It’s Wednesday again! Which means it’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday list. This week we’re taking a look at books we thought we would hate, but ended up enjoying. The brains behind the Top 5 Wednesday idea, along with past and future topics, can be found here.
I’m not going to lie, it was a tough task to compile this list – As a general rule I won’t even pick a book up if I don’t think I’ll like it, but there have been some that slipped through!
First up is The Little Cafe in Copenhagen by Julie Caplin. I picked this up during a reading slump – When I’m struggling to get into anything I tend to grab a read way outside my comfort zone in the hopes that the change of scenery is enough to kick start my reading habit again. It seemed to be a standard cosy romance book, so I didn’t hold out high hopes for it, with romance not being a genre I favour. Boy, was I wrong. I loved it! I devoured this book and was glued to every page. Yes, it’s a romance, but it ended up drawing me in with beautifully written characters and a unique plot.
Next is The Gift by Cecila Ahern. This was another read I was pretty apprehensive of. My initial impression of Cecila Ahern was soppy romance books, so I had always steered clear of them, but So. Many. People. I was chatting with were raving about her books, I decided to bite the bullet and give one a shot. It was December at the time so I opted to grab this one, hoping the Christmassy vibe from it would make it easier to get into. I was blown away to discover the book was nothing like I had envisioned. It was such a feel-good read, putting a modern twist on a A Christmas Carol, and I really enjoyed reading it. I’ve still not picked up any further Ahern books, but I’m definitely more inclined to do so now that I’ve broken down the barrier and read one of them!
Another ‘Reading slump’ book, Defenseless by Elizabeth Dyer. It’s a romantic suspense novel, so here we go with the aversion to romance thing again. (Is it any wonder I’m a crazy cat lady, when I even avoid romance in my reading material?!) On top of the romance element, this book is based around military defence and private security companies. Another thing I’ve never had much interest in! That said, the fast pace of the plot and some extremely lovable characters was enough to change my mind, and I am now impatiently waiting for book 4 of this series to be announced, and have a new author on my ‘Automatic buy’ list.
Next up is The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey. This was actually a book club read, which is what pushed me to read it, though I wasn’t overly keen on the idea. The failing point? Zombies. I don’t know what it is, but I just can’t get on board with the whole zombie apocalypse thing. Even though I’m a big horror fan, I’m not even keen on zombie based movies (With the exception of Zombieland, because that’s just hilarious!). So picking up a book with a zombie based plot, I was gearing myself to either be skimming a lot of it or not even finishing it. Luckily, this book seemed to take such a different turn to most zombie story lines – Actually following a ‘next generation’ style of zombie, and their assistance in battling for a cure, instead of the usual ‘us vs. them’ survival battle. I even went as far as to read the second book in the series!
Last up, is Enchantress by James Maxwell. The odd one out on this list, it’s a fantasy – My favourite genre! So what went wrong?
I really wanted to enjoy this book (And am so glad that I did in the end!) but I just found it so slow to start. A lot of long descriptions in the initial chapters with not much going on, I was failing to really connect with any of the characters to begin with. I was determined to see it through, though, as I hate to DNF any book. Thankfully after a few more chapters, things seemed to get into a better flow for reading, more was revealed about some of the main characters, and I fell in love with the story. It’s actually a very interesting world that has been built up within this series, one that I loved learning more about once the story really kicked off!
Which books have you read that you weren’t a fan of to begin with, but ended up loving?