Welcome to another Top Ten post! Hosted by the lovely Broke & Bookish, but has now moved to over to That Artsy Reader Girl, this week’s theme is Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Read! I wasn’t sure how to go about this theme, so I’ve decided to do five books I can’t believe I read (past tense) and five books I can’t believe I read (present tense). Let’s get started!
- Books That Tear Out My Heart (Or Are Meant Too)
There are some books I read, purely because—based on the authors previous works, the blurb, or emotional reaction from friends—I know they’re going to rip my heart out and make me tear up or cry. More often than not, I don’t tear up or cry, and maybe that’s because people tell me I will be emotional (It happened when I read Crooked Kingdom) or it’s probably becuase I’m an emotionless robot. And yet, I still read books that are intended to make me weep.
If someone can tell me why I pick these kinds of books, please get back to me ASAP.
- If This Is A Man by Primo Levi
I had to read this for a university subject. It was harrowing and confronting, and I’m still shocked that I managed to read it. Some of the scenes were brutal, emotional, and made goose-bumps rise on my skin. But it was so damn worth it. I don’t normally read non-fiction, but I’m glad I read this, even if it made me want to cry on public transport.
- Fantasy Books
When I first got into reading at the ripe old age at thirteen, I was reading nothing but fantasy—or rather, ‘supernatural’ books. The reason why fantasy books are on this list, is because I’m still surprised that someone’s written something with a fantastical twist, or they’ve given a cliched story that magical touch, which is why I can’t believe I’m still reading fantasy.
- The Fallen and Leviathan by Thomas E. Sniegoski
I’m actually rolling my eyes right now. During my angel phase—when I was a teenager and had NO taste—I saw an attractive man, with angel wings on the cover and thought, ‘Damn I’ll like this book.’ I didn’t. It was poorly written, utterly cliched, gave me nothing new. It was an angelic disaster. How I managed to get through it? I will never know.
- Books With Romance (Or At Least SOME Romance)
There are some books that incorporate romance really well. When I read these books, I fangirl so bloodydamn hard and am swooning or falling for the love interest myself. But when it’s forced, done appallingly, or is toxic, I WANT TO THROW THE BOOK ACROSS THE ROOM! And yet, I find myself gravitating towards books that have a sliver of romance in them. I’ll read them, and either became utterly infatuated with the romance subplot, or want to scream at the forceful nature of it. Again, fi someone has the answer of WHY I keep going for these books, HELP ME PLEASE.
- The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Full disclaimer: I never read the last book in the series. I grew older, and learnt that the entire series wasn’t that flash. Three stars would be my highest rating if I were to re-read them now. How I finished five out of six books in this series, I have no idea. But I’m glad I did, in a way. It taught me how NOT to write a book series full of monsters and monstrous clichés.
- Sci-Fi Books
Science fiction books scare me sometimes. Not in the spooky, jump out of my skin, scary, but the fact that there’s so much science in them—and yes, I’m well aware that sounded unintelligent. To be fair, I don’t read a lot of science fiction books, purely because I’m terrified I’m not smart enough to follow along. I’m hoping that will change, as I’ve accumulated a few science books on my TBR, and who knows, maybe I’ll be less scared when I finish a couple.
- The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The main reason this series in on my list is because one, HAVE YOU SEEN HOW BIG THESE BOOKS ARE? And two, it’s written in a format I’ve never seen before. I was a bit sceptical going into Illuminae, mainly for the hype and size of the book. But I blitzed through it, and am still somewhat in awe of Kristoff and Kaufman’s epic partnership. I guess I can’t believe I read it took me a while to pick up the first two books of this series—Illuminae and Gemina—BECAUSE THEY ARE GREAT AND EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ IT BEFORE OBSIDIO COMES OUT.
Last year I fell in love with audiobooks. When I went for walks, or out for a run, even when I was stuck on public transport, I’d pop my headphones on and drown out the world with a wonderful audiobook. I didn’t think I’d love the experience of someone narrating to you, but I did. It was a pleasant surprise. Hopefully once I’ve finished listening to all my audiobooks on my TBR I can invest in some more. Although, my only pet peeve is that I have to listen to British accents.
- Hunted by Megan Spooner
This was my first audiobook and to be completely honest, I have no idea how I managed to listen to the entirety of this book when the only thing going for it was the dog, who was called Doe Eyes and a precious angel. The reason I picked it up because Beauty And The Beast is one of my favourite Disney films, so I was disappointed with Hunted because of the predictable plot twists and the dullness of the prose. I still can’t believe I finished it though.
And that’s it for me today! Tell me some of the books you can’t believe you’ve read in the comments below!