Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Top Ten Books I Feel Everyone Has Read But Me

This week's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is for all those books that everyone else seems to have got to first. read but you. Have you missed out on the latest literary sensation? Well, never fear, because the chances are that I have too!

1. Harry Potter
I have never read any of the Harry Potter books. There, I said it. Now, once the incredulous gasps have died down I will be interested to hear your opinions on whether I should. A stubborn part of me says no, simply because everyone else has, but also because they are essentially children's books, and I am not a child. Am I cutting off my nose to spite my face?

2. Twilight
While you might, at a push, persuade me to read Harry Potter, nothing on earth will induce me to pick up any of the Twilight books. Emo, angst-ridden teenage vampires? No thanks!

3. The Crimson Petal and the White
Here's a book I actually want to read, and have had in my TBR pile for a while. Your time will come, Michel Faber...your time will come.

4. A Thousand Splendid Suns
I finally got round to reading The Kite Runner this year, and loved it so much that I can hardly wait to start on Khaled Hosseini's other book. Though a part of me keeps putting it off, just so I'll still have it to look foward to. Am I weird?

5. A Song of Fire and Ice
This series seems to be everywhere I turn lately. I don't usually go in for fantasy much, but I haven't seen a bad review of these books yet so I may give them a try.

6. The Catcher in the Rye
I'm surprised they didn't give this one to us to read at school, but I somehow manage to have got through life without reading it. I really should correct the omission one day.

7. The Hunger Games
I only have the very haziest idea what this series is about, but there don't seem to be many book bloggers out there who haven't read it. I'm put off by the YA label - am I missing out on something good?

8. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
This is another one that's been all over the blogosphere lately. I actually rather like the look of it, and might give it a read.

9. Jamie's 30-Minute Meals
Go into almost any British kitchen, and the odds are you'll find a copy of this on the shelf. I've never been much of a Jamie fan myself, I'm more of a Nigella girl.

10. When God was a Rabbit
Here's another book that I feel I ought to read, simply because everyone else seems to have already read and enjoyed it. It's on my list!


  1. We have some similar books our our lists. Twilight is one I need to add to my list as well.

  2. I think if you don't read a book because of what genre it is classified under, you are going to miss a lot for being narrow-minded. I would read them, if for not other reason then to be able to understand references back to it that will be made in popular culture throughout the rest of your life. That's the only reason I read some classics, even though they can sometimes feel a bit like a chore to get through - just so I can understand jokes on The Simpsons, haha

  3. I'm gasping . . . you've never read Harry Potter? *wink, wink* great list today. BTW your link in Mr. Linky took me to a review you did in April. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

  4. Yes, sorry about messing up the link. My great sausage fingers on my Galaxy Tab are to blame, together with the proximity to the linky box, which is already filled in with an old link, to the enter button.

  5. @Jess Yes, you're probably right. The trouble is that there's so much on the TBR pile that I'm dying to read, I'll hardly ever pick up something else that I'm not so sure about. Having said that, the last book I read was a YA title and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I was going to.

  6. I vote that you do read Harry Potter. I read it as an adult and enjoyed them. The first once a really short because they are aimed at younger children so my recommendation is to read the first two/three and see what you think and then read the rest if you like them. Number three was my favourite of the series.
    Completely agree with Twilight. I actually borrowed the first off a friend but I never made it through to the end. It was horrible.