4 Books I thought I would hate but ended up loving

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I usually know when I’m gonna really like a book and when I will like it but not as much as everyone. It’s like a combination between the synopsis, what I’ve heard about the book, and the type of books that I like reading, what makes me have an expectation/prediction about a specific book.

This time, I’ll tell you about the books that I was expecting to dislike but ended up loving.

Let’s begin!

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1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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This is one of those books that I would’ve never thought existed until I watched the film. 

And let me tell you that I just watched the first 15 minutes before falling asleep. So yeah, I didn’t have so many high expectations about the book. 

What I loved about the book though, was the amount of detail and the world building. The first few chapters were so entertaining that I had to keep on reading. This book was so good that I’m thinking of re-reading it. 

This book was in my list of 15+ hyped books that I’ve never read so at least I’ve crossed this one off that list. 

Synopsis

“IN THE YEAR 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape”.

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

The synopsis sounded so cliché! The synopsis sounded exactly like something that I would hate/dislike.

I had a friend who always said I had to read it and it took me like 3 years to finally pick up the book. I knew that it was a (very long) series so I definitely had my doubts. 

The thing about book series vs standalones is that once I read the first book, I’m expecting to like it so much so that I can read the entire series. Idk if that makes sense but I talk more about why I prefer standalone books here

Anyways…

Once I got hooked on the story I loved the second and third book! I don’t want to say that it was a ‘page-turner’ but I couldn’t stop reading. Also, after finishing the first book, I didn’t know what else could happen and why there was a second or a third book. I was so wrong. 

Synopsis

“Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever”.

3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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Before The Kite Runner, I always had low expectations for any type of book that I had to read for school. I remember that in high school we had to read books about either war, politics, or about a character with mental health/ family problems. 

This book was the only book in high school that I actually ended up loving. If you haven’t read this, please give it an opportunity! The only thing i can say without spoiling anything is that it’s such a beautiful and raw story. 

Synopsis

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.

4. Taken (the trilogy) by Erin Bowman

If you have read any of my book tags, you know that this book is included in most of my answers for the type of ‘underrated book’ prompt. 

I have read many times that these books have very ‘poor’ world building and the character development is not great BUT this trilogy definitely exceeded my expectations. When I was reading, I could totally picture everything that was happening and it was so entertaining. Also, I actually liked the characters and was rooting for the couple that in the end ended up together! 

When I first read the synopsis and had never heard anyone talking about this book (or trilogy) I thought that it would be like an ‘okay’ type of story. Also, I have to admit that I picked up this book because I didn’t know what else to read. However, I’m SO glad I did. I’m sure that my 14-year-old self would have loved this and I wish I could have read these books sooner. 

Synopsis

There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive. Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

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