As book bloggers – or part of the book community one way or another, whether it’s because we post on Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram… – we’re often asked about very popular books, both in real life and on the internet. Sometimes though, I draw a blank, because I just haven’t read that book, for some reason. I can’t be the only one who has gone through this, can I? But because there are so many overhyped mediocre books – especially when they’re written by white authors, I just don’t have the time for every one of them… So today I’ll share the books people inquire about the most and that haven’t read – or could never finish – and I’ll ask you :
Are they really worth it, or should I keep ignoring their existence? Visit the post to vote! (for some reason, the polls don’t appear on the WordPress reader)
- A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin : So, I’ve done the unthinkable for a book lover : I’ve watched the TV show and never read the books. I’ve tried once and abandoned the task because I was bored to tears after a hundred pages, but given the clusterfuck that was the end of the show, I’ve been reconsidering my choice…
- Dune by Frank Herbert : When my baby brother was a teen, he loved these books and I’ve always told myself that I’d read them someday… But never felt brave enough to. Should I try?
- Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead : Back when Jennifer L. Armentrout’s novels were part of my favorites (I knooooow, sigh), I’ve read her Covenant series and came across reviews that said it was a rip-off from VA, and that made me curious… Now that my tastes have changed though, I’m not sure I should give in…
- Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare : I’ve read The Mortal Instruments in 2018 and really disliked the incest plot point, but I’ve heard that this series is different… Enough to try it?
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine : This one is part of almost every “YA book you should read” list but somehow it never appealed to me… Should it?
- Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson : As a Fantasy reader, I’ve been recommended this book too many times to count but as it’s often the case with LONG series, I’ve always felt a bit hesitant about trying them… Are they really worth my time?
- Sabriel by Garth Nix : I’m sorry I’m so shallow, but that cover always throws me off every time I stumble upon it on my Kindle 🙈 Should I ignore my instinct on this?
- The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien : Don’t confiscate my Fantasy reader card and hear my out! I found the first book so boring the first time I tried it that I’ve never even finished it 🙈 Are the books getting better or should I stay happy I’ve watched the movies?