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

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. Today, we’re talking about books we can’t believe we’ve read. I’m not 100% sure how to interpret this, to be honest. It could be books that were so bad you can’t believe you actually read them or books that are so daunting and intimidating you can’t believe you read them. 

I’m going with the first option and talking about books that were so bad I can’t believe I managed to finish them

Fifty Shades of Gray by E.L. James // Yes, I actually read this book. I wanted to know what everyone was talking about and whether it was truly as bad as it seemed. And no, it wasn’t. Somehow, it was even worse. This is an unhealthy, abusive relationship and the “romantic” interest is disgusting. Honestly, disgusting things happen in this book (and I’m not even referring to the so-called BDSM in this book -which isn’t BDSM at all). AND THE WRITING. Stab me in the eye so I won’t have to see it again. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany & Jack Thorne // I’ve ranted about this one enough already. I hated it.

Tirza by Arnon Grunberg // Curse everyone who made me read this in high school. This is the reason why the majority of teenagers thinks they hate reading. It made absolutely no sense, and the ending made me incredibly mad. ALSO: this cover makes it VERY embarrassing to read in public. 

Stone Cold by Olivia Rigal // This book is a hot mess. I’ve talked about it in my recent Top 5 Wednesday video on books I hated but like to discuss. I can’t believe I managed to finish this. The ‘relationship’ is garbage, and the male lead is a steaming pile of dog shit. 

The List by Joanna Bolouri // Another one I can’t believe I managed to finish. I just thought that the premise of this entire book is kind of stupid. It’s about this woman who found out her boyfriend was cheating on her last year. It’s been a year since their break-up and she hasn’t come to terms with it yet. So she creates a list of 10 sexual experiences she’s always wanted to try but hasn’t yet, and gives herself one year to complete the list. It’s just… stupid. And makes me want to scream, “WHY CAN’T YOU COMMUNICATE WITH OTHER HUMANS?”

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud // This wasn’t as much of a disaster as the other books on this list, true. But after finishing this, I found myself wondering what the hell the point of this book was. 

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella // This pains me, because I love Sophie Kinsella! But this premise of this was absurd and the female lead absolutely ridiculous. I ended up skipping more than half of the book because I just couldn’t read from her perspective anymore. It didn’t make any sense. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald // Woops, another unpopular opinion. I despise this book. Nothing happens. I don’t find it meaningful or interesting. I just think it’s boring. 

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger // I’ve mentioned this one quite often lately. I hated it. In fact, I’ve made an entire video on why I dislike this book which you can watch here

There you go, 9 books I can’t believe I read. I need some hugs after writing this post, because thinking about these books made me mad all over again.
Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? 

Which books would be on your list?



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33 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can’t Believe I Read”

  1. I actually must admit that I even read all THREE fifty shades books… and really, they only got worse and worse with each book. I think they were the only books I ever hate-read because even though they were terrible I just couldn’t stop… Not my proudest moment 🙂


  2. I haven’t actually read Gatsby but my sister LOVES it.😂 I have zero interest at all in trying it though so I’m going to stick with you on this one ah haha. And omg 50 Shades…I don’t think I would ever go there. I have been a little curious but all reports say the writing just THAT BAD that I’m not even going to bother.😂


    1. That sounds like some solid logic, Cait 😀 In my defense, I read Fifty Shades when it was just released and the hype was crazy, so like 6 to 7 years ago? There weren’t that many awful reviews back then (and I didn’t even know Goodreads existed 😦 ). I wish I would have curbed my curiosity though…


  3. I am determined to never read Fifty Shades…I just know that I would hate it!! I read Great Gatsby for school two years ago, and while I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it either. So many of my friends loved it, and I just don’t get all the hype. To me, it was just another decent read.


  4. I loved the Great Gatsby, but I think it’s probably more of a classic American literature thing, where it helps to know the history and all that. I definitely see what you mean about it not being very action-packed. Quite a few people don’t like it, so you’re not alone. What are some Belgian classics like? Do you have any favorites?


    1. True! I think Belgian classics also mostly revolve around history. They’re also incredibly boring and sad. I honestly think that in high school, we didn’t read a single Dutch classic that didn’t revolve around abuse, death, illness or rape. It’s kind of… Well, not fun. Maybe I’ve just been reading the wrong ones, who knows?


  5. happy I don’t *think* I’ve read any of these. Unsure about The Great Gatsby. Something about it being terribly boring resonates with me, makes me wonder if I had to read it back in school and was so bored by it I cant even find the brain cells to remember for sure if I did read it.


  6. You did better than me with 50 Shades, I attempted several times to read it and never got past the third chapter. I did enjoy the film though, which is why I gave the book a go. Felt the same about Gatsby, kept waiting for something to happen but it never really did. Loved Cursed Child but the format was familiar to me as I had just finished studying Shakespeare and was more used to reading plays than novels.


  7. i am sad about Gatsby on this list, but I can’t really argue with it. Nothing much happens haha my favorite Fitzgerald book was The Last Tycoon though and it’s not even finished haha


  8. I’ve only read three off your list – HP – which I actually quite liked, The Time Traveller’s Wife – which I really liked and 50 Shades – which I didn’t like at all. I’ve always fancied reading The Great Gatsby but something holds me back from doing so.
    Lynn 😀


  9. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and The Great Gatsby made my list this week, too! It’s good to know I’m not the only person in the world who hates The Great Gatsby. I salute you for getting through Fifty Shades of Grey, I couldn’t bring myself to try. Great list!


  10. It’s a shame you didn’t like The List. That’s the next Joanna Bolouri book I want to read – I only finished I Followed the Rules last week and thought it was hilarious, even though some of it had me pulling out my hair! Like you, I’m not a big fan of The Great Gatsby either – it’s a bit overrated.

    My TTT


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