It’s time for a
headlong screaming gallop lazy stroll down memory lane so I can tell you how I met my favourite books!
I, um, crossed out that whole headlong screaming gallop because I’m trying to be more chill in this year of our lord twenty-eighteen. But I am truly more one to speedwalk murderously. But, let’s shove that aside and talk about something LOVELY. Aka — that moment where the world changes forever and you hold your most favourite book in your clammy palms.
It’s a fantastic moment, because usually you don’t EVEN KNOW that book will change your life! Usually you’re just hoping for a tolerably good story, same as when you flip a pancake, you hope it makes a tolerably good turn so it it doesn’t look like pancake homicide in your kitchen. *
* Fun fact you never asked for: I can’t flip pancakes.
So basically this is a #MeetCute post but for books!
And I absolutely want you to clap for me, because for starters, I have to ACTUALLY REMEMBER the origin story of (some) of my favourite books and I! And you know my memory is awful. Example —> I was wearing a new pair of socks, took them off, my dog ran off with them, my parent found them and said, “Are these your socks?” To which I’m like: “I don’t think so???”
So anyway! I’m 15% sure this is how I met my favourite books.
Also full disclaimer: these aren’t my only favourite books…ah haha obviously. But these were the ones I could remember a mildly accurate story about.
It is NO SECRET that Maggie Stiefvater is my #1 favourite author. If you pressure me into choosing one single favourite author, I actually can! So that shows a wonderful amount of obsession! Nothing to worry about here! So my first Stiefvater book was: The Scorpio Races.
Actually I was just finishing The Year Of The Hunger Games All Powerful Consuming Reign™ and all I wanted was more Hunger Games. I found one of those “what to read when you finish THG” lists and went for it. Why was The Scorpio Races (which is about horse racing on a magical island in the 1900s) on that list? HAHA HAHA I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS. But thus began it all.
Now admittedly I read this in 2015 (I only remember that because of Goodreads; THANKS GOODREADS) so it’s kind of one of those “it was my favourite but IDK how I’d feel about it now” books. I am planning to reread?! But for now let’s just assume the notorious emotional wreck it made me is fantastic.
This is ALL on Penguin Teen Australia, because they sent out ARCs! I had nooo idea what this book was about. Zero expectations. Zero hype because: so far pre-release. Look my copy didn’t even have a cover to judge. It was the most low-expectations meetings with a book ever and then I thought? Why not just be an emotional black hole in space over this book and love it forever?!? Nice.
Ugh you people…I love this book so so much. I pretty much have a little LOG IN MY EYE DUE TO ROGUE EMOTIONS. Also just so you know…it has a ton of unique formatting (you can see it on my #bookstagram here) so it was also a delicious treat for the eyeballs too.
Actually just Goodreads! Goodreads is great for making sure your TBR has 3989 books on it at all times and you have 0% chance of a life outside of reading. (LOVE YA TOO, GOODREADS.) But it was my “if you win NaNo you can buy this.” I’d been eyeballing it since I first heard of it (plus it reminds me of an old draft of a book I wrote) and then two friends gave it RAVE reviews. So here am I. Doomed. What an excellent story ugh.
Look the hype for this one was WILD on the blogosphere when it came out. “It’s so CUTE,” everyone said, “go read the CUTENESS, CAIT.” Eh I don’t even like cute. I am fearsome and dark and–
Okay whatever, it was adorable and I loved it.
Besides 9 million bloggers yelling about it, two other reasons were (a) my friend Maraia told me to go read it and I got the audio thanks to her, and (b) I think it made a bit of a splash because the author got an agent + a book deal in like a very very short amount of time?!? So that was inspiring!
AKA one of my other most fervent authors to adore!! Also if anyone thinks I am not hyperventilating in a corner like the ghost of christmas past over the upcoming release of Queen of Air And Darkness…YOU’RE VERY WRONG. I’M DEAD HERE. I’M SO EXCITED.
Now remember you love me, ok? But…but…IT WAS THE MOVIE. Look I vaguely knew it was famous and it was always my goal as a baby blogger to “read all the famous books.” But nothing about the half-naked dude appealed to me??? And then I saw the movie and IT WAS SO GOOD —> so I read the book —> so now I’m wildly addicted to all things Shadowhunters. Let no one say book-film-adaptions crush reading.
AND YES I LIKED THE MOVIE. I THOUGHT IT WAS EXCELLENT. DON’T EAT ME.
This was my very first Schwab book!! And there were so many reasons why I was like “EH” about it. I mean adult books?? Pfft. Leave me with my crayons. Obviously I was wonderfully wrong and I eat my words and my hat and, like, the wall too probably. Because I ADORE Schwab books.
We met at the library. As all good love stories begin. (Fun fact: there is no romance in Vicious ah ahahah.) I think again it was the blogosphere yelling at me to read it?? But I don’t remember that much. But I ASKED my library to buy it because I didn’t trust me liking it enough to buy it myself. Oh haha. How things change.
ALSO VENGEFUL IS COMING OUT IN AUGUST WHO’S EXCITED.
Do I even talk about this book on the blog?! I read it sooo long ago but honestly I still think about it. It’s SO brutal on the feels, plus all about mental illness and I just??? It’s a good book, mate. Ridiculously underrated.
IT WAS BACK IN 2014, WHEN WE ALL LIVED IN A CABIN IN THE WOODS WITH NO ELECTRICITY…haha just kidding. I have no freaking clue why it was on my radar.
Which is helpful for this post Cait. But I did win my copy in a giveaway! Back when I won like…so many giveaways?! Back when I was LUCKY. (Sobbing.)
I read this book originally in 2014! And I was like “What even is the big deal–OHHH” which hit around 50%. It’s very slow but also super introspective and I totally headcanon Ari also has depression. And books with good depression rep? Needed.
You know how the cover has all those annoying stickers on it?! THIS IS ACTUALLY WHY I PICKED IT UP! I hate stickers, ugh I loathe them. How dare you mar a cover’s perfect visage omg. But I wanted to know why it was so awarded/famous. So we met through the stickers I hate. The irony…I can’t even.
I admit it! This is one of my new total adoration loves. It’s just. so. addictive. okay!?? It’s 100% about characters and relationships, with a plot of sport and mafia on the side. And I honestly shouldn’t have adored it as much. (Ew: sport?) BUT I DID. Everyone is tragic and broken and snarky and I just…best of the year ugh I love books that focus on characters first. (Although there are some problematic themes, I feel is fair to note.)
I’m like 90% sure a blogger was raving about it AND it was free at the time… (It’s an indie book.) So I was like “yeah, I can download that who cares.” Insert me = not reading it for 2 years. Then me = READING ALL 3 BOOKS IN A WEEK AND SOBBING.
This book can be summed up with a total: AFJSDKALFD. It’s just so cute, ok?! I’ve even reread it (I’m about to read the sequels shhh give me time) and it doesn’t stop being warm and full of cookies and a bit of anxiety.
We met via INSTAGRAM! When I first joined, for some reason it was everywhere. Seriously, someone was at least featuring it once a day?!? Talk about recommendation by beating you over the head with a book. I caved. I loved. I made a pink cake in honour of it. Bookstagram sells books, ok. It is KNOWN.