TOP TEN TUESDAYS | Surprise Me

It’s been FOREVER since I participated in this weekly meme. I missed it. I miss blogging.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday are books that we are thankful for.

I think this is my first time (?) doing this since The Artsy Reader Girl took over this. Anyway, I’m happy it’s still a thing. I love making lists. It calms me down.

So… books that surprised me in good ways and bad. I’m not sure how to tackle this topic. I’m pretty good at picking books that I most likely will like and I tend to stay away from genres that I know I won’t like. Off the top of my head, I can think of more series than books so I guess we’ll do this my way. As always, I can’t promise 10 but I’ll try!

The New Adult genre in general.
If you look back in my very earliest posts, I may have mentioned that I am not the biggest fan of NA books. I take that back. I’m still not a fan of YA contemporary but give me NA any time. I think the quality has gone up over the years and the number of good NA books have increased also. No longer are they simply plotless and poorly written sexytimes. I think it’s because of the reaction that 50 Shades got that NA authors want to do better to represent their genre. Also, NA is awesome when you are in a reading slump… unless it puts you in one at the first place.

Author Sierra Simone.
I’ve read five Sierra Simone books in the last five months. More like binge-read through them. Priest and Midnight Mass caught my eye because I saw it on my recommendations on Goodreads. It’s a bad pun but those books are so SINFULLY hot. Then New Camelot came along. Needless to say, it was intense. I read all three back-to-back-to-back because I couldn’t stop. The plot can be a little (a lot) whacko but it was so well-written and easy to read. I am determined to read everything Sierra Simone has published. However, I enjoyed New Camelot a lot that it did put me into a sort of a reading slump. XD

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.
I’m surprised at how much I didn’t like it. Okay, I don’t HATE it. But it didn’t change my life either. The marketing was vastly different than the content of the book. Yes, the whole series matched the description but this particular book was more of a mystery than anything.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.
I had not so good experiences with fairytale retellings before finally taking the plunge and reading this series. I listened to all 4 books on audio and it was my best audio book experience yet. The retelling elements were obvious but subtle at the same time. It was there but not in your face. It was so creative that I almost didn’t want it to end.

Audio books.
The trick is finding the right mood and the right narrator for the book. I’ve DNF’d audio books because I wasn’t happy with the narrator. Recently, I stopped listening to a book by a Japanese author because I hated the way the narrator pronounced Japanese names. I can listen to 2-3 audio books per month depending on my mood or how busy I am at work. I love the experience. It’s like podcasts but longer.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber.
This was a shock. Like I said, I’m pretty good with choosing what I read. I chose wrong with this. This was all around BAD. I was surprised how huge this book got. If you liked it, good for you. I didn’t. Stephanie Garber is a sweetheart though.

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami.
Classified in the YA genre, this had more blood and guts than a hundred The Hunger Games put together. This makes Western YA horror books seem as if they’re written for children. Schools ban books for the most trivial of reasons… I want to see what they say about this book.


I’m trying to think of more but I’m all tapped out today. It’s raining in LA today and all I want to do is curl up in my room and read… or watch anime. 😉

 

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