Do you ever look at your highest rated books on Goodreads and marvel at the fact that you don’t remember like,, half of them? ME TOO. So I figured I’d talk about them, see if I can remember if I loved them, whether you should read them and if I should reread them. Oh and possibly freak out because sequels were published without me even realising it help
The book that inspired this post. The other day i noticed it on my goodreads shelves and saw the five star rating but?? I had forgotten this even existed?? I remember two things about this book: 1) at some point Merlin showed up and my inner BBC Merlin fangirl freaked and 2) for some reason I imagined the piskie (a fairy creature) to look like the Pokemon Sneasel
what fairy creature looks like this why does my brain work this way
I don’t think it was described to look anything like this. I remember not getting why I pictured it that way back then too lmao Since I read this before I started blogging there is no review so I guess I’ll never find out why I loved this one so much that I gave it five stars ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I raved SO MUCH about this one when I read it back in 2015 and even included it in my top 10 reads of that year but now? When someone asks me for my favourite book, I Am Princess X definitely does not pop up into my head. Granted, I’ve read a lot of books since then that do surpass it, but still. It makes me sad that I didn’t even remember this book, considering how much I loved it back then. If you’re not familiar with I Am Princess X (which is likely because I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone mention this book??) it’s about two best friends who created the comic I Am Princess X together, but then one of them goes missing. The other stops working on the comic, but then suddenly I Am Princess X resurfaces, and she begins to wonder if maybe her best friend is behind it and that the new comics are actually clues about what happened to her. It focuses a lot on friendship (no romance!!), I found it to be a page turner and I loved that the comic pages were included. Okay now I want to reread this
THERE’S A FOURTH BOOK AND I HAVEN’T READ IT YET??? I EVEN KIND OF FORGOT ABOUT IT? EVEN THOUGH THIS IS LIKE ONE OF MY FAVOURITE SERIES?
Very, very underrated which is SUCH a shame because it’s so good? It’s about two girls who get taken to The School For Good and Evil, where they have to prepare for their own fairytales. The books play a lot with tropes, references so many fairytales, has great worldbuilding, is actually quite dark?? But also has great messages and the friendship between the two girls is central to the plot. Look at that more books I want to reread.
I didn’t exactly forget about this one, especially with Eliza and Her Monsters, written by the same author, coming out last year, but I still feel like I kind of forgotten about it, especially on the blog! It was one of my favourite reads of 2015 but I never mention it? I remember Made You Up getting me out of a slump as I just couldn’t put it down. Also the author reposted my photo on her insta #nobigdeal #ifreakedout
To be fair I don’t think I’d enjoy this one if I were to read this one now haha. Looking back I’m actually surprised I enjoyed it this much and gave it four stars? There are a lot of mixed feelings about this one (at least back when it came out) and I’d probably be more on the negative side if I were to (re)read it now. I don’t even remember what I liked??? I just realised I reviewed it thank you past me for being helpful. Looking at my list of things I disliked though…I can just tell that that would outweigh the good for me if I were to reread it now haha. Apparently Ava quickly adjusted to her new life after just dying and then suddenly finding herself on a ship with magical bird people*, there’s a love triangle which included a jerk and apparently the concept is a bit vague and not really explained?? Past me was a mysterious being for giving this 4.5 stars
* This is not a spoiler btw
Look! It’s one of my favourite series from when I was 15. I’ve seen The Finishing School series, its YA prequel series (though written after The Parasol Protectorate), around a bit in the blogging community, but The Parasol Protectorate? My bisexual* parasol-wielding badass heroine Alexia Tarabotti? NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. The series takes place in the Victorian era* but the supernatural is living out in the open. Vampires are THE fashionistas, while werewolves serve in the army. Alexia on the other hand is Soulless, which doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a heart, but she can be a bit cold if I remember correctly which is so refreshing to see. There are also other multiple queer characters and it’s just so wonderful? Definitely want to reread this now. Hopefully I remember this correctly and I won’t find anything problematic during my reread *cue nervous laughter* ***
* It’s been years since I read this but I remember her clearly being interested in another woman? She didn’t act on it though as she was in a relationship with a man. I don’t think it was ever stated that she was bisexual, that’s just how I read it back then and you will have to pry this headcanon from my cold dead bi hands
** Don’t quote me on this this entire post is written around the fact I have bad memory lol
*** 15-year old me was clueless as heck y’all how are 15-year olds and younger nowaday so wise and aware I didn’t know anything
Think Percy Jackson except it’s about an Indian boy, Indian mythology and I don’t think he’s a demigod? I have no memory of this except it being a really fun read and siblings!! And that it was a real page turner. If you love Percy Jackson or any of Rick Riordan’s mythology series I’d definitely recommend this one. There are two more books that I never ended up reading, because I just,, like any other book on this list,, forgot about it?? Which is such a shame. I blame new shiny books coming out every day and taking my attention away.
Look!! Another series that I just remembered has a new book out and I haven’t read it yet even though I really enjoyed the first two books. The main character is a spy for the Invisible Library, having to retrieve books from all these different kind of worlds, which is just so much fun. I loved the detective atmosphere and travelling through other worlds.*
* Just went to check because I had a feeling a fourth book may be out already AND YEP I’M TWO BOOKS BEHIND SOON THREE BECAUSE BOOK 5 IS COMING OUT THIS YEAR RIP ME
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Do you forget awesome books regularly as well? Let me know in the comments!