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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 books we can’t believe we’ve feasted upon. Here are our 10 books that fit the bill.
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
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. Fifty Shades of Grey and its sequels 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 part-time 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
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 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 one of my favorite movies of all time and really didn’t enjoy it all that much.
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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