Top Ten Tuesday: Unexpected Bookish Discoveries I Made In 2019 (#75)

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Obviously I spiced up this topic a bit to fit my thought process. I LITERALLY ONLY ADDED A WORD. It's the same topic, really. For some reason my brain was not processing 'bookish discoveries' it was like, hm, I don't know her. I added 'unexpected' as a way to jog my memory and open up a topic of bookish discoveries that came unexpected--these are the books that surprised me most in 2019.

For those of you who are new to my blog, or the book blogging community, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, originating over at the Broke and the Bookish, and is exactly what its title hints at. Each week we're given a topic to explore in our entries.  
Being a part of the blog tour for the third installment of the House of Night spin-off, House of Night: Other World, was such a fun time. It reignited my love of these characters... and I ended up loving this spin-off far more than the original series. I couldn't put Loved down and quickly jumped to the next two installments. We all know how much I adored Don't You Forget About Me--I honestly thought it was going to be fluffy and sweet but it was so much more complex and emotional.

Well Met was such a refreshing, entertaining and sweet read. I was expecting to like it, but I ended up loving it. Like, a lot. The same could be said for 10 Blind Dates. Both exceeded my expectations in the best way possible--and I look forward to more from the authors in the future. Swoon.

 The end of 2019 brought a binge read of the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. I felt lukewarm towards the first two books in the series but The Book of Life was fantastic! I couldn't put it down and finished it so quickly. It's got me rethinking my evaluation of the other two books in the trilogy. The Starless Sea was one of the most anticipated reads for me last year and I went into it thinking that I'd probably never like it as much as The Night Circus. Turns out, I loved it WAY more.

My skepticism towards Season of the Witch was mostly tied into the fact that I don't normally like novelizations of shows. This wasn't one, but I kind of automatically associated it as one for some reason. I should have known better--Sarah Rees Brennan is a gift to our community and Archie Comics has had me in a chokehold since I was like five? Still, it, and its sequel, surprised me and became fast favourites. A Lesson in Thorns was a daunting experience due to subject matter and the fact that I don't always enjoy erotic romance--Sierra Simone had me hooked, though, and surprised me. 

Little Darlings and Resurrection Girls were both spontaneous reads/requests, but SO gorgeous and haunting and unique. I just really enjoyed both? The writing captivated me. The plotlines stirred something in me. Ultimately, I loved them far more than I ever expected to.

Did you guys have any unexpected literary loves in 2019? 
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