Welcome back to our weekly Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
March 13: Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way)
We’ve all had that read – you pick it up not expecting much but are blown away by the story. Or, you pick it up and it’s not what you expected at all – but in a bad way. Maybe it’s an unknown-to-you author that you wonder how you missed. Or, it’s a beloved author, but you just aren’t getting the hype.
I like to Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive, so most of my books will be on that side of the fence this week.
Full of Surprises
The Good Surprises
- The Good Daughter by Karen Slaughter – This was a random audio book selection at the library for me. Holy cow. I just finished listening to it – what a page turner!
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell – Another random library selection. I’d never heard of Rainbow Rowell when I picked it up. Instant love.
- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – What a great concept to relive your life over until you get it right.
- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – I saw many mixed reviews on this one before I picked it up. I loved it.
- The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear – I won this book on Goodreads when it came out. I had no idea how much I would love Maisie Dobbs.
- Twilight – I reluctantly caved and read this after Breaking Dawn was released and I knew so many Harry Potter fans who were obsessed over it. Turns out I could not put it down.
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – I didn’t expect this book to be so funny!
- Missing Joseph by Elizabeth George – Many moons ago, I was looking for something to read the summer before I went to college. I wanted something different than the cozy mysteries I’d been reading. And my love for the Scotland Yard mystery (and the Inspector Lynley series) was born.
The Not-So-Good Surprises
- Peter Pan by J.M. Berrie – I grew up watching the Disney cartoon version, so actually listening to the book was a little shocking. Disney definitely made some changes. Although it was narrated brilliantly by the fabulous Jim Dale.
- Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll – This was a great book, but the big secret from her past was really hard for me to read about, it’s a sensitive subject for sure.
What about you? What book was a pleasant surprise? Or a not-so-pleasant one? Sound off below, and link up to your own TTT if you’ve got one!
9 thoughts on “TTT: Full of Surprises.”
I’m listening to Big Little Lies on audio book right now and I’m surprised by how hooked I am!
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I listened to it too! I was surprised that it was so funny – the heart of the book is so serious.
I was pleasantly surprised by Fikry too; at least way back when I read it. There’s something about him being a prude that I could effortlessly identify with LOLOL. Plus, the fact that there are highlights other stories. Every book is a world, as Fikry says.
Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
I agree…Big Little Lies was surprisingly funny and enjoyable considering the very weighty topics it dealt with
I loved Big Little Lies, and it cracked me up at times! And I’ve heard the original Peter Pan story is kinda different.
I really want to read The Good Daughter! My TTT
I will be adding some of the books you’ve listed to my ever growing reading wishlist!!
Here’s a link to my TTT post for this week: https://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2018/03/top-ten-tuesday-books-that-surprised-me.html
I’ve heard good things about Big Little Lies but I’ve been hesitant to pick it up-no more!
Landline was such a great book!! I agree I didn’t expect BLL to be so funny.