TTT #133 – Books I Can’t Believe I Read

Posted January 30, 2018 by Lillian in Features / 6 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme 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.

Happy Tuesday y’all! This week’s topic is “Books I Can’t Believe I Read.” When I look back at the books I’ve read over the years, there are a few that stick out in my mind as ones I can’t believe I picked up much less read. Now that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There are a few books I can’t believe I read even though I loved them. Here are the top ten books I can’t believe I read in no particular order. As always, covers/titles link to Goodreads/Blog/Amazon(aff).

Top Ten Books I can’t Believe I Read

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L JamesBefore I had a blog, when I was just coming out of my dark years (aka college), a friend…well several friends recommended this book to me. I was on vacation with my husband and parents and 15 month old son. Sitting on a beach with my 1st generation kindle between my dad and husband, my son playing in the sand at my feet when I read the contract…..Y’all thank the Lord we were on a beach and my blush could be hidden by my sunburn. I honestly can’t believe I ever read this book, but I did and because I paid for it I read the whole series, skimming the sex scenes as y’all know I do. So basically I read the three books in two days because really it’s mostly sex scenes 🤦🏼‍♀️

Twilight by Stephanie MeyerThis was the first book I read coming out of the dark years and if I’m being honest I loved it. It took me two tries to get through it but once I started I devoured it and the other three. I actually read them all the week Breaking Dawn was released so I did a serious binge and loved every minute of it.

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine HarrisThese books followed my Twilight binge because I decided that if vampires were what got me reading again then I would stick to vampires. When I read the first True Blood book, it wasn’t an HBO series and there were only 8 books out and I devoured them and anxiously awaited each book after. I loved them all, even the ending. What can I say? I always did ship Sam 😀

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. MartinSo I read the first book in A Song of Fire and Ice at my husband’s recommendation….well really everyone’s recommendation. This was long before I had a blog and before the show had started. So I read it. Y’all I’m thinking I didn’t read the same book everyone else did. I love fantasy! But not this one.

Paper Princess by Erin WattPeer pressure caused me to cave and read this one. I don’t like drama, especially of the YA/high school variety which this book is chock full of. BUT I found I could not sit this book down. I loved every word, every twist, every bit of drama. I was enthralled and I honestly don’t know why. Well yes I do. This author team can write!

Admiral by Sean DankerI’ve always enjoyed sci-fi but I had never really read a good sci-fi book until this one. It was sent to me for review several years ago (longer than I realized as I was writing this post) and I fell in love. You guys this book is fantastic! It revolves around four people, lost in space, and the narrator….you never learn his name. It is a fantastic, suspenseful read that reminds me of those old Star Trek episodes where they are stuck on a planet and have to figure out a way off. It’s perfection!

This is Where it Ends by Marieke NijkampRemember earlier I said I don’t like YA drama, well I don’t and I picked this one up. But this drama is of the suspenseful kind and I’m pretty sure I read this entire book with my breath held. It is a suspenseful, thrilling read that left me crying my eyes out.

Obsidian by Jennifer L. ArmentroutBefore reading this book, I always rolled my eyes at alien romances. I mean really? Why would anyone enjoy that? But guys!!! This book is a must read. It was another peer pressure read and I devoured this series. I read all five books in a little over a week. I sacrificed sleep at a time that I had a 3 year old. Do you know how important sleep is when you have a 3 year old little boy?! Yeah it was totally worth it!

Driven by K. BrombergI picked up this book on a whim. I was looking for a contemporary romance because I was in the mood (I do occasionally like to read romance that doesn’t involve aliens or fairies) and this one was recommended to me on Amazon. I fell in love with this story. I love Rylee and Colton, their very flawed characters and their love story. It is steamy, but so much more than that.

The Codex: An Angel’s Guide to Seducing a Human by Joe DuckI still can’t believe I read this book. I mean just the name makes me roll my eyes. But what I can’t believe more is how much I enjoyed it! This is truly a hidden gem of a book. I laughed out loud while reading it and loved how the author poked fun at the typical tropes in fantasy (specifically angel/seraphim stories). It’s the perfect satire and the story line isn’t that bad. It kind of reminds me of the Monty Python movies, full of humor but still has a plot and point besides making you laugh.

Your turn! What books have you read that you can’t believe you did? Share below


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6 responses to “TTT #133 – Books I Can’t Believe I Read

  1. I am with you on the Game of Thrones… my husband loves the series, and wants me to read them… but the first one took me forever and I was so bored… I’m not sure I can get the gumption to keep going

    • Me either! I stopped after the first one. My son was only 9 months old when I read it and sometimes I wonder if sleep deprivation played a part in me not enjoying it….but I’m not willing to find out 😉

  2. I guess we have totally different taste in books because I would never read any of these books especially not vampires, I hate reading about them. but I’m glad you enjoy reading them. reading any book is good if you like them.

    have a lovely day.

  3. OOoh nice picks! I read Dead Until Dark many years ago! I was hooked into vampires before there were so many vampire books to choose from. Let me tell you, those were the real dark days…when there wasn’t enough paranormal books to read! Lol! I did enjoy the series though the last handful of books before the final one upset me since they lacked a strong mystery and that was what hooked me into the series! Did you know it was originally called the Southern Vampire Mystery Series before it was changed to the Sookie Stackhouse Series?

    Oooh Obsidian!! I loved that one too! The reason why I stayed away from it for so long was that I thought it would mimic Roswell too much! I loved Roswell when that was on. But then I decided to read it when it was a Kindle deal and OMG! I adored it! I bought books 2 & 3 instantly after and read them and then waited that long agonizing wait for book 4! (said wait was within the same calendar year, but it was still agonizing! LOL!)

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