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.


Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Liked But Can’t Remember Much About Them

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 Really Liked But Can’t Remember Much About It

So many books fall into this category. I know I loved it, but heaven help me if I try to recall whatever happened in it any further than a vague scene. These are books I have actually even recommended to people and yet can’t really tell them what it is about, which is super handy. I remember the emotional connection, the plot not so much. Writing this list though has made me realise I want to reread many of these books.

Tithe by Holly Black

This was my first Holy Black, and it got me excited about reading about Faeries and the Court. I must have a reread of this whole series because I can’t actually remember anything about it.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

It was weird, I know that, but very good. I know there is a pond, a lane (of course), and a funeral.

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

My first introduction to Le Guin and I was surprised how engaging this book was. I remember loving the notion of the forbidden magical fruit.

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

I read this at uni and I remember being surprised how much I liked it for a classic. There is a scandal of sorts, and it’s quite depressing, I recall that much.

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

This was actually in my Top Five one year, that’s why it’s surprising I can’t remember much about it. I did love it, I might have to revist my review and remember what happens.

Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

More faeries I loved. This was the final book after a well built up series, my favourite of them all, I was very invested and emotional about it and yet it doesn’t seem to have stayed. I do recall the big battle scene happened in an old house, that counts, right?

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Harriet gets her notebook found and there’s a quote from my favourite poem in there

Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman

A mystery/detective style story set in Victorian England. I love Pullman so I am a bit sad I can’t recall this one very well.

Are We There Yet by David Levithan

This was a wonderful story, it was beautifully sad and lovely, I couldn’t tell you what it is really about but it was about two brothers and a possible trip to Paris?

Top Ten Tuesday: Covers That Caught My Eye

Top Ten Tuesday is an original and weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish

Topic:  Cover Freebie – Covers That Caught My Eye

I actually couldn’t decide what topic to do for this week. I tossed up about colours, prettiest, animals on the covers. In the end, I decide to do the covers that made me pick up the book. Not because I liked the author already, not because it was recommended to me, but I saw these covers and it made me pick up the book and read the blurb and subsequently, the book.

1. The Weight of A Human Height by Ryan O’Neill

2. The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard

3. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

4. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

5. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron

6. The Shadow Thief by Alexandra Adornetto

7. The Memory Book by Lara Avery

8. The Books of Pearl by Timothee de Fombelle

9. Scarred Lions by Fane Viljoen

10. Yellow by Megan Jacobson

Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Me Want To Read A Book

Top Ten Tuesday is an original and weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish

Topic:  Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

There aren’t many things that make me instantly want to read a book, but there are enough things that have me grabbing for my wallet or a library card.

1. Has a quote from an author I love on it

I discovered that I will buy anything that has a quote from Melina Marchetta on it. Or if John Marsden mentions a book/author I will read them.

2.  If it’s by an author I love

On that same note, if an author I love has a new book out, I am hunting down a copy as soon as possible.

3. Is a fairytale retelling

I am a sucker for fairytale retellings, whether it is Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Princess and the Pea. All of them are divine.

4. Is a Shakespeare retelling

These are rarer in terms of what I have actually read, but I have a long TBR list of Shakespeare retellings I plan to get to one day.

5. If there is a movie coming out

I am a big fan of reading the book before the movie. So much so I only just got around to reading The Hunger Games which meant I could finally watch the movies. Books always come first.

Top Ten Tuesday: Read In One Sitting

Top Ten Tuesday is an original and weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish

Topic:  Read In One Sitting

The following ten books (in no particular order) are books that I finished in one sitting, either because they were impossible to put down, or so captivating and intriguing that I just had to finish the story and find out what happens. I’ve included my reviews so you can read them and realise why they were so captivating.


The Guy, The Girl, The Artist and His Ex by Gabrielle Williams

Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Golden Child by Wendy James – Review

Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson – Review

The Weight of a Human Heart by Ryan O’Neill – Review

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis – Review

Looking For Alaska by John Green – Review

Fight Like A Girl by Clementine Ford – Review

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