So, when I saw this as the Top Ten Tuesday topic this week, something I haven’t done in ages, I knew I had to do it, even though Tuesday is all but over. I read some weird things back in the day, and if not weird, just things I would never pick up today. When I first started blogging, I discovered all the “hyped” books at the time (2013, lol), but even before that, I made some weird choices left to my own devices. Here are just a few of the books I read (and am slightly embarrassed by) back in the day.
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
This is something I read in literal middle school because my friends were reading. I think it creeped me out at the time, and I didn’t like it very much. Now, I just have questions. It is still by “anonymous” or do we know who the real author is. Was this ever a REAL “diary” or was that just marketing? Clearly, I need to do some reading ABOUT this book, since I will for sure never re-read it.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The cover. The title. Literally everything about this makes me cringe. I do remember it being cute when I read it at 17 (ish?), but I am positive I wouldn’t make it through this one today. I watched a review on this recently and I was cracking up at the premise. AH, young baby blogger in me loved this book, and I will leave it with her.
A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
I’m not embarrassed by this one by any means, but if you think for a second I would pick this one up today knowing that it focuses on a dog living and dying a bunch of times, you’d be wrong. After losing a dog since reading this, I don’t think I would survive it.
It’s a book for dog-lovers that is simultaneously their worst nightmare at the same time. Have fun!
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Not to be that guy, but I read this well before the Netflix show was a thing and it had its whole rebirth, and when that happened, I was shocked.
This book was not and never will be good. A girl kills herself and leaves behind like, revenge tapes essentially. The show pushed a teenage girl to suicide, and it’s not even well-written. Goodbye to this book.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
This is just not the kind of book I can see myself picking up, even a long time ago. I don’t remember liking it, though I can see this one meaning a lot to a lot of people, even now.
I don’t have a reason for this, aside from that the cover doesn’t jump out to me, and I just can’t picture myself in the bookstore/library, picking this up, and being like, that’s the one. Who knows.
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
I absolutely adored The Chaperone when I read it, which is surprising to Amy of 2018, who never ever reads historical fiction. Another one that I’m not embarrassed but surprised by, because if I saw this today, I wouldn’t even give it a second thought.
…Which makes me think, maybe I should read more historical fiction and be pleasantly surprised again?
A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks
Using A Bend in the Road as a stand-in for the many, MANY Nicky Sparks books I read at one point. I think it’s safe to say we all went through that phase, but wow. I see them now and I just can’t even.
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak
The one and only short story collection I have ever loved, and I picked it up for one sole reason: B.J Novak made me laugh on Twitter. That’s it. I hadn’t even had my The Office phase yet, because that just happened last year.
Definitely a worthwhile read, and one I stand by as a lifelong short story abandoner. It’s even better on audio.
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
My thoughts for The Chaperone and historical fiction are true here as well. However, there is one important difference. Not only is this historical fiction, it’s like 400+ pages. And, I hated this one. Not sure what possessed me, a non historical-fiction fan, to pick up this chunker of a book and think it would be a good time for me.
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
I can’t repeat myself re: histfic yet again, so I won’t. I read this forever ago, long before she wrote this book seven more times with slightly different titles.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
It was definitely the bookstore setting that made me pick this one up, but it was extremely weird, and I remember being confused and just overall annoyed by the direction this book went. When his latest book came out last year I thought it sounded equally bizarre, so I think he is probably just not for me.
This was so entertaining to put together. Visiting my past self is strange, and I am glad that, for the most part, reviews/wrap-ups of these books no longer exist, because I’m sure they would be just as cringey!
What did you read back in the day that you can’t believe you ever picked up? I would love to know!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl!