far.
7. You I am normally not a fan of thrillers or books with serial killers, but this book was just amazing. While I really wanted to hate Joe, I was really curious at the same time. Even though he is pretty evil, I wanted to know how his mind worked and why he did things. I was kind of sad after Hidden Bodies that there were no more books to read with him in it.
8. The Dead House This book disappointed me! I loved how it sounded, but it wasn’t as exciting as the description made it sound. I expected a book that would be really spooky and keep me on the edge of my seat. While some things were creepy this wasn’t a book that really had me wanting to read constantly.
9. Autoboyography This book surprised me in such a good way! I wasn’t sure about picking up this book in the beginning. Even though this is a cover that needs to be on your shelves, haha. This book does focus on religion and being gay. I was afraid that the religion aspect would take over the book, but it didn’t at all. More than anything it shows the struggle of not being able to be open about the person you love. This book was beautiful!
10. They Both Die at the End Another book that amazed me! I’m sure if you have been reading our blog, you have heard us talk about this book many times, haha. It was just that good! I was quite worried I wouldn’t be able to connect to the story or the characters. This book takes place in less than 24 hours. I loved Rufus and Mateo and I didn’t want this story to end. As the title already tells us, there is no happily ever after. I was really sad when this was over.
Those are the ten books that really surprised me! What book surprised you the most? In either a good or bad way?