Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is the Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Read.
- The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke. I got this book way back when as an ARC before it came out, and it seemed like everyone and their uncle got it, read it and loved it – except me. I just thought this book was so bad that I honestly couldn’t figure out what people liked about it. Funny thing is, I was also given the second book in the series, despite my overly long and negative review of this one, but I didn’t read the second one because I just couldn’t deal with the story any more.
- Half Of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I don’t entirely remember how this book came to my attention, but I decided I wanted to read it even though it wasn’t something I typically read. The good news is I loved it and it prompted me to read all of her other books over the next couple of years, which I also really enjoyed.
- Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. I had pretty much no interest in this book. I had watched a couple of the movies but also didn’t care. But I felt like I was being judged by so many other bloggers because I hadn’t read it, so I bought the bullet and gave it a try. I still don’t get how people are so obsessed with this series, I just couldn’t care and all I wanted was for Harry to die – which obviously wasn’t going to happen.
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. This was another ARC that I got that was all over the blogging sphere. I liked it to start but the further I got into it the less I cared about the characters and story. I actually ended up DNFing this one at about 92% because I just couldn’t bother with the last few chapters.
- Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder. I don’t remember the reason for reading this one, probably another ‘this book is everywhere so I better read it’ moment, but I did enjoy this trilogy when I read it. Though admittedly I felt that the third book was a bit of a letdown. Now I look back and my opinion of the book has waned a bit.
- Saga by Brian K. Vaughan. For about a year everyone was reading this one and raving about it. I had no idea what it was about but I finally broke down and gave it a try. I was so convinced that I would love it that I ordered the first seven volumes in one go. Luck was on my side and I fell in love with this series.
- Erased by Kei Sanbe. This one a random find at Chapter a couple months ago, and I am so glad I picked it up. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect of it, and the only reason I even picked up the first volume is because the white cover stood out among the colorful volumes they had on display. I can’t believe how lucky I got stumbling upon this series and I cannot wait for it to continue.
- Death Note by Tsugumi Oba. This was a manga series I wanted to read for a while and managed to pick up the entire thing for a steal last year. I read it, and while I enjoyed it, I feel like it wasn’t as good as I hoped for. My opinion of it has also diminished since I read it.
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. This was another ‘Everyone is reading it and loving it so I better do that too!’ series. I loved the idea behind the series and I really enjoyed the first book, but with each of the next books I liked them less and less until I didn’t even want to read the last one, but I forced myself to just so I could be done with the series.
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I honestly hadn’t planned on reading this book or series. I had saw all the hype around it, and learned my lesson from reading and not liking so many of the books listed above that I just wrote it off. But then I found a copy at Chapters for $5 and decided to give it a try, and I’m glad I did because I have really been loving this series and can’t wait to finally finish it this year.