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Hey Reel Lites, It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday post! If you don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish that is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, we’re talking about the 10 books we can’t believe we’ve feasted upon. Keep reading to find the books that fit the bill for us.

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

The Red Badge of Courage Book Cover

This book makes the list because I can’t believe I read the worst book of all time! Obviously, hyperbole because books are not inherently good or bad. A reader either enjoys the book or doesn’t enjoy the book. In truth, The Red Badge of Courage has earn the benefit of being the only book I read and absolutely hated.

The Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James

I am definitely not here to shame anyone who enjoyed these books or bash the books in general because I’m no fan of book snobbery. Any book that gets people to enjoy reading is always a good thing. The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy made the list because I never expected to read them, let alone enjoy reading them. After reading the first book, I had to know what happened next in the story, which led to reading the second and third books. Although, I have to admit the third book felt unnecessary.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

I read one of Tolstoy’s great classics on my own without any school intervention! What a sight to behold, a customer service representative reading such a dense novel on their lunch break. After hearing the stories of how difficult it is to get through War and Peace, I expected to feel the same about Anna Karenina, but my experience was quite the opposite. In fact, I think Anna Karenina might be the most perfectly written book of all time.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Cover

This book makes the list, instead of the entire series, because it took overcoming my Baptist church upbringing to read a book that was banned because the depiction of sorcery and witchcraft was deemed inappropriate for Christian readers. Actually, it’s a classic case of judging a book by its cover because yes, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a book about a boy who learns he is a wizard, but it also teaches readers important lessons about love, family, friendship, acceptance, and bravery…just to name a few.

Books by Toni Morrison

Saying Toni Morrison is a talented writer would be an understatement, since she has written a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and received the Nobel Prize in Literature. However, Morrison’s writing is dense and tends to be about tough subject matters. I read these Morrison books as a teenager, and sometimes wonder if I should have waited for more life experiences before delving into these. I just can’t believe I was actually reading books about such topics at such a young age.

Emma by Jane Austen

I have always been a fan of Jane Austen without reading any of her works because in the literary world, her reputation precedes her. This past year, I finally got around to reading one of Ms. Austen’s masterpieces, and I can’t believe I read the book that inspired on of my favorite movies of all time and really didn’t enjoy it all that much.

Your Turn

So…what’s one of the books you can’t believe you’ve read? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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  1. I cant believe I read Lolita because now it seems ‘what was I even thinking?’ I didn’t end up liking it but didn’t hate it either. I am trying so hard to get back to reading classics but I seemed to have covered many of them as a teenager even those that were not part of school work. ‘Anna Kareinna’ is on my list but you know the perils of a book being added to a neverending TBR pile.

  2. I actually started Beloved once, and then just sort of… didn’t go on. I am planning to return, but… Didn’t really catch me. But you know, don’t discount your teenager self 🙂 I am sometimes surprised I read It and Pet Sematary and other Stephen King’s books when I was like 15-16. Now it seems so heavy! But I really enjoyed them at the time. And understood stuff 🙂

  3. I wouldn’t blame people if they enjoy ‘fifty shades’ though I’m not a fan of these type of books. but as you say, anything that gets people reading is good.

    I never could understand banning of books, isn’t it all a matter of preference? I have no problem reading Harry Potter.

    I’m not a fan of tough subject matters so I never read any of Toni Morrison’s books, am I missing anything?

    ‘Emma’ I think is not as good as Austen’s other books, in my opinion but I think the tv/movie adaptions is always good.

    have a lovely day.

    1. Banning books is just ridiculous, and all it does is make people want to read the book even more.

      I think Toni Morrison is good for book club discussions and writing essays for lit class.

      I am hoping that I like Austen’s other books when I get around to reading them.

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. Love your list. I can’t believe I read Grapes of Wrath, as an adult, just because I wanted to read it, and actually liked it! It’s not usually a book you hear people going crazy over, but I really enjoyed it (except the ending weirded me out).

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