Books that surprised me | Top 3

I’m so interested to see what some of you have as your Top 3 for this week!

I’ve gone with books that surprised me in a good way, but I’m secretly hoping some of you will use it as an opportunity to call out those books you thought you’d love but didn’t 😛

I’m realising surprise is kind of a funny word, it can delight, excite, or disappoint you. Hopefully you’re all having a delightfully surprising day today 😉


1. Illuminae – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I was never one to be too big on sci-fi novels, and the dossier-style formatting of this book made me think it was going to be way too confusing for my ‘reading brain’ which is used to pretty standard prose & contemporary, ‘real world’ settings. But thanks to Bec I gave it a go and I ended up loving it! I’m actually reading the sequel at the moment!

Read my review of Illuminae here.

2. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

I knew this book was going to be good, I knew it was going to be enlightening, but I don’t think I was quite prepared for the impact it had on me even from the first chapter or two.

This book surprised me in the best possible way and I encourage everyone to pick it up.

Read my review of The Hate U Give here.

3. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

Before I started this book I was told the less I knew about it, the better. So I won’t give too much away but I will say that it was a fabulous read and definitely the good kind of surprising.


So there you have my Top 3 books that surprised me. Did you feel the same about any of them? Or tell me your Top 3, good or bad! 🙂

Until next week,
M xx

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