Hi friends 👋🏻 I feel like it’s been a long time since I did a tag that really made me use my brain, and this one really made me think.
I think we all have those books that we want to read so that we can be involved in conversations about them, but when you finally get around to picking them up, your brain clams up and just doesn’t want anything to do with it. There are definitely a lot of popular books that I wish I could beam their contents into my brain so that I don’t have to sheepishly say “oh I haven’t read that one”. We should have that technology by now, it’s already the future.
This tag was created by Jami @ Jamishelves!
1: A book that you feel you need to read because everyone talks about it
I haven’t been around the book side of the internet for a while and I don’t really see trending books anyway so this was a little tough for me to think of, but my mind always comes back to the Percy Jackson series. There are so many books in this series that it seems like a big commitment to get into, and that’s kind of a shame because the characters sound so great!
2: A book that’s really long
Dune is a book that I’ve been interested in for a long time, but just looking at a physical copy chills my blood. I’m not very good at reading long books but I don’t outright hate them, I just need to really take my time with them as if it’s a marathon. And with the new movie coming out very soon, I keep remembering that I want to read it, but again, that page count just knocks me off of my feet and I end up cowering away from it. Maybe I’ll read it someday but who knows 🤷🏻♀️
3: A book you’ve owned/had on your TBR for too long
I have actually read about half of The Dead Zone, and I enjoyed what I read, but for some reason, my 14-year-old self thought that just not finishing it and taking it back to the library when I was enjoying it was a good idea. Why did I think that? I have no idea. But I’ve had my own copy sitting on my TBR for just over ten years now. I may get around to finally finishing it in October, but chances are I won’t.
4: A book that is ‘required’ reading
(eg, school text, really popular classic – something you feel obligated to read!)
I have so many conflicted feelings about Lolita. Yeah, the writing style is supposed to be beautiful, but it’s the fact that it’s narrated by a child molester that makes my skin crawl. I totally understand that Nabokov wrote the narrator to be a disgusting worm (because that’s what he is) and hated the fact that people misinterpreted his book as being about a “promiscuous young woman” (a 12-year-old girl is not a ‘young woman’), but it’s still there.
5: A book that intimidates you
I can’t really pick just one book in the Lord of the Rings series because the whole thing intimidates me. High fantasy has never really been my genre because it kind of just throws you in at the deep end and expects you to figure out how to swim. What doesn’t really help was that I tried reading The Hobbit when I was a kid and found it boring, and I’ve been told by other people that a lot of it is just the two of them walking to the volcano thing. I’m intimidated by the movies too, so I’m doing really well here.
6: A book that you think might be slow
If almost ten years of reading and studying Gothic fiction has made me realise something, it’s that Gothic novels are usually slow. That’s because they’re more about building up an atmosphere and focus on terror (scary things that you can’t see or feel) rather than horror (blood and guts). Jane Eyre, on the other hand, looks glacial to me. I did not expect it to be as long as it is, so my expectations are that it will take me a very long time to read due to both the pace and me not being a very fast reader.
7: A book you need to be in the right mood for
I have had a copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray for a long time and I’m pretty sure I got it just because it’s Gothic, but I only have the vaguest idea of what it’s about. Usually, I don’t care that much about spoilers for things that are over 100 years old, but I have wanted to go into this one without knowing too much about it since it doesn’t get talked about much outside of Gothic and horror circles. The problem with that is that because I don’t really know what I’m getting into, I don’t know what mood I need to be in for me to read it. I’ve kind of backed myself into a corner here.
8: A book you’re unsure if you will like
I loved The Raven Cycle, but I wasn’t a huge fan of Ronan like everyone else seemed to be. Abrasive characters who only soften for one particular person aren’t my favourite kinds of characters so when I found out that Maggie Stiefvater was writing a series of novels that centre on Ronan, I kind of deflated a little. Ronan is an interesting character, I won’t argue with that, but I just don’t think I’d be able to get through a whole series of books where he is the primary focus instead of someone else.
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What books do you wish you could just beam into your brain without having to read them?