Books That Surprise – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 3

Apologies for belatedly posting this, as my computer got wiped by a nasty virus everything has been a little delayed. Just imagine you have been away for a weekend and forgotten your advent calendar so you have double/triple the treats to catch up with. 

Rather than just pop up posts simply giving books away, though in essence that is what these advent posts are all about, I thought I would use them to discuss brief things about books or books this year that I have wanted to discuss but have never thought would quite make a post all of its own… and now are. I didn’t think you could ramble or waffle in a blog post, look how wrong I am. So to cut to the chase I thought I would ask you about books that have surprised you in 2011 and give two away which indicate what I am on about.

I was going to discuss books that have been underrated and overrated in 2011 and I thought that actually had too many negative possibilities and so instead I thought I would mention books that have come out in 2011 which you either surprised you as you were really looking forward to and yet they never had the impact you thought they would, and the books that seemed to come from nowhere and delight everyone who read them. The books I have chosen to highlight this and give away are Smut by Alan Bennett and Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan. I expected Smut to be read here there and everywhere, just because it was a Bennett if I am honest not just because I loved it, yet it wasn’t and then there was Half Blood Blues which I had heard nothing off and then with the Man Booker nominations and the Giller Award has been everywhere (my review vanished in the computer wipe caused by aforementioned virus, apologies) and people are really glad to have discovered.


So anyway I am giving two lucky readers a copy each of both these books, you can enter the draw wherever in the world you are, all you have to do is tell me a book you thought was going to be huge because you loved it, and yet sadly it wasn’t as huge as you would have liked, and then a book that seemed to come from nowhere and surprise you by how wonderful it was – so much so you want to read anything and everything else by said author. This way we can all spread the word about two books that we think are wonderful. It’s that simple, you have until 11am GMT on December the 7th, good luck!


Filed under Book Thoughts, Random Savidgeness

8 responses to “Books That Surprise – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 3

  1. Pingback: Oh, Bake Off – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 5 | Savidge Reads

  2. gaskella

    Pure by Andrew Miller – loved it, but it missed the Booker, and Before I go to Sleep by S J Watson – is now huge. (I have Smut, but would love to read Half blood blues)

  3. Corrections by franzen left me cold,Marriage plot loving

  4. I was suprised with Half blood as well ,all the best stu

  5. I was very disappointed with The Secret History by Donna Tartt and just loved Mariana by Susanna Kearsley.

  6. Steel Reader

    I really loced ‘Let The Great World Spin’ by Colum McCann but despite the fuss when it was first released it seems many people have forgotten about it now which I think is a real shame – I keep lending my copy out to keep the fire going! My big surprise this year is also my guilty pleasure – 2011 was the first year I have read any Flashman novels! I now want to read them all…. great stuff when you’re feeling a little under the weather or jaded in your reading.

  7. Sharkell

    The biggest flop for me would be The Corretions by Jonathan Franzen and the biggest surprise would have to be War on the Margins by Libby Cone. Great competitions, makes you think about what you have read during the year

  8. EllenB

    I loved Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin. It did not do quite as well as I expected in spite of the critical acclaim it received.

    I have read almost all of the Persephone list, but for some unknown reason I steered clear of A Far Cry by Emma Smith. I would say that it is one of the top 3 Persephone books, and now permanently located in my personal top ten. Magnificent work.

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