Top 5 books that exceeded my expectations | Blogmas Day 8

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It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a top 5 wednesday. This week’s topic is books that exceeded my expectations. There are a few books I’ve gone into that I expected to like but ended up being some of my favorite books. I’ll mention a few of those here:

So at this point it’s obvious that Robin Hobb is my favorite author, but when I first picked up her books five or so years ago, I was kind of expecting a generic fantasy, based on this cover, the title and the synopsis. But man, I got more, I got soooo much more. If you haven’t read Assassin’s Apprentice yet, you really should.

I first read part of this book back in high school. I had borrowed it from a friend and got maybe half way through before giving it back. So when I picked it up again last year or so and read it, I was expecting to like it, because I remembered liking it in high school. But I didn’t expect to love it… which I did. Interview with the Vampire ended up being one of my favorite books of the year.

My expectations for this one were ‘this is gonna be difficult’ purely because it’s a classic and I tend to have a hard time with them. But not only did I fly through this book, I adored it. I still think about it a lot. The Phantom of the Opera is definitely one of my favorite classics to date.

Easy was one of my first new adult books back in 2015 or 2016ish, and the ones I had read beforehand were… so-so. So I wasn’t expecting to love this but hey I did. The topics of consent are thoroughly explored in this, and the love interest is actually a decent human.

I didn’t expect to become obsessed with this book like I did purely because it’s outside of my normal genres. But man did I adore this. And since I’ve started reading more books in this genre and those like and I’m finding… maybe this isn’t so outside my genre. So If We Were Villains was a gateway book for me on top of being a wonderful one.

And that’s it!

I do wanna say – doing blogmas after not posting for so long has definitely rekindled my interest in reading as well, so I’m happy I’m doing it. Until tomorrow!

6 thoughts on “Top 5 books that exceeded my expectations | Blogmas Day 8

  1. They look like good books! I don’t think I’ve ever read a new adult book – I’ll have to have a look at that. After reading A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas I’d forgotten how much I liked Fantasy 😂 I was murder mystery for a long time!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
    https://budgettalesblog.wordpress.com/

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  2. Looking forward to getting into ‘Assassin’s Apprentice’ myself. Also, I’m so glad to see ‘If We Were Villains’ in your list!

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