Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Read

This Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl) was interesting. It’s very vague in it’s meaning so I originally thought it was going to be hard to come up with topics. Does it mean this phrase in a positive way, as in, ‘books that you are in awe of and were so lucky to read?’ Does it address a negative angle, for example, ‘books that stink so much you are embarrassed your eyes rested on them?’

I don’t even know!

I decided to understand the topic as ‘books that are very unusual and different from what I normally read’ but that is far too long to make the title! With this meaning in mind, it was really easy to pick books. I did not hate any of these choices, they were just radically different from a Leah-read.



Bleed, Blister, Puke, and Purge by J. Marin Younker

I read this weird book because I am interested in early medicine and the treatment of the mentally ill throughout history. It was really easy to understand and written well but tackled some gross topics.

No One Belongs Here More Than You By Miranda July

I read this with a group of friends as a book club pick. Unfortunately hardly anyone read it so we didn’t get to discuss but it was so full of discussable things. I wish I had had the opportunity to talk to someone about it.

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

I read the first three in this series and mostly enjoyed myself! I think the idea was really interesting (especially since I LOVE The Bachelor and all the spin offs) however the main character is incredibly unlikable.

Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Mass

A lot of people love these books but they are not for me. I feel like you go the whole book being frustrated only to have a semi-decent ending that manages to keep readers hooked. The main character spouts that she is an amazing assassin but then has to be saved by the various love interests so many times. There was no evidence to back up the claims.


Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I read this book knowing it was going to be a very formulaic Paranormal Romance. Girl is special somehow, a boy is interested in her but is mysteriously confusing, it’s revealed what he is, they fall in love but there’s a problem opening Girl up to second romance to keep things interesting. Sometimes I need a book like that and I’m not ashamed.

The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

I read this for a science class in high school and I thought it was so cool that I had to read a novel for a science class. It is about Ebola and like the first book on this list, it discusses some really gross topics.

Dearly Departed by Lia Habel

This was a steampunk, Victorian-flavored zombie novel. I never read the second book although this one was enjoyable. I believe the author decided not to finish the series.

Let’s chat! What has been the most bizarre book you have ever read? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading!



About Leah

Hi! I'm Leah. I like books, TV, and plants. I love writing about it all. Earnest Hemmingway said "Write hard and clear about what hurts," and I aspire to do just that. Thanks for reading!

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