Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, which is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  The rules are exactly the same as they were before - this week's topic is Book I Can't Believe I Read.  Here we go, in alphabetical order by title:


American Agent by Melvin Purvis - I'd had my eye on this for ages, but it was actually difficult to come across a copy that I didn't have to pay an absurd amount for (yay for libraries)!


Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock - 1) it's about football, and 2) look at that cover.  Really, though, it was a pretty fantastic YA contemporary.


Fallen Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes - I still didn't like it the second time around, no matter how much I wanted to.


Finding Fire by Mallory Crowe Just going with the cover I wouldn't have expected it to be my sort of read, but a friend convinced me to try it, and it turned out to be much better than I was expecting.


The Hope We Seek by Rich Shapero - Especially after hearing my coworkers thoughts on it beforehand...


King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard - I'm honestly surprised I didn't DNF it - book one was a fun, but not so much for the later installments.


November 9 by Colleen Hoover - Not my type really...


The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver - It's an Oprah Book Club Book (not my go to, by the way) that got selected for a book club I used to be in, but it was a brilliant read.


There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins - I had my doubts, but I still tried it.  Unfortunately, it wasn't for me.


Wisconsin Vamp by Scott Burtness - Just such a different and unlikely take on the vampire, but not in a bad way.

What books are you surprised that you read?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps commenting down below!

38 comments:

  1. Dairy Queen is one I've seen here and there (and it does look kinda' cute); despite the hype for Colleen Hover, I've never read one of her books; though I adore 'Anna,' I suspect Perkins' newest book will fall into a list like this for me too. I'm really not a horror story fan. Mysteries, yes. Horror/slasher works of fiction? Nope. :D

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    1. I'm not much for slasher stuff either if I'm being honest.

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  2. I'm reading Stephanie Perkin's newest book soon and I also have my doubts...Great list!

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  3. There's Someone Inside Your House *nods* the longer time goes on since reading it, the less favorably I remember it. :(

    That cover of Dairy Queen is kind of interesting!

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  4. Dairy Queen has the most unfortunate of covers. I love the whole series, though. My TTT

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    1. Exactly! I definitely need to continue it.

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  5. I've seen quite a few people saying that they can't believe they read There's Someone Inside Your House - it's making me reconsider reading it, because I'd been quite excited about it!

    I have yet to read any of the books on your list, because I've been putting off reading the Red Queen series and the Falling Kingdoms series because I can't commit that much time to a new series. You've made me feel as though I made the right decision, so thank you!

    Here's my TTT!

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    1. I'd definitely like to know what you think of There's Someone Inside Your House.

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  6. I've given up on the Red Queen series, I read Glass Sword and struggled so much that I'm not even going to consider King's Cage.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/top-ten-tuesday-144/

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  7. After following your reviews and blog for a while, I am surprised you read a CoHo book too. =)
    I would have never found Dairy Queen on my own, but it kept popping up on TTT list, and it is such a charming and sweet family story. I love the series. I abandoned the Red Queen series. Glass Sword was such a chore for me to read. I just couldn't bring myself to read King's Cage.

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    1. I don't know what I was thinking! XD

      My library has Dairy Queen and I ended up reading for last year's Book Riot Read Harder Challenge.

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  8. Great list! I need to give The Poisonwood Bible a try at some point.

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  9. I can't look away from that Wisconsin Vampire cover!

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  10. The cover to Wisconsin Vamp is cracking me up! I love that you actually ended up enjoying a lot of the books on this list. I still can't believe I've never read The Poisonwood Bible.

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    1. I couldn't believe I read it - and how much I enjoyed it... that was totally unexpected.

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  11. Oooh I've been dying to read Dairy Queen! The cover just makes me go !?!??! but I've heard the best things!! <3

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. Definitely disregard that cover... hope you like it, Aimee!

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  12. I'm still a little bummed you didn't like Falling Kingdoms, because I really like the series, but I get it. I really enjoyed Red Queen, at least more than the majority of reviews I read/heard. But I have no motivation or desire to continue the series.
    My TTT: Marie @ Pages to Explore

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    1. I am too - it seemed exactly like something I'd love...

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  13. I did like There's Someone Inside Your House, but I'm old and grew up on YA Thrillers (Pike and Stine), so I love seeing YA horror now. And I've had Falling Kingdoms on my TBR forever because Rhodes was at a YA book signing I went to (along with a few other YA authors) and I really liked her... but who knows if I'll ever get to it? It's been YEARS. ;)

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  14. I haven't read any of these. The cover for Dairy Queen sure is interesting! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

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  15. Interesting list. The Poisonwood Bible sounds great. The cover on The Hope We Seek is really creepy.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2018/01/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-cant-believe-i.html

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    1. That cover reminds me of that silent movie, Metropolis for some reason...

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  16. I read the first in the red queen series and it was just kinda blah for me so I didn’t bother continuing. 😬

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  17. I loved reading The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. It's one of my favorite novels ever written!

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  18. The cover of Finding Fire.....see I am really getting into romance books and I know that books with the generic male abs on the cover sorta signal my type of book but honestly I am getting sick of the abs! But that book does look interesting.


    I personally do want to read There's Someone Inside Your House, but reading your review I can understand why you didn't like it!


    As for what books I'm surprised I read....thats kind of a tough question for me since I'm into so many different kinds of books, or at least I'm open to many genres. I guess I'm surprised I read Dracula in 6th grade!

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    1. That does seem fairly early for Dracula. :)

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  19. I haven't read any of these but for most of them... I am ashamed to say that they all are types I wouldn't normally pick up because of the cover. For books I can't believe I read, it'd be books by Rhonda Tibbs. The synopsis and covers were meh to me but my best friend swore by them, so I picked them up and ended up loving every one that I read. It's terrible judging books by their cover but it's hard not to sometimes when there are so many books out there.

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    1. So much to sort through...

      Thanks for coming over, Jamie.

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