I have fallen off the Top Ten Tuesday wagon, but I have returned. By the way, this feature was at first hosted by the lovely Broke and the Bookish. However, now it is housed by another sweet peep who I will link here. So, this week, the topic is the Top 10 Books I Liked in the Past But Can’t Remember Much.
10. shatter me by tahereh mafi
I remember things being crossed out a lot. Kenji was awesome, and Juliet was his friend. Their friendship made me happy, but I don’t remember the details of Juliet and Warner’s early interactions. In fact, I don’t remember anything about Warner specifically. No clue what he was like. Maybe he is wealthy? Perhaps he was powerful. It’s kind of embarrassing that I once gave away these books because people were saying that they’re bad. I had read them at the time, loved them, but got ashamed. This happens a lot to me. I’m trying to stop doing that.
9. Tithe by holly black
Hold on. I am laughing at a memory of me lending the books to a former friend, who never gave them back to me. I loved this trilogy. It overlapped with City of Bones and I was just here for it, okay. At any rate, I started to see if I could get it used. Thankfully, I managed to get it again (but with ugly covers). All I remember was a knight in the story. Someone was in love with him, perhaps? Plus, there was a queer character in there who shipped Spock and Kirk. I liked him.
8. the hunger games by suzanne collins
I tried reading this first book with Ely, and I couldn’t keep at it. It’s so different from how I remember it. Yes, there are movies that depict a very loose interpretation of the text. But, I think the dystopia factor is hard to read about, especially if you have mental illness. The idea of the games being popularly watched made the whole thing even worse. So, I forget the details. I don’t remember the second and third books at all. Vague memory of Annie but that’s pretty much it.
7. an abundance of katherines by john green
Nope. Zero clue as to what happens in this book, who the love interest is, or the main character’s features. None of them come to mind. I remember a scene with vomiting taking place early in the book. The main character was really clever. There’s a Muslim side character. Other than that, the details of their adventure are totally blurry.
6. a great and terrible beauty by libba bray
While I did not enjoy it in parts, I remember liking the story just fine. It dragged a little bit, but I was still invested. The group of friends were mean to a plus-size girl. It made me really uncomfortable, so I hid the books in my sister’s room. Then, recently, I put them on my shelves once more in the hopes of remembering to read them one day. I remember really liking the love interest and the main character. They were nice.
5. divergent by veronica roth
Recently, I have seen the first movie with my brother. My mom spoiled me and got me the movies as a gift. You know how some stories have a different impact when they’re written down? Insurgent and Allegiant were very powerful reads. I remember feeling intensely about them, and it scared me a bit to feel so attached to a character. Believe it or not, I look up to Tris Prior and Tobias Eaton. I just wish I could remember what happens in these books. Whatever it was, it hit me quite hard. I don’t know if I can handle that kind of heartbreak once more.
4. lola and the boy next door by stephanie perkins
The main character has colored hair. Or she wears a wig, I am not sure. She was a fashionista who is a little quirky. Love interest is Cricket, which just bothered me as a reader back then. Other than that, zero memory of what happens to them. This extends to the sequel, Isla and the Happily Ever After, which is even more mysterious than this one. I remember really liking this trilogy. It made me smile.
3. the girl of fire and thorns by rae carson
It dragged a little bit, but I remember the main character was supposedly good with strategy (Not quite on Kestrel’s level, though). There were many mishaps in the main character’s journey. I remember snippets, the highlights I guess are what I recall most.
Mostly, I remember food being important in the story, which is why I have books 2 and 3 ready to go. #priorities
2. winner’s crime by marie rutkoski
Nervously laughing while I write this little paragraph on The Winner’s Crime. Deception and double crossing were basically what happens, I know that. However, the details are so foggy, you’d think we’re in a Gothic novel.
1. Daughter of smoke and bone by laini taylor
Why do I think of trampolines when I see this book? No clue. Listen, though, I am reread this first book in 2018 AND I am reading the rest of the trilogy, gosh dang it!