‘She loves me, she loves me not’

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  I’ve changed the topic slightly and my book choices are:

‘Books I thought I would dislike but am really glad I read’

The original theme was ‘Books I Disliked but Am Really Glad I Read – to be honest, I don’t tend to read books through to the end if I’m not liking them.  Life is too short.  I do have a few books that really surprised me in a good way:

  1. The Foundation series by Asimov – I didn’t expect to like this.  At the time I was reading very little sci-fi and to be honest I didn’t expect to understand half of the concepts here but I ended up having a great time reading the first three books – probably because I read it as a readalong with others which really helped to open up the ideads involved.
  2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – for some reason I always thought the Graveyard Book was probably aimed at children and it kind of distracted me from picking this book up for a long time, even though so many people who I knew read it and loved it.  I was wrong.  It’s that simple.  I loved this book and Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors.
  3. I am Legend by Richard Matheson – this was at the recommendation of a good friend.  I don’t know why but I had reservations going into the read but I kept an open eye.  It’s definitely a very bleak sort of read from the perspective of one very lonely man – but it completely blew me away and the ending is really astounding.
  4. Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi.  Similarly to No.1 this book is space opera – again, I worried, quite needlessly as it turns out, that most of it would be too hard sci-fi for me.  This is a really good read though and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  5. Borderline by Mishell Baker – this series had glowing reviews and so I expected to enjoy it, however, I bought it as audio and so wasn’t sure if listening to this would work out for me.  As it happens it won me over completely – I’m still a beginner when it comes to audio and I have learnt a few lessons along the way so far, but this book is great to listen to.  The narrator does such an excellent job with the different characters that I was carried away.
  6. Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory – this book is absolutely brilliant.  I can’t deny that I wasn’t in love with the cover for it though and it wouldn’t particularly have drawn my attention.  Also the blurb and the whole talk about gangsters, etc, put me off a little – it seemed such out of my usual safety zone.  This book was so good though.  My husband only reads a few books a year – last year he read this and loved it – I can’t think of a higher recommendation really.
  7. Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky – this is a book that I felt was going to become very military focused – and there is a level of that involved – but there’s also an intensely compelling storyline which is helped by the use of an unexpected courtroom drama.
  8. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick Dewitt – a long time colleague and good friend recommended this one to me.  Again, I had doubts.  At the time I wouldn’t normally contemplate books with a western feel but this was just brilliant.  The dialogue is so good and it was just so unexpectedly compelling.
  9. The Outlander (Cross Stitch) by Diana Gabaldon.  The friend I mentioned above passed on this series to me – her sister had read and loved it but she didn’t fancy reading it which kind of put me off a little too – as it happens I devoured the first five books in quick succession.  I haven’t completed the series yet but will do so eventually (although I’m not sure that the series is yet finished).
  10. Your book choice – do you have a book you didn’t expect to enjoy but ended up loving??
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7 Responses to “‘She loves me, she loves me not’”

  1. Tammy

    OMG The Sisters Brothers was brilliant! One of my favorite books. I need to find more books by Patrick Dewitt😁

  2. Nadine - todaysechoes

    I’ve been meaning to read The Foundation Trilogy and I Am Legend for some time, but can never convince to take the plunge. Happy to see you enjoyed them!

  3. Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

    My approach to Neil Gaiman’s work is to just read them with an open mind regardless of what age group they fall into, because he’s one of those rare writers whose words you can find magic in, whether you’re six or sixty. 🙂

  4. Ally Writes Things

    I totally agree about the Graveyard book! I was torn because I thought it was too young for me, but I loved it!

  5. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I am Legend is absolutely fantastic! I only read it for a book club, so glad I did

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Good take on the topic. Though, a few of these authors would have been good picks for me if I had made a list using the original theme. Big names like Asimov and Gaiman are authors I’m glad I’ve read just to have the experience of their writing, even if I didn’t really enjoy the books themselves.

  7. sjhigbee

    The Green Man’s Heir by Juliet McKenna – I expected to quite enjoy it – I didn’t expect to absolutely LOVE it!

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