Top 10 Tuesday: Books I feel like Everyone’s Read but Me

I wasn’t really feeling this week’s allocated TTT topic or any of the variations I could come up with for it. Instead I’ve dug up this older topic from the archives on The Broke and the Bookish which is top ten books I feel as though basically everyone out there has read except for little old me. I could come up with a whole lot more than ten for this one but for now here’s a few.

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Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi

This series is everywhere. Like EVERYWHERE, but it got even worse when Restore Me came out this year. I plan on giving it a read soon just to see what all the fuss is about.

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Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

When you talk about YA contemporaries, this is one that constantly seems to come up. It entered the top 100 reads list at my bookstore this year which definitely increased the feeling of being the only one who hasn’t read it.

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The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

The love for this book is crazy. It was on the NY times bestseller list for ages and ages, and it was all anyone talked about online for a good long while. Now there’s a movie coming out and the FOMO is real guys…

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Milk & Honey and The Sun and her Flowers – Rupi Kaur

I’ll be honest, I’m not a massive poetry person. I can admire a lovely phrase or two but I’m not about to go out and buy a book especially devoted to poems. These two works blew up in a huge way last year and the closest I’ve come to reading them is seeing a couple of photos on bookstagram. However props to Rupi Kaur for making poetry cool.

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Looking for Alaska – John Green

Come on, I had to include a John Green book here because (a) everyone seems to love them and (b) I don’t read them. I’ve been hearing about this book ever since I was in high school and it seems to be the JG book to read other than The Fault in Our Stars (which I actually have read!).

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To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

This is one of those classics that I feel like HEAPS of people have read, likely because it was part of their English curriculum but also because I hear it’s fantastic. I’m not big on classics but part of me is tempted to read it sometimes just to join in on the conversations.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians series – Rick Riordan

This is kind of a cheat answer because I’m actually three books into the series (only two to go!), however I feel like this series was almost a second Harry Potter for people a bit younger than me. Essentially everyone in the bookish part of the internet has read them and the spin off books, and they’re just crazy about them!

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His Dark Materials Series – Philip Pullman

This is another really beloved children’s series that I feel like A LOT of people read when they were younger but I somehow missed entirely.

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1984 – George Orwell

Another classic that people have read because of school or just out of pure interest, likely because it’s great and still culturally relevant. Again, I’m a bit classically deprived here…

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

Yes, another YA contemporary, I know. I only just recently started picking up a few books in this genre and this one seems to pop up like a game of whack-a-mole. It’s actually so much so, I bought a copy last week. Hopefully I’ll finally get why everyone’s always talking about it. Also apparently the rights have been acquired by Netflix, so that’s cool?

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The Kingkiller Chronicles – Patrick Rothfuss

This is a fantasy series that’s become huge. Basically everyone I know who enjoys this genre has read these. It’s been on my Goodreads to-read shelf for ages but I keep putting it off because I’ve heard the beginning is extremely slow. Then again, I should probably learn from my Nevernight experience and just do the damn thing already.

Which books do you feel like everyone else has read but you? (Don’t worry, I won’t judge…much. Kidding, I won’t at all, promise).

12 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Books I feel like Everyone’s Read but Me

    1. That’s okay! Haha! I have a friend who’s only just reading them for the first time now so you’re not the only one. I love them so I recommend them to basically everyone but I know they don’t appeal to everyone.
      Thank you!

  1. I had problems coming up with ten books for the original topic this week, but I love your twist Ashley, and I had to admit I’ve read a lot of these books as well (not all of them, but most). I really hope you love THUG, it’s such an incredible book and hopefully you’ll agree when you read it that it’s so deserving of the hype it has Same goes for His Dark Materials if you ever plan to pick that trilogy up. Even though it’s a series I read as a child it stands the test of time. I re-read it earlier this year and still loved it.
    Great picks for this week, and great post too. 😀 ❤

    1. I’m positive THUG will live up to the hype. It sounds like a fantastic read. I just have to be in the right frame of mind to finally start it.
      My friend has been recommending His Dark Materials for ages. It’s one of the few major series she’s read and I haven’t. I’ll add it to the never ending list 😂. I’m glad you’re able to still enjoy it even as an adult. That’s very reassuring! Thank you!

  2. I haven’t read the hate you give yet and I don’t know why! everyone LOVES that book!! I haven’t read shatter me as well, mainly because I keep reading mixed reviews about. I plan on reading it nonetheless to see for myself. I felt so left out before reading percy jackson books hahaha!! only one book to go and I”m glad I read it!!

    1. We both should probably kick ourselves and finally read The Hate U Give. We’re clearly massively missing out. Haha.
      Yeah, so many mixed things about Shatter Me, I feel like people either love it or hate it.i have a feeling I’ll end up in the latter camp but I’ve been wrong before!
      I felt sooooo left out before I started Percy. It’s such a popular series. Planning to read book 4 this month at some point.

  3. I haven’t read Sarah J. Maas. Well, actually, I read Throne of Glass years ago but got distracted by ~life~ and when I got back to reading she had written tons more books which EVERYONE seems to have read except me!
    There’s a few from your list I haven’t read! I haven’t gotten round to THUG, I haven’t read Shatter Me, but I feel like the hype for this had died down enough so that I don’t feel like reading it anymore haha. And I haven’t read To All The Boys I Loved Before. I’m not really a YA contemporary kinda gal so I’m not sure if I ever will!

    I always think I’ll *eventually* get round to reading everything… ;D

    1. That’s okay! It took me ages to get around to reading SJM. In the end I only liked one of her two series and even then it took me a book and a bit.
      Yeah, I feel like the Shatter Me hype massively ramped up only after Restore Me came out, I think there was a big gap between books or something?
      I never really read much YA contemporary either until recently, I’m more a fantasy girl.

      Haha, same. It’s always eventually. Always. If I keep telling myself that, it’ll happen right? 😜

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