Top Ten Tuesday: Wow, I read that?!?

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

 January 30: Books I Can’t Believe I Read

I tend to read the same type of books and don’t venture outside of my comfort zone very often.  So this week might be a bit of a challenge but I will try to find ten titles where either I’m surprised I picked it up or I’m shocked that I actually finished it because I’m not one to suffer through a book that isn’t working for me.

Ten books that I’m surprised I read.

  1. Pride and Prejudice  Every once in a while I get this crazy notion in my head that I should read something that is good for me.  Or that I feel I should up my reading ante and read a classic like this one so I too can be a reading snob… (Kidding, to all those that truly enjoy reading the classics or big lit).  I just need to own up that these books hold little interest for me and steer clear of them all together in order to avoid frustration.
  2. The Devil and Miss Prym (On the Seventh Day, #3) This book came upon a recommendation from my husband who has vastly different reading taste than I.  Sometimes I enjoy what he has read but most of the time not.  The reverse is true too, though, and he rarely enjoys titles that I recommend.
  3. The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)  This was another one of those cases of reading to better myself.  I figured I would try a fantasy classic this time and see if that worked better for me.  Nope.  I hated every minute of this book and ended up giving up 50 pages from the end.  I know it is supposed to be THEE iconic book that founded a genre but I found it slow and too male-centric.
  4. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography  I’m not usually a NF reader but this book was offered through Blogging for Books and was the only title that looked remotely interesting I decided to give it a chance.  It was a lot of fun and since then I’ve read another biography, while that one was good to it wasn’t as fun as this choose your own adventure read by NPH.
  5. The Kite Runner This was another book recommendation from my husband.  This time I enjoyed the book but it was definitely not a typical read for me.  I tend to shy away from books that will make me sad, depressed, or angry and this title left me feeling all three.
  6. Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness  This book is here to represent all the All Iowa Reads books that I typically don’t like…
  7. Legends of the Fire Spirits: Jinn and Genies from Arabia to Zanzibar I’m not going to go into why I read this book but I did.  It is a NF title dealing with the legends that surround the Jinn.
  8. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1)  I’m not so much surprised that I picked this title up more that I’m surprised I finished it.  Save yourself the grief just go see the musical, which is amazing!  The book, less so…
  9. The Goldfinch  Pulitzer prize-winning novels usually don’t make my reading list.  This one did in a year I was doing a book challenge.  Totally blown away by how much I enjoyed it.
  10. The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)  I’m surprised I read this one because I picked it up well past the point where I had given up YA books.  I just can’t relate to the age group anymore and I need to be able to relate to a character.  I hated every minute of this book.  The story just didn’t work for me and it ended up ending my YA reading.

Another week, another list.  What books are you shocked that you read?  Share in the comments or post a link to your list!

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