Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish that allows us to list our top ten answers to a different question each week.
This week’s theme is: Top Ten Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me
Zusak crafted one of my all-time favorite books in I Am the Messenger. Perhaps it’s foolish, but my love for that book is so great that for a long time, I steered clear of The Book Thief simply for the fear that it wouldn’t be as good. I finally acknowledged my silliness and bought a copy of The Book Thief, but until my class load is lighter, I doubt I will be reading it for a while.
2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
After much pleading and coercion, I finally succumbed to my boyfriend’s attempts to get me to watch the movies a few years ago. And yes, I can see why so many people love the story. Suffice it to say, I feel that my movie experience will be more than adequate for the foreseeable future.
I’ve read the lackluster reviews for this final book in the Hunger Games trilogy, and given my lukewarm response to the first two, I haven’t felt it necessary to rush out and buy this one. I’m keeping an eye out for a used copy, but in the meantime, I’m not really feeling any mad desire to find out whether Katniss goes team Peeta or Gale (perhaps due to the fact that I’m largely in team I-don’t-like-either).
4. Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill
I’ve been lusting after this series for what feels like years, and in the past few months, I’ve actually acquired three of the four books which are happily sitting on my shelf right now. But I’ll confess a little secret: I shamelessly read the spoiler reviews after this last book was released, and so have decided to wait to read the series until certain storylines are resolved.
I’ve seen the movie and think it’s a brilliant story. However, I think the book might just be a little too gritty for me. I like grit in my stories, but usually need it tempered with some fantasy elements else it becomes too disturbing for me to want to read.
6. Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison
I read Dead Witch Walking ages ago but never continued with the series. Thanks to a great friend, I now have books two and three sitting on my shelf, so I’m going to have to find another copy of the first and start to reread this series, since it seems to be an urban fantasy favorite.
This book seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it genre-defining behemoth. From the reviews I’ve read, I’m fairly confident that I would land in the hate-it camp, and unfortunately the length has scared me away from attempting to find out.
8. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes works
These classic works seem to be a staple of many a blogger’s keeper shelves. Holmes rests outside of my go-to genres, so I’ve never experienced the stories that so many seem to love, yet I’m hoping to have the time (and concentration) to rectify that someday.
As of now, I’ve only read Green’s An Abundance of Katherines, and I really have no excuse for not having read this one by now. It is going on the top of my to-be-found list.
10. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
I recently found this one at the thrift store, so it won’t remain unread for long, which is good considering how prominent a place it seems to hold in contemporary young adult literature.