Monday, September 19, 2011

Top 10 Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me



It's Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is
Top 10 Books I Feel Everyone Has Read But Me

I’m sort of alarmed by this, because I always am like “OMG I have so many books I haven't read yet”...but then when it came time to make this list I was sort of like: HOLY CRAP I HAVE READ EVERY BOOK EVER.

Exaggeration, but I guess I don’t always realize how many books I HAVE read when I’m too focused on those I’ve yet to get to. Anyway, that list of those I haven't gotten around to includes:


The YA Authors I Haven’t Touched: 
Anything by P.C. Cast, Holly Black and Ellen Hopkins



Every Other YA Blogger Has Read This: 
Matched by Ally Condie and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak



Should Have Read in High School: 
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Lord of the Flies by William Golding



My Book Club Doesn’t Read Traditional Books: 
The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Am I missing out by not having read any of these? Or are other readers just making me feel that way?

Anna Reads young adult book blog

44 comments:

  1. Honestly, I felt WATER FOR ELEPHANTS was a little overrated. Good, but overrated. SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE, THE BELL JAR, and LORD OF THE FLIES are all great, but definitely be prepared to be challenged by some of the ideas.

    And I haven't read MATCHED either! Glad to see I'm not the only one! Enjoy your reading!

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  2. I have Matched on my bookshelf but haven't gotten to it yet. :)

    Lord of the Flies might be a book people "make" you read in school, but I remember loving it.

    I love the House of Night series (that Marked is from) but it's definitely something that isn't necessarily for everybody. Good fun light reading, though. :)

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  3. Marked is sooo ugh. i did NOT like that book. I don't feel like you're missing anything lol.

    Matched is okay. (i'm just bitter bc i like the "other" guy)

    and you must must must read The Bell Jar and Lord of the Flies.

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  4. I hate being one of those Kurt Vonnegut is a God people, but Slaughterhouse-Five is one of my favourite books ever. I can't even tell you why other than it's amazing.

    I hated Lord of the Flies though, and The Bell Jar is great but don't read it if you're sad...or it's rainy out...or you think you might be getting sick as it will try to eat your soul.

    I keep meaning to read the Book Thief, but I own a copy and have no idea where it is so until I find it, I'm being stubborn...

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  5. It's okay, leave 'Lord of the Flies' where it is. I promise you'll be better off. ;)

    I still need to read 'The Book Thief', and I haven't read any Ellen Hopkins either. Actually 'Matched' and 'LotF' are the only ones I've read.

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  6. I haven't read any of these books, haha! I do really want to read Match and The Help though. Great list :)

    Sophia
    My Top Ten :)

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  7. I loved The Help and Water for Elephants. The Book Thief is a must read. It's been several years since I read it - I should re-read it.

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  8. I haven't read most of these either! MATCHED is on my list, and I really want to read THE HELP too.

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  9. I haven't read any Holly Black, including Tithe either! I want to, though :) Glad I'm not alone, haha.

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  10. You just have to read Holly Blacks books, especially Tithe and White Cat, those two are her best ones :)

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  11. I have not read any of the YA books you listed either, and while I did read The Help, I am still hoping to read Water for Elephants as my next adult read.

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  12. The Book Thief is awesome, I highly recommend it. I listened to The Help and it was great as an audio.

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  13. Definitely read Matched!

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  14. Um, you MUST read The Book Thief. MUST. I also loved Water for Elephants and The Help, though living in Mississippi certainly helped with the emotional attachment there.

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  15. Great list! The Help and The Kite Runner are also on my list. I have read Matched and The Book Thief and I loved both! I am hoping to read Water for Elephants as well.

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  16. You can pass on Tithe and the HoN series - I didn't like either of those :-\

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  17. The Book Thief and Slaughterhouse Five are must reads! Loved them both!

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  18. I think you MUST read The Book Thief. Will Grayson, Will Grayson had some similar wit and humor. I also loved The Help and especially Water For Elephants. WFE has one of the best endings ever! I liked Tithe, HON and Matched but there are a lot of similar books out there and you can find other good reads w/o those.

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  19. Read the Book Thief. I don't know how anyone could not love that book. I also really liked Holly Black's Tithe series, but it's not for everyone.

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  20. Guess what? I have an exact replica of your list, haha...Just add in a few more of the "should have read in HS" titles, and then random others I've skipped over...But yeah, I haven't read anything on your list either :o)

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  21. Great list. I read Lord of the Flies as a teenager and found it really creepy. It's pretty bad how the boys choose to act when left on their own. I don't think I'd ever read it again.

    My Top Ten Tuesday is here if you'd like a look :)

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  22. 4 out of 10 of these are some of my all-time favorite books. I take your reading suggestions all the time, take some of mine for a change and read The Book Thief (ah, so good), The Kite Runner, Water for Elephants and The Help. Please.

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  23. I loved Water For Elephants and The Kite Runner. Both make me cry, but some think WFE is just kind of eh. But I love it. The Kite Runner is controversial but a good read.

    I read Lord of the Flies in high school and hated it.

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  24. You seriously have read every book out there Miss Speed Reader :)

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  25. please do not ever read the house of night series. please. i don't want you to put yourself through that.

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  26. I've read all of these except for House of Night, and if Jen says they are dumb, then I won't read them. Also, looks like Ginger concurs. IDK they just look insipid to me.

    The Help is SO good. I'm re-reading it via audiobook right now and have to say, you should absolutely read it via audio it is so good, like I sit in my car for an extra five minutes so I can keep listening good.

    And The Book Thief, you want a book that will shatter your soul, read The Book Thief.

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  27. I haven't read The Book Thief, either!

    My Top Ten

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  28. I've read Matched (it's like Delirium but I liked it a bit more) and Lord of the Flies, but that's it.

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  29. I haven't read Crank either. I have it on my shelf, but I'm a bit nervous about the way it's written in verse. I hope I'll like it when I finally get to it though.

    Books of Amber

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  30. You should definitely read The Book Thief, amazing book! I also love Holly Black's Curse Workers series. From your list, I've also read The Kite Runner, which was really good & Water for Elephants, which although I enjoyed a lot, I don't think it deserves the hype.

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  31. Love Crank, The Book Thief, Lord of the Flies, and The Help. I find Kurt Vonnegut to be overrated. The Bell Jar is on my TBR list.

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  32. Stay away from House of Night. Seriously. It is the WORST Mary Sue book series EVER. You're not missing anything. I gave up after book 4.

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  33. stop what you're doing.

    stop EVERYTHING you're doing.

    call in sick to work and read LORD OF THE FLIES. 9th grade Lisa will fangirl with you (through adult Lisa, obvs)

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  34. You are not missing out with Marked and Matched...I didn't like them much. I guess I enjoyed Marked, but wasn't curious about any other books. But I do hear the series gets worse.

    But I did love Water for Elephants and The Book Thief :)

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  35. I don't get a lot of rave reviews over the House of Night series. I borrowed most of the first few books but could only get through 2 of them. It got really Vampire Diaries in a bad way on me.
    The Help and Water for Elephants are good reads and worth the bestseller listings. Lord of the Flies is rather gruesome. I didn't enjoy it at all :/
    Crank is poetically tragic, it's worth the read for the language and experience.
    I've heard good things about Matched, and I think I might check out The Book Thief.

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  36. I seriously think I am the only person in the world who didn't like The Book Thief! Maybe my expectations were too high. The Help is on my list too. I have it, but I actually loaned it out, and haven't gotten to it. And I loved Matched!

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  37. "The Book Thief" is a fantastic and moving novel. I also highly recommend anything and everything by Ellen Hopkins. Don't let the heftiness of her books deter you - she writes in verse, and her books are so interesting that you will speed right through them!

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  38. Gah! Holly Black! HollyBlack HollyBlack HollyBlack! Also, I loved Water for Elephants, The Help, and Kite Runner. I've read most of the House of Night books but am not in love with them. There are definitely schmexy times though!

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  39. Gotta say Matched isn't all that and a bag of chips. I am interested to get to some Holly Black myself. I too have not read anything by her yet and everyone seems to rave about her books.

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  40. I've read Matched and The Book Thief. They are awesome!

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  41. Oh, read The Book Thief! It's so sad and beautiful and cruel:(

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  42. I'd say you're missing out on not reading the Book Thief - it provides a unique perspective into WWII .. and it's narrated by death..which is brilliant

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  43. I absolutely loved Matched, and the sequel, Crossed, comes out next week, so it would be a great time to read it!

    Sash and Em, I agree with you about the guy, but the summary for Crossed says he "may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart", so there is hope! I will be sad if he turns out to be another Gale. :[

    I'm currently rereading Divergent, and I'm enjoying all the details I'm picking up at the beginning now that I know where the story is going and who the minor characters are going to become.

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