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Books I’m Most Looking Forward to!

A Vow so Bold and Deadly – Brigid Kemmerer: January 26, 2021

A Vow So Bold and Deadly (Cursebreakers, #3)

I read the first two books in this series over Summer 2020, and I am completely obsessed. More of my thoughts about the first two can be found on my “August Reads” post, but I can’t wait to hear how this story concludes. I love all of the characters in this series, and the books were by far some of the most fun reads of the year.

Ready Player Two – Ernest Cline: November 24, 2020

Ready Player Two (Ready Player One, #2)

I read Ready Player One in the Summer of 2019, and I think it might be safe to say it was my favourite book of that year. The world that Ernest Cline creates is beyond thrilling and full of nostalgia; it’s a book that I was – and still am – completely immersed in. Ernest Cline is one the most engaging writers I have come across, and I can’t wait to see what the sequel has in store!

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories – Holly Black: November 24, 2020

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (The Folk of the Air, #3.5)

I read all of The Folk of the Air Series last year, and absolutely adored each of the books. The series as a whole is on my favourites list, and as someone who loved Cardan, this novella is exactly what I need. I’m excited for the art too!

The Dreamer Trilogy (Untitled Books 2 & 3) – Maggie Stiefvater: 2021

Maggie Stiefvater

I feel like nobody wants to hear me talk more about how much I love Maggie Stiefvater and Ronan Lynch. Call Down the Hawk, the first book in this series, was soooooooooooo – I can’t stress this enough – good. I love this man with all my heart – and Declan now too – and so these two books go down as my most anticipated reads for 2021.

Six of Crows (Untitled Book 3) – Leigh Bardugo: Release date unknown

Leigh Bardugo

So let me tell you something: I just found out that Leigh Bardugo is making the Six of Crows Duology into a trilogy and I am screaming. I just want to know how my boy Kaz is doing and I’ll be fine.

Tales from the Hinterland – Melissa Albert: January 12, 2021

Tales from the Hinterland

You may remember that I talked about reading The Hazel Wood and The Night Country by Melissa Albert, and how I didn’t really enjoy them. So why is this book on here? Okay so it is true that I did not like those books, however, I really did enjoy the fairytale aspect of the series, and I would love to read the fairytales Melissa Albert was imagining while writing this. From what I know, they are dark and a little frightening, so I’m interested in reading the actual stories.

Black Tabs – V.E. Schwab: 2021

V.E. Schwab

There are two main reasons I want to read this book:

  1. I love V.E. Schwab’s writing so much. The Shades of Magic series is one of my favourites, and I’d be happy to read any of Schwab’s books.
  2. The synopsis – limited as of now – sounds so cool: “Forthcoming. Starring a female assassin in a future version of New York City. Tentatively titled ‘Black Tabs'”. This is definitely something I need to read in 2021!

Let me know if you think I missed anything, or if you’re also excited about any of these books!

10 Books I am Not a Fan of.

Hi! This post is going to be dedicated to ten books I read over the years which disappointed me or I couldn’t finish. Let me know how you feel about these choices!

Persuasion – Jane Austen ⭐

Oh my goodness. I did not like a single part of this book at all. I read this book for a class on 19th century literature, and I had the hardest time getting through it. The predictability in Anne and Wentworth’s relationship was very annoying, and I honestly wish I hadn’t read this. I attempted to read Northanger Abbey after this, and I could not do it, so many Jane Austen is not for me.

The Drowned World – J.G. Ballard ⭐

Another book I read for class – this time a class on literature, culture, and nature. This was just so difficult to read. So gloomy, dark, boring, and confusing.

Did I Mention I Love You? – Estelle Maskame ⭐

This book was so weird and uncomfy. They tried to make it not weird, but the relationship between the Eden and her step-brother was not cute.

Also they named their dog Gucci. Why.

Henry V & Richard III – William Shakespeare ⭐

These two plays were unbearable. I can’t recall a single thing that happened in these plays except that everyone died and was betrayed.

Shakespeare is not for me I’m really sorry.

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas ⭐

I. do. not. like. Sarah. J. Maas. books.

I could not get through this book. I read a few of the Throne of Glass books as well and they were bad. Really bad. This was even worse if that’s possible.

I’m sure a lot of people will disagree with this because this book was very hyped up…but I did a buddy-read for this, and neither of us could continue after less than 100 pages.

Snow Like Ashes – Sara Raasch ⭐ ⭐

Oh my god. All the names of the people and places in this book: Jannuari, Yakim, Cordell, Bithai, Rhythm Lynia, Oktuber,  Greer, Dendera, Henn, Alysson, Sir, Finn, Meira, Mather – the list goes on.

This was so bad that it was good – I could not stop laughing. I’m going to insert my favourite quote really quickly and move on: He’s the kind of good-looking that makes me physically ache, makes me stumble for chairs when I’m caught unawares.”

What is that.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams ⭐ ⭐

It is with a heavy heart that I add this book to this list. I can’t tell you enough how badly I wanted to read and love this book, but I just didn’t get it. I found some parts funny, but mostly I was just confused. Maybe I’ll re-read this some day.

Red Queen & Glass Sword – Victoria Aveyard ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

When I read Red Queen I didn’t enjoy it too much, but oh my goodness the sequel was so bad I didn’t finish. This series was so hyped up and I can’t understand why.

Please someone explain it to me.

Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I don’t even want to talk about why I didn’t like this because I love Leigh Bardugo SOOOOOOO much. Maybe it’s my fault because I read the Six of Crows duology first, but my expectations were so high for this book and I was completely let down.

I am considering re-reading.

The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken

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Another hyped up series.

This was just not it for me. With these types of books (YA Fantasy) I either am obsessed or completely bored, and in this case it was the latter. I thought this book sounded so interesting and had so much potential, but it was really disappointing.

I gave it three stars because I didn’t mind some of the characters and their stories, but this story was far too slow for me.

Who am I? Book Tag

I found this book tag on the blog Never Not Reading , though apparently it was started by The Great American Read | PBS. Anyways I thought this book tag would be really fun and a great way for readers to get to know me!

If your life was a book genre, what would it be?

I guess the most obvious answer for this would be contemporary, so I’m going to try and avoid using that. Like many avid book readers, I so wish I could answer this with fantasy, but I would probably say comedy (is that a book genre?). I have a really fun family and we are ALWAYS cracking jokes and making fun of each other. We’re super loud, super silly, and it’s always non-stop laughter in my house.

What villain from a book do you most identify with?

I’m not really sure about this answer but maybe Snape from Harry Potter? I just feel like he was really misunderstood and never accepted with the good guys or the bad guys. Also that whole James Potter bullying him and looking like the good guy still REALLY bothers me.

Okay wait also the Grinch from How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Love that guy. He was justifiably annoyed, and only resorted to living alone on the mountain because of the way the people in Whoville treated him. Also he brought back the presents okay it’s not that big of a deal.

What protagonist are you most similar to?

Okay I really want to answer Blue Sargent to this because she wants to experience magic so badly, and she’s strong and brave and can’t resist boys. However, I want to share with you the very well thought-out response from my sister: Moaning Myrtle from Harry Potter. So now you see what I mean about always making fun of each other.

Which book did you connect with in the past that you no longer do?

I was actually just thinking about this because I was looking at my favourites shelf on Goodreads and there were so many books that I could barely remember. I know I’m answering this question kind of differently, but there are two series in particular that I was obsessed with but now I struggle to remember, which are All for the Game and Shades of Magic. I LOVED these books so much so I know I need to re-read them ASAP.

What recent book read would you love to be a character in?

OOOOOOOO well obviously I would want to be in The Raven Boys, because I love love love love this world and all the characters! Honestly I’m starting to think that I am subconsciously turning this into a Maggie Stiefvater appreciation blog.

How do your reading habits show off your personality?

There are a couple of ways I can answer this: One is that I often read outside, because I love being outdoors – like I am constantly on walks (mostly to the library if I’m being honest) or just sitting in my backyard with a cup of tea and a book. The other one is that I sometimes accidentally start reading like 7 books at once – and that is because I am SOOOOOOOOOOOO indecisive about everything.

I thought of another thing too: I put sticky tabs all over my books (I’ll insert an image of one my favourites) so that I can always go back to my favourite parts. I’m the type of person who is always thinking about fun moments or days I had with people, so I think this probably reflects that.

What book taught you something about yourself?

Maybe this answer is me cheating but I think all the books I’ve read – in some way or other – have taught me something about myself. In general though, a lot of books make me want to be a better and braver person, not so cautious or judgy, and it’s definitely worked.

The featured photo for this post was taken by my friend Victoria! Make sure you check out her blog as well!