When one reads a gargantuan amount of books (aka me reading 300 last year) it’s VERY likely that I’m going to love and adore a book — and then promptly NEVER TALK ABOUT IT EVER AGAIN. It’s the trial of having a horrendous memory*.
I also forget to frenetically shriek about some books because I don’t review them on the blog. (90% of my reviews just fester in loneliness on Goodreads.) Which occasionally has me staring at my bookshelves** and thinking, “Wow, that book totally stomped on my feels, mushed my delicate soul, and had me freaking for 8 hours about extraordinary feeeeelings…HOW DID I FORGET IT EXISTED?” It’s agony, truly.
So that all changes today since I’m linking it up with Top Ten Tuesday‘s weekly prompt “Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough“. You will a) get to hear me shriek about books I love but you probably didn’t KNOW I loved, and b) you will then have to go out and read them immediately. My recommendations are the best. YOU KNOW IT.
* Another trial of having a horrendous memory is forgetting how to spell my own name. Honest. I have done this. I also can’t remember my nieces/nephew’s name so I just collectively call them Frank. Sometimes I even forget I have not yet conquered the entire world (I’ve got most of it down? But, ya know, still a work in progress) and therefore get confused when random peasants don’t jump to my command. #trials
** Tell me I’m not the only one who sits around staring at my bookshelves. THEY’RE PRETTY. I’M PROUD OF THEM. BOOOOOKS.
- THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH: Have I even ever discussed this book with you?! Because it is AMAZING. It’s the only book in the history of ever that can ever slightly be compared to The Book Thief. WWII. Unlikely romance. Death personified. Love is personified too, and Love and Death literally have a shipping game. Love ships people. Death breaks it up. AND IS IT OKAY FOR ME TO SHIP LOVE/DEATH THEMSELVES? BECAUSE I DO.
- THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST: You know what I adore? Creepy faery stories. You know who writes the best ones? HOLLY CREEPY BLACK. (Okay, that sounded mean…but it is really the highest of high praises because oh my pickled pineapple fronds she is so very good at it.) I love this one particularly because there is a boy with horns in a glass coffin. Why is that so pleasing??? AM I DERANGED OR IS THIS NORMAL???? Do not answer that.
- GIRL SAVES BOY // ALL THIS COULD END: Yes this is the only contemporary author I will mention today. Shush. I have my loves and mostly they involve dragons and people’s hair on fire. BUT! I have forever admired Steph Bowe because a) she published at SIXTEEN YEARS OLD, b) she’s Australia so somehow infinitely cooler than everyone else and c) I HAVE ACTUALLY TALKED TO HER. (Insert intense fangirl moment.) Yes, it was one blog comment. But STILL! Anyway. Her books are quirky and endearing and really weird. In Girl Saves Boy, they steal garden gnomes. In All This Could End, it’s a family of part time bank robbers. How precious.
- HALF BAD // HALF WILD: I do actually talk about this series BUT NEVER ENOUGH. BECAUSE IT HAS STOLEN MY HEART. It has unique formatting and is 1000% an antihero book. Seriously this is about a tortured, abused, magical, terrifying little witchy boy — who nobody loves (except me obviously) and everybody is trying to kill (except me obviously) and who will probably end up doing horrific things in the last book because REASONS. Also I just ordered Half Lost. I AM NOW OFFICIALLY HALF MAD WAITING. (Get it?? Get it?!)
- LAMENT // BALLAD: Did you honestly think I wouldn’t squeeze a Maggie Stiefvater in here? HAHA YOU ADORABLE MITES. Ahem. So least to say yes; I talk about Maggie Stiefvater so much you probably want to duct tape me to Jupiter and leave me there and never look back. BUT! I do not ever mention her faery series. Did you even know this one existed??? HAVE YOU READ IT?!??!? I love them (obviously). They’re her first books, so not as good as The Raven Cycle. But they have music and creepy faeries and the most FUNNY character in the world; aka James. Also it’s a trilogy. But the 3rd book has been seven years in coming. Did you hear me? S.E.V.E.N YEARS. Slay me.
- A GATHERING OF SHADOWS: If you follow me on Goodreads (which you should by the way, I am fun) you’ll have seen me
screamingtalking calmly but enthusiastically about VE Schwab all month. But on my blog? NADA. So, here is a startling fact: I LOVE LOVE LOVE HER BOOKS. They make me weep with their pure perfection. Sassy and bloody and magic and dark and brotherly and stabby. SO MUCH STABBY. (Why do I have intense love for stabby things? Who can know.)
- FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK: I have actually read this book twice already. TWICE. And I’m not even much of a re-reader! But for some unfathomable reason, I never continue with the series?? So I’m about to read it for the third time and then finish this freakishly fantastic series. It is fantasy at its most glorious, peoples. ALSO STILL MUCH STABBY THINGS.
I have a problem.
- MORE THAN THIS: Patrick Ness’ books are, altogether, perfect. (Except for Manchee. No one look at me because I refuse to talk about Manchee. I AM STILL FOREVER SCARRED.) This one was particularly….weird? I still don’t even know half of what happened, and yet I ADORE IT. The writing is so raw and beautiful and different. You know how all books sound the same after a while? NOT A NESS BOOK. (Although I kind of think of the Loch Ness Monster when I talk about him??? Sorry not sorry.)
- TALON // ROGUE: This is one of those books mostly everyone goes “omg they’re so bad” and I go “OMG DRAGGGGGONS” and everything else is irrelevant because dragons. Sure they’re a little bit more paranormal-romance-ish than I like. But they’re sassy and the covers are shiny (DRAGON SOUL TALKING HERE) and dragons and I happily devour each one as it is released.
- BONE GAP: If you take nothing else from this post, hear ye this: THIS BOOK IS THE MOST AMAZING MAGICAL REALISM CREATURE OF THE UNIVERSE AND I SOB I LOVE IT SO MUCH AND YOU MUST READ IT. It just sneaked into my very soul and took up residence there as “so ridiculously well written I will howl and cuddle it”. It has: honey and midnight rides and kidnappings and corn and strange happenings and vaguely sad lonely boy and bitter snarky mean honeybee keeper girl. It’s beautiful. I WANT TO EAT IT BECAUSE BEAUTIFUL. #logicalreaction