And thus another Top Ten Tuesday comes around- this week with yet more rain and, yes, a crashed laptop.
Alas, dear Balthasar. You have served me well.
So once again, no pretty new outdoor pictures- don’t judge my indoor ones too harshly.
I thought I’d take today’s prompt and do the two sides of the spectrum. Granted, all of these books I adore now- but I didn’t adore all of them at the very first.
Four Books That Took Me Awhile to Get Into:
Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo
This did end up hitting the favorite-books-ever list, but it actually took me two tries to get in. I was totally lost in the first few chapters. But shortly before Crooked Kingdom I read it again- this time in the right reading mood, I guess- and fell. in. love.
A Gathering of Shadows, by Victoria Schwab
Long story short, I at first thought that this was the first book in the series, and I had no earthly idea what was going on. Fast forward to when I discovered A Darker Shade of Magic, and here you have my favorite series of all time.
An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir
I kept never having the chance to read, but when I finally just sat down and started over (I’d only been on chapter three or so),
Also, regarding the cover changes: Please, please, before you criticize, read her reasoning for the change. And honestly- yeah, it’s nice to have them all match, but are we really going to put the aesthetics for our bookstagrams over the representation of POC on covers? Really?
The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater
I tried to get into this right after finishing The Raven King, and proceeded to be very confused when I didn’t immediately love it. Granted, knowing more about the vast and wonderful world of books now than I did then, it was probably a book hangover- but at that point, I was a baby blogger who put it down and forgot about it. NOW, however, I adooooorrre.
Also, for maybe the billionth time, I think it’s seventyish? days before she comes to the library.
(The closest most YA authors get to me is two and a half hours away, you can give me this bit of excitement. Right? Right??? *runs away*)
Four Books That Sucked Me In and Didn’t Let Go*
*Having just finished typing this post, I’m now realizing that, though there are four books in this section, there are only two authors.
A Darker Shade of Magic, by Victoria Schwab
Obviously, I have to mention this one. I was hooked with the first paragraph detailing Kell’s coat, and drawn in even further with the rest. I ended up preordering A Conjuring of Light (since the other two were out already), read it all in one evening, curled up in the fetal position, and slowly died inside.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor
Set (sort of) in PRAGUE. With MONSTERS. And WISHES.
Contrary to what one would think, looking at the inside jacket, this is not a paranormal angel/demon romance. It’s about a girl with everything ripped away from her, healing the world- and perhaps healing herself, too.
There’s also a chance that I’ll be able to visit said Prague next summer, and so yes. This book might be partially at fault for that.
The Near Witch, by Victoria Schwab
Is this perfect? No. But it has a gorgeous setting, and since I’m a sucker for gorgeous book aesthetics this book got me good. Unfortunately, it’s out of print (I think?), so if you want it you’ll need to check at the library or buy it used. It’s so worth it, though…
Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor
Hahahahahaha *sobbing* I adore this book so much. Libraries and mysterious lost cities and Lazlo Strange who walks into walls because he was reading (darn it Lazlo work on your peripheral vision already) and the synopsis doesn’t give it justice. Just read it. Please and thank you.
What are you reading this week? Have you voted in my poll yet? If it’s closed by now, feel free to like if you’re interested. I haven’t seen many of these sorts of series done within the YA community, so it might be fun with autumn right around the corner? Idk. Anyway, just let me know somehow if you’d be interested in that, since it’d probably take the next several months to go through, possibly becoming a fixture in the process, and might have to replace one of the current fixture-posts (#TopTenTuesday or Down the TBR Hole).
Hope you’re having a good day/morning/afternoon/evening!