Top 5 Tuesday: Books That Weren’t What I Expected

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. I’m always looking for more blogging topics, especially considering I haven’t been posting many book reviews these days, so I might take part in this more often! The theme for this week is “Books that weren’t what I expected“, so without further ado, here’s the list (in no particular order). May contain spoilers!

Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This may sound silly, but I didn’t expect this book to be told ENTIRELY in interview format, from beginning to end. And in addition to that, I didn’t expect to love it that much. I had heard many great things about it before picking it up, and I was worried that I would find it overyhyped, well I didn’t: it even made it to my list of favourite reads for 2019!

The Strangers (Greystone Secrets #1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Okay here comes the spoilery section. From the get go, we are expecting some kind of plot twist, that would explain the great coincidence of three kids disappearing, who had the exact same age and birthdays as the main characters. Well maybe I sould have seen it coming, but I didn’t realise it would be a book about parallel universes and I absolutely LOVED that.

Again, But Better by Christine Riccio

Similarly to the previous entry, this book had a major plot twist that involved a fantastic element that I totally did not see coming aka time-travel. And I’m going to be fair with you: I am obsessed with this trope, which made me like it all the more, in addition to the fact that I was already sold as soon as I heard that it was going to be about one of my favourite topics: traveling and studying abroad!

What Have I Done? by Amanda Prowse

I had honestly misread the blurb for this one, and I was expecting it to be about how the main character would try and escape justice after killing her husband who had abused her for years. Instead of that, it was about what led her to that fatal moment, and how she tried to rebuild her life after going out of jail. This was a very interesting take on the situation, and this book took me by surprise many times, and made me think a lot.

Crudo by Olivia Laing

And for the last spot on this list I found a book that I read less recently! I didn’t really know what to expect going in but I guess something different, because it was very different from The Lonely City which I had read before. I loved them both, and would definitely recommend them anyway. This one is a reflection on the world falling apart during the summer of 2017 aka facism is on the rise, Trump was elected less than a year ago, and Brexit is looming (oh well). This was a very good book, which reminds me that I need to get my hands on more books by Olivia Laing!

And that’s it for today, thank you so much for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day ♥ Feel free to share some books that weren’t what you expected, or just some book recommendations in general!

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