Today is day 9 of the 30-day book challenge and that means we are going to be talking about ‘a book that I didn’t think I’d like, but ended up loving’. I found this an very hard challenge to fulfil because I am generally very good at picking out books that I will like and I usually know whether I will like the book or not before I pick it up, so I really struggled to think of a book to fit this challenge. I did eventually make a decision though and decided to go with ‘The Poet X’ by Elizabeth Acevedo.
When I bought The Poet X, I didn’t necessarily think I wouldn’t like it because if I had I probably wouldn’t have bought it, but I did go into it with more of a mindset of learning something rather than enjoying it. I do like certain kinds of poetry, but I am very picky, so I was apprehensive about the style of writing and the subject matter and characters are very different from anything I know. The book is set in a low income area of New York and it is narrated by a black teenager with a very strict mother and a big christian influence. I can’t relate to any of those aspects, so I thought I wouldn’t really connect with it. I had heard it was a good book though and I hoped I would learn a lot.
My wish to learn a lot was fulfilled and I am very glad I read it because I did actually end up liking it more than I thought. I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing style and I didn’t necessarily love it, but it did exceed my expectations substantially, so I thought it would probably still work for this prompt. What book did you not think you’d like, but ended up loving? I’d love to know!
Goodbye for now!
Over and Out