This tag, created by Beth of BooksNest, is all about those books we really should have read, but haven’t – and most book lovers are guilty of that! Beth was the one who suggested this tag to me, and I’m excited (and worried!) to answer the questions.
It’s super simple to take part, just thank the person who tagged you (or just take part for the fun of it regardless!), answer the questions and tag others.
A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read
The hardest one on this list! I often end up (borrowing and) reading the books recommended to me. Some days it’s so hard to find enough books that I can’t afford to ignore my friends. And half the time the recommendation comes with being physically handed the book and told to go read, so I’m going to bow out of this one as I can’t think of a book
A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up
This was a hard one, as I regularly go through my shelves and read anything I haven’t yet picked up, rather than buying more books. This means I rarely have unread books older than two years on my shelves. I’m in one of those reading seasons now, so to answer this, I had to head to Goodreads to see what had been on my TBR for a while.
Turns out that the Snow like Ashes short stories/novellas ICICLES LIKE KINDLING and FLAMES LIKE VINES have been on my TBR for almost 4 years, added back when I started using Goodreads and read Sara Raasch’s debut series for the first time. ICICLES was originally the prologue to the first book, and FLAMES is a companion of sorts to the second book, following a beloved secondary character. Considering I want to re-read the series this year, I probably ought to make an effort to finally read these!
A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing yet
I read CARVE THE MARK, by Veronica Roth, long enough ago that I can’t remember the plot. All I remember is that someone’s mother had my name and I could not deal with that. So I mentally renamed her Hannah. However, I know I liked the book enough to get the second one, THE FATES DIVIDE.
They’ve been languishing on my shelf for a while now, and THE FATES DIVIDE even went on my list of books I wanted to read in 2019, but that didn’t happen. I’m intending on reading them back to back this term, so I finally finish the duology and it’s one less unread book on my shelf!
A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read
Confession time – I HATE “classics”. Absolutely hate them. English at school killed off the ones that probably would have been most interesting if I’d read them myself – JANE EYRE, LORD OF THE FLIES, OF MICE AND MEN etc – and I’ve tried (read: coerced by mother) reading some others: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, DAVID COPPERFIELD. I couldn’t stand them, and the plots all sound dire by my interests. I don’t want slow, introspective books. I want pace, and action – and MAGIC!
However, Sherlock stories I can pick away at. We used THE SPECKLED BAND in Year 6 (!) as a jumping point for writing our own stories in class. I think the fact these stories were always mentally associated with writing is why I don’t mind Arthur Conan Doyle books so much. And I love Anthony Horowitz’s new Sherlock stories. My dad got me the complete Sherlock stories several years back and I’m not quite halfway. As it’s lots of books in one, the ones I haven’t read yet count for this one, right?
A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read
I’ve never read the Infernal Devices trilogy, by Cassandra Claire. I read all six of the Mortal Instruments books, borrowing from a friend, and then limped through LADY MIDNIGHT. I could not force myself through anymore.
The initial TMI books were OK – addictively written, if a terribly cliched plot – but then the plots repeated, the characters were insufferable and identical and I have no interesting in attempting any of the many, many books left in the world. I’m told these are her best books, but I’m not slogging through any more books in the shadowhunter world.
A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet
I loved the movies of Neil Gaiman’s STARDUST when I was younger. In fact I loved it so much that my sister grew to hate it because we watched it so many times. And yet I’ve never read the book, though it did take me a few years to learn it was a book!
I think I might even have an ebook of it somewhere in the deepest, darkest depths of my kindle (the black hole I probably don’t want to go down for fear of what’s languishing there.) Probably ought to excavate it and read it one of these days. It would also be my first Neil Gaiman book.
A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet
AURORA RISING, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, is all over social media, but I haven’t picked it up because I really struggled with both their co-written ILLUMINAE (the style was hard to read and felt more like a gimick than anything else) and Kristoff’s Nevernight series (far too violent and full of gratuitous sex for me, and the finale was a mess).
However, I’ve been told (haha, assured) that AURORA RISING is told in a more traditional format, so I want to try it out. It’s a book to borrow off a friend, however.
I tag Lorraine from Geeky Galaxy – and anyone else who wants to take part.