Over the past month I’ve been trying out chapters of books you sent me (not like literally, but you know, you suggested them). I have gathered those suggestions and wrote them down, put them in my favourite mug, and picked out three each time to read! I read all the chapters on Amazon, which usually has free previews available (I have yet to find a book that doesn’t have the first chapter on Amazon). This is now a regular feature on my blog called You Made Me Read This and you can read my first attempt here, second here and third here!
This time the books I have randomly picked from my mug are: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (suggested by Ellen @alittlebooklife), The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (suggested by Nadwa @BookishHiraeth) and How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake (suggested by Caro @bookcheshirecat). I wasn’t intentionally picking queer books but I have to admit I was seriously considering doing an queer-only edition. And then I picked 2/3(?) queer books so I just went with it! (I actually thought The Sky is Everywhere was also queer but it’s not shelved as such on goodreads so apparently not).
A couple of weeks ago I did the Try A Chapter Tag and I loved doing that so I thought, why not let people decide which books I try next? So I asked you for some suggestions and ended up with a big filled with pieces of paper with a lot of books, some of which I have been wanting to read, others I have never heard of. This is now a regular feature on my blog called You Made Me Read This and you can read my first attempt here and second here!
A couple of weeks ago I did the Try A Chapter Tag and I loved doing that so I thought, why not let people decide which books I try next? So I asked you for some suggestions and ended up with a big filled with pieces of paper with a lot of books, some of which I have been wanting to read, others I have never heard of. This is now a regular feature on my blog called You Made Me Read This and you can read my first attempt here!
A couple of weeks ago I did the Try A Chapter Tag and I loved doing that so I thought, why not let people decide which books I try next? So I asked you for some suggestions and ended up with a big filled with pieces of paper with a lot of books, some of which I have been wanting to read, others I have never heard of. I want to make this a regular feature on my blog and I’ll call it You Made Me Read This because that sounds fun (right?), and I’ve been wanting to try new genres and books so this is the perfect way to do that!
Expectations: This will be quite interesting because I have never heard of this book before. But I do trust Kate’s book choices, so I think I will like it. Though as I’m writing this I have as of yet no idea what genre this book even is so this will be fun.
Experience: [on page 1] I’m literally in the middle of the first page but why is the main character called Sky?? Seriously? That’s such a cliche 2012 dystopia/paranormal character name. (No offense if you’re called Sky. Though I gotta ask, have you discovered your paranormal gifts yet? If not, you should probably talk to that weird old lady or fall in love with that dark and broody guy that’s actually a creep.)
[on page 3] okay so I think she doesn’t feel anything. Or doesn’t want to feel anything. And she’s going on a trip with an airplane.
[on page 5] oh goodness she also has unusually colored eyes, is this really not a book from 2012?? She has strange facial features and a mysterious past too! Is she some kind of shape-shifter animal because her eyes allegedly reflect light and ONLY ANIMAL EYES DO THAT? Also, is this some kind of secret that I shouldn’t have figured out on page 5? Yes, probaby. (I am very aware of the fact that I am talking to myself)
Verdict: wow okay, that was different. I’m part confused and part very convinced I figured out this entire book’s plot twist only 5 pages in (sorry if I ruined it for anyone). I don’t hate it, but it really has that “I’m a bit weird and then it turns out I got some kind of magical powers” vibe and it’s not my thing anymore. 14-year-old me would have devoured this book.
10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac
Expectations: 10 Things I Can See From here is a book I’ve heard about and I think it’s one of those emotional YA contemporaries, but don’t take my word on it. I do remember liking the cover but that’s basically all I know.
Experience: [on chapter 1*] So it’s about Maeve (which I’m assuming is a girl’s name) who doesn’t want to take the train and so takes the bus. And that’s basically all that happened in the first (very short) chapter. Maeve seems to have anxiety and is anxious about a lot of things and she leaves her parents for some as of yet unknown reason.
[on chapter 2] I think… the chapters in this book are just a list of things Maeve gets anxious about. Because after suicides on trains (chapter 1), she’s now anxious about being decapitated on the bus she’s on. She gets to her destination, which is a big city and leaves the bus and is now anxious about getting murdered on the street. Ohh wait she’s actually going to her dad. I think.
*these chapters are very short and I would guess about 2-3 pages but it’s an ebook sample so I can’t check the pages.
Verdict: This book is a little weird, but I’m kinda into it? I love the short chapters and Maeve is definitely an intriguing character. I think I’m going to put this on my TBR! I’m also loving figuring out what’s going on as I had no clue what I was getting into with the last two books.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Expectations: Queens of Geek has been on my TBR for a long time actually! I have been wanting to read it because it’s diverse and about cons and it just sounds like a very fun book though I haven’t gotten around to actually getting myself a copy.
Experience: This is again an ebook so no page markers so I’m just going to ramble here a bit.
SupaCon actually sounds very silly to be honest. Like someone who wanted to make “super” cooler and decided that “supa” was the way to go. Anyway, three girls(?), Charlie, Jamie and Taylor, arrive at this “SupaCon”. One of these, Charlie, meets their new manager. Who are they that they have a manager?? Charlie gets a VIP pass but the others don’t and Taylor gets a bit anxious about having to stand in line all weekend (I think she has anxiety).
JAMIE IS A BOY?? Oh whoops. Now they’re talking about some fictional character Taylor is cosplaying. Oh, Charlie is a girl, at least I got something right. And she’s some famous youtuber.
They talk some more with the manager and then they enter the con. They promise each other they’re going to have fun and not worry about anything. And then it ends with a blog post by Taylor.
Verdict: I like it! I’m really intrigued by the famous youtuber thing and the con seems like fun. I don’t know much about the characters yet but they do seem interesting and I’m sure I can enjoy this book.
I hope you had as much fun reading this as I had writing it. I will definitely be continuing this series on hopefully a fortnightly basis because it takes quite a bit of time to read all the chapters and write the blog post.
Have you read any of these books? Or are they still on your TBR? Do you think I judge too harshly?