Top 5 Surprising Reads of 2019!

There’s always those books that you go into with low or no expectations and then BAM! You’re suddenly hit with the love of a book that you never expected. This year has been full of books that came out of left field! I probably could have made this list a top 10! I will list my main 5 and then have some honourable mentions at the end 🙂

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme where I explore different topics. If you are interested in participating I would love to have you! Here is a list of my Upcoming topics in December – please remember to ping back a specific post of mine so I get a notification and I will add you to the participants list!

Crazy rich asians


This book has been so hyped for the last few years and it’s also a plot that I can’t stand (normally). Rich people being snobby and spoiled….. I can’t think of anything worse to read. BUT – damn it I was wrong! This book was so freaking good! It showed that money isn’t always everything and it can’t replace love and family. I also weirdly liked that it was SO over the top. I’m normally annoyed by stuff like that but this was like watching a car crash in slow motion. I couldn’t look away!

No exit

NO EXIT by Taylor Adams

Thrillers and mysteries aren’t my favourite genre…… that’s putting it mildly. I find that they’re very predictable and full of suspense with NO answers. Every question leads to another question. But this book changed things. We find out in the first chapter what happened and who it is. There was a ton of action and suspense and I was gripping the book the whole way through. I think I actually liked knowing who it was and having the suspense focused on escape. I loved this!

With the fire on high

WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH by Elizabeth Acevedo

YA contemporary just isn’t something that I normally relate to. Why? I’m old! LOL! I’m 37 and well past the years where I can relate to teenage problems….. unless I apply them to my teenage daughter of course! But this book blew away all of my expectations. The story of a young mother who is torn between focusing on herself or her child. I wasn’t a teenage mother but I did have my first child in my early 20’s. I hadn’t cemented what I wanted to do with my life at that point so it was a struggle for me as well to decide when and who to focus on. This was such a well written book!

The lies of Locke Lamora


I knew I was going to love this book – but I didn’t know just HOW MUCH I would love this book! I was told by a few really good friends that this was the book of my dreams. Fantasy, con artists, humour, magic, and badassery. It was all those things and so much more! The characters are some of my favourites of all time and the humour is incomparable!

Red white and royal blue


This book……. it’s just too much for my heart to handle! Yet again, I was faced with a book about things I normally hate – politicians and spoiled royalty. Yes, I said it. Those things bother me A LOT in a contemporary setting. But this book showed the many sides of politicians and royalty – more than just what’s at face value. So many emotions and one of my favourite couples in books this year!!

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Meeghan Reads ——— Anxious Nachos ———My Year Of Reading Dangerously
Much Ado About Books ——— The Book Prescription ——— Realms Of My Mind
The Secret Library ——— The Punk Theory ——— Comfort Reads
Sophril Reads ——— First Line Reader ——— Ace Reader
J.W. Martin (Storeys of Stories) ——— Kristin Kraves Books ——— Kyera’s Library
A Fictional Bookworm ——— Synopses by Sarge ——— Library of March
Bookwitch Reviews ——— Silver Button Books ——— On My Book Shelf
Bookoholic Lizzy ——— Bookishly Rebecca ——— Recipe And A Read
Tay’s Infinite Thoughts ——— Happiest When Reading ——— The Words Gremlin
Elysa Reads It All ——— Zezee With Books ——— Shades Of Paper
Be Frisky ——— CJR The Brit ——— Beware Of The Reader
Books Are 42 ——— Jamsu Dreams

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As I mentioned, these are just a few of the books that surprised me this year! There was also these 5 books:

  • THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett
  • SORCERY OF THORNS by Margaret Rogerson
  • TEETH IN THE MIST by Dawn Kurtagich
  • COME TUMBLING DOWN by Seanan McGuire

I don’t think it was fair of me to list Come Tumbling Down as it doesn’t publish until 2020 but I read it this year so I’m mentioning it. It was a surprise because I HATED book 2 in the series. When I learned that this one too focused on Jack and Jill I was terrified. But their story has been redeemed!

What books surprised you this year?

Until next time, happy reading!




29 Comments Add yours

  1. Comfort Reads says:

    I’ll definitely have to read Lies of Locke Lamora soon. It sounds amazing!

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    1. It’s a bit dense and lengthy but soooooo worth it!

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  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed Red White & Royal Blue so much!! ❤️ I put it in my TBR for this month, it’s not a priority but I’ll try to read it, I’m so curious 😍

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    1. MAKE IT A PRIORITY!! Lol. It’s so good! Something light and upbeat for Christmas 🙂

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  3. The Lies of Locke Lamora is FANTASTIC, I love that series so much! Great picks 🙂

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  4. I love your list!! Surprising books are always so special aren’t they? They are like people you didn’t expect to become your friend and then BAM, best friend!

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  5. Red, White & Royal Blue was definitely very surprising! I don’t usually like the themes either, but with all the great reviews I decided to read it. I definitely do not regret reading this amazing book!

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  6. Off top of head my biggest surprise was the Martian 👽 which I decided to read after a diff topic … think it was called sci for readers who don’t like sci fi? I enjoyed it 🙂

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    1. That was one of my biggest book surprises too! I thought I hated science based books. Apparently I love them lol

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  7. Red, White, & Royal Blue was a surprise for me, too!

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  8. Colline says:

    Crazy Rich Asians surprised me too.

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  9. Bree says:

    Yes! RW&RB was SO good! Did you see she just announced her next novel? It sounds so good!


  10. evelynreads1 says:

    With the fire on high also made it to my list!
    I really need to pick up Red, White and Royal blue!



  11. Taylor says:

    With the Fire on High is on my list too and I agree it was very well written. I have both No Exit and Crazy Rich Asians but haven’t read them yet. I guess I should if they really are that good. I heard such great things about Red, White, and Royal Blue I should check that one out as well. Great list!


  12. CJR The Brit says:

    Omg I haven’t read any on your list, I need to remedy that! My post will be up soon!


  13. Beware Of The Reader says:

    You ARE NOT OLD!!!! Try adding 12 more years Shanah and I am still not feeling old 😉 My post very late as usual …


  14. Nia says:

    I have to read The Lies of Locke Lamora! Everyone’s been raving about that book and I’m so intrigued, but somehow never end up picking it up! Maybe 2019 will finally be the year🙂.


  15. With the Fire on High is making my “Books I Didn’t Get to in 2019” list – which means it’s a top priority for 2020!


  16. I really wanted to love the Lies of Locke Lamora, but for some reason I just didn’t get into it?! I think I just never really clicked with the MC it made it so hard… So happy to see RWRB here, it’s just so heartwarming and lovely!


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