Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and The Bookish.
Sometimes the Risk Payed Off…
1. The Stand by Stephen King. I’m a pretty big fan of SK now, but a couple of years ago I avoided his books like the plague. (ha, get it? A book about the plague wiping out humanity…?) A couple of good friends on Goodreads managed to convince me I was missing out, and this is the first of his books I picked up. Turns out they were right!
2. The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough. I have always liked historical fiction, but this one is the first of a series of ridiculously long books that come equipped with huge glossaries. Since they skirt the line between non-fiction and fiction, I assumed they would be dry. Once again, a Goodreads friend told me I was wrong – once again, she was right. The story is in-depth and fascinating, and one of my absolute favorite books of all time.
3. The Godfather by Mario Puzo. I watched the movies when they were marathoning on TV during a holiday break and loved them so I figured – why not? As usual: the book was even better.
4. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. I read this years ago, and (if I remember correctly) it was the first adult paranormal I picked up. Needless to say, I loved it! It is now one of my favorite genres.
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. It’s true. When the books were first released, I wasn’t interested. (Of course, I think I was around 12 at the time.) My mom bought the two that were released and I let them sit around until the third was out before I finally picked them up. I fell in love and never looked back.
Sometimes It Didn’t…
6. The Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. To be fair, I already loved adult fantasy when I picked this up. But, by the time I finished it, I basically thought the story was just completely weird and bizarre. I’m pretty much the only person I know that feels that way, but I still can’t be convinced to try again.
7. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. The author is best known for publishing Brokeback Mountain, but this one is on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list so it is the one I read. Ugh. Probably the most incredibly boring story I’ve ever finished.
8. Atonement by Ian McEwan. I read this when it was first published because it was sitting on a “critically acclaimed” shelf at the bookstore. I’m not impressed with a lot of literary fiction and this one was absolutely no exception. Did absolutely nothing for me. (I also found the movie incredibly uninteresting.)
9. Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I tried to read this more than once – never got even close to finishing before giving up.
10. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Obviously young adult fantasy is not out of my comfort zone, but I refused to read this for ages because I hate the thought of jumping on a bandwagon just because a series is outrageously popular (Harry Potter being the exception, I don’t even remember how popular it was when I started reading the books). Once I finally gave in and read it, I wished I’d just stuck to my guns.