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

Top Ten Tuesday is an original and weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish in 2010 but has since moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018.

Topic:  Books I Can’t Believe I Read

I am taking this as both a positive and negative. I am praising myself for reading things long been on my TBR, like LONG time, and for trying new things, but also lamenting that I read some pretty terrible books and can’t believe I had to sit through such nonsense. Granted, this may have turned into a small rant about bad books.

Every Dead Thing by John Connolly

I am not usually into the crime/mystery genre but I love a good thriller, and Connolly’s paranormal aspect can get a bit gory, but I’ve loved his other work and I took the chance. I did enjoy it, and now I just have to catch up on the other dozen or more books in the series!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I had wanted to read this since it came out but the years passed by and it never happened. I finally got around to reading this and the rest of the series and I loved them. It also meant I could watch the movies which were also pretty brilliant.

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

I was so surprised that the entirety of the famous film takes place within the first 13 pages. Then the rest of the novel becomes a strange story about what happens after. From a gripping beginning the rest becomes boring, and it definitely has a boring classic tag attached to it in my mind now.

My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

This revered classic also had high hopes for me. This was book by the author that has an award named after her so it should be a great read. And yet, it was an incredibly boring book with a whiny character you couldn’t really have any compassion for. It has such promise in parts but doesn’t deliver. It didn’t end fast enough.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

I hated this book so much. I disliked Greg with a passion. He is a terrible character who does terrible things with almost no consequences or remorse. I cannot fathom how this became so popular. I have read some fantastic kids books similar to this that do it so much better with much better characters as role models.

Beside Myself by Ann Morgan

The blurb of the book made this sound very interesting, I wanted to read it for months. When I finally got the chance I hated it. I pushed through but it was an effort. I was disappointed because people had praised it and I had wanted to read it myself for such a long time. Turns out I didn’t need to be so eager.

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

I am commending myself for finishing this book when it not only bored me to tears but also grossed me out. I am learning to stay away from the award winning books because so often they are a disappointment. I can’t believe I got through it because it was such a frustrating thing to experience.


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