March 13: Top Ten Books That Surprised Me
I think it’s fair to say that in one way or another, all books surprise me. It’s nearly impossible to go into a book without expectations of some sort, and whether they exceed or do not meet those predictions will always lead to some level of surprise. Regardless, here are ten books I read in 2017 that elicited in me unexpected reactions.
1. All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman
This was simply one of the strangest, yet surprising, books I have ever read. It was so incredibly short, yet powerfully written, and completely unlike anything I’ve previously experienced.
2. Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan
2017 was certainly the year that I discovered poetry (as besides academic related reading, the only poet I’ve read and enjoyed was Sarah Crossan), but this was an incredibly hard-hitting tale written in free-verse.
3. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
This was a very unique read: a love story told through dictionary definitions in alphabetical order, it shocked me at how the inclusions were their own tales, yet fitted together flawlessly as one.
4. This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
Unquestionably the biggest surprise of the year was this YA masterpiece. I honestly haven’t enjoyed a dystopia so much since The Hunger Games.
5. They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
This author had been on my TBR for a couple of years, but his new release was the one that captivated my attention and prompted me to dive in, and it was one of the best reading decisions I’ve ever made.
6. The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James
When I think back to how I thought this novel was going to pan out, I am still shocked at the wonderfully unexpected direction it took. The characterisation was superb, and the surprise element was perfect.
7. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I think I was wary of this book (and series) due to the insane level of hype it has received within the YA and book blogging community, but I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed it.
8. Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer
This book surprised me in two ways: firstly, the gender-reverse took some getting used to, and secondly, that ending! I was expecting a similar conclusion to Twilight, but it couldn’t have been further from the truth.
9. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
It’s well documented that I am not of poetry/free verse, but with the sheer amount of positive press this collection had been receiving, I decided to put my prejudices to one side and read this (what turned out to be wonderful) book.
10. Our Song by Dani Atkins
When my friend Heather recommended me this novel on the basis we both adored Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, I was (it’s fair to say) a little bit sceptical, but all my expectations were blown out of the water at this tear-jerker.
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