I had to think about this topic from Long and Short Reviews, as it's been a while since any book has pleasantly surprised me. When I choose a book I tend to read reviews first and also download the sample, so I don't buy it unless I'm sure I'm going to like it. It's more likely that I'll be deceived by the sample and end up unpleasantly surprised.
However, I will admit to one.
Other than Agatha Christie, I'm not one for crime fiction, even cosy crime fiction. However, when I heard Richard Osman had written a book, I decided to give it a go. I took a chance and pre-ordered "The Thursday Murder Club" and crossed my fingers it would be good.
And I'm now three books in and have the fourth on pre-order. It was that good.
I'm still not into crime fiction. But the characters in Osman's series are so engaging and the plots so entertaining that I make an exception for him.
So which book were you pleasantly surprised by?
I'm not really a crime fiction fan either, but I've read a couple of short stories by Agatha Christie and enjoyed them. Also, I've read The Thursday Murder Club and really enjoyed that , too. I'm yet to read the sequels but they are on my list.ReplyDelete
They're both very good.Delete
That’s pretty cool, Tanith! I don’t read crime fiction much either, but some of it is great.ReplyDelete
I make an exception for him :)Delete
Oh, I love when that happens! I'm also cautious about which books I buy, trying to make sure I'll love it, but it's always nice when one ends up even better than expected!ReplyDelete
I've been unpleasantly surprised often enough that I'm very cautious now.Delete