Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This is by no means a comprehensive list for me. There are definitely a lot more and I feel like, in the event that I’m given a good enough reason to, I could be persuaded to read a few (not all) of these books another time.
10. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
Ahk, this series was one of my favorites. It was frustrating in one of the most irritating of ways, and yet it worked out in favor of making me love it. I honestly had so much appreciation for this series when I first read it and I was one of those people who regularly freaked out when a new book was coming because I simply had to buy it. This is one of those book series that I went out of my way to buy the new copies of, regardless of the fact that I had initially wanted paperback because I couldn’t wait for the paperback version to come out. Since learning of Clare’s plagiarism scandal and her online bullying both of reviewers and of fellow writers (I’m thinking specifically of the girl whom she tried to get expelled from her college), I just don’t feel comfortable rereading her books.
9. The Art of Harry Potter by Marc Sumerak
As cool as this book is, it’s definitely just not the sort that I’d bother to read again. I might, on occasion, pick it up and skim through the photos, but ultimately once you’ve read it once you have sort of gotten all you can from it. I personally see this book as the sort that I’d prefer to have read in store and not bought merely because it’s not the sort of book that ever really sticks with you. It’s nice to have read about and seen some of the pictures, of course, but after you have…what are you supposed to do with it? I personally have no idea. This book will likely sit on my shelf forever because it was a gift, lol.
8. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
I enjoyed this one, but I wouldn’t read it again. Books like this are just so damn long and the series is excessively long. I often feel like I’m just so horribly out of touch with the whole thing after a while because it takes forever to read and the books have extremely dull moments, no matter how good they are. I don’t know why so many authors fall into this idea that writing so much useless information is going to make a good book. You could have great characters and a great plot, but when you drag things out and stuff so much into it, it exhausts your readers. So, I quit this series despite the fact that I enjoyed it and I won’t be rereading any of them.
7. Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind
This book has the exact same problem as the one above. And to make it even worse, instead of having a continuing plot where it makes sense for the book to continue into sequels of excess, this series had a very perfect and concise ending for book two that completely wrapped up nearly everything. Reading the third and forth books literally made me feel as though the author had merely dragged the story out and created new obstacles for the sole purpose of publishing more in the world and not because it actually added anything worthwhile to the series itself. I found it incredibly annoying and also stopped reading. I’m good with this series being only two books long in my mind, to tell the truth, and I don’t see myself ever reading it again.
6. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
I rated this book five stars, so I think that its safe to say that I enjoyed it. The problem with this book is the fact that I barely remember a damn thing. And that alone doesn’t prompt me to want to reread it for the sake of remembering what I forgot, but rather makes me feel as though this book really wasn’t as amazing as I had originally thought. I’ve left my rating, of course, because I feel like I’m pretty good about giving fair and well thought out ratings upon finishing a book…but I just don’t have any desire to revisit this world or the characters. There’s a reason, after only a year, I don’t remember anything about it other than the fact that it’s a girl who hunts a beast and the story has a Beauty and the Beast feel to it.
5. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
I loved this book. Would I reread it? Possibly, but probably not. As much as I deeply enjoyed reading this, I never really had any desire to get myself a physical copy and I don’t really see it as a reread material. Now, it was great, don’t get me wrong, but at the end of the day I’m not a big fan of contemporary and I got what I needed from it. I can read other, new, contemporaries if I feel the urge rather than picking up this one that I’ve already read and already know the end of.
4. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Surprised? Probably not. This book is on here largely due to the accusations of sexual harassment made against Dashner a short while ago. I do feel some respect for him in the fact that he did admit to being part of the problem and has stated his intention to get help for his actions. It’s something that every man who has treated women in such ways should be doing and while I do feel that it’s possible I can forgive him, should he end up taking serious consideration of his behavior and clear steps to change that, but for now I don’t know if I feel comfortable reading these books again. As much as I loved them, I have a hard time with reading books when the people who wrote them are so problematic.
3. The Child Thief by Brom
A wonderful and intriguing novel that is very much not like books that I’ve read before. I loved the take on Peter Pan, ironically enough, as I usually hate the ones that portray him in a dark light. It was well worth reading, in truth, despite being exceptionally dark. I don’t think I’d read it again, though, merely because there are a lot of Peter Pan retellings that I enjoy infinitely more than this one. I give the author a lot of credit for his creativity, originality, and wonderful execution, of course, but I don’t see myself returning to this one for my Peter Pan fix.
2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I loved it. I think everyone should read it at least once. I’m definitely going to be seeing the movie. I believe this book is exceptional and important for the world of today. It addresses a social issue so close to a vast number of people and the truth of the matter is that this needs to be talked about and it needs to be heard. I would promote this book to the ends of the earth and back. Will I reread it? I don’t really think so. And it’s not because I didn’t enjoy it and it’s not because I don’t think that this book is amazing, because I did and it is. I think what it comes down to is the fact that I appreciated my experience with it for what it was, but I just don’t have a desire to experience it again. This isn’t the sort of book I’d read for fun, but rather one that I think has an important social commentary and is extremely well written.
1. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The Miyazaki film is one of my all time favorites and I admittedly read the book because I loved the movie so much. I personally loved getting all the new information that was left out of the movie since it made a lot of somewhat confusing pieces much less confusing. Ultimately though, when it comes to this story, I feel like I infinitely prefer the film and should I want to return to it, that’s the platform through which I will do so. It’s really not a reflection of the book itself, because the book was utterly fantastic, but rather it represents the fact that I just believe Miyazaki did an exceptional job with it.
And that’s all for now! Happy reading, everyone!