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Books I Didn’t Expect to Like (and ended up loving)

What’s better than being pleasantly surprised by a book you weren’t expecting to like so much? Here are a few books I went into that I ended up liking way more than I thought I would.



1. The Peculiar by Stephen Bachmann
My brother’s school was having a book fair of sorts and he picked this up for me. I read the blurb, and it didn’t seem like the type of story I’d be very interested in. But I gave it a read anyway, feeling thankful that my brother had thought of me. (Thanks, my dude.)
The pacing and characters took me by surprise and the plot really swept me away. I devoured that book (and, unfortunately, got it all wet one day. I’m sorry, book!) It was so unlike anything I had ever read before. Bachmann published it when he was relatively young, so I had another young author idol to look up to as well as his amazing story.

2. The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
It looked nice, but I can’t say that I thought I’d like it very much, even though my friend promised I would. Well, she was right. I read it at a time when I needed something to get me out of a bad reading slump, and it was the perfect book for the job. I shared the protagonist’s same love for fairy-tales and so I connected with the story almost instantly. I can’t say that this is the best-crafted book on a more technical level, but the story is cute and I thoroughly enjoyed!

3. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
Now, I expected to enjoy this. I knew that Tolkien had taken inspiration from MacDonald, so I thought it wise to read my inspiration’s inspiration. But I didn’t expect to enjoy it that much! It was so, so good! 

4. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
When I was younger, I needed a fast moving plot to hold my attention, so books like Anne of Green Gables never appealed to me. I decided to try it at last, and boy, did I enjoy! It’s so whimsical and cozy, and Anne is such a well-written character. I love her to bits!

5. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I’m not huge on dystopian, so I went into The Maze Runner with pretty low expectations as far as how much I was going to enjoy it. Needless to say, I ended up liking it a lot more than I had anticipated, and while I haven’t continued the series as of yet, I’m hoping to get around to it!


6. The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson
I don’t even know why I wasn’t expecting to like this. It was right up my alley. I was kind of in a reading slump at the time, but I wanted more of a modern fantasy, so I downloaded it onto my Nook. I really liked it! I read it in less than a week, and at that time, that was fast for me because I was struggling to get back into reading.


Are there any books that ended up pleasantly surprising you? Leave them in the comments below! 

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