Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Surprised Me


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week they provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. You don’t have to do all ten. Instead you can do three, five, fifteen, whatever you want. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

This week’s theme is Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way). 

Legendary by Stephanie Garber – If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a hundred times, I really disliked Caraval, the first book in this series. I was bored and annoyed the whole time and I expected more of the same with Legendary. However, instead I got a magic filled world that fueled my imagination. Positive

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – With as much hype as surrounded this book I expected to be swept away into a land of sea creatures and enchantment. I opened it 100% prepared to fall in love…instead I was bored and kept rolling my eyes. Review to come 3/16. Negative

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty – This was a book I picked up not knowing what to expect. I’d heard a lot of good and bad things about it but in the end I fell in love with so many of the characters in this story. And that ending! I can’t wait to pick up the next book. Positive

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black – Here is another book I expected to be swept away by. Faeries, political intrigue, morally grey characters, it promised things I know I love…but I just felt like it didn’t deliver in the slightest. Negative

Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack – When I picked up this book I didn’t really know what I was getting into. I knew that there were strong romance elements which, unless they are carefully done, aren’t usually up my alley. But everything in this book was well done and I can’t wait for the sequel next year! Positive

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – Like I was going to get through this post without mentioning this book? Hah! This series has so much hype, then there is the TV series, and so many of my friends love everything about Clare. I thought that I would feel the same. Instead I hated it and it was my most disappointing read of 2017. Negative


There are so many more books that have surprised me in one way or the other but these are the ones that made a lasting impression over the last year or so. Did these books surprise any of you? What books gave you similar feelings?



20 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Surprised Me

    1. Honestly, if you liked Caraval then Legendary should absolutely blow you away. It built on the ideas that had been planted in the first book in such a way that they stunned me, in the best of ways, when I had hated Caraval. I know the trend is that a writer’s sophomore book isn’t as good but Garber went the complete opposite direction.


    1. I got on such a rant about To Kill a Kingdom to you and Sweta. Should have heard me at home, I was verbally abusing that poor book. My husband kept peaking at me wondering what the heck I was doing. If the cover wasn’t so darn nice to look at I’d take that book and donate it to the library.

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  1. I haven’t done Cruel Prince yet but I’m glad to see when it doesn’t live up to the hype. Even if I do end up liking it, I wont go in with extreme expectations and it makes the experience generally more enjoyable.

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