Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Top Ten Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me


I found an awesome weekly meme that is all about top tens!
It's hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I love Top Ten list, I love any type of list actually so this is yet another perfect meme for me to join.
There are actually a lot of books I feel like everyone has read that I haven't, most since I'm always against following the crowd, once something becomes hugely popular I avoid it as best I can.The Luxe and Hunger Games being the only immediate exceptions, especially The Luxe I remember it was everywhere when it was published. Or was that my imagination?

My list is probably filled with books that make people go what? really you haven't read it? Well no I haven't, and if you haven't feel free to let me know that I'm not alone.

1) Harry Potter, that goes for the whole series, although I did consider it in Spanish just because it looked so much shorter. But no it never really appealed to me, everyone was reading them when I was like 11 and at the time I was: 1) not an avid reader and 2) pried myself on only reading fantasies...yeah I'm pretty sure I was fully aware that it didn't get more fantasy than that but I guess I only liked the girly kind. I was a strange person.

2) Twilight, I didn't even know what it was when it came out. It was just a random title I saw everywhere. I really enjoyed Twilight, I want more books like Twilight. I'm not even sure when I figured it out. No one ever told me to read it but now that I think about it; if someone had told me to, I might have.
But now that they're "hugely popular" that's not as likely. Although I did see it in Spanish for about $3, maybe the closing of all Borders stores is what I need to get me reading it. I didn't buy it but I'm still considering trying to read it in Spanish, (I don't actually read that much in Spanish so I've been wanting to see if I can actually read a whole book) it'll be a conversation starter too; "what are you reading?" "oh not much just Crep├║sculo" "what's that?" "I think it's about vampires, I really can't tell in this language."
Does the nook dictionary do other languages? I can probably make it though 60% or so but there will be a point of confusion, then again that happens sometimes when I'm reading in English too so, no real worries.

3) The Lord of the Rings I know right? I have reason to believe that if the guy who sat in front of me in 6th grade homeroom had been cuter this would not be on my list. There's just this pretty clear memory of him and his friend reading the trilogy, and my ease dropping on them while they discussed. Apparently they were getting ready for the movies, which I didn't even notice until three years later.
There's actually a reason I never read these other than the whole jumping on the bandwagon thing, and that's that it took me five months to read The Hobbit, I was not prepared to give that much time to a whole trilogy. That and at the time I was obsessed with YA chick-lit.

4) The Da Vinci Code I've never even seen the movie. And I say that having gone to Italy the year it came out and when everyone was reading the book. We couldn't even get into the Da Vinci museum in Milan because everyone was obsessed with it, I mean everyone wanted to see Da Vinci's great work like they've always had and not because some books told them too.
Alright that might have been true for half the people there, but really even the tour guide told us that they'd never had to have reservations 6 weeks before hand.

5) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Another that I have no clue about, [see Twilight above, minus all the Spanish stuff].

6) Holes Never cared to, that and I heard about it during my girly fantasy YA chick-lit years.

7) The Mortal Instrument series Actually explained it a couple of weeks ago.

8) Hush, Hush By this point I think I was just trying to avoid the YA paranormal romance.

9) The Catcher in the Rye I don't even know what it's about, I know out of all the books I mentioned I should actually try this one but I don't know, it doesn't really get my attention.

10) The Great Gatsby Recently added it to my to-read list, so I'll get to it eventually.


  1. New follower here!

    This is an interesting list. A few books I would encourage you to read- Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Holes-all FANTASTIC... but I suppose I'm bias ;) Twilight? You're better off never having read it :D

    Here's my Top Ten

  2. Okay, so I haven't read most of these myself :). I've never been interested in "The Lord of the Rings". I don't know why, but people do say sometimes that the people who like "Harry Potter" usually don't like "Lord of the Rings". I don't know if that is the case, I did watch the movies, and thought they were good, a bit long, but still interesting.

    I did read Holes in elementary school, ok...so my fourth grade teacher read it to us, before the movie was released. If I'm being honest you're not missing a whole bunch on that one, it's a bit boring. The movie is pretty satisfactory.

    I personally love both Harry Potter and Twilight. But I know with Twilight that is a pretty ify subject with many people. I'm one of the "fans", not a "Twi-Hard" or anything but I do love the story.

    I DEFINITELY recommend watching the Swedish movies for the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy. They are amazing!! I haven't seen the american version, but I did really enjoy the swedish versions. I tried reading the that book afterwards, but couldn't get into it, probably because I had just seen the movie, and normally that genre I don't really reading, I like watching thrillers more.

    Now Mortal Instruments!! OMG PLEASE read these!! If you like fantasy then I think you will like these! They are so fantastically written!! I swear!! Cassandra Clare does an amazing job with both the Mortal Instrument series and the Infernal Device series! Absolutely great books!!

    Great Gatsby, wasn't really my things, I enjoyed the movie more than the book. I'm not a huge fan of English literature books. Other than "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Jane Eyre" I haven't read one yet, that I actually liked.


    1. I'll most likely get to The Mortal Instrument eventually, that's probably the only one I'm really interested in.
      Maybe Twilight, I have the sample on my nook so I'll see how that goes.

    2. A sample would be a good way to go! :) That would definitely give you an idea what is to be expected :)