Books I can't believe I read | a top ten tuesday post

And we're back again with another Top Ten Tuesday, the meme post formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, which finds its new home at That Artsy Reader Girl. In case you're new to this, Top Ten Tuesday is a themed post where we take a bookish theme and run with it. Sometimes there are ten items. most of the time there are not.

Today we are taking a look at my lowest rated goodreads reviews to see what drivel I've read in the past that I'd like to shame myself for. Now, we are not counting my unrated books, which come up first when I sort my books from least to most stars given, as I usually leave a book unrated when i just can't find the words to actually review them, and just giving a cursory glance at that category, they're all pretty much stellar.
Moving on to the 1-star books, I actually only have one, and really, this is the only book about which I shake my head and say "I can't believe I read that..."

Are you ready for it?

omg wat?
Yes, I'm ashamed to admit it. I read PLL. I did not enjoy it. I've read my fair share of "fluffy" teen lit - heck, I've read ALL of the Princess Diaries books. (And loved every minute of it.) I really only read it to say I had, thinking that if it went even mildly well, I might read the series... but I just don't do the romanticization of teen student/teacher relationships... among other things, that was just bothersome and icky. 

 A 2-Star book I can't believe I read... (more like I can't believe I FINISHED them.)

oh, of course, I was thinking. gimme more Jane. I must have more Jane! like the rapid zombie-fan I am. For someone who confesses to be a Jane Austen Addict, the main character of this book knew VERY little about Jane Austen's world. Even the girls who only ever watch the Kiera Knightley Pride and Prejudice know more about Jane's world then this chick. unbeLIEVEable.  Read Austenland instead. It's a million times better.

A 3-Star book (I was feeling generous, apparently)
Oy vey. The Jane gets me again. Y'all. This "adaptation" of Pride and Prejudice was a mess. Chapters were a paragraph long. Mary's on a secret bowling team, and scoundrel Wickham's crime is now that he's trans. ok? It's like Curtis Sittenfeld tossed a bunch of current events and trends in to a fishbowl, and played mad-lib with Jane's masterpiece of wit and wisdom. excuse me while I go downgrade my rating on goodreads. ugh. 

Now, this one here because I can't believe I broke out of my reading comfort zone and read it...  I present 4-Stars

Just as I can't believe I actually watched the original movie (I'm still scarred), I'm surprised I read this in its entirety. Thrillers, science-fiction (that's not in space), dinosaurs... they're not really my thing. But I love my college roommate, and this is a testament to that love. and hey, I actually kinda liked it? 

This one is "I can't believe I READ that!" as in... I can't believe I decoded those words on the page with my brain! 

Du iz Tak is a magical wonderous book, and you too can read it. and I mean you can wrap your confused little brain around the whimsical words and illustrations till it short circuits and all of a sudden you too will be reading - nay - UNDERSTANDING, the language of the bugs.  

How about you? how are you interpreting the theme this week? what can't YOU believe you've read? 
let me know in the comments! 
til next time 

So You Liked... | The Princess Bride

So you liked The Princess Bride – Now what do you read?

What did you like about it?

I <3 Adventure and Romance! 

Then you should read: 
Stardust – Neil Gaiman (there’s sky pirates and TRUE LOVE and evil witches)
Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones (MORE TRUE LOVE and a mysterious sorcerer, who’s handsome as the devil)

The Meta-fictive quality piqued my interest

You nerd, you… try these: 
The Great Good Thing -- Roderick Townley (epic breaking of the fourth wall)
Inkheart – Cornelia Funke (what if the characters in your books LITERALLY came to life?)
The Neverending Story - Michael Ende (ALSO a cult classic movie of the ‘80s)

I dunno, I kinda liked all the parenthetical statements. And the snark. Hoo-boy do I love me some snark

Well then, you might be delighted by:
My Lady Jane - Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (even the dedication page is a hoot.)

Dude, I just really wanted Buttercup to DO something. I’m not a feminist or anything, but that girl got on my nerves. #morestrongheroines2018

I hear ya sis, you should totally read: 
Two Princesses of Bamarre - Gail Carson Levine (also a good buddy read with a sister-friend)
Dealing With Dragons – Patricia C. Wrede (trope smashing fairy-tale genius with talking cats and princesses who’d rather become librarians then be saved from the dragon, thank you very much.)
The Ordinary Princess - M.M. Kaye (If you have freckles, you’ll get it.)