The Secret History – The Study of Flawed Characters Through The Study Of Academics

And how did they drive people mad? They turned up the volume of the inner monolgue, magnified qualities already present to great excess, made people so much themselves that they couldn’t stand it.

The Secret History is an incredibly real book. We all (I’m assuming) know the face of english literature academia- elitism, dead languages and studying by candlelight. And I’m sure there are many of us who strive for that. We want to be those people, we want to live those lives.

The main characters in this book are Richard (the narrator), Henry, Bunny, Charles, Camilla and Francis. They all go to Hampden College, and they all study Greek with their teacher Julian. And they all took part in the murder of their friend. Allow me to explain.

As I said, they study Greek, and in one of their lessons they speak about a ritual, one that is hard to understand unless you know rather a lot about such things in Greek context. As they do, they murder a farmer, and because they’re afraid that one of the boys will tell the police, they decide to kill him.

I have talked about this book a lot on my blog, and I’ve said a lot that I love it. And I did. However I recently reread it, and there’s so much in this book that makes me furious, and I think that is the point. To some extent.

None of these characters are good. In fact I would go as far as to say that they are terrible people, self obsessed and selfish, but they are also real. Richard and the rest of the group are so in tune with their own mind, and so capable of forming those thoughts and impulses into words that it is truly real. Because I think if the right people read this book, people who can think further than just action and really try to figure out this book, it is a brilliant and raw book. That I think is the reason it is so closely intertwined with dark academia, because its people with that mindset who can question the smallest things in this book and read into it so much more than others.

But there is also stuff in this book that I can see as being infuriating. Allow me to explain. As I said before, none of the characters I think are meant to be liked, this book I doubt was written for light entertainment with characters we all love and root for. It was written to make us question our morals and ideas. Therefore, the terrible stuff that the characters do or don’t do are very much deliberately written to make us like or dislike said characters.

Also I have to mention the Greek element of this book, because it is a huge part of it. The way they speak about Greek, and the way they describe it is beyond compare. Their thoughts on Greek hugely reflect my thoughts on English Literature. He talks about Greek the way I think of English. There is a really beautiful bit that describes it:

Pur: that one word contains for me the secret, the bright, terrible clarity of ancient Greek. How can I make you see it, this strange harsh light which pervades Homer’s landscapes and illumines the dialogues of Plato, an alien light, inarticulable in our common tongue? Our shared language is a language of the intricate, the peculiar, the home of pumpkins and ragamuffins and Boykins and beer, the tongue of Ahab and Falstaff and Mrs Gamp, and while I find it entirely suitable for reflections such as these, it fails me utterly when I attempt to describe in it what I love about Greek, the language innocent of all quirks and cranks; a language obsessed with action, and with the joy of seeing action multiply from action, action marching relentlessly ahead and with yet more actions filling in from either side to fall into neat step at the rear, in a long straight rank of cause and effect toward what will be inevitable, the only possible end.

Really Donna Tartt is an amazing author, she’s so so talented, and she could have written characters that we all love, because she’s a good writer.

There is so much to this book, more than I can really unpack now. I will leave it at that for now. I’d love to hear your thoughts, and if anyone’s read it, let me know what you thought.

An Emotion of Great Delight – A Discussion

Hello everyone, today I’m talking about An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi. I was so excited for this book, I heard Muslim rep and came running, and then I read it and I have some thoughts.

This review won’t be my usual format, because it’s not exactly a review, but more of a discussion. Because I was so excited about this book (as you can probably tell from above) and although I did like most of it, we have to talk about this one line:

“Like, you know what a burqa is? Those gross tent things the Taliban forces women to wear in Afghanistan”

Excuse me. What? The level of disrespect and ignorance in that one line coming from a Muslim hijabi author breaks my heart. So we have racists attacking Muslimahs and now Muslimahs attacking Muslimahs. Where have we got to?

For those who don’t know, a burqa is form of hijab that covers the face. It isn’t mandatory, but some women choose to wear it.

And this author having the gall to say something so disgusting about women who wear burqa is a problem from start to finish. I don’t care if its being taken out for newer editions being printed, or if the author apologized. In what world is that ok? Imagine a woman who chooses to wear a burqa reading that. It would hurt so bad to see stereotypes and islamophobic remarks that they already hear from bigots coming from a Muslim hijabi author.

That should never have been printed, end of. I can’t believe this book was read multiple times, by multiple people during the publishing process and noone said anything about it, or thought to take it out of the book.

Because if that hadn’t been in the book, it would have actually been a pretty good book. I liked the characters, the inner thoughts of the main character were incredibly interesting, and I can see people reading it and finding comfort in it.

But for anyone looking for Muslim rep, this is not it. This character is just not educated, she comes off as so close minded to not just Islam, but also other people’s religions, ethnicities and race. She doesn’t seem to bother too much about islamophobia; she hardly addresses it.

I can understand the author wanting to write a book about a Muslim girl dealing with her own troubles in her own life outside of racists, just a book about a Muslim girl dealing with normal life, in fact that’s what I liked about this book, but I would have really liked it if she had just mentioned islamophobia more, because even outside normal life, islamophobia is very real, it is the truth for so many people and it does eventually become normal life because people have to deal with it so much.

The only book I can really think of where the main character is actually quite educated is Internment by Samira Ahmed, the characters in that book are brilliant, for anyone looking for good Muslim rep. They stand up against not just islamophobia but ignorance of all sorts. For example one of the boys calls a hijabi girl oppressed for wearing a hijab, and they really did stand up to him even though he was on their side.

I still can’t believe something like that can come from this author. I know a lot of people love the Shatter Me series, and I know that there are many people who will say to separate the author from the book, but this was just so disgusting. I usually don’t say much about authors who write characters doing bad things, because I understand that writing a villain doesn’t make the author one, but to have your main character who people are supposed to like say something like that, to further perpetuate ignorant remarks is beyond unacceptable.

It seriously breaks my heart that people will read that line, because I know how much of an affect it can have. Its awful to think that a woman who wears burqa might read that, or a young girl who is already insecure about wearing a hijab in this time and age, and it seriously breaks my heart. An author who people look up to, and whose books people love, saying something like that is just horrible.

I know it may seem like not a big deal to some people, but believe me it is. I’m so tired of racists and bigots and ignorance, and the effect it can have on people is immense, particularly when you read it in a book.

That’s all for today, I’m really disappointed in this book because I was so excited, but there you have it. Thank you for reading all

An utterly random post on bookish ideas and stuff (honestly I have no idea what this is)

Hey hey, I’m back after yet another week. I know. I don’t really know why I haven’t been posting, it just sort of happened. And so to get back into it a bit better, and because I have a lot to say about books, here’s an utterly random post about random bookish stuff. You’re welcome (or sorry in advance depending on how this post goes)

I was thinking about the “NoT liKe OThEr girLs” trope (you know you who I’m talking about; Clary, she wasn’t like other girls, Bella, she was worse than other girls, Hazel Grace from TFIOS, she wasn’t like other girls, she was a reader), and it then made me think what the “other girls” would be like. And I feel like we think of them as very girly; skirts, makeup, a certain way of talking and acting. And theeeeen that made me think, what if, first off we had a book with the main character as the “other girls”. Or, second, why don’t we just completely get rid of this trope because it limits people into groups and makes them think of themselves in a certain way.

Ooh, here’s another thought. I was reading about a woman called Khawla bint Al-Azwar, and she was a warrior who once led an entire army of just female fighters. Now that would be a good book. Imagine a book where a female character leads an army of female fighters into battle. I would so read that. (If anyone has any recommendations like that, let me know I need books like that)

What else? Imagine a book where every chapter corresponds with a song. A sweet, sort of sad romance maybe, and every chapter is read while listening to a certain song. Now thats an experience.

Ooh, yk what else I found? I saw this really cool thing where you get a book box, and in that box is a bunch of wrapped gifts, and you open them once you reach a certain page. Its called Once Upon On A Book Club, for anyone who wants to try it 🙂

I guess that is all for now. This was actually so much fun, I really lived writing it. Hopefully soon I’ll be here again with reviews and tags, but today it was this utterly random post.

First Line Friday #2

Hello! I haven’t posted for a week, which is a bit unusual for me, but here we are again. Today I’m doing another FLF. If you don’t know, First Line Friday is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. I will tell you the first line, you can try and guess if you would like to.

The Royal Astrologer, Baphen, squinted at the star chart and tried not to flinch when it seemed sure the youngest prince of Elfhame was about to be dropped on his royal head.

Do you know what it is?

Have a guess…

Fine I’ll give you a hint… It is the last book in the trilogy.

Ok, one more hint. The main two characters are Jude and Cardan (both of whom I love greatly)

Right, I’ll tell you now…

He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.  Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril. Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics. And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.  Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril. Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics. And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

Goodreads

I loved The Cruel Prince, and The Wicked King, I’m about 30% of the book in and I am loving it so much. I also ended up reading How The King of Elfhane Learned To Hate Stories too and it was so great! The drawings were so beautiful, and Cardan is still a cinnamon roll 😄

That is all for now, ladies and gents. Hopefully soon I’ll post some more reviews and discussion posts about some books I’ve been reading.

First Line Fridays #1 28/05/21

Hello! I am finally doing this for the first time. If you don’t know, First Line Friday is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. I will tell you the first line, you can try and guess if you would like to.

The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

Do you know what it is?

Take a wild guess…

Ok I’ll give you a hint… Its considered the face of dark academia’s reading list.

Hmm maybe another hint… It was written by Donna Tartt..

Ok I won’t keep you any longer.

The Secret History!

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.

Goodreads

I have talked about this book a few times already on my blog, once was a review, and another time was a Quote It Sunday I think, and then the odd comment here or there. But I really want to maybe write a post soon, maybe after I finish rereading it, to just talk about it fully. Anyways, this book is our first FLF because I’m currently rereading it and because for once in my life I am writing in the book and highlighting 🙃 Theres so much to think about and question in that book, I love just how incredibly flawed the characters all are.

I’m afraid that’s all for today, I’m planning next post to be another tag/award (im many months late 😅), so I’ll see you then!

Oh, and I forgot to mention, this is my hundredth post on this blog! Thats actually crazy! I’ve been blogging since August last year, and to date I’ve written a hundred posts. Thats really insane, and thank you so much to everyone who’s stuck around 💙 It means the world!

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Quotes That Made Me Think~

Hello lovelies! How are you all? It is I once more, and today is Tuesday, hence TTT. You all know I love book quotes, and though I don’t usually do TTT I had to do this one. So, for the record, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the topic is book quotes of any theme, I decided to go with quotes that made me think. Ok let’s go:

There was more to say, but for once we did not say it. There would be other times for speaking, tonight and tomorrow and all the days after that.

The Song of Achilles

All right is when you’re bleeding black but it’s not as bad as bleeding red. When the world crashes but you’re not alone when it does. When the darkness is absolute but you hunt down the smallest flame and coax it brighter. When you carve the good out of every bad and claim it a victory

We Hunt The Flame

For if the modern mind is whimsical and discursive, the classical mind is narrow, unhesitating, relentless. It is not a quality of intelligence that one encounters frequently these days. But though I can digress with the best of them, I am nothing in my soul if not obsessive.”

The Secret History

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”

Dead Poets Society (yes this is a movie, but there’s also a book so we’ll allow it yes?)

We live and breathe words. …. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt–I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted–and then I realized that truly I just wanted you

The Infernal Devices

With each word, he broke past every barrier, every wall. And Sharazad’s will fought him, screamed a silent scream, while her heart welcomed the intrusion as a songbird welcomes the dawn.

The Wrath and The Dawn

It is a terrible thing to learn as a child that one is a being separate from all the world, that no one and no thing hurts along with one’s burned tongues and skinned knees, that one’s aches and pains are all one’s own. Even more terrible, as we grow older, to learn that no person, no matter how beloved, can ever truly understand us. Our own selves make us most unhappy, and that’s why we’re so anxious to lose them…

The Secret History

History is a myth shaped by the tongues of conquerors.

The Gilded Wolves

Habibi was for friends and love that was real enough.
Hayati was when love became an all-encompassing thing. Deeper and deeper, until one became the other’s life.
Roohi was when a soul twined with its match and loved with the force of a thousand suns. When it slipped beneath the heart and tangled in the very fibers of an existence.

We Free The Stars

The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and everyday confirms my belief of the inconsistencies of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.

Pride and Prejudice

I know that was 10 already, but I just want to draw attention to probably my favorite. This quote has made me question so much, and I really wanted to share it:

Where’s the cake?

The Gilded Wolves

Sunshine Blogger Award!

Hey all! Today I’m trying to catch up with some of my tags. I was tagged for this award by Rania, so thank you very much!

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer all the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your blog post.

What’s one book that you wish you could read for the first time all over again?

We Hunt The Flame. I’m really sorry for mentioning it so much, but I absolutely love it, and I would literally sell my soul to read it for the first time again.

What’s your favourite colour and why?

Dark, navy blue. I don’t really know why, I just think its so beautiful. And navy and gold together are so utterly pretty!

Beaches or mountains?

Mountains. I don’t much like beaches, I don’t really know why they just make me irrationally uncomfortable

What do you love about yourself the most?

Umm haha I don’t know. Maybe the way I think? I can sort of drag meaning out of anything, I can read people easily and have good instincts about them. Does that make any sense?

What has been your best moment this year so far?

I’ve been sitting here for a while thinking, and got very carried away 😅 I can’t say really, this year has been a while huge mashup of good and bad. Is it just me who feels like this year is just us trying to figure out the mess that was 2020? Like nothing insanely huge (I mean as huge as a pandemic) has happened, but we’re still stuck in this odd new reality that it’s really normal life but it is? Ok thats completely off topic. I’ll shut up now

If you had to be on a reality tv show, which one would it be?

I don’t really watch reality tv 😅

If you could change your name, what would you change it too?

Maybe something with a lot more meaning. Maybe something Greek? Or Latin. I like names in dead languages, they sound so good!

What’s your spirit animal?

I took a quiz and it said a wolf, which I do agree with I think.

Fairies or pixies?

Fairies! I don’t really like pixies, something about them annoy me so much.

Would you rather go to space or to the bottom of the ocean?

The bottom of the ocean. There’s only so much to see in space until it gets boring, but there’s so much that see under the sea. You never know what you’ll find under the sea, but in space there’s not that much possibility.

What’s your favourite holiday to celebrate?

All of them! I get excited over everything, and that includes holidays 😄

I nominate:

My Questions:

  • How did you come up with your blog name?
  • What is your most anticipated release of this year?
  • What’s your most recent read?
  • Who is your top auto buy author?
  • What is your favorite aesthetic?
  • What is your favorite form of creativity?
  • What is your favourite thing about blogging?
  • If you could automatically know any language, which would it be?
  • What are your favorite tropes?
  • What are your least favourite tropes?
  • What is your favourite book quote of all time?

Thank you all so much for reading!

Quote It Sunday #1 (The Secret History)

Hey all! Today I’m doing something new. I saw this weekly meme on Isha’s blog @ Paperback Tomes. It was originally hosted by Freda’s Voice, but is currently inactive.I really wanted to try it because as you all know I love sharing book quotes. Basically you just add as many quotes as you want from any book you want.

The book I’m sharing quotes from today is going to be The Secret History by Donna Tartt. For some unknown reason, my brain only just realized how much I loved that book, and now I’m sort of obsessed with it 😅

It’s a very Greek idea, and a very profound one. Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it. And what could be more terrifying and beautiful, to souls like the Greeks or our own, than to lose control completely? To throw off the chains of being for an instant, to shatter the accident of our mortal selves? Euripides speaks of the Maenads: head thrown back, throat to the stars, “more like deer than human being.” To be absolutely free! One is quite capable, of course, of working out these destructive passions in more vulgar and less efficient ways. But how glorious to release them in a single burst! To sing, to scream, to dance barefoot in the woods in the dead of night, with no more awareness of mortality than an animal! These are powerful mysteries. The bellowing of bulls. Springs of honey bubbling from the ground. If we are strong enough in our souls we can rip away the veil and look that naked, terrible beauty right in the face; let God consume us, devour us, unstring our bones. Then spit us out reborn

There is nothing wrong with the love of Beauty. But Beauty – unless she is wed to something more meaningful – is always superficial

It is is better to know one book intimately than a hundred superficially

Some things are too terrible to grasp at once. Other things – naked, sputtering, indelible in their horror – are too terrible to really grasp ever at all. It is only later, in solitude, in memory that the realization dawns: when the ashes are cold; when the mourners have departed; when one looks around and finds oneself – quite to one’s surprise – in an entirely different world

There are such things as ghosts. People everywhere have always known that. And we believe in them every bit as much as Homer did. Only now, we call them by different names. Memory. The unconscious

One likes to think there’s something in it, that old platitude amor vincit omnia. But if I’ve learned one thing in my short sad life, it is that that particular platitude is a lie. Love doesn’t conquer everything. And whoever thinks it does is a fool

For if the modern mind is whimsical and discursive, the classical mind is narrow, unhesitating, relentless. It is not a quality of intelligence that one encounters frequently these days. But though I can digress with the best of them, I am nothing in my soul if not obsessive.

Why does that obstinate little voice in our heads torment us so? Could it be because it reminds us that we are alive, of our mortality, of our individual souls – which, after all, we are too afraid to surrender but yet make us feel more miserable than any other thing? It is a terrible thing to learn as a child that one is a being separate from the world, that no one and no thing hurts along with one’s burned tongues and skinned knees, that one’s aches and pains are all one’s own. Even more terrible, as we grow older, to learn that no person, no matter how beloved, can ever truly understand us. Our own selves make us most unhappy, and that’s why we’re so anxious to lose them, don’t you think?

Any action, in the fullness of time, sinks to nothingness

It is easy to see things in retrospect. But I was ignorant then of everything but my own happiness, and I don’t know what else to say except that life itself seemed very magical in those days: a web of symbol, coincidence, premonition, omen. Everything, somehow, fit together; some sly and benevolent Providence was revealing itself by degrees and I felt myself trembling on the brink of a fabulous discovery, as though any morning it was all going to come together–my future, my past, the whole of my life–and I was going to sit up in bed like a thunderbolt and say oh! oh! oh!”

They understand not only evil, it seemed, but the extravagance of tricks with which evil presents itself as good.

In short: I felt my existence was tainted, in some subtle but essential way

We don’t like to admit it, but the idea of losing control is one that fascinates controlled people such as ourselves more than almost anything. All truly civilized people – the ancients no less than us – have civilized themselves through the wilful repression of the old, animal self.

She was a living reverie for me: the mere sight of her sparked an almost infinite range of fantasy, from Greek to Gothic, from vulgar to divine

And if beauty is terror,” said Julian, “then what is desire? We think we have many desires, but in fact we have only one. What is it?”
“To live,” said Camilla.
“To live forever,” said Bunny, chin cupped in palm.

They all shared a certain coolness, a cruel, mannered charm which was not modern in the least but had the strange cold breath of the ancient world : they were magnificent creatures, such eyes, such hands, such looks – sic oculos, sic ille manus, sic ora ferebat

It does not do to be frightened of things about which you know nothing,” he said. “You are like children. Afraid of the dark

I might have outdone myself with those, but they’re all so beautiful. There’s so much more in that book. Thanks all for reading!

WWW Wednesday 19/05/21

Hello! I haven’t done one of these for ages, but here we are again. I’m sure you all already know this but WWW Wednesday’s is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and all it involves is answering three simple questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I’m only on page two, I started it just now, but I’m so intrigued, it sounds so good! It’s set in the Middle East, which is already a huge yes from me, and the character with no name mentioned in the synopsis sounds so cool!

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished this yesterday, and I was literally rendered speechless for about two hours. I couldn’t believe how good it was, and how scary it is that it could well be reality soon. I honestly think this book should be essential reading in all schools. If I’m reading things like Journey To The River Sea (which by the way had very little plot) then we sure as hell should be reading things like this.

What do you think you’ll read next?

One of these two. I’m hoping to go collect The Gilded Wolves from my library soon, but I’m also so so excited to read How The King of Elfhame Learned To Hate Stories. I’ll see about these two.

The Anti-TBR Tag

Heyy! Today I’m doing another tag, and this one I’m really excited about because we all know I have a lot of unpopular opinions. I wasn’t tagged specifically (again) but I did see it on Jessica’s blog over at The Awkward Book Blogger and thought it would be fun.

1. A popular book EVERYONE loves that you have no interest in reading?

The After series! I’ve seen it everywhere, everyone seems so hyped about it, but I’ve heard, and I maybe be wrong, that it was originally a Harry Styles fanfic, so that’s a no go.


2. A classic book (or author) you don’t have an interest in reading?

For some absurd reason Frankenstein. I really don’t know why, I just don’t really want to, there’s something about it that I just don’t like.

3. An author whose books you have no interest in reading?

This sounds odd, but YouTuber books, things like Girl Online, You Gotta Want It, How To Be A Bawse and Adultolescence. This isn’t a specific author, more like a group of authors (or people who have their name on the front cover but didn’t actually write the book themselves). I saw a video by Jack Edwards on this, he read YouTuber books for 24 hours straight, and it was amazing, so go check that out if you’re interested.

3.2. A problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading?

Emily Duncan. Thats all I have to say really.

4. An author you have read a couple of books from & have decided their books are not for you?

Ok this might be controversial, and please don’t murder me, but John Green. I know. I apologize. I’ve just tried so many times to read his books, and I’ve hated them all those times. The only book of his I actually liked was The Fault In Our Stars, and I recently reread that and realized I hate, so…

5. A genre you have no interest in OR a genre you tried to get into & couldn’t?

Sci-fi. I wish I was cool enough for that, but I am on the opposite end of the spectrum, I don’t like books set in the future, but in the past. I’d much rather read about things like battles and horse riding in the dessert with bows and arrows and swords than books set in the future.

6. A book you have bought but will never read? (this can be a book you have unhauled/returned to the library unread)

I’ve returned many books unread to the library, but the latest was A Little Life. I do want to read it eventually, but I don’t think now is a great time for that. Please, if you are thinking of reading it, look up the trigger warnings, look up reviews, just make sure that that kind of book is okay for you to read. I know it sounds very compelling to read now that I’ve said that I can’t recommend it lightly, but unless you are certain you are okay reading books like that, please do stay away from it.

7. A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started & have dnf’d?

Say it with me: Shatter Me. I know. I’m sorry.

8. A new release you have no interest in reading?

Hmm. I don’t know. Umm. Yeah I have no idea.

Feel free to try this if you want to, its a lot of fun. You are all tagged!

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