Six Books That Surprised Me
As a reader, I love it when a book surprises me. Whether by making me cry with emotion or genuinely making me laugh out loud. Here are six books that surprised me.
I read this as part of my 30 Books in 30 Days Challenge last year and I adored it! I had never seen the famous Francis Ford Coppola movie until I read the book, but afterward, I realised what an indie masterpiece it was. The characters were perfectly cast and the story is stunning in its simplicity.
I was one of the first people to ever read Conversations with Friends and I was surprised by how much I connected with it. It’s highly literary and about two friends, who used to be in a relationship and who have recently made friends with an older couple. The main protagonist starts an affair with the husband in the couple and it gets toxic fast. It covers so many amazing themes and even includes a long chapter about endometriosis, without holding back which I greatly appreciated as someone who has endometriosis.
I listened to the audiobook of David Copperfield last year, completely on a whim, and surprisingly found it to be really enjoyable. I was worried that it would be too long an audiobook and I’d forget what had happened as I listened, but Richard Armitage’s narration prevented that. He brought the characters to life and the story worked as a whole. Since it was written in serial format I was concerned it wouldn’t flow properly but it is now my favourite Charles Dickens novel.
This was a book club pick last year and I’d heard very little about it. The only Taylor Jenkins Reid book I had read before this was Daisy Jones and the Six and I really enjoyed that, so when this came up as a choice I was looking forward to it. But it surprised me by how much I loved it. It’s a historical timeslip novel, telling the story of Evelyn Hugo from her perspective as an older woman to a journalist. Evelyn was a Golden Age movie actress who was married – as the title suggests – seven times. It’s got incredible themes including LGBT, morals/ethics, friendship, trust etc. It’s simply wonderful.
This was a book that started off badly. The writing is really not great at the beginning when the story is told from the contemporary modern-day. But when the story takes you to Oz and the fantastical world of witches, magic, and warlocks it improves a lot. Sure, the writing isn’t amazing but it doesn’t matter as the story takes off, and you kind of fall into it and it becomes a rollercoaster ride of Game of Thrones surprises. I couldn’t see any of the twists coming.
And finally, The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. I don’t usually go for Christian Fiction, but I do occasionally pick up a Nicholas Sparks. A while ago I read The Last Song shortly before the film came out and I remember it was the first book that ever made me cry. The story follows a rebellious teenage girl that feels abandoned by her father, who has recently asked her and her younger brother to come and stay. It turns out he’s dying – not a twist! – and a scene in the hospital with him utterly ripped my heart to shreds. I’ve never cried whilst reading a book though, so that was a major first for me. And it wasn’t a bad book by any means either.
And there we have. Six books that surprised me. What books have surprised you? Let me know in the comment below.