Top 5 Tuesday last week, Top 5 Series I want to read this year, was so much fun, so despite my pressing schedule, I decided to clear time to take part in it this time, too! This week’s topic is, Top 5 Books I Don’t Talk About Enough.
I’m sorry, ok? You might have come onto this post looking for some new amazing books to add to your TBR, and chances are, you’ve read this trilogy, watched this trilogy, and love this trilogy, just as much as I do. But I just had to! It’s one of my favourite books of all time, (the concept, the characters, the setting, the writing (even though some people may argue its not that spectacular), the everything) and if you read my review on it, you’ll get the ultimate fangirling version, but since we have some other books to get on to, I’m going to leave it here.
Can I even begin to explain how smart these books are? You simply cannot read them with a half-asleep brain. Trust me, I found that out the hard way, and I had to go chapters back and re-read because I genuinely had no clue what had happened. It’s so amazing (well, looking back it is, at the time I was rather annoyed with myself).
In The Raven Boys, yeah, the plot is really good. But let’s admit it, the majority of the people who love this book don’t love it because of the plot. They love it because of the characters. And I am in no way in the minority. The characters are amazing! Am I just boring, or is Blue anyone else’s favourite? My favourite Raven Boy is probably Gansey, just because he’s so cool. I could never have that much dedication over something so seemingly hopeless, and as much as I would like it otherwise, unless the subject really intrigues me, I generally dislike reading non-fiction.
At the time of reading The Dream Thieves, I was pretty exhausted, and I found the lack of actual action (I’m not sure what I was thinking at the time, of course there was action but the action simply didn’t catch my interest at the time), other than an increasing pace to a coming climax, somewhat boring. However, I went back to it and realised it had honestly just been me. That’s the reason I haven’t posted a review for this book, because when I did write it, it was such a big mash-up and I was like, you know what, let me just leave this! I had really mixed feelings on it, and I was trying to express my frustration but it just ended out all confusing. Even I was confused.
But if I read back, it was just my mood at the time. The Dream Thieves is an amazing book, and because I was forcing my way through it just to finish it, and not enjoying it because I wasn’t in a reading mood, I ended up kind of hating it, but going back to it (which I did), it’s amazing (I’m still leaving the review for now, though, it’s just complicated territory).
So guys, don’t pick up a good book when you’re not in a reading mood, you will end up ruining it! I learnt the hard way (again). I’ve only finished the first two books in The Raven Cycle, and I fully intend to pick up the next one (in fact, it’s on my dressing table) once I’ve finished the current reads I’ve got going.
Look, I know this book is old, I get that. And I know, since a lot of people in this book-blogging community focus more on modern books (and new releases) there is a low chance any of you would have read this book (or even heard of it), from what I’ve currently gathered from what I’ve seen from everyone’s TBRs and reading preferences.
And there is no way I would have ever picked this book up if I hadn’t had to read it for a book club. And then (!) it was cancelled because the teacher of the club decided the book was too advanced for the people of this group since she felt that they would (personally) struggle, seeing their performances/feelings to the other books we had done.
I was kind of bummed. Ok, I was really bummed, because I was so excited for this book! I had never read a book as long as 800 pages before, and the concept really intrigued me. I had been looking forward to it, since I hadn’t ever read book like this before, and as a young teen, eager to explore new grounds.
I still read it though (clearly). And wow, it was one long and arduous read. I still definitely enjoyed it, I’d rate it a 4/5. It was a very longwinded book (and I don’t mean that in as much of a bad way as a good way…) It’s long! Sometimes it just goes on and on and on and I felt like giving up. But no, I was going to do this. I simply couldn’t pass off the opportunity to boast to everyone about reading an 800-page-book (no, really, my young teen mindset).
This book is complicated, intriguing, shocking. There was one time where I was so absolutely flabbergasted I just kept reading the same line over and over, unable to completely comprehend what had just happened. But it is an advanced read, the writing is very dense, but since I was accustomed to reading a lot of classics at that time, it wasn’t too difficult for me.
Either way, I didn’t get to discuss this book with my book club, so I can talk a lot about this book (as you can see from the previous paragraphs). I’m not done talking, so I may or may not end up doing a review on this, just to fully release all of my thoughts and feelings. If it wasn’t for this blog to vent my ranting (and fangirling) about books, I think I may have actually (finally) gone mad (if I haven’t already?…I guess its debatable 😉 ).
This is one of my most favourite books on this universe and I could read it a gazillion times and still love it just as much on my first read. Not a book to be missed! There may be some doubts on The Hunger Games, concern on The Raven Boys and skepticism on The Woman in White, but please, don’t walk away from this precious book!
I love the characters, the storyline, the whole setting, the every single thing from the fried chicken to white babies and moments that will leave you clutching your stomach from hysterical laughter (trust me, I know).
For those of you who know me well (or have been following this blog for a while and have read this and this post), you were probably waiting for this book to come up. I mean, how could it not, you would think?
I’ve been loving this book since the age of eleven, and I can still talk and talk and talk about this book. The characters, their problems, their stories, how they grow and shape and become the amazing characters that I (and so many other people) love so much.
This book will always have a special place in my heart ❤️
And that is it for this post! Wooh! That was long, but it just comes to show that all of the books I chose for this week’s Top 5 Tuesday are 10/10 spot on, since I clearly can’t shut up about them (and guys, that is not a bad thing – let’s embrace it as epic bookworms!).
Have you read any of these books, and are any of the things I said something you would agree or disagree with? Which of these books are your favourite?
Let me know about all your thoughts on this post! I would love to read them!