This is going to be one of those tougher weeks when I do not have ten answers for the prompt, but I’ll do my best to come up with as many as possible.
Please note there are a few spoilers in this post, so reader beware if any of these books are on your TBR list.
It was interesting to me that all of the authors I picked this time around were women.
That was not done on purpose, and I didn’t even realize it until I was nearly finished writing this post.
Isn’t it interesting how our brains sometimes make patterns like that without us noticing it at the time?
My Assumption: It was going to be 90% romance and 10 % fantasy.
What It Was Actually Like: 90% fantasy and 10% romance. I ended up really liking this one.
2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
My Assumption: The justice system would work in Pecola’s favour, and the person who abused her would be punished.
What It Was Actually Like: Beautifully written but sadly lacking in justice of any sort.
3. Skylark (#2 in the Sarah Plain and Tall Series series) by Patricia MacLachlan
My Assumption: The first book in this series was about a single woman named Sarah coming to visit Anna, Caleb, and Papa while she decided whether or not she was going to marry Papa and stay on the prairie. There was a lot of angst about her possibly leaving them in that tale, so I assumed the sequel would move on from that conflict now that Sarah and Papa are married.
What It Was Actually Like: I was wrong. Everyone still worried about Sarah leaving because of how homesick she was for Maine. It was cool to revisit characters I originally met as a kid, though.
4. Still Stace: My Gay Christian Coming of Age Story by Stacey Chomiak
My Assumption: This is an autobiography of the author’s evangelical childhood as a deeply closeted lesbian. I thought that Stacey’s parents were eventually going to accept that both of their kids were gay.
What It Was Actually Like: Based on the post-script, her parents are more accepting now but their relationship still sounds pretty strained. I wished she could have had a happier ending before she became a parent herself, but it was honestly pretty realistic for the time and place Stacey grew up in based on my own experiences with that denomination.
Well, that was a short list this time! There aren’t a lot of books that defy my expectations these days, but I hope the rest of you had better luck coming up with answers.