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

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is books I can’t believe I read. Whether is was size, a deviation from my usual tastes, or so ridiculous I couldn’t believe what I was reading, there are several books that I can’t believe I read. Here are my top ten:

  • Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

When got my copy of Winter, I was in awe that it was so big. I had never read a book as long as Winter. I also read this book over two days and couldn’t believe that it took me such a short time to read such a long book!

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

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

I started reading this book and then it put it down halfway through. Then, I tried reading the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and didn’t even make it 50 pages. I was convinced that I would never read a book by this author. Then, after seeing more and more people talk about this series, I decided to give it another go. I know early 2017 Brittany wouldn’t believe that this is now one of her favorite fantasy series!

  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

I tried reading this book a few years ago, but didn’t get past the first chapter. I actually picked it up at the beginning of this month and couldn’t believe that I put this book down the first time around! I absolutely adored this book and know it will probably end up on my favorite contemporary list at the end of the year.

  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Invisible Man

When I saw this book on my high school syllabus and then saw how big it was, I thought there was no way I could read it. However, I always read every page of every book assigned in high school, so I did the same with this book. I couldn’t believe I read a book for school at over 600 pages and actually enjoyed it!

  • Warcross by Marie Lu

Warcross (Warcross, #1)

I was never super interested in reading Marie Lu’s Prodigy series and couldn’t get through the first book in The Young Elites. As a result, I didn’t go into Warcross with high expectations. However, when I finished, I couldn’t believe I didn’t give Marie Lu more of a chance sooner. I LOVED her clear writing style and definitely want to give some of her other series more of a chance.

  • Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Eligible (The Austen Project, #4)

This is a book that I couldn’t believe I finished. Not only was it extremely long, but it wasn’t that interesting and contained so many scenes and lines of dialogue that literally made me cringe!

  • March by John Lewis

March: Book One (March, #1)

I had heard great reviews about this graphic novel series, but worried I wouldn’t like the graphic novel format. However, after enjoying Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer, I gave it a shot. This graphic novel was AMAZING and I can’t wait to get my hands on the second and third books in this series. I couldn’t believe I didn’t read this graphic novel sooner!

  • The Selection series by Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

When The Selection first came out, I primarily head negative reviews. Then, when I started getting more into the bookish community, I heard more positive reviews if you didn’t take the book as a serious dystopian. I know Brittany a few years ago wouldn’t believe that she read this entire series and had a great time reading it!

  • Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Love That Dog (Jack, #1)

I believe I got Love That Dog as a free book with my Scholastic book order in elementary school. Since I wasn’t too interested in poetry and totally missed what was going on in this book, I didn’t really appreciate it. Recently, I saw this book done as a unit in an elementary language arts class. It gave me a deeper understanding and greater appreciation for this book. Even though it’s a fairly popular elementary school book, I can’t believe that I read this book so long ago in elementary school and that kids are still reading it in elementary school today!

  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants, #1)

Now, this is truly a book I can’t believe I read. I remember in second grade thinking ew, gross whenever boys in my class read this series while I read my Dear America and American Girl books. In 2017, I heard a movie was coming out so I decided to finally read the book. Much to my surprise, I really liked this book and the story behind its creation. I know second grade me wouldn’t believe that I read this book either!


What books can’t you believe that you read?


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

  1. I love the Lunar Chronicles, but I completely agree with you on Winter. It was such a big book that I felt a little intimidated.

    Marie Lu is one of my favorites and auto-buy authors. The Legend Series dragged a bit in the beginning, but if you gave it a chance, it does get better. I started off with mixed feelings towards The Young Elites, but the writing, characters and storyline eventually won me over. I haven’t read Warcross yet though, but I’m really excited about it. I think I’ll wait until all the books are out because I like binging.. I just hate having to wait for the sequels. haha

    I have a love/hate relationship with the Selection Series. It was just so frustrating sometimes, but at the same time I could not stop reading them. I finished the entire series in less than a week.

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