Top 10 Tuesday — Books That Defied My Expectations

5 Sep

Happy Tuesday! I hope you enjoyed your long weekend with some rest and reading. I traveled to Chicago to participate in the Windy City Saga Tour hosted by Jocelyn Green. It certainly defied expectations! It was such a fantastic trip filled with lots of reader-nerd fun. I was especially thrilled to meet in person many of my favorite authors. If you ever get the opportunity to join a literary tour, I heartily encourage it.

Speaking of defying expectations, my list today includes books I knew I probably would like, but didn’t realize how much I would love them. They are a mix of genres, so there is definitely something for everyone. I hope you find a book to love.

Top Books That Defied Expectations

Fatal Code by Natalie Walters

In This Moment by Gabrielle Meyer

The Lady’s Mine by Francine Rivers

The Librarian of Saint-Malo by Mario Escobar

The Long March Home by Tosca Lee And Marcus Brotherton

The Mistletoe Countess by Pepper Basham

The Weight of Air by Kimberly Duffy

When We Were Young And Brave by Hazel Gaynor

Where The Blue Sky Begins by Katie Powner

Within These Walls of Sorrow by Amanda Barratt

12 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday — Books That Defied My Expectations”

  1. Lydiaschoch September 5, 2023 at 6:49 am #

    It’s such a thrill to find a book you love! 🙂

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday post.

  2. Cindy Davis September 5, 2023 at 9:24 am #

    Great list!

  3. deanne01 September 5, 2023 at 9:24 am #

    This series by Gabrielle Meyer is incredible isn’t it? I wasn’t sure if I’d like it but this whole series was beyond my expectations, and I can’t wait for the next to release.

  4. Carrie September 5, 2023 at 10:36 am #

    yes!! Within These Walls of Sorrow & Gabe’s Timeless series are two that – like you say – I knew I would love but had no idea how much i would love them.

    • rbclibrary September 5, 2023 at 10:56 am #

      I was thrilled to meet Amanda last weekend at the Novel-Tea.

      • Carrie September 5, 2023 at 11:00 am #

        isn’t she so sweet?

  5. Susan September 5, 2023 at 6:02 pm #

    How fun! I enjoy Green’s books quite a lot. I need to read more of them. The Meyer series is one I want to read, too.

    Happy TTT!


  6. masterspj September 5, 2023 at 6:39 pm #

    It’s always great when you find a book that you love more than you thought you would.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  7. Nicole Santana September 5, 2023 at 6:53 pm #

    I agree with you on all these books. I’m still reeling from Meyer’s series. SO good!!!

  8. Kristi September 5, 2023 at 7:04 pm #

    The Mistletoe Countess checks so many boxes for me–Christian, historical, marriage of convenience, and a mystery to boot? And I enjoy reading Christmas-related books during November and December, so this is going on my list for this year.

  9. anovelglimpse September 6, 2023 at 1:15 pm #

    I haven’t read any of these, but I’m glad they surpassed what you expected of them.

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