Q: Have you ever read a book you thought you would hate? Did you end up hating it? Did you end up loving it? Or would you never do that?
I remember hearing about Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and thinking I wouldn't be into the whole angels and demons thing. It's not so much that I thought I'd hate it, but more that I wasn't all that interested. Then my sister read it and loved it, so my curiosity was piqued. Our taste tends to be fairly similar. Still unsure, I signed a copy out of the library, figuring I'd give it a try. When I flipped open the cover, it took all of ten seconds to realize I was doomed to fall in love with this story. From that very first paragraph, Laini Taylor sucked me in with her beautiful prose. The mythology she created was so unique and different from what I'd been expecting.
Needless to say, I ended up buying my own copy of the book. Twice actually. Initially, I bought it
in softcover because I was feeling thrifty. Then, Days of Blood and Starlight hit the stores in hardcover, and I wondered at my own stupidity. Books must match on the shelf! And so I purchased a second copy to match the sequel.
I'm usually willing to give a book a try, even if it might be different than my usual taste. I have, however, gotten pickier in terms of finishing books that drag instead of pulling me into the story. There are far too many books out there to waste time dozing off in the middle of a boring plot.
So have you ever been pleasantly surprised by a book you thought wouldn't be your cup of tea?