[Top Ten Tuesday] – #155 – Books I Can’t Believe I Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, which is now hosted on That Artsy Reader.


This Week’s Theme:
Books I Can’t Believe I Read

Initial Thoughts:

Basically: the few books I finished and then thought “…but why?” or the books that I attempted to read and ended up not finishing due to reasons of “…but why?”

Hopeless (Hoover)

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

How is this a 4.30 average on Goodreads how?

I’m not exaggerating, but like I tell every person, there’s around 1237128937 pages of jogging, give or take. Wow did I DNF this so quick after that.

The Hating Game (Thorne)

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

So this book basically told me that home girl executive assistant over here has a pair of rose-tainted glasses set on “Westernized Only” and considers only tall dark and handsome as the only true sexy icons. Everyone else is a troll.

Lucky in Love (West)

Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

Go ahead, Joey, read this book…I’m sure it has decent diverse representation. THE LIES I TELL MYSELF. Full review here.

Secrets, Lies, and Scandals (Morgan)

Ivy used to be on top of the social ladder, until her ex made that all go away. She has a chance to be Queen Bee again, but only if the rest of the group can keep quiet.

Tyler has always been a bad boy, but lately he’s been running low on second chances. There’s no way he’s going to lose everything because someone couldn’t keep their mouth shut.

Kinley wouldn’t describe herself as perfect, though everyone else would. But perfection comes at a price, and there is nothing she wouldn’t do to keep her perfect record—one that doesn’t include murder charges.

Mattie is only in town for the summer. He wasn’t looking to make friends, and he definitely wasn’t looking to be involved in a murder. He’s also not looking to be riddled with guilt for the rest of his life…but to prevent that he’ll have to turn them all in.

Cade couldn’t care less about the body, or about the pact to keep the secret. The only way to be innocent is for someone else to be found guilty. Now he just has to decide who that someone will be.

I blame the one who threw a How To Get Away With Murder as the comp title.

Picture this: you and your super rad-yet-complicit friend group is disposing a body when suddenly…ONE OF THEM “ACCIDENTALLY” BUTT DIALS SOMEONE AND THE BEANS ARE SPILLED. Guess we’re burying two bodies tonight.

Carve the Mark (Roth)

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost.

Then Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

I read Carve the Mark so many of you friends did not have to. It was not worth. Incredibly exhaustive review here.

Heir to the Sky (Sun)

As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits—by her duties as a member of the royal family, by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman, and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known—a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what’s left of mankind, the wick and the wax burning in service for her people, and for their revered Phoenix, whose magic keeps them aloft.

When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks, and other terrifying beasts. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself.

The hook to this story is that she falls off a floating island in the sky and survives. Whew… Jamie (of Books and Ladders) and I joke that we’d be the one actively pushing her off the cliff in an alternate universe. Full review here.

Catcher in the Rye (Salinger)

The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children’s voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden’s voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.

It’s been years since Holden…and I still actively dislike this kid. Boop.

This Is Where it Ends (Nijkamp)

10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.

I know this is a rather polarizing story, but I really question the cinematic-ness of this story versus the lack of self-preservation to find safety. There’s a brilliant plan to keep the shooter inside the school because you know they’re after you so you play cat-and-mouse and…lol. Full review here.


I assure you there are more stories with well-drawn out “…wtf?” moments.


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14 thoughts on “[Top Ten Tuesday] – #155 – Books I Can’t Believe I Read”

  1. So four of these books on your list I was hoping to read this year, LOL.
    The Hating Game
    Lucky in Love
    Carve the Mark
    Now I’m nervous? Although for some reason I really enjoy Colleen Hoover books. My mom read my copy of Carve the Mark and liked it, haha. I preordered the sequel, so she can read it.


  2. I’m looking forwards to Kasie West’s book… or I was, now I’m a bit scared 😛

    I’m very curious about This is Where it Ends, I’ve seen it around a lot but haven’t read any reviews, I’m gonna check out your now 😉


  3. I’ve been wanting to read The Carve for a while and have been hesitate. I went to a store yesterday and the cashier told me not to read it 😂 read your review and I think I was right to stay clear 😊


  4. Oh no, I liked a couple of these – though I can understand why you wouldn’t have. I couldn’t even pretend be interested in Carve the Mark, though. The train wreck that was Allegiant made me never want to read a book by Roth ever again.


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