Friday, 5 April 2013

Feature & Follow Friday: Surprising Books

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?


22 comments:

  1. I think I was initially not thrilled about the premise of this book too, if I remember correctly. Of course, when you start hearing people rave like crazy about a book, you start to wonder what you're missing out on. If I was answering this question, I would have picked WANDERLOVE by Kirsten Hubbard. The premise mentioned "no-strings-attached hookups", which did NOT appeal to me at all. Thankfully, that doesn't factor into the actual story at all. I ended up loving this book and gave it five stars. :)

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    1. I still haven't read WANDERLOVE and need to already, because I've heard a tonne of people say they absolutely loved it. Based on that description, my assumptions would have been the same as yours, so I'm glad you checked it out and discovered otherwise.

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  2. I LOVED this book and it surprised me how much I did!

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    1. I guess I wasn't the only one then! Glad you enjoyed it too. ;0

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  3. "doomed to fall in love with this story" <--Love the way you put that. Also, I obviously need to read this book...

    And that's how I often feel--there are too many books and too little time to read the ones that just don't work for you!

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    1. According to Goodreads, the third one in the trilogy is supposed to be out in spring 2014, so it's not necessarily a bad thing that you haven't read it yet. If you give it a try and like the series then you won't have nearly so long to wait until the final installment.

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  4. Why would anybody read a book they thought they would hate, except maybe for an school assignment? I remember really liking All The Presidents Men in college after it was assigned, but I didn't think I would hate it...rather I was indifferent to it. :)

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    1. I know, right? The meme question was maybe a bit of overkill. The only way I'd ever read a book I might hate is if it happened to be a gift from someone and I didn't want to hurt their feelings by not reading it. That's why I went with something that was highly recommended but not in my usual reading style.

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  5. We just read Just One Day for YA Bookclub. I wasn't really looking forward to it, and I didn't fall in love with it. I liked the experience though. I don't read much contemporary, and I certainly don't right it. It's good to step outside every once in a while. :)

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    1. I didn't do the YA Book Club this time because Jaime wasn't a huge fan of JUST ONE DAY either, and I figured I'd probably feel the same since our taste is usually similar. I did enjoy the YA Book Club when we read THE RAVEN BOYS though, and hopefully I'll participate next time. :)

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  6. So funny! I had the exact same reaction to this book! =D

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    1. Nice! I love it when I'm pleasantly surprised by a book. Glad you enjoyed it too. :)

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  7. I'm sold! I have to read that book now, lol. Thanks for stopping by my FF. New follower via GFC :)

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    1. Hope you enjoy the book as much as I did. Thanks for stopping by to check out my post too! :)

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  8. I don't really like angels/demon stories either but I've been surprised by a couple. That's a great example and I actually have those on my TBR.

    Following back ;-)

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    1. Hopefully you'll be surprised by this series too then. The mythology Laini Taylor created really drew me in and her angels are warriors, not just cheesy pretty boys with wings, so that was a plus lol. :)

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  9. This is one of my favorite books! I wasn't surprised that I liked it, though, because I love paranormal. If anything, I was surprised by just how much I liked it.

    Funny that you had to have matching books! Incidentally, I just snapped up the hardcover on Amazon for less than $8. Total steal.

    Thanks for visiting! Following you back. :)
    Stephanie (Go Flash Go) @ Read, Rinse, Repeat

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    1. That's an awesome deal! In hindsight, I'm not sure why I didn't just buy the hardcover right away. It'll definitely last longer, and I intend to read this one many times. I'd have to say it's one of my favourites too. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  10. Not checked this book out yet. Will have to do so. Came to you through Blog Blitz.

    JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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  11. I think I have experienced this, but not recently enough to be able to name an example. I guess that means I should stop judging books by their covers/genres! I most like what you say about not obligating yourself to finish a book if you are finding it a drag. I always manage to make myself feel guilty if I don't make it to the end of a novel, like I have somehow failed. This needs to change!

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    1. I used to feel so guilty if I didn't finish a book, but once I started writing seriously, my reading time was already too limited. I guess that's maybe a good thing. :)

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