Top Ten Tuesday #117


Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week, mine has been pretty quite really, but we have YALC coming up this weekend, so I’m so excited for that! I can’t wait for all the books! As usual, I am back with another of my makeshift TTT topics whilst the Broke and Bookish girls are on hiatus (only 3 more weeks to go until topics officially resume!). This week, I’m going to be talking about books that I feel everyone has read but me, which should be pretty straightforward, seeing as I haven’t read all the books of ever! So here we go, my list of shame (or not so much depending on the book):

  1. Twilight-Stephanie Meyer

I was only 10 or 11 when this book first came out so I was a little young for it when all of the hype was going around about it and then when I got older, I decided it just wasn’t my thing. I’m not really big into vampires at the best of times, but make them sparkly? Ugh no thank you! I think it’s safe to say I will never be reading this one.

2. Six of Crows duology/Grisha Trilogy-Leigh Bardugo

I’m lumping these two series together as they are the same author and same universe. I’ve heard so much about Leigh Bardugo and how brilliant her books are, but I just haven’t got around to reading them yet.

3. The Lord of The Rings-JRR Tolkein

Yes, yes I know, I’m a fantasy lover who hasn’t read these books, I should hang my head in shame or burrow in a hole and never come out. Okay it’s confession time *deep breath*, I’ve never actually had any interest in reading this book? I don’t know what it is about it, but it’s just never appealed to me?

4. Game of Thrones-George RR Martin

I’ve caught up with the TV show now, so I don’t feel quite as bad, but I still have never read the books. And if I’m being honest? I don’t plan to. They’re so huge and I’m not the fastest reader in the world, so I’d rather read other books and just keep watching the TV show for this one. Plus I don’t really like reading books that have TV shows based on them after seeing the show?

5. Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austen

Okay yet another potentially unpopular opinion here, I don’t really see what the big deal is about this book? It sounds super boring to me and honestly, there’s no reason why I feel I should pick it up when I know I’m likely to be bored and I hate classics anyway.

6. ย The Mortal Instruments-Cassandra Clare

I know there is a huge fandom out there for Cassandra Clare’s books, and two of my friends love them, but I’ve never really seen the appeal? I don’t know, Paranormal fantasy isn’t exactly my favourite and whenever I see these books in bookshops I just don’t feel the urge to get them? I think it’s another one of those, it’s not the book, it’s me.

7. Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda-Becky Albertalli

Everyone in the blogosphere seems to have read and loved this book, and I feel like I should have too, only again, it doesn’t really appeal to me? I’ve heard it’s very cute and that’s fine and everything but I don’t really do cute? And it seems like it’s mostly centred around romance and that is a big no-no to me.

8. The Hate U Give-Angie Thomas

Everyone has been raving about this book since it’s release, but again, it just doesn’t really appeal to me? Maybe it’s just because everyone is telling me I should read it and therefore that makes it instantly unappealing because I feel like I’m bound to be the one black sheep that doesn’t like it? I don’t know what it is, but I’m not sure I’ll be rushing to pick this one up anytime soon.

9. When Dimple Met Rishi-Sandyha Menon

Another 2017 release that everyone has been raving about that just doesn’t appeal to me. Again it seems like the main focus of this book is a cute contemporary romance and whilst that may be for some people, it just isn’t for me, I don’t really like books where the majority of the plot is based around a romance.

10. All The Bright Places-Jennifer Niven

This book was everywhere when it came out and everyone seemed to love it, but again it never appealed to me. It just sounded really sad and once again very romance focused, so it was never something that I wanted to pick up.

11. Anna and The French Kiss-Stephanie Perkins

Everyone in the blogosphere raves about this book and how adorable it is. That’s all well and good, but I think if we’ve established anything in this post, it’s that I’m not really one for “adorable”. It just doesn’t appeal to me at all, whilst I love Paris, I have no intention of reading a Parisian romance.

12. An Ember in The Ashes-Sabaa Tahir

I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book and I swear I really want to read it because it sounds so good, I just haven’t got around to it yet! One day!

13. The Girl on The Train-Paula Hawkins

I keep meaning to read this one, but then I get distracted with all the pretty fantasies and read those instead. I will read this one day, I swear!

14. Fangirl-Rainbow Rowell

YES, YES, I know, I know. Everyone loves this book and I still haven’t read it, it’s not even on my TBR. I don’t even really know why I haven’t read it, I am a massive fangirl and would probably be able to relate to Cath but again, it’s a case of fear of the cute contemporary! Apparently I like reducing myself to a puddle and steering clear of books that might make me happy!

15. The Handmaid’s Tale-Magaret Atwood

Again, this book has never really appealed to me? I tend to avoid anything labelled as a classic, because they usually wind up disappointing me. I tried to watch the series but I found it kind of confusing and weird. I don’t know, maybe I’ll read this at some point, but I doubt it.

16. The Great Gatsby-F Scott Fitzgerald

Yup. Another one for the classics pile of shame. Do you know what’s even more shameful? After watching the movie, I can with confidence say that I doubt this book is for me and will probably never read it.

17. 1984-George Orwell

And the fear of classics strikes again! Honestly if a book ever appears on one of those awful “Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die” lists, then the likelihood that I won’t read it multiplies by like a thousand!

18. If I Stay-Gayle Foreman

I’ve heard so much about this book and even watched the movie but I’ve never read it. To be honest, I’m not sure I will now, because I hardly ever read books after I’ve seen the movie, but it is still on my Goodreads TBR, so we’ll see!

19. Me Before You-Jojo Moyes

I’ve seen the movie, but not read the book and like I said above, I don’t usually read the book after having seen the movie. I liked the movie, but I feel like this is one of those times where I’d like the movie, but wouldn’t be so keen on the book as I tend to enjoy romance more in movies than in books.

20. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before-Jenny Han

This book has been everywhere what with the movie news coming out in the last few days, but again I’m not really sure it’s for me. Cute contemporary romances and I don’t really go together!

That’s all I have for this week, I could have done way more believe me, but I thought why extend the list of shame any longer? Have you read any of these? What books are on your list of shame? Let me know in the comments!

I will have a new TTT next week, the second to last of these improvised posts, all about books I would give people who say they don’t like to read. In the meantime, I have several posts planned for the next few days, so stay tuned for them!


23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #117

  1. Mikky V July 25, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    Classics aren’t my thing either. I’ve never seen the appeal they have and therefore don’t want to waste my time on them. The Mortal Instruments Series By Cassandra Clare, in my opinion, isn’t everything everyone makes them out to be. I’ve read the first book and I never want to pick the rest of the series. The tv show Shadowhunters is good though (it gets good on season 2). Twilight is what got me into reading paranormal romance! LOL There are MUCH better books out there about vampires (that don’t sparkle). I recognize the part that it played in getting me to where I am today, but it’s not a very good book C:

    • iloveheartlandx July 25, 2017 / 4:52 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one. So I’m not really missing out on anything then? I have thought about trying the show but I’m not sure. I’m not really keen on vampires in general, sparkling or not, Paranormal isn’t really my thing.

  2. Kathy @ Books & Munches July 25, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    It’s a Top Twenty Tuesday, haha.

    Okay! Here goes!
    Of your list I’ve read:
    Twilight, Six of Crows (haven’t read Crooked Kingdom yet, or the Grisha trilogy), Game of Thrones (first four books but I want to reread them), The Mortal Instruments (pretty much all of the Shadowhunter-books, except for Lord of Shadows which is on my TBR-shelf), The Girl on the Train, The Great Gatsby (I liked the movie better than the book, to be honest..), Me Before You (+ sequel)

    Books I already own but have yet to read:
    The Hate U Give, When Dimple Met Rishi

    Hm. Could be worse, haha.

    • iloveheartlandx July 25, 2017 / 9:09 pm

      Ha ha yeah, I have a lot of bookish shame! Ah you’ve done quite well then. I’m hoping to read Six of Crows soon, I want to get to The Girl on The Train, I’m not sure if I’ll be reading any of the others.

  3. judithcmoore July 25, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    I was just the right age to get caught up in the Twilight mania…so many regrets! Also excited for YALC!

    • iloveheartlandx July 25, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      Ha ha we all have things we regret from our youth. Awesome, maybe I’ll see you there!

      • judithcmoore July 26, 2017 / 7:10 am

        ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ll be the one looking socially awkward and terrified the whole time

  4. masonlou July 25, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    I have only read 6 from your list, so I don’t think it’s too bad. Great TTT

    • iloveheartlandx July 25, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      Aww thanks, don’t feel so awful for not having read these. Thanks!

  5. bookmuffin July 25, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    I must get round to the Six of Crows duology, I’m desperate to read it, I just got to find the time! I feel so bad about not having read Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre, they’re both collecting dust on my shelf and I feel like they are a must read really soon! I highly recommend The Mortal Instruments series, it is so good, as is All The Bright Places! The Hate U Give is another book on my shelf, recently acquired but not yet read and I’ve heard so many good things about Anna and the French Kiss I must buy it soon! Fangirl is soooooo good, definitely bump it up your TBR if you can! What a great list, hope you get to some of these soon โ˜บ๏ธ

    • iloveheartlandx July 25, 2017 / 8:58 pm

      I totally get that, I never have enough time to get to all the books I want to read. I tried Jane Eyre, had to read it for school but I only got halfway through it before I got bored. I don’t think Pride and Prejudice is really for me either. I have heard that about both of them I’m just not sure if I’ll check them out or not. That’s good to hear about Fangirl, I might check it out as it actually does seem like something I might like. Thanks!

  6. Elise @ Roaming Reader July 26, 2017 / 12:15 am

    You should really get reading Six of Crows! I read it in May and it was one of my favorites of the year! Also If I Stay is pretty great so check that one out! I love The Mortal Instruments but could totally understand if you don’t want to read those because there are A LOT!

    • iloveheartlandx July 26, 2017 / 11:07 am

      I will definitely be reading it once I’m done with my current book. That’s good to hear, I’ll think about it. It’s not so much the size of the series that bothers me about Mortal Instruments, I’m just not big into Paranormal YA.

  7. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense July 26, 2017 / 1:49 am

    I feel so many of these. I haven’t read Twilight, Lord of the Rings, Game of Throne, Fangirl, Handmaid’s Tale and I’m not sure if any of these are the right fit for me either. I am going to read Simon vs. starting tonight because of all the love it gets and it’s part of a summer challenge I’m participating in. I would recommend picking up Six of Crows. If fantasy is your thing, this one is one of the greats.

    • iloveheartlandx July 26, 2017 / 11:04 am

      I’m glad I’m not the only one. Sometimes books just aren’t your particular thing, that’s why I hate all these “Books you must read before you die” lists because uh excuse me, I decide what I MUST read. I hope you enjoy Simon Vs. I am definitely going to this year, it’s part of a challenge I’m doing!

  8. BooksInNeed July 26, 2017 / 5:37 am

    I remember reading Twilight when I was 10, and I regret the sick feeling I had in my stomach for weeks.

    • iloveheartlandx July 26, 2017 / 10:59 am

      Ouch! Very glad I didn’t go for it back then ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Wendleberry July 26, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    I’ve only read three from this list, so you’re definitely not alone with most of these!
    I love classics, but i know they’re not everyone’s cup of tea. I will say that “classic” is a HUGE and non-specific genre. If you want to try any out, you should definitely stick to a classic that is in a genre you like otherwise (for example, I stay way from the “chick-lit” classics of Austen, Bronte, etc).

    • iloveheartlandx July 26, 2017 / 11:26 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad! I think it’s just that most of the classics I’ve heard of are not really my cup of tea. Do you know of any classic fantasies that might be interesting? As that’s my favourite genre, so I might be more interested in those!

  10. A Lady July 30, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    The Girl on the Train was a good one. I hope you enjoy it when you get there. ๐Ÿ™‚

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