It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Today I’ll share some of the most surprising reads I had this year. So let’s get started!
#1 Watchmen by Alan Moore
I don’t normally read comics or graphic novels. However, I already saw so many movie/TV show adaptations coming from that background, I first gave it a shot this year. I checked out The Umbrella Academy and wasn’t too impressed. The story was sort of weird and didn’t make sense, but I figured maybe the format just isn’t the right thing for me.
When the new Watchmen series started airing I was positively hypnotized by the story so I figured I should pick up the graphic novel to find out some more about where all of it came from. Guess what? I had a great time with the graphic novel and immediately went back to the library to pick up From Hell and the Scott Pilgram books to give those a shot as well. Maybe graphic novels do work for me after all!
#2 Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
2019 is the year I got hooked on book subscription boxes. It’s one of my favorite things at the moment and I already got so many amazing little trinkets and novels this way. Sorcery of Thorns is one of them. I had never heard about the book or the author but when I lifted the book out of the box I was already in love. The story was just as brilliant, so it’s definitely one of my favorite surprise reads this year!
#3 Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
This year, I also managed to catch up with some of the bigs names in the YA-world. I had heard lots about Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas and Holly Black but hadn’t read any of their books. Well, now I did!
I enjoyed Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone trilogy, loved Six of Crows and was blown away by Crooked Kingdom. I didn’t think it would be possible for me to like Crooked Kingdom even more than Six of Crows but it was brilliant. I laughed, I cried, I am over the moon.
#4 The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
A confession: I bought this book purely because I saw the cover on Instagram and thought it’s beautiful. I didn’t know what it’s about but I ordered it anyway.
Turns out, it was right down my alley and absolutely impossible to put down!
#5 Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
As I mentioned before, 2019 is the year I finally checked out all the YA books people on tumblr are always talking about. I kicked the year off with Maas’ ACOTAR books and then went straight to binge-reading the Throne of Glass series. Although I had some issues with her novels, I still enjoyed all of it tremendously. Kingdom of Ash deserves a special award for making me cry more often than I would have expected.
What’s your favorite book that surprised you in 2019? Let me know in the comments!