Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Read. There’s a few books I’ve picked up because they’ve been bestsellers, or there’s been loads of hype surrounding them, that I never thought I would read because the synopsis didn’t sound appealing or whatever, but I did read them, and I did enjoy them! I think it’s so important to step outside your comfort zone like that, because it opens you up to so many new genres and authors you never would’ve dreamed of reading. Here are those books that took me places I never dreamed I go…
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I was never a high fantasy reader until I read The Mortal Instruments! I’d read Harry Potter (obviously) but that was pretty much the extent of my fantasy reading. I thoroughly enjoyed this series, and proceeded to read the next 2 series and all the companion novels and short stories!
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Before TKAM, I never read classics. I hated the fact I couldn’t understand half of what was going on in them because they were written in old language, but TKAM completely changed that! Being more of a modern classic helped me understand the storyline better, because the language was more understandable, and gave me the confidence to move on and read other classics afterwards.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
It had been on my TBR list for a while, but only because it was a popular book! I’ve never been interested in history (how I came to fall in love with Hamilton I have no idea!) so historical fiction was never my thing, but I absolutely loved how the history was still their behind this little girls life, and the novel is incredibly written it made it even mo0re enjoyable!
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
I’m not a non-fiction reader at all (although I have to be able to understand a textbook or two for my degree!) but this book took my breath away (no pun intended). It was such a rich descriptive recollection of everything this neurosurgeon went through across his career, and so moving it brought me to tears by the end!
Organ Reapers by Shay West
This book was great! The cover was very unappealing, which put me off a bit, as well as the title being a bit gruesome. I was skeptical at first, but I found amazing characters within, and storylines that were extremely well crafted.
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Yes, fine, I admit I’ve read all three book in the Fifty Shades trilogy. I picked up the first book a few days before my final GCSE exam and I found it highly intriguing (I was 15 at the time), and looking back, I can’t believe I read them, and at what is considered such a young age for borderline pornographic films! I can’t say I disliked them however, and I hate to say that they were ever so slightly educational when it came to things I was still quite naive about at the time!
The Hunger Games
My first dystopian novel and series, and I really loved them all! Divergent followed this, and it was in that time when dystopia YA was really starting to take off! Again, the concept didn’t seem very pleasing (children killing each other in an arena…) but there was hype, so off I went…
That’s it for today, I know there’s only 7 but I couldn’t complete the list this week! I’d love to know what you think of these books, and whether you couldn’t believe you read them either, or feel free to leave a link to your list in the comments!
Until next time…