Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books that Pleasantly Surprised Me

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all well. It’s Wednesday, and it’s time for my sixth post in the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews. You can check out this year’s list of topics here if you’d like to join in, and you can see what others are writing about this topic here.

Today’s topic is:

Books that Pleasantly Surprised Me

I love to read. Ever since I can remember, books have been my escape from the world. There’s something powerful about being able to imagine the world of the story for yourself rather than having it concretely displayed for you, like in a movie. It’s like your brain is so preoccupied with recreating characters and settings that it can’t focus too much on your problems or anxieties. At least, that’s what I’ve found.

I try to give every sort of book a chance, though I’m naturally drawn to science fiction and horror stories. Lately, however, I’ve been stepping outside my comfort zone to broaden my reading horizons.

One book I read recently that surprised me was ‘Resting Scrooge face’ by Meghan Quinn (which I reviewed here). It’s a short romantic story about two exes who accidentally fall back in love with one another with the help of the interfering but well-intentioned town mailman.

Romance stories aren’t usually my cup of tea, or at least I thought they weren’t, but to be honest, I’d not actually read any. I only stumbled upon this particular story because I was looking for some festive-themed stories to review over December, and I’m glad I did. Since then, I’ve decided to keep myself open to new reading possibilities in the future and step (at least every now and then) tentatively out of the relative safety of my comfort zone.

Another type or genre of book that I have been enjoying lately are novelisations of movies and Tv shows. I always avoided such stories because I had thought if I’ve already seen the movie, then I’ve experienced the story, so what’s the point?

But, novelisations, I’ve found, tend to flesh the story out, going deeper into character histories and back story. I’ve always loved reading Star Trek and Doctor Who novels, but I have always avoided the novelisations of actual episodes. Just recently, though, I read ‘The Day of the Doctor’, the novelisation of the 50th-anniversary special of Doctor Who, and the novelisation of the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, ‘All Good Things’, and although both of these books did keep to the story of their respective shows, they delivered a richer story, offering more information, characterisation and detail than was probably possible on TV due to time and money constraints.

So, there we go, two types of books that surprised me, and with that said, that’s my sixth post in the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge. I’m still hanging in there and curious to read yours.

As always, thanks for reading this week’s post. It means the world that you stopped by!

Until next time,


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7 replies

  1. I like to read and review festive books, too. I’ll have to check out Resting Scrooge Face.

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  2. The only novelization I’ve read was in Jr. High, the book by Isaac Asimov on Fantastic Voyage. He even got the ship out.

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  3. Have you read Iris Yang’s Tigers Trilogy? I was surprised that the character Jasmine survived and reappeared in volume 3. Just from this post alone, I’m guessing you’d like volume 1 best, where Jasmine’s cousin and their BFF are actually flying fighter planes. I found all three fairly fresh, lively novels about China in the twentieth century.

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  4. Nice! I’ve always been curious about novelization style books, but haven’t read any yet. Maybe I should try one this one? Hmm… 🙂

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  5. I’ve tried a few novelisations and a lot have been decent. The one of “Grease” was very weird, though 🙂

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