Books I Wasn’t Expecting to Like As Much As I Did

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by  The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  Each week they suggest a new theme for bloggers to write about. This week’s theme was ‘Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone’ but I decided to twist it a little bit and go with ‘Books I wasn’t Expecting to Like as Much As I Did.’


Even though I’ve loved almost every sci-fi book I’ve read, I always said that sci-fi just isn’t my thing. But the moment I gave Illuminae a try, that went straight out of the window! I was really surprised by how much I really loved this book.


I’d actually tried to read Cinder a few years before I read it in full and ended up putting it down after about a 100 pages or so because I was in a huge reading slump. I picked it up again at the end of last year and absolutely fell in love with it — it’s now one of my favourite book series!

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The Island was one of the first review copies I ever received when I started blogging back in 2015, and I don’t really know what I was expecting because it isn’t my typical read, but I remember being very pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it!


I read Magonia years ago and I can still really vividly remember how amazed I was with it! It’s still one of the most unique stories I’ve ever read.


In all of the hype before Caraval was released, I’d seen some pretty mixed reviews so I tried not to go into it with too many expectations, but I was really blown away by how fast I fell in love with the world.


The Hunger Games was the book that got me back into reading after I fell out of love with it at the beginning of secondary school. I’d decided to get a copy at the supermarket after watching the film and ended up going back to buy the following two books the day after to binge read it because I read it so fast.


The 5th Wave was the first sci-fi book I ever read, and like with Illuminae, I never expected to enjoy it as much as I did. Moral of the story, I need to stop telling myself that I don’t like sci-fi!


I *believe* White Hot Kiss was the first Jennifer L. Armentrout book I ever read before I became obsessed with her books in my mid-teens. I hate to say, but I definitely judged the book based on the cover before I read it, and the next thing I knew, I was halfway through the book and completely in love with it.


In Cold Blood was a book I had to read for my A-levels. I’d never read a book in this genre before then and if I’m honest, I really wasn’t expecting to like this book, but I actually did!


I knew The Kiss Quotient was going to be an adorable read based upon all the reviews I’d read for it, but I was really surprised by how invested I became in Stella and Michael’s story.

What books did you not expect to like as much as you did? Let me know in the comments!

-Nicole Twitter | Goodreads |Bloglovin’

16 thoughts on “Books I Wasn’t Expecting to Like As Much As I Did

    1. I hope you love them as much as I did when you get to them! I know the feeling, I’m a big mood reader so I often go ages only reading one genre and being completely unable to read another even though I love it! Thank you for reading 😄


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