The Sunday Exchange (11/25/18): Share a Post about a Book That Surprised You

Sunday Exchange

Introduction

The Sunday Exchange is a new weekly feature we are introducing at Pages Unbound where we ask you, our readers, to share a post from your own blog that matches the week’s theme.  The goal is to allow you to share posts you are proud of or think other people will find interesting and to help other people find fun posts to read.

This Week’s Theme

Share a Post about a Book That Surprised You

The “Rules”

  1. Share your post title, the URL of the post, AND a brief explanation of what the post is/why you think people might like to read it in a comment on this blog post.
  2. Try to make the post fit the week’s theme.
  3. Please share only one post each week.
  4. The post does not have to be recent. It can be from any time in your blog’s archives.
  5. Consider visiting some other bloggers’ posts.
  6. We won’t be closing the comments after a week has passed, so *technically* you can still add your post later, but it may not get that much traffic if you share your post a month later.

That’s it! We hope you participate, and check back next Sunday for a new theme and another chance to share!

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A Post We Recommend at Pages Unbound

Keeper of the Lost Cities Book Cover

Keeper of the Lost Cities Raises Some Interesting Questions

Shannon Messenger’s book about a girl who discovers she is an elf and possesses an unusually large number of magical abilities (as well as guys who are romantically interested in her) is, when you summarize it, kind of silly sounding.  But I love every minute of it.  I’ve read all six books and plan to read the recently released seventh.  It’s a fantasy series that is far from serious and I love that about it.

9 thoughts on “The Sunday Exchange (11/25/18): Share a Post about a Book That Surprised You

  1. mgerardmingo says:

    I’m always surprised when a story successfully breaks an ironclad rule of writing—for example, “Don’t write from the POV of an inanimate object,” which Luisa Valenzuela’s “The Sin of the Apple” manages to do very well. I wrote about her story last summer, along with some craft lessons that we can take from her example:

    Title: “The Sin of the Apple”: Writing from the POV of an Object
    Link: https://mgerardmingo.com/2017/08/27/the-sin-of-the-apple/

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  2. Michael J. Miller says:

    “The Impossible Surprise of James Tynion IV’s ‘Detective Comics'”

    https://mycomicrelief.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/the-impossible-surprise-of-james-tynion-ivs-batman-detective-comics/

    I’ve never liked Batman. Ever. I think he’s so…blah. Imagine my surprise when I found a Batman comic which managed to engage me. This is that story. I still feel a little dirty saying I like it (given how often I lament the Bat) but I had to give credit where credit was due.

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  3. Grab the Lapels says:

    I don’t have a blog post for it, as I read this book around 1996, but The Family Nobody Wanted surprised me. Firstly, I didn’t know that it was nonfiction, so when I became an adult and realized that it was, I was even more surprised by it. it’s about this preacher and his wife who want to have children, but she can’t get pregnant. So they go through this process of trying to adopt a baby, and it’s really hard. But once they adopt a baby, people realize what good parents they are and start trying to get them to take in more and more children who are unwanted for various reasons: they have a birthmark or they don’t speak English or they’re from the wrong country (read as not white). They end up adopting a ton of kids, a dozen or more if I remember correctly. I’ll include the link to the Goodreads page here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13423080-the-family-nobody-wanted

    I got my husband to read this book, and he quotes it quite a bit. He even quotes it to his employees, which I think is lovely and funny.

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