Ten Books I Can’t Believe That I Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is all about books that we can’t believe we’ve read. As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads.

Me and Mr J

I really didn’t get on with this book. I always find teacher/student relationships very awkward, especially as a teacher myself.

Those Girls

I really struggled with this book. I didn’t like the characters at all.

The Devil That Danced on the Water: A Daughter's Quest

I didn’t get on with this book at all. It just bored me.

Never Let Me Go

I think I’m in the minority with this book, but it wasn’t my cup of tea.

Coming Home

This was easy enough to read but it was just wasn’t memorable.

Letters to a Love Rat

Nowadays I give up on a book when I’m not enjoying it, but I used to persevere. This one was okay, but I know now I probably would DNF it.

Alice Hartley's Happiness

I really enjoy Philippa Gregory’s writing, but this book was just weird. Sex, drugs and dolphins. Yes, dolphins.

The Harlot's Press

This book had a lot of potential but it wasn’t great.


This book was a little too unrealistic for me.

The Trouble with Alice

I don’t remember reading this book at all which is quite bad!

How about you? What books are you surprised that you’ve read? Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

58 thoughts on “Ten Books I Can’t Believe That I Read

  1. Teacher/student story relationships ARE awkward, and really, in today’s society, it’s probably not the best plot line. I think I’ve seen “Those Girls” around like on Goodreads or the like, but all I remember beyond this is that I didn’t think it was a book I’d like.

    Happy Top Ten Tuesday, Chrissi! 🙂

  2. Wow the Philippa Gregory one does sound kinda different from her usual stuff? Dolphins? 🙂 And I’ve heard about Never Let Me Go and considered reading it at one time, but never did. I kinda moved on from it.

  3. Hmm Never Let Me Go, I liked the concept a lot more than the execution. It felt very slow and plodding. Not that I expected this story to be action packed or anything, but for me it would have held more emotion if the scenes were better chosen and the book more succinct.

  4. Great list, Chrissi! I know what you mean about teacher/student relationships in books – I think high fantasy is the only genre that can get away with it because it’s usually between two consenting adults who aren’t in a classroom, but are a teacher and student in a different way. I loved Jacqueline Wilson’s books growing up but I hated Love Lessons because of the student/teacher element.

  5. I think these covers look like ones I would’ve picked up. The teacher/student romance though … yeah that’s a hard no from me too.

  6. I just read the synopsis of the first book on your list. Um… ew. That age difference is at the least 10 years. The age difference aside, as somebody in a position of power that’s just gross. I wasn’t aware that High school student/teacher romances were still popular in a positive way. If it was a book about sociology and abuse, then the book might work, but as strictly a romance, not drawing attention to the unethical and illegality of it, that is a book I could never get behind.
    My TTT: Marie @ Pages to Explore

  7. Interesting list. I haven’t read any of these. I do have a couple of Philippa Gregory books I haven’t read yet, but I don’t think I’ll be reading the one on your list. It does sound strange! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

  8. This topic is very interesting and going back on my Goodreads shelf proves that, I had no idea what I was doing when I was younger. I just picked up whatever book I came across and thought it was a great read. Which doesn’t really happen nowadays because I’ve very conscious of the books I choose to read! I haven’t really seen any of the ones you have on your list but, I’d be very interested in reading a Teacher/Student romance. It does sound extremely awkward and I’ve definitely watched movies that are based off of such relationships but, I don’t think I’v ever read a book about it. I think I might’ve picked up one years ago but, never ended up finishing it. A bad omen, maybe? Hope you have a wonderful week!

    Elena @ Book Lady’s Reviews

    • Thanks Elena! I have also become very conscious of it. I think if you’re curious it’s a interesting topic to read about, it just makes me very uncomfortable being a teacher myself.

  9. The only one I’ve read is Never Let Me Go, and I didn’t like it either. I’m actually surprised I actually finished it… So you’re not alone. 😉

  10. I haven’t read any of these books and probably won’t lol. I also don’t like books with teacher-student relationships, no matter how they are portrayed.

  11. I didn’t really like Never Let Me Go either. I read the book because I was interested in seeing the movie and then never saw the movie, hah. I did end up finishing it but I was just really underwhelmed by it.

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