The sweet Jess over at Reading With Jessica tagged me in the Spring Cleaning Book Tag! I love tags, and I get extra-excited when I am tagged in them personally rather than a free-for-all because it enables me to feel like I have friends, LOL. Oh, life. Anyway!
The struggle of getting started: A book or series you struggle to begin because of its size.
I am going to go with the Throne of Glass series – not necessarily because they are too long, but there are so many, with so many short stories. I have tried so many times to read Throne of Glass itself, but it just bored me to tears. I don’t think this series is for me – which is fine, I adored A Court of Thorns & Roses and can’t wait to read the next book.
Cleaning out the closet: A book or series you want to unhaul.
These have already been unhauled, but I owned the first 5 in this series before giving up on them entirely. I wanted to like Clare – I really did. Everyone did! But I read the first 3, got sidetracked for years, and when I went back to try City of Bones again it … didn’t work for me. I might pick them back up again one day, but I doubt it.
Opening windows and letting fresh air in: A book that was refreshing.
I will sing the praises of Eliza and her Monsters forever and ever. It not only makes anxiety relatable, but it gives us a character who is as deeply entrenched in Internet culture as I was as a teenager, and it gives us what is probably the most realistic YA romance I’ve ever read. Everyone – everyone – needs to read this book.
Washing out the sheets: A book with a scene you wish you could rewrite.
This is probably cheating, but I don’t care: any YA book that shoehorns in some random make out/heavy petting/sex scene. I feel like 75% of YA novels throw in some random “bonus” love scene that you could remove entirely and it wouldn’t change the plot of the book at all. This is what stops me from rating a whole bunch of books higher in stars – the world is about to end or something, do you really need to stop to admire your boyfriend’s alabaster skin and crimson hair?
Throwing out unnecessary knick knacks: A book in a series you didn’t think was necessary.
Novellas. Legitimately, any novella book probably does not need to exist. Off the top of my head, the Lunar Chronicles is a repeat offender on this list.
Polishing doorknobs: A book that had a clean finish.
Everything I’ve ever read by Shusterman has had a similar reaction from me – “what!?” and a desire to chuck the book across the room. That’s how you know you really got me, and that I’m chomping at the bit for more. Scythe in particular had an amazing ending, but Neal Shusterman has absolutely gotten the art of crafting a conclusion down to a science.
Reaching to dust the fan: A book that tried too hard to relay a certain message.
“Hey, fellow kids. I am a cool and relatable author. See what happens when you trust a random guy you meet at the park? He locks you in his house and threatens to trap your sister with Down Syndrome in his torture basement. It’s normal, I swear. Just don’t go to the park. Your friends’ husbands are also probably evil, too. You will spend hours contemplating who among your own is most likely to be a sociopath. You’re welcome.”
The tiring, yet satisfying finish of spring cleaning: A book series that was tiring but satisfying to get through.
I was privileged enough to get to the A Series of Unfortunate Events books as they were released – I was right at the target age range, and even though I had grown out of middle grade books by the time the 13th and final book was published, I had grown up with Snicket and was so happy to have done so. This series expanded my vocabulary more than anything else – at least, I give it that credit.
This was a blast to do – thanks again for tagging me, Jessica!