Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me

Hi everyone, today I have the latest Top 10 Tuesday which was created by That Artsy Girl. This week’s theme is about books that surprised me. I have picked 5 books that surprised me in a positive way, and 5 in a negative way. This sounds super exciting, so let’s get straight into it…


1. The first book that really surprised me was Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield. It follows June, the main character, who lives with her stepmother and stepsister who abuse her. She meets Blister, a boy in the woods, and her life begins to change. The reason this surprised me was because it deals with such heavy, dark topics yet is written so beautifully. I gave it 5 stars, because although it was so hard to read at times and made me cry numerous times, it was such an important read and definitely opened my eyes. 


2. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon really surprised me. This book follows a girl and boy who fall in love over one day. The reason it surprised me was because books that heavily focus on relationships are not usually ones I really love. I am interested in romances in books, however not when they are overpowering. This book, however, really shocked me. It was written so brilliantly, I couldn’t put it down. I was so invested in the story and was really routing for the main characters.


3. A book I absolutely adored was Ink by Alice Broadway. It is set in a world where your significant moments are tattooed on your skin forever, and when you die your skin is made into a book. The reason it surprised me was because fantasy and dystopian books are not usually my favourite books, however this book has earned its place as one of my favourites of all time. I love the writing style, it’s so easy and quick to read and like nothing I have ever picked up before. (Oh, and the cover is so gorgeous!)


4. Another book that surprised me in a positive way was Wishbones by Virginia Macgregor. The reason it did this was because I hadn’t heard anything about the story until I picked it up myself. This is really rare for me, whenever I buy a new young adult novel it seems as if everyone has already read it and I have already seen so many reviews about it. I adored this book, it follows Heather who has a passion for swimming and whose mum is one of Britain’s most obese women. I don’t want to say too much because I think you need to go into this book not knowing much, but it is very family orientated and so lovely.


5. The final book that surprised me in a positive way was Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. This is a fantasy and paranormal book, which instantly I would think I wouldn’t enjoy. I decided to give this a go because I had heard so many glowing reviews and I am really glad I did. I gave it 4 stars, sped through it and was really kept on the edge of my seat throughout.


1. The first book, that unfortunately disappointed me was Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I gave it 1 star, I really struggled to get through it. I found it so boring and I found myself skimming to get to the end. I actually really liked the premise, it sounded haunting and quirky, but unfortunately I felt very disappointed.


2. Young adult contemporaries are my favourite books, however I was so disappointed in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. I read it on holiday, and again I was so surprised I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the writing style, any of the characters and for me the plot was so boring and flat.


3. Another book which surprised me (in a bad way), was Unboxed by Non Pratt. I have spoken about this book before, and again was so surprised I didn’t love it. It’s about four teenagers who reunite after some time to open up a capsule they made together, as their best friend has recently passed away. I’ve heard people saying the story was so emotional and the plot was captivating, however I didn’t connect with any of the characters and therefore was struggling to enjoy the book at all. I ended up giving it 2 stars.


4. The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr was one of my most anticipated reads of this year, and surprisingly I really disliked the book. It follows Ella who is taken to Brazil by her parents and once she realises why, she sees her life has all been a lie. The story sounded so intriguing and exciting, however for me the whole book was a mess. The plot was all over the place, I couldn’t connect with Ella, I didn’t like the writing style, and the ending was so far fetched. 


5. The final book which I didn’t enjoy was The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I was so surprised that I didn’t enjoy this book because I loved the film, it’s one of my childhood favourites. The book didn’t feel as exciting as the film in my opinion (and as a book lover I hate saying that!) I felt that the story was very two dimensional, it took a lot of effort for me to finish it.


Thank you for taking the time to read my post! I would love to hear what books surprised you (in a good and bad way)! Happy Tuesday everyone x


33 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me

  1. karathehuman says:

    The Miss Peregrine novels surprised me in a good way as well! I blew through the first two. I still haven’t read the third one, but I’m sure it’s a good one, too.

    I’m sad to hear you didn’t like Coraline! It wasn’t my favorite Gaiman novel, but I enjoyed it and the movie. Gaiman seems to be a hit-or-miss with most people, though. Even though he’s one of my favorite authors, two of his books ended up on the “bad” list for my Top Ten Tuesday post for this week.

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    • karisbooks says:

      Yes I really enjoyed Miss Peregrine and I’m glad I gave it a go 😊

      I really didn’t like it, I rarely give books 1 star but unfortunately I just couldn’t enjoy it! I don’t want to write him off as an author, I still want to give another book a go!

      I’ll check out your post now ☺️☺️

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  2. thebookwormdrinketh says:

    Well, first of all Ink is definitely going on my TBR list. Wow. Sounds AMAZING and the cover is GORGEOUS!! Second, what crazy books to have on your didn’t like list! I love that you chose these books! I haven’t read some of them, I feel like I would have the same opinion as you on Nick and Noras infinite playlist, and I LOVE Neil Gaiman, but Coraline is actually the one of his that I haven’t read, but I’ve heard good things about all of these things! I’m not a huge fan of the lion the witch and the wardrobe… although I love the word, I’m not a fan of all the christian undertones. But that’s just me. Lol!

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  3. Rea says:

    I agree with Paper Butterflies. That book had me close to tears and I loved it.
    However I’m both surprised and not surprised by the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. I LOVE that book but I do think part of that is beause I first read it as a child. It can be a bit simplistic. So I’m sorry you didnt enjoy it but I’m glad you can still love the story through the film as it is perfectly faithful to the book just with a bit more depth.
    Also I really enjoyed Ella Black and read it in one sitting. She wasn’t my favourite character but the story gripped ne enough that I couldn’t put it down.


    • karisbooks says:

      I’m so glad to know someone else who loves Paper Butterflies, it was so hard to read but incredibly written.
      I love the magic surrounding The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe so am happy I love the film still ☺️ ah I’m glad you liked Ella Black, I think the problem for me was that I predicted the big twist and therefore wasn’t very invested! Happy reading Rea ❤️❤️


  4. Marie says:

    Lovely list! Unfortunately, I was drawn in by the gorgeous cover of Ink, but a bit disappointed by the book as a whole – I loved the idea behind it and it had potential, but for me, I don’t know, I couldn’t fully connect with it and it makes me sad. I’m so glad you loved it though, there aren’t many people talking about this book and it should be mentioned more, it still was interesting to read 😀 x

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