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

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s Top Ten Topic is “Books I Can’t Believe I Read”.  I’m not 100% on how this should be interpreted, but I’m going with “I can’t believe I read it and didn’t DNF it!”.  I’m sure others will look at this differently.

In no particular order:


1. Atonement by Ian McEwan

I remember really having to force myself through this book.  I also remember being completely lost!  The movie invoked the same feels!  I really wished I had of given up instead of forcing myself through this – if I remember right it took me over 2 weeks of constant force-reading to get through this! But this was back when I didn’t DNF books.

2. 419 by Will Ferguson

I only finished this book thanks to the Audiobook and listening to it at work.  I only finished it because I had just started this book club and I didn’t want to be the only one to NOT finish it – turns out I was the only one to ACTUALLY finish it – everyone else gave up at 100 pg (where I had wanted to lol).  I was bored the entire time and couldn’t keep majority of the different POV in order.

3. Paris was the Place by Susan Conley

This was another book that only got read because of an Audiobook.  I remember again being bored and depressed.  I vaguely remember someone had a terminal illness (cancer or HIV). This story took place in the 80s? maybe?? Clearly the story really captivated me lol.

4. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I think I was in the minority in not liking this book.  I keep seeing people loving this book and even Goodreads’ rating is sitting at 4.21.  I just found the characters so unrelatable/unlikable.

5. Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu

This is another one I don’t remember exactly why I didn’t like it, but I remember not finding it relatable.  I also think it was a slower read for me.


6. Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by E L James

They were vanilla – that’s all I have to say!

7. Room by Emma Donoghue

Again, another unpopular opinion, but I really didn’t like this book.  The writing style frustrated me – although I understand the reasoning behind it.  I also really wanted to like the actual story – it was intriguing, but try as I might I just ended up not liking it and vented the entire time I was reading – quick read though I will give it that lol.

8. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

I actually didn’t hate this book.  Why am I including it then?  Because I just didn’t find it interesting.  Compared to The Giver and Messenger (#3) it was just dull.  I didn’t feel like I would truly miss anything if I had of skipped this one – only a couple payouts in future books.

9. Cowboys and Aliens by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg

If I tried to tell you what this book was about, I would fail.  I do remember reading it and then thinking “well that’s done”.  My husband asked me if he should read it next and I said “meh”.  He laughed and has yet to read it.

10.  The New 52 Flash Vol 1 by Francis Manapul (Writer, Artist), Brian Buccellato (Writer, Colourist)

This book made me hate Flash!  I was bored and he wasn’t as funny as I’m use to.  I didn’t pick up another Flash comic since I read this one in 2014.  Although I am now curious how the Rebirth versions are.

Let me know what you think of my list.  Did I pick some books that are your favourite? Did I miss any that should be on here – or that I should avoid at all cost for the same reasons?  Tell me below in the comments.


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