Most Surprising Books of 2019

Hi! It’s been a while. Sorry, I was on holidays and even though I planned to draft and schedule posts to go up while I was away, that hasn’t happened. I know it’s a bit late for the 2019 wrap up posts, but bear with me.

Today’s list is my most surprising books of 2019, books that for some reason exceeded my expectations. In no particular order, here they are.

Scythe by Neal Schusterman

This book has been so hyped since it came out and so not to my taste (being a dystopian novel), I avoided it like the plague. I honestly don’t know why I gave in in the end and picked it up but I’m definitely glad I did. I loved the main characters and how different they were. I really enjoyed how morally ambiguous the scythdom, their rules and methods are. It was a really interesting read and a series I would love to continue with this year.

Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan

I didn’t have great expectations starting this one. I didn’t see many people talk about this one, some reviews on Goodreads really made me feel like I might not enjoy it. I gave it a go because it was Halloween and I wanted a witchy, spooky story. Also, it’s by an Irish author and I would like to read more locally, so it was an easy choice. The book was honestly everything I wanted at the time. Extremely atmospheric and somehow familiar, with a very “spoken Irish” writing style. I wish it was a series, because I would love to read more about the characters, and it’s what made me dock a half star. Overall, as you already know, because it’s the sole reason for this post – it was a really delightful surprise.

IT by Stephen King

IT was my first Stephen King book and I’ve heard such mixed reviews on the story and the writing, and to be perfectly honest, Stephen King himself (by the way, what do you think about this current shitstorm feat. King tweeting about diversity?), I didn’t know what to expect. I loved the movies and that’s mostly the reason why I picked up the book and oh, boy, was it good? I skipped the infamous scene at the end of the book (if you know, you know), as by then I was enjoying it SO MUCH I didn’t want my experience ruined. It was creepy, funny, vulgar and even heartwarming at times. I don’t know what I expected going into it, but IT exceeded any expectations I could’ve had.

The Devil’s Apprentice by Kenneth B. Andersen

I’ve been part of the tour for this book, my first one ever, and I agreed to it without expecting too much. I mean, the book has been out for a long time and it didn’t explode the Internet. I know there are hidden gems out there and the popularity of the book should not reflect on how good/bad it is, but it definitely sets some sort of expectations. I won’t go into details here, because I have a full review on here somewhere (link, if you wanna read it), but it really took me by surprise how much I ended up enjoying it. It’s a fun, fast paced MG novel with a quirky setting. I wouldn’t have picked it up on my own so I’m really glad I got to read it through the tour I took part in.

Lumberjanes Vol.1 by Noelle Stevenson

I’m not big on graphic novels and I haven’t read many of them. But I got a free trial of Kindle Unlimited and it had that and a couple of other graphic novels on it for free, so I decided to try them out for myself. I loved Lumberjanes. I loved every single character. I loved their dynamic. I loved the humour in it. Everything about it was perfect and I’m definitely gonna continue with it when I get a chance. It’s a great palate cleanser in between longer books, I think.

And that would be it for my most surprising books of 2019. Have you read any of these?

I will be back tomorrow with my Best Books of 2019 post, so keep an eye out for that, if you’re interested. Thanks for reading.

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