Guest Post by Author Christy Pastore

Posted November 26, 2014 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Announcement Posts, Interviews / 1 Comment

The Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Read Book Cover The Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Read
Christy Pastore


Christy Pastore grew up in the lakeside community of Syracuse, Indiana. She currently resides in the popular neighborhood of "The Hill" in Saint Louis, Missouri with her husband Kevin, two loveable dogs and a cooler than cool cat.

Christy is the Founder and Editor in Chief of the popular fashion blog, Fashion Wrap Up and holds a degree in Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising with a concentration in Marketing from Indiana State University and has been called a "One Woman Marketing Machine."

Christy's favorite part of the creative writing process is two-fold: story boarding and character development.

When Pastore is not writing you can find her enjoying a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, reading a flirty and dirty book or tweeting her thoughts on her favorite TV Shows.

There are moments in life when you talk to avid readers, bookish pals, family or friends and you get the famous, “What? I cannot believe you’ve never read that book!”

I know the ladies of For the Love of Books and Alcohol love a good list. {Seriously, check out Red’s Weekly Top Ten List.} In honor of that, I thought I would give you a Top Ten list of my own. These books vary from early 20th Century Romances and Pop Culture Classics to a few thrills that will leave you on the edge of your seat. I give you The Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Read… {yet}.

1. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence – I remember watching the 1980’s version of this movie on Cinemax when I was in high school. Parents were fast asleep, and I was up late watching “Skin-emax” because I was rebelling—just kidding. I remember thinking, why is this woman half-naked and running through a field? What is happening? Anyway, it then became very scandalous for my sixteen year-old eyes, so yes, I was totally tempted to keep watching. BUT now, with the news that the BBC is filming a new TV Movie based on the book, I need to read it before that airs. Richard Madden is playing Oliver Mellors, and I am stoked! Ultimately my entire reasoning to read this classic piece of erotica is based on Richard Madden being in the latest movie version. Seems legit, right?

2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – I’ve heard so many things about this book, as it deals with the differences between love, lust and possession in a dystopian society. While I am not a huge fan of dystopian works, I think because it’s a classic it must be read.

3. Chances by Jackie Collins – I am a huge fan of Jackie Collins Hollywood series, but I’ve never read Chances which introduced her most famous character – Lucky Santangelo. Someone once told me it was the “Trashiest novel they had ever read.” A guilty pleasure read that deals with the Santangelo crime family and includes themes like – sex, revenge, lust, deceit, drugs, whores, pimps and the mob… well, to quote Stefon from SNL, “This book has everything.”

4. Scruples by Judith Krantz – I have read some of Krantz’ later works including Spring Collection, but why on Earth I skipped over Scruples is a mystery. Scruples, made publishing history, and in the process made Rodeo Drive famous around the world with the story of luxurious lifestyles of a Beverly Hills boutique and the people who work in it. Fashion and Hollywood—a perfect combination.

5. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter — This one has been on my TBR for over two years. I have no idea why I haven’t read it yet.

6. Bond Girl by Erin Duffy – One of the first books I added to my To Be Read list and I have yet to read it. The appeal of a female Gordon Gekko or Bud Fox type was what drew me to this book. A woman trying to make her way into the Boys Club of Wall Street is a theme I find to be uber fascinating.

7. The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison – A psychological thriller – pretty sure I was high off reading Gone Girl and desperately need a mind trip fix. I really must find time to read this book.

8. Dark Places and Sharp Objects both by Gillian Flynn – See also the wicked deliciousness that is Gone Girl. I will be reading both of these books very, very soon.

9. Driven by K. Bromberg – I was gifted this by a friend with the message, “Every girl needs a little Colton in her life.” Understanding this book series is widely popular; I should read it before one more person kicks me for not reading it sooner.

Are any of these books on your To Be Read lists? What ten books would be on your “I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Read” list?”

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