Sunday Book Club: Surprise Me

Posted February 19, 2017 by meezcarrie in Sunday Book Club / 27 Comments

How sad is it that I’m living vicariously through my wintry Sunday Book Club graphic? We have had NO STICKING SNOW this winter. NONE. My snow-loving heart is in mourning. And slightly cranky about the whole thing. But this picture … blissful sigh.

Ok. Anyway, back to the Sunday Book Club.

This coming week, for Top Ten Tuesday, I’ll be talking about books that I’ve liked more than I thought I would. Whether it’s because the cover didn’t jump out and grab me … or I wasn’t familiar with the author … or it’s not my usual genre… or I’d “heard things” about the book. I of course can’t give the whole post away but one of mine will be The Five Times I Met Myself by James Rubart.  It’s written by a man and the main character is a man and I just didn’t think I would be able to connect with the writing voice or the protagonist. Well. I was so wrong it’s just embarrassing. It’s become one of my very favorite reads and it completely deserved the Christy Award for Book of the Year.

So what about you? What are some books you’ve read that you liked more than you thought you would?


27 responses to “Sunday Book Club: Surprise Me

  1. Rachel Dixon

    Hmmm…Let me think…Close to You I think. Mostly because it is contemporary. I knew I would like the LOTR ascpet….but it wasn’t historical. So I figured it would be mediocre… How wrong I was!

  2. Kav

    Hmmm…I have to say that I’m pretty good about picking books…maybe too good because I don’t often leap out of my comfort zone and try something I think I won’t like. Because usually, I don’t. LOL And then I might ahve to write a review about it.

    Sometimes characters surprise me though. Like a secondary character I really didn’t like in one book becomes the hero or heroine in the next book and I really don’t want to read about them at all but I love the author so I can’t resist and then I’m won over. Julie Lessman’s Charity O’Connor is one. Candace Calvert’s Sloane Ferrell is another.

    Sometimes I can be swayed by negative feedback about a book. There was chatter about one recently…not terrible, but a lot of people were saying it was so different from the author’s usual writing style and they didn’t like it. Found the story slow. Too many points of view etc. This was a favourite author of mine and I had the opportunity to review the book in question. I’m ashamed to say that I picked up a few other books before this one because of that talk. When it came time to read the book I was won over on the very first page. Exactly the kind of story I love. Rich details, multiple characters, a whole village to get to know. I was in reader heaven! The book? Julie Klassen’s The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill.

    • Rebecca Maney

      I had nearly the same reaction to “The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill”. Being her first series, I think Julie Klassen did take her time to build a foundation, which did slow things down at first, but I ended liking the story and am looking very much forward to the next one.

  3. Rebecca Maney

    Great topic. Most recently, I was surprised how much I liked “The Undoing of Saint Silvanus”. I had read varying opinions, and it was a bit of a slow start, but the author had time to do that, due to the overall length.

    Jennifer Rodewald was an author, in the past year, who absolutely blew my preconceived circuits. I had not heard much about her, but those stories! And Jocelyn Green thought I would like Heather Gilbert’s “The Forest Child” . . . . and boy, did I!! Would I have ever picked out a Viking story by myself, I doubt it. But like you and James Rubart, it ended up in my top ten.

    • Carrie

      oh yes! Jennifer Rodewald is another author who blew me away! Yes! Still need to read Saint Silvanus and Forest Child!!

  4. MH

    Oh, James Rubart’s Five Times I Met Myself was fabulous! I can’t even remember how I picked up the book but I read it quite a few months ago and am looking forward to reading his older books (and the one that’s due to come out….or did it come out already?).
    James Rubart has actually started my journey to finding more male authors who write outside of my comfort genres.

  5. So I’m going with classics on Tuesday — those I liked and those that didn’t do it for me. I loved Bleak House by Dickens. All 900+ pages, including the scenes in court. I would not have liked to have waited for each installment to come out had I lived in the Victorian era.

  6. Andrea Stephens

    I’m sorry to be laughing at your distress over the lack of snow. It is very odd to have temps in the 60’s in northern Illinois in February. I’m not complaining.
    Let’s see, a book I was having trouble with… The Portrait of Emily Price, I wasn’t feeling it, maybe because I had been sick and not sleeping well. I reached out to a friend 😉 who said to skip to chapter 12. I did, then I wanted to know how she got to that place. So I started over and loved it!

  7. I’m with you on Wuthering Heights, Carrie. Fascinating story, but Kathy and Heathcliff are both so unlikable, I don’t like spending time with them.

    I’m reading “These Old Shades” by Georgette Heyer (when I can grab a minute here and there), and I usually love her books. In this one, I started out really disliking the hero, but about halfway in, I’m warming up to him. We’ll see how it goes. 🙂

      • Actually, I wanted to read Devil’s Cub, but since that is a sequel to “Shades,” I thought I’d better read it first. Actually, I read it years and years ago, so I’ve totally forgotten what it was like.

        And, yes, Meez Carrie, if RA were reading it, the hero would be divine. Because, well, RA. 😀

    • Carrie

      oh interesting! Of course, if Richard Armitage was reading it the hero would probably have been instantly likable 😉

  8. As a high school English teacher, I’m happy to see some of the classics on the list (nerd me). There is nothing about my personality that should like George Orwell’s 1984, but I do, and I teach it every year to seniors and discuss the importance of exercising our voice in a democracy and the dangers of neglecting to do so. (I’m really not a very political person…)

  9. Winnie Thomas

    I’ve really tried to think of a way to get some of our snow to you, Carrie! Alas, nothing has worked, and our snow is almost gone now. You never know, though, we may get a bunch more at any time (even in the summer)!

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