Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Read

Top Ten Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

Hello Readers!

We’ve all read books that, after reading, we wondered why we actually read them. Maybe they were books that we didn’t like but felt we had to finish for one reason or another. Maybe they were books that you read and loved at one stage in your life, and looking back you can’t imaging that you – the present you – would have ever picked up such a book. Whatever the case may be, we all have those books.

For me, the books on this list were books that I really didn’t like, but read through for some odd reason. With that said, does this mean that I feel that these are “bad” books. They were books that simply didn’t suit me.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer – I think almost everyone has read this book. And while I enjoyed it, I still can’t believe that I read it! As much as I love a good paranormal read, the premise of it, in my opinion, is cheesy. At the time though, I really did enjoy it (as much as I hate to admit it lol), and it did provide some escape from a highly stressful time in my life.

My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking – I’m starting to see a trend here. When I was in grad school, and particularly stressed out/overwhelmed I turned to books that I wouldn’t have to put too much thought into (or books I felt that I didn’t need to put much thought into). And for some odd reason, teen vampire books became my escape.

A Girl, A Ghost, and the Hollywood Hills by Lizabeth Zindel – I know I read this. I don’t remember much of it besides the fact that it’s a Hamlet retelling or a loose one at least. I remember it being very intriguing, but by the time I finished it, I was left wondering why I felt the need to finish it. Looking back, I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I thought I would have.

Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer – I was really excited to read this book. The plot seemed intriguing. But as  I was reading something was off. And I knew, about a quarter of the way through that this wasn’t a book for me.  But I had to keep reading – I had to find out exactly what happened, and why it happened the way it did. In the end, my questions weren’t answered, and I was left very unsatisfying.

As Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann – This is a book I picked up solely because of a review I read. It was a practically glowing review from a source that I trust, so I thought “this must be a good book!” But I read though it, and realized that even though it was good (even great) for some readers, it wasn’t good for me. I didn’t particularly love the main character, and ultimately I found that the plot wasn’t as unique as pitched to me in that review.

A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchinson – Again this was a book I was VERY excited to read. And yes, it was another Hamlet retelling. I promise, I don’t have a thing for Hamlet retellings (even though it may be one of my fave works of Shakespeare). I REALLY, REALLY did not like this book. There were many issues I had, specifically with how the main character allowed herself to be treated by her male counterpart. Thinking about it now, I realize I should have walked away. But I didn’t because I had hope that the character would grow and see what was really happening, and how it wasn’t okay.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan – It was at this point in my reading life that I started to walk away from books that I wasn’t enjoying. I walked away from this book. But I can’t believe how much of it I actually read. I love the premise of the plot, but feel that ultimately it wasn’t executed well.

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige – I knew that this wasn’t going to be a me book from the moment I read the first page. But there was just so much hype I needed to see what it was all about. But instead of walking away from the book, I stuck it out and now am sitting here thinking “I can’t believe I read this book!”

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – While I thought that this book was very well written, there was something that just didn’t work for me. Again, it was a book that I knew as I was about halfway through that I wasn’t going to fully enjoy, but I had hope.

Tales from My Closet by Jennifer Anne Moses – This, judging from the pitch, seemed like it would be a great book to read if I needed to escape. But it wasn’t. In fact, it caused me more stress because I didn’t love the characters.

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