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

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

It’s a Top Ten Tuesday REWIND and I picked: “Top Ten Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me” 😦

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Everyone I know and I do mean everyone seems to have read this, including non-reader friends. When I admit I haven’t I get a look of utter disbelieve..

Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

There is a copy of Divergent sitting on my shelf but it’s only been moved for dusting purposes. Then when Alliegant came out and the reviews were so mixed I moved it to the ‘will-hopefully-be-read-at-some-point-corner”.

More Than This by Patrick Ness

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I want to read it but the hardback is not very transport friendly.
Expectations are high, so it’s a little daunting.

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Originally I was intrigued by the first book, especially given the high praise by reviewers I respect, but I never got round to reading it. Then came Siege and Storm and now I’m trapped in the catch-up zone.

Honestly I wish there were standalones by these authors (who judging by reviews are brilliant writers) so I could read their work without feeling like I have to commit to a whole series from the start.

Night School Series by C.J. Daugherty

I have the first 2 books, yet still not read them..

Wonder by RJ Palacio

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The last time I admitted not having read it my friend ChrissiReads looked like she was going to chase me down the road until I did. *gulp*.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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I was so excited about this and planned to read it the minute I got it… not sure what went wrong there.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I have read Cinder, which I liked but didn’t love so I wasn’t that fussed about Scarlet. Now Cress has been published and a lot of fellow bloggers are raving about it. Based on the reviews it sounds like Cinder is actually the weakest in the series so I’m very tempted to give Scarlet a chance.

Fangirl by Rainbow Powell

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This is on my shelf and I do want to read it.
Just a little worried it won’t be as good as I think.

Unearthly Trilogy by Cynthia Hand

The first book was given to me by a friend who loved it. I bought the second months later fully intending to read both, especially when another friend started raving about them but it just never happened. Now the series is complete and reading a trilogy seems a lot more taxing than just reading a book.

If I don’t read Unearthly I can still imagine I have something there I’ll love, but what if I read it and don’t like it enough to read book 2?

I have a few of these books in my house, so I thought you could help me.

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15 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me

  1. The Book Thief was a big fat DNF for me. It confirmed my commitment to steering far clear of books with massive amounts of hype. It was so validating to read all the well-written negative reviews at Amazon and Goodreads, and to discover I was far from the only person who hated it and finds its popularity absolutely baffling. I wrote a scathing negative review of it on my blog awhile ago. Under the radar books are more my style, not the ones everyone’s raving about and trying to force you to read.

    My TTT

  2. Ooh. I’m sorry. I won’t chase you down the road, I promise. But you definitely need to try The Book Thief, the Unearthly series, Wonder and the Divergent trilogy. I actually didn’t mind Allegiant that much, but I can see why people didn’t like it. I do need to read some of these books on your list, but I’m happy to say I’ve read most of them 🙂

  3. I think it’d be hard as a writer not to be excited by The Book Thief. I don’t think all of the language games work, but most of them do and some are spectacular… and whatever you think and feel about the book, it goes challenge assumptions about language while still showing an incredible understanding of it. It’s the different between a GCSE student picking ‘new vocab’ out of a thesaurus and missing the connotations, and a master of language being playful with a full grasp of the implications. It doesn’t work all the time for everyone – of course – but it’s such a good reminder that language stretches when we exercise our own imaginations.

    Also, a quick note on Night School… they’re such good fun and written with some clever thinking behind them: CJ is great about not editorialising or moralising and, as you know, I think that’s so important in children’s and YA fiction. It’s really exciting to see books that are all about adventure and excitement that don’t take the ‘Hollywood Moral Message’ route. When you read them, it’s well-worth also having a squint at what CJ says about how and why she writes. Gave me a whole new appreciation for the subtle ways she’s playing with that school-spyring/secret-society niche.

    Am nervous and excited in about equal measures for More Than This, as I am with many Ness books. One of the very best YA writers in literary terms: this is a person who can write. And think. And think in writing… Like The Book Thief, Ness is a writer who challenges other writers about their craft.

    And this is turning into an essay so I’ll stop now and go and… er… write a bit.

  4. Book Thief is on my TBR list–I just never feel like I’m in the right mood for it.
    I read Fangirl shortly after I read Eleanor & Park–and really enjoyed it! I rank it just below E & P–which was one of the best books I read last year.
    I have read Wonder and it’s . . . well . . . wonderful! Really worth the read.

  5. I’ve only read a few of these so I know your feels! The Book Thief and The Grisha Trilogy are ones I get grief for all the time for not reading! Fangirl and The Lunar Chronicles were some of my favorite reads of last year though so I would really recommend them!

  6. YAY! You chose the same topic as me! 😀

    I haven’t read any of these except for The Book Thief – and I only read that one a couple of months ago because of the movie (which I still haven’t seen because ohmygod I know I’m going to be crying the entire time)!

    I feel the exact same way about The Grisha Trilogy, More Than This, and Fangirl. Wonder, thankfully, I haven’t had anyone talk to me about really, though I have seen it around. And I haven’t heard of the Night School series. Is it UKYA or am I just really behind on this?!?!

    Also, those covers for the Unearthly Trilogy are so pretty! I love the ones we have in the US (the purple, teal, and pink ones), but I really love these as well! The Hallowed one especially!

    And since I’ve only read The Book Thief, that’s what I’m gonna vote for 😉

  7. Hey there!
    I’m the admin of the Night School France fanpage on Facebook and Twitter, and also a book blogger like you. I cannot say enough good things about this book series that is Night School. Every person that read it after hearing my blah blah blah about it loved it! You totally should get on the track and become a fellow Nighter ! 😀 See ya!

  8. I voted for Divergent because I loved it! Apart from that I have only read The Book Thief which I didn’t enjoy greatly. More Than This, is on my wish list for when it drops to a price I am prepared to pay!

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