Top Ten Tuesdays – Books that surprised me

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books That Surprised Me. I’ve decided to pick 10 books which surprised me in a good way.

1.Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
For some reason I put off reading this for such a long time. It came up as a choice at book club and I was so surprised at how good it was. I’m not sure what I was expecting but for some reason it blew me away. I loved the characters, the storyline the ideas, the action. The rest of the series I didn’t enjoy but this one was a great surprise! 

2. Misery by Stephen King
I’m not sure why I expected this to be anything but amazing as it is Stephen King, but Misery had me gripped in my seat the entire way through. My heart was racing at moments and I was surprised how much emotion this book made me feel. Such a fantastic gripping thriller!

3. A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan
I randomly picked this up in a charity shop as the cover is amazing! This dark YA book just blew me away. A town where everything is “perfect” but Violet doesn’t want to be perfect, she starts finding this new town very odd indeed and discovers some juicy secrets about why people are going missing and how perfect, isn’t at all what its seems. Such a good book I could say it was perfect!

4. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
A true story of a women who against all the odds walks hundreds of miles alone to “find herself” what surprised me about this novel was Cheryl’s passion, determination, drive, even when I thought she was going to give up and go home she continues her journey and she makes it. I absolutely adored this book. I was surprised also because when I saw the film trailer I thought what a load of rubbish, trying to copy Into The Wild. I didn’t realise at all that it was based on a true story! I put off reading it for so long what a mistake!


5. Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell
A true story about a man who finds a penguin covered in oil about to die, saves him and keeps him as a pet! Such a good book I didn’t expect this book to be as good as it was. A lovely heartwarming story that also broke my heart. 

6. The Girl with all the Gifts by Mike Carey
I am a massive fan of the zombie genre mainly in TV and films, I’ve never really read a zombie novel and The Girl with all the Gifts just blew me away. An original concept, a fantastic storyline and great characters, I didn’t think a zombie novel could be so good and this one blew me away! 

7. Silence by Natasha Preston
This series of books isn’t something I would normally read at all, but I really got into them. For eleven years, Oakley Farrell has been silent. At the age of five, she stopped talking, and no one seems to know why. Refusing to communicate beyond a few physical actions, Oakley remains in her own little world. As the book goes on you find out why Oakley has been silent, it’s quite distressing, interesting and the relationship between her and her best friend Cole is just so heartwarming he stands by her through everything and knows exactly how she is feeling even though she hasn’t spoken to him at all in over 10 years. For a free books on iBooks I was really surprised at how much I liked this. 

8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Amazing, pure genius, loved every page and every word, beautifully written! 

9. Arthur by Mikael Lindnord
This wasn’t my favourite book that I’ve ever read but what surprised me about this memoir was the relationship between a man and his dog. The courage, determination and bravery of Arthur was just amazing. A stray dog found his family from 1 tiny little meatball! Arthur crossed rivers, climbed mountains, battled illness & pain just so he could be with Mikael, someone to finally take care of him and love him. So heartwarming and I was just surprised by the determination of this adorable dog to find a good home!

10. The Dry by Jane Harper
I’m not a huge fan of thrillers or crime novels especially ones that have a lot of hype around them, but I really enjoyed The Dry. It did take me a while to guess who the killer was, it was a great page turner and kept me wanting to read more and more to figure out who killed the entire Hadler family. Will have to read more of Jane Harper’s novels as this crime novel was a game changer for me.

What books have you read that surprised you? Anything you thought was going to be terrible and ended up being a great novel? Let me know 🙂 Katie x


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