Today’s post features books that I’ve been intimidated to read even though many of my friends and reviewers have loved them. I don’t know if all of these books have been loved by many, but many of them have received awards and starred reviews.
The Printz Books:
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein–I can only think of one person who wasn’t a huge fan of this book; everyone else I’ve spoken with has raved about it. I can’t explain why I’m scared to try reading it. I’ve had it on my Kindle for over a year, and I have two copies of it in my classroom.
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly–I listened to the audio for Revolution, and while the audio was great, I really didn’t like the story. I want to read as many Printz books as I can, especially considering it’s part of the summer homework assignment for my honors sophomores, but I’m scared to try another one of her books.
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey–Horror isn’t really for me, unless it’s Anna Dressed in Blood because that book is flat out great. I sampled the audio for this book, and it sounded pretty good, so I might try it that way. Maybe even around Halloween!
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta–Sigh. I’ve tried reading this and listening to the audio and neither worked for me. But I REALLY want to love this because SO MANY of my friends have raved about it. What should I do??
So Many Series Books:
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand–I’ve tried reading this a couple times and I can’t stick with it. My mom has read the entire series and loved it. My students have read these books and loved them. My close friends have read this series and loved it. Should I give it another shot?
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore–I absolutely loved Graceling; I flew right through it. I tried reading Fire THREE times and couldn’t finish it. I’m scared to try Bitterblue because I’ll be really sad if I don’t like it. And it’s super long.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman–I sat down and tried reading this a few months ago and I couldn’t pay attention. It’s really dense, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it, but I’m hesitant to try it again. I really should buckle down and do it this summer.
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman–I own a copy of this, and I have it sitting on my shelf right now. The summary sounds really intriguing. Maybe it’s the size of the book, or maybe it’s the historical part of it, but I’m simply intimidated by it.
Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin–I have a copy of this in my classroom library thanks to a Donors Choose project, and one of my seniors grabbed it right away to read. He’s a huge historical non-fiction buff, and he absolutely loved it. This book has FOUR medals on it, yet I’m hesitant to read it mostly because I don’t like non-fiction. It’s hard to admit that, but I really don’t like non-fiction, although I do enjoy memoirs.
Hits too Close to Home:
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult–I’ve read and enjoyed a few of Jodi Picoult’s books. I tried reading My Sister’s Keeper when I was in college, but I couldn’t get past the first 100 pages. My dad had leukemia (thankfully he’s been cancer-free for years) a couple years before I tried reading this. I couldn’t do it. I kept crying and crying and finally decided to eat the money I spent on the book and put it away. It’s hugely popular in my classroom and my students want to talk about it with me whenever they finish. I haven’t see the movie, but I know what happens in both the book and the movie, so I can at least discuss a little bit with them. I always tell them why I haven’t read it, but I don’t want to not talk to them about it either.