Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Feel Everyone Has Read But Me

Top Ten Tuesday was created and is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. This week's topic is books I feel everyone has read but me - the hits in the blogosphere that I just haven't gotten around to picking up.

In no particular order:

If I Stay by Gayle Forman - It's very rare to find a blogger who hasn't read this one yet, I think. I just got around to buying it at The Strand when I was in NYC for BEA at the end of May, but it still sits at the bottom of my TBR list for some reason.

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer series) by Jenny Han - I won all three books at the Simon & Schuster blogger luncheon during BEA week and the second I picked them up, I had about six people come up to me to gush about how great they are. I'm definitely planning to make room in my reading schedule for them soon!

Any classic by Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, etc - At my high school, our required reading was a lot different than most. We read Poe and a bit of Shakespeare, but other than that, we mostly read modern novels. I've never read Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Sense & Sensibility ... none of those.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead - I haven't heard one bad thing about this series, but I still hesitate to pick it up. My previous experiences with vampire boarding school novels ranged from absolutely horrible to mehh, so I'm still a bit wary of this series.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson - I have no clue what this is about. I don't think I've ever even read a synopsis or anything like that. I just know that I see it come up constantly in blog posts and the sequel is getting some big buzz.

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard - Just by the dolls on the covers and watching parts of the show, I can probably already tell that I'd very much dislike these books, but you can't judge books by their covers, right? They have to be pretty good if they're as popular as they are!

The Giver by Lois Lowry - Everytime I bring up the books The Hunger Games and Matched to people, I get the excited "Have you ever read The Giver by Lois Lowery?!" It's another one of those books that I didn't have to read in high school so it just never happened.

Sloppy Firsts (Jessica Darling series) by Megan McCafferty - This is one sort of a twisted situation because I have read the first two books. I actually read them way before I got into blogging, but if you asked me what happened in them, I couldn't tell you a single thing except that one of them had lyrics to a Yaz song. (I think) So I just regard these books as if I haven't read them yet.

Only eight this week! Feel free to give me a virtual kick for not reading these yet. I'm sure they're all fantastic!


  1. This is such a great Top Ten topic. It isn't realistic to think that I will get to the end of my past publication list. There are great reads coming out all the time.

  2. I love If I Stay so much that I want everybody to read it. The book is a celebration of life despite its deathly premise. All of the characters and relationships are richly portrayed.

    My high school required reading list sounds like yours! The English department diligently tried to get away from the "dead white guy canon" (and by extension dead white women authors, I suppose).

    The Giver was part of my elementary school curriculum. The Giver is a modern classic, but there's no need to read its companion novels (its "sequels") Gathering Blue and The Messenger.

    I haven't read any reviews that have compelled to me to pick up the Summer, Vampire Academy, or
    Pretty Little Liars series. However, I do want to read the Jessica Darling series eventually.

    The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a cerebral read. You should be willing to contemplate ethical questions in order to enjoy it. It's not one of those fun action romps that compels rapid page-turning nor does it contain swoony romance. The 1-2 sentence summary on the copyright page spoiled the book's central premise and plot for me. Seriously, it did! I confirmed my suspicions about the book's overarching mystery by page 30 or 50 even though the mystery is not actually revealed until much later. Starting around page 80, I started skimming until the end, but nothing in the book was a surprise. (The book is 272 pages long.)

  3. I'm totally behind on a lot of the classics too...I always feel so bad for it too, since I'm an English major!

    Definitely give VA a chance - I'm not the biggest fan of vampire stories, but VA is the exception :)

  4. If I Stay totally shattered my heart and I wept and wept over it because it was SO GOOD.

    And okay, Jessica Darling is wicked awesome and has like the best YA voice ever.

  5. I LOVE If I Stay and the PLL stories, but I am with you on The Vampire Academy.. just wasn't appealing enough to me

  6. You have to read these books! I have to admit, I'm surprised!

  7. If I Stay and The Giver are both great and also quick reads - good ones to pick up if you're trying to quickly check some books off your TBR list. And if you like audiobooks, If I Stay has a solid recording - plus then you get to be the person bawling your eyes out in your car (or wherever you listen to audiobooks).

  8. Pretty little liars is really good. The tv series are only "meh" if you actually read the book. The show is like the 4th cup of tea from the same teabag. You get the idea but the real good bits are gone ;)

    I agree with you on the classics, though my uni is forcing me to actually get on top of it and I don't mind. I loved Jane Eyre when I read it. It's a heavy read but well worth it.

    I don't know any of the other books you mention.

    For me it's Terry Pratchett, I know the guy is a genius and I have started one of the books but it seems to keep slipping down the list...

    Also The hobbit by Tolkien... Even my little sister has read it...

  9. If I Stay is on my list too, and I really want to read the Jessica Darling series.

    The only book that I've read on your list is VA, which was awesome. I was immediately hooked. I just have the last book, Last Sacrifice, to read now.

  10. yeah, all of those series? ME EITHER.

    you are not alone. (i am here with youuuuuu).

    ps, love the little monster at the bottom of your page. ADORBS.

  11. Vampire Academy is the best!!! I'm not a big fan of vampires but this series is THE BEST!

    Also the Summer series by Jenny Han is so beautiful, a real tear-jerker

    The Adoration of Jenna Fox was pretty good, I didn't like If I Stay but Where She Went was touching.

    I loved Pretty Little Liars!

    Also, my high school doesn't do classic either we stick to Shakespeare and that's it :P

  12. I enjoyed Pretty Little Liars, but you probably have to have a taste for them. The dolls actually don't say much about the books and the show is WAYYYY different.

  13. Vampire Academy is a MUST read!! I was hesitant to read it at first too, but I'm so glad I decided to read it. It's is by far one of my favorite series.

  14. Vampire Academy: it's not like House of night or Evernight, trust me you have to read this series.

    Pretty Little Liars: I didn't want to read this one at first, but I LOVED it, It's better than the TV show, I read nine books so far, full of dirty little secrets.