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February 21: Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would (recently or all time) — or you could do something like books I liked more/less than everyone else.
I am a reader that will discard a book if I don’t get past the initial 25 to 50 pages and be sucked into the story. I read for fun, enjoyment, and sometimes learning, so I’m probably not going to stick with a story if I get frustrated. I’m also a skeptical reader who doesn’t follow hype always. I read A LOT of book blogs for both personal enjoyment and for work. It’s really cool to see what people get excited about. I’ve also learned that hype is sometimes what sells books, whether they are actually good or not. Here are my 10 books that I’ve really been surprised to find myself enjoying lately. All covers should link out to Goodreads for further information.
5 YA Books I’ve really been surprised by
So I guess you can say I loved these more than I thought I would. And these are from my all-time list.
When I saw that Archie Andrews was going to get a revamp, I was a bit skeptical. I always though the Archie comics were cheesy and I never paid much attention to this long-running comic series growing up, but now I find myself wanting to know more. I love Mark Waid as a writer and he tells some great stories so I thought I would give this one a try and was pleasantly surprised. I definitely am also enjoying the new tv series, Riverdale, as well.
I found this one totally by browsing my libraries shelves a few years back. There wasn’t anything in particular that stood out about the story but it sounded like a fun read. I picked it up, read it, and really enjoyed this one. It didn’t get a lot of press that I’m aware of but it was a fun and unique bit of a thriller about a road trip gone bad.
There was a lot of hype around this book when it came out and I don’t know why I waited so long on this one. This is a really interesting story and a weird one that is taken from dossiers, diaries, and other documents aboard a fictional spaceship that has met unfortunate disaster. When I initially picked it up, I was put off because it’s not really told in a prose format and I didn’t like that. I picked it up earlier this month and devoured it. I’m looking forward to the sequel.
I wasn’t sure about this one after seeing some negative blog reviews on it. I actually really enjoyed this one and I’m glad I read it. I will definitely be reading the sequel sometime in the future. I thought it was a really interesting take on the mermaids trope.
I wasn’t sure when I started this book what I was getting into, but it was about a road trip, so I thought why not. I really enjoyed this one and the playlists that are shown were quite fun too. This is a cool story.
5 Adult Books I’ve Been Surprised By
I’ve loved these more than I thought I would too. Give them a try. Again the covers link out to Goodreads for further information.
This one really surprised me. The synopsis on the cover of the book sounded kind of boring, but I found myself really getting into the story mid-way through the book. This one is set in the same Alaskan wilderness as the author’s previous book, The Snow Child. It’s a vivid and brutal landscape. I picked this one up because I loved The Snow Child.
This one is book two in Moore’s series about Pine Cove. I was dared to read this one by a friend that I used to work with at one of my former libraries. And I have to say this one is laugh-out-loud funny. Most people that read this will say that they identify with at least one eccentric character found in this book. It’s crass and rude at times but so is the real world. This story is far from that, but wait until you see what happens in this small town when everything goes bonkers.
I hope I’m not going to hang myself here and say I’m not a fan of the Stephanie Plum series. I made it to book three and gave up. A former co-worker of mine asked me to try this one and I trust her judgment on books because she is a voracious reader. I absolutely love this series. I’ve read all three books and laughed all the way through the craziness that is Lizzy & Diesel. This is one of those books that has made me look twice at romance as a genre. It’s hilarious, laugh out loud funny with a supernatural twist.
I saw a lot of comparisons to Harry Potter with Lev Grossman’s series and while I understand where they came from, they made me not want to read the book. Harry holds a special place in my reading life and that will not change, but this series does not too. It is amazing, frightening, and unique. Yes, it’s centered around a school but I feel like the comparisons to Hogwarts totally stop there. I applauded Grossman for keeping me entertained through three books with characters that make questionable choices and wonderful stories.
Again, this 2012 book that came was pictured by some to be a dark knock-off of the Titanic sinking. This story is anything but. It is probably one of the more harrowing survival stories I’ve read. It’s gruesome and makes you turn page after page wondering just exactly what you would do if you were stuck in a lifeboat with people you didn’t know waiting and praying for rescue.
And that’s another TTT for this week. Please feel free to leave some comments below and share what you’ve been reading as well. And as always —