Another week, another Top 10 Tuesday list to ponder over! This week’s topic is Books I Can’t Believe I Read. The Artsy Reader Girl suggests that these could be books that take you out of your comfort zone; guilty pleasures you wouldn’t usually want people to know you read (Ahem..Twilight); a genre you hate or age group you don’t normally read or maybe something you were forced to read at School or Uni.
Like last week, I really found this list hard to curate! I don’t have a very good brain for re-calling things I’ve read or done, so it was a nightmare! Thank God for Goodreads as it made it that bit easier!
So here are my picks and why I chose them –
1. The Examined Life by Stephen grosz
Just before reading this I’d been through a bit of a rough patch. I bought it whilst on a little break in Cornwall with my Sister and didn’t think I’d end up reading it due to triggers and reminders, however I did, and i’m glad. Worth a read if you’re going through a struggle right now.
2. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
I read this a few years after the hype because i’m always like that. I can’t read/watch things that are too hyped! I obviously didn’t want anyone to know I was reading it but omg I’m so glad I did. Not ashamed to admit it now that I liked it and the whole franchise that came with it!
3. Noughts and crosses by Malorie Blackman
Another one that was too hyped and ended up really enjoying! I’m putting it in this category because at the time I really didn’t think I’d like it. I must have forced myself one day. Happy I did.
4. Good Night Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian
Including this because after watching the film, which can I just say, is so sad, I can’t believe I actually read the book too! I think I was a little obsessed with it at the time. It was such a good book and film that i’m going to re-watch it again soon.
5. In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
This classic was recommended to me by my Father in Law, and since I love travel and adventure, I thought it sounded interesting. But oh gosh, it was literally the hardest book I have ever read. I forced my way through and can’t believe I came out the other end having finished it. Don’t ask me what happened because I don’t know!
6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I really didn’t think this was book going to be very good. Again, VERY hyped but also a lot of mixed reviews. I gave it ago and liked it but not as much as Twilight haha (I see both of them in the same embarassing category).
7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer
I bought this book in a charity shop and absolutely intended to read it at the time. However, as days, weeks, months, years went by, I still hadn’t read it. I felt guilty every time I looked at it and actually thought I’d never read it. You know, those kinds of books? Eventually I sat down and read and wished I had sooner!
8. Holes by Louis Sachar
We had to read this book in school and at first thought it was really boring. I think most people didn’t truly read it but actually, a few chapters in and I started to enjoy it! I then went on to watch the film and super glad I did because it’s really good and quite funny.
9. The life changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo
I edged away from this book at first because I just thought it was going to be a fad, or something not really worth reading. I mean, i’m organised right? Apparently not, according to Marie Kondo! She is on another level!! I downloaded it on my Kindle and read it so quickly, it was so interesting.
10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
It’s just one of those classics that I initially thought would be hard to read. It really wasn’t and I actually got fully engrossed. I would actually read it again if I came across a copy. No idea where mine has got to!
Do you have any books you can’t believe you read? Let me know in the comments!