Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can't Believe I Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly linkup of book bloggers hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week, we're talking about books we can't believe we read. Since we've got a topic coming up later that's about books we read but hated, I'm going to use this one as a bragging opportunity for the giant books I've managed to conquer.

A Suitable Boy: This book took me the better part of an entire summer in college because it's enormous. And it was really good and I learned a bunch of things about India but holy wow I can't believe I made it through it because it seriously took months.

War and Peace: You never have to ask if someone's read War and Peace, because if they have, they'll tell you. Also please don't let this book's size deter you, it's great and moves much more quickly than you think it will (it will still take a long time though).

The Executioner's Song: This 1000+ pager is considered a masterpiece of true crime and while I didn't like it as much as all that, I read the whole thing, even the boring parts about the sale of the movie rights for the story while the guy was still alive.

Les Miserables: Another gigantic classic that I was kind of like "ughhhhh" about reading before I read it and then it turns out it's fantastic! I do think having seen the movie helped so I had at least some vague idea of where the plot was going because there's a lot going on here.

A Game of Thrones: I only started to read these books because of the show and they're all huge (this one, the first, is actually one of the shorter ones) and they are amazing and I love them and re-read one every year.

I Know This Much Is True: This is a big, lifespan-crossing book about twin brothers, one of whom is mentally ill and the other of whom is not. It feels so much like the kind of book I should have loved, and it's well-written but didn't quite earn its length, for me.

The Cider House Rules: This was the first Irving I read (in high school, after I saw the movie), and honestly it's still my favorite even though I've read several of his other books. Something about it really resonated with me.

Vanity Fair: I'm not always down for an unlikable lead character, especially when the page count is as long as this book's is, and in fact when I tried to read it in high school I didn't get too far. But when I read it a few years ago, I came to almost enjoy how awful Becky was...that kind of determination is interesting.

The Fountainhead: We all went through that Ayn Rand phase in high school, right?

Blonde: I remember this fictionalized take on Marilyn Monroe's life by Joyce Carol Oates taking me forever to read and it turns out that's because it's over 700 pages long.


  1. Great list! I'm still thinking of tackling the Song of Ice and Fire books because I do really enjoy Game of Thrones, but I usually struggle to read books after I've seen the adaptations.

    1. They're really good! I don't usually much high fantasy, but the character development in these books really set them apart for me