Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @The Bionic Book Worm and this week’s topic is “Top 5 Books That Exceeded My Expectation.” There are only few books that did this to me, unfortunately. The opposite is actually what usually happen. My expectation was high but I ended up disappointed. Still I managed to get 5 for this post.
So without further ado…
1.) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
The thing is, before reading Six of Crows, I heard nothing but good things about it. But I also read the Grisha Trilogy as a preparation for Six of Crows and the trilogy was a bit of a let down. Not really a disappointment, but wasn’t the best by the author, in my opinion. Needless to say, I lowered my expectations before picking up Six of Crows. But since it is now first in this list means I was wrong to do so, because THIS BOOK, and its sequel, Crooked Kingdom became two of my all-time favorites.
2.) Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meed ityer
I rarely read a companion novel because I don’t feel the need to read them. I also felt that no matter what I won’t be satisfied with the story in a companion. Well, how stupid of me. I knew nothing. But I did pick Fairest because I was curious. Fairest features a story, an earlier period in the life of the villain, Levana. In the main series, The Lunar Chronicles, Levana seems nothing but pure evil and menace. I was curious why, so I had to read this novella, and wow. I ended up rating it 5 stars, even higher than the ratings of the main books in the series. And my heart still aches whenever I think of that scene. I highly recommend this one. I was a mess while and after reading Levana’s story.
3.) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium #1) by Stieg Larsson
This book has all the ingredients to be boring, at least for me. It’s incredibly wrong, the writing is very descriptive and there’s just a lot of words. Hehe. And that’s understandable considering the concept of the plot. I only read this because I have a copy and was planning to give it away. i thought I must try reading it first. I was really expecting to be bored and sleepy, but I didn’t. It also ended up as one of my all-time favorite books.
4.) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This book has all the elements I hate and avoid in fiction. Like, seriously. Evelyn had done things to get where she wanted to be, and the people with her in the story are the same. There are just a lot of things I don’t approve of and yet…And yet, I ended up adding this book in my favorite books of all time.
5.) A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
I think by now, you already know I’m not a fan of Young adult Contemporary. I only picked this up for our book club, and wow, since then, I’ve already read a bunch of YAs. Sure, this isn’t a perfect book, this isn’t the best in the genre, and it doesn’t matter. In my case, it made me trust YA contemporary genre again. Needless to say, this one exceeded my expectations.
There you have it guys. I apologize that in my two posts today, I featured Evelyn Hugo and Six of Crows in both. But they deserve to be in both lists so I had no choice.
How about you? What books have exceeded your e Contempoxpectations? Recommend them to me. Let’s chat.