Top Ten Books Everyone Seems to Love Except Me

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl, where a weekly topic is given and you pick your top ten things that fall into that topic! This week’s topic is a freebie, so I decided to do the Top Ten Books Everyone Seems to Love Except Me. Check out my previous Top Ten Tuesday’s here!

Everyone knows what I’m talking about. A book that is so incredibly hyped by the bookish community that you get excited to read it. Then you start, and the whole time you’re wondering to yourself, “What the hell was everyone talking about?

Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand and appreciate if you love any of these books! It’s just that, for whatever reason, when these were picked up, they didn’t click with me.

1. The Scorpio Races

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I’m still trying to find a way to click with Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. I definitely don’t hate it! But I’ve read this and I’ve read The Raven Boys (and I plan to continue with that series) and I’ve given both a solid three drops. I love the concepts, but I just can’t seem to get drawn into the stories!

2. Three Dark Crowns

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This series was…dark. I mean, I know that’s the point, but I just had the most difficult time pushing myself through this book when sisters were supposed to kill sisters, and some of the characters I actually liked didn’t make the most…ethical of decisions. I have the second book in the series on library hold to read but I don’t know if I will or not. I’m just not sure I care what happens next? We’ll see though!

3. Caraval

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I think what I’m learning is that I’m not a huge fan of circus-type books. I didn’t really like either this or The Night Circus, and those are the two most notable circus-y books I’ve read. The concept here was really cool, and the puzzle they were trying to figure out was interesting, but I didn’t really like any of the characters. Like, at all. I had no one to really root for, because I thought the main character was way too whiny for my tastes.

4. The Maze Runner

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Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the movies. I adore Dylan O’Brien. He’s incredible in everything he does, and I’ve loved him since he was Stiles in Teen Wolf. But the books felt so much…drier. And boring. I started and stopped reading this so many times because I WANTED to love it, but to this day it remains a DNF.

5. The 100

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Another book that I wanted so much to love! I enjoyed the first season or so of this, before I fell off of watching it, and I heard great things about this book as well. But again, I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it. I’m not sure if it was the writing style or what, because the premise is SO COOL and exactly the type of story I would like.

6. To All The Boys I Loved Before

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Listen, I love me some Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky. This movie had me so far in my feels I watched it probably…six times the week it came out? Peter Kavinsky is the best and you will never convince me otherwise. And I didn’t hate this book by any means! But the writing of this book felt so juvenile and trite that I’m not even sure I finished it? And I had no interest in reading the second one.

7. The Dark Tower Series

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I should have known better, because there’s only been one book I enjoyed by Stephen King, and that’s 11/22/63. His writing never really does it for me, as I’m not a huge fan of horror. I guess that’s why I thought I would like this, because it’s not really horror! But I read the book in preparation for the movie (I love me some Idris Elba) and I FORCED my way to the end. And it’s short, too, which makes that even more sad.

8. The Night Circus

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Don’t hate me, because I feel like this book is beloved everywhere. I’m just an incredibly character AND plot-driven reader, and this book seemed to focus way more on the atmosphere. Which is totally fine! It just isn’t my thing. I didn’t really find myself connecting with either of the main characters, but the concept was REALLY cool.

9. A Song of Ice and Fire Series

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I tried. I tried SO HARD. I read the first book, and was mostly okay with it, but the second book lost me. I just can’t mentally keep track of the MASSIVE cast of characters and the political sub-plots and everything else that happened all at the same time. Which is weird, because I love the TV show and I didn’t have such a difficult time with it, but maybe I just prefer the story visually.

10. The Chronicles of Narnia

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I just…never clicked with this, in any way? I mean, I watched the movies. I guess I even enjoyed the movies, but they aren’t anything that I seek out to re-watch. I liked the one with Prince Caspian in it though! (Mostly because I thought he was super attractive at the time haha). But I tried (and failed, repeatedly) to read the books, and I just didn’t like them.

So those are the top ten books everyone seems to love except me! What are your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree? I’d love to see what popular books you didn’t like, too!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl, where a weekly topic is given and you pick your top ten things that fall into that topic! (That’s kind of self-explanatory, I know.) This week’s topic is the top ten Fall TBR books of 2019 on my list! Check out my previous Top Ten Tuesday’s here!

Really quick though, I know this is the only thing I’ve been posting lately, and might stay that way for the next couple of weeks, unfortunately. These are so quick and easy to type up and don’t require much forethought and planning, which sounds SUPER bad.

I don’t mean it that way, though, I swear!

I’m in the middle of studying for my ABC certification (if you’re involved in the forensic science community, you know what hell this is, and if you’re not…it’s like a bar exam for forensic scientists, but optional). My test is in less than three weeks and studying. Is. Hell. It’s taking up every waking moment, and the other waking moments…well, I’m reading or trying to be a functional human haha.

I’m going to try my best to put up a book haul and a wrap up at the end of this month though! I’ve got some interesting thoughts on stuff I’ve read over the last few weeks and I can’t wait to talk about them with you!

Enough about that stuff, though, so without further ado…

The Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR for 2019!

10. There Will Come A Darkness by Katie Rose Pool

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9. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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8. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

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7. Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett

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6. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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5. The Savior by J.R. Ward

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4. Something Wicked by Nicole M. Rubino

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3. The Pirates of Moonlit Bay by Samaire Provost

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2. Realm of Knights by Jennifer Anne Davis

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1. Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme that was previously hosted at The Broke and The Bookish, but moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018! It is where a bookish topic is assigned and you simply make a list of your top ten books/items/things that fall under that topic!

So with no further ado…

The Top Ten Favorite Things That I Like to Eat or Drink While Reading

10. Coffee

I feel like this should be a given, because seriously the majority of readers I know are caffeine addicts. This is no different for me. If I could safely, like, mainline caffeine directly directly into my veins, I would (but please don’t really do that it’s actually terrible for you). I love coffee. I love hot coffee , cold brew coffee, iced coffee, Thai coffee, Cuban coffee…well, the list goes on. I’m done. You understand my point.

9. Chips

In a continuation of my healthy life choices, I’m also a major potato addict. I love most carbs, but I have a special place in my heart for potatoes. I seriously lived on Lay’s Kettle Cooked Beer Cheese chips for the entire length of time they were out. But chips are so handy because you eat them one-handed (for reading, duh!) and the bag is so mobile! And terrible for you. We’ve been trying not to buy them as much anymore for healthy-people reasons but it makes me sad inside.

8. Hot Cocoa

I’m in a fall mood. I know, I know, it’s still September, but give me cute boots, slouchy sweaters, fluffy blankets, falling leaves, and HOT COCOA ALL THE TIME. Being warm is great, but being cozy is THE BEST. There is no better feeling in the world than curling up on a couch with my comfy blanket, my book, my hoodie-sleeve-mitten things (what do you call that? I just yank my sleeves down over my hands and try to go about my life. Is that weird? I’m probably weird. Moving on.) and my cup of hot cocoa at the ready.

7. French Fries

In a continuation of my love affair of potatoes, we come to my true love: french fries. Unfortunately, I can’t make them myself (because they come out all floppy and greasy and just less good) or stock them in advance (good, unfrozen ones, anyway) so they fall lower on the list because I am a lazy person and they require me to go buy them. Let’s just forget about the fact that if I did actually snack on french fries every single time I read a book I’d be an exceedingly unhealthy individual. In my dream world, I can eat all the fries I want in my own personal library that has every book I could ever want and I’d never gain a pound. Or go to work..or have responsibilities…or student loans. Okay, rant over.

6. Wine (or any other alcoholic beverage)

Yeah, this is an obvious one haha. I could ALWAYS curl up with a nice glass of dry red or sweet white or rosé. Or a bourbon and Coke. YUM. It always makes any story, particularly a fantasy or mystery or contemporary, so much better! So long as I exhibit some semblance of self-control of I want to remember any part of the story!

5. Chocolate

I mean, this kind of speaks for itself, doesn’t it? While I do tend to prefer savory over sweet if given the choice, who doesn’t like chocolate? As long as I do it one-handed and keep the chocolate-y hand off my pages, because ew, and that would make me sad.

4. Mountain Dew

Anddddd we’re back. Mt. Dew is probably my all-time favorite soda in the world. I lived on it in high school, but I quit cold-turkey in college because it finally occurred to me how absolutely AWFUL this is for you. But this didn’t say HEALTHY list of things to eat and drink, so this is my dream list. *shrugs* We’ll add it to my french fries in my dream world.

3. Tuna and Crackers

This is also incredibly exciting, I know, but it doesn’t have to be while I’m reading. If I’m trying to be healthier and I need a snack, this is cheap, quick, easy, and I can eat it one-handed to hold a book in the other.

2. Tea

I’m going to admit something here: I’m a tea novice. My hot tea experience is pretty much Lipton black tea with like…3 tablespoons of honey in it. Some of the citrus-y teas are good, too, but I’d like to get into trying more teas that taste less like marginally flavored water. People love it so much that I feel like I’m doing it wrong! If you have any suggestions, I’d be happy to hear them!

1. Soup

Did I mention I was in a fall mood? I love soup. This is probably not the best reading companion for a book, because of splashing and whatnot, but add it to my aforementioned cozy scene with my hot cocoa, because I just want it to BE HERE already. Any kind of soup, really. Chicken noodle, clam chowder, tomato bisque…the list can go on and on.

And there we have it! What are your favorite things to eat or drink while reading a book? Do you have any awesome previous Top Ten Tuesday posts? Leave a link for me down below in the comments!

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TTT: TBR Books I’m Avoiding and Why

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme that was previously hosted by the book blog, The Broke and the Bookish, and was moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. Each week, a new topic is posted and book bloggers release their top ten lists that fall into that category! This week’s category is, obviously, the top ten books I’ve been avoiding on my TBR.

But first, a note:

Well, it started already. I intended to post a couple more things last week, I had every intention of doing it, and then an abrupt change of plans happened when some family had to evacuate because of Hurricane Dorian, and we were the closest way station. Long story short, we had a bit of a crowded house for a few days last week! We had four adults, a toddler, four (large) dogs, and one incredibly pissed off cat in a house that can barely fit our current possessions. So…yeah, there was not much blogging or reading or anything of the sort last week!

This week…this week is another chance to begin again! And we start with the top ten books on my TBR that I’ve been avoiding and why. I should put a disclaimer in here that I mean no offense to any of these books or authors or fans of these books. In fact, if you fall into any of those categories and have any reasons as to why I should stop avoiding them immediately, then let me know in the comments! Obviously, if they’re on my TBR still, I haven’t read them yet (duh) and don’t actually know what I’m missing!

So I’ll shut up now and get to the good stuff…

Brace yourselves. My TBR at this point is literally like two full bookcases. And that’s just what I already own, not what I want to get from the library or purchase in the future. And it’s an eclectic bunch, y’all. There’s a little bit of everything on here.

10. The Passage by Justin Cronin

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All right. My sister is not at all a big reader, so when she told me about this amazing series she was reading and there were vampires and government cover-ups and a TV show coming out that starred Zach from Saved by the Bell, I was here for it. I was so freaking in, I couldn’t borrow it from my library fast enough. And…I started it. I did. I intended to finish it before the show started, but I failed. Miserably.

I loved the show so incredibly much that I forced all my coworkers to start watching it with me, and the book fell to the side as I became totally engrossed in watching a new episode every week. Then it went off air, and it was cancelled. And I don’t dislike the writing style, not really, but it is definitely a lot slower paced than the show is (of course) and I’m having a little TV hangover type thing where I just can’t handle this story right now. I need some time. But I’ve had my sister’s copy of the book for almost a full year now, so I guess I should give it back sometime before I become that person.

9. The Magicians by Lev Grossman

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This book is another case of “I accidentally watched the TV show first.” I binged the first season of this on Netflix. Like…in a day. It was not a great look for me, I didn’t leave the house the entire time, and I loved every second. It was Harry Potter meets Narnia for adults and I was obsessed. So when I saw the credits that said it was based off a book series, I was so excited! I genuinely don’t know why I haven’t gotten around to reading this. I have it on my bookshelf, like a real, physical copy of it, and I have zero excuses. In fact, reading it might get me back into watching the show, because I think I died off somewhere around halfway through season two, and that is unacceptable. I’ve heard nothing but great reviews on this entire series. I’d like to promise I’ll get it read this year but…I know myself. I’ll try?

8. Wicked by Gregory Maguire

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So…I’ve had this copy for years. One of my best friends was generous enough to invite me on a family vacation to New York City with them in high school and they paid for us to see Wicked, on Broadway. It’s the best show I’ve ever seen. Wicked is incredible, to this day I know every single song, and I fangirl at every single reunion of Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzel. I knew this was a book first, because one of my good friends read it in high school and talked about it non-stop, but I’ve also heard that the book itself is much darker and more political and, honestly, that sounds like something I would love but the Broadway show, while it definitely has those elements, is so much more…light-hearted in comparison to all of that (for lack of a better word. I’ve been slacking on my coffee consumption today). I guess I’ve been holding off on reading this because I don’t want my vision of the show to change, as it’s one of my fondest memories. Here, have a little free self-analysis with your Top Ten Tuesday. You’re welcome.

7. Legend by Marie Lu

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I am not ashamed of this list item, although I feel like some people may hate me for including it. I know I need to finish it, because so many reviews I’ve seen were so good, but I’ve started this book twice. It seems like my kind of YA dystopian, there’s a romance (I’m pretty sure, anyway, it seems to head in that kind of direction), and I’ll bet the good guys win at the end of the series (who knows though, not me, hah…). I don’t honestly know if I haven’t been in the right frame of mind, or right mood, or whatever to read this book both times I’ve started it but I do want to give it another chance, if for no other reason than to see if I can see why everyone was so in love with this series when it came out. I’m having a little FOMO here, because that’s the only reason it’s still on my TBR.

6. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

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This is purely an emotional decision. The movie was incredible, but it hit me right in the feels. I cried SO MANY TIMES, y’all. My dogs were so confused about why I wouldn’t let them walk away from me as I sat on my living room floor, hugging them and crying into their fur. It was pathetic. I bought the book, as usual, when I found out a movie based on a book would be coming out and I wanted to read it first. I didn’t succeed in that, and now it sits on my bookshelf staring at me as it waits for me to even crack the spine, several years later. I’m not emotionally ready. I’m not even emotionally ready for the movie sequel. I don’t think I can do it. This movie Marley & Me’d me so damn hard.

5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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This book is another one that I started to read, but I couldn’t push myself any further through it, but I have every intention of giving it a second chance. Almost everyone I’ve ever spoken to seems to be so in love with this series, so I had to pick it up when I saw it on sale. Well, that was like three years ago and I haven’t given it a second chance. I was in some kind of mood the last time I read it, and as soon as the story seemed to be going in a love-triangle sort of direction, I was out. I put it down and haven’t touched it since. I will say I’m glad that didn’t put me off Sarah J. Maas entirely, because I took a chance on A Court of Thorns and Roses and that is a series I 100% LIVE FOR. Don’t even let me get started on Rhysand and Feyre. I’ve never loved a fictional couple more. But this one…I don’t know. I’ll give it its second chance again. Some day. I don’t know when, but…some day.

4. Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher

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I love everything Jim Butcher has ever written. I devoured all the Dresden Files, and in my last Top Ten Tuesday I even discussed my unexpected love of Aeronaut’s Windlass. I read the first book in the Codex Alera TWICE because I read them so far apart because I wasn’t that interested that I’d have had no idea what was happening in the sequel. And I guess this is also sort of cheating, because I have STARTED this book, but finishing it has been an issue for me. I really think I need to be in more of a pure fantasy mood, and I just haven’t been in one lately, and when I am, this is not the first series I think of. If I’m going to read some Jim Butcher, I’m gonna go re-read some Harry Dresden, because that man freaking amazing.

3. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

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Even though I do work in the forensics field, I have a deep and abiding love for police procedurals. If it’s been on air, you can probably assume I’ve watched an episode, at the very least. I know a lot of people that can’t suspend their knowledge of the field long enough to make it through a show like this, but that is not the case with me. Would you believe I made it ALL THE WAY through watching Rizzoli & Isles without knowing it was based on a book series? And by that time, I loved the show so much that I was SUPER leery of the book. What if Rizzoli wasn’t as snarky and badass? What if Maura wasn’t as sweet and adorably nerdy? I adore the duo of Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, and I just can’t fathom my image of them being changed in any way.

2. Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton

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I loved Michael Crichton, and he was the first of my favorite authors to ever have passed away. I was so upset when I heard that news, because I grew up reading Jurassic Park and Sphere and Congo and State of Fear. My dad and I read his books together, and it sparked my love of realistic science fiction. This book was one of the last released before his death, and I was pumped about it because pirates, duh. I don’t honestly know why I struggle so much with the concept of starting it, honestly. It’s not even that I wasn’t in a Crichton mood, because I recently read Dragon’s Teeth, which was a novel Crichton had started and had the notes for and everything, that was found and compiled and released post-mortem, and it was about archaeology and dinosaurs in the wild west and it was AWESOME. I just can’t make myself pick this up, and I really don’t know why.

1. Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling

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Last but not least…this book was recommended to me by so many sci-fi/fantasy lovers that I bought every single book in its (lengthy) series. I have them all. I’ve had them all for three or four years. I even started this one, the first in the series. It was, from what I can remember, a really good, solid start to a book and made for an interesting read, but I don’t know why I put it down after only getting a few chapters in? My husband read it and loved it, so it won’t leave my TBR list, but it just keeps getting shoved down every time something new comes along. Maybe it’s time I stopped pushing it to the side, because people in our world getting shifted to an alternate dimension in which the science they all currently know and understand no long works the same way? That sounds like the shit. It always has, which is why I bought the entire series. I don’t even understand my own mind, guys. I have no excuse for not reading this still.

So there you have it!

Those are my TBR books I’ve been avoiding! I warned you, they span a large number of genres and release dates. These book have been glaring at me from my bookshelves for so long.

Any reasons why I should stop avoiding them? Do you hate me for not reading one of your favorite books? Am I right about avoiding any of them? Let me know in the comments, and link to your Top Ten Tuesday!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Enjoyed Out of My Comfort Zone

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme, previously hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. Each week, on Tuesdays, she posts a new topic that you make your own Top Ten List about, and link your page over to hers so everyone participating can see! According to Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl, “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

This week’s list is the Top Ten Books I’ve enjoyed out of my comfort zone, so without further ado….

10. Emperor: The Gates of Rome by Conn Iggulden

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It’s been a while since I read this series, but no one ever said they had to be recent books! I’m not going to lie, while I do read historical fiction, it’s not generally pushed to the top of my TBR list. The only reason I read this was because it was highly recommended by my brother-in-law and I needed something to read by the pool and it was all they had. Well, I didn’t regret it. I finished it that day by the pool, and I quickly finished the other books in the series the following week.

9. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

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Don’t hate me…but I’ve never really been a huge Gaiman or Pratchett fan. Discworld was…a little too out there for me, and believe me, I tried. The majority of my family worships at the Terry Pratchett throne, and I won’t lie, I’ve been debating giving it another try. But I was drawn to this because Amazon released the TV series, and I adore David Tennant. The British humor was hilarious, and it made me want to read the book as well, and I don’t regret it one bit. I had a smile on my face the entire time.

8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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I love dystopian books, and the YA dystopians are my guilty pleasure. Or would be, if I felt at all guilty about it. But when I first heard about Ready Player One, I thought it sounded a little too…I don’t know, futuristic? That’s not really right but I can’t explain it. I definitely wasn’t drawn in because the blurb always made me feel like it was too literature-y. You know what I mean. I’m not a literature person, at all, but I did watch this movie and immediately fell in love with the storyline. This, of course, made me want to read the book and, y’all, it was amazing.

7. The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan

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Okay, judge me. I’m a sucker for anything Rick Riordan writes, even if I’ve definitely outgrown his target audience. By a lot. But I won’t tell you by how much, because that’s a little embarrassing. But yeah, I heard he had another YA novel based on a world-wide scavenger hunt with a family treasure on the line and I was pulled in hook, line, and sinker. Yes, it’s juvenile. Yes, calling it a “Young Adult” novel definitely toes the lines of what that means. Do I care? Read it and you’ll see how much I don’t, because I read the first one and immediately stalked my library for the following…ten? I’m honestly not sure how many there are, I just read them all in a row.

6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Yeah, yeah, I get it. Everyone and their brothers have been raving about this book and the series. I never understood it, honestly, because Cinderella? As a cyborg? It sounds ridiculous. I sound ridiculous right now saying it. It took me forever to finally pick this up and read it, and I only did because I was desperate for new reading material and this was all my library had that fit what I wanted at the time. Man, did I not regret that. Not only was it written originally as a novel for NaNoWriMo, as were the next two books in the series, but she took cyborgs and space and fairy-taled the crap out of them…and it was glorious. I immediately borrowed the rest of the series and finished the whole thing within days.

5. The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

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This is cheating a little, because I knew I loved pretty much anything Jim Butcher has ever written (you can never go wrong with the Dresden Files). When I heard he was writing an unrelated steampunk series with flying ships and gemstones that blew stuff up, I was a little skeptical. It took me three different attempts to start this book because of that skepticism, but when I finally got past that, I blew through the rest of it so fast that when I finally got to the last page, I was stuck there going “Wait…where’s the rest?” Not that it ended badly, but I so desperately wanted there to be more.

4. The Martian by Andy Weir

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Honestly, pure realistic fiction/sci-fi is not usually my thing. But I am a scientist, and the movie was coming out, and it looked awesome, and I’m generally the type of person that has to read the book first (except for the two instances up above). So I rented it, and marveled at the scientific accuracy, and the way this book draws you in and makes you think everything that happened is possible in the most awesome, Michael Crichton-like way, and then I went straight to the movie theater and fell in love with it even more.

3. Year One by Nora Roberts

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I guess this is cheating, also, because I love almost everything Nora Roberts has ever written, but in the same vein as above, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about her take on mass plague and dystopia. But holy crap, I loved it. It took me an extra year or so to read it after it came out because of that, but she really makes you care about every one of the characters. There are a lot of them, and they all have a role to play. And the second one? It’s even better. I’m desperate for the third book to come out in November. I’m literally counting the days.

2. Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

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Still cheating. But a Nora Roberts pen name is a different matter entirely in my opinion. These are so different from her normal writing that it doesn’t really count. Someone had recommended this to me in a book swap, and I think I read the first…twenty of them? Or something like that in the first month. The love story in it is unexpected and awesome, and I never realized until I started reading them that it all takes place in the future.

1. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

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Sooo…You might hate me again, but I’m not a Stephen King reader. At all. I tried. I tried Dark Tower. I tried…one other that I can’t remember the name of. But I hated them. I was so god-awfully bored I couldn’t deal. This was… Well, so freaking different. It was time travel and history and romance and so much more combined into, again, a book I was reading before the TV show came out. And boy was I surprised. I loved it! And I loved James Franco portraying it. Good times all around.

Well, there you have it! My top ten book I enjoyed out of my comfort zone. Any you agree or disagree on? Link me to your Top Ten Tuesday in the comments!

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