I am in an annoying reading slump where I really want to read and I’m craving a good book, but nothing I read is actually holding my attention. So I thought I’d embrace the negativity and talk about some books that I read and enjoyed, but would probably not like very much if I read them now. Get ready for a whole lot of YA.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
I genuinely loved this book when I read it. I flew through it and I was blown away. Now I can barely remember anything and have no interest in reading the rest of the series. I probably wouldn’t hate it if I read it now. I would probably think it was mediocre. I think I’d rate it a solid 2.5-3 stars. Not bad, but not by any means mind-blowing.
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Another one that I loved when I first read it. Just like with the one before, I don’t think I’d hate it, I’d just find it meh. Much like I did the final book in the series, which I read fairly recently. I didn’t hate it. I just… didn’t care much. I think I gave it 3 stars. Here, I can also include most dystopians I’ve read such as Divergent, Slated, Legend, The Maze Runner etc. Just not a genre I enjoy much anymore unless it’s really good. I still love The Hunger Games. I re-read them periodically. But all those like… I want to say almost Hunger Games rip-offs that just popped out like mushrooms after rain… meh.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
This one I’m genuinely sad to include on this list. I freaking loved this series for so long and it’s still so sentimental for me. But man, if I read it now, I don’t think I’d even find it mediocre. I might still like some things about it, but I think for the most part, I would not like it. Especially the first books in the series and the last. I’d probably still enjoy book 3 and maybe 4 too, because that was my favourite (I know it’s a lot of people’s least favourite, but I’m a sucker for shapeshifing and slow burn, enemies to friends to lovers sooooo…). I’m kind of nervous about reading the final book in the series. I think in terms of plot, the series has definitely evolved and I’m reasonably confident that it’ll be interesting. But I just absolutely loathe the relationships in this series. I used to really like them, but the way SJM writes romance in recent books just… no.
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
I don’t know if I could get through this series now. I have to give it to Cassandra Clare, her writing truly does improve with each book and I’ve so far enjoyed the new books I’ve read that she’s put out. Although I am a little bit over Shadowhunters in general. I’m still interested in her upcoming series, but beyond that, I’m not sure I will read any more of them. For example, I have no interest in the Alec and Magnus book/series she’s come out with now. Anyway, I think when it comes to TMI, I just would not be able to get through it. I’m still trash for TID though.