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10 Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Read – Top Ten Tuesday REWIND

10 Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Read…

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They are great at bringing new top ten themes, and they have a huge list of them well in advance for those bloggers that like to plan super far ahead. You can learn about joining in here. I usually make a list of five instead of ten, just for your knowledge 

This week has a Rewind prompt, meaning that you chose any previous TTT prompt that you’ve missed or want to revisit. I chose: books I can’t believe I’ve never read. This is a prompt from 2010 which I chose because it was the first one I saw that I thought would be fun. Also, because I’m a notorious reader of backlist books and know there are a bunch that I’m constantly meaning to get around to, but haven’t.

I’ve also taken the liberty of having this list be 100% YA books because I usually do a mix of YA and Adult, but my readership is mostly (I’m assuming) readers of YA. This week I did ten because I have that many books that I need to read.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffIlluminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | 10 Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read

I feel like by the time I actually get around to reading this the third book will already be out. I do want to read it. My struggle is the form in which I read it. I want the hardcover because it has a shiny cover and because of all the aesthetic stuff that is apparently inside. But I hate reading physical books and I hate hardcovers even more.

Part of me wants to go ahead and load it on my Kindle, and if I want it to look extra pretty I can put it on my iPad. The second it goes on sale… except it never seems to go on sale.

Vicious by V.E. SchwabVicious by V.E. Schwab | 10 Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read

Okay, I know I said I would keep this to YA, but I snuck this one in because I think V.E. Schwab is a known YA author and so many fans of YA have read this adult title. I want to read about unreliable narrators and antiheroes. E even after my not-so-great experience with A Darker Shade of Magic, I still believe there’s a V.E. Schwab book out there for me. When the opportunity presents itself, I will read this. And by opportunity, I mean when it goes on sale on Kindle.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky AlbertalliSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | 10 Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read

I struggle with this so much. Everyone who reads it seems to love it, and I would usually leap at any chance to read about boys kissing, but I keep putting this one off. Why? Because I cannot stand YA contemporary.

Adult contemporary I can read with no issues. And when I was younger I would be on FictionPress.com all the time reading YA Contemp. But at some point in my life (probably after I went to high school and it was terrible) I lost all interest in the genre. Every time I read the blurb for this I cringe because I’m so uninterested in reading about high school. I’m hoping that eventually I’ll get over it and try the book out.

These Broken Stars by Amie KaufmanThese Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman | 10 Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read

SPAAAAAACCEEEEE AND LOOOOVVVEEEEE. I don’t know why I haven’t read this yet. I think stuff keeps getting in the way and new books pop up. I’m an emotional/convenience book picker. I choose whatever is in front of me at the moment that I finish another book. But now that I’m thinking of it, this would be a great series to do a binge-read/reaction review series, ala The Selection, but hopefully goes better than my Selection marathon did…

Everything, Everything by Nicola YoonEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | 10 Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read

I suspect that the only reason I haven’t read this is because 1) YA contemporary and 2) I didn’t know enough about it. The YA Contemp. in the case of this story I’ve mostly ignored because I know the MC is homeschooled and therefore I don’t have to worry about high school storylines.

Otherwise, I couldn’t think of any special reason to bother with it. Then I learned that there’s supposedly some twist at the end. And a movie will be made. AND I had no idea that the MC was black/biracial. I don’t often read books with MCs that are black or mixed with black and so now more than ever I’m invested in getting to this one.

More Than This by Patrick NessMore Than This by Patrick Ness | 10 Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read

I must read all Patrick Ness books ever. I have to. It’s something that I’ve always accepted as being necessary to my life. I’m currently reading A Monster Calls, and I’ve already read The Rest of Us Just Live Here and the Chaos Walking series. The wonderful thing about reading all the books by an author like Patrick Ness is that they’re so different from each other. Like how does he consistently write such unique stuff? HOW? So this one is coming up soon.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas | 10 Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read

You know when you’re away from school for a couple days, and something big happens, and you come back and everyone is talking about it and you’re just sitting in a corner twiddling your thumbs? Yeah. This is me with the entire Throne of Glass series. I feel like I’m always out of this loop.

After reading her A Court of Thorns and Roses series, I feel that this is the next logical step. Also, I’m expecting violence and sexiness, which is pretty much what I enjoy now. As I wrote this I checked on Kindle and it’s only $6.75, and so I have purchased it and am now guaranteed to read it.

Legend by Marie LuLegend by Marie Lu | 10 Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read

I don’t even know if I want to read this, or if I only feel like I should. I don’t have any memories in particular of people ranting and raving about it, and yet, I feel like I’m missing something in my YA education if I don’t read it. I haven’t even read a synopsis for this book. Mind you, I often don’t read synopses before diving into a book. I’m rebellious like that. Eventually, I’ll get to this one.

Shatter Me by Tahereh MafiShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi | 10 Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read

On someone’s blog (I forget who, sadly) they raved so much about this book that I started to feel stupid for not even having heard of it, much less reading it. And there’s so much crossing out of words. Which I’m sure is a visual gimmick, but I adore gimmicks and therefore am intrigued. On top of that, the covers are to die for. I love the look of them all and nothing makes me nerd out more than consistent cover design.

The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater | 10 Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read

URG. I have such a complicated relationship with this book that I’ve never read.

When I was in high school I read Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I hated it. I more than hated it, I disagreed with it on a fundamental level. “This isn’t how teenage boys are,” I thought, impassioned. I suspect I was 15 when I was extra jaded and going through a heavy emo phase. Adorable sensitive boys that read poetry did not exist among teenagers. I felt personally attacked by the rose-coloured view.

And I was bored, so hopelessly bored. I DNFed the book about halfway through when I got the feeling that no wolves were going to maul anyone and vowed to never again touch a Maggie Stiefvater book. I have kept this vow for ten years. So now you all know what a dramatic teenager and adult I am.

BUT now I’m having second thoughts. It’s hard to resist a book that every blogger, writer and literary agent you’ve ever admired are singing its praises. It has over 100k ratings on GoodReads and maintains a 4-star rating. HOW CAN 100,000 PEOPLE BE WRONG? Well… how could they be wrong about a book? Finally, FINALLY, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to read the book and see once and for all if I like it.

What books have you been meaning to read FOREVER but haven’t gotten to?

Let me know in the comments!


  • Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    August 15, 2016 at 1:02 AM

    Some of these are on my “can’t believe I haven’t read it yet” list too- These Broken Stars, Simon, Vicious… I have no excuse, either! Most of these that I have read I really liked/loved though! Everything, Everything and Illuminae were both 5 star books for me! And while I liked the second two books better, Shatter Me is awesome (but the series as a whole is AMAZING!) I liked The Raven Boys, Throne of Glass (though I didn’t like it at the beginning!), Legend, and More Than This- though I must admit, More Than This is my least favorite Patrick Ness book (but still good, don’t get me wrong- just not up there with The Rest of Us Just Live Here and Chaos Walking, which were favorites!) Hope you get to read these soon, and that you enjoy them!!

    • ltlibrarian

      August 15, 2016 at 9:36 AM

      It just goes to show that even those of us, like you, that read A TON, still have some big names to get to. I’m surprised with the Shatter Me series that you preferred the last two books, usually the first book in a trilogy is the strongest. But I for sure want to get to that.

      I suspected that More Than This may have been the weaker of the novels since it doesn’t seem to get as much love. But I still feel compelled to read. It’s on my Kindle for now!

  • Cait @ Paper Fury

    August 11, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    *sees you hated Shiver*
    *starts to cry forever unconsolably*

    I loved These Broken Stars. And I think it’s the best of the trilogy too! Also yess to Illuminae! I’m actually really pleased I’ve read every single book on your list. Obsessed bookworm. I think yes that is me. hehe.
    I’m embarrassed I’ve never read a Sarah Dessen book! I know she’s super famous, but fluffy happy summery contemporaries rarely interest me, so whoops, I’ve been putting it off!

    • ltlibrarian

      August 11, 2016 at 10:42 AM

      Hahaha I know you are the queen of loving Maggie Stiefvater books but I just couldn’t.

      I’m not at all surprised that you’ve gotten to every book on this list, but it does make me feel more motivated to read them.

      If it helps, as someone who has read precisely one Sarah Dessen book, it’s not a terrible crime. But I also don’t like YA contemp so I’m probably biased. I didn’t like high school, I don’t want to read more about it. But the people who love these books do really love them, I’m sure you’ll get to them eventually!

  • Akilah

    August 9, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Everything, Everything is a fast read and it has a lot of visual gimmicks (since you’re into that sort of thing), but I found the ending unsatisfying for reasons that may not bother you. I would say read that one first since it’s probably going to be the easiest/fastest to get through.

    I have become disenchanted with YA of late, preferring middle grade and adult novels about teenagers instead. I prefer the YA of the ’80s-aughts, and it may just be that I have not evolved with the times. On the other hand, my daughter (who is a teenager) finds most YA annoying because it’s all very same-y to her, so it may just be what’s happening in publishing with it right now.

    • ltlibrarian

      August 10, 2016 at 8:39 AM

      Oh! It would be good to read Everything, Everything first then if it’s a faster read. I’m interested in the ending now, because the review I read seemed positive about it, but now I’m really curious.

      That’s too bad about you and your daughter with YA. But I can see how it would become disenchanting when it all feels similar. It’s hard because publishers follow trends so you’ll get this huge chunk of dystopian until everyone is sick of it, then time travel, and now the theme seems to be dark royalty books.

  • Stacie

    August 9, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    I’ve read most of these and some are okay, but the one that you have to read the most is Illuminae. I’m not really into sci-fi but when I read it I fell in love with the story. It was so awesome and unique. It was a different experience that I won’t ever forget. If you read it though, I suggest reading the HC or maybe wait until the paperback comes out? There’s a lot of things that happen on the pages that make the physical experience much better.

    • ltlibrarian

      August 10, 2016 at 8:41 AM

      I do really want to read Illuminae. Especially because a lot of people, like you, talk about how unique it is.

      I do struggle with the physical books though 🙁 I’m reading one now and it’s driving me crazy, even though it’s paperback. But maybe I’ll go to the bookstore and flip through a copy to see if I really need the physical.

  • Jessica Elizabeth

    August 9, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    I’m with you on quite a few of these. I can’t believe I’ve never read Legend AND Throne of Glass. I hear so much about both, especially TOG, and I actually own it it’s just… you know, haven’t gotten ’round to it yet for whatever reason. Oops!

    • ltlibrarian

      August 10, 2016 at 8:43 AM

      Yess, people are all about ToG. Even owning books can still make for a heavy TBR. Most books that I haven’t finished are ones I bought and then never got around to. Hopefully you get to Throne of Glass someday!


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