This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl is Books I Can't Believe I've Read. Now I went back and forth on this for awhile because there really aren't all that many books that I can't believe I've read. I mean there were a few required reads in high school and a few that I read when my girls were teenagers because they were reading them but other than that there aren't that many surprises. So I'm doing books that I can't believe I HAVEN"T read. The only problem with that one is that it was hard to narrow that down to 10!
1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak - I wanted to read this one since right after it came out and then I wanted to see the movie when that came out yet I have done neither.
2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling - I know this is horrible but I've only read up to book 4 in the Harry Potter series and I've never gone any further.
3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - I think I've had this on my TBR since I was about 16 (and we're going to pretend that wasn't 20+ years ago) and considering how short this is there's really no reason not to read this but somehow it just never makes it to the top of the stack.
4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith - People have been telling me to read this one for decades and I know a number of people who swear this is their favorite book. Not to mention the fact I have my grandmother's copy that was given to her by her mother in l946. I need to read this book.
5. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain - Another one that went on my TBR as soon as I heard about it. I'm an introvert who can make small talk and my husband and father are both serious introverts so I'm really curious to see what insight this book has to offer.
6. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdian - Really the only reason I haven't read this is because my library doesn't' have it on audio I listened to his book Medium Raw and really enjoyed it. I don't always like him but I like his voice if that makes sense. Plus, I love foodie books - especially behind the scenes style foodie books.
7. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - I read and loved Hunger Games but I was kind of good with just letting the world stay where it was at the end of that one. I wasn't sure I wanted to continue and considering it's been years I apparently really didn't want to continue!
8. The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman - I've read a decent stack of the Mrs. Pollifax books and stand alone mysteries from Gilman but somehow I never read Mrs. Pollifax's premiere mystery. I'd really like to read it and reread the rest of the series as well.
9. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase - This is one of those historical romances that I've heard about forever and I've heard several discussions about how great it is and lots of people I trust have read it and loved it. AND I actually own a copy but have I read it? Nope.
10. The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor - historical fiction about the Titanic? I've been fascinated by this since the wreck was discovered back in the 80s. How have I not read this yet?
What books can you not believe you haven't read?