30-Day Book Challenge: Day 09 – Book You Expected to Hate But Loved

Day 09: A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving.

I’ve got two for this one as well (sensing a trend here). The first one is Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, which is part of the new weird subgenre of science-fiction. I expected to hate it, to be perfectly blunt. But it blew my mind with how original and brilliant it turned out to be.

The second one is the Daughter of the Pirate King duology by Tricia Levenseller. This is a young adult high fantasy series that was marketed as a romance series, and I was very reluctant to read it. However, I ended up loving the fantasy and brutality of the action. The romance wasn’t the main focus, plus it was a total slow burn.

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9 thoughts on “30-Day Book Challenge: Day 09 – Book You Expected to Hate But Loved

  1. Believe it or not, I didn’t think I was going to like LOTR. Only reason I tried it 40 some odd years ago was word-of-mouth. I was so into hard science fiction a fantasy didn’t seem interesting.

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    • Yup, I know that feeling well, except I think it was the opposite for me. I was super into fantasy and didn’t think SF would ever appeal to me. Now it’s my favourite genre ever.


  2. Well, for me I think the ones that spring to mind is the Hunger Games trilogy. I did not really enjoy the first film, but I got convinced by some people that the books were much better. And they were right! 😊

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    • I still haven’t read the books. I started to get annoyed that people would compare it to Battle Royale as if Battle Royale copied The Hunger Games, and it kind of gave the series a super negative association for me. I may also be biased because Battle Royale is one of my favourite novels of all time.

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      • Yeah, I guess there are a few comparisons to be made between the two…but, the storylines do differ quite a lot. I hope you will get around to it at some point, they certainly aren’t bad novels to read 😊

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  3. Glad you gave Annihilation a try and loved it 🙂 As for me a book I didn’t think I’d like but ended up liking? I would say the Artemis Fowl series, I picked them up out on a whim not thinking they’d be very god (young reader modern fantasy/crime fiction) but the writing was pretty good and witty.

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