Top Ten Extremely Popular Books I’ve Never Read

Posted July 6, 2015 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 22 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

Usually Top Ten Tuesday is all about the books we’ve read or want to read, but today we’re talking about books everyone loves that we haven’t read yet, for one reason or another. Some of these books I’m just not interested in, so maybe you can talk me into them? Some of the others are books I’ve been DYING to read and just haven’t had time for yet!



1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I love the BBC miniseries with Colin Firth, and I’ve got a really pretty edition of the book that I want to read so badly! And I’ve tried, but I’m just not usually in the mood for the antiquated language. But I feel like I should read this one!

2. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
I’m on a historical romance kick right now, and this Bridgertons series by JQ is extremely popular. Everyone I know keeps telling me to read it. And I even own it! I just haven’t had time for it yet.

3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
I read the first book and thought it was so much fun. But I have not continued on with the series yet! And I really want to!!!

4. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
This trilogy is hugely popular, and it sounds so good! Daisy gave me the first book for my birthday and I got the second one at ALA a couple years ago, signed by the author. I have no excuses here. I just need to get on it, and soon!

5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I know how popular Rainbow is, but I’ve just never gotten it. I DNF’d Eleanor & Park, and now I’m feeling like I won’t like anything se writes because everyone who loves Fangirl also loves E&P. So I’m totally torn and kind of uninterested.

6. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Sorry, but I hate crying. I just can’t. I remember when Just One Day came out, and I was SURE it was a tear-jerker because I though that was all Gayle wrote. I LOVED JOD, and I wish I could get myself to read this one but I’m pretty sure I can’t.

7. Anything Sarah Dessen
I have not read one book by Sarah Dessen. Not one. I feel like I can’t even be a true YA reviewer without having read her books, but I haven’t. And I’m kind of ok with it. I think I own The Truth About Forever, but I’m just not feeling motivated to jump on the Dessen bandwagon. Which books of hers are your favorite? Or is she just not that big a deal?

8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
In my defense, I’m currently reading this one. I’ve been reading it for months. It’s heavy and sad, but the writing is beautiful and I’m going to read it because it’s good for me. Plus, I met the author and he gave me a free book personalized to me. So I have no excuses here. Just fear of my heart being shattered.

9. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
I just don’t want to… And I hear it’s awesome, but it does not sound like a Jana book. I hear the main girl complains to no end, she sounds very whiny, she’s judgmental, she’s disrespectful, etc. People say it’s funny, but others say it’s really boring. And I’m pretty sure I’d hate Jessica. So it’s pretty much not gonna happen.

10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Meh. It just sounds like a lot of drama and depression and I don’t really care to give it a shot.

So there you have it. Feel free to talk me out of my decision to not read some of these, and feel free to shove the ones you love into my hands! You have the power to change my mind of force me to do things, so hit me with your best shot!

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22 responses to “Top Ten Extremely Popular Books I’ve Never Read

  1. I didn’t cry when I read If I Stay. But also my book club said I must be a robot because of that, so I guess you can’t go by me. I read Perks a while back because I felt weird that I hadn’t read it… and it definitely didn’t wow me. I would like to see the movie though. But Sarah Dessen!! I love her. My fav is Lock & Key or Just Listen.
    Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday- Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

    • Jana

      Sarah Dessen seems to be getting the most pushes! Every book in the world that is even slightly sad seems to make me cry, so I don’t know if I can do If I Stay. Haha.

    • Jana

      I am really loving The Book Thief, I’m just having to take it in small doses. If I were you, I’d make my first read by Forman Just One Day. It blew me away. :)

  2. Emmah

    I personally didn’t cry while reading If I Stay… but I’m not a huge crier, so. Are you?
    Also, have you met Max yet in The Book Thief?! I LOVE that man!
    I loved Sloppy Firsts when I first read it (I was younger), but she annoys me to no end now.
    Also yeah, Perks is sad, but it’s also really good (and REALLY short. all in letters, so).

    I didn’t read E&P and have no desire to, but I liked Fangirl! Levi is swoonworthy.

    • Jana

      I am a HUGE crier! Like, it’s not even funny. Movie trailers, Full House episodes, etc. I just know If I Stay will make me cry.

      I have not met Max yet, but now I’m really excited!

      I’m kind of thinking the Sloppy Firsts series is better for younger teens. I just can’t see myself being ok with her at any point in my life now. lol

      I’ve heard Perks is short from a bunch of people, so maybe it’s worth trying just because it’s one of those that I feel like I should read.

      I have Fangirl, so maybe I’ll try it! I feel better knowing that you still liked it even though E&P is not your kind of book.


      • Emmah

        Aww, yeah. Then I’d probably say, don’t read it! It is really sad :/

        I think you’ll meet Max somewhere after page 100!

        Oh, it’s definitely better for younger teens haha. It starts when she’s 14 and yikes.

        When I first tried to read it, I was like ehh. But the second time I picked Perks up, I enjoyed it! I liked the movie too (the writer of the book directed it and wrote the script, so)!

        Don’t feel bad if you skip the fanfic parts in Fangirl. Those bits were a bit unbearable for me haha. So I skipped them, but I liked the rest!

  3. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    For the longest time, I had only read Harry Potter 1. But then there was so much pressure…pressure…pressure to continue on…so, when the last book came out, I read and read and read, and completed them all.

    Here’s my TTT post!

    • Jana

      I was totally not into HP when they were releasing. I read the first one because it was required in my children’s lit class last year, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I just need to find time to finish the rest!

  4. *virtually shoves #1-4 at Jana* Oh wait, I did actually literally shove #4 towards you ;)
    But in all seriousness, Pride and Prejudice is just amazing and witty and while I’m writing this, I’m actually itching for a re-read. And The Duke and I is lovely, but I love all things Julia Quinn :)
    I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower last year or so and was not all that impressed. I mean, I know people who rate it among their all time favourites, but it just didn’t work for me the same way. It’s rather short though, so if you feel inclined to, you could probably read it in no time at all.
    Daisy recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Hyped Books I Haven’t Read

    • Jana

      Hehe. Daisy, I feel so bad that I have not read GoFaT yet! It still means so much to me that you got it for me! My thing is that for some reason I like fantasy in the winter… but winter is always required reading time for school. GAH. P&P is going to happen this year. I’m determined. Same with Julia Quinn. I’ve been wanting to read her for years!

    • Jana

      Haha. Yay! I’m not the only one left who has not read Sarah Dessen! Are you wanting to read her books, or are they not your thing? I’m not even sure where to start with her.

      • My thing with Dessen is that her books are so often discussed on other book review blogs that I don’t feel like I *need* to read them, you know? I’m not averse, but I’m not chomping at the bit either. You?
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  5. If you can quote most of the miniseries, you can probably skip the book (or so I found out when I tried to read P&P and stopped midway because I knew every line). ;) The Book Thief made my list, too, though I’m not sure when I’ll get to it. As for Sarah Dessen, I’ve read two of her books and am not in a big rush to read more; but of the two, The Truth About Forever was my favorite. Great list!
    Kel @ Booked til Tuesday recently posted…Top 10 Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

    • Jana

      Haha. I was wondering about whether or not the miniseries gave away the ENTIRE book. I kind of feel like I should read it anyway, though, so at least I can say I did. I’m really enjoying The Book Thief, it’s just heavy. It’s taking me forever. I dunno what it is about Sarah Dessen. I own a couple of her books, but I just feel like they are more drama than anything else. I can only take so much coming of age. I’ve heard a lot of good things about The Truth About Forever, so I think that when I do read one of hers that’ll be the one.

      Thanks for visiting!