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).

Love Ashley


Top 10 Tuesday: Books on my Autumn TBR

It’s time for another TTT topic, courtesy of Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. As usual, I live in the southern hemisphere so I’ve reversed the topic from Spring reads to Autumn reads. Speaking of which, YES, AUTUMN IS HERE. I mean, it doesn’t exactly feel like it yet but sooooon. I know you’re out there somewhere. I can’t wait to start breaking out my knits.

Here are ten books currently sitting on my TBR that I’m hoping to read soon-ish. Then again, my reading moods are more changeable than the weather so there’s the potential for all or only a few of these to successfully make the cross over to the read pile in the end. *shrugs* What can you do?

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I really need to get back to this series.  Poor Cress has been sitting on my shelf for a while now. They’re fun reads and I’ve heard from a lot of people that Cress is the best of the four. I wasn’t as into Scarlet as I was Cinder but hopefully this one reignites the momentum.

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I loved the first three books so much and I’m super excited to get stuck into this one. Only problem is that the sooner I read it, the longer I have to wait for book 5. *cries* Such a dilemma. At least it’s freakin’ massive.

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I had to wait ages for this one to come out in Aus for some reason. Now book two is out and I’ve heard heaps of rave reviews. The concept sounds great so I’m hoping for a solid read on this one. I mean, the New York Times Bestseller list couldn’t be wrong, could it?

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A pretty cover, a higher than 4 stars average goodreads rating, magic, a kick-ass heroine, and all the books are already out? Yes, please!

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I’ve mentioned this one on the blog a few times now and I really want to get around to reading it soon. I almost picked it up last week but decided to go with Warcross by Marie Lu instead. Another book with magic and I’m always up for stories with great female friendships.

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I’ve heard mixed reviews about this one but I’m in the mood for something a little bit different. Should be a fairly quick read and maybe if I’m lucky I won’t be able to guess the twist too early.

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This one’s been on the TBR forever and now that the movie is coming out next month, I’m motivated to get it read. It looks like it’ll be an adorable read – historical setting, quirky characters, a bit of romance, plus it’s short so win!

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Yep, you guys win. I can’t take it anymore. All this Shatter Me/Restore Me chatter in the last few weeks has finally cracked me. I need to see what all the fuss is about. Fingers crossed, I really don’t want to end up a victim of the hype train.

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Simon was sweet beyond belief.  I need more happy books so I’m hoping Albertalli can strike gold twice. Sometimes you just need something light and fuzzy. Aren’t you guys proud of my YA contemporary growth?

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Yep, I bought this after coming back from seeing the movie. I’m not even going to deny it I don’t read a lot of espionage but like I said earlier, I’m after something a bit different from my normal reads. I quite enjoyed the movie so I’m expecting the book to be even better with the extra room to expand on things.


What’s on your Spring/Autumn reading list? Anything you’re really excited about?

Have you read any of these ones? What did you think?

Love Ashley