When you’ve read over 400 books in your life, it’s pretty easy to forget books that you loved, especially if you don’t consider them to be your ultimate favourites. Thanks to my horrific memory – both short and long term – I tend to only talk about books that have either stuck with me for a very long time or I only just read and still have on my mind.
The books that I’m talking about in today’s post are books that I do love, but I just don’t really talk about for many reasons: they’re either books I read a long time ago, or they’re classics, or they’re just not favourites so they’re never really on my mind.
Dracula by Bram Stoker – I don’t talk about classics very often because I don’t read a lot of them, but Dracula is one that I will talk about sometimes because it’s one of my favourites and a huge inspiration to me as a writer.
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell – I first read this book completely unprompted when I was 14, and have since read it twice for academic reasons. And, thankfully, neither of those times have stopped me from loving this book. Yeah, it gets a little heavy at times, but it will still be relevant.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – I know there are a lot of people who hate the fact that studying books is a huge part of school, but I will be thankful that my Year 11 English teacher tried to get us to read this book for our GCSE. Until we switched to Of Mice and Men because one kid decided this one was “too hard”. I wouldn’t have read this at all if we hadn’t read the first chapter.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake – This book was my gateway to horror and not being a big baby anymore, and although it is a little heavy on the romance, I do still love it. And I will always think that the UK cover is better than the US cover because her dress is actually bloodstained on the UK cover.
Forgotten by Cat Patrick – It’s probably a little ironic that I constantly forget that this book exists. I haven’t heard from Cat Patrick in a long time and I do hope she publishes another YA book soon. (I know she has a new book coming out this year but it’s middle grade)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – It feels like a million years since this series was the biggest thing in the world, but the upcoming President Snow book has definitely helped me to remember how much I loved this series when I was a teenager. Until Mockingjay, that is.
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – If you’ve been blogging for as long as I have, you may remember a time when people had a special rating for books that became instant favourites. I gave this book that special rating when I read it years ago, but for some reason, I never finished the series. Hopefully, I will get around to doing that.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I don’t love this series as much as other people do, but I still do it. There’s definitely something special about how Maggie’s books are more character-driven than plot-driven.
Warcross by Marie Lu – I feel like I’m way overdue for a reread of this series because I miss the characters so much. Especially Hideo.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – I’m not the biggest contemporary romance fan, so I don’t talk about them all that often, but this book is still a whole lot of fluffy goodness.
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What books do you love but rarely talk about?