Top Ten Tuesday: Books that surprised you in a good way or bad way

Top Ten Tuesday book meme


Top Ten Tuesday is held over at That Artsy Reader Girl, where every week bloggers list their top 10 being asked about. This week’s post is about those books that surprised you in a good or bad way.

The Wife

Oooh boy. Just finished, and review is coming up in the next week or so, but I did not see the ending coming and I’d absolutely count this as a good surprise.

Ree Reyes series 

There are 3 books and one novella in this series, so it’s easy to get into — and it’s FUN! Ree is a Geekomancer — and yes, it’s probably exactly what you think: she does magic using her love of pop culture — Spiderman’s powers? Check, she can do them. It’s such a fun series!

Poison City 

I picked this up bc the author is South African, and the whole thing — a supernatural police squad in South Africa was something I could not resist. Also a talking, somewhat alcoholic dog called Dog is his partner. And no, I didn’t expect anything in this book and I loved every minute of it!

Sin du Jour series

Where do supernaturals go to get their catering done? The Sin Du Jour catering company. Wonderfully inventive premise!

Erotic stories for punjabi widowsThe ToyMaker

Absolutely a good surprise, but an intense one too. This asks what would you do to survive? Nazi Germany? The death camps? Anything. I did not expect the ending, and I did not expect to feel so wrecked by this examination of what a person would do to survive.


I had tried American Gods before Neverwhere, and my goodness, that book is hard to get into. It was THE Neil Gaiman book to read, so I was dissappointed in myself that I couldn’t completely get into it, so around the time I was starting to think of audiobooks I found that this one had Benedict Cumberbatch in its cast — so obviously, given Sherlock, I gave audiobooks and Neil Gaiman a go. And got hooked!

Sandman Slim series 

So, nothing about this series I expected — it’s violent, vicious and funny and snarky. And also has romance, with all of the above.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

This recently got picked by Reese Witherspoon for her book club, and I imagine it’s just going to explode as a result. It’s the glorious story of Nikki who decides to teach the widows in her community centre English, and they end up writing erotic stories. There’s so much to explore here about expectations of  Punjabi women, who still live — and love, and want things for themselves even though their husbands have died. It’s amazing.

My Life as a White Trash Zombie 

This is an urban fantasy about Angel, who is turned into a zombie, and proceeds to try and make sense of her life BUT, it’s so much more than just about how to hide her brains as frozen pizza. It’s got some wonderful and heartfelt characterisation, and  it explores some serious issues with her father.

Girl Zero

This is the story of Harry Virdee, a cop who marries a Muslim woman, and is disowned by his family as a result. Did I mention his brother is a criminal too, so to say that Harry is at odds with is family, is an understatement. This is a book that is about family, and into this AA Dhand writes a mystery, weaving the two together.

So that’s it! What’s surprised you?


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