Book blogging is absolutely excellent because you discover so many books! That you haven’t read! And will never have time for! Oh hello crushing weight of expectations!
No I’m not crying, that would be…someone else.
Look I complain about TBR piles a lot, and this is the part where I should apologise and promise to blog about something else soon but — HA! Surprise! I’m going to continue with the TBR Horror Theme™.
I just have to mention that before book blogging, I was like, “Eh, yeah I’ll read as many books as I possible can.” And now after book blogging, I’m like, “I MUST READ 9 x MORE BOOKS THAN I POSSIBLY CAN.”
I know some people don’t like that attitude, but eh. I want to eat and experience all the art I can in my puny lifespan. FIGHT ME, I’M NOT SORRY.
Now as much as I love blogging, it takes great pains to remind me of all the books I haven’t read. And today I want to (shamefully) list the POPULAR YA BOOKS I haven’t read yet.
When I started blogging 6 years ago, I actually sat down with lists of the most popular YA books and did my best to get through them (library willing, haha, I’m broke) but there are still??? So many famous books??? And I’m behind and need 78 lifespans to catch up???
translation: here are my weak excuses.
- I literally haven’t had the time. C’mon! I’m doing my best here and I actually had a slow start to YA since I didn’t even start reading it until I was 16. Some of us are late bloomers. I have no idea what I actually did from 13 to 16…ate the curtains and drew fantasy maps and shouted about dragons. So not much has changed except I read more YA.
- I’m not super interested in some??? Some famous YA books have me giving that awkward-teeth-clenched-smile of “Sure I’ll read it haha or maybe burn my left eyebrow off first.” Look it’s mostly the goopy-eyed ones that really don’t catch my attention, famous or not.
- I am attracted to shiny new things. I’m like a magpie and bowerbird and dragon all mashed into one tiny 5’1 foot human-pretending creature of the night. It’s very exhausting. Feed me cake. But I just really really REALLY like new books! Plus I’m super tired of a lot of the old tropes/cliches. Also newer books are more diverse, hello that’s what I want to read about.
- The hype is scary, ok. It is. You can’t look at me and say it’s not absolutely terrifying to read a famous book, hate it, and then find the fandom eaTING YOU ALIVE LIKE LITTLE PIRANHAS. I’m fragile and special. I can’t take disappointing people.
TOP TEN TUESDAY PROMPT: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read
(Little creative license being taken here HA. But when have I followed the rules perfectly pfft.)
(Excuse the amount of eBook taken photos…I’m still on holidays at my sister’s house and therefore away from my bookshelf. #Suffering)
1. DELIRIUM BY LAUREN OLIVER
I actually own one of this trilogy that I snabbled at a library sale. Why? BECAUSE IT’S ORANGE, PEETA. And I needed orange books for my bookstagram. However I still haven’t read it.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: There biggest reasons are probably that I’m wORN OUT by dystopian. I’m literally a super tired shoe that’s walked the dystopian road too long and just sat down thrown a small tantrum because: tired. And also I don’t own book 1 and that also seriously puts a damper on things.
WILL I READ IT SOON? Probably not. Yes, time for an awkward pause. But I will read it SOMEDAY!
2. VAMPIRE ACADEMY BY RICHELLE MEAD
This author is quite super famous, but I’ve not really followed her rise to the burning glory?! And I feel like the blogosphere doesn’t speak about her so much anyway?? Or maybe I just missed it while I hang out with the bloggers who talk excessively about cake. (BURN @ ME.)
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: Mostly because I read two other books by Richelle Mead (Soundless and The Glittering Court) and I found the first hella problematic and the second so dumb (the girl ran away from an arranged marriage to a contest for an…arranged…marriage. Right.) So it’s not inspired me to read more from her. Plus I’m not a huge fan of vampires.
WILL I READ IT SOON? I’m tempted to say “never” but we all know I’ll cave and try it ONE DAY.
3. SABRIEL BY GARTH NIX
I feell ike this might be more famous in Australia circles because look at that!! AUSSIE AUTHOR. Also this is so so so old…1996. Like I’m not even sure dinosaurs had completely died out by that point. And I know FOR SURE the toaster wasn’t invented.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: I’m a little worried the oldness will equal a style I’m not super fond of. And I knoooow Shanti keeps quietly glaring at me for my failing here (I’M SORRY SHANTI, I STILL APPRECIATE YOU) I also don’t want to disappoint a friend’s recommendation! And, tragically, I forgot to read it before I moved and now I have no library.
WILL I READ IT SOON? Yes!! This year, I promise!! I will obtain it somehow!
4. ERAGON BY CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI
Okay confession: I tried to read it when I was about 15. And I sent it back to the library for some reason I can’t remember. Possibly because it was over 300 pages and I have the attention span of a gnat drowning in lasagna. However every blogger I meet (mostly on bookstagram but also Olive! Hi Olive! Sorry Olive!) who hears I like dragons, immediately says, “HOW DARE YOU HAVE NOT READ ERAGON”…like I know. I’m ashamed of me too.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: It’s huge and I’m lazy. I even own it. Wow I have no excuse.
WILL I READ IT SOON? I’m actually not sure!??!? I’d like to say this year, but I’d also like to say I’m eating cheesecake right now. I am not, fyi.
5. ARTEMIS FOWL BY EOIN COLFER
Again! I could’ve sworn I read the beginning in my wayward youth and then sent it back to the library for rEASONS I DON’T REMEMBER. Possibly because I borrow like 3148 books at once and can’t read them all. So clever, Cait, so smart.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: Actually I’m not sure I’ll like it anymore. I mean snarky genius thief SOUNDS like my kind of book, but I know it’s fairly youngishly-written??? I’m old and gnarly. Yesterday I ate soup for lunch and took a nap. I’m turning 83 for my next birthday.
WILL I READ IT SOON? I doubt it, since I don’t have a local library anymore and I wouldn’t buy it.
6. ALL THE BOOKS BY TAMORA PIERCE
I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to grow up reading these and I did not. Fail.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: Firstly I don’t own them, although I’m sure I could online-library them if I got my brain together. But hahahah HAHAHA. Someone’s asking a lot. Secondly, like with Artemis Fowl, I’m concerned I’m too old! I like my fantasy bloody and I think this is more on the younger-teen side.
WILL I READ IT SOON? Noooo. I feel like this ship has possibly sailed and I’ll never get to them. Tell me if I’m making a huge mistake?!
I’m not even the world’s biggest Harry Potter fan…ugh I’m sorry. But I love love love the Hogwarts Houses and spend 87% of my life sorting things and people and boxes and dogs into Houses. But I didn’t grow up with the series and I think it just didn’t have the same magic for me? Don’t get me wrong! I still do like ti. But my ratings range from 3 stars to 5. Soooo.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: It’s not even by JK Rowling! I mean! Plus so many people have said it’s ridiculous and reads like fanfic and do I need that spoilery milk in my life? I don’t think so, mate. Plus I’m very disenchanted with how Rowling is acting online. I wish she’d let Harry Potter go and write something else for kids… (YOU CAN’T CLAIM DIVERSITY UNLESS IT’S ON THE PAGE. THE END.)
WILL I READ IT SOON? I mean, I might read it one day??? If it fell in my lap for free ha.
8. ALL THE BOOKS BY SARAH DESSEN
I feel she’s this constant staple and popular YA author who has a lot of fans but is also a little bit lowkey?? Because I don’t hear anyway rave about her books now, but I do hear people speak fondly of them.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: Actually fluffy contemporaries aren’t my thing. If the whole point of the book is a romance then my eyes glaze over and I’d rather eat a glazed donut. At least something glazed is good.
WILL I READ IT SOON? I definitely want to try at least ONE of her books. Someday!!
9. I AM NUMBER FOUR BY PITTICUS LORE
There’s a movie of this isn’t there? I feel like I did see it and it has aliens and the most cliche-white-surfer-dude-bro-blonde-guy ever and I just…eh.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: I don’t own it AND it doesn’t actually interest me wow.
10. CARVE THE MARK BY VERONICA ROTH
Back in the day, I REALLY loved Divergent! But I always thought the writing style was a little unemotional…but I still preordered this one because duh. Veronica Roth is so freaking famous.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: Alright I haven’t been living under a rock. When it came out it was VERY controversial, with huge outrages and outcries in the book community for racism. I’d preordered so when I heard I was like: “Oh…well that’s a nope.” I also had it one photo and actually got hate email for owning it. So…I actually was scared to even try it. Plus I don’t want to hurt people if it’s a harmful book. But I did watch this vlog by Francina Simone (who is a POC vlogger) and wow and heck did she dismantle the accusations. So now I would like to try it. Cautiously?
WILL I READ IT SOON? I actually hope to read it this year buuuut I get distracted a lot AND I’m aware a lot of people have been harmed by it so I’m in no way ignoring that. But I really respect that vlogger and she had some very different opinions to everyone else. So soon???
Soooo, fantastic fail here, but I couldn’t for the LIFE OF ME figure out how to embed my quiz.
Usually I make quizzes with Playbuzz, but this time I did it through Buzzfeed because I wanted that checklist thingie. So you’ll just have to excuse me here and go follow the link to take the quiz and see how many popular YA books you’ve read! It’s just a list of 50 books and tick which ones you’ve read!
It’ll take you to a new window so be ye aware.
And don’t forget to COME BAAAAACK and tell me what you scored!
do you tend to read popular books just to know what the fuss is about?? what are some super famous books you haven’t read yet?! (no shame here!) and if you did the quiz, how many books did you tick off as read???
(Also OBVIOUSLY there is no shame on this blog if you like popular YA books or not!! Be you, fine fiend. Let’s just chat.)