Books I didn’t know were popular when I read them

I’ve always been a reader, but I’ve only been a part of the online bookish community for the past 5 or so years. Becoming a part of the bookish community has definitely introduced me to a lot of books, authors and genres. But there are a few series that are wildly popular in the bookish community (or at least were at that time) that I read without actually knowing they were super popular.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

This is probably the most popular and the one that is still super popular now. I started this series when there were only 3 of them out. By that point, I was already on the fringes of the book community. I had joined goodreads and that’s how I found out about it. But I didn’t realise it was so popular until after reading it. I was just browsing Goodreads and the synopsis of it intrigued me so I read it and then binged the remaining two books. And then I found out that everyone was talking about it.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Another one that I just found on Goodreads but was unaware of its popularity until later. I had read The Hunger Games, so I was looking to books similar to that on GR and this came up as one, so I read them and then found out they were even making a film.

The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore


By the time I really got into the bookish community, these were already losing popularity because of all the controversy surrounding the author. But as I was reading them, I was unaware of both their former popularity and their fall from grace.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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I actually originally started reading this series years ago. Like way, way back probably around when it first came out. But I wasn’t really fussed about it. I then re-read it (I didn’t even realise I was re-reading it until I started remembering things that were happening). I was unaware of its popularity on both occasions.

Burn, Rewrite or Reread Book Tag

I wanted to do a book tag today because I love doing book tags, so I was looking for a cool one to do and I saw this one over at Thrice Read and I decided to do this. So here it goes.

The Rules:

-Randomly choose 3 books.(You can use the ‘Random’ option on your Goodreads read shelf.)

-For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.

-Repeat until you’ve completed three four rounds.

Round one


Burn: The Captive by L.J Smith. I didn’t really like this book. Or this series, in fact. It’s actually part of my latest addition to my “Series I won’t finish” list.

Rewrite: The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe. It’s not that I think this needs rewriting, it’s just that I would rather reread the other one.

Reread: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. I used to love Jules Verne’s books and it’s been forever since I last read or reread one of them. So I would like to reread this.

Round two:


Burn: The Fall of Five by Pirracus Lore. I don’t care much about this book or this series. It’s another one of those series I won’t be finishing.

Rewrite: The Seventh Dwarf by Eoin Colfer. I would rewrite this to be longer because Much Diggums. I want more of this gross kleptomaniac. I just… please. Actually, I want more in the Aretmis Fowl series. Please.

Reread: This was obviously going to be Order of the Phoenix. Not only is this a HP book, but it’s my second favourite HP book. Of course I want to reread it.

Round three:


Burn: Slither by Joseph Delaney. It seems I consistently get one book in a series I don’t care about very much so it’s so easy to pick the burns. That isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy this book. It’s actually one of my favourites in the series. I just don’t care about the series that much.

RewriteBitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I would just rewrite this to include more details about King Leck and his rule. Because he may have been a crazy, delusional sadist, but he was hella interesting.

Reread:  Paper Towns by John Green. I loved this book, I loved the mystery and the themes and the black Santas and all.

Round four:


Burn: Adrift in the Pacific: Two Years Holiday by Jules Verne. Sorry, Jules. I love you and all, but you can’t compare to time travel and parallel universes and certainly not to my Queen.

Rewrite: The Very First Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor. I would rewrite this to be less confusing. I am still confused about when and where exactly this takes place. And if it’s in a parallel universe, why is it relevant to the series and how does it work?

Reread: It was obviously going to be Queen of Shadows. This book was just awesome and why wouldn’t I want to reread it?


I did an extra round because I enjoyed doing it so much. I’m going to tag my 5 newest followers to do this because thank you for following me and let’s get to know each other. If  you’ve already done this and don’t want to do it again or simply don’t like this kind of posts, that’s fine! But if you do decide to do it, leave a link to your post in the comments below.

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5 Series I Probably Won’t Finish – Part Two

5 Series I Probably Won’t Finish – Part Two

Part one.

1. The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

beautifulcreaturesgarciastohlThis is another one that I did not like. I read the first book and then I even gave it away because I just didn’t like it. The characters were annoying, it had a “new kid in high-school” thing going on and I generally dislike plots like that, and it was really just a book about a bunch of narrow-minded bullies. It was boring and way too long for how little happened.

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2. The Gifting by K. E. Ganshert

the giftingThis is another new kid in school paranormal. But I may have read the second one if it hadn’t been for the ending. The ending just pissed me off. I have a review of the book where I talk more about that if you’re interested, but yeah, I will not be continuing with this series.

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3. The Wardstone Chronicles (AKA The Last Apprentice) by Joseph Delaney

298567This is a middle-grade supernatural series. I enjoyed it at the time I read them. I read most of them, even though there are a lot (13 or 14). But I think I have one book left or so and I just sort of lost interest in the series, so I won’t be finishing it. I actually think I did finish the main series, but there are some extra stuff I didn’t read. I’m not sure, it’s been a while. I did really like it though. Especially I am Grimalkin. That one’s my favourite. Grimalkin FTW!

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4. The Starblade Chronicles by Joseph Delaney

51ndbx8gtul-_ac_ul320_sr208320_This is a sequel series to The Wardstone Chronicles. I read the first book, but then I lost interest in the whole story, so I probably won’t be continuing.

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5. Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore

i_am_number_four_coverI’ve read most of them. I was up to date at some point, but then I wasn’t. I just lost interest once I had to wait. Because it’s not a spectacular series. I mean, they’re easy and quick to read and the story isn’t bad, but it’s not very high-quality literature. So yeah, don’t think I will be finishing them. Especially since I’ve heard of the things the guy who owns the writing company that is behind the series has done, which are not cool. And normally, I try not to judge the book by the author, but I really don’t want to endorse the guy in any way. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the Wikipedia page about it.