Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Surprised Us (In a Good or a Bad Way)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provides a topic, and you choose ten book related things to answer the topic.


1. Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

I was intrigued by this book simply because my experiences with Scott Westerfeld had been so up and down over the years. When I finally got around to reading it I was so pleasantly surprised because I actually really enjoyed it. I even managed to convince a friend to buy and read it at the same time because she could tell how much I was enjoying it.

2. The Waking Land by Callie Bates

The premise of this book sounds so good, and the book itself has all the elements I love in a ya fantasy. Unfortunately for me, I was surprised by my lack of interest to continue reading. I ended up putting this book down 100 pages in and didn’t return to it for 3 months. And when I did return to it, I really did regret it.

3. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

A lot of people love this book, and up until late last year I hadn’t really had an interest in reading it. I was very surprised because I loved this book so much and would easily recommend it to others to read.

4. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is one of my favourite authors. Her books are fun, and always wth a cast of entertaining characters. Which is why I was surprised to dislike Heartless. This is a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, so that alone should have cemented my thoughts towards it in a positive light. But unfortunately I found this book incredibly dull and the characters such a bore. This is another book I put down and returned to months later, and I definitely didn’t feel as if it got any better as the book went on.

5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This was probably one of the most hyped and highly anticipated books of 2017, most likely due to its two stunning covers and its intriguing description. Cue the surprise when I ended up disappointed with the mess of this book. I wanted to love it, but the intrigue of Caraval just wasn’t that exciting to me when actually reading about it. At this point in time I don’t think I’ll continue on by reading the sequel Legendary. But who knows, perhaps I will.



1. Spindle Fire – Lexa Hillyer

I bought this book because of its lovely cover, but then heard terrible reviews! So I put it off again and again, and when I finally read, I ENJOYED IT! Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover.

2. The Beast’s Heart – Leife Shallcross

I wanted to like this book so much. I received a super early copy and read it ASAP! Because who wouldn’t want to dive right in? But I was so disappointed… 😦 Full review to come closer to pub date.

3. Ice Wolves – Amie Kaufman

I struggled so hard when I first attempted to read this book. I had excellent expectations, but I found it so slow that I had to put it down. But I’m glad I did. It was definitely a ‘me not you’ situation and when I picked it up a second time I loved it!

4. Minimalism – Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus 

I was super excited to jump on the minimalism train with these guys. I quite like their podcast. But their book is so freaking pretentious. They just come across as wankers… I was super surprised at how offended I felt while reading it… All I wanted was to learn how to let go of the feelings I have towards my belongings!

5. The A-Z of You and Me – James Hannah

I talk about this book a lot because I LOVE IT! It was a total cover buy and I didn’t expect too much from the story. Needless to say I was very pleasantly surprised. Now that I think about it, I REALLLLLLYYYYY need to reread this!

Emily TTT1203

Which books surprised you?


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