1. the struggle of getting started: a book or series you struggle to begin because of its size
One series that’s on my “someday” list is The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. Each book is more than 1,000 pages and right now at least nine books are planned. The series intrigues me, but I don’t have that kind of time right now.
2. cleaning out the closer: a book or series you want to unhaul
I loved Cathy Hopkins’ Mates, Dates series when I was in middle school. I still own all of the books, but I reread the first one a few years ago and honestly just cringed. It’s taking up a lot of space that I don’t really have anymore, so I think I’m going to take the series to the used bookstore on my next trip.
3. opening windows and letting fresh air in: a book that was refreshing
Huntley Fitzpatrick’s books are often refreshing, and What I Thought Was True is no exception. She writes her characters like real teenagers, not mini-adults or overgrown children. Their conversations, their situations, and the way they process their emotions always feels completely real, which is so refreshing.
4. washing out the sheets: a scene you wish you could rewrite
I wish I could rewrite (or ask the authors to rewrite) Tangled Like Us. This is the fourth book in a series that has (I believe) ten additional books that come before it, and the characters are like entirely new people. Their personalities have just completely changed. This was awful.
5. throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks: a book in a series you didn’t think was necessary
It’s not like I hated Hold Me Closer or anything (I gave it three stars) but any time a sequel comes out years after the original (standalone!) book, and especially when that book had its own perfectly adequate ending, it always feels unnecessary.
6. polishing doorknobs: a book that had a clean finish
I read Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart a good three years ago, so don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure that it had a really satisfying ending.
7. reaching to dust the fan: a book that tried too hard to relay a certain message
While I appreciate the feminist sentiment of Burn the Fairy Tales, I think Whitmore tried way too hard to jump on a bandwagon and didn’t really succeed. (Like, at all.)
8. the tiring yet satisfying finish: a series that was tiring but satisfying to get through
Are you sick of me talking about the Void trilogy yet? Too bad. This is one loooong trilogy, but it’s so worth it! The story is incredible.
I’m not going to tag anyone in particular to do this one, but if you think it looks fun, please feel free! (And don’t forget to link back to this post so I can see your answers!) Which scene (or entire book) would you like to rewrite? What books or series are you ready to unhaul? Let’s talk in the comments!