ahem *delicately coughs into microphone* Well. Here I am with a ~unusual~ sort of blog post. Now, I don’t think I’d be banging my head (mentally) against a table as hard as I am if I wasn’t so close to my town’s library. And trust me, I am very close to the library. As in “I can actually see the library from my bedroom window” close.
Like many other bookworms, I have a ~slight~ weakness for hardcovers and buying books solely for the reason that a series has to be complete. Although I love getting mail as much as the next bookworm does, I have realized that I need to be…umm…a little more cautious with my purchases. Meanwhile, I have a TBR pile (a mental one) that skyrockets through the roof and a wallet that doesn’t really exist anymore. What makes it worse is the fact that libraries are there for you to try out new books, yet not have the commitment of actually paying for them.
These are the only five books that I kind of regret buying and should’ve sought them out at the library, yet there they are, staring back at me from their places on my shelf:
● Throne of Glass // A Court of Thorns & Roses series – Sarah J. Maas ●
Considering the debate around these series and the author…not a huge surprise (other people will have their reasons for liking her books, as do I). But that’s precisely it: I like them. The adventures and action often swept me off my feet, but afterwards, especially now, I’m just left with some images I’d rather forget and deeply rooted debates. Although, I can honestly say that I’m glad I finally discovered what “Feysand” was all about.
I actually own the first Throne of Glass on my Kindle because a friend of mine who’s a huge SJM fan persuaded me to give the series a try. I read it over my winter break, and I remember being scared out of my wits…and also really confused. I decided–at that time–that SJM’s books weren’t really my thing.
Jump about three years, I’ve read all of the Throne of Glass books (the ones that are available that is). And I can honestly say that Sarah J. Maas writes some amazing adventure stories. I’m pretty sure that I read Queen of Shadows in less than two days. Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire are my least favorite, but I loved meeting Manon and Elide in Empire of Storms. I do question Aelin’s decisions
sometimes a lot, though.
So, I probably won’t be buying the rest of the series until after I read the books through the library or something. Ironically, my library doesn’t even have any SJM books (I’ve checked). I will continue with the spinoffs from the ACOTAR series (I tend to like those characters more than from TOG), but probably won’t buy those either because I will mostly be completely Amazon broke when Christmas comes around (there are so many good books coming out!)
● Magnus Chase & the Gods of Asgard – Rick Riordan ●
Yes, sadly, the only Rick Riordan series I’m no longer automatically buying. I was hesitant about the second book in the Trials of Apollo series (the mention of a one and only Leo Valdez solved that problem real fast), but Magnus just seemed too much like Percy Jackson. Plus, I think I’m growing out of certain middle-grade books (I actually prefer middle grade from time to time). The original Rick Riordans will always be my favorites (Kane Chronicles included, but that’s a different story to tell).
● Grisha Trilogy – Leigh Bardugo ●
At least the endings of each book were great. And I did meet a very interesting and hilarious character that makes an appearance in the Six of Crows duology. The first analogy that popped into my head was likening this to running a longer distance race: you start off kind of slowly, then you find your rhythm and things get better, then suddenly you’re sprinting that last lap. Welcome, everybody, to my experience with the Grisha trilogy.
● Legend Trilogy – Marie Lu ●
Those characters are so not fifteen. I might continue with this series, and I might try the Young Elites trilogy again (I don’t think I was in a mood for an antihero). I already have so many books on my radar that who even knows.😂
● Girl in the Blue Coat – Monica Hesse ●
If you’ve ever met me/talked with me, you’ll probably figure out that I’m a huge history nerd. I also happen to have a soft spot for stories concerning World War II in Europe (the Holocaust included; The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender still resonates with me today). So when I saw Girl in the Blue Coat in the bookstore, I chose it over Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (I now own this book, too, but still, I was actually reading TALBILB in the bookstore). I won’t go into tons of details like a mini review–mainly because I don’t remember much–but the ending was such a disappointment that that’s literally all I think of when I see this title. There was a fair amount of buildup to this ending and then it was just so…flat.
Anyways, the lesson of today is to utilize your libraries! Not only do you help them, by checking out books, but you help your wallet! and your limited space! and you don’t have to deal with your family’s bewildered faces of “you have more mail??”!