Today’s Top Ten Tuesday Topic: 

Books I Can’t Believe I Read

There are some books you read that just don’t fit into your usual reading style. They might be very good books. They might not be. Here are some books that I’m still surprised I read.

1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

I spent an intense Christmas vacation and solo New Year’s Eve reading the Millennium Series. Thrillers are NOT my usual read and these books were full of suspense and mystery and intrigue, and a lot of violence too. I’m still very surprised I read it. I enjoyed it and am glad I read it. But…I doubt I’ll ever read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or the other books in the series again.

2. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

I borrowed this book from my dad…and it was pretty good. But…again, it’s a suspenseful thriller and completely not my usual read. Oh, and while reading it I thought I’ve never seen this movie. Yeah… I had seen the movie. That’s how different it is from the book.

3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

This book. I hated this book. And yet, I forced myself to finish it. I’m still shocked that I finished it. It was the book that taught me that if I’m not enjoying a book it is totally okay and good to put it down and read something else.

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

When HP was first released, and as each new book came out, I had absolutely no interest in it. At all. And then, in 2012 I had to read a children’s novel for a children’s lit class, saw HP #1 in a used bookstore for five dollars, and decided what the heck, I’ll try it and see what everybody is raving about. And that was it. I was enamoured.

5. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Strange. Very strange. Both the story and the writing style.

What books would you put on this list?

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was started by The Broke and the Bookish.  

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  1. This is a great list. I don’t usually read thrillers either. I don’t even like sci fi books, but I will read Michael Critchon books. I read a book called Let the water hold me down; I can’t even put in a genre.I can’t believe I finished it either. It was violent, obscene, and totally not my style, but I know the guy who wrote it so I finished it. Of course it was flawless writing but still…I was somewhat surprised and impressed with myself for reading it.

    Another book I read I should have put down was an erotic romance I didn’t realize until halfway through. LOL I’m so oblivious sometimes. It was a historical fantasy, which I like usually…

    Thanks for sharing!

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