Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

Each week, The Broke and the Bookish holds Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly book blogging meme. This week, I’m posting a wee bit later than normal because it’s been quite the weekend/beginning of the week. But here are 10 of the most-hyped books that I haven’t yet read:

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  1. The only one I’ve read is Eat Pray Love, and I actually really enjoyed that one. I don’t think her experience or spirituality are less valuable because she’s white. She readily acknowledges her own perspective and never acts like just anyone can go out and travel the world for a year and whatnot, she seemed grateful for the opportunity. But I can certainly imagine the book’s not for everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I could never get into “Eat Pray Love.” A woman who divorces and then travels the world is not a “memoir” I can relate to. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have yet to read anything by Mitch Albom that is bad, so I’d suggest that one. I think I saw The Notebook, but since I can’t recall, it obviously did not make an impact on me. Beyond that, I have no opinion on the rest.

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    1. Yeah, I had trouble with Gilbert’s book, too. I read the first chapter or so and then stopped reading, and that’s pretty rare for me. I like to finish stories once I start them.

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  3. The Alchemist is one I’ve always wanted to pick up and the Lovely Bones. The Book Thief takes a while to get into it, but is quite wonderful. And who called Gilbert a pretentious bitch?! She totally is! Pass on that one! I couldn’t even stomach the movie!

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    1. I haven’t decided on The Alchemist yet. I read about a chapter of the Gilbert book before putting it away forever. lol I do want to give the others a try, though.

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  4. Atonement was the first Ian McEwan novel I ever read and I loved it so much I went on to read pretty much everything else by him. But I ditched The Book Thief after the first few chapters because it was so dull.

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    1. I’m not sure if I will ever give Atonement a read through. I saw the film, and I disliked the abrupt shift in point of view. I’ve heard some of his other things are fantastic, though.

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  5. I have read 7 of the 10. I did not like The Book Thief. Sorry. Just did not like it. Too many other books out there on the same subject that are so much better and have much better writing. Eat, Pray, Love was a gift just before the movie came out because they knew I wanted to see the movie (I’m a big Julia Roberts fan) but like to read the books first. The book was so bad I almost didn’t see the movie! The Lovely Bones was excellent. I didn’t know it was YA. I certainly would not call it that. In fact, when my daughter’s teacher assigned the book, I went to the book store to get it and realized I did not want my daughter reading it so I talked to the teacher and she assigned a different book. She apologized for assigning a book she had not read herself. I loaned it to her so she could read it!

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    1. I started reading Eat, Pray, Love, but I only got through the first chapter before I put it back down. I think I still have it on my bookshelf, but I’ll never read it. I do intend to read The Book Thief and The Lovely Bones.

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  6. The Book Thief is worth the hype, seriously. The Other Boleyn Girl is okay for popular fiction, though there are some historical inaccuracies that sort of bugged me as a history person. The Lovely Bones is chilling. But in a goodish way. I guess. I loved it, though it’s hard to get through at times.

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    1. Yeah, I’ve seen the odd little film version they made of The Lovely Bones. I’ve heard it just didn’t work well as an on-screen story, that it worked much better on the page, so I’m interested in reading.

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  7. I’ve only read two, The Lovely Bones and The Other Boleyn Girl. Love The Other Boleyn Girl, and Lovely Bones was pretty good as well! I have a few others on my list, and some I don’t think I’ll ever read simply for lack of interest in the subject matter.

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    1. Yeah—I think in some ways we must be discerning about what we read. That doesn’t mean we necessarily have to make value judgments (though we do that, too), but we definitely have to decide what we’re most interested in because there’s so much to read and so comparatively little time.

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  8. I loved The Book Theif. LOVED. The Lovely Bones was only my 2nd YA novel and the stewardess on the plane kept asking if I needed a drink because I was crying. Eat, Pray, Love made my list of the worst books ever read by me. I much preferred the parody Drink, Play, Fuck.

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  9. The Alchemist, Five People You Meet in Heaven, and The Lovely Bones you should definitely read though I may be biased. I have yet to read The Book Thief as well, but having a hard time picking it up.

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    1. There are a few on the list that I’d like to get to, and The Lovely Bones is among them. I’m still undecided on the other 2, though I’ve heard good things about both, of course. ๐Ÿ™‚

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