Hello! How is everyone doing? Sorry for not posting anything this weekend. I was a bit busy. But I am here today with another Top Ten Tuesday post!
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Jana assigns each Tuesday a topic and then posts her top ten list on her blog. Other bloggers may do the same as well. Today’s topic is “Books I Loved but Never Reviewed”
SO if you’re wondering… yes, you’ve read the title correctly.
Last year was a very complicated year for me in many ways and I did not have the time to write posts. And to be honest I was in a bit of a blogging slump (is that a real thing?). I just didn’t feel like writing blogposts.
But I AM SO GLAD that I started blogging again this year because I really like sharing my thoughts on the books I’ve read and I LOVE interacting with fellow bloggers. This is such a welcoming space and I am so happy to be a part of it!
ANYWAY, since I was in a blogging slump (yep, it definitely sounds weird), I did not mention the books I’ve read from May to December… Oops.
That is the reason why I’ve decided to put a spin on today’s topic and instead of sharing my thoughts on books I’ve loved but never reviewed, I am going to share my thoughts on 10 books I did not MENTION last year. Yeah, I know. In another post, I will mention all the other books I did not mention.
I’ve read some of these books a year ago… so I may not remember everything about the plot or the reasons why I gave a specific rating. Therefore, I’m going to briefly describe why I did or did not enjoy a book (SPOILER: I failed). In fact, I did not mention A LOT OF BOOKS last year so this would be way too long if I had to write in-depth reviews on all of these books.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before + P.S I Still Love You – Jenny Han
Rating: 3.5 and 3.75 stars
I honestly don’t have much to share on these 2 books. They were entertaining and I liked them but they are just not my favorites. I preferred the last book and I still need to read the last one.
Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
Rating: 4 stars (but I would honestly give it 3/3/5 stars)
Once again, it was an enjoyable read but nothing special. Cath was relatable in so many ways but I just did not feel a deep connection with her and Levi was nice but I didn’t love him either. Rainbow Rowell did a good job at showing the struggles that come with first going to college.
But to be honest, I don’t really love Rainbow Rowell books as I was not a huge fan of Eleanor & Park either. I’ve read Eleanor & Park forever ago so I don’t really remember everything about it but many people raised some issues on this book such as anti-Asian racism, anti-Black stereotypes and the use of the r-slur (here’s a thread that explains some problems in the books and links to some ownvoices posts). This is why I don’t know if I am going to pick up Carry On. I just don’t feel like supporting an author that has these opinions and buying her books is a way of supporting her so that probably won’t happen.
Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare
Rating: 3.5 stars
This was the first Cassandra Clare book I did not give 4 stars or more to. And believe me, this really saddens me because Cassandra Clare is one of (if not) my favorite writer. The worst thing about this is that there’s not a clear reason as to why I did not love this book.
What I know is that one problem I had with this book was that there was a lot of telling in my opinion. The author would just write entire paragraphs on how the world works, things she has already explained in The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments. Honestly, this wouldn’t be a big issue if it was done in a more restrained and concise way but I personally felt like there were too many explanations on things we were already supposed to know, had we read TMI and TID. But that’s maybe it. Maybe this was done for the readers that were just going to pick The Dark Artifices when first entering the Shadowhunters Chronicles. But in my opinion, it was just too much. Also, I was not a huge fan of Julian and Emma (sorry).
It was still enjoyable, just not as much as usual with her books to me.
Harry Potter (#1-#3) – J.K. Rowling
It was fun rereading the first three books of the Harry Potter series but I honestly don’t want to talk about Harry Potter right now. I am just trying to untangle my feelings towards the series as this is the series that got me into reading. Without it, I would probably not be a reader today. Gosh, I would probably not have this blog or just talk about books on the internet. However, I also have to acknowledge that I do not agree at all with J.K. Rowling’s opinions and I don’t want to support her in any way and I feel like mentioning her books, sharing my thoughts on them is a way of supporting her and I just don’t want that.
This was way longer than I had expected. Basically what I wanted to say was that I do not want to support J.K. Rowling as I do not agree with her opinions but I honestly don’t know how to treat the series that has brought me so much joy in my life for years.
How do you personally treat this series now? Do you still mention it, share your thoughts on it while always making clear that you do not agree with the author’s opinions or did you simply stop talking about it? I would highly appreciate having your thoughts on this.
Sorry for going on a tangent but I am just confused right now and I needed to vent for a bit.
Saga Vol. 6 and Vol. 7 – Fiona Staples, Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: 4 stars and 4.5 stars
I always have an amazing time whenever I am reading any of these volumes. It is honestly becoming one of my favorite series of all time. I just love the characters and I am always pleasantly amazed as to how well some issues are addressed in each volume. It is a fantastic series.
They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera
Rating 3.75 stars
SO this book was good. I really liked it. The characters were great and the plot was interesting.
My only complaint is that I just wanted to know more about the world. I wanted to know how the app was developed, what discussions politicians would have on it… Another small issue I had with this book was that I felt like there were too many connections between all the characters. Basically, all the characters met or had a connection with each other (even “random characters”) and it was just a bit annoying at times. But that might honestly just be me.
The book was still great and provided a lot of beautiful quotes.
WOW I can’t believe I have actually finished writing this post. This took me soo long! But I am glad I shared my thoughts on these books.
If there’s anything you should take from this post is that you should never wait AN ENTIRE YEAR to write reviews or mini-reviews on books you’ve read a year before.
Thanks for reading! And what about you? Did you read any of these books? What did you think of them? How do you feel about Harry Potter? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!
I hope you’re doing fine and that you are reading books that you enjoy.