I am back with another Top 5 Wednesday. This week, the list centers on the books I disliked but enjoy(ed) discussing. Because these are books I am not too fond of, please do not be upset by this post. I am going to be very careful with how I phrase things, because I know how it feels when someone bashes a favorite book.
5. fire study by maria v. snyder
It often pains me to talk about this book, because the series felt strong in the beginning and slowly became not for me at all. I think of this show as a downward spiral for Valek, who was one of the most cunning Slytherin-y characters I had encountered. There was also the thing with Lief, who I never fully liked. It had such a powerful potential as it could have chronicled the rise of a woman’s ability and stature after being a victim of sexual abuse. If anything, the sexual abuse theme in these books was so promising.
4. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heileg
I was curious to read this one, because, you know, biracial time-traveler is intriguing to me. Yet, I did not like the crew she worked with. Still, I like talking about this book because it showed a female character who was not socialized to behave in traditional feminine ways. That part made me happy. I just wish there was more of a challenge of these traditions, especially since Nix is from such a distinct culture (time travelers).
3. Timekeeper by Tara Sim
This book came highly praised, and I wanted to see what the fuss was about. To me, talking about this book highlights the murky waters of steampunk romances. I think it’s important to have LGBTQ+ representation in literature. However, I disagree with the erasure of cultural and social circumstances in the setting of a story.
2. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
A classic among retellings, this book is so hyped and loved. I often feel bad for not enjoying it the way others have. Nevertheless, I think we need to have a serious discussion about how women were treated in many classics. You are retelling the story. Perhaps you can flesh out these oppressed voices within literature. It is okay to have a more complicated story, one that stretches beyond the doomed lovers narrative. (Besides, I want to talk about unlikable characters, like Achilles and his lover, who I refer to as What’s His Face).
1. The School for Good and evil by soman chainani
It started with a rather promising premise. Two girls, one seemingly good and the other seemingly evil, are sent to the school of opposite disciplines. Here’s what I like discussing: the way both girls were mistreated within the text and reduced to stereotypes of good and evil. I don’t know. In grad school, I took a class on evil, and so it’s something I like discussing.