First tag of the year! I saw this tag on Myonna Reads’ channel and knew I had to try it. It’s basically about all the times you changed your mind about books. This tag has some interesting questions I haven’t answered before, so I’m really excited to share my answers.
A book you rated high but have now changed your mind about or a book you rated low and changed your mind about
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
When I first reviewed this book last year, I gave it 5 stars. However, as time went on and I thought about it more, I realized I had some problems with it. Bardugo retcons her magic system, which has always been one of my favorite aspects of the Grishaverse. She also recycles old villains, instead of giving the readers something new. As well-written as this book is, it feels kind of lazy. I’ve since lowered my rating to 4 stars, but even that might be a bit generous.
A book you bought because of the cover but might not read
The Truants by Kate Weinberg
I never buy a book I don’t intend on reading. Sometimes I never wind up reading a few books, but I bought them because I thought I would read them. That said, I don’t see myself reading this book anytime soon and it was absolutely the cover that drew me to it.
A book you constantly put on your TBR but can’t seem to get to
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
In my defense, this book is really long and really dense.
A hyped book you aren’t sure you’re interested in
Bad Reputation Duet by Krista & Becca Ritchie
I used to be a huge fan of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series, but have no desire to read the spin-off about their kids. This duology, however, is about Willow and Garrison who appear in the original series. I suspect I’d probably like this series, but I don’t know if I want to give it a chance given how badly they messed up their Like Us series. If you’ve read it, let me know if I should too.
A book you DNF’d
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
I totally see the appeal of this book, but I had it on pause for so long that I no longer cared what happened. I don’t have any negative feelings toward this book, I’ve just grown out of YA. If you still like YA, I definitely recommend it.
A book you were loving until the ending made you think twice or a book you weren’t sure you liked until it’s epic ending
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
For the most part, this book was a letdown. But the ending was exciting and invites so much cool conflict for the sequel to tackle. I still haven’t decided if I’ll read The Silver Serpents, but if I do it’s because of this book’s ending.
A series you were loving and then decided not to continue or a series you weren’t sure about but now want to continue
Magisterium by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
I really enjoyed the first book and the way it subverts the Chosen One trope. Unfortunately, it’s been so long since I read it that I no longer have any interest in continuing the series. Get it for your kids, though!
A genre you used to like but now don’t read or a genre you used to not read but now love
I never understood the appeal of romance books until I started reading F/F romances. I get it now. You get to live vicariously through their love and feel giddy over it. I never cared about heterosexual romance when that’s all the story is, but that’s because I can’t relate. Reading F/F romances made everything click.
A character you changed your mind about (either good or bad)
From The Diviners by Libba Bray, at first I thought Sam was going to be yet another bad boy. On the contrary, he’s a good guy who’s just a little rough around the edges. He loves his mother and sees himself as the lesser choice for Evie. He has to deal with being a Jewish boy in 1920s America. And I love him so much.
Do you have any answers to any of these questions? Let me know in the comments! If you try your own hand at this tag, don’t forget to ping me back so I can read it!