5 books I thought I’d hate but ended up loving

It’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday post! Today’s topic is books you thought you’d hate but ended up loving. To be honest, if I truly believe I won’t like a book, I just don’t read it. There are too few hours in the day to waste them on books you think you won’t enjoy. However, there are some books that managed to surprise me.

The Martian by Andy Weir
When I got this book, I was fairly certain I wouldn’t end up loving it. However, since so many of my favorite bloggers had written glowing reviews on The Martian, I figured I at least needed to try it. The reason I thought I wouldn’t enjoy reading this book is because I wasn’t reading much science fiction at the time. I was very intimidated by the genre. I’m so glad I ended up loving this book! It even earned a spot on my favorite reads of the year list.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
I honestly have no idea why I thought I wouldn’t like Illuminae. Literally everyone was screaming about how good it was, and I sat on the sideline watching the bandwagon go by. It didn’t seem like the book for me, and I stubbornly stuck to that belief. Until I gave the audiobook a try, and was hooked after 15 minutes.

The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima
The Demon King is such a well-known and loved series, which is part of the reason I was expecting not to like it. It’s a quite “old” YA fantasy novel as it was released a decade ago, but I only managed to read it in 2017. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be impressed with it since I’ve read quite a bit of (YA) fantasy, especially ones that were released after this one. Would I still enjoy it in 2017? The answer is yes. I still loved it, even though I’ve read the tropes that occur in this novel so often already.

The Outsider by Stephen King
Prior to reading The Outsider, I had only ever read one Stephen King novel – The Eyes of the Dragon. While I remember loving that book as a teenager, I’ve always been intimidated by Stephen King’s novels. Everyone absolutely loves them, and they’re often quite long too. For some reason, I was convinced I wouldn’t like his writing. Why? Why did I believe I was such a special snowflake? Either way, I really enjoyed The Outsider even though I’m fairly certain it spoiled me on the Bill Hodgins series.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer
I think it’s fairly obvious why I thought I wouldn’t enjoy reading The Host, as it was written by the author who created Twilight. It’s normal to feel a tad hesitant then, no? I shouldn’t have been though. I absolutely adored The Host, and Ian and Wanda are still one of my favorite ships.


These 5 books managed to pleasantly surprise me in the past few years. Have you read any of these? Which books did you end up loving unexpectedly?

19 thoughts on “5 books I thought I’d hate but ended up loving

  1. I was still on a Twilight high when I read The Host, but I would still love it if I reread it today! I also recommend The Martian and Illuminae constantly. I remember The Martian pulled me out of a really bad reading slump. I was so excited when I saw you were listening to Illuminae! 😀 I’m currently listening to it with Tom and he likes it too, thankfully.

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  2. If you liked The Outsider you have to read the Bill Hodges trilogy!! It’s so good. Honestly one of his better ones and I don’t remember that The Outsider spoils too much of it. (Although I had already read them by then, so I might be remembering wrong.)

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