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!



How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Lulu Publishing


Sophie Banks has worked hard for what she has: top of her senior class in high school, gainfully employed, and hopelessly in love with the handsome Eric Lawrence. With graduation a mere three months away, Sophie’s life is on track until a family brawl turns her world upside-down. Between being exposed as having a less-than-ideal home life and faced with a principal who is fed up with her antics, Sophie is forced to live with a guardian, the strictest teacher from her parochial school, Ms. Brooke Jennings. Balancing her new life while hiding her old, Sophie is overwhelmed. On one lonesome drive home she’s involved in a life-changing car accident. Brooke’s loyalty through it all has Sophie seeing her guardian in a whole new light-as the mother she desperately needs. If only Sophie can get the rest of her family to feel the same. When Brooke moves in, love and loyalty will be tested, but will Sophie get the happy ending she’s fought for?


I have to admit that I was immediately intrigued by the cover of this book. Its simplicity totally drew me into requesting the book. I totally went into it, not knowing much about it. I’m glad I did read this book, but I don’t think it’s a book that will stay with me for a long time. Don’t get me wrong, it is a decent read and I do think that many people will enjoy reading it! However, parts of it were completely unrealistic which did affect my enjoyment of the book.

Sophie centres around a girl who is seemingly reckless, daring and determined to break the rules/fight against authority. We learn that there is much more to Sophie than first meets the eye. For some reason, which we don’t find out immediately, Sophie’s headteacher is determined to make her graduate. Sophie has an awkward family/personal life, which slowly unravels as the story progresses. Sophie’s teacher takes her in and acts as her guardian.

This is where it all became a little muddled for me. As a teacher myself, it just seemed entirely unrealistic, especially as their relationship progressed. I just didn’t buy it at all. Sophie as a character, is intriguing and I liked reading about her relationship with Eric and his brothers (even though there were some very awkward and also unbelievable moments along the way!)

Little grips aside, this book did keep me gripped and certainly kept me turning the pages. I did enjoy the writing style, it was the plot and the characters that didn’t make this a solid 3 star read for me.

Would I recommend it?:
It’s not for me! 2.5 stars- I did enjoy reading this book and think many more will enjoy reading it too. I just couldn’t suspend my disbelief with regard to the plot.

An unrealistic plot somewhat affected my reading experience.

This Week In Books #35

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

You Know Me Well The Unexpected Everything Sophie

You Know Me Well Nina LaCour and David Levithan– I’ve just started this book which seems like it’s going to be my sort of thing all about first love.

The Unexpected Everything Morgan Matson– I enjoyed this cute contemporary read even though I don’t think it’s Morgan’s best!

SophieJennie Sargam– I don’t know a lot about this book, so I’m excited to go into it not having expectations. The plain and simple cover really appealed to me.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading!

Stacking The Shelves #138

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page!


Radio Silence

I’m excited to read Alice Oseman’s new book, after enjoying her debut novel. This book looks like an intriguing read!


I was pulled into looking at this book by its plain cover. It caught my eye and the synopsis sounds intriguing! We’ll see….

Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories

I’m expecting a mix of good/weird/bad in this book as I’m sure I won’t like all of the stories, much like the last anthology that I read edited by Stephanie Perkins (My True Love Gave To Me) I’m looking forward to dipping into it though.



I have seen this graphic novel around everywhere! It’s been recommended by so many of my favourite bloggers that I felt compelled to get my hands on a copy!

Won from The British Books Challenge

How Not to Disappear

I’m so excited to read this book! I was thrilled to win it!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading 😀