Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week they provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. You don’t have to do all ten. Instead you can do three, five, fifteen, whatever you want. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.
This week’s theme is Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read.
Look. Look. I don’t know why I can’t stop reading these. Each one is worse than the lass but then Maas throws in a little nugget of character development that just sucks me back in like quicksand. For instance, I am currently more than half through Empire of Storms and have sworn this whole book that I won’t be reading anymore. NOPE! Then Dorian and Manon. I am half in love with Manon myself. Now I am sucked in again. WHY DO I KEEP DOING THIS TO MYSELF! I know, logically, that these stories really aren’t very good. I’m sorry, but they aren’t, however Mass sure can suck you in. I have never had an OTP. Ever. Not in a single book. But here I am sitting rooting for Dorian and Manon like a crazed pre-teen fangirl. I’m too old for this shit.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This was a book I reviewed very early on in Literary Weaponry’s life. I had been hearing about it everywhere and was so excited to read it. When I was finally able to pick it up from the library I dove in with a gusto…and ended up really not liking the book. But you know what? That was fine. I’m glad I read it and found out that Bardugo’s world for these stories wasn’t for me. Better than wondering about it for ages, right?
Caraval by Stephanie Garber. This pick is a little different. I read this book and hated it so much that I swore that I would never read Garber again. Nope, not kidding. Then, somehow, I ended up with an ARC of Legendary. I still haven’t figured out how that landed in my possession. Long story short, I read Legendary and absolutely adored it. It was pure magic. If I hadn’t read Caraval, despite the fact that I hated it, I would never have read Legendary and it was well worth suffering through the annoyance that was Scarlett.
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. I’m taking an altered approach with this book. When I picked it up I truly expected to HATE it. All caps. Yup, I intentionally read a book I expected to hate. I grabbed this one as audio for a long drive and, well, I was pretty upset at the time and wanted something to listen to that would elicit strong emotions. What happened? I ended up really enjoying this book. I 100% expected to write a bashing post about it but instead I gave it a 4/5. This book was exactly what I needed at the time for all the reasons I didn’t expect. I’m rather grateful for it.
There are my five for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. I’m going back to reading Empire of Storms now and shouting at Dorian and Manon. They have my blood pressure up. And lets not even get started on Lorcan…these characters are going to kill me.