Top Ten Tuesday: Books I can’t believe I read

hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Twilight / Stephenie Meyer

I remember it was in 2018 and I read it because the Fantasy book Forum I was a very active member of was doing a Read Along. I read the whole thing and hated every part of it. WHY DID THIS BECOME SO POPULAR! I never read the next parts and try to forget I ever read it in the first place. The characters were making me furious – I couldn’t believe how Edward was hundreds of years old, he was still acting like a 17year old brat, and let’s not even talk about Bella who needs to get rescued all the time. I think I died a little inside after Edward started sparkling. I could never go back to pure vampire literature after that.

Fifty Shades of Grey / E. L. James

I got pressured into it. And I wanted to know what the hype was all about. At the height of its popularity I was living and working in a hostel and my two female work mates (Aussie and Italian) were both reading it as well. We did a kind of Read Along and it was much more fun to laugh about it together. Horrible, horrible story. There’s so many things wrong with it, but I don’t even want to talk about it anymore.

Funny thing though – I will always remember it, because I met Mr. DZ while I was reading this book!

Will Grayson, Will Grayson / John Green

This wasn’t half bad, but not really what I enjoy reading. I think I am too old and/or am not the target audience for this kind of story. Interesting look into what John Green is writing, but I don’t need any more of it.

Dune / Frank Herbert

I always thought it would be too dry & complicated and not what I like to read. I AM happy I picked it up, but will probably not return to the world of Dune.

Temptation / Selena Kitt

Jesus Christ, I can’t even talk about it without feeling embarrassed. This book was so… gah! So basically, this 16?-year old girl had her sexual awakening and was fooling around with her best girlfriend. In detail. But actually, she was really into her girlfriend’s dad. Who had a secret porn room. Where he was watching movies and jerking off. You can guess where it’s going.. This old dude has feelings for her as well and they start a secret romance, having sex everywhere. When the guy’s DAUGHTER is lying NEXT TO THEM for example! Or in a restaurant.

And in some weird, twisted way, the church is involved as well. I don’t remember all the details, but I think the main girl was confessing and the priest on the other side was getting turned on by it and he might have jerked off as well.

…. Yeah, no.

I used to feel like reading smut from time to time.. but this probably turned me off the whole genre^^

Lolita / Vladimir Nabokov

I was scared but too curious. In the end, I didn’t like it at all and there was TOO much rambling and let’s not even talk about Humbert Humbert, that sick fuck.

Cowgirl up and ride / Lorelai James

No, no, no. Only if you like goofy sex scenes and weird penis metaphors. Maybe if you drink a bottle of rum, you might enjoy it.

Maybe not even then.

The Darkness that comes before / R. Scott Bakker

I thought it was pretentious and unnecessarily complicated. Also, I couldn’t find the plot and female characters. Can’t believe I finished it.

The Kiss of Deception / Mary E. Pearson

Gah. Why even. It was SO clear that this was going to be a love triangle. It was, and probably one of the worst. For more information, please go here.




  1. I admit – I love Lolita. I loved it the first time I read it back in college, loved it even more on audio a couple years after I started my blog. HH is definitely a sick man, but I loved watching Nabokov’s technique shine in that book. I totally geeked out about it.

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  2. Fifty Shade made my list as well and it was out of sheer curiosity. I saw so many parallels to Twilight that it was almost funny – because I hated Bella. I still don’t understand the hype. At least you have some fond recollections of it though since you met Mr. DZ while reading it.

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    1. I wonder that myself ๐Ÿ˜€ I don’t even remember whether it was self-published or not.. Got it on my Kindle.

      I still remember them talking about love flowers and growing stems in Cowgirl up and ride ๐Ÿ˜€ Definitely good for a laugh! And there was lots of threesome action – I heard that the author is writing those a lot. Not that I ever want to go back for more though ๐Ÿ˜€


  3. I’m sooooo glad I never fell for the hype around Twilight, Kiss of… and 50 shades… But I guess there is some “erotic” on my list either. But I’m doing a different interpretation of the topic and choose some other reasons “why I couldn’t believe I read” the books too. Your list was a fun read. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. LOL, you do have some odd books on your list. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hear you about liking to read the occasional smut but one bad book put you off the genre… I don’t remember now which book did it for me, but I know that I read one which was just too much.

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    1. .. I always go back to them after a while though ๐Ÿ˜€ Just not as frequently anymore. I just need sex scenes that don’t make me roll on the floor laughing or are so cheesy, it’s dripping from the pages^^


  5. LOL Temptation… ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ I think sometimes authors get too excited and I’m like editors do your freaking job.
    Ah Twilight. I maybe liked them a little bit before the massive popularity but then it just was so annoying that it became so popular. Same thing with 50 Shades of Grey. It would have worked as fanfiction, not a bestseller. Also now Anastasia and people either think of Russian princess or Anastasia Steele :((( it gets annoying ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Fifty shades would be a perfect fanfic – it ticks all the boxes ๐Ÿ˜€ Unfortunately it didn’t stay like that…
      Aw, sucks to now have your name related to the main character!! If it makes you feel any better, I DO think of the princess Anastasia when I read your name, but from that amazing Anastasia movie with those lovely songs, so it brings back good memories ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. hahahha yes, Twilight killed the vampire genre for me too- and not in a good way ๐Ÿ˜‰ Can’t believe I read Fifty Shades either- I feel like it was a bit of morbid curiosity tbh (actually a collective morbid curiosity, cos everyone seemed to be doing it at the same time) hahaha yes, to say there’s a lot wrong with it is a massive understatement isn’t it ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m not into Green either and I’m glad to see that about Dune cos I felt the same way- really not for me. Eww to Temptation. And honestly, the first time I tried Lolita I gave up- unfortunately I then had to read it for uni :/ (I threw it at the wall a lot before finishing) Great post!!

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  7. OMG, I read a Selena Kitt story once — typical babysitter fantasy erotica, and SO not for me. Yuck. I enjoyed Dune way back when. I wonder if I would still like it now… I loved Twilight on first read, but yeah, the idea of a 140 year old vampire in a relationship with a teen-aged girl — not so good. (which is the problem I have with a lot of YA supernatural-romance time stories…)

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