As usual, this is hosted by the broke and the bookish, and this week’s theme is the top ten books you aren’t sure you want to read.
Basically, for me, this tends to mean overhyped books. So here is my list. Can anyone change my opinions/prejudices on these books?
1 Lux series by Jennifer L. Amentrout.
Firstly, the covers (both the original and the new bind ups) look awful, it just seems super cheesy and not like something I would enjoy at all. But this has been all over booktube for about a year now and it is tempting to see what the fuss is about…. but it doesn’t appeal to me at all.
2. The Selection Series- Kiera Cass
again many, many people in the bookblogosphere love this, but from what I gather it is basically “the bachelor” in which the whiney protagonist female faces the big dilemma of marrying a a guy…er…okay.
3. Ever After series- Stephanie Perkins
I read Anna and the French Kiss- and I gave it two stars (click for my review). The other two are so hyped up and a lot of people say “Lola” is better than “Anna”” but I just can’t bring myself to try it after I disliked “Anna” so much.
4. Pushing the Limits Series- Katie McGarry
Again, far too hyped on booktube. Every one of these books seems to follow the “bad boy” formula, which is a formula I hate.I did pick up a copy of “Red at night”, purely because it was free on kindle for a time. But yeah, this series does not appeal to mebecause it just seems to be the classic “good girl meets bad boy romance”- insert eye rolls here.
5. Nicholas Sparks
Pretty much anything Nicholas Sparks. I tried reading the notebook and gave up after chapter 2 because his writing annoyed the hell out of me. His metaphors/analogies were ridiculous, and he seems like another author whose books all seem to follow the same formula, normally something to do with long-term illness, which is a topic I stay away from, full stop.
6. Cassandra Clare.
Speaking of painful metaphors and Analogies.
“Are you kidding me? Okay so apparently saying someone looks pale or looks a bit ill isn’t acceptable anymore. So it is, are you ready for this- “His face was the colour of winter sky just before it rained” (My goodreads reaction to the opening chapters of City of Ashes).
7. Shatter Me Series- Tahereh Mafi
Again, bad metaphors and analogies. I remember being two chapters in and reading her compare herself to the rain running down a window pane, and it took like four sentences. Ridiculous.
8. Allegiant- Veronica Roth.
I’ve read the first two books, after re-reading them, my ratings of them took a drastic turn, sadly. Which means any longing I had to finish the series, seems to have disappeared in a poof of smoke. Click for my reviews of Divergent and Insurgent.
9. Raging Star- Moira Young
When Blood Red Road came out, it was so different and feisty and enjoyable that I basically devoured it. I loved the weird narration and the story of Saba searching for her brother. Unfortunatley, Rebel Heart was not as memorable and had it’s weird turns, including starting a very annoying and unnecessary love triangle, amongst other things. Again, Raging Star has just…disappeared off my radar, if I’m quite honest. I’ve seen mixed reviews about it and I haven’t exactly missed not reading it.
10. Sarah Dessen
I keep seeing so much about Sarah Dessen around the bookblogs and booktube. I’m so on the fence with contemporary romance because I can find most of them frustratingly boring. But I’m determined to try and find a “romantic” book that doesn’t actually make me roll my eyes on every page. So if anyone has any recommendations for her, please make them to me? Note: again, no long-term illness please