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Well, fairly obvious by now that my tastes run to science fiction, horror and thrillers, yeah? Sometimes, I read a book that takes me by surprise, though. Here’s the ones I really did not expect to enjoy over the last year or so.
Surprisingly Enjoyable Books
I’m still honestly shocked by how much I enjoyed this one. I’ll state again that it was chock-full of issues, but in the end – it was just a fun, mindless read that made me a good bit happier than expected. When you loll in the dark, fluff that delights tends to surprise you.
This one has the distinction of being the first book I ever posted a review for on this site. Vaguely amusing, considering I generally can’t stand the comedy genre. They either hit on a home run, or they strike out immediately. Most often, they strike out immediately, but with Year Zero, Rob Reid had me in stitches by the third chapter.
I, uh, generally tend to poo-poo the classics. Not that I think there’s anything wrong with them, necessarily. Its more than I reach for easy entertainment, and the word ‘classic’ tends to equate with ‘dry’ in my head. Anyways, Fahrenheit 451 knocked my socks off. So beautifully written!
This book makes the list not because its outside of my usual genres, but because it started off as a book I really struggled to get into/enjoy. I actually walked away from it. But I kept hearing good things, so I circled back around to it… and by the end of the book, I absolutely loved it. That definitely took me by surprise.
This book makes the list because I’d read the first book in the series, and just couldn’t get it into it. Not that it was badly written or anything, it just never hooked me, so… given that I’d pre-committed to reading both books in the series, I was dreading wasting my time on this book just to fill an obligation. So, wow, was I shocked when it ended up being much better than the first one, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Thus ends my list of surprisingly enjoyable books. Sadly, I couldn’t get to ten. What about you? What books did you find yourself surprised to enjoy?