Monday, March 5, 2018

TTT - Books That Surprised Me (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly)

The top 10 weekly meme used to be hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but starting this week, they are handing over the reins to ThatArtsyReaderGirl who can be found HERE.  Each week she will focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading. 

This week I am sharing some books that surprised me.  Some were better than I anticipated, some I was surprised I liked at all, and some I wanted to like much more and didn't.  On to the books!!!!






NOTE:  SO APPARENTLY I'M A WEEK AHEAD ON TOPICS...NOT GONNA CHANGE NOW!


THE GOOD.....

I've recommended this book to so many people.  I had kind of stayed away from vampire books for several years (I blame the whole sparkly thing) but there were two books last year that I LOVED LOVED LOVED and which renewed my faith in the vampire genre.  This was one of them...

and this was the other.  If if you like dark, gritty ad disturbed vampires, I highly recommend both of these.  They remain 2 of my favorite vampire books EVER!

I was a tad afraid to read this one because a lot of time when you see a horror book (which contains a nice family pet) it spells bad news for the dog.  That was not the case for this book and I ADORED how it actually ended.  This book truly defines the evilness in people.

This book sort of defined my enjoyment of historical fiction.  I'm not sure why I was drawn to it but I was and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this.  This book paved the way for some of my most enjoyable series such as the Veronica Speedwell Mysteries and the Lady Sherlock ones as well.

I challenged myself to read more science fiction this year because for some reason, I was convinced I didn't like it (I don't know why though)  This book fueled my curiosity and I'm thrilled it was such a fun ride!

In retrospect I don't know why I even picked this book up.  And it contains tons of triggers, which I normally don't let stop me from reading a book - unless it's animal abuse - which this one DOES contain.  So why did I still like it?  Clueless.  But I just went back and read my review and several others, and it seems like not being able to describe why you like this book is very trendy!

THE BAD...

This was a pretty recent read and I just assumed I'd love it and would devour it very quickly.  I mean come on - dogs, books and mystery.  I was wrong.  This goes to show I do not give everything with cute dogs in it or on the cover 5/5 ratings.

Many people enjoyed this horror book and I really wanted to like it too - but nope, didn't happen.

This books screams weird and I usually like that.  However, I'm convinced I only picked it up because the cover reminded me of Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead (if you don't see it that's okay, this book seriously had me questioning my sanity and opinions).  I found this "bad weird."

AND THE UGLY!
So I thought my use of this book would end in 2017 but apparently it was wrong.  Oh how I wanted to love this book, but oh how I want back the time I spent reading it!  If you read my blog regularly, I don't even have to say anything else.

So there you have it - the good, the bad and the ugly.


39 comments:

  1. My library has the ebook of Suicide Motor Club and it's one that I want to read. Glad to see it made your good list! The End of the World is Rye certainly does sound like a weird one lol.

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    1. I think you'll enjoy it. Yes, weird is one way to explain The End of the World is Rye. Weird usually works for me but not in this case.

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  2. The two vampire books are certainly on my reading list. I hope to get to Certain Dark Things at some point during the year. I tried one Nick Cutter book and didn't like it so there is no danger of me reading this one!

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    1. I would highly recommend you stay away from Little Heaven. I think I own The Troop but am now afraid to pick it up - and not for good reasons.

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  3. I loved Certain Dark Things, and The Prey of Gods - such good books. I also really enjoyed When We Were Animals but can see why that might not be for everyone.
    Lynn :D

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    1. Yea, I know tons of people liked it so it must have just been me.

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  4. You know what, I'd forgotten about Prey of Gods, and reading your post I remembered this was based in South Africa -- I am totally loving that!

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    1. Yes, you need to read it. Such a fun book!

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  5. I haven't heard of any of these, but I'll have to check out a couple on the "good" list!

    Here's our Tuesday posts!
    Teaser Tuesday: http://jennreneeread.blogspot.com/2018/03/teaser-tuesday-numbers-by-rachel-ward.html
    Top Ten Tuesday: http://jennreneeread.blogspot.com/2018/03/top-ten-tuesday-lets-quote.html

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  6. I've heard a lot of amazing things about The Taxidermist's Daughter, but I haven't read it yet myself. Glad to see that you enjoyed it so much - that gives me hope that I will too!

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    1. It's a really good book and I think you'll like it.

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  7. The Secret Life of Souls. Sigh. That book was amazing and gut wrenching. I am so sad that we will never get another masterpiece from Jack Ketchum :(

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    1. I agree. And more people should read this one. It's really a beautiful book!

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  8. Certain Dark Things is supposed to be so good from what I've seen. The Prey of Gods has me interested now and the Plot is Murder looks cute!

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    1. Greg, I think you'd like The Prey of Gods, although it is a tad strange and there is a lot going on in it!

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  9. I am curious about The Secret Life of Souls. :)

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  10. I want to read The Secret Life of Souls but I have stayed away from Little Heaven because of you :) I will have to read it at some point since I have a review copy but not yet.

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    1. Haha. A lot of others liked Little Heaven so you might too. Stormi and I buddy read it and we both pretty much couldn't stand it.

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  11. I can't wait to pick up my own copy of The Library At Mount Char now!

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    1. It's a strange book - but really good.

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  12. Certain Dark Things and The Secret Life Of Souls are both on my list for Saturday Screams. I'm excited even more now that you have them so highly recommended!

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  13. I've been a week off on TTT before, too. You just gotta laugh. Thanks for some ideas for next week!

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  14. I did not read any of the books, but I heard about The Taxidermist's Daughter and it seems like a really nice book.

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  15. I haven't read these. I am not sure which books have surprised me. I look forward to you quotes next week :)

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    1. Yeah, now I've got to get that post ready :)

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  16. I've read one book by the author - but it makes me want to track down Certain Dark Things, so thank you for sharing that one:)). And the Prey of Gods looks fab - I shall be adding that one to the list. Have a great week, Barb and thank you for the recommendations.

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    1. It was the first book I read in 2017 and remained a favorite the entire year.

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  17. I 'm one of those you recommended Certain Dark Things to! I have the MOST fangirly review written for it! XD

    I think coming up in April maybe. I absolute LOVE IT!

    I had also become allergic to vampire books for several years and hahahhahahahaha sorry have to laugh YES! The sparkly thing is SO to blame! But I adored this one! Haven't read another vampire book after it though. I don't think so.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and can't wait for your review!

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  18. A few of these are still on my TBR! :)

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  19. Yikes, Little Heaven was that bad huh? I didn't much care for Cutter's The Troop either so I didn't have much interest in picking it up before. Definitely don't now. haha

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    1. Uh oh. I've heard that was his best one. Maybe I should give my copy away.

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    2. Always worth a shot at least. :)

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