TTT: Ten Books That Surprised Me

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

It`s not easy being a bookworm. You spend hours reading, buying books, rearranging your bookshelves, buying more books, and so on. Not only that, but you also love finding out what books are popular, which are taking the world by storm or winning prizes. You look at books, you read them, take photos or tweet about them. And IF you have to, you socialize with other people and see what novels they`re loving. But because everyone has different tastes, you might end up disappointed. Here`s a list of some titles that surprised me in a good and sadly, in a bad way.

The Good Surprise

"Six of Crows" by Leigh Bardugo
Leigh Bardugo is my Queen. I was apprehensive about reading the Grisha trilogy because I was afraid it won`t live up to the hype.But except my dislike of Mal and the ending, that trilogy was a lot of fun. I loved The Darkling and Nikolai. And then I picked up "Six of Crows", and I adore everything about it, from the misfit group of characters to the plot.

"The Gentleman`s Guide to Vice and Virtue" by Mackenzi Lee
It`s not often that I read light-hearted YA historical fiction novels. And don`t get me wrong, this book deals with some heavy topics like abuse and mental illness. But for the most part, you can`t stop chuckling because the main character is so witty. Some people had problems with Monty, but underneath his sass, he had a good heart. Percy was as precious as THE RING, and Felicity was such a kick-ass young lady.

"Daughter of Smoke and Bone" by Laini Taylor
Whilst this book relies on some well-known tropes, Laini Taylor put her original spin on the story. Her writing is absolutely beautiful, and Karou was a refreshing YA female main character.

"Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli
I`ve talked about this book non-stop so I won`t get into too many details now. This book is adorable and heartwarming, everything you need to put a smile on your face. If you want to know more about it, here`s my review

"The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green
I can`t get into John Green`s other books, but this one will always remain my favourite YA contemporary. It`s hard to say why I love it so much! I first read it when I was 24 so you can`t say I was impressionable. I for one, love John`s writing and I don`t think it`s pretentious. He writes beautiful sentences that make you think. I also adored Hazel`s love for books.

The Bad Surprise
The Infernal Devices

"The Mortal Instruments" by Cassandra Clare
I know I`m in minority here, but I first saw the movie, and I really enjoyed it (maybe because I`m a fan of the actors). And then I read the books, and I found Clary the most annoying, whiny and entitled main character that I encountered. So far I`ve read the first three books, and I`m not sure if I`ll continue on with the series.

"The Infernal Devices" by Cassandra Clare
A lot of people suggested this trilogy when I mentioned that I have issues with TMI. And again, I hate the main character. I do see an improvement in the writing, but it`s not enough. It`s funny because I love the secondary characters Cassie created, but her main ones fall flat.

"Miss Peregrine`s Home For Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs 
Boring and predictable. I liked the creepy pictures, but that`s pretty much it. And I`m so annoyed because I invested in a hardback set. And I`ll keep it on my shelves forever because your girl is cheap. (also, I`ll use it as a reminder to buy a cheap first book until I decide if I like the series or not)

"Caraval" by Stephanie Garber
It had insta-love, no character-development or world building. A pretentious writing style that wanted to look poetic, but ended up being silly. Here my review for more in-depth thoughts.

"13 Reasons Why" by Jay Asher
I`ve struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts, so for me, this book was such a letdown. I agree with the message, that our actions have consequences, and that we should treat others better. But what Hannah did was revenge suicide. And I felt it cheapened the struggle people with suicidal thoughts go through. From experience, if you want to end, you do it because you feel there`s no other way. You don`t leave behind notes blaming others. I don`t have a problem with people that loved this book, but from my point of view, it was harmful.

I really hope you enjoyed this post, and if I trashed one of your favourite books, don`t take it personally. We all have different tastes and we all enjoy diverse things. After all, isn`t debate at the centre of progress?

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  1. It makes my heart happy that SIMON and DOSAB made your good list xD (They’re both so good!) I’ll always be a fan of Cassi Clare’s books (but then again I read them when I was a tween/early teen so maybe my opinion would change now). I definitely agree that Clary is a little on the annoying side haha.
    Lovely post <3

  2. Third blog to mention Caraval in a bad way, definitely taking it off my tbr list! Also, I didn't like Peregrine's Children either. I'm not quite sure why, but the first book never really grabbed me!

  3. Six of Crows and The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue were also good surprises for me! SOC because it was very hyped and I was a bit hesitant about it and GGTVV because I'm not big on historical fiction. But it blew me away! And Simon VS is my most favorite book of ever.

  4. Caraval was a disappointment for me, too, but I'm sad to hear about Miss Peregrine's! I haven't read the series yet, but I've been interested in it.

  5. I loved the Gentleman's guide too! Great book, even better than u expected!
    Great TTT 😊

  6. Oh wow, what an amazing list! There are so many books here that are on my TBR like Soc series, Gentleman's Guide.
    Wow, you just won me over my mentioning that you loved TFIOS too :D It is one of my favourite books. And I can't deny everything you said about John Green. He is such an amazing writer. I love all his quotes and metaphors. If you haven't read Turtles All the Way Down then I would suggest to read it. It is awesome.

    I can understand you concerns about 13 Reasons Why. Though I liked it, I know how difficult it can be for someone going through those issues themselves.

  7. I liked The Fault in Our Stars, too. The ending made me weep.

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  8. Oh, I forgot to mention Six of Crows and Daughter of Smoke and Bone on my list! I hated TMI, though - the book and the movie... well, I thought the book was okay but then I just lost interest in the series and didn’t finish the second book... but TID I loved! Maybe it’s because I enjoy steampunk? But overall I am not a fan of Cassandra Clare... and don’t get me started on Miss Peregrine’s... it was a let down for me, too!

  9. I need to jump back in to Six of crows. I started it and got sidetracked, and haven't picked it up in a while, but everyone seems to love it. Bummer about Caraval, I've wondered about that one.

  10. Oh no! I love most of the books on your not good list! I love the first three mortal instruments, though I haven't read them in years, but 13 Reasons Why, Miss Peregrine, and (The first three) mortal instruments are some of my favorites.
    I haven't read Caraval yet though.
    And the Fault in Our Stars is the only one on the good list that I've read, though the rest are on my TBR.

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  11. I enjoyed Daughter of Smoke and Bone!!

  12. Yes, Six of Crows was so good!

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  13. I'm glad to see Daughter of Smoke and Bone on your list of good surprises since that one is still on my TBR. If I had done a list of not-so-good surprises, Caraval would have made my list. It was okay but I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as so many others did.

  14. Wow, I never realised till today how many people didn't like Caraval, yours is one of several lists I've seen it on as a bad surprise. I did like Thirteen Reasons Why when I read it, but I can see more of the problems now, years on. The Fault In Our Stars I really hated, but I wasn't expecting to like it, so it wasn't a surprise that I didn't. Six of Crows I read last year and loved and I also enjoyed DoSaB, at least the first part, once Akiva and Karou became a thing, I was more lukewarm about it.
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  15. I definitely agree on Daughter of Smoke & Bone! I love that book! I've been seeing a bunch of people mention Six of Crows on the good list. I've been iffy on picking it up. Maybe I'll have to give it a shot finally since I've seen so many saying it was a good surprise!!

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  16. I have been avoiding Caravel since it's release and whenever I come across a blogger who disliked it, it reaffirms my decisions to never pick it up. I love Simon so much. Glad it was in the good surprise category.

  17. I haven't picked up any of John Green's books, but now I know which one I should start with!
    I keep trying to pick up Caraval. Glad to know it really may not be worth it.(I won't waste my time then!)
    Excellent thoughts on 13 Reasons Why being destructive. I couldn't get into it, since it strikes too close to home with a friends son committing suicide before Christmas (and a sister in law who is dying from a brain tumor). Life is too precious to be taken for granted.

  18. I definitely didn't enjoy Miss Peregrine's as much as I expected to based on all of the hype it was getting at the time. It was okay... but nothing I would reread in the future. Great list!

  19. I still need to get to SoC. I did love Simon and TFIOS!

  20. Still have "Carval" on my list as well as 'Miss Peregrine,' which I wanted to read prior to seeing the film. Who knows! Maybe I'll still accomplish this. Sorry neither one suited your reading tastes; that's never a fun end game for a reader.

    Of course, I have TFIOS on my list this week too, and SOMEDAY I still REALLY want to read 'Crows.' I hear SO many amazing things about that one. :)

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  21. I've never read anything by Cassie Clare - just didn't find the interest. I do love John Green's books, though Looking for Alaska is probably my favorite. I LOVED Gentleman's Guide and Simon Vs. but I'm a big fan of most LGBT+ fiction so those weren't huge surprises. I am a bit surprised I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone so much though because most fantasy books don't really appeal to me. Fun post!


  22. Caraval is one that is hyped up on Instagram, but I didn't care for it. It was all over the place, the characters themselves made no sense, and in the end there was absolutely no point to it. Not to mention I very much disliked the romance aspect of it.
    13 Reasons Why isn't one I've read. I did watch the show though. I never really thought about her suicide that way and now that you mention it, it did have that undertone to it. Now I can understand why so many people were outraged by it.

  23. I haven't read Six Crows, but all your other good surprise books I agree with you wholeheartedly. Of your bad surprise books, I disagree with Thirteen Reasons Why. I read the book when it was first published, long before the TV show, and found it to have a strong message if one finishes it.

  24. I'm sorry to hear that the Shadowhunters books weren't impressive for you! I have enjoyed the first 2 TMI books so far, but I can definitely see how they wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea. Totally agree with you on 13RW, though - yikes. :(

  25. I so need to read Gentleman's Guide. That hasn't got a bad review that I've seen -- awesome list!


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