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Top Ten Tuesday: I Picked These Books Up… Why?


Top Ten Tuesday is a blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week there’s a new given topic and you post your top ten list that goes with the subject. This weeks topic is “Books I Can’t Believe I Read” and honestly, I couldn’t even come up with ten. Usually when I choose books to read I go for one’s that I have a lot of interest in so it’s pretty rare for me to pick up something out of my comfort zone.

With that said, i’m cutting the list in half so here are my top FIVE instead:



1. Dating an Alien Pop Star, by Kendra L. Saunders

Yeah… I have NO CLUE as to why I even attempted to pick this one up. It was the weirdest thing i’ve ever made myself read (not in a good-weird sorta way) and even though the MC was supposed to be 30, it felt like I was reading from a 13 year-old’s POV. Also everything about it was excessively cringe so that’s always fun!



2. The Beast Is an Animal, by Peternelle van Arsdale

This novel is one that I actually enjoyed quite a bit, but — like Dating an Alien Pop Star — don’t know why I even decided to pick it up in the first place. It’s one of those reeeeally eerie Fantasies that are super folklore-y and that’s not really my favorite genre AT ALL so even though I liked it, I don’t know what possessed me to want to get into the story.



3. Dessert First, by Dean Gloster

So this book right here was definitely not my most favorite contemporary that i’ve ever read. If all honesty, it’s on this list because I really can’t believe I finished it. It was one of those books where I liked the characters enough to barely get it done even though I was struggling most — if not, all — of the way through. It was a pretty bad reading experience overall so i’m just glad to be done with that.



4. The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

I had to read this book for my AP English class my Junior year of High School and I couldn’t get into it one bit. I was struggling so hard that I had to DNF it (shhh don’t let my teacher know) but I was for real crawling on my hands and knees trying to get through the chapters of this book (super dramatic, i know but AGHHH). At least the novel had that nice old classic smell to it though!



5. The Crucible, by Arthur Miller

I also had to read this for my AP English class and not gonna lie I absolutely LOVED it! My friends always say i’m weird for taking a big interest in the play (and, quite frankly, I am too) but I was just hooked from beginning to end. It’s so weird to think I picked this up because it is SO not what I would pick up willingly, but i’m happy AP English made me!


Those are my five books for today’s Top Ten Tuesday! I know this was cheating a little bit since I only did five but it was SO DIFFICULT trying to look for moreee.

Be sure to let me know if you’ve read any of the ones I mentioned above and/or which book(s) you can’t believe you’ve read! Until next time,

Happy Reading! ♡xoxo


16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: I Picked These Books Up… Why?

  1. I try hard to read only books I’m 90-some percent sure I’m going to like because those are always the books I’m going to most enjoy. Which is always what (fictional) reading should be: enjoyment. Some of the books I attribute to today’s topic are books that aren’t really “me books,” which is why I’m surprised I read them. 🙂

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  2. There’s so many books I’ve read over the years that I’m still baffled why I even bought them. They’ve been either ridiculous or just poorly written but with a lovely cover. Damn those pretty covers. I think they’re pretty much the bane of most reviewers existence. Apart from The Scarlet Letter I haven’t actually heard of any of these. Dating An Alien Pop Star sounds ridiculously cringeworthy so of course I’ll have to get a copy now. Great choices Taylor! ❤

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  3. I also read The Crucible for AP English, and I thought it was a really good read! It’s so interesting to see the characters and the idea of one’s reputation being so significant. I haven’t read The Scarlet Letter, but the movie Easy A always made me kind of curious about it~

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    1. Ahhh ikr, The Crucible was so wild (and my class even acted it out which made it so hilarious omg). I’ve seen Easy A and I loved it but tbh I think Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writing is super detailed so if you’re into writing where you have to analyze every sentence for the symbolism, you’d probably enjoy it! 🙂

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