Deciding what to read next is hard.
As bookworms, we know this. As bloggers, we especially know this. Who has time to read a book that they’re just not interested in? As such, I generally don’t bother picking up books that I’m not at least 70% sure I’ll enjoy. I mean, my TBR is begging for mercy as it is, and it just cannot afford the extra weight.
BUT! Every now and then I mess up. I judge a book too early, and I don’t give it a fighting chance to prove to me how utterly astonishing it is. Nevertheless, a good blogger can always admit her missteps, so here are a few books that I thought I would not enjoy that blew my socks off.
Finally read: October, 2016
I remember this book getting so much hype when it came out a few years ago. And of course, little thirteen-year-old me thought, ‘What’s the big deal?’ Hahaha… oops.
In my defense, based on the blurb, I thought this book would have a love triangle between Simon, Blue, and Martin. If you’ve been on this blog for more than five minutes, you probably know that, with a few exceptional exceptions, I’m not a fan of that trope.
I was sourly mistaken. Had I known that this book was going to be so adorable and filled with Oreos, it would’ve been right at the top of my TBR pile. I LOVE THIS BOOK.
Finally read: April, 2016
I didn’t want to read this book. At all. It had so much hype, a gorgeous cover, and still, I just didn’t want to. I don’t really remember why.
All I know is, when my sister got me this book for International Book Giving Day last year, I had to mask my disappointment at receiving a book that I assumed would only gather dust on my shelf.
Do you ever wish you could go back in time and smack some sense into past you?? The Wrath and the Dawn is one of the best books I’ve ever read! It has such a richly developed world, characters with so much depth, and one of the best complex, slow burn romances I’ve ever read. I highly recommend that you pick up this show-stopper.
Finally read: June, 2015
This is one of the cutest contemporaries that I have ever had the pleasure to read. Jenny Han creates this amazing protagonist, who is so relatable and wonderful and the dreamiest love interest, Peter Kavinsky. Ah! I just love him so much. You know those characters that just make you squeal when you think of them? That’s how I feel about Peter.
But I didn’t think I would. After reading the blurb I thought it would be a love… pentagon? Hexagon?? Bottom line: wasn’t interested. Oh, how wrong I was.
Finally read: August, 2015
Unlike the other books on this list, I tried to read this book. Multiple times. I just couldn’t get past those first few pages. I thought they were weird and totally not my thing. Ha. HA.
Another instance where I would really like to yell at 2015 Me. As soon as I gave this book an actual chance, I read it in one sitting. I was hooked on this series, and immediately picked up Scarlet, and then Cress because, ladies and gentlemen, you honestly can’t get enough of these characters. ALL THE STARS.
Finally read: September, 2016
I expect to be thoroughly yelled at in the comments for this, but when Six of Crows came out, I had no intention of picking it up. First of all, I read contemporary more often than not, so fantasies always have to work a little bit harder to get my attention.
Truthfully, after reading the blurb and finding out all the main characters had their own chapters, I thought that it would be far too confusing. I was, of course, incorrect.
This book is wonderful. It’s like the fantasy book version of The Italian Job (which is SUCH a great movie, by the way). The characters were fantastic and lovable (especially my favorite, Matthias), the plot was action-packed, the world-building was brilliant. It’s honestly time for me to just read the sequel already!
There you have it. Five books that I should’ve gotten to a long time ago. Better late than never, right?
Can you think of any books that you know love, that you were sure you wouldn’t? Do you love any of the above books as much as I do? How much yelling will it take for me to convince you to read them? Tell me in the comments! 🙂