2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - I'm a big Doctor Who fan but I'd been hesitant to read any of Gaiman's books because his episodes of Doctor Who were frequently my least favorite. I found a gorgeous copy of this at a bookstore and couldn't pass it up and I'm so glad I didn't! It was so weirdly wonderful!
3. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley - I really had no plans to read this book. I don't like disaster books, I don't like books where children are in peril, and I don't enjoy books about media frenzy. BUT when I was offered a copy by someone who had read and really enjoyed it I just couldn't turn it down and I ended up really enjoying it. It was so cleverly done that I was mad with curiosity to see how everything played out.
4. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan - I expected to like this book - it has the world bookstore in the title so how could I not. But instead of the book about books that I expected this ended up being a fast paced treasure hunt that was just so fun to read! The audio is awesome!
5. The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown - I almost passed on this book when I was offered it for a blog tour. It seemed high on the angst-y scale but I decided to give it a chance since one of the story lines takes place in 1920s Paris. I'm so glad I took the risk because I loved this book. I loved the characters, I loved both story lines, and I just didn't want to put it down. One of my favorite reads of 2016.
2. Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey - You know when a book sounds so you that you absolutely must have it right that minute? This was one of those. Ghosts? History? Traveling around and full of random trivia? Sold, sold and more sold. I was so sold I bought this new in hardback and bumped it to the top of my TBR. I just knew I would love it. Except I didn't. I really really didn't. I made it about 100 pages before I DNF'd it.
3. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon - This was a really good story with interesting characters and it was totally not for me. I could see the value in the book itself I'm just not a fan of YA romance.
4. Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris - I've always been hit and miss with David Sedaris but I had listened to When You Are Engulfed in Flames and laughed until I cried so I figured I couldn't lose with another audio book from him. The best I can say about this one is that some of it was kind of funny.
5. Good Mourning by Elizabeth Meyer - I wanted to like this. I've read several books about the death industry so I was intrigued by this one that focused on a funeral home in New York. I ended up being mostly irritated. The author comes from an extremely wealthy family and she never let the reader forget how privileged she was. She was getting up to go to work at *gasp* 8AM when her friends were just getting home from a night out. The horror! The sacrifice! Who goes to work at 8AM on a Tuesday? Oh wait - pretty much everyone. As well she spent a lot of time complaining that people thought about money when planning a funeral. She was appalled by how cheap they were. Now I don't know about you but I have participated in planning a couple of funerals and while no one wants to think about money the reality is most of us do not have an unlimited budget. I read this at least 2 years ago and I'm still getting mad about it!
So what books have you loved more or less than you thought you would?