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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Can’t Believe I Read

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Top Ten Tuesday was 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.

This being our first TTT, I wasn’t sure exactly how to go about this and I’m too scared to ask anyone for help so I’m taking this as..

Books I Can’t Believe I Read (Because They Were So Bad Why Did I Waste My Precious Time Finishing Them?!)

10047589Girls In White Dresses by Jennifer Close

I was beyond excited to read this book..I think I found it on Goodreads and that cover really reeled me in. Long story short: I hated every minute of it. I read it in November 2015 and I still remember how disappointed and annoyed I was. This was before I was leaving real reviews for myself to remember, but I wrote: “Not a fan, all flashbacks. Never enough to get connected to any characters.” LOL, short, sweet and to the point.


1081885350 Shades of Grey by E.L. James

OK, this needs no explaining. Most of us did it, then regretted it, and if you were one of the few who didn’t, well lah tee dah, aren’t you special.





17402288Dept. Of Speculation by Jenny Offill

NOW. I might have appreciated this book a bit more if I had read it later in life. At the time, I was single and fun and just having a great time, so the couple hating each other thing, it didn’t really do it for me. NOT SAYING I HATE MY HUSBAND but there have definitely been times where I could understand how it could happen. (love you, babe!) It was just like mixed thoughts, bouncing around, and quotes? I just never got the point.


26192646Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

Hands down, one of THE MOST DEPRESSING BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ. I mean, I’ve read books where the dog dies at the end and they couldn’t compare to this. Such a sad, lost girl in a big city and I just wanted to hug her and tell her to go home to her family. Who hurt you?! The whole book was so pretentious and maybe someone liked it (it was called book of the summer 2016) but that someone was NOT ME.



20821614You by Caroline Kepnes

In all honesty, I should have loved this one (you know I’m all about the dark and twisty), but this one just made me feel… wrong.  I felt very uncomfortable reading this the whole time (but my stubbornness refused to let me stop), and its one redeeming factor is that my resentment towards this book was so strong that it made me feel less angry about being stranded at the airport over night after having 5+ flights cancelled.


10766509The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

Honestly, it may have just been the ending of this one that ruined it for me, but I can’t let that cloud of pure hatred leave my mind.  What does hubby remember about me reading this book?  I literally threw this book against the wall and it stayed where it landed for 2 weeks because I couldn’t even touch the cover I was so mad.  My blood’s boiling just thinking about it….



28449270Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

Everything about this book annoyed me, but most of all (*spoiler alert*)….SHE FORGOT SHE LEFT HER DOG TIED UP OUTSIDE OF COSTCO AND WENT BACK LIKE 8 HOURS LATER TO GET IT.  I literally kept thinking, “Okay, is the dog actually with her and the author forgot to tell us?  Is the good boy okay?”  I think that summarizes everything you need to know about this book.



41865Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Don’t get me wrong… high school Kaylie was straight up Team Jacob.  I read not 1, not 2, not 3, but ALL 4 in the series (perhaps more than once…), and I’m not ashamed to admit it.  But as I’ve gotten older, the whole story has gotten icky.  (BTW spoilers if you haven’t read it)  The insta-love between a 17-year-old and 100+-year-old, plus whole imprinting of Jacob ON AN INFANT?!  Weird AF.



54701984 by George Orwell

I was less than impressed by this “Big Brother” novel.  While I did enjoy the plot as a whole, I found the characters to be extremely bland and felt as though the story was dragging on, even when it should have been sucking me in.  *Side note: unlike most people, I read this after high school, so my opinions aren’t skewed by student angst or being “too cool for school.”  I just felt it was lacking where it could have been much more powerful.





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15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Can’t Believe I Read

  1. I always think it’s so funny that Fifty Shades and Twilight are always on these lists and I loved both, lol. But I feel the same. 😀 I loved The Best of Me, but almost couldn’t stand the movie. <3 Great post!!

    1. Hahaha! Well Twilight was definitely the “series to read” for me 10 years ago! I didn’t regret them at the time..just glad my tastes are a bit more refined (usually) now 😜

      1. I don’t know how it skipped me, I was 12 at the time and I know plenty of people my age who have loved them and my mum and sister both loved them but I was just never interested. Tastes do change, it’s true!

    1. It was SO creepy! There are so many things that I look back on and think….how did I think that was romantic?!!

  2. Ahahah I’m just like you when it comes to Twilight, I read it when I was younger and kind of enjoyed it, but thinking about it now and all the issues it had… yeah, I won’t be re-reading that one anytime soon hahaha 🙂
    Lovely post! 🙂

    1. I saw a tweet the other day that said, “Can I do this in YA? … Then I remember Edward performed a c-section on Bella using his teeth, and I’m like, yeah I’m fine.” LOL so hard bc whyyyy wasn’t this a big deal to me as a teenager?!

      1. I SAW THAT TWEET 😂😂 It made me feel so… well, it made me wonder why the heck didn’t that bother me before 😂😂😂

  3. OMG about “Today Will Be Different!” I read that book AND DON’T REMEMBER THAT PART, which horrifies me, because I am usually the exact same as you and agonize over the state of the animal until their situation is made clear! I didn’t like that book either, which disappointed me, because I loved her first one!

    1. Honestly, it ruined the book for me but it was headed for a downwards spiral already 🤷🏼‍♀️ I liked Bernadette *better* but I wasn’t in love with it…I’ll be interested to see the movie adaptation!

  4. The only one from this list that I’ve read is Twilight, and OH MY I feel the same aha. I can’t belive that I was SOO into that world when I was younger. 13 year old Lu was sooooo team Edward, but thought that Jacob was way better for her (how does that even work) but now I just think both boys need to be checked because Bella is the most BORING character AHA.

    This was such a great post!

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