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TTT #132 – The Last Seven Books That Surprised Me Positively

Sometimes there are those books that you might have certain expectations of. In most cases these are often with hyped books or those of your favorite authors. We expect to love the book and when that doesn’t happen we are surprised in a negative way. It is hard when you are dissapointed. I’ve been there too.

But for today I wanted to reach more towards the positve side of surprised books. On occasion there are those books that we pick up that pique our interest but we do not expect quite so much from. When they end up being books we like or love that is such a great bonus. Here is a list of a few recent ones of those for me.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over on That Artsy Reader Girl and is a weekly reoccuring meme with different prompts.



  1. Comoran Strike by Robert Gailbraith (J.K. Rowling)
    While of course I enjoyed the Harry Potter series I was quite unsure about reading these books. It is a different genre and target group, and after some of the negative reviews of a Casual Vacancy I doubted I’d pick them up. Especially as detective type books are such a hit or miss for me. However once I started going to the library again this is one of the first books I picked up. I was still somewhat curious and I am glad I did. I quite enjoyed Comoran and the killer was often somewhat of a surprise to the end which does not happen often for me with detectives and mystery books.
  2. Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti
    It is poetry. I never thought I’d pick up poetry. Let alone actually like it. But I did.
  3. The Copper Cat trilogy by Jen Williams
    This is one of those books that I hesitated on buying for a long time but never did. You hardly ever hear about them and the Dutch publisher stopped translating them. When I picked it up from the library however I was pleasantly surprised, especially after reading the second one, that I was quite fond of the characters.
  4. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
    This book pleasantly surprised me. I had heard much about Asimov but never picked him up until I got this free copy of the book at the library last year. It was a great read.
  5. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices 1) by Cassandra Clare
    I had low expectations of this book after having finished The Mortal Instruments. I honestly thought this was just going to be the same old same old and in some aspects it was. But I was surprised with how much I took a liking to these characters. The Carstairs are so precious.
  6. The Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb
    While I had heard a lot about Robin Hobb I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I picked up this trilogy. I bingeread it in a week so I guess that says something, haha.
  7. Emerald Blade (Landkist Saga 2) by Steven Kelliher
    I liked the first one enough to want to read on but this one completely sold me on the whole world and characters. I was and am in love!

33 thoughts on “TTT #132 – The Last Seven Books That Surprised Me Positively

  1. Goblin Market is such a great poem! I wrote an essay on it a few months ago and it was actually really fun to write about. I need to read more of Rossetti’s poetry!

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  2. I’d never heard of the Cormoran Strike books. You know, because I live under a rock in a cave somewhere. I’ll have to pick those up. They sound good. πŸ™‚ This was a great list.

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  3. The Farseer trilogy is so good! I was recommended it by a friend, so I had a good idea of what I was getting into. I agree with you about Goblin Market, though. It was one of the first poems I’ve ever enjoyed.

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  4. Dit zijn vaak nog de leukste boeken. Verhalen waar je eigenlijk geen hoge verwachtingen van hebt en die dan totaal onverwachts een pareltje lijken te zijn. Een mooie compensatie voor de boeken die net het omgekeerde zijn en hoge verwachtingen niet kunnen waarmaken.

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