T5W: Books I Thought I’d Hate But Ended Up Loving

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book discussion with a new topic every Wednesday. It’s each blogger and BookTuber’s job to pick five book-related things (though you’re welcome to pick things from other media, if necessary) that fit the topic.

This week’s topic is books books we thought we’d hate but ended up loving. They say March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. Sometimes our feelings for books behave the same way. I know I’ve started books I wasn’t enjoying at first that I wound up really liking. I’ve even given books a chance that I expected to hate, only to discover I actually enjoyed them. And today I’m going to sing their praises.


  1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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The first time I read this book, I was bored for the first third. Alina’s arc was taking way too long to really kick off. However, once she starts to master her powers, I started to really like the story. I’ve now read the whole series twice.


  1. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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This book took me forever to get through, at least at first. Again, the first third was unbearable. It’s really heavy with world-building. There are so many new terms, it’s overwhelming. I actually planned to DNF it, but eventually went back to try again a year later. I wound up enjoying the story (mainly the budding romance) once it got past that point.


  1. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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I originally didn’t want to read this series at all. But my sister begged me to try it, so I finally gave in. I fully expected to read a couple chapters, discover it was dumb, and never finish it. Instead, I fell in love with it. Even though I prefer Bloodlines now, I still really like this series.


  1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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I remember seeing this book at my old Walmart and thinking it looked so cheesy. I swore I would never read it. When Demi Lovato did a song for the movie soundtrack, I decided to give the book a shot. It took me months to finish because I wasn’t feeling it. I actually put it down for a while. Eventually, I picked it back up and the story found a groove. And, what do you know, now I’m trash for The Shadowhunter Chronicles.


  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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I took AP English in high school and one of the books we were assigned to read was this one. I did not read it. I knew it would be long and boring. Plus, I’d always heard it was a romance novel and that’s never been something I’ve been into. A couple years later, I took a Victorian Era Lit class in college and this book was assigned reading once again. This time I actually read it. I fell in love. Turns out it’s not a love story, but a story about assholes ruining each other’s lives. It’s the classic prototype to It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and I wouldn’t have it any other way.


What are some books you thought you’d hate but wound up loving? Tell me about them in the comments!


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4 thoughts on “T5W: Books I Thought I’d Hate But Ended Up Loving

  1. Portia - The Owlery Reader

    Wuthering Heights is so good! I’m like you, I never read romance, which is why I tend to avoid a lot of the classics like Jane Austen, but Wuthering Heights is so dark and not at all what you’d expect. Fantastic book.

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