Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Read


It’s easy to stick to our comfort zone when it comes to reading. I tend to gravitate toward favorite authors or genres when it comes to selecting items to read or for my TBR pile.

But, every once in a while, you go for something different.

The leads us to the subject of today’s Top Ten Tuesday: the books you can’t believe you’ve read.

  1.  The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas :  While not outside of my comfort reading zone, this revenge take is one I can’t believe I’ve read simply because of it’s size.  I wasn’t going to be satisfied unless I read the unedited version. So, that’s what I did. It took a while, but it was worth it.
  2. The Host by Stephanie Meyer:  I listened to three of the four Twilight novels as audiobooks and found myself less enamored with each one.  So, it still puzzles me that I picked up this long novel by Meyer and read it.
  3. Time Slave by John Norman:  Read about half of this one as part of sf/f discussion group. It was terrible for so many reasons, not the least of which was how misogynistic it is.
  4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: A friend told me the character of Jaime was based on the second Doctor’s companion, Jaime.  So, I had to give it a try. And I enjoyed it, for the most part. But I’ve not felt tempted to read the rest of the series yet. (Though I am curious about the TV adaptation)
  5. Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle: I’ve read this one not once, but twice. Both times it was for sf/f book groups. It’s a disaster story about an asteroid coming to slam into our planet. The book is so full of unlikable characters that I found myself rooting for the asteroid to hurry up and end all of these characters’ misery.


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3 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Read

  1. Outlander tv series is pretty decent 🙂 at least the first season
    The Host I find was better than Twilight books

  2. The Outlander TV series is really good (never read the books, too intimidated by their sheer size).
    My TTT:

  3. So…Count of Monte Cristo. I’ve tried that book at least five times. I make it about a quarter of the way through, and then never pick it up again. Until the next time, when I have to start all over. 😉 And your #5 made me laugh – I remember thinking that way when I watched Reservoir Dogs. I was so happy when they all died at the end and quit talking. Probably NOT the reaction I was supposed to have, but… 🙂 Great list!

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