10 books that surprised me by being awesome

One of the best feelings is going into a book with 0 expectations and ending up loving it. I will never get tired of that. I used to pick up books under no recommendation and hype before, and that’s how I found most of my all-time favourites.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s topic is Books that surprised me.

I’ve spoken enough about my favourites so today I’m going to talk about books that went in with low expectations and ended up really liking.

[1] The Giver by Lois Lowry

My best friend DJ gave me the book and said “READ IT”. It wasn’t fantasy or romance, the genres I was really into that time, so I put off reading it for weeks. Finally I took it along with me on an impromptu weekend vacation, read it during travel and LOVED IT. It’s small but it packs a whole lot.

Read my review here.

[2] Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

By the point I picked this, I was almost done with the romance genre. I hadn’t read a really good book in a long time and I almost gave up. I’m so glad I didn’t switch genres before picking this up. I LOVED IT. I loved the characters the most. I prefer character-driven stories a little more than plot-driven so that is always what makes my view about a book.

Read my gushing review here.

[3] From Lukov, With Love by Mariana Zapata

I read a really nice short review on this by a bookstagrammer I follow and immediately marked it to-read on Goodreads. I was mainly interested in it because the main characters are figure skaters. After watching the movie Ice Princess I’ve got an interest in such stories. Figure skating was a whole new concept when I watched the movie because we don’t have that sport in India.

I really liked the main character. She’s really flawed but her determination and perseverance makes up for everything.

Full review to come soon!

[4] Me & Milo the Great by Michelle Schlicher

I was contacted by the author to do a review on her book an I was hesitant to accept. I didn’t glean anything from the synopsis and couldn’t decide if I’d be interested in it. In the end, I took a chance and accepted, and I’m so glad I did! I loved the mental health rep and how the main character took up initiative to make herself better. I loved that it wasn’t a boy-saves-girl story. Milo just supported her and I really liked that.

Full review here.

[5] Truth or Dare by Mira Lyn Kelly

The only reason I read this book was because I wanted to read the second book of the trilogy but felt weird reading book 2 without reading book 1. I was looking for best-friends-to-lovers books and found book 2 in a Goodreads list.

Unfortunately I didn’t end up liking book 2 much (read review here) but I did love book 1 so that was nice.

Click here to read my review.

[6] My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

The reason I noticed this book was because Cynthia Hand is one of the authors. I picked it up because of the synopsis. I wasn’t sure if I’ll like it, but I gave it a shot and I’m really glad. The book is a historical retelling of Lady Jane Grey’s story but with a paranormal twist. It’s also very hilarious. I can’t wait for the next book which is a retelling of Jane Eyre.

Full review here.

my lady jane

[7] If We Were A Movie by Kelly Oram

I’ll be honest, I read the book solely because of the title. I wasn’t that drawn in by the synopsis but I saw it had good reviews and dove in. I ended up really liking it because of the relationship growth. I read this around the time I got really fed up of insta-love so this was like water in a desert. The main characters became friends first and only a while later progressed to dating.

Read my review here.

[8] The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West

I generally don’t like Kasie West’s books much, they’re just meh for me. I still read more books by her though?? Anyway, I went into this book assuming I’ll give it 3 stars as well. But I actually really liked it! The main character has insecurities and makes this guy pretend to be her boyfriend so her friends don’t make fun of her. It catches up with her and she has some character growth, and the romance was really adorable.

I really feel like rereading it now.

[9] The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

I’ve been low-key seeing this book around but haven’t seen it being shouted about so it’s been somewhere in my TBR. Recently I went to my TBR to knock off a few titles and finally picked it up. I didn’t read the synopsis before going in, so I knew nothing about the story. I was FLOORED. Such an interesting futuristic concept. I loved it.

I’m planning on posting a review so watch out for that.

[10] Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I read Fangirl simply because of the title. The book is titled with this wonderful word that describes me so I HAD to read it. And I loved it. It was my first Rainbow Rowell book and my most favourite by far. I didn’t enjoy the random snippets of Simon Snow but Cath and Levi made up for it.

I totally recommend it if you want to read an adorable NA romance.

And that’s it for today! I should totally run and get some work done, which I’m procrastinating by blogging right now. See ya soon!

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What books pleasantly surprised you? Are there any that really disappointed you? Have you read any of the books I mentioned, or are they on your TBR? Tell me everything in the comments!


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