Top Ten Tuesday: Five Books That Surprised Me

A list of books that surprised me (good or bad).

I think this is another one that will be open to interpretation.  Some people will write about books that they didn’t expect to like and did (or vice versa). While others will write about stories that surprised them.  I’m going to do a little of both.

Feed by Mira Grant

I picked this one up in a hospital store when my friend was having gallbladder surgery.  I’d brought another book that I thought I was going to enjoy more, but after a few pages – I couldn’t get into it.  So, I picked up Feed and started reading.  I remember the doctor coming out to tell me that my friend was okay and had to physically touch my shoulder to get me out of my reading haze.  It was one of the first books I’d picked up since high school that rekindled my love of reading.  The story itself surprised me too. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this brother-sister tag-team of bloggers. But damn has this book stuck with me over the years.


The Martian by Andy Weir (Narrated by R.C. Bray)

I hadn’t really heard much about this other than that they were going to make a movie about it.  I decided to read this guy on a whim and give Audible and audiobooks in general another god.  Boy, am I glad that I did.  It stared an absolute problem – I love audiobooks and can’t get enough of them.  I was also surprised by the pure unfiltered-ness of Weir’s writing.  It was refreshing and new to me.


Condition: A Medical Miracle by Alec Birri

I just finished this one but damn did this story surprise me.  I couldn’t write the review that I wanted because it was such a shock to me (I genuinely didn’t see it coming). Birri wrote a book that surprised me not just once, but twice.


Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby

I don’t read a ton of non-audiobooks anymore – I just don’t have the time.  But when I saw Michael Patrick Hicks’ review of Smoke Eaters – I had to give it a try.  I requested this one from NetGalley and got it. I started reading it and it was such a different book than I was expecting (in SUCH a good way).

Grigsby mixed in his knowledge of fire-fighting into a tightly written story about a dystopian future that was scary and realistic.  I don’t normally read or like much Fantasy – so when I saw a dragon I was worried.  But this book was so much more.

I was surprised by just how much I liked Smoke Eaters. It will stick with me because it was such a different story than I expected.


 Sleep Over by H.G. Bells

I went into this book with an open mind and didn’t even read the entire synopsis.  It’s called Sleep Over and it’s “an oral history of the apocalypse”. I read a line that said what would happen if you couldn’t sleep anymore… ever again. I was hooked.

The story itself didn’t surprise me.  It was as good as I thought it would be in my head but just how much I liked it and think about it when I’m up late blogging or gaming surprises me still.

7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Five Books That Surprised Me”

    1. I wonder how many people who read it now (as in during this Presidency) feel it’s even more poignant. But you’re right, I also wonder how many book bloggers started because Feed put the idea in their heads.

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