Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read


Happy Tuesday, book lovers! I’ve actually turned today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic on its head. Today’s topic from That Artsy Reader Girl is actually Books I Can’t Believe I Read, but it turns out I can’t think of many books that fit that category (without being nasty, anyway) so I decided to do a Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read instead. So, here goes:


These three novels would have to classify as stalwarts of the Christian fiction genre, and I confess, I’ve not read any of them. 😱 In the case of Janette Oke, I have to go a step further and say that the only one of her novels I’ve ever read is one co-written with Davis Bunn.

Next on the list is Harry Potter. I was originally dead set against this series, but then after a conversation with a dear friend who gave me a different perspective, I decided maybe I should read them and decide for myself. And I keep telling myself I will do that. One day…

Next on the list is Stealing Adda by Tamara Leigh. I love her medieval fiction, but I haven’t read many of her contemporaries yet, and I’ve heard so many people raving about this one, I really can’t believe I haven’t picked it up yet. That’s going to change very soon!


The Lady and the Lionheart is one of those books that everyone raves about, and I know without a shadow of a doubt I will enjoy this one. But you know that really strange place you get to, when you actually can’t bring yourself to pick up a book you’ve been really anticipating, because once you’ve read it, it’s over? That’s this book. I keep telling myself it needs to be the right time—a time when I can allow myself to become immersed in the story without guilt or interruptions. Says the woman with five children… 😆

The next two selections, Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano and The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall, are books that frequently come up in conversation with my buddy Carrie over at Reading is my Superpower—usually in the form of #myjames or #myvance (she’s kind of possessive about her heroes. Unless you can best her at internet tennis. Long story… 😉) Anyway, for the number of times I have heard her rave about these heroes, I really should have read these books by now. And yet… *sigh* #notenoughhoursinmyday


I’m going to finish off my list with two books that I would have chosen for the original topic, Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Read. Neither of these books are anything like books I would normally gravitate to (although I have gained more of an appreciation for dystopian since reading The Hunger Games). And that’s the first of the two: The Hunger Games. I decided to give it a go after several writing craft books used excerpts as examples, and I actually loved it. So there you go, folks. Never say never!

The second one is Trial Run, the first book in Thomas Locke’s Fault Lines series. Or the last one, depending on which way you look at it! A thriller of quantum physics proportions, I would never have even looked at it except that it’s by Thomas Locke (aka Davis Bunn). And it turns out I really enjoyed that series, too. What do you know?

What about you? Are there any books that you can’t believe you have/haven’t read?

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23 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

  1. rbclibrary says:

    When I read Christy last year, I couldn’t imagine why I had waited so long. I had it on my shelf for years and years, but it took the new edition to get me to read it. So, so good.

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  2. Tamara Leigh says:

    Christy is on my list too, sitting on top of my pile! Must must read it. Thrilled to see Stealing Adda is soon to be sharing her story with you. I hope you enjoy it!

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  3. Phyllis says:

    I have to agree that I can’t believe you haven’t read some of those on your list! 🙂 I haven’t read Christy in ages, but have read it a couple of times.

    I’m like you, that I can’t believe I did read the entire Hunger Games series. It is not close to my usual genre, and I wasn’t going to, but ended up reading it after watching Mocking Jay with my sister’s family. And I kind of liked it, though the final ending was a little sad to me.

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  4. Cholla says:

    I really enjoyed The Hunger Games. The next two books kind of lost me, but overall, the series was a good one.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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  5. I’m glad that you enjoyed The Hunger Games and I hope you enjoy Harry Potter!
    My TTT:

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  6. I like your twist on this week’s prompt. I had a really hard time with it and just went a totally different direction. By the way, I haven’t read Christy yet either!

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  7. I also have not read Hunger Games as yet… very strange, but true 😉

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  8. Courtney @ The Green Mockingbird Blog says:

    I liked The Hunger Games, too! It’s really the closest adapted series-to-movies I’ve read.

    You MUST read The Lady and the Lionheart soon!!!! (PS if you like audiobooks, it has a fantastic one with 2 narrators!)

    I would never win in a game of internet tennis with Carrie. I will let her have #myJames and #myVance as long as I can have Dr. David Ross. 🙂

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  9. Iola says:

    I’ve read all Tamara Leigh’s contemporaries, but none of her historical fiction.

    In terms of the books I should have read but haven’t … The Shack, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Lady and the Lionheart. 🙂

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    • Tamara’s historicals are some of my faves!

      I haven’t read The Shack either. I’m not all that interested to, really. If I did, it would be purely intellectual curiosity, so that I could decide which side of the controversy I fall on. 😁


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