Hey, hey, happy readers and my fellow Top Ten Tuesday-ers. (Is this a word? No, but we’re a-going with it.) Let’s take a look-see at Jana’s official Top Ten Tuesday topic: this time it’s books I cannot believe I read 2018!
That Artsy Reader Girl January 30: Books I Can’t Believe I Read – That Artsy Reader Girl
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Trying to come up with titles for today’s topic proved extremely difficult. There are some books that I’m a little in awe of the fact I actually read, but 90% of the time, I read books I’m pretty darn confident I’m going to like. Then I realized that the topic
doesn’t necessarily have to reflect a dispositive reaction. With that said, and because I’m a consistent Top Ten Tuesday rule-breaker I’m spinning this in a kind of “two part” list.
The first five books you’ll read about are books I have read (and cannot believe I did). The latter five titles are the books I’ll be IN AWE of my (non-existent) mad reading skills if I ever read them. (Of course, because I don’t seem to know when to stop writing, explanations shall be provided.) Let’s do this.
5 Books I Can’t Believe I Read 2018 (and Why)
1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen | Though I’m an avid Austen fan when it comes to ITV or BBC adaptations, reading her books isn’t something I’ve mastered. That said, I did read this back when I was writing an article on Sense and Sensibility. Don’t ask me to remember any specifics about it, but as Col. Brandon is one of my favorite Austen heroes, I like to think I did enjoy. Amazon | Goodreads ● Rent Sense and Sensibility on Amazon Video
2. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard | What I liked (or didn’t like) about this novel escapes me. The reason why it made this list is because it’s not a genre I read much of. I tend to prefer fantasy or sci-fic narratives in film or on TV. Amazon | Goodreads
3. Beastly by Alex Flinn | Perhaps adding this one to the list isn’t fair. I mean, I don’t feel like my reading this one was much of a stretch. But two reasons prompt me to add it today. One being I’d seen the film already when I read this (which usually doesn’t bode well) and secondly, this was probably the first or one of the first YA novels I ever read. What prompted me to discover the genre I cannot say. Amazon | Goodreads ● Rent Beastly on Amazon Video
4. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner | Confession: I picked this one up because COVER
CANDY! The reason I cannot believe I actually read it is because, when it comes to books, I’m not an avid sci-fi aficionado. That said, I do enjoy the genre in my films, so perhaps that motivated that initial I’m-going-to-read-this thought. Amazon | Goodreads
5. Bailey Flanigan Series by Karen Kingsbury | At the time I read these books, I thought they were romantic and sweet. But looking back, I’m really surprised I actually read not only the first book, but the entire series (I’ll confess, though I knew which team I was, I was really invested in discovering who Bailey ended up with). Karen’s stories, though well written, aren’t generally my kind of fiction, so I think that’s where my surprise stems from. Amazon | Goodreads
5 Books I’ll be IN AWE If I Ever Read Them (and Why)
1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas | Ok, so here’s the thing. I adore the BBC miniseries The Musketeers. (Cute guys, period drama and romance = all the fangirl reactions.) The 2002 adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo is, without question, one of my favorite swashbuckler films. But reading this book… it scares me. I mean, I did buy a copy years ago, and ever since it’s sat on my shelf. The tiny print and length is enough to cause me to shove it to the corner… every time. Amazon
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2. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy | Despite the fact that I do really enjoy – like, the recent adaptation of this
classic story, I don’t see myself every reading the book. Bathsheba is such a hard heroine to… well, feel much for. She’s destructive and she knows this. That’s why I think this would be a difficult novel to read because I don’t see myself forming many character attachments. Amazon | Goodreads ● Rent Far From the Madding Crowd on Amazon Video
3. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo | I totally have a story to go with this book – one I’m sure I’ve recounted here or maybe it was booktube. But I’m sharing again… because I’m strange like this. Once upon a time, in anticipation of the musical adaptation with Hugh Jackman releasing (which to this day was a huge letdown, but that’s a blog post for another day), I saw a copy of this book at Walmart, and thought, I can totally read this. I picked up a copy of the book. Saw how bulky it was. But not to be deterred, I was still optimistic. As I leafed through its pages, I noticed it was a whopping 1,000+ pages. I promptly placed it back on the shelf and never looked back. You guys know I’m a wimp when it comes to excessive page counts! Have you read this iconic novel?
4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas | Once upon a time – blaming you HYPE! – I was so excited to read this books and its (ongoing) series. But each time I think about starting down its journey, I’m notice that each and every book is getting
longer (and longer), and I’m overwhelmed. Send me all the good reasons why I should (or shouldn’t?) totally still read this series. Amazon | Goodreads
5. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth | Again, HYPE! I picked this one up soon after it released, but at the time (I don’t know anymore), it created lots of controversy. Because of this, I’m no longer sure it’s a book I want to read. Amazon | Goodreads
Another Tuesday, and here we are at the end of this Top Ten Tuesday, Books I Cannot Believe I read 2018, post. Tell me about the books you cannot believe you actually read – good or bad. I’m ready to chat all the bookish thoughts! Of course, as always, if you joined in the fun bookish meme, let me know where I can find your post/blog. I’d love to swing by and visit your book space.
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