“I can’t believe I read that.”
Words that I’ve uttered before, either right after finishing a book or years down the road. It doesn’t necessarily mean that I haven’t liked the book–in fact, at the time that I first read it, I may have enjoyed it very much. This is not an “I hate these books” post. But as I read more and continue to develop my reading tastes, the books of my past sometimes come back to haunt me.
These are some of those ghosts.
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A Torch Against the Night
This is the second book in the series. It’s on my list because while I didn’t particularly love the first one, An Ember in the Ashes, I thought I’d give this one a chance. My optimism betrayed me. This series is something that I wished I loved: it’s action packed, set in a country that isn’t inspired by a European one, and there’s a female protagonist who becomes stronger. I should have loved it and many readers do. But all of the little things that I didn’t like about the series was just something I couldn’t get over. It’s my fault. It is. I need to stop giving series a chance when the first really doesn’t click with me.
Throne of Glass
Speaking of European inspired fantasy YA, Throne of Glass came out when I was working at a bookstore. I read a few pages and put it down because my opinion is that it was really poorly written. And while I stand by that (and I’m sure people will say the same about my first because karma), the book community recommended that I read the second one. So I gave it a chance. Maas’ writing improved so much that I was hooked. I binge-read all of the then published ones in the series and ended up really enjoying this YA / NA. This is on my list because I normally wouldn’t continue reading a book that I found poorly written. There’s so many books on my TBR list and so little time. So while I can’t believe I read it, I’m glad I did.
Twilight et al.
I was young. Naive. It’d been a long time since I’d read anything that wasn’t Harry Potter. So I picked up Twilight because the cover stood out and seemed mysterious*. I was also the age that this book was marketed at. Twilight spread like wildfire in my school, so even if I hadn’t been one of the first in my group of friends to read it, I would have read it anyway. I really liked it when I first read it, but subsequent rereads have not gone beyond the first few chapters. At the time, I thought it was good. It also got me into reading books that were not Harry Potter, so I think it’s important to acknowledge that.
*Or something like that. I’d like to say that I no longer buy books based on their covers but that’s still 110% true.
Life and Death
This is the more embarrassing one, because it was recently published. There is no reason I should have read this one, but I was curious. The gender swap seemed really interesting! I also thought that the novel would have been updated a little bit since it’s a ten year anniversary thing. It wasn’t. This is one of the most cringe-inducing books I’ve ever read and I kind of want to forget about it.
The Mortal Instruments 4-6
Honestly, I’m a little hesitant to put these on this list. Another series that I read when I was younger, these books are super action packed and full of everything that I like in a YA. They inspired me to write more. I just feel like every new book is a rehashing of the same stuff, which is frustrating as a reader and writer. As a result, I have a complicated relationship with them. My curiosity is piqued around the time a new book is published and then I read it and just… me at me:
I have a problem and it probably won’t stop.
So…five books. But some of them are series so I guess it technically hits the ten book mark. I try to only read things that I have the potential to like or love, because I don’t want to intentionally go into something that I know I’ll hate. There’s just not enough reading time! I’m looking forward to the next Top Ten Tuesday!
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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke and the Bookish, which is sadly finished. But it’s moved over to The Artsy Reader Girl! I’m glad it’s still continuing. If you want to follow along, here’s the list of planned topics!