Hello lovely reader! In today’s blog post I will be doing the ‘All Stars’ charity challenge. That is basically a challenge designed by Rachael Marie on YouTube to do something to help charities during this COVID-19 pandemic. For every person who does this challenge and submits it here, Rachael will be donating €1 to a charity that helps with comic relief around COVID-19. Next to that you can also donate some money to her pot, and I really wanted to donate €10, but unfortunately you could only pay with a credit card and I don’t own one, so I couldn’t donate.
Now, what is the ‘All Stars’ challenge? It’s basically a list of 18 books and authors who are really popular on the bookternet and you just have to say whether or not you’ve read those books and if you liked them or if you plan on reading them or not. Rachael designed a nice graphic to help you out, you can find that graphic here. If you want any more information, I recommend you check out Rachael’s video, which I linked above. Now let’s get started!
The first author on this list is Angie Thomas. I have read one of her books: The Hate U Give. If you haven’t read that one, I highly recommend you do because it is such an important book. However, I haven’t read her second book, On The Come Up, because the themes in that one don’t really interest me.
Second on the list we have the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. I haven’t read that series and I don’t plan to read it either. I’m just not really interested in it and it’s like a six book series, and that always puts me off because that’s a lot of books haha.
Then we have Leigh Bardugo and she is MY QUEEN. I love everything Bardugo brings out. She started with the original Grishaverse trilogy, which weren’t that special to me, but I still loved reading those books. Then we have the Six of Crows duology which is just *chef’s kiss* good, Crooked Kingdom is one of my favourite books ever! Bardugo has two on-going series as well: The Nikolai duology and Ninth House series. King of Scars is the first book in the Nikolai duology and I loved that book with my entire heart. Just like the first book Ninth House, in her other series. Ninth House is her only book outside of the Grishaverse series so far, but I still love it. From all of Bardugo’s books that are published so far, I only haven’t read the fairy tales collection, The Language of Thorns, but I definitely plan on reading that!
Next to Bardugo there is The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. This will be a short one: haven’t read it and don’t want to. Fae stories don’t interest me and I HATE the enemies to lovers trope.
Next up is The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. I haven’t read that book yet and I also still haven’t decided if I want to. It’s not on my TBR, but with this one I still think there is quite a big chance it’ll end up on my TBR because it does sound really good. I’m just waiting for some people’s review on it.
And then we have V.E. or Victoria Schwab and she is my second QUEEN. Schwab has a TON of books out, she is incredible. There is not a single book by her that I didn’t enjoy, so I won’t go in depth about her books, just which ones I have and haven’t read. I do hope to read all of Schwab’s book in the next year or so, so I can make some sort of a guide to V.E. Schwab. So the books I’ve read are: Vicious, Vengeful, Warm Up, This Savage Song, Our Dark Duet, City of Ghosts and Tunnel of Bones. Books of her I haven’t read (and that are on my TBR): The Shades of Magic trilogy, The Archived, The Unbound, The Near Witch and the Everyday Angel trilogy.
Next up is the Cinder series by Marissa Meyer, once again a short answer. Haven’t read it and don’t want to. I don’t like sci-fi so I don’t see why I would pick this series up.
Next to Cinder we have Adam Silvera. I’ve read two of his novels: History is all you left me and They both die at the end. I thoroughly enjoyed both, but I don’t think I’ll be picking up any of his other books because they don’t appeal to me.
Then we have Cassandra Clare. This is the only one I’m ashamed of, I’ve only ever read City of Bones like 6 years ago maybe? Around the time I was 14, I think. I did like the book back then, I just never picked up the rest of her books. I do think I want to give City of Bones a reread and see if I’m still interested in the rest of her books. But they’re not on my high priority TBR.
Then we have Lainy Taylor. I haven’t read any of her books and I don’t actively plan on doing that either. I just don’t think her writing style would work for me.
Okay, we’re almost there. Next up is The Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman. I have, surprisingly, read the first two books in this series. This was definitely a case of bookternet made me read it. I’m not a fan of sci-fi, so it was truly a wonder I’ve read these. They were okay reads for me, but nothing special. I still have to read the last book and I do plan on reading it at some point.
Then we have the Arc of a Scythe series, which I’ve only recently read. However, it is one of my favourite series of all time now. For more in depth thoughts, I’d redirect you to my series review for it.
Another quick one: Sara J. Maas. Haven’t read a single one of her book. I’m also not interested in them because one of them has too many books and the other one involves fae. I am slightly interested in Cresent City, but that’s one massive book and I don’t know if I’ll enjoy Maas’ writing style. So it’s not on my TBR for now.
Then we have The Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tehir. I’ve only read the first book in this series but I loved it. So I definitely want to read the rest of the series, I just haven’t got around to it.
Next, and last, author on the list is Seanen McGuire. I, once again, haven’t read any of her books. The Wayward Children series is on my TBR, but not on my high priority list. So we’ll see when I get to those books.
Then we have The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. Once again short and sweet: haven’t read it and don’t plan on reading it. I don’t know why, it just doesn’t peak my interest.
And now, last but not least: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han. I read this series and I think they’re really cute books, but they’re not one of my favourite reads ever.
So that was it. That was a long blog post. Conclusion: I haven’t read many of the popular books, but I’m not really ashamed of that. Quite some of these books and series are in genres or subgenres that I usually tend to dislike, and don’t want to read a book I think I’m going to dislike. I’d rather spend my time on books I think I’ll love.
Let me know if you plan on doing this challenge and where I can find your submission so I can read/watch it!