Welcome back. Today I wanted to talk about 5 books that took me by surprise. For this post I will be talking about five books that I either knew nothing about or just generally had very low expectations for but that I decided to read on a whim, despite not expecting to like them but ended up being 5 star reads. So, let’s do this!
Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
This is a stunning YA contemporary that follows two teenagers, Maggie and West, as they both struggle to come to terms with losing a parent. The pair connect over their joint experiences and slowly fall for each other. This is a beautiful story about loss and love, friendship and trust, and the idea that no two people experience the same thing, in the same way. It is honestly such a good book. It is beautifully written and you will instantly fall in love with the characters and the story. It is the first in a series of companion novels titled ‘The Field Party’ and they are well worth a read. I had heard a couple of people talking about this book and only read it because I saw the audiobook for free online. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it so much
The Picture Of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
I freaking love this book. Generally speaking, I am not a massive fan of classics, but I adored this book. I had been considering reading it for about five years and finally, after seeing the film, and having my sister nag me to relentlessly, I decided to give it a go and I am so glad that I did. This is the ultimate story of consequences and depravity and it is just amazing. If you haven’t read this, you need to. an instant favourite
The Martian by Andy Weir
I don’t generally read sci-fi books, but after several people recommended it to me, I decided to give it a go and honestly this book is incredible. It is funny and dramatic and honestly brilliant. Set on Mars you follow astronaut Mark Watney as he struggles to survive on the planet and find a way home. This book is honestly hilarious, which is not something you would think upon hearing what it is about, but it really is. It opens with the line ‘Well, I’m pretty much fucked’ which sums up the feel of this book perfectly. And the audiobook for this is brilliant. It is read by R C Bray, who does a brilliant job. He really brought the story to life and drew me into it. I cannot think of a better voice for Mark. I will admit that there is one moment in the book which doesn’t work particularly well as an audiobook, but the rest of the book is perfect. I loved this book so much more then I was ever expected to.
Penryn And The End Of Days by Susan E E
This is one of my all-time favourite trilogy’s. In these books you follow 17-year-old Penryn as she navigates a world ravaged by angels. The books focus around her quest to reunite her family and her unlikely allegiance with Archangel Raphael. This trilogy is so fast paced and exciting, there is always something going on. The world is brilliant written and very well rounded. The entire trilogy is set over just a couple of weeks and they are the sort of books that you want to read straight after one another. They are truly epic and hold everything you could ever want in a book. and to think, I only picked it up to shut my sister up…
Lockwood & Co by Jonathan Stroud
This is a middle grade series, which I would never give to a middle grader. The Lockwood & Co series focuses around a ghost hunting, private investigator agency. The series is set in a universe where ghost freely wonder the streets at night and it is up to children/teenagers (the only people that can actively see them) to hunt them and take them down. The books follow a specific agency ‘Lockwood & Co’ on their adventures. These books sound light-hearted, but they aren’t. Yes, there are a lot funny moments, but there are also lots of scary and disturbing ones as well. For instance, there is a moment in the first book with a bleeding room and a well were monks were buried alive. Definitely not a book I would give to anyone under 16, but it is a very good read. I picked this book up when it had first come out purely because I liked the cover, but I had little to no idea what it was about. I ended up loving this whole series and it became one of my all-time favourites.
And there we have it. I have a lot more books that have taken me by surprise over the years, but these are the top 5 that came to mind. What books have taken you by surprise? Any unexpected 5 star reads that I should check out? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.