You better believe it

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Books I Can’t Believe I Read – but I’m glad I did

This list contains books that I maybe wouldn’t pick up for one reason or another – listed for each book:

  1. Foundation by Issac Asimov – Space Opera.  I’m always daunted by the very sound of space opera – it sounds like something that I’m going to struggle to understand.  As it is I read the first three books as a readalong and loved them – which undoubtedly all the discussion helped with, but, even so.
  2. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick – This is a book that I read after seeing the film.  I prefer to do it the other way around and read the book first.  Usually I never read a book when I’ve seen the film.  I just have a mental block.
  3. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A Heinlein- this was a read for Vintage Sci Fi month – so not only sci fi, but vintage!  This worked out much better than I ever expected.
  4. True Grit by Charles Portis – firstly, I never used to read anything that had a wild west vibe – these days, I love anything of that nature so there you go.  Also, this falls into the same category as (No.2 above).  I’d already seen the film, well, both films actually.  As it is, this is an excellent read.
  5. The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis – the cover.  I know it’s fickle but the cover would never have tempted me to look in this direction.  It sounds really silly but I would just figure this book was going to be out of my comfort zone.  How wrong I was.  Plus – the Mechanical, it just doesn’t give me the right vibe.  Again, wrong.
  6. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare – Plays.  I’m not into reading play.s  It seems to me that plays are meant to be watched.  This is the only Shakespeare I’ve read and I did enjoy it – I’m still not totally convinced that I wouldn’t just as soon see the play though.
  7. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss- I love this book and this author.  The reason why it’s on this list is because I actually found this book in a charity shop and just picked it up on the off chance.  This was pre blogging and so I hadn’t heard anything about this on the grapevine or elsewhere so I struck gold with this find.  Uncannily enough I found the Gentlemen Bastard series and the Poison Study series in a similar fashion.
  8. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons- this book was recommended to me by somebody who I worked with – I took it on holiday with me and literally could not put it down.
  9. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – the first book in this series was another recommendation, called Cross Stitch I’d never heard of it and I’m going to be honest I probably wouldn’t have picked it up with that title – it’s very misleading.
  10. ??? I’ve left this one free so you can tell me a book title that you can’t believe you’ve read.
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22 Responses to “You better believe it”

  1. thebookishlibra

    I enjoyed reading A Midsummer’s Night Dream, although as you say, I do think the experience of seeing it is so much better than just reading the words on the page.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Because of the style it’s written I suppose. The actors add something to the story by their actions and, well, acting.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    So many people adore The Name of the Wind that I simply must try it one day.

    • @lynnsbooks

      You simply must – you’d love it (I think anyway).
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    I LOVED Do Androids Dream… it’s so different from the movie. I know there must be books that I can’t believe I read, but I can’t think of any, which is one reason I didn’t do this topic! 😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      This was a tricky topic for sure – I also loved Androids – and personally think it’s much better than the film.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I really want to read Outlander, but have been watching the show instead …. maybe one of these days I will actually read the books

    • @lynnsbooks

      Actually if you’ve been watching the shows you probably don’t need to read the books – they’re quite good adaptations (where I saw up to anyway).
      Lynn 😀

  5. Anastasia

    Nice twist on this week’s topic! 🙂 I feel the same way about a lot of books here.

    The Name of the Wind, it was long and sequel is even longer and sometimes it’s a bit tedious maybe but finally Rothfuss is just amazing, one of my favorite authors.

    Outlander. I don’t really read romance but Outlander is something very very special so I’m really glad I read it.

    True Grit sounds intriguing

    • @lynnsbooks

      True Grit is an excellent book. It’s main protagonist is very blunt – almost to the point of rudeness – but I loved her. Outlander is brilliant – the first book had me hooked.
      Lynn 😀

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” will always hold a special place in my bookish heart: it might be outdated, and it certainly does not conform anymore to modern sensibilities, but I always adored the story of the Lunar Revolution – and I’m still grieving for Mycroft…

    • @lynnsbooks

      It was an excellent read – one of my Vintage Sci fi books – I would have missed so many good books without that challenge.
      Lynn 😀

  7. ChrissiReads

    I’m really glad that you enjoyed The Name Of The Wind. It intimidates me a little bit.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I can completely see why – although it’s such a wonderful book I suspect if you pick it up you’ll completely forget about everything else and be carried away – then be surprised to find yourself at the conclusion.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

    I’ve never read a Shakespeare play outside of school, despite the fact that I own all of them (I was gifted this really cute Shakespearean Library box set). Seeing Midsummer on your list makes me kind of want to dust those off.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really liked A Midsummer Nights Dream – but then it’s basically fantasy. I do fancy a couple more, like Twelfth Night and Hamlet but I couldn’t read them all I don’t think. I hope you enjoy them. 😀

  9. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I couldn’t believe I read Foundation either, though I didn’t like it quite as much. I was just starting to get into sci-fi at the time, and my husband, a sci-fi fan, insisted I had to read it. He’s right that it’s a classic, but it was perhaps a bit too much at the time for a noob like me!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I think I’m much more of a newbie than you – but, reading this as a readalong was very helpful as it helped to open up various trains of thought that I probably would never have considered. If i’d read this just by myself I don’t think I would have had even half the enjoyment because so much would have gone over my head. You read a lot more sci fi that I do so you probably coped okay but I would just have gone under.
      Lynn 😀

  10. sjhigbee

    Yes – I love Shakespeare, but watching the plays beats reading it every time, and preferably live in the theatre. I’ve been very fortunate to have seen a fair number of plays:). And Foundation is definitely a gnarly read for a new-hatched sci fi read!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I couldn’t agree more about Foundation. If it hadn’t been a readalong for me I don’t think I would have enjoyed it at all but because of all the discussion posts it helped to draw out all the detail.
      And, yep, any excuse to go to the theatre in my book.
      Lynn 😀

  11. Captain's Quarters

    I haven’t read Foundation though it is on the list. I highly recommend seeing any of Shakespeare’s plays onstage though Midsummer is me favourite. I have worked on productions of it multiple times and seen many of the films and other adaptations. It never gets old and is one of the easier plays for newer Shakespeare fans to watch. It’s also one of the most popular to be produced. Especially in the spring and summer. Lovely post.
    x The Captain

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – I should definitely try and see ore plays. Midsummer is my favourite although I also really like Hamlet and Twelfth Night.
      Lynn 😀

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