There are so many books I very nearly didn’t read.
And look, this is just the stark reality: when there are so many stories to consume (and we know we can’t get to them all) some books will be passed over. Someone’s got to be ✨sacrificed✨. It’s so very sad. Siri, pls play Hurts by Emeli Sande.
Now is when I probably should list all the books I have decided not to read, but if I do that someone will say “nO CAIT UR MISSING OUT” and I’ll add it back to my TBR. That someone, btw, will probably be me.
So instead I’m going to list books I tried to toss from my TBr…I really did try…but I failed and read them anyway. And I’m so glad I did!
Which just proves!!! I need to read everything !!!! h e l p
➢ WHY DID YOU NEARLY SKIP IT: I read this back in 2014 which is basically the era when we still had to grind wheat by hand to make bread. It is that long ago. I was a lot more picky with my reads back then and sent things back to the library if they didn’t captivate me. This one just…kept running out of loan time? I read, maybe, a chapter?
➢ WHAT CHANGED YOUR MIND: Ok so hear me out but — THE MOVIE. For once I watched the movie first and loooooved it (possibly because Simon and Jace were such a terrific hate/bromance) so I went and devoured the whole book…and then the rest of the series. Fastfoward to now where I have so many Shadowhunter books and multiple editions and will argue for 14 hours about how pure Mark Blackthorn is. Just give me the chance, u coward.
(shhh I’m aware this is a photo of Winter but I don’t actually own Cinder haha…ooops)
➢ WHY DID YOU NEARLY SKIP IT: I read the first chapter and it didn’t make sense. Like this was back in 2013 and who knows where my brain was at. Clearly under reconstruction. So I sent it back to the library ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
➢ WHAT CHANGED YOUR MIND: I think my little sister threatened my life? 🤔 That sounds like a familiar circumstance anyway. Also this was unusual because back then I was the explorative reader while she trawled along behind me. So lucky for me, I have a terrifying little sister I guess.
➢ WHY DID YOU NEARLY SKIP IT: I remember when it came out my eyes sort of glazed over the blurb and blanked out on the cover. Which I stand by — it’s not a particularly enthralling cover.
➢ WHAT CHANGED YOUR MIND: Umm, don’t judge me ok? But look, I’m behind on my Goodreads goal. So I was in the library (this is just last week, by the way) and saw this on the shelf and it was SMALL and I thought “Brilliant, I can knock through that in a few hours and tick it off my goal.” Like…no, I shouldn’t be reading just for the numbers. But I did and I ended up loving this super cute queer friendship story 💛 So that feel when your shallowness pays off.
➢ WHY DID YOU NEARLY SKIP IT: This is for sad, smol reasons but…it was super expensive. I’m talking like over $30 Australian dollars and I just was like ahhhh 😫I’d recently lost a freelance job and I wasn’t sure I could justify that much on a book I wasn’t sure about.
➢ WHAT CHANGED YOUR MIND: Um the price came down. 😂And can we pause for a minute and say THANKS, BOOKISH UNIVERSE, because I love this book so freaking that my heart is just a mess of feels. I read it this week and 5!!! STARS!!! All the stars. I’m crying. It meant so much to me and had my favourite romance of shy-withdrawn-anxious kid falls in love with the sunshiney-sparkling-will-annoy-you-into-friendship kid.
➢ WHY DID YOU NEARLY SKIP IT: I’d read another book by the author and hadn’t…clicked with it. So when this one turned up vaguely amongst the book community I was more like: “eh, probably won’t.” Plus it was dystopian and I’m a bit over dystopian because finding love while the world ends doesn’t make sense to me. You know what I’d be looking for?? No a frikkin’ boy. I’d be searching for chocolate and somewhere to take a comfortable nap. Gee.
➢ WHAT CHANGED YOUR MIND: Good news! I got sent it for review hahahahh. (THANKS, TOR TEEN 😘). Better news: I absolutely adored it and it was unique as well as had epic friendships (like “I’ll die for you bro” sort of friendships) and trash sea pirates and riots and beautiful writing and not sure if anything matters but Ross and Adam and Marin.
➢ WHY DID YOU NEARLY SKIP IT: I don’t even have a good reason tbh. I just looked at it and felt like a lazy noodle flopping languidly off the table and becoming one with the carpet. Obviously a valid reason to flake on a book. I just don’t think it caught my attention + I didn’t hear anyone rave over it originally?
➢ WHAT CHANGED YOUR MIND: Ok my friend @cosyreads raved about it and then the sequel came out and I felt mildly left out. So I actually ordered it with a gift voucher, but the lovely Aussie bookstore said, “Hey! It’s gonna take 2 months to get to you for no discernible reason!” And I couldn’t threaten to stab a company with a butterknife through a laptop, so I got it out from the library. And I LOVED IT. I headcanon Stevie is thoroughly autistic — and it’s just quirky and murdery and fun to read.
➢ WHY DID YOU NEARLY SKIP IT: I couldn’t find it in print anywhere in Australia!!! I really like Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and Aristotle & Dante is just one of those books that stole my whole heart. But this an older book, 2009, so I also wondered if maaaaybe I wouldn’t like it?
➢ WHAT CHANGED YOUR MIND: I found it for sale🤭and then I snabbled it up. And then I read it. And then I LIKED IT. It feels more like adult lit, to be honest, and it’s about an alchoholic teen (I think he’s 18 or 19) in a rehab camp and it has found-family and soft healing, but it’s really a gutwrenching heartache of a book. Obviously I recommend it now — if you can find it. 👀Moral of the story: If you like an author, just go ahead and read everything by them. JUST in case.
| WHAT DO YOU THINK |
tell me a book you nearly didn’t read? or is there a book you’re tossing up whether you should read now? 👀tell me and I’ll convince you mwhahaha.