Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way)

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way). 


1. Stillhouse Lake
by Rachel Caine

Stillhouse Lake surprised me because it was so fast paced. A lot of the time, thrillers are slower reads. That wasn’t the case with this book, and it was a good thing.

2. Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo

Fantasies aren’t normally my thing, so I was expecting Six of Crows to be a more challenging read for me. It wasn’t at all. The whole heist aspect kept me enthralled.

3. Unqualified
by Anna Faris

I thought this book would be funnier than it was. I also didn’t expect so much negativity about  her ex — and I’m not talking about Chris Pratt. This book didn’t tackle their split at all.

4. The Lace Reader
by Brunonia Barry

This book was a complete surprise to me. I loved the whole unreliable narrator thing.

5. Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn

That twist. If you’ve read it, you understand.

6. Nine Minutes
by Beth Flynn

This entire book surprised me in a VERY good way! If you like psychological thrillers or Sons of Anarchy, you will love this book.

7. Bright Side
by Kim Holden

When I first started reading this book, I wondered what all the hype was about. The further I got into it, the more I understood. It was an amazing surprise.

8. When It Rains
by Lisa De Jong

When I first started this book, I didn’t like one of the characters. I thought he was taking away from the true love in this book. He wasn’t though, and the result broke me.

9. Bad Mommy
by Tarryn Fisher

So many crazy things happened in this book! I didn’t expect any of it! It was great!

10. Never Never
by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

This book blew my mind when I read it! In a good way, of course!

18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way)

  1. I heard that Unqualified was written before their split so I wonder what it would have been like if it was written during the separation. That’s why Chris Pratt did the forward. I still need to read it.

    • They tried to change some of the tense to past, but it still sounded like a love letter. You think they could have updated it or added a chapter about the split.

  2. Loooooove seeing Six of Crows on this list. That is a book I’d recommend for anyone looking to get into fantasy to read. The characters are all morally ambiguous and the pacing is consistent throughout.

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