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Top Ten Books I’ve Put Down in the Last Year
Okay, so “in the last year” may be a bit of a stretch. It’s been longer than a year. But \_O_/ … schematics.
“In the last year” sounds better than “for however long it’s been”, so I’m sticking to it.
Anyways, you will notice some very hyped books on this list. I know. I was sad too. Some of these are books I’ve picked up and only read a chapter or two, others are books I read quite a bit of and just set down and/or forgot about and/or I chucked it out the window and ran for my mailbox for the new SJM book. Life happens.
Others of these books, I think it prudent to mention, are downright awful. Definitively, Love and Other Theories and Swear on this Life. The latter may have been because of my deliriously high expectations, but there were tears of disappointment happening when I finally read it. The former I just threw against the wall in disgust and keep it there so it can feel shamed.
- Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes — I’ll admit, I took this with me on a roadtrip (among many others, I mean, come on. Never take just one book!), started a chapter (actually it was the prologue), got through it, wasn’t feeling it, so I grabbed a pillow and took a nap, never to pick it up again. Although I should, because I keep hearing that the series is wonderful. Mostly by BookTubers and BookTube can be hoax-y, so????
- Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass — This was just terrible. Awful. No good. Very bad. I don’t remember what particularly I hated so much about this book, I just know that I do. So I’m staying well away from it.
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir — this was another case of bad timing. I was actually like a good 65% of the way through it, but I believe finals hit, I banned myself from books for the week, and I just never picked it up again. Unfortunately, this book is the symbol of guilt and anxiety I feel when finals hit and I should be studying, not sticking my nose in a book. I’ll get there someday.
- Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid — there were SO!! MANY!! EXPECTATIONS!! for this one. I love the best-friends, girl-next-door, unrequited-love trope. But this trope was just tripe for me. I read it and got gum disease from the sticky sweet. Sorry, Adi. I really tried.
- The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye — This was just a disaster from the beginning – the circumstances, not the book. I was SOSOSOSOSOSO excited for this release, was expecting a Poison Study with Japanese influences …. no. It was not. It wasn’t super cool badassery with magic, it was rainbow and unicorn tricks and I was sad. Also, I lost it. Lost. It. Halfway through! I was disappointed, yes, but I was still into the plot, despite getting Peeta-Katniss-berry vibes. But I could not freaking find it!! I found it three months later, hidden under our dining room rug. Where my five-year-old niece apparently hid it. Thanks girl. Now that I know what to expect, I’ll hopefully pick it up again soon.
- The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead — I adore Richelle Mead. She was a badass with words and snark and humor. I mean, she wrote Rose Hathaway!! And a freaking succubus!! This one just fell flat for me.
- Swear on this Life by Renee Carlino — UGHHH talk about being too hyped up. I was so ready for this one to hit my doorstep. I mean, it sounded perfect for a cute little book dragon like me! But no. It had the bones of a really fantastic story, but there were too many trips along the way. Grrr. I have really antagonistic feels towards this one.
- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake — I think I read the first chapter of this one. I wasn’t impressed, and I’d read a lot of bad reviews, so I put it down. Maybe I’ll pick it up again, maybe I won’t.
- The Diviners by Libba Bray — I did not read the blurb before picking it up and had no idea what it was about. But I don’t do horror. Or scary. Even scary ghosty YA. As soon as I started this and saw where it was going, I quickly put this one down. I can’t handle the fear.
- The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine — Y’all know that fairytale retellings are totally my thing. But it just caught me at a bad time. Pretty sure I originally picked this up and read a page-and-a-half at 11:30pm at night when I picked up literally every book on my shelf just looking for a nibble of a chapter before bed. I was feeling moody and choosey and I just didn’t make the cut.
What books are on your fall TBR? What are you most looking forward to reading in the coming weeks? Are you reading anything particularly wonderful right now? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!