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 James: Before 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 Meyer: This 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 Harris: These 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. Martin: So 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 Watt: Peer 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 Danker: I’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 Nijkamp: Remember 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. Armentrout: Before 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. Bromberg: I 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 Duck: I 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