Hello everyone! How are you all doing? My exams are going on, (and technically I shouldn’t be using my laptop but oh well) and I’m sorry I haven’t been posting a lot; I’ve just been busy with studies and yeah, studies. Just that. [*changes the topic before this post gets any more depressing*]
I thought I’d do a random little list today! I was wracking my brains to come up with a topic (either for a discussion, or a list post) when I finally thought that maybe I could work on ‘Authors I Both Love and Hate’. So these authors are basically authors, whose few books I have loved, and few I have hated. Am I going to read more books by them? Yes, probably, for the sake of trying out new stuff. But will they be on the top of my priority list? Most definitely not.
//All opinions are mine, and not intended to offend anyone.
I’ve read most of her books, and pretty much divided in my opinion of her. Whereas I thoroughly enjoyed Fangirl and wept for and laughed at and adored Eleanor and Park, I was extremely udnerwhelmed by Attachments and DNF’d Landline. Fangirl was this realistic, coming-of-age story about growing out of your shell and discovering a new side to your self, whereas Eleanor and Park was this heartbreaking tale of first love. Attachments, on the other hand, I thought lacked in depth and Landline was just pure rubbish. I would definitely like to try out her other books, but I’d probably research a lot and only then decide to invest my time into something else by her.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is probably one of the worst books I’ve read in the last 2-3 years. That book was so bad. I read halfway through Neverwhere, and it was super exciting, but something happened midway (something which aggravated my phobia of birds) and I stopped reading immediately. Nevertheless, it was exciting and amazing. I even read The Graveyeard Book, which I thought was interesting and impactful. So I do know that he has in him excellent story-telling and writing skills, but the horror of reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane has stayed with me ever since, and I’m definitely hesitant of picking up any of his other books. (The one which really interests me is American Gods. Any thoughts on that book?)
Of course he had to be on this list. I loved Looking for Alaska and really liked The Fault in Our Stars too, but hugely disliked Paper Towns and DNF’d An Abundance of Katherines. I don’t know what it is about his books, but every book portrays a similar guy and a similar girl and similar themes and it isn’t working out at all. I don’t think any other John Green book wilk ever excite me anymore, though I might just pick up one out of pure curiosity. I’d just rather remember him as the author of LFA and TFiOS and cherish those two books forever.
Divergent was amazing, absolutely. That has probably to do with me having read extremely few dysopian novels at the time I read this trilogy, but nevertheless, I remember being dazed by the splendid first book in the Divergent trilogy. Insurgent disappointed and irritated me, and I don’t even want to go into the whole matter of Allegiant. However, I cannot overlook the fact that she did write Divergent, and created such an amazing concept and world. I’m not exactly super-excited for her new book (Carve the Mark) but would probably only read it if I have a lot of free time (which I don’t) and don’t have other important books to get to (which I do). So clearly, I’m not reading it anytime soon.
I loved Vampire Academy, DNF’d Bloodlines, and absolutely hated (and probably even DNF’d) The Glittering Court. Yet, I still do love Richelle Mead, nevertheless. It involves one of my fondest memories of reading in childhood, about vampires and romance and fighting. I’d probably hate it if I read it now, but my sentimentality attached to this book is huge.
So that was my short list of authors I have a love-and-hate relationship with!