Top Five Wednesdays: Books you thought you’d hate but ended up loving

This was hard as if I think I’m going to hate a book I usually just don’t read it. But I managed to get five! It’s not as strong as hate/love for most of them though.

1. The Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

I only even read this trilogy because I wanted context for King of Scars – I wasn’t really interested in the plot and I heard so many people talking about how bad this series is, especially compared to Six of Crows. And yeah, Six of Crows shows definite improvements in Bardugo’s writing skills, the Shadow and Bone trilogy was still a fun read.

2. An absolutely remarkable thing by Hank Green

I’d seen so much about this but somehow didn’t really know about the sci fi element to the story? All I knew at first was that it was about a girl who got internet famous overnight and had to deal with all of that – and I just wasn’t interested. Then I found out more about the Carls, and picked it up reluctantly. It was actually really good!

3. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I read Cinder a couple of years ago and found it extremely boring and just wasn’t a fan. So I avoided Renegades because I assumed that, if it’s by the same author, I probably won’t like it either. I also was not interested in the plot at all, as I don’t really care about superhero stuff. But I gave in and bought it, and actually really loved it! So, I’m thinking of giving Cinder and the Lunar Chronicles another try, as my tastes have probably changed.

4. Coraline and other stories by Neil Gaiman

I was a little bit worried about Coraline, as it is a children’s story, but my biggest problem was the short stories that came after. I’ve not had a good experience with short story compilations, I simply don’t care for them. But I loved most of these! They were just as weird and whimsical as the title story.

5. Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich

As a fan of the original musical, I was so worried that this would butcher the original, but I feel like it did okay. I’m not sure how well it would stand on its own though, I feel like you’d need prior knowledge of the musical to understand a lot of stuff that happens.

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think about any of these!

– Stephy


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