August 10, 2012

TGIF (35): Unexpected Loves

TGIF at GReads is a feature by the fabulous Ginger, who asks us a fun question to answer every week. It's always a joy to be a part of this, and I think everyone certainly should try it out!

Which books did you have reservations about reading, but ended up loving once you did?

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling

I got this book as a present from my mom when I was in the fifth or sixth grade. I remember that I shoved it into the drawer without giving it a second thought because I wasn't interested in it at first. About two weeks later, I found it and, being pretty bored, ended up starting it. Imagine my complete surprise when I tore through it in a manner of days! Since then, I've been a very big fan of the series and it's definitely one that I'll be reading with my children in the future!

2. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

This book, on first glance, looks incredibly intimidating because of the font size and the sheer length of it. I watched the movie though and fell in love with the story, so I really had to give it a try. On my first attempt, I fell asleep somewhere in the middle of it. I gave up on it for a while, but then I started it again and, well, I was so fascinated by the story that I read the trilogy one after another. It's definitely a great story and I'm a huge fan of this series as well.

3. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

I had never read any Jane Austen book; the fact that her books were written in a different style and the length intimidated me. I finally picked up Pride & Prejudice in 2010, because of the recommendations of many of my friends. It was one of the most amazing things that I'd ever read in my life, hands down! 

4. Lethal Remedy by Richard Mabry (Review)

I got this book for review, and was a little worried because it's something I don't normally read. However, I really shouldn't have - it's intelligently written, entertaining and definitely had me invested.

5. Tempest by Julie Cross (Review)
(This book is one of the books up for grabs as part of my birthday & Travel Tales giveaway!)

I'm not the type to read science fiction books. I noticed it because of a few reviews, and was sort of interested; what really convinced me in the end was meeting the friendly and wonderful Julie Cross! I started it and could not put it down until I finished it. It was an amazing debut and I'm so excited for its sequel Vortex!


  1. I had reservations about reading Harry Potter as well. I didn't want to read it, it didn't look like something I would enjoy. I'm so glad I did read it though! On the other hand, I really should check out Tempest, because I love science fiction.

  2. Harry Potter seems to be a common one today. It's on my list for sure. And Pride and Prejudice, I only picked it up last year. And promptly beat my self up for not reading it sooner. Here's my TGIF

  3. Harry Potter is on my list too! I keep hearing about Tempest.. I haven't read it yet but I think I'll be adding it to my TBR list :)

  4. Awesome books, Alexa! I have Tempest but still haven't read it ... I've heard amazing things about it, though! Didn't know it was sci-fi, but it sure looks good. I was hesitant about Harry Potter, too. I think I actually scoffed at my friend when she told me she was reading them -- We're grown adults!, I thought. But then I started reading them ... and that was it! I loved them!

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. I LOVE sci-fi and time-travel, so I was super excited about Tempest. Since it ended the way it did (!), I'm super ready for Vortex.

  6. I really liked the way Tempest ended. I look forward to the sequel as well.

  7. Tempest I can read, but I don't know about Harry Potter. My oldest (who will be 21 next week) has all of the books. I just can't seem to pick to up and open them.

    Glad you enjoyed :D

  8. First, let me note that this is the first comment I have left on your blog in far too long! Second, I apologize that this is the first comment I have left on your blog in far too long. Third, your new layout is totally adorable! And finally, I LOVE that you loved Pride & Prejudice! I have a whole Jane Austen collection waiting to be read but I am so nervous about not being able to grasp onto that writing style and time period. I will surely need to give it a shot!

  9. I will have to try Julie Cross. I’m glad I dropped by from TGFI. I am your newest follower.
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