Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Ended Up (Surprisingly) Being 5-Star Reads

March 12, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 18 Comments

Personally, I think it’s the best thing ever being surprised by how much you love a book that maybe you weren’t expecting a whole lot out of. These are ten perfect examples of books being unexpectedly fantastic:

Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
It still surprises me when I actually enjoy a classic. Especially this one. Burgess created his own language for crying out loud and while it was hard to follow, it was quite a story.

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Contemporary family dramas… not my thing. I picked this one up randomly and oh my gosh, I loved it. I’ve gone on to love many other Tropper books so he’s definitely an exception.

Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by Jojo Moyes
It’s easy to be surprised by how much you love a book when it’s outside of your comfort zone. Contemporary romance is another one that isn’t typically my thing. (Or just contemporary in general if you haven’t surmised that.)

Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant
I remember when I first read a blurb for this and it described it as zombies + political drama, which is the weirdest combination ever. I loved it.

Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach
I read Sci-Fi occasionally, but not often. This wasn’t even on my radar until it unexpectedly arrived on my doorstep and wow, I’m so glad it did.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8) by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
This was an insane deal when it came out and I had my reservations as I’m sure we all did. I just ended up being one of the apparent few that actually loved it.

Atonement by Ian McEwan
This is one of the few times that I actually watched the movie before I read the book. I adored both book and movie.

Animal Farm by George Orwell
I always used to hear people complain about having read this in school but I went to shit schools and didn’t end up reading this on my own until I was 25. I’m a big fan of Orwell.

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans
I’m infamous for not reading summaries of books before adding them to my TBR or even buying them. I rely on others for that. My mom said she was reading the summary and it sounded like something I’d like. She was right. lol

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I read Reid’s debut After I Do and… I super didn’t like it. So much so that I told myself I wouldn’t bother with the author again. Picked this one up on audio randomly and decided to give her a second chance and I’m so glad I did.


18 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Ended Up (Surprisingly) Being 5-Star Reads”

  1. louise

    I’ve had a copy of A Clockwork Orange for ages but I still haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Hopefully I will this year πŸ™‚ And I had the same experiences with Orwell’s books, I read both 1984 and Animal Farm myself because I didn’t study it at school and I enjoyed both of them πŸ™‚
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  2. Carmen

    Animal Farm is one of my favourite books, and I`m glad to see it on your list. I also adored “Me Before You”, which is the only romance book I could finish. And whilst I had some problems with the premise, I enjoyed “The Cursed Child”. I thought the characters were hilarious.
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  3. Beverly

    I didn’t recall recommending Crooked Heart to you, lol. Had to go back and read the synopsis

  4. Heidi

    I don’t read a ton of contemp romance, but I was totally surprised by Me Before You. The second book was so awful though, I coulnd’t finsih it. I still need to read Cursed Child and I also want to check out several on your list.


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