Good news, guys! I finally kicked my reading-slump’s sorry butt into last week! Some book reviews will be coming your way shortly, the first of which will be my review of More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, which was so good I finished it in a SINGLE DAY. In the meantime, it’s Friday, so I’m kicking back with a book tag, because I’m kinda rock ‘n’ roll if you must know…
What book have you been unable to finish?
The Villa by Rosanna Ley
I picked this book up a few years ago thinking it would make a nice, light, summer read, but I found it really bland, and in the end I just couldn’t be bothered to finish it. I also found myself getting really irritated by the sections of the book told from the POV of the main character’s teenage daughter. The voice was all wrong for a seventeen-year-old, and she kept coming out with really weird exclamations of astonishment at least twice per paragraph, such as “Lolloping Lemurs!”, and “Jumping Jellyfish!” Who speaks like that?! I just found the whole thing a bit cringe.
What book have you yet to read because you just haven’t had the time?
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
I borrowed this book from my friend Kat, and today I actually asked her if she wanted it back because I fear it may sit on my bookshelf until we’re both grey and old and the world has come to an end. I’ve wanted to read this book for so long (because the premise is so creepy and intriguing), but the problem is that this book is SO LONG.
It took me virtually an entire day to read 40 pages (it’s about 700 pages in total with fairly small print), because the writing style is so dense (it’s written in the style of an academic text) and it’s one of those books where you have to really concentrate to appreciate.
What book have you yet to read because it’s a sequel?
The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
I’m possibly one of the only people left on Planet Bookblog who hasn’t read The Wrath and the Dawn, so naturally I haven’t even bought myself a copy of The Rose and The Dagger yet. I’ll be reading the first book soon, but I am so nervous I won’t love it as much as everyone else does; these books are more hyped up than a kid who ate ALL THE M&MS.
What book have you yet to read because it’s a new release?
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Unfashionably late to the party, I didn’t start reading A Court of Thorns and Roses until the day this book was released. DON’T JUDGE ME. About 100 pages in I knew I was going to love the book (because Sarah J. Maas is a goddess of some variety who simply must be worshipped) so I ordered ACOMAF immediately. It took me two weeks to read ACOTAR because I was in the middle of my weird reading funk, so I had to wait two weeks to actually open my Amazon package for fear of accidental book-cover spoilers! THE STRUGGLE NOT TO OPEN BOOK-POST WAS REAL.
What book have you yet to read because you read a book by the same author and didn’t like it?
Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan
A lot of people seem to love this book, and I’ve read a lot of great reviews which really make me want to pick it up, but I wasn’t a fan of Finding Eden by the same author. Finding Eden is a love story about a boy and a girl who’ve grown up in a cult. I wanted to like it, but I found the romance too sickly sweet, the dialogue too cheesy, and there wasn’t enough exploration of the cult itself (aka the reason behind my initial interest in the book). Probably my own fault for expecting it to be something it wasn’t!
What book have you yet to read because you aren’t in the mood?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief is my perennial answer to any question about books I’m never in the mood to read/books that have been on my TBR shelf 5eva. I have such a block about this book, I somehow don’t think I’ll ever read it, even though I know it’s supposed to be amazing. It’s weird because I’ve read the opening chapter so many times, and I like what I’ve read, but somehow I can never get past that chapter, like there’s some kind of Hunger Games style force-field barring me from going any further.
What book have you yet to read because it’s humungous?
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
A Game of Thrones has been sitting on my Kindle shelf for a very long time. Somehow I don’t think I’ll ever have the energy or time to commit to reading such a mammoth book. I started it once, but several chapters in I was already confused by the ridiculous number of characters and just knew I was going to struggle with it. Maybe when I’m old and retired and have all the time in the world to sit and read, I’ll finally commit… But right now, the thought of picking it up exhausts me!
What book have you yet to read because it was a cover buy with bad reviews?
I genuinely can’t think of an answer to this question – I NEVER buy books without looking at reviews first. Even when I’m wandering around a bookshop, I’ll have my phone out, just to make sure the gorgeous specimen I’m eyeing up on the shelf hasn’t been totally slated by EVERYONE on Goodreads.
Which book on your TBR is the most intimidating to you?
I think I might have to be boring here and re-use one of my earlier answers. House of Leaves is one of the most intimidating books I’ve ever held in my hands. Mainly because it’s actually TOO HEAVY to hold in my hands!!!
A lot of people seem to have done this tag already, so I’m going to leave this one open… if you haven’t done this tag and would like to, you are most welcome. Feel free to link back here so I can be nosy and read your answers 🙂