Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Voluntarily Read

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This Top Ten Tuesday’s topic is “books I can’t believe I read.”  I’m listening books that I voluntarily read.  They were’t school assignments or book club choices.  Some of them were great and I’m glad I read them and some of them I didn’t enjoy all that much.  But they weren’t something I’d typically choose to read.


Anna Karenina
  by: Leo Tolstoy

Yes, I voluntarily read this because I typically enjoy classics and I wanted to read more by Russian authors.  I didn’t enjoy it so much, but that’s okay, at least I tried!


Fifty Shades trilogy  by: E.L. James

I knew what they were about and don’t ask me why I decided to read the first one.  And the second one.  And the third one.  And I rated them low on Goodreads for some reason, but I actually kind of liked them all. 😉



Saga, Vol. 1
  by: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples

I never, never thought I would ever pick up a graphic novel, but the awesome cover drew me in and I’m super glad I started this series!



Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  by: J.K. Rowling

I didn’t intend to read this for a couple of reasons.  I didn’t think an eighth book was necessary, it didn’t get the best reviews, and I don’t really like reading plays.  However, a friend of mine gave it to me as a gift so I read it a few months later.  Eh.


Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker
  by: Gregory Maguire

I didn’t like the other books by Maguire I read and over the years I’ve had no desire to read any more.  The idea of a Nutcracker novel drew me in and I’m glad I gave this a chance.


The Martian
  by: Andy Weir

I checked this out from the library after hearing it was good and it sounded like something my husband would enjoy.  He read it and said he didn’t think I’d like it because of all of the technical details.  I secretly didn’t think I’d like it either, but I gave it a chance and loved it.


First Frost
  by: Sarah Addison Allen

I usually don’t like the magical realism genre, but my mom said she liked this book so I gave it a try.  I liked it enough to also read the first in the series, Garden Spells.  They weren’t amazing, but I’m glad I gave them a chance.


How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself When the Lawn Warriors Strike (And They Will)
  by: Chuck Sambuchino

Does this really need an explanation!?  It was a gift from a friend (along with a gnome figurine).  It’s hilarious, but obviously not something I would have chosen for myself.

3 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Voluntarily Read

  1. Saga is one I wouldn’t have picked up but so many people raved about it I finally did. I was a little shocked how graphic it was but I’m glad I finally tried it. Heard good things about First frost and sarah Addison Allen in general.


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