Top Ten Tuesday: Books I can’t believe I read

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I can’t believe I read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl

This week’s topic stumped me a little bit.

At first, I thought about solely focusing on books I didn’t like… But the majority of them were things that I could believe I’d read, but just wished I hadn’t.

Then I thought of choosing ten classics that I was proud of myself for actually reading, but I couldn’t think of that many. Most of the classics I’ve read were ones that interested me, so I didn’t read them purely because of their classic status!

Instead, I’ve decided to go for a little bit of everything. Books I hated, books that were outside of my comfort zone – this Top Ten Tuesday has them all:

10) The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir cover

This book is HUGE. Like, over 700 pages huge. I’m not a fan of big books, because I have a remarkably small attention span, but something about The Second Sex kept me going.

That being said, I read it just over six months ago and I’ve already forgotten literally everything about it… But I know I enjoyed it at the time, and was astounded by the similarities between women in the time de Beauvoir was writing and women today.

9) Hot Feminist by Polly Vernon

Hot Feminist by Polly Vernon cover

Hot Feminist isn’t so much a book I can’t believe I read as a book I can’t believe I actually finished. I’ve read a lot of books about feminism in the last couple of years, and none of them have been as infuriating/insubstantial/vacuous. This is a book about fashion parading as a book on feminism to get more attention.

8) Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris cover

I own the majority of books that Charlaine Harris has written, but Midnight Crossroad is still the only one I’ve read. That’s because I thought it was really bloody awful. Nothing happens. Literally nothing. This is another book that I’m surprised I managed to finish, but I’m also surprised I even read it in the first place, because there was so much hype surrounding Harris’ writing that I didn’t know where to start. (The answer? Definitely not here.)

7) The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black cover

The Cruel Prince is the best book I’ve read this year (so far). I’m surprised I actually read it, though, because I avoid over-hyped books like the plague, and the hype for this one has been off the charts.

6) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas cover

Again, this is one I probably should have avoided because of the hype, but I read A Court of Thorns and Roses just before it was released.

However, when the second book was released it was so long that I couldn’t bring myself to pick it up. I’ve now forgotten everything that happened in book one, so it looks like I’m going to struggle to catch up with this series.

5) Liccle Bit by Alex Wheatle

Liccle Bit by Alex Wheatle cover

When Crongton Knights – the second book in Alex Wheatle’s Crongton series – was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize, I knew I’d have to read the first book in the series, too. Sadly, the books really didn’t sound like my cup of tea… Which is why I was surprised when I not only found the motivation to read them, but ended up enjoying them a lot! There’s a reason for the saying: Don’t judge a book by its cover.

4) Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff

Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff cover

I can’t believe I’ve read Fire and Fury because of how recently it came out. I’ve read quite a lot of new releases this year, but the majority of those are YA releases that I’ve received through NetGalley. I borrowed Fire and Fury from my boyfriend, and normally when I borrow his books I procrastinate reading them because I know I can get them back to him whenever, but this one grabbed me and I gobbled it down.

3) The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen cover

There are a couple of reasons I’m surprised I read The Fate of the Tearling. 1) It’s huge. 2) It’s the last book in a trilogy, and I’m notoriously bad at finishing series. 3) The first book was absolutely awful, so I was already shocked that I’d bothered carrying on with the series. 4) It was over-hyped.

It ended up disappointing me – not surprising, considering my feelings fluctuated dramatically between the first two books – but I’m still proud of myself for actually finishing this trilogy.

2) Red Rising by Piece Brown

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

The world of Red Rising is so far outside my comfort zone, but it’s my favourite book of all time (and the entire series is bloodydamn great, too). When I discovered that it was set on Mars, alarm bells began ringing in the back of my mind – not a sci-fi book! Those are too confusing! – but I persevered and fell in love with Darrow, Sevro and the entire population of the world which Brown built.

1) Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg

Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg

I read Zoe Sugg’s first book, Girl Online, because there was so much controversy regarding her use of a ghostwriter, and I didn’t feel able to talk about it until I’d read the book itself. When the hype around the series continued, I gave the second book a chance – the first written by Sugg alone – and found it even worse.

But something convinced me to keep going, and I ended up absolutely loving Girl Online: Going Solo. Loving it so much that I’m actually kind of hoping that book four will be announced. There aren’t many series that improve with each installment, but this is definitely one of them.


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I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! Are there any books that you can’t believe you’ve read? Leave your comments down below (and make sure to link to your own Top Ten Tuesday posts!).