Considering I’ve just started a new blog, the topic this week really tickles my fancy and it seems appropriate that this is one of my first weeks joining back up with the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. I started my old blog in 2014 and, it’s safe to say, I had no idea what I was doing. Now, almost four full years later, I jumped at the chance to look back at what I loved then. (But, don’t worry. I’m pretty sure that I still don’t know what I’m doing. It’s fun though.)
Books I’d Probably No Longer Love
2014 was the year I started The Emperor’s Edge series, which was one of my favorite fantasy series for a solid two years. (And I have such fond memories of it now, but can see several glaring reasons I probably wouldn’t enjoy it half as much now, so I might never reread it.)
This was one of those total surprise books for me. I remember how much I loved the book, though, looking back on it now, once again I doubt I’d like it as much as I used to.
I’m pretty sure that anyone that was following my blog at the time will be reminded of me gushing about this series to anyone that would listen. I loved the first three books with a passion. But was so disappointed by the fourth and final that I can’t reread them.
Oh, my lovely flash in the pan. I adored this book. So, so much, that I was proudly proclaiming Maas as one of my favorite authors. The I read the sequel, hate it more the long I’m away from it, and – thanks to reviews – won’t touch anything else she ever writes. But this book is still on my shelf. *sigh*
This was a book that I adored when I read it, but the more I read in the series, the more I disdained the series. Each book was almost exactly like the previous one, the characters were all cookie-cutters of the one that came before – even to the extent that one character had a ‘makeover’ between books three and four – and it hit the same ‘romantic hijinks’ in each of the books. I can’t even remember this book fondly when I think of what the series turned into.
Books I still Might Like (I should probably reread them)
And 2014 was the year that I finished reading The Riyria Revelations series – which is still one of my favorite fantasy series. And one that I really, really want to reread someday soon.
I think I read the second and third books in the series in 2014. Honestly, as I’m writing this, the only thing I’m thinking is that I should reread the series. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a lot of fun and had a delightful cast of
misfits characters. (And if I recall rightly, this was my favorite in the series.)
Of course, any best of list would not be complete without at least something of Carriger’s on it. While this isn’t my favorite series of hers, it’s still a delightfully funny steampunk outing and I just adore it.
…I’m speechless. I’ve yet to finish this series and I’ve been working on it this long. I’m reading the books at a rate of one a year. And I do really like the series. Blerg. I must finish it this year. I think I’ve only got two left. That’s totally doable. Right?
This book was a bundle of fun and the three girls that the tale is about are all so awesome. I’ve actually thought about rereading it, and realizing that it’s been this long since the first read, I think I really should.
So, I decided, as you can see, to split this list between books I might still like and ones that I probably wouldn’t. It was actually kind of neat to see it like this.