The "totally should have" book tag
I searched book tags on google and discovered The Bibliophile Girl, who has a section on book tags. Plus she writes about books and does reviews and as I said last month I miss chatting about books. Right now, the best way for me to do that is with tags, so if you know of a book tag, tell me because I think this is going to be a monthly thing! So let's get chatting about books.
Totally should have… Gotten a sequel
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. Loved this story. I am waiting for Kevin to read it so we can watch the movie, hopefully that won't disappoint and even if it does, I'll just reread the book and enjoy it that way.
Totally should have… Had a spin-off series
Graceling Realm by Kirstin Cashore. This is my absolutely favorite book series. I reread these almost yearly and I love them. I want more from this world!
An author who should… Totally write more books
Rupi Kaur, my favorite poetry author. Hopefully she will!
A character who totally should have… Ended up with someone else
I have been staring at this question all month trying to remember a book where I didn't like who the characters ended up with. I tend to get as far away from love triangles as possible as I don't enjoy them. I want to say the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, but I actually really liked how it ended with the characters. It felt like a natural choice even if it kind sucks. Those three characters would probably have PTSD and so it makes sense to choose the way she did. I want to go with the Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick but it's been a good 7 years since I've read it and so I don't full remember. Who would you chose?
Totally should have… Ended differently
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I actually don't have a good reason for this and I did not enjoy the series at all (in fact I hated them...). However I recently watched Lindsay Ellis video Dear Stephanie and it's made me rethink the series a bit. So yea this is the series I think could have been better.
Totally should have… Had a movie franchise
The Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff. Though the series hasn't been completed yet, I think it would make for some great, albeit violent, movies.
Totally should have… Had a tv series
October Daye Series by Seanan McGuire. You can see my review of the whole series here, though it's not yet a completed series. I loved reading these books, want to reread them already, and would love to watch and rewatch it in a TV show.
Totally should have… Only had one point of view
Fallen Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. I read this in February actually and I have so many issues with the book I won't even know where to begin, I could start with the list of all the characters found within the first pages of the book. That's actually why it's perfect for this question. I think this book could have been so much better written from one or two perspectives instead of so many. Then those characters could have been better flushed out and you could have gone back in time to the other characters in the next book. Also just don't read this. There's better out there.
Totally should have… a cover change
Throne of Class by Sarah J Mass, they could have been so much better.
Totally should have… Have kept the original covers
The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. I loved the original covers and wanted the whole series in them, but then the movie came out and then the TV show and I could no longer find the last two books to match the original covers. So I got rid of the whole series. Sad.
Totally should have… Stopped at one book
It was the thing to do a few years ago and that was to take a classic story and thrown in a twist. The examples I have in mind are Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. I loved PP twist, it was so great seeing Elizabeth kick Darcy's butt. But Seth Grahame-Smith should have stopped there and not done Abraham Lincoln.
What I read in February
I read a lot this month. In fact I really can't believe how many books I read. There was a lot of books with a smaller amount of pages which helps but there was a few books that had hundreds of pages. This was definitely not a normal month of reading. It got to the point that I just wanted to hit twenty because I was so close anyways and it grew from there.
1. adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna ★★★★★ (library)
2. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan ★★★★★ (library)
3. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes ★★ (library)
4. The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai ★★★★★ (library)
5. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor ★★★★★ (library)
6. Dear Martin by Nic Stone ★★★★ (library)
7. The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele ★★★★★ (OWN) - started on the third day of January.
8. Wild Embers by Nikkita Gill ★★★★ (library)
9. The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham ★★★★ (library)
10. Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat ★★ (library)
11. Black Butler Vol 21 by Yana Toboso ★★★★★ (OWN) - manga should really be on a different rating system.
12. Black Butler Vol 22 by Yana Toboso ★★★★★ (OWN)
13. Black Butler Vol 23 by Yana Toboso ★★★★★ (OWN)
14. Black Butler Vol 24 by Yana Toboso ★★★★★ (OWN)
15. Black Butler Vol 25 by Yana Toboso ★★★★★ (OWN)
16. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon ★★★(OWN)
17. Saga Vol 1 by Brian K Vaughan ★★★★★ (library/OWN) - I ordered it and the rest of the series that was available immediately after finishing it.
18. Red Rising by Pierce Brown ★★★★★ (library/OWN) - I also immediately went out and bought this series as it's one of Kevin's favorites and I am quite enjoying it.
19. Golden Son by Pierce Brown ★★★ (OWN)
20. Undeniable by Bill Nye ★★★★★ (OWN) - read via Audible. since mid December.
21. Morning Star by Pierce Brown ★★★★ (OWN)
22. Saga Vol 2 by Brian K Vaughan ★★★★ (OWN)
23. Saga Vol 3 by Brian K Vaughan ★★★★★ (OWN)
24. Saga Vol 4 by Brian K Vaughan ★★★★ (OWN)
25. Saga Vol 5 by Brian K Vaughan ★★★ (OWN)
26. Saga Vol 6 by Brian K Vaughan ★★★★★ (OWN)
27. Saga Vol 7 by Brian K Vaughan ★★★★ (OWN)
28. Saga Vol 8 by Brian K Vaughan ★★★★★ (OWN)
29. The Body Is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor ★★★★★ (OWN, sent by publisher) - review coming soon.
Books I didn't finish this month
1. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander - It's a book full of short stories and I liked the first one but after that I stopped wanting to read it and put it aside to read other things and then had to take it back to the library. If I could half mark books this would be one of them.
2. Rhapsody in Green: A Novelist, an Obsession, a Laughably Small Excuse for a Vegetable Garden by Charlotte Mendelson - I want to love it but the tone feels very condescending and so 28 pages in I stopped. As I own this one, I hope to go back to it one day.
2 poetry books, 1 short story book, 2 books I've been reading for months, and 13 graphic novels/manga are what made this month so insane. 29 books were not read one a day. Some days had multiple finishes, the Saga Series I read in one day once they all arrived, same with Black Butler. I honestly still can't believe I read so much!