After a bit of a hiatus I’m back with a new Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic centers around books that are super hyped up, but I have never read. Not going to lie, very hard topic since I’ll generally read anything once. What I found is that this list is mostly made up of those fantastic contemporary novels that everyone but me seems to like. I for some reason don’t read a lot of books with diverse characters, a realization making me rethink my whole life.
Even when I was an actual teen, I always enjoyed books geared more towards the paranormal or fantasy. I blame my intense love of Harry Potter. Anyways, here’s my list. Anyone want to try and sell me on the finer points of some of these?
1. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman: Have not seen the movie, didn’t read the book, yet I own three signed copies? What is my life.
2. Anything Ever Written By John Green: Look, as an educator I appreciate John Green trying to tackle difficult and real teen issues. As a reader he’s not someone I’m interested in picking up.
3. Red Rising by Pierce Brown: Almost all my book friends have read and loved this one, yet every time I say I’m going to read it, I don’t. I want to like it, but something about the synopsis turns me off.
4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: I think I would have been more inclined to read this when I was a pre-teen and still deeply obsessed with Meg Cabot. Not that, that’s a testament to the book or anyone reading it, just to the fact that it’s not something I’m likely to pick up these days. Even though someone keeps bugging me (*you know who you are*)
5. Avalon by Mindee Arnett: I have friends who literally went nuts when they got this and read it in a day and then begged me to read it with the same ferocity so we could discuss. Sadly, it has not happened.
6. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: Okay, so I’m going to confess that until this year I had no idea who Rainbow Rowell (super cool name) was. I’ve seen this book everywhere, but I was just like “hmm.” That remains my general mentality.
7. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira: Again, not really my cup of tea, especially since every review I’ve read mentions how gut-wrenchingly sad it is.
8. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: Normally, I would be pouncing on this one, especially since I’m so excited for “Six of Crows,” but everytime I think about reading it something stops me.
9. Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: Outlier cause I have every intention of reading this, at some point, soon, in the future, this Summer, before school starts, in lieu of lesson planning, before I buy anymore books…you get the point.
10. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: For months I could not talk books without having someone bring this up. Apparently, it is awesome and yet…
So, that’s my list. Anyone have any thought, should I pick up any of these RIGHT NOW?!