Lately I’ve noticed that a lot of the books I’ve picked up are books that I’m not interested in at all, or at least not interested in by the summary alone.
The only reason I’ve decided to read them is because everyone else says the book is awesome or I’ve read a fantastic review that makes me want to see what the reviewer is talking about. After I’ve read the book I either think it’s; one of the best books I’ve read recently, or that it was the very opposite of that.
My point is: I picked it up to give it a go anyway.
Do you pick up books you wouldn’t have normally read, because you were urged to by a review or friend? Or do you only read books you’re sure you would like?
I’ve found recently that I’m open to reading different books because I’ve loved quite a few books I wouldn’t have normally picked up otherwise.
Grave Mercy. I thought it was different, exciting and intriguing. It reminded me of my all time favourite series The Belgariad and The Mallorean written by David Eddings. I think I mostly loved the time it was set in coupled with the odd idea that death has a saint and people serve him but those people don’t murder because they get a kick out of it, they kill the people that are traitorous to their country and have been deemed to die by their saint Mortain.
Enclave. I couldn’t put this book down, I found it incredibly exciting and interesting. I had never read anything that had zombies before this book, there aren’t actual zombies in this book but the ‘freaks’ feel like they are classed as some sort of zombie. Even though they don’t rise from the dead, they do only eat human flesh.
It was exciting and had me furiously turning page after page. I think the reason I loved this book so much was because I hadn’t ever read anything like it before and I am very interested in the idea of what life could be like after some sort of ‘apocalypse’. The world as we will personally never know it.
Legend. I nearly didn’t read this book because the summary held no interest for me, it sounded way too political. And I really did not like the names ‘Day’ and ‘June’, something as silly as that thought made me push this further down the list. But then I kept reading reviews that said this book was awesome, so I decided to give it a go. And I’m glad I did because I really enjoyed this book.
But then there have also been books that I’ve thought the very opposite.
What books have you decided to pick up because a review made it sound great, or because a friend/family/blogger recommended it do you?
Did you like it? Did you regret reading it?
Do you often read books that are ‘Outside of your Box’?