Books That Surprised Me | Top 5 Wednesday (April 20 2022)

Top 5 Wednesday was started in November 2013 and is a very much active group on Goodreads, so head over to Goodreads to join the group and keep up with all the topics for the month. I thought it was such a fun idea to have weekly books related prompts that I could answer and share with all of you.

This week’s prompt is a pretty interesting:

April 20th: Surprising Reads

Every book comes with its surprises, but there are some that surprise us more than others! Maybe that cover buy had more to it than just a pretty cover. Or maybe that blurb didn’t sound all that exciting until you started reading it. Let’s hear it! What are some books that have surprised you in how much you enjoyed it?

1. Castles in Their Bones by Laura Sebastian 

I came across this book on NetGalley, and because of how stunning and eye-catching the cover is, it was an instant request. Lucky for me, my request for an ARC to read and review was accepted. I had no expectations for this book going into it because I had only briefly glanced at the synopsis. After a chapter or two I knew I was going to enjoy this; however I wasn’t expecting to a absolutely love this book as much as I did. I believe this was my first 5-star read of the year. Read my review here.

This is proof that it is good to judge a book by it’s cover.

2. One for Sorrow by Helen Sarah Fields

This book was another NetGalley find. I was scrolling through the titles, wanting to find a thriller book to read. I came across this one and was really draw to the idea of a police-procedural crime novel where the main character is a detective or working in the criminal investigation field. I was a bit disappointed when I realised this book was part of a series, one I had not read the previous books of, but that did not hinder my understanding of the plot— I think this book could be read as a standalone even. Obviously, I did get spoiled by some events that happened in the previous books but it does not bother me too much. Read my review here!

I really enjoyed this book so much, to the point where I bought the previous books in the series.

3. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite 

This was a book that I was being recommended numerous of times by a friend. I don’t think I have ever seen her as excited as when I showed her that I had bought a copy of this book. This book was a wild ride. A quick summary of what this book is about (because I want YOU to be just as intrigued so hopefully you’ll pick it up!);

Korede’s sister Ayoola has a weird pattern of ending relationships— murder. She says it’s self-defence but this is the third “situation” that Korede is being made to clear up. It’s only a matter of time before Korede has had enough of cleaning up her sister’s bloody mess.

Read. this. book.

4. It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey 

This book put Tessa Bailey on my “read all of their books soon” list. I cannot put into words just how much I enjoyed this book. The romance— tension, sweetness and spice. Wow. I went into this book with zero expectations and it ended up being one of my favourite romance novels of all time. I m tempted to reread this and write a full book review for this blog (that’s how much I loved this book!) I am so excited to read more of Tessa Bailey’s books.

5. Lumberjanes: Up All Night by ND Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn Allen (Illustrator)

Another case of me judging the book cover. However in this case, I thought this book would be a little too silly or boring for my age and reading taste. I certainly did not expect to enjoy this comic as much as I did. It’s about magic, adventure, and friendship! I would highly recommend giving these comic series a try if you’re looking for a quick and fun read.

What are some of your most surprising reads? Any recommendations?

Let me know in the comments below!

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