I Should Have Read That Book Tag | Witness My Shame As I Reveal I’ve Never Read Any of Your Faves

It's a Book Tag!

Thank you so much to Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner and Margaret @ Weird Zeal for tagging me in this one!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
  • Link to the creator’s blog in your post
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 10 others to take part in the tag
  • Enjoy the tag!

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

Lost Boy by Christina Henry

Lost Boy by Christina Henry. This is my S/O Olly’s absolute favourite book and I have rather shamefully not read it yet. I tried once but I was reading it on my phone so I kind of lost interest in it. I keep saying I’ll read it again one day, which I’m sure will become true… at some point.

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t read it

Well, according to Goodreads the book that has been on my TBR for the longest is… Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi! The other thing I have learned from looking at this is that I must have joined Goodreads on April 1st 2018, because that’s when I went on a spree and added all of these books. There are 9 books remaining on my Want to Read shelf that have been there since the very beginning. They’ve been there for two years now – wonder how long it’ll take me to get through them all?

A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten around to finishing

The Chaos Walking book trilogy by Patrick Ness

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness. I read The Knife of Never Letting Go last summer, then promptly fell into a bit of a reading slump where I would devour comics, but wouldn’t touch a novel. Now I feel like I’m in need of a serious recap before I can continue.

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but have never actually read

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I always wanted to read it when I was younger (I had this total obsession with the classics at around age 10) but my neighbour who had a copy would never let me borrow it (in her defence, it was vintage). So I didn’t read it then and I still haven’t read it now. Maybe I will one day.

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read

Okay, I have to do this. It’s finally time to reveal that… I’ve never read Harry Potter. *cue collective gasp of shock/horror from the entire booksh community* Yes, that’s right – I haven’t read the books or watched the films, despite every friend I’ve ever had being obsessed with them. I have been made to take the sorting quiz three times though, and I got Slytherin, then Gryffindor, followed most recently by Hufflepuff. They’re the soft ones, right?

A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but just haven’t picked up yet

To All the Boys I've Loved Before Netflix

Okay, I did try to read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I listened to a good chunk of the audiobook, but I just couldn’t get into it! I absolutely adore the films with their cute nerdy romances and dreamy pastel colour palettes. I was so certain I’d love the book too. I really enjoyed parts, but at others I just totally lost interest. I might try again one day with the physical book, but for now I’m happy to binge the films on Netflix instead.

A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet

This one has got to be A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. She is undeniably the most popular author on bookstagram. When I first discovered it she was basically the only author I saw everywhere I looked, and I was absolutely astounded that I had managed to miss such a big literary phenomenon. I was just staring at all these books thinking “When did this happen and why did nobody tell me?”. In the end, I still haven’t read any of them, and I’m not so sure I want to anymore. I guess I’ll never know why everyone is so obsessed with Rhysand.

Well that was fun! I just called myself out in a major way – part of me was kind of hoping I could just slide through life in the bookish community without ever revealing that I’ve not read Harry Potter, the favourite books of everyone everywhere. Oh well, it’s out there now. Maybe I’ll find that I’m not the only one. And what about Sarah J Maas? I’ve learnt that she’s huge in certain circles, but others don’t care for her books. Have you read anything by her? You’ll have to let me know in the comments!

I tag: Sophie @ Me and Ink 🍋 El @ Elated Books 🍋 Kitty Jade 🍋 I can never think of enough people to fulfil the “rules” of these tags oops.

Love and lemons, Abi

14 thoughts on “I Should Have Read That Book Tag | Witness My Shame As I Reveal I’ve Never Read Any of Your Faves

  1. Haha I know the feeling of having books on your TBR from when you first joined goodreads 😅 Like, I’m sure I’ll get to them eventually…but eventually can be a little later, I guess 😉 Ooh I hope you end up finishing the Chaos Walking series! In my opinion it’s one that gets better with each book 😀

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    1. Oh definitely, I always sort my Want to Read shelf as oldest first, so they plague me every time I log on 😂

      I kind of cheated because I was actually reading The Ask and The Answer when I was finishing off this post, but I couldn’t come up with a different answer to my original draft 😅 It was so good and I definitely agree it got better than the first book. I’m excited to read the last one but I needed a break first because that ending was so dramatic and stressful!!


  2. I’ll tell you why everyone’s obsessed with Rysand in ACOT&R – he’s the only good part of it 😂 I swear that serious is so trash you don’t even understanddddd. They’re honestly worth reading if you want a laugh though, I couldn’t stop cracking up over the overuse of ‘membrane’ and ‘male’ and ‘mate’ (all beginning with an M coincidently, sadly cringy begins with a C) 😂


  3. Haha I have a bunch of books I added on my TBR ages ago and haven’t read either, I mean how does anyone have control of their TBR?!?! *whispers* they don’t!!
    I need to read The Knife of Letting Go series but I have many books where I’ve started the series but have yet to finish but never have a good reason why I haven’t yet.
    ohh.. not knowing much about Harry Potter is rare haha!! But a few years ago I was the same. I had a maths teacher who loved it and she did an activity with the different houses and I was like ‘what is a Hufflepuff?? I’ve never heard this word’ haha!!
    Yes I liked the movies for all the boys but it isn’t really the type of book I want to read, I think I prefer sad contemporaries which sounds weird but I love the emotional pull!!
    Ahh.. yes Sarah J Maas has loads of love and hate in the community. There are valid issues about her work and some of her writing is odd. But she does addictive writing like I always want to read the next chapter. Although slightly unpopular opinion I don’t like Rhysand personally haha!!
    Thank you for the tag!!! ❤

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    1. Oh definitely, I think you’ve got more chance of finding a unicorn than a reader with a controlled TBR! 🦄
      I used to binge read series but now I don’t so it really throws me when I remember I’ve started a series and not finished it.
      Once in a high school music lesson we all had to perform that song with the Potter puppets, I had no clue what was going on 😂
      I totally get what you mean about the sad contemporaries! If there’s not a lot of emotion they can feel uninteresting since there’s not some big dramatic plot like in a fantasy.
      SJM is definitely a love/hate author in the community, I am interested to try one of her books and see which category I fall in to.
      You’re welcome!! I’m super interested to see what your answers would be 😄❤️

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  4. I’ve never heard of Lost Boy but the cover (and now that I’ve looked it up on GR, premise) are so interesting!
    It’s so hard to continue series when you’ve forgotten things about the last book – I hope you can find a decent recap for The Knife of Never Letting Go.
    I haven’t read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before either – but I loved the first movie! I picked up the book once but, like you, just couldn’t get into it. It’s nice to see it was the same for someone else.
    As for Sarah J Maas – I have read most of the Throne of Glass series (I have two books to go… but as I mentioned earlier in this comment, it’s hard to continue series when you’ve forgotten everything, lol) and I have read A Court of Thorns and Roses, but not the next books. I found them all pretty enjoyable so far!

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    1. Yeah, the writing of Lost Boy was super cool and atmospheric – and it’s definitely darker than you’d expect for Peter Pan! I think it was just the format I didn’t get on with last time so I’ll definitely be reading it again. I’ve just read The Ask and the Answer, honestly I just jumped in and hoped for the best 😆 Most of the details came back to me as I was reading so it worked out okay.

      I’ll definitely have to read a SJM book one day just to judge how I feel about them, but I think I’d need to get in the right mood first. I’m a fan of long series so it would be good if I liked them!

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  5. Hey Abi! It was really fun to read your post! I’m so glad you did this tag 😀
    No worries, I haven’t read Shatter Me or any Sarah J Maas books haha. I think in the end we all have popular books that we haven’t read yet (there are just too many books out there and only so much time, so we gotta prioritize right??) In the end we just gotta read what we want to read!
    I am a HP fan but my secret is that I haven’t been able to finish rereading the series. I got stuck after finishing book 5, which was when things got serious, slower and way less fun haha. XD

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    1. Thanks for tagging me! I had so much fun writing it 😄
      I feel like some books are so popular and have been read by so many people that they become a bit intimidating? There’s definitely a few major series that I’m scared to pick up. I totally agree with you – reading time is too precious to waste it on books you’re not excited for!
      Series can really change along the way so it’s totally fine to enjoy some parts and not want to read others! Just because it went in a direction you don’t like doesn’t mean you can’t still love the beginning 😊

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      1. I’ve definitely felt intimidated by super popular books that everyone loved that I didn’t feel like reading hahaha. There’s no perfect book for everyone and I don’t think there is a shortage of good books out there, so no need to try to read all the popular books out there (if we try- we’ll fail haha)

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