Hello everybody! Today, I’m doing the #BookternetGivesBack challenge, which was created by Rachael-Marie to raise money for COVID-19 relief funds and which I saw on my lovely friend Ross’s blog. The idea is to go through the list of popular books in the bookish community, and talk about whether you’ve read and why/why not. Onto the post!
Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give, On the Come Up)
I’ve read the Hate U Give- I didn’t love it as much as most people do, but I think it’s a really important book and I’m definitely I read it. It’s about an unarmed black man being killed by the police in America, and it’s incredibly powerful and moving; there’s a section that made me cry. I’m not sure whether or not I’ll ever read On the Come Up, it does sound interesting but I don’t own it yet!
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
This is a really boring answer but I’ve not read these and I’ve not even got half an idea of what they’re about. I think they might be dystopia? Maybe? Leigh Bardugo (Shadow & Bone, Six of Crows) I’ve read Six of Crows, which I thought was alright, and about a quarter of Shadow and Bone, which just irritated me somehow. I didn’t have any huge reason for not liking it.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
I’ve not read these, but I know a fair bit about them! I have read Doll Bones by the same author though, and the first Magisterium book is on my TBR.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
I’ve never heard of this, I don’t think it sounds up my alley based on the title though.
VE Schwab (Shades of Magic, This Savage Song)
I’m not very interested in their YA/adult, but I’ve read the first two Cassidy Blake books, which I really liked both of. They’re so fun!
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
I have not read these, but I HAVE read Heartless. Which was one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read; I was on strong medication at the time, to be fair, and it wasn’t that bad but if a book leaves me wondering if I’ve hallucinated what I’ve just read, it doesn’t make me very keen to pick up another by the same author!
Adam Silvera (More Happy Than Not, They Both Die At the End)
I haven’t ever read Adam Silvera, even though I’ve always meant to! I think I own History is All You Left Me (at least I don’t think I’ve ever unhauled the copy I bought when it was part of the Zoella book club thing… although where it is I have no idea), and I definitely have What if It’s Us (which he co-wrote with Becky Albertalli)
Cassandra Clare (Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices)
Up until April, this would have been a no, but I started them because my best friend at uni adores them, and I ended up really liking them! I’ve now read the Mortal Instruments and the Dark Artifices. And Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. I’ll definitely be reading the others as well!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This is on my TBR! I’m so excited to read it, I’ve heard so many amazing things about Taylor Jenkins Reid and I love the sound of basically all her books. And I saw a Daisy Jones and the Six tattoo on Booktube the other day that I think is GORGEOUS. Which isn’t really relevant, but loving that has made me want to read her sooner.
Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer, Daughter of Smoke & Bone)
I’ve not read any Laini Taylor. I have a feeling I did start Daughter of Smoke and Bone then give up on it very quickly, but I could be mixing it up with something else.
Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
I’ve not read these, but I’m pretty intrigued by them- these are the sci fi ones with multimedia formatting, right? I really like books that do that.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Not read these, the concept is really interesting but I don’t honestly see myself ever picking them up.
Sarah J Maas (Throne of Glass, A Court of Thorns and Roses)
I know a fair bit about these because of book Twitter/people telling me about them, but I’ve not read them! I’m kind of tempted to try Throne of Glass though.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
I haven’t read these, I don’t actually know that much about them though to say whether I’d want to or not. The only reason I’ve heard of them is because Twitter went mad when they changed covers halfway through and I couldn’t log on without seeing them mentioned.
Seanan McGuire (Every Heart A Doorway)
I really, really want to read these! Basically everyone I know of who has is obsessed with them, and they sound SO good. However, they’re ridiculously pricey for novellas (it’s like £15 for some of them, and I’m not paying that for less than 200 pages). So when it’ll actually happen I don’t know.
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
Not read these, don’t think they’d be my thing!
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I’ve read all of these, I did over a couple of months after watching the first film which is such a great adaptation! The second one’s my favourite, but I REALLY didn’t like the adaptation; removing the assassins game was such a stupid idea, in my opinion. And them changing so much of the plotline annoyed me so much as well
Thank you so much for reading! If you’d like to donate to the fundraiser, you can find it here.