Yesterday, I posted about five books that tricked me! Meaning, I went in with such high expectations, and unfortunately I was tricked because they just didn’t hold up to what I expected. Today, we’re going to be more positive and talk about the top 5 books I consider a treat. Meaning, I went into them with little to no expectations and I was nicely surprised.
The rules are:
- Share your top 5 books of the current topic – these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, you can do it any way you want.
- Tag the original post. (It’s here!)
- Tag 5 people.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman. I picked this up on a whim when I was browsing through my library’s shelves. I’d heard good things, so I figured I’d give it a shot. I definitely did not expect it to make my favorite book of the year, but here we are. Unless I read something fantastic in the next two months, it will be. This was definitely my favorite treat this year.
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager. Since my list of tricks included a few thrillers, I figured I should also include one here. This book has a lot of mixed reviews, especially because of the ending ,but I loved it. The whole book was so well written, and had such a creepy vibe but I didn’t expect that ending at all. I went out and bought Riley’s other two thrillers immediately upon finishing this one. I think he’s now an auto-buy author for me.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. The fact that this was a debut novel still blows my mind to this day. I used to take the bus to and from work every day and the amount of times I started crying on public transportation, surrounded by people, because of this book, is truly embarrassing.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I went into this book knowing literally nothing about it, and I’m glad I did. The reader is just taken on a wild journey throughout the entirety of this novel, and once again, there were a few times where i was on the verge of tears, out in public, because I was so invested in Evelyn’s story. I usually prefer a more plot-driven book, so when I find something that truly makes me feel for the characters, I’m impressed.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. This was yet another book that had mixed reviews, so I was hesitant to pick it up. I’m so glad I did, though. I thought the world Natasha Ngan built was just so unique, and I loved learning all about the different castes. This was such a great commentary on the way our society deals with men in power who take advantage of women. It also has a sapphic relationship that I absolutely adored, so overall I was very impressed.
What were some treats you read this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts!