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13 March 2018

Top Ten Tuesday #117

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.
Top Ten Tuesday
This week is Top Ten
Books That Surprised Me (in a good way)

I love it when I'm surprised by a book, when it exceeds my expectations. I am a habitual non-reader of blurbs so I am often surprised when a cover or hype doesn't give it all away.
  1. Below Zero by Dan Smith
    With this being Middle Grade, I absolutely did not expect to be so freaked out by this book.
  2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
    Yeah, after the hype I was expecting just another gay story. But this book is so much more than that, and I love it.
  3. Gilded Cage by Vic James
    I'd seen the author talking about it in a #SundayYA chat and I knew I had to have it, what I didn't expect was to find a new all time favourite book. Yes, I have already read it five times. And listened to the audio.
  4. Fir by Sharon Gosling
    This book is so creepy. All of the creepiness. This book is truly scary. The moment it starts snowing I'm itching to pick it up again even though I know it means I won't want to go outside.
  5. Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff
    This. Book. It's one that surprised me so much I can't shut up about it. When Jo at My Attic Library let me lose on her blog you can bet that yes, I talked about this book. 
  6. All The Good Things by  Clare Fisher
    This wee book is heartbreaking and challenging and even the voice of the book surprised me. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but what I read was beautiful.
  7. The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
    I was excited by this book from the moment I first saw it, but this shouty take down of the patriarchy made my heart sing.
  8. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
    Yes, there is so much hype for this book. And yes, the hype is real. It is so real. It may be 600 pages, but every page is awesome. I couldn't put it down.
  9. Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young
    Is it cheating that it's not out yet? This book absolutely blew my expectations out of the water and was better than I ever imagined it could be.
  10. Clean by Juno Dawson
    I mean, it's Juno Dawon, it was already going to be good. But Clean is breathtaking, even from the first pages I was hooked.

Which books have surprised you?


  1. I will have to take a closer look at Children of Blood and Bone, people seem to love it a lot. I really enjoyed Gilded Cage!

  2. So glad you loved Simon, TEOOO and COBAB! They're all on my soon-to-be-read list, so... c:

  3. FUNNY STORY. So I was browsing through my list of auto-approvals on Edelweiss a few years ago and went past a book with a red cover whose title didn't speak to me. THEN reviews for that book started coming in... and they were all raving. So I went back and picked up that book. Read it. Fell completely and utterly in love and it became my most favorite book ever. And that book is Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda.

  4. I was completely surprised by how much I loved Gilded Cage, Children of Blood and Bone and The Exact Opposite of Okay too. Some of my new all time favourites

  5. Simon vs. surprised me too!

    I'm excited to read Children of Blood and Bone and Sky in the Deep.

    My TTT:

  6. I really want to read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens! Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks!

  7. I was so scared to read Simon, vs. a couple years ago, it was so, sooooo hyped. I'm so glad I ended up loving it as much as everyone else, it was such a sweet story <3
    Glad you loved The Exact Opposite of Okay, as well as COBAB so much, I can't wait to read both, they sound amazing :) x

  8. I loved Simon Vs, and I was surprised by just how much! Did you enjoy Upside too? Considering adding Below Zero to my TBR, but does sound a bit nailbiting/horrorish for my tastes 😂.
    Amy xx

    1. I haven't read it yet!
      And yeah, Below Zero is a bit creepy, but I loved the familial relationships.

  9. I've seen alot about Simon vs HomoSapiens, not sure if I want to read it or not!!

  10. I will be adding some of the books you've listed to my ever growing reading wishlist!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week:

  11. I'm so glad Sky In The Deep made your list!! I'll be reading it in the next week or 2 so I can review it by release date and seeing it here makes me all the more excited to read it!!

    My TTT

  12. I loved The Exact Opposite of Okay! I feel like I'm one of the few people who hasn't read Simon Vs yet. Gilded Cage is on my TBR, so I'm glad it surprised you in a good way.
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  13. Thanks for the recommendations. I really want to read Children of Blood and Bone.


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