Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:
March 13: Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way)
It’s probably an even split between books that surprise me with how good they are, and books that surprise me with how bad they are. For that reason, I’m splitting this week’s Top Ten Tuesday list into five books that surprised me in a positive way, and five that surprised me in a negative way.
These books surprised me because they were so much better and more insightful than I thought they were going to be. The Last Namsara and Retribution Rails were more action-packed, invigorating, and captivating than I was expecting, and Eating Animals was hard-hitting and eye opening. The final climax of scenes in Moxie were so inspiring that I, surprisingly, ended up tearing up while reading them, and The Arsonist offered so many more layers of story than I had anticipated.
There were various reasons why these books surprised me; for A Shiver of Snow and Sky and The Blazing Star, it was because the plot was very simple and the narrative wasn’t as well written as I was expecting. With Aristotle and Dante it was because I was waiting for more from the plot after reading rave reviews and it just didn’t materialise??? With The Raven King it was due to (TWs) a graphic assault scene that was dealt with terribly and jokes about mental health and sexuality. And finally, With Malice surprised me because the characters were so unlikable.
Which books have surprised you in 2018? Are there any books you’d recommend because of their surprising twists?