I swear that the week after a vacation is the slowest dang thing that has ever existed. I need to start making sure that when I go on vacation it bleeds into two separate weeks so I can prolong the amount of time it takes me to have to complete a full week of work. This has been bruuuutal y’all. However, it’s always nice to get back into a routine and I’ve been doing a bunch of reading so I’m not too upset about it. As I mentioned earlier this week I’m making a Thai Curry dish to pair with my Behind Her Eyes review which I’ll be posting on Friday, so keep an eye out! For today, I wanted to participate in Top 5 Wednesday!
Top 5 Wednesday, like all the other memes I do is actually a Goodreads group rather than a blog! Different “top 5” topics are discussed every week and it’s a super fun way to revisit and share books you’ve already read with readers. I definitely suggest checking out the group if you’re into these kinds of posts! This week the topic is “books you thought you’d hate but ended up loving”! This one is actually pretty hard for me (but IDKKK I feel like I say that all the time) because I generally don’t read books I think I’ll hate. So I’m going for more of a “books I was less enthusiastic about reading but ended up loving” vibe.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
For some reason both the synopsis and the first couple of pages / chapters literally bored me to tears with this book. I’d kept revisiting it because a) the cover is stunning and b) the reviews are so full of hype I felt like I was missing something. I didn’t have anything else that sounded better to read so I picked her up and what do you know, it was a 5-star read for me! It’s definitely a lot slower than the books I typically read but I’m so happy I stuck it out. Now I’m again kind of running into the same issue with the second book so I set it aside during my book slump to revisit later because I know it’ll be just as good I’ve just got to get to gettin!
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
So, again, definitely never thought I’d *hate* this book but for some reason I felt like it was going to be boring. I’ve mentioned it before but prose aren’t generally my numero uno in whether or not I’ll enjoy a book. I’m more of a story girl than how beautiful the words are. However, thanks to the ever amazing Traveling Sister’s and the hype surrounding this book, I read this with a group of wonderful ladies and got to experience the sheer magic of the marriage of a beautiful story with stunning prose. Another one that ended up being a surprise 5-star read for me!
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
Sometime last year my husband and I read a few books together because I was riding the high of the “group read” and after I’d made him read multiple of the books that are more my style he asked me to read the first book in his favorite series. He, of course, couldn’t have picked a bigger series, comprised of bigger books. At a whopping 561 pages I felt like I’d have to trudge through this to get to the end. However, I was pleasantly surprised and despite not being a big science-fiction fan, I really enjoyed this read! It wasn’t a 5-star for me, but it was 4 and I’m all the happier for having read it!
Nobody’s Sweetheart Now by Maggie Robinson
This is one of the first ARCs that I had read. I didn’t have many followers on GR, and I didn’t have a blog so it was slim pickings what I’d get approved for. However, while “cozy” mysteries aren’t my go-to this one totally blew me out of the water! I think this is the coziest of the cozy that I’ve ever read. I found myself so supremely charmed by Adelaide and being visited by her late husbands ghost (who is a real piece of work) while trying to solve the mystery of how someone ended up murdered in her barn was surprisingly fun. It had mad “Clue” vibes and I found myself giggling and happily reading along when I wasn’t sure going in if it was going to fit my *vibe*.
The Whole30 by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig
Maybe this is a cop out since it’s not a novel but IDGAF and I’m gonna put it on here. I was wholly (get it) unenthusiastic about doing Whole30 when I started on January 1st. However, now both my husband and I are looking to do it again soon. I have very few negative feelings about the experience and it really shed a lot of light onto gut health and the things we’re putting into our bodies. It made me feel incredibly in control of myself and my diet. Not only that but the other positive side effects were numerous and I think will be long lasting. It was really an amazing “reset” for the both of us and I look forward to doing it again!
Well, I think that would’ve been much easier for me if the topic had been “books you thought you’d love but left you supremely disappointed” but this was a great challenge that I really enjoyed! I’ve got something a little bit different than my usual book/food posts in store for y’all tomorrow so keep an eye out!
Have you read any of these titles? If so, do you agree with me? What are some books you thought you’d not be a big fan of but ended up loving? Drop me a note in the comments and let me know!