Top Ten Books I Loved More Than Expected #TTT

February 21, 2017 Top Off Tuesday 14


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Top Ten Books I Loved More Than Expected

I thought this list would be hard to make, until I started going through my goodreads. Next thing I knew I had 20 books and I had to get rid of some! These are the top ten books that I didn’t expect to love as much as I did:

TTT books I loved more than expected
  1. Arena by Holly Jennings. This was a Netgalley read now email that I fell prey too. I like gaming so I thought, “sure, why not?” and then I DEVOURED it! I have book 2 and hope to read it very soon.
  2. Dracula by Bram Stoker. This book is responsible for my love of paranormal and I was SURE I would hate it. I had to read it for a British Lit class and since I don’t like horror often (and to me vampires were horror), I was so mad I had to read it. 1 day later – yes 1 day – I was a convert!
  3. My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland. I kept seeing this series around and the title made me so curious. But I was super hesistant because I’m not a big zombie fan – and I’m still not – this book didn’t change that. But these zombies are more like vampires and that works for me. Now one of my favorite series!
  4. The Selection by Kiera Cass. I was drawn to this series because of the pretty covers. But I was pretty sure I wouldn’t like it because it was like the Bachelor and I HATE those types of shows. Turns out, I loved it and devoured the series (up until books 4 & 5 which were disappointments for me).
  5. Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen. Um this book is a paranormal historical western. It’s probably one of TWO westerns to ever appear on my blog because y’all, I don’t do westerns. But it was for book club and so I gave it a try. And LOVED IT! The main character is so unique and diverse! The story is so different. I have book 2 from the library to read very soon 🙂
  6. Uninvited by Sophie Jordan. This book sounded interesting, but I didn’t expect it to be so different from anything I’d read. It made me legitimately angry and I loved that about it – because I could see things happening exactly this way. Book 2 was disappointing, but doesn’t change how much I loved this book! I even have a poster of the cover on my wall.
  7. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. I enjoy a good historical, but they are rarely my FAVORITE books. I just like getting lost in them. But this book had me laughing so hard and unexpectedly, it quickly became a favorite read.
  8. Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson. You know how you get emails from authors asking you to check out their book and sometimes one sounds okay so you decide to go for it, even though you probably never would have picked it up on your own? This was one of those. And I loved it so much – I loved the way it played with dark and light, good and bad. The trilogy did not disappoint as a whole either. A surprising find 🙂
  9. Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester. I will be featuring this book in my Books from Kinderland next month. I grabbed it for our informational texts that made text-to-world connections. Someone had recommended it and I grabbed it. I didn’t have time to pre-read it and discovered it with the class. Next thing I knew I was recommending it to everyone and adding it to my must buy for class library list!
  10. The Holdout by Laurel Osterkamp Had this book come to me later on in blogging I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. But at the time I got it, I was a fairly new blogger, excited to be invited to do book tours. Nothing really excited me about it – I don’t like reality TV, let alone Survivor. And yet this was a one night read that two (or is three?) years later I’m still praising and recommending.
  11. Not Pictured… Honorable Mention… goes to Harry Potter! Yep, I was one of those who said Harry Potter is for kids and thought it would be boring. Now I’ve read and listened to it so many times I can’t even count. I’ve even read book 1 in Latin! Seriously ya’ll I adore this series that I had to be dared to read!

What books have surprised you by how much you like them?

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14 Responses to “Top Ten Books I Loved More Than Expected #TTT”

  1. Literary Feline (Wendy)

    Yes to Dracula! I was so surprised how much I loved that one. I am also with you on Harry Potter. I love the books (even have a Ravenclaw sweatshirt/hoodie and Ravenclaw lanyard), but I thought they were for kids when they first came out. I didn’t jump on the bandwagon until about the fourth book, if I remember right.
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  2. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    I sooo agree with you about Uninvited! It definitely brought out the anger issues! LOL! But yeah talk about a total bomb of a second book. I still need to read Wake of Vultures but glad to see you thought highly of it!

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  3. Bookworm Brandee

    Okay, well White Trash Zombie is on my tbr thanks to you. So is The Selection – actually it’s already on my shelf. 😉 I loved, loved Lord of Scoundrels – and yeah, I think it made more of an impact that I thought it would. The rest of your list I don’t really know anything about. Except for Dracula and Harry Potter, of course. 😉 And I guess, now that I think about it, I liked both of these more than I expected. 🙂
    Happy Tuesday, Berls! I hope your week is off to a great start after the long weekend.
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  4. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I’ve had Uninvited on my wishlist for what seems like forever. It doesn’t seem to get much hype so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it. I hope to get to Wake of Vultures and some of the White Trash Zombie books this year – that series has some of the best covers! The Let’s Talk About Race book looks like an awesome book and there should be more books like that out there for younger children! We just watched Loving v Virginia a few weeks ago and I LOVED it!
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