Hello and happy Monday everyone! I hope you’ve had a nice weekend and are ready for the week ahead of you. ❤️ My plan is to get as much reading done as possible until Wednesday as I’m participating in a readathon hosted by Destiny and I didn’t read anything the first day. 🙈
But before I dedicate my time to reading and more Queer Eye episodes (I’m not finished with season 3 yet) I thought I’d talk about some really popular books I’m kind of afraid to start reading.
Like, these books are so, so beloved (or already so beloved in the case of one of these books) and I’m just a bit worried I won’t end up loving them as much as everyone else (aka Harry Potter). Here’s what I want to read but also am a bit afraid to read!
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
This book has been pretty much everywhere again recently – especially with the announcement of the upcoming sequel. And it seems like pretty much everyone loves this book and can’t wait for that sequel and I’m just sitting over here, having no idea what the hype is all about as I haven’t read the book yet.
Here’s the thing though. Way back when I first read Fangirl (aka when I didn’t love contemporary as much as I do now) I remember really enjoying the bits and pieces we would get of the fanfiction the character in Fangirl was writing. To the point that I had made it my mission to read Carry On soon. It’s been years since. And as this post shows, I still haven’t read this book. 😂
I think part of it was also the fact that this sounded like Harry Potter quite often and myself back then didn’t want anything to do with Harry Potter. Now, I don’t really care. I just want a fantastic story and this does sound like it might be exactly that!
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Having this book up on my list actually pains me. I’m a huge fan of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and I was so excited to read something else by her and now the finale in the trilogy is coming out this year and I haven’t even started reading the first book yet.
Plus, Caro is basically always encouraging me to start reading this already whenever I bring this book up in a post and my answer is always ‘I wish there was an audiobook!‘ *cries* because for some stupid reason I’m intimidated by this around 500 page book (if I remember correctly)?!?! I’ve read books that are 700, 800 and 900+ pages long – why does it seem like such a huge number here???
But yeah, I might just make it my mission to get caught up in time for the end of the trilogy that way I get to binge read this and experience all the god damn feels I’m sure Marissa will make me feel.
Illuminae by Amy Kaufmann & Jay Kristoff
Here’s a more recent addition to my line up. I didn’t have this trilogy high on my TBR at all until I fell in love with Godsgrave and got this urge to read all of Jay Kristoff’s other books.
I love that this is mixed media which is something I’ve never experienced in a book before and I’m sure it’ll make for a fantastic reading experience, plus: I already have the audiobook as Sandra sent it to me ages ago.
This book also kind of feels like it’s almost a classic in the Young Adult age range and something you should definitely have at least given a try once. So, that’s exactly what I’ll be doing! 👍
The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo & Daisy Jones And The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Here we have two books that have been absolutely everywhere for months now and Daisy Jones & The Six hasn’t even been out that long and it’s still pretty much everywhere. People are constantly raving about the narration style (it’s apparently told in an interview setting and the audiobook is supposedly really, really, really good!) and just how good the book is in general. To the point where people finish the book and then go straight back to the beginning to start over.
And while I would like to say that I don’t get swayed by hype too much that’s just a straight up lie. I need to know what everyone else is talking about. I need to know if it’s a book I’ll end up loving, praising and never shutting up about too. So yeah, this is definitely really high on my TBR. I just need to get back into reading again – I’m sure I’ll fly through this!
Last but not least we’ve got another book by the same author that has been on my TBR (and in my Audible library) for months now:
From what I saw, the hype train for Taylor Jenkins Reid started around when people read this book and couldn’t stop praising her for how fantastic it was – at least that’s what it felt like with the people I follow over multiple platforms.
With this book, I feel like the title alone is almost enough to draw you in because surely you’ll want to know more about how she ended up with seven husbands and if there really were seven of them? And why seven? Plus, the appeal of old Hollywood and everything that comes with that. I know it would have been enough to draw me in if I came across this book in the wild!
From what I’ve heard, Seven Husbands also features a female/female relationship which has me quite excited as it’s something that isn’t represented as much. Honestly, this book basically has a lot of fantastic things going for it and I need to know how the author delivers the story.
There we have it. Five rather popular books that I’m kind of afraid to read but at the same time super freaking excited to get to. Have you guys read any/all of them? What did you think? And what are some popular books you’re afraid to get to? Let me know in the comments down below – I can’t wait to hear from you!