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  1. Tanja
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    Thank you for the question and for your answers. There are some recommendations I will check out. I might have to go out of my comfort zone too.

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  2. Angela
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    Thank you all for answering my question. I loved reading all your answers.
    One of the books that really surprised me is Kick at the Darkness by Keira Andrews. I love Keira’s books but i’m not a fan of zombies and other deadly creepers but i picked it up anyway because it is written by Keira Andrews and i love her books. And to my surprise i absolutely loved Kick at The Darkness,

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  3. susana
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    Great question and answers. It has happened to me sometimes. I decided to follow the recommendations of friends, or I paid attention to a particularly good review from a blog, and decided to take some book I did not find appealing… And it was a very positive surprise!

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  4. Purple Reader
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    Some good answers, and I appreciate where some titles or authors were mentioned (I got some good leads). I myself was surprised by Arshad Ahsanuddin’s Interscission Project series. Maybe because I like Sci-Fi, I can be discriminating, and I’d just read some mediocre books. So I was dubious. Turns out the third in the series, Insurrection, was my fave SF last year.

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  5. Trix
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    Aidee Ladnier’s THE KLOCKWERK KRAKEN was absolutely that for me…I’m not a huge sci-fi reader, and the thought of a tentacled hero made me nervous, but it was so beautifully done!

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  6. Ami
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    Well, I used to avoid MM historical romance at all cost because I just don’t like historical. Period. Well, one day I decide to give KJ Charles “The Magpie Lord” a try. And the rest is history … as in, I definitely can say that I read quite a number of MM historical romance since then and some of them are the BEST books I’ve read 🙂

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  7. H.B.
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    It has happened for me a few times. One in particular that I read last year was Lessons on Destroying the World by Gene Gant. Micah himself was a surprise, I liked the twist the author surprised readers with.

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  8. dee
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    I love it, when I am wrong about a book but it turns out great nevertheless. For instance, I was expecting something different from reading the blurb of Thorns and Fangs by Gillian St. Kevern. But in the end I was glad the book turned out the way it did.

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  9. Lisa
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    Of course it happens sometimes. And I love when I pick something up not expected much & the book blows me away. The most recent one I can think of was when I read Rick Reed’s Third Eye last month. I found it to be completely riveting!

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  10. suze294
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    Yes, I do enjoy a surprise read! I won Dragon Consultant – dragons and mythical creatures not my thing but I did enjoy this fun series!

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  11. ELF
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    I frequently am surprised, but unfortunately it is more often negatively than not. I love reading reviews and have often been encouraged to read a book that I ordinarily wouldn’t have tried from the blurb.

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  12. waxapplelover
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    I often say that I don’t like stories with vampires. But I read Spirit Sanguine by Lou Harper and loved it.

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    1. Chris
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      Love that series! Lou Harper has some great characters.

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  13. mztikicat
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    I had put off reading the Spencer Cohen books by N.R. Walker. The m/m mystery sub-genre is not usually my first choice of reading material. Was so pleasantly surprised by the writing and the characters, that I immediately read the entire series. So good. Also happened with a Chase Potter book, The Music of the Spheres. After reading that one, I immediately ordered and read Remember My Name. So often it is worth setting aside preconceived notions or perceptions about a book (or about anything, for that matter), digging in, persevering, and giving the unknown or unfamiliar a chance. It’s a great way to push your own self-imposed boundaries and discover new-to-you and wonderful authors, books and, sometimes, experiences. I’m so glad that I made the effort to read stories by these authors–such lovable characters and such heartfelt writing from them both; I really would have missed the boat, so to speak, if I didn’t “free my mind” a bit.

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  14. maryjgresham
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    Yes, very much so

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