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Today’s topic is pretty broad, and Jana says she did that on purpose to open it up to different interpretations. Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Read is what we are covering today, and I interpreted it as these are books I wouldn’t have normally picked up, but did so because of hype, friend recommendations, book club reading, or some other reason. I decided to note why I wouldn’t normally read it, why I decided to, and what my verdict was — did I like it or not? As always, in no particular order!
True Confessions of a Heartless Girl by Martha Brooks
This was a book gifted to me by my dad for Christmas one year. Before I read this book, I was very set on only ever reading fantasy books. I am glad I read this one, because it broke me out of my shell as far as reading went!
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
This was the first book I read after joining my first book club. I was not well versed in classics or books published much before the 80s at the time. I was really wary going in, but I found the book at a local large used book sale for a dollar, and dove in. I am so happy I did, because this is now one of my favourite books. I love the feel of the writing, and even though it wasn’t considered so at the time of publication, this book opened the door for me to love historical fiction.
The Break by Katherena Vermette
Last year, I took a risk and reached out to CBC Books about the Canada Reads shortlist. In a surprising turn, they responded and sent me the shortlist to read, review, and talk about! I read all but one of the books and tuned in to the debates, and I was introduced to some really interesting literature. This was one of the shortlisted books, and it was really eye-opening. The first time I had read a book set in my own city, and only the second time I had read a book by an Indigenous author, I found myself wanting more. I am still bitter it was knocked out on the first day of Canada Reads 2017.
Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo
I won the second book of this series on Goodreads many many moons ago, and I wanted to read the first book. This book is the sole reason I am wary of self-published books. It was just awful, yet it has a bunch of good reviews. I don’t get it? Definitely one I wish I could get my time back from reading.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
I honestly don’t remember why I picked this book up, but I have a feeling it was hype. I generally don’t read non-fiction at all. This one was pretty enjoyable, and really interesting in the bigger picture of medical ethics and the like. The book wasn’t great, as it missed a lot of great potential for exploring all sides of the story, but overall I am OK with having taken the time to read it, though I am still not a big non-fiction fan.
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
I am emphatically NOT a sports person. I picked this book up because the movie was coming out, and I liked Jennifer Lawrence. I never did see the movie, though, because I found the book to be a little ridiculous. And I am still not a fan of books where sports are a main theme.
Naked in Death by JD Robb
I had never read a police procedural novel before, or even a mystery really. I heard bits and pieces of one of these books while in the car with my dad as he was listening to the audiobooks, and I was super hooked on the characters. These books are still my candy books. They are something light and fun and easy to read in between other things.
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
This was a big foray for me, as it was not only the first real horror novel I read, but also the first translated novel! I still find that something gets lost in the translation of written works, especially when the cultural cues are missing – as such, translated stuff is still not something I reach for a lot. But horror books? I love me some horror books.
Marley & Me by John Grogan
I can’t believe I read an entire book about the life of a dog and didn’t expect it to end with the inevitable. I love the stories of the lives of dogs. I hate the part where their lives end. I have read a few more like this one since, but the emotional turmoil is WAY too much for it to be a regular thing. I love animals, dogs especially, and them dying is not a thing I like thinking about.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
So, this book was gifted to me by my parents, as well as the rest of the first four in the series. I didn’t read them for several years, because once in the school library, I saw a book with a similar cover called Homer Price, and it sounded like the least exciting book ever. It wasn’t until my mom explained to me that no, it wasn’t about some kid inventor, but about magic and stuff that I finally gave it a shot. This was during my phase of not reading anything but fantasy, obviously. Now, these books are a staple in my home!
What books were way outside your comfort zone? What books did you read despite the little voice telling you not to do it? Are you glad you did, or are you not a fan? Comment below, and don’t forget to link to your TTT!
Stay bookish, lovelies!