Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can't Believe I Read


When I saw today's Top Ten Tuesday topic, Books I Can't Believe I Read, I immediately blushed and thought of the book I was reading at the time:


Cherise Sinclair's, Master of the Mountain, is, in a word - smut.  Pure and simply smut.  There, I admit it - I read smut from time to time and you know what?  I sooo enjoy it!  But, even having said that, I'm a little surprised that I ever read this book for various reasons.  More surprising, I've read it twice!


Why am I surprised that I read Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darkerand Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James?  Well, I was a latecomer to the game and there's a part of me that can't believe I read them after all the hype was over.


And then there's Grey by E. L. James, which I sometimes can't believe I read as well.  As if reading the first three weren't enough...  Much to my surprise, however, I kind of liked hearing Christian's point of view.


I ruled out being a doctor early on in high school because 1) I hated chemistry and knew that I would never survive Organic Chemistry in pre-med and 2) because I didn't want to deal with major organs, bodily fluids, or death.  That's why I'm very surprised that I read Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach.


I have absolutely no idea whatever possessed me to read Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler, but I did two summers ago.  I'm not a fan of Handler's and I didn't really enjoy her style of humor.


No Angel by Lou Dobyns is a very detailed and sometimes disturbing look into the world of outlaw motorcycle gangs.  It was an absolutely fascinating read and I have no idea why I found it so gripping.  I'm not even sure how this book ever popped up on my reading radar.


It's not so much that I can't believe I read Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, but I'm very surprised that I finished the damned thing.  It was a laborious task that took forever and my hatred towards the book intensified with every turned page. But, at the time I was of the belief that you never abandon a book, so I persisted. That experience taught me a valuable lesson - life is way to short to spend time reading a book that you don't like.


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is one of my favorite books and, surprisingly, it is of a genre that usually isn't my cup of tea. I'm not a sci-fi person, so I am surprised that I ever gave this book a chance. I glad that I did, though.


What are some books you can't believe you read?  Don't by shy...  I'd love to know.


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16 comments:

  1. I read Ready Player One too and it isn't my cup of tea either. I think it helped that I went the audio route. I read Fifty Shades of Grey but never went any further. It's always funny what random topic captivates us. I've fallen down a few rabbit holes book-wise that were a surprise!

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    1. I did Ready Player One on audiobook as well. I might not have liked it as much as I did if I read it in conventional print format. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I haven't heard of most of these books.
    War and Peace was a readers doozey.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  3. Fifty Shades has been a very popular one this week!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/top-ten-tuesday-144/

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  4. Glad Cold Mountain taught you life is too short to read every book! I can't remember what specific book gave me that revelation, but giving up on finishing books I don't like has made my reading life much more pleasurable!

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  5. I like how you talked about the smut, and then Stiff.

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  6. Oh, I read a lot of smut so that wouldn't be too surprising for me lol Oddly enough I have not read and of the 50SoG books though.

    I read Stiff too. I love Mary Roach's books even though I don't read a lot of non fiction.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. I have another one of Roach's books, Gulp, but I haven't read it yet. I think I will need to be in a very specific mood for that one or in need of a fiction break.

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  7. Yep, the first 50 Shades book made my list as well. It's quite popular this week.

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  8. I read Cold Mountain for a college class and hated it. I also watched the movie and hated that too. Meh. I had that exact copy bought from the Penn State bookstore.

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    1. I liked the movie better than the book. I've often joked that I should've kept it and had it bronzed like a trophy!

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