Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Thought You’d Hate But Ended Up Loving

Back to Top 5 Wednesdays! Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their Top 5.

This week’s topic was “Books You Thought You’d Hate But Ended Up Loving.” Honestly this was kind of hard because I don’t usually buy/pick up books that I don’t think I’d enjoy—except maybe for my book club or if it’s like a super hyped book.

Let me know what some of your hate-to-love books are in the comments!

1. Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I’m not usually into sci-fi or space-centric reads, so this book pleasantly surprised me—so much so that I even gave it a re-read! If you haven’t read this series, do so now, even if you don’t think sci-fi is your thing. The format is so unique, I don’t know anything else like it! I also highly suggest the audiobooks, they are so so so well done.

2. Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky A. Shecter

This was one of my book club reads and I hadn’t really heard of it before we read it. It’s definitely an older read, I think from 2011, and while it’s not my favorite it held my interest. This is the story of Cleopatatra’s daughter as she experiences Rome’s invasion of Egypt and the fall of her parents. It was a fun way to learn some history. I do think it scales a little bit younger though.

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I honestly had never read anything fae before Sarah’s ACOTAR series. That being said, I was super hesitant going in but read it because of the hype and I had already started and loved her Throne of Glass series—not knowing yet that it was also going to be fae-heavy. This is a series I love love love now, so I’m super excited I jumped into the world of fae.

4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Again, the sci-fi genre used to make me very nervous. So when I read the description that this has cyborgs, a furturistic Asia, etc, I was a little worried that I wouldn’t love this series that I’d heard so much about. Boy was I wrong. This whole series is one of my favorites and made me a lot more open to the sci-fi/futuristic genre than I was used to—however I’m still a fantasy girl at heart.

5. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson 

I’m honestly not sure why, but this book intimidated me at the beginning. I believe it was the whole like different perspective at different time periods type thing.  I did not think I’d like it or even really get it when I started it, but once I got further into it, this book hit me hard.

Let me know what some of your hate-to-love books are in the comments!

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Hi! I'm Lindsey, a 20-something book lover living in the Boston area. I have an affinity for YA fiction and and a serious SVU addiction. Hit me up with a book recommendation and it might just become my next obsession. I'm glad to have you on the site and hope you enjoy my future posts.

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