Have you ever walked into a bookstore determined to buy a book you haven’t read, but you don’t end up reading it? I know I have. My “to read” list grows all the time as I discover new authors or even old ones I’ve read before. Here is a brief list of books I keep meaning to read but haven’t.
The Alloy of law by Brandon Sanderson
I absolutely LOVED the Mistborn novels! I’ve heard that the next three in the series are awesome, and I keep checking them out at the library but somehow never find the time or motivation to read them. It will still happen someday!
Scythe by Neil Shusterman
At the time, I had been following Simon Schuster on Facebook, and a post came up on “which book should you read next?” I matched with this book, I went to the bookstore and bought it. And…I still haven’t read it.
ready player One
I loved the movie. Absolutely loved it. And I want to read the book. It’s just one of those things I keep putting off.
Spinning Silver by Naomi Navik
I recently went to a writer’s conference and attended a class that mentioned this book several times. It immediately piqued my interest. However, I’ve gone to the library multiple times and I cannot for the life of me find it. I’ll just have to place a hold. Either that or just buy it! But I’m weird about buying books. I’ll check them out at the library first, and if I like it enough to own it, I’ll buy it. Sometimes even in multiple formats.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Honestly, I would have read this a long time ago, but I’m confused about the order of the books. I’ve looked it up time and again, and it seems that there is a prequel, but not really, but pretty much. But if I read this book before the prequel, would it make sense? My confusion has prevented me from reading this, despite the amazing things I’ve heard about this series. I will read it eventually! As soon as I figure out which book comes first…
I really enjoyed this novella. It was a cute regency romance with characters I kept cheering for to have their own happy ending. I love Theodore’s character arc and the depth of love he has for Eleanor. A sweet, clean romance that I definitely recommend!
I’ve only started to get serious about my writing in the last year, and what a year it has been! I had attended an author event for Sarah M. Eden, although I didn’t really know who she was at the time. It was then that I realized I didn’t want to write for fun anymore. I sat down that very night, scrolled through Pinterest to find something to spark a book idea, and thus, Bloodborn was forged!
And so began the agonizing process of sending queries to agents and publishers, and the entire time of waiting, I was crossing my fingers to catch the attention of The Wild Rose Press. I was over the moon when they reached out to me to ask for my full manuscript, and then again to offer a contract for my book baby.
To date, my book has gone through three rounds of edits, is undergoing a copy edit as we speak, and I’m waiting on the edge of my seat for the cover art. I admit that I’m nervous about the cover. Will it be something I want to promote? Will it be something I’m proud to show others? Will it be something I will like?
Waiting is the unfortunate drawback of the publishing world, but to have this opportunity is absolutely incredible. I still don’t have cover art. I still don’t have a release date. But this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to my dreams of publication. Crossing my fingers that The Wild Rose Press will want to publish the second in the Bloodborn series as well as my regency novel, I Am Marianne.
I loved this book. Period. Did I enjoy the movie as well? You bet! I’m one of those people who can still enjoy the movie adaptations of a book. This is the kind of material I would read on my own as well and not just as an assignment in class.
Although this was not only graphic at times but depressing as well, I was engrossed from beginning to end, just like I was with The Diary of Anne Frank. To read about these events through the eyes of those who lived them really alters your perspective.
The Great Gatsby
I loved reading this book. I loved the characters, the scenes, the mystery of it all. And you guessed it, I enjoyed the movie as well. Leonardo DeCaprio was perfect as Gatsby, and Spiderman (er, I mean Tobey Maguire) made a good Nick Carraway. The book was filled with symbolism and fascinating characters, how could I not enjoy reading it?
One thing many books I read in high school had in common was that they were all depressing. (Okay, so maybe not all of them are, but I’d say a good chunk of them are downers). Why do highschoolers need to be subjected to such a low and depressed state? Why not broaden our horizons and expose us to books that are uplifting or interesting? I would have loved to read Jane Austen or something more modern like Brandon Sanderson. Instead, I had to read tales of woe in Romeo and Juliet and murder in Of Mice and Men.
Although there are many I could touch up on, here are just a few of the books I didn’t care for in high school.
Of Mice and Men
That’s a good word for it. Why would anyone want to read about killing small creatures and (spoiler alert) young women?
The Scarlet Letter
Again, depressing. More death, more self-punishment, more loss.
I know this is probably a strange one to add to the list of books I didn’t like, but it’s here. Reading it actually frustrated me at times, and I found no joy in it.
The Old Man and the Sea
Talk about droning on and on!!! I feel like I’m stuck in a whirlpool of never ending description, and no matter how many pages I get through, it won’t stop. How many ways can you describe a fish?
Yikes. You might as well encourage young high school students to commit suicide with this one. Kids that age don’t need to be exposed to something like this. Sure, there is great imagery, there is amazing symbolism, but I’d prefer that if it’s read at all, it should be read on your lonesome or maybe in college. Not in high school.
Of course, there are also books I really enjoyed! Stay tuned for another blog post with the books I actually liked reading in high school.
30,000 words and an entire book later, I finally finished Bloodscourge! I stopped halfway through to write a regency romance, and came back to it right after to finish the final 30,000 words. Now the question is…do I edit the book, or should I write the 2nd in my regency series…
Oh dear, regency it is!