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

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books I Can’t Believe I Read.

I’m not sure how this is truly supposed to be interpreted. To me it sees like I can’t believe I read them is a negative thing. My list is probably going to be a mix of negative and positive.

1. Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy
by E.L. James

Say what you will about Fifty Shades, but it was popular. I can believe I read it because the hype intrigued me. I can’t believe I read it because of that dang red room. Not my style of romance at all.

2. Grey
by E.L. James

I’m going to be completely honest, despite the whole red room that is not my thing, I really enjoyed the emotion of the trilogy. I was hoping for that with the book from Christian Grey’s view point. I can’t believe I read this book because it was basically the first book of the trilogy, but more messed up because I did not like being in Christian’s head. I’m amazed I read the entire thing.

3. The entire Game of Thrones series.

I am utterly shocked that I spent an entire summer binge reading the entire GoT series. It was good, but totally not my normal type of book(s).

4. Learning to Love the Heat
by Everly Lucas

When I was approached about reading this book it was described as an NA contemporary romance. I knew it had a love triangle, which I am not always a fan of. What I wasn’t expecting was a love triangle turned threesome romance. I wouldn’t have spent my time reading the first 2/3 of the book had I known where it was going. The threesome stuff was a shock and, to me, more erotica than NA. Not. My. Thing.

5. Taking Chances
by Molly McAdams

Speaking of love triangles…I can’t believe I wasted time reading this one. I know there are lots of fans out there of it, but it made me incredibly angry the entire time I was reading it.

6. Illuminae
by Amie Kauffman & Jay Kristoff

To know me is to know I don’t do alien anything. So imagine my surprise when I read and loved Illuminae.

7. The Girl with All the Gifts
by M.R. Carey

Another thing I don’t do is sci-fi. Heck, I didn’t even know this book was about zombies when I read it. I just got a recommendation from someone and liked the blurb. I am amazed I read it and liked it.

8. After series
by Anna Todd

This is a NA series, so I’m not surprised I read it. What I can’t believe is that I finished the entire series. All but the last book were horrible examples for young women. It was like one giant train wreck. I can’t believe I kept going through all of the incredibly long books. And at the end, I can’t believe the last book was actually amazing. It’s what they all should have been.

9. Nine Minutes Trilogy
by Beth Flynn

The only reasons I can’t believe I read this series are the blurb and cover for the first book. Both did not call to me. I only read it because I was pressured by some friends. I’m so happy I did because it’s one of the best thriller series I’ve ever read. If you loved Sons of Anarchy, you need to read this!

10. Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light
by Jane Brox

I can’t believe I read this book…well, I didn’t exactly. It was so boring, I didn’t make it past chapter 2. I tried to skim the rest, but kept falling asleep. It was worse than a text book. Why was I trying to read it anyways? The things you do for book clubs…




18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can’t Believe I Read”

  1. This is such a cool post! I also can’t believe I read fifty shades of grey (just the first one, but still) And I can see why you are surprised at yourself for reading GOT- but I’m impressed that you stepped outside your comfort zone! I also wasn’t into Sci Fi much before I picked up Illuminae and had never read anything like it- I was so pleasantly surprised that I loved it 😀

  2. I have only read book one of Fifty Shades of Grey i need to read the others but for now i am okay with the movies…. maybe because i was a movie nerd before a book nerd and so for that movies to me help me image a lot more things and i only like the movie because of Jamie Dornan.

  3. Ugh, I read Fifty Shades back when it first came out and everyone was talking about it – and while I was intrigued, as you said, this is something I wish I could back in time and un-read. The writing style, relationship, and just overall story were just…nope.

    1. Thank you!
      Fifty Shades is one of those guilty read type things. The writing is not amazing, but the emotion is. That’s why I didn’t like the movie. It didn’t capture the emotion. But I wouldn’t necessarily recommend you read them.

  4. Great post. I read 50 Shades of Grey. I think I read the first two books due to all the hype then I didn’t get to the third book and yeah, I remember the red room 😀

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