Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way).” I love when an author manages to surprise their readers. Sometimes it’s with a twist, other times it’s with a cliffhanger, and sometimes you’re just shocked by how fast you fall in love with a book. Here are ten books that surprised me for various reasons. I promise this won’t include spoilers. Covers are linked to Goodreads.
1. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – This book was a gut-punch and I am still recovering. On a related note, if getting gut-punched is kind of your thing, you need to pick up some Adam Silvera.
2. The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson – I feel like reading this book was like finding a diamond in the rough. Nobody told me how fantastically witty Lily Anderson’s writing was!
3. The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I knew Silvia Moreno-Garcia was a talented author, but I didn’t realize how gifted she was at writing different genres until I picked up this one.
4. The Merciless II: The Exorcism of Sofia Flores – I don’t know if I’m more surprised by the gruesomeness of this sequel or that I could not pull myself from it.
5. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson – So many things surprised me with this one and it really made me think we need more YA thrillers in general because that was a wild ride.
6. The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – I will never been over that twist at the end and honestly, I try to block it out most days because it hurts too much.
7. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – I remember last year when this book sparked a debate about unlikable characters and after finally reading this one, I do not understand why so many people disliked Dimple.
8. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows – I’m continuously surprised by how much I enjoyed this very silly yet witty book.
9. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – After finishing this one, I had the urge to go back and reread it because I saw everything in an entirely different light.
10. Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry – Another surprise ending that I may never recover from. Seriously, it’s been years and yet the pain is still so fresh.
What’s the last book that surprised you? Any of these surprise you too? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.