Top Ten Tuesday March 13: books that surprised me

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

Learn more about Top Ten Tuesday here! This week is books that surprised me, in both good and bad ways. This was actually a lot harder than I was expecting. I’m generally pretty good at guessing which books I’ll like and dislike, and I like to think I’m fairly smart and can figure things out. But these are ones that surprised me!


In a good way

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

I just loved this book way more than I was expecting to. It was so well-written and about such an important topic and I’m so happy it exists. I was definitely blown away.

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

I wasn’t expecting this book to be what it is, which turns out to be a great feminist fantasy for young readers. The main character is so strong, the romance isn’t forced, the plot is interesting. I just really enjoyed it more than I thought.

The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen

This book was recommended to me by one of my friends in high school who didn’t read much and I went into it with fairly low expectations. But it’s actually so good? I really like the characters and the setting of a catering company and all the chaos involved. It’s just really fun and entertaining and I highly recommend it as a summer read.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

This just surprised me in SO MANY ways. There are so many plot twists and things I 100% was not expecting. I definitely recommend the trilogy.

Nothing by Janne Teller

THIS BOOK. I think this book isn’t talked about as much as it should be. It’s so interesting. In Chapters it’s organized as for 9-12 year-olds, which is insane. Please don’t let anyone under 16 read this book. But also please read this book once you’re over 16. It’s just so interesting and made me think so much and I cannot recommend it enough.

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. The ending!!!!! Ahhhhh!!!


In a bad way

Shine by Lauren Myracle

I was just let down by this book? I didn’t necessarily think I would love it, but it was worse than I was expecting. It was like the author took every non-clichéd cliché thing and put it all in one book.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I was expecting to love this book, and I just didn’t. I love Looking for Alaska and I was so excited for TFIoS and it just didn’t live up to it. I enjoyed it enough, but I didn’t think it was significantly better than most other YA romances I’d read at the time.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Again, I had heard such good things about Rowell’s work and I was so excited to read this and I unfortunately didn’t click with it. There are things about it I like, but there’s more I dislike.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

There was so much hype about this book last summer and it didn’t live up to that for me. It was fine, but not much better than fine (for me at least).


Those are the books I was surprised by! Any similar ones? Any you disagree with?? Let me know!!

Ally xx

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday March 13: books that surprised me

  1. i’m so excited you loved fight club??????? I just bought it at a book sale because I heard of the movie and book, and now my excitement is heightened to extremes 😀 and so many people talk about Red Rising, I need to see about it bc it sounds very good????

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  2. Great list! I always find it interesting to see why I react differently to books than I expect to, and it looks like you’ve managed to capture the reasons for these books quite nicely.

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  3. Oooh I’ve heard about Poison Study but no one mentioned how feminist it was. Sounds like a perfect read for me 💞

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