Top Ten Tuesday: Books I was Hesitant to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

The original theme for this week is books that you read and enjoyed that were out of our comfort zones. Personally I don’t feel like I have a comfort zone because I like to dabble in a little bit of everything. Therefore, I though it would be fun to write about the books that I was hesitant to read at first glance. 

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1. Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry: I actually loved this book but when I first read the synopsis the biker gang community threw me off. This was mainly because my previous knowledge of these communities were based on stereotypes and I am so glad I ended up reading this because it offered a new perspective on this community.

2.Uprooted by Naomi Novik: This book sat on my shelf for months before I picked it up and I don’t really know why I was so reluctant to read it. I think part of it may have been due to the hype but maybe I just wasn’t feeling it at the time.

3. The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson: I had been keeping my eye on this trilogy for a while but I never had the courage to pick it up. I’d obviously heard amazing things about the series but I think the intensity of the books, not just in content but in its size as well had me on the fence for so long. Naturally once I read it I loved it and couldn’t wait to get to the next one but at first I was definitely hesitant.

4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Magical realism is not my go-to genre and that’s why I was hesitant to pick up this book. Once again I loved this book but because I wasn’t all too familiar with the genre I was nervous pick up the book.

5. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith: The title put me off the book. I thought this was going to be such a cheesy book full of your typical romantic cliches. Thankfully I was pleasantly surprised when I read the book and I found it was actually quite realistic in its portrayal. 

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: Honestly the title put me off. I thought this book would be full of over the top fangirl tropes and just really cheesy. Again I was wrong and I was kicking myself for putting it off for so long. 

7. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak: Markus Zusak is one of my all time favourite authors. However, when it came to this book I prolonged reading it because I heard so many negative things about the ending. While I understand their qualms I personally wasn’t that annoyed by it.

8. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: I’d seen this series floating around and I was curious about the series but I wasn’t excited about it. I have since read the books and while I enjoyed them I still wasn’t blown away.

9. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan: I read the series about three years ago and the main reason I was hesitant to read it was because I don’t really read a lot of middle grade books and now this series is in my favourites so the lesson of the story is; never judge a book by it’s label. 

10. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill: My first experience with time travel. Time travel is a hit or miss for me because a lot of the time I just don’t understand the mechanisms. However. this book was easy to follow and it had a pretty engaging story to it.  



36 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I was Hesitant to Read

  1. This is a great list 🙂 Although it’s too bad you were not blown away by TMI, I recommend that series to everyone. I read it some years ago, but now, I have to admit that with all the tv show situation going on its original spell is starting to wear off on me. Ah, this things happen, unfortunately.

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    1. It was definitely an enjoyable read but with the exception of Alec and Magnus I just didn’t really care about the characters all that much. The TV show looks hilariously cheesy. I’ve not actually watched an episode yet but I’m willing to give it a chance haha.


    1. Nowhere but Here did make me think twice about the stereotypes I had previously associated with the biker community and I’m quite excited to explore a bit more of it in Walk the Edge. 😀


  2. Great list! I love I Am The Messenger, The Lightning Thief, and All Our Yesterdays. 🙂 I was also hesitant about I Am The Messenger but ended up loving it; the ending is a little confusing, but I liked it after thinking about it for a while, haha. All Our Yesterdays was a huge surprise for me––I received an ARC of it and was not expecting very much from it, but I enjoyed it a lot!

    My TTT is here

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    1. The ending was definitely weird but Markus just has a way of hitting me right in the feels and I found I am the Messenger to be really thought provoking for me.
      By chance I stumbled across All Our Yesterdays and I had no idea what to expect but I really enjoyed it and enjoyed seeing how the characters came to be who they were in the present. 🙂

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  3. I’m so glad you took the plunge and read these books anyway, as all the ones I’ve read from this list were excellent. I didn’t want to read Fangirl either, until I persistently saw good reviews everywhere – I’m glad I gave it a go because it remains one of my favourite contemporary books today. I am also so happy to see you’re part of the Sanderson fan army now haha.

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    1. Oh yes, the glowing reviews for Fangirl had me intrigued so I felt like I had jump on the hype train and it is without a doubt one of my favourite contemporaries.
      I can’t believe I waited so long to read a Sanderson novel. I’m hooked and I need to get my hands on his other works. 😀


    1. Markus Zusak is undoubtedly one of my all time favourite authors. All Our Yesterdays was a pleasant surprise for me cause I literally didn’t know what to expect. The Night Circus is very dream like. The writing is gorgeous. I’d definitely recommend it. 😀

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    1. I felt like the plot twist in book one was dragged out for far too long. I just couldn’t really get into the series. Oh well, can’t love them all haha. I’ve only read the Mistborn trilogy and loved it and I desperately need to pick up his other works. 😀


      1. Tbh I barely remember what the book was about… I watched the movie and thought it was very cringey, and I also forgot the plot haha.

        Brandon Sanderson is so great! My first book of his is his debut novel (Elantris) and even that was really fun. ❤

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    1. I quite enjoyed the book. It’s not without it’s issues but I found it was a very easy read and wasn’t as cliched as I thought it would. I didn’t feel it was an insta-love but more of an insta-like with the want to explore the attraction between them. 🙂

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  4. Even though I’m a huge Cassie Clare fan (a fan of her stories not really of her…) I can see what you mean about TMI. I’m half dreading and anticipating my reread of that series one day. Anticipating because it’s been so long; dreading because I may completely hate it. But have you read The Infernal Devices? Those books are wonderful in my opinion. Especially book two and three! 🙂

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    1. I’ve heard nothing but great things about The Infernal Devices and Will Herondale seems like my kind of man haha. I just need to prepare myself cause I don’t have the best tolerance for love triangles haha.

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  5. I have to confess, that I have judged almost ALL of these. I am still afraid to read Nowhere but Here because of the motorcycle gang, Fangirl because of well, the idea of a book about a fangirl, Night Circus because I don’t really like the circus bwhaha. Same for Mistborn and Percy Jackson- those are my exact reasons! Well, seeing as we have the REASONS in common, it stands to reason that I would enjoy them since you did! So I will try not to be afraid 🙂 Great list!

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    1. I was surprised at how much I wasn’t bothered by the motorcycle gang. I still have some issues with them but I think Nowhere But Here is a good book to help get rid of some of those stereotypes that are typically associated with that community. Plus the romance is sizzling hot.
      I feel like Percy Jackson is the kind of series you turn to when the book slump hits. They’re just such an easy read you can fly through them. I hope that you’re able to tackle the fear for some of these books cause they really are worth the read and if you do get to read the books I hope you enjoy them. 😀


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