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Thoughts #47: Books I’m Unsure About Reading

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Are there any books out there that you keep seeing, that your friends seem to love, but when you look at them, read the blurb, think about it, you’re all… eh? *shrug*

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Part of me wonders if I’m being particularly judgmental with some of these books. I mean, lots of people have claimed that they are AMAZING after all. So here’s what I’m unsure about, and I’ve got a poll at the end where you can help me to decide whether I should give any of these titles a chance!

Stormdancer

First on the list… Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1) by Jay Kristoff. I’m unsure about this mostly because of the author… he did most of his research about Japan via Wikipedia and anime. And to me, the book has a lot of negative ‘weeaboo’ connotations because of this. Yet I still haven’t dismissed it entirely because a lot of my blogger/Goodreads friends have loved it.

Geek Girl

Geek Girl (Geek Girl #1) by Holly Smale is a similar story – I know lots of people who absolutely loved it. I enjoy reading books about geeks or people who are particularly passionate about something, because I can relate to them. However, I’m not sure whether this book is too far onto the ‘Young’ side of Young Adult for me.

Dune

Yeah, I know, this feels kind of blasphemous as a massive fan of science fiction. However, I’ve tried to read Dune (Dune Chronicles #1) by Frank Herbert several times, and have just never gotten into it. For this reason I’m hesitant to try again – but it’s such a sci-fi classic!

Clockwork Angel

I feel like I would enjoy the fantasy and paranormal elements of Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices #1), but I’m unsure after hearing mixed things about her writing and also some slightly negative stuff about the author herself.

Now for the poll!

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Would you urge me to read any of these books? Are there any books you’re unsure about reading?

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24 thoughts on “Thoughts #47: Books I’m Unsure About Reading”

  1. Stormdancer has been on my TBR forever!

    I really enjoyed Clockwork Angel! I’m one of those people who love Clare’s work from start to finish. I just lover her characters and the twists she writes. If you enjoy Steampunk (or want to give it a try), I highly recommend it.

    1. Eventually, I most likely will. It’s just that the first few times haven’t worked out, so I have to somehow make myself pick it up again… ๐Ÿ˜›

      1. I’ve only read it once, and I really can’t remember it. I’ve been wondering about a re-read so if that would help motivate you I might organise one later this year ๐Ÿ™‚ Moral support and all that!

      2. Leave it with me. Second half of the year I reckon – I’m about to disappear for 10 days, so I’ll bang the drum when I get back ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I have felt the same way as you about reading some books. Then I tried a different way, I am currently listening to “DUNE” via audiobook and it works out great, full unabridged! You might want to try some of the books in this format.

  3. I wouldn’t recommend any Cassandra Clare. Ever. But I enjoyed Stormdancer for the relationship between the MC and her BFF, and Geek Girl was unexpectedly good. It’s a little young, but there are also some HILARIOUS scenes. The humour is very British XD

    1. I think it was actually your review of Clockwork Angel that made me remember this should be on my list ๐Ÿ˜› And I think I heard of Geek Girl first through your blog!

  4. I have tried Stormdancer earlier this year, but at that time it didn’t work for me (was SO overwhelmed by all the details and words he threw at me) I want to give it another shot next year and I do hope I will fall in love with it like all my friends.

  5. Girl, you have to read Dune. Let me tell you that I was on the fence about it for…probably like a decade. And when I finally hunkered down and read it, I loved it so much! The world building, the story….just really impressive. For me, I just couldn’t get past the first few chapters because Frank Herbert just throws you into the world and it was a bit disorienting. But once you get to Arrakis, it gets a whole lot more exciting!! Also, I found Clockwork Angel a bit on the “eh” side. Again, there was lots of hype and my friend and I finally got around to reading it. I liked it well enough, but there are better reads out there, imo. Maybe it’s because I don’t read as much YA as I used to… Don’t know much about the other two but good luck with whichever you pick and happy holidays ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Haha ๐Ÿ™‚ Like I said above, I’m sure I’ll read it eventually… I just feel like I have to be in the right mood/frame of mind, because I’ve failed to get very far with it several time. I’ll remember that bit about Arrakis then!

  6. I understand this; I feel the same way about several books! I think the two that I feel the most weird about not being interested in are The Raven Cycle and the Throne of Glass books. I might would love them; there are books I went into skeptically before and they worked well for me, but sometimes you just feel like maybe they really aren’t going to be for you…

    1. The Raven Cycle was good, but I’ve only read the first book. I’m interested in reading the others but I don’t feel an urgent need to get them. There are plenty of books that I feel that way about… they *might* work for me, but there are so many others that I desperately want to read that they take precedence instead.

  7. I DNF-ed Geek Girl before the hype took off. Harriet was such an annoying MC to me that by the end of the third chapter I had enough. She was also incredibly dumb for a geek who kept dropping useless trivia. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend it at all.

    1. Oh really? I can’t stand it when the MC is unlikeable… unless it’s in that sort of scampy, mischievous way that it’s supposed to be, like in Prince of Fools.

    1. Hi Chrystal! Dune for sure, it got 61% of the vote ๐Ÿ˜€ But from the other 3… maybe Stormdancer, just to test the waters? Only if I see it in the library though.

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