I’m accidentally quite a picky reader in my incredibly old readerly age. (I’m like 22 but considering I’ve read nine gazillion books, in book years I’m very very old. Don’t question this logic.) This means it does take a LOT for a book to please me. My average rating on Goodreads is about 3.4-stars. SHEESH. But, alternately, when I do read a mammothly pleasing book, it is EVERYTHING and I flail about it for days and days and days and maybe even more days.
I am like a very rare bimonthly shiny papery dragon fangirl of only the BEST books.
(Really, just don’t even question that either. Seriously my posts are best read WITHOUT QUESTIONING. My logic is very unique.)
Today I’m linking up with Broke and Bookish for the Top Ten Tuesday prompt of “10 Of My Most Recent 5 or 1 Star Reads”. I’m doing BOTH because I’m an indecisive beast and can’t be forced to pick. They won’t be solely 2016 releases because some of us lazy creatures are still catching up from last year. And also 2013. And also like THE 1900S BECAUSE GAWSH WHY ARE THERE SO MANY BOOKS TO READ.*
* If the publishers just took a small holiday maybe we could catch up? Except….I kind of don’t mean this because 2017 has SO MANY BOOKS I neeeeeed.
BOOKS I AM PLEASED TO HAVE EATEN
- REBEL OF THE SANDS: Persian mythology and monsters and girl who is an excellent shot…all set in a dusty fantasy world? This book calls to me. It basically is everything and I LOVE IT. Also ridiculously pretty?! Like that cover. I mean.
- THE RAVEN CYCLE: Does this count? Because it’s a re-read? OF COURSE IT COUNTS. IT’S STIEFVATER. Who is secretly my favourite author of the world. I never talk about how much I adore her books. Never. Also: FYI, re-reading this series is the best decision you can ever make because there are SO MANY THEORIES to be made. Like is Gansey actually Glendower? I SAY YES. There is also me falling in love with 4 Raven boys simultaneously and being very un-sorry about it all.
- THIS SAVAGE SONG: It’s becoming a new habit to mention VE Schwab every week?! WHAT YOU PEOPLE DONE TO ME?!?!?? Ahem. I actually have no regrets. Also TSS doesn’t come out until May but OH GLORIOUS PAPER UNIVERSE I got approved for the eARC. And devoured it. And maybe cried happy tears. It is about monsters and music and the stabbiest of stabby characters. Not a lot going on plot wise. But I can forgive anything in the face of an adorable monster named August who plays violins and eats your soul.
- CARRY ON: I didn’t expect to like this because HELLO — Harry Potter rip-off much?! Even though I wouldn’t consider myself a HP loyal fan…I still dislike rip-offs…but somehow this book just ATE ME WITH HAPPINESS?! The writing was gorgeous and the characters were tragic little onions. And there was so. many. scones. I literally had such a scone craving afterwards. Also it gave me the opportunity to shout “CARRY OOOOON MY WAYWWAAARD SONNNNN” at least 93 times a day while I read it. #winning
- THE SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS: This was such a squishily happy surprise. I am not a contemporary lover. I mean, where are my dragons? WHERE? But I not only survived this dragon-less book…I loved it! Beaches and Little Mermaid-retelling and a mute protagonist and diversity and messages about equality…I just. I am so pleased. More books need to talk about equality. MORE BOOKS.
BOOKS I AM MONSTROUSLY DISAPPOINTED IN
- ICE LIKE FIRE: How do I even sum up my feelings here…hmm..There. That about does it. IT WAS SO VERY BORING. And after the enormous wonderfulness that was Snow Like Ashes…my mind is BOGGLED at this. Basically nothing happened but walking around a world looking for keys and locks and other dull things. Also: my ship sank. There was no interesting food. WHAT EVEN IS TO LIKE HERE?
- PASSENGER: I don’t even give out 1-star ratings very much but ohhhhhh clams and crackers — THIS BOOK ANNOYED ME. Again with the boredom. Let’s describe that button on your coat and spend 10-pages in a conversation that MEANS NOTHING LATER ON. I could weep, quite honestly.
- TRUTHWITCH: I’ve ranted quite profusely over this one, but just to sum up: a) the hypes lies, b) the witches aren’t even witchy, and c) worst world building of my life. BUT IN GOOD NEWS I really liked the villain and rooted for him quite severely! #mybad
- FOLLOW ME BACK: Another slightly, um, scathing 1-star review? See the problem with YA “thrillers” that centre around internet crime is a) the book ALWAYS makes the internet out to be a Big Bad Thing, and b) it assumes all teenagers are IDIOTS ON THE INTERNET, and c) they’re never thrilling. Nope. Also this book was full of quotes about how evil and dangerous it was that the missing girl had friends SHE’D NEVER MET IN REAL LIFE on the internet. How dastardly! How scary! How irresponsibly stupid could she be! All strangers on the internet are BAD EVIL PEOPLE!… So in other news I am probably a spork murdering marmot and am here to ruin your lives. Just sayin’.
- RAGING STAR: I’m glad this was titled “raging” star because honestly the author legit thought “How can I make the audience so so so so mad?” and then proceeded to do so. Like, I do enjoy a tragic and feels smashing story. I DO. But I felt this book cancelled out EVERYTHING the first two books had built. AND I LOVED THE FIRST TWO BOOKS. I was so unhappy on finishing that I cried over my dog and he
ran away in disgust at me because he’s an unfeeling brutecomforted me by bringing me warm pretzels.
i definitely absolutely monstrously want to know what the BEST and WORST books you’ve read this year are. tell me ALL in the comments! also do you find yourself being a more “picky” reader the more you devour books? (hopefully it’s not just my cantankerous dragon soul…)