So technically today’s topic is ‘BookTube Didn’t Make Me Read It’ but obviously, I’m not a youtube person, and most of my online participation in the book community is done through blogs. So I tweaked it a bit to be more general.
These are books I picked up either before I made my blog or books I picked up without hearing about them online somewhere first! Aka, the internet didn’t force me to read them with its damn peer pressure.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – This one is a sort of cheat, I guess. I bought it a long time ago, by randomly pulling it from the shelf at the store and reading the back. It sounded interesting, so I got it.
Then… it sat on my shelf for years. When I first started my blog, I saw it floating around, and went ‘oh yeah I have that’ and I read it. So… technically the internet did make me read this, but I’d already decided to read it before it made me read it? That counts, right?
This story follows a young boy living in a world where everyone’s thoughts are broadcast for everyone to hear. Everybody’s. Humans’, animals’, and even bugs’ thoughts, all amassing into a wall of noise. Then one day, the boy comes across a patch of silence.
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville – I picked this up shortly after I started my blog, though it was of my own volition: It had been sitting on my shelf for a while and I finally decided to give it a try. It ended up being one of my first reviews.
This story is… hard to explain. It takes plan in a city resting a giant rib cage, the remains of some long-dead leviathan, and includes garuda and mad scientists and strange creatures and ladies with bugs for a head. It’s really out there, but it’s really good.
The Fold by Peter Clines – This book I picked up after I saw its cover gleaming at me in the window of a beach side bookshop when I was on vacation. So yes, it was a total cover-buy.
I ended up really loving this though, so turned out good! This story follows a group of scientists experimenting with a teleportation portal, and things aren’t… quite what they thought. Writing this out makes me wanna reread it, man.
Scar Night by Alan Campbell – This is one of my long-time favorites. I haven’t read it in about a decade though, so I’ll have to reread it soon to see if it holds up. This was one of my first dives into adult fantasy and man, it was really cool.
This takes place in a city suspended by chains over a seemingly bottomless abyss. It’s very steampunk, and has renegade angels and false gods and men anchoring dieties to the earth. I gotta reread it soon, man. I gotta.
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik – I read this about the same time in my life that I did Scar Night. I was maybe 20 or so. Only recently did I actually reread this, and actually went through and finished the nine book series. Originally I had only read the first five or so. It was so worth it though, rereading it from the beginning. The whole series is so satisfying and wonderful.
This is a historical fantasy, set during the Napoleonic Wars and focuses on dragon aerial combat. It’s really detailed, it’s historically accurate (except for like.. the dragons, duh) and really well written. This series is amazing and if you like fantasy you should really check this one out.
And that’s it! I really liked this topic. If you’ve read any of the above or if they sound interesting to you, do let me know!