I tend to be a creature of habit when it comes to my books:
- I read (almost) anything a favourite author will publish
- I usually scout out both positive and negative reviews to see what the general thoughts are on the book (and if the negative reviews touch on things I don’t like about particular books)
- If an author recommends another author’s work, I will usually check their work out (this one hasn’t worked out so well for me in the past, but I still continue to do it)
- Occasionally (aka rarely) do I rely on the recommendations of friends, unless our tastes match up to one another, and I know without a doubt that I will enjoy the book they’ve suggested.
Sometimes I’ll seek out new authors while I’m browsing in my local bookstore, and sometimes I take a chance on new novels, which turn out be better than expected! Here’s a list of a few that I honestly hadn’t been expecting to enjoy, and surprisingly ended up loving.
The Lunar Chronicle Series by Marissa Meyer.
I’d seen Cinder sitting on the shelf at the first bookstore I worked in, and considered picking it up. I eventually did, but struggled to get into it. I later went back, and blew through the entire series in a few short weeks. I was pleasantly surprised at likeable the characters were, and how I was able to (after being advised of it) draw parallels to the Sailor Moon manga/anime. *Reviews to come*
The Selection Series by Keira Cass
A friend of mine had been collective the books over a span on time, and she mentioned how she hated that the second bookstore I worked in, never carried these titles in Hardcover. I’d purchased the 4-book set (The Selection, The Elite, The One, The Heir) on my Kobo probably a year prior (I got it for a steal of $4.99) but had yet to drum up enough interest to actually read it. A few weeks ago, while waiting for my ride at work, I opened it up and blew through the first 3 books in less than 3 days. Every waking moment, I was reading about America and Maxon. The 4th book has proven to be a struggle for me, as I miss the intrigue that made The Selection so special.*Review to come*
A Court of Thorns & Roses Series by Sarah J Maas
I love fantasy books, and I consider fantasy books that include Fae, to be the cream of the crop. Like most other books, I’d heard high praise for Maas’ work but it took a bit of convincing for me to actually start into the new book. A close friend of mine all but threw the book at me the night we went to a Carrie Underwood concert, and I decided to start the book the next day – with the heavy threat to said friend that if the book turned out to be garbage, I’d never accept another recommendation from her again (this is more common than you’d think, I have about 3 friends who get recommending privileges). I was not disappointed! Feyre is a strong lead who finds herself living in a strange land, under strange circumstances. The series is based off the Beauty & The Beast fairytale, which gives it a strong background to work into Fae mythos. *Review to come*
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy
This book (I have yet to finish the series, whoops!) somewhat begrudgingly gets to be on this list. Not because I didn’t like it (I throughly enjoyed it), but because of the manner in which it was initially presented. Years ago, when I worked at a bookstore in a mall, I often had to travel to the sister store to purchase my books, because it was much larger and offered a wider variety of books. While looking for the latest Rachel Caine release at the time, I encountered a sales person who mentioned that I should read the 5th wave. I said I’d take it under advisement and research it a bit more – That was apparently not good enough. Subsequent trips to that store often resulted in the same ending, and it also happened just as many times to my coworker. Needless to say, it turned me off the book. When I did eventually pick it up, nearly 2 years later, I was happily surprised that the sales person was right. The storyline is fast-paced and action packed, but also enjoyable enough that you didn’t feel like everything was rushed.
What about you? What books did you enjoy that surprised you? Hit the comments and give us some of your favourite recommendations!