Sometimes people tell me what to do.
It’s a big mistake, of course, because a) I am rather like Loki and I do what I want, and b) I’m still 5-years-old at heart sometimes and if you say “do this” I can’t do it. I have to not do it on principal. (Also, I’m a younger sibling, so this is deeply ingrained after years of bossy older siblings telling me to put on a nicer shirt or stop rolling my eyes or blah blah etc.)
BUT. There are exceptions.
Sometimes, you bookish friends do tell me to read a book and I do. And I love it. So I trust you guys. Don’t let me down, now.
I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their incredibly awesome meme: Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme involving lists, peoples. LISTS! I love lists.
This week’s prompt is: Top 10 Books People Have Been Saying I MUST Read.
I will probably read these too, because while I’m obstinate, I’m also hopelessly peer-pressured in just one thing: books. Time, though, peoples, I need so much more time in my day. Or I could blog less and read more…but why?
1) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Recommended by: JUST ABOUT EVERYONE
This, without a doubt, gets on first. Because I happened to mention last week that I was mildly scared of trying it after the incredible hype. Val, Allie, Kristy and Kate yelled (in all caps) no less, that I was to read it NOW and…and so I’ve reserved it from the library. ARE YOU HAPPY? Soon I will know everything and I will judge you if I don’t like it. (I’ll also hide if I don’t like it. I’m tremendously brave like that.)
But it definitely pays to continually recommend books to me, okay? Look, I’ve got Daughter of Smoke and Bon out from the library. (Darn you library stickers.)
2) Gallagher Girls #4 – #6 by Ally Carter
Recommended by: Mime…rather forcefully
It is highly irregular that Mime has finished a series before me. But in this case? YES. YES SHE HAS. I bought her book #6 for Christmas and she devoured it immediately. Me? I…I read three. I always stop reading a series on book #3. Not inentionally! I just get…distracted. But shiny things. New books! Other authors! ARCs! Library sales!
My life is one big Doug moment:
3) Percy Jackson #2 – #5 by Rick Riordan
Recommended by: Again, Mime…but also, everyone who is horrified I’ve only read book #1
I’m sorry I’ve failed you, bookworms. But I have. I ONLY READ ONE BOOK. I’ve been meaning to read the rest but…but somehow I never get around to it. I did like the first book.
4) Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity #2) by Elizabeth Wein
Let’s be honest (and go on, be honest with me, no lying now…): WHO IS TERRIFIED TO READ THIS BOOK AFTER THE FEELS MURDERING HORROR THAT WAS CODE NAME VERITY??? I will raise my hand. I am unashamed.
5) The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Recommended by: Wendy…I think.
I’m pretty sure the bookworms at The Midnight Garden did a huge book discussion about it and I was talking to Wendy and we agreed I should read this ASAP because a) it’s a classic and b) she said it was awesome. BUT. I could be making up this whole discussion because my memory is terrible.
But I think it happened.
6) Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Well, Ella called me a skeleton in our conversation about this. But I forgive her. I added it to-read first and THEN all the recommendations came. So I will read this! I promise! I’m probably 10 years too old for it…but hey, I still read (and love) Lemony Snicket.
There is no age limit to awesome.
7) The Host by Stephanie Meyer
I feel like I put this on my TTT list every second week. But it fits well here, because copious people have told me READ IT. But, but, but it has that huge freaky eye on the front and it’s like 600+ pages long. It’s probably bigger than my dictionary. (Granted the words are slightly bigger but still.)
It scares me. To be frank. That eyeball particularly. What did I ever do to get peered at in such a way?
I will read this. Maybe. One day.
8) On The Fence by Kasie West
Recommended by: Everyone ever
Gosh, you guys. I can’t even count how often I’ve got the, “WHY HAVEN’T YOU READ THIS YET” speech for this one. Apparently it’s amazing. And I don’t disbelieve you, I don’t! I would like to read it because it sounds sweet and smushy.
But you know how often I’m in the mood for sweet and smushy?
Maybe 1/39s of the year. I don’t care if that’s not real math. I made it up. Deal.
It may be a while before I’m in the mood for it.
9) Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Recommended by: everyone after they hear I liked City of Bones
I know a lot of people have said I should try this. They assure me it’s even BETTER than City of Bones which I have confessed to being somewhat obsessed with. Why haven’t I read it yet? IT’S SO HUGE. And I know Cassandra Clare’s books have the tendency to be…wordy.
The reason I’m fond of The Mortal Instrument series is because of Jace, basically. If Jace isn’t in the book…maybe I won’t like it?
I feel like I need to like this one, and that scares me a little bit.
10) Harry Potter #4 to #7 by JK Rowling
Recommended by: Um…everyone. Again.
The second I say, “I hate Snape” everyone else says, “BUT YOU MUST READ THE REST!” It’s going to take a lot to redeem Snape, though, especially after the malicious comments he made about Hermione’s teeth. Who does that?! And he calls himself a teacher?!
Again, though, notice I dropped out before book #4. What is it with me and commitment to a series?!
What can we take away from this post?
a) Although I pretend not to take recommendations, I really do.
b) I even occasionally act on them like with Daughter of Smoke and Bon
c) I also rarely finish series.
d) Usually dropping out after book #3, hence trilogies are actually good things in my opinion.
e) I am like Gandalf and my entire life is spent saying, “I have no memory of this place.” So pardon me if I accused you of recommending me a book and you didn’t.
Cait has no memory of many places AND she loves mushrooms. Thus we can conclude that, in fact, Cait belongs in Middle Earth and is either a) a wizard or b) a hobbit. Due to her short stature, it’s probably the latter. BUT she does use the phrase, “Fly you fools,” a lot to Mime when Mime is running late. SO. Maybe we can instead conclude she’s half-wizard-half-hobbit. Wizobbit. (Let’s go with that.)