Originally created by Rachel Marie over on YouTube!! She’s absolutely outstanding for setting this up! I’d never heard of her before but I’m so glad I found her! Highly recommend her videos if you’re looking for a new BookTuber to follow!
I found out about this challenge through Clem aka The Villain’s Quest who’s hilarious and awesome so a second plug to follow another really great BookTuber 😉
The idea is to follow this checkboard graphic and say if you’ve read the book/author and what you thought of them! Super simple! And in return, there’s a charity set up to help raise money for COVID-19 relief. If you want to donate, make sure you know that the fundraiser is in Euros, so if you use a different monetary system, double check the equivalent in your own money before you donate.
Rachael Marie will add €1 to the pot for every submission (up to a total of €75) so this post will be an additional donation. One random winner will be given the opportunity to choose a COVID-19 relief charity from a pre-selected list for the money we raised to go to!
Ok, now to the #BookternetGivesBack challenge!
Angie Thomas — I’ve never read anything by her, but I watched the movie of The Hate U Give and loved it, so I’ve had THUG on my TBR for a while. I’m not totally interested in her newer book though, but that’s mostly just because contemporaries aren’t my usual thing and they rarely intrigue me.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi — Also never read! (This will be a pattern lol) I’ve heard so many mixed things about Shatter Me but I’ve always been intrigued by it but equally intimidated because, like, what if I hate it? From what I’ve heard, I feel like I’ll hate it 😬
Leigh Bardugo — I’ve read the entire Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology and also the short story about the Darkling 😅 I’m meaning to get to Ninth House soon and I’m still not sure when I’ll slot in King of Scars. I liked Shadow and Bone enough, though it was mostly kind of stupid (I loved the Darkling so he made it enjoyable lol) I wasn’t won over by the titular book in Six of Crows but I absolutely loved Crooked Kingdom! Mostly, Bardugo seems to be an okay and sometimes good author, but definitely not a favorite.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black — I’m going to talk about her as an author overall since I haven’t read TCP yet 😒🙄🙃 I’m tainted by my recent read through of the Modern Faerie Tales trilogy and it’s Frankenstein bastardization of an ‘omnibus‘. The Modern Faerie Tales were garbage on the whole. The Darkest Part of the Forest was okay and I liked it enough. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was probably the best I’ve read by her, but it was still pretty nonsensical. Black seems to do stuff just for the ~aesthetic~ of it and 🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃 Like I said, I haven’t read The Cruel Prince but I’m faerie trash so I’ll probably read it eventually.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco — Also haven’t read anything by her, but that’s mostly just because I don’t like witches 🙈 I think they’re so boring and low-key lame but maybe one day I’ll give her books a go. Who knows, maybe she’ll convince me they’re cool 🤷♀️ I did hear that there are also sort of necromancers in this, and I tend to think those are cool. Just, let me know if you’ve read this and tell me if there are covens or not, because covens are the problem for me. (And regardless, props to her for being an A+ person even against the likes of not she-who-shall-not-be-named)
Victoria (V.E.) Schwab — I’ve read all her adult titles and most of her young adult but none of her middle grade. A Darker Shade of Magic was awesome, though I have major issues with the ending of the final book and I also hate Lila. I devoured Vicious but Vengeful made me want to put my pre-ordered copy through a shredder. But the Monsters of Verity duology is among my absolute favorite series of all time, so I guess Schwab did one thing right all the way through 😅 And I haven’t finished The Archived duology but I liked te first book.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer — Haven’t read, yeah yeah I know. I’ll pick her up eventually
Adam Silvera — Similar to the reasoning for not reading Angie Thomas, I haven’t read him either. I just don’t really care about character-focused low-concept stories. For some reason, they legit give me anxiety, so I usually avoid them. I just like to have a clear and promised ending and that usually entails a plot heavy book with a defined premise, and contemporary doesn’t usually fal into that as well as fantasy or sci-fi. And yes, I have seen that he has a fantasy book but tbh the premise doesn’t really intrigue me 😅🤷♀️ It sounds really generic.
Cassandra Clare — Gotta say, I have a major love-hate relationship with Cassie Clare. The Mortal Instruments renewed my love of reading and I loved them when I first read them. But I didn’t really like The Infernal Devices trilogy, and when I reread TMI, I found a lot of issues with it. The Shadowhunters Academy short stories were mostly okay but The Bane Chronicles were mind numbing. I’ve read Lady Midnight and really enjoyed it but haven’t continued the series yet so it’s still up in the air whether I’ll like it or not. I don’t particularly care to read the Magnus spin-off, especially given my aforementioned distaste for his short story collection. I take issue with a super old dude taking up with an adolescent, especially when said adolescent is only a year older than a girl Magnus literally feels somewhat paternally towards. That’s disgusting and I’m not going to change my mind about it.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid — Literally no desire whatsoever to read this book, or the other one by this author. Almost a negative desire. They seem extremely boring. And again, the lack of a promised end. The anxiety blooms.
Laini Taylor — Never read anything by her but I own a copy of Strange the Dreamer that’s been glaring at me for like a year from my bookshelf 👀👀
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff — I absolutely loved Illuminae…that is, the first book. The second, Gemina was enjoyable on a cursory read but once I turned my brain on, I started hating it. Obsidio was a trainwreck and I hated every moment of it. It was the worst book I read last year and it might just be one of the worst books I’ve ever read.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman — 🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃 well suffice it to say that I read all of Arc of a Scythe and hated almost everything. The first book was terrible but had it’s moments. Thunderhead was sort of better but also boring af and The Toll was almost as bad as Obsidio except I didn’t care enough to hate it. I’ve never read anything else by Shusterman and I don’t intend to. He seems to love writing premises and not writing narratives or worlds or characters.
Sarah J Maas — 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 lol also a love-hate but more or on the hate side, thanks to A Court of Thorns and Roses aka the only book worse than Obsidio. (I never read past the first little bit in A Court of Mist and Fury because I’d rather die than see Rhysand be ~redeemed~) Throne of Glass was mostly fine, and I even loved most of Heir of Fire and basically all of Tower of Dawn. House of Earth and Blood was cringe but I don’t know what I expected at this point.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir — I strangely keep forgetting that I really want to read this.
Seanan McGuire / Mira Grant — My brother has a copy of Feed that he DNF’d because he got too bored but maybe I’ll read it someday?
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang — This tome has been giving me the evil eye and I feel threatened.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han — I watched the Netflix movie and thought it was really cute, but I have little desire to read the book (again, contemporary anxiety). However, even though the sequel movie has been out for a while now, I’m still a complete fool and haven’t watched it yet. And tbh I’ll probably continue to forget to watch it for the foreseeable future.
That about does it! I’ve only read 7 out of the 18-19 people on this list and I disliked 5 of those people on occasion, or as the case may be, all the time. So I guess this means I need to either read more hyped books or just stop reading them all together 🤷♀️
I tag The Orang-utan Librarian, Rachael at Scorpio Book Dreams, Soulful Thoughts, Tucker the Reader, and Kristin Kraves Books! Of course you can all choose not to do this, but there’s no harm and only help in doing the tag. And anyone else who wants to join in, definitely do it! And tag me in your posts; I’m really interested in seeing everyone’s opinions on popular authors and books.