My TBR has been overwhelming me lately. I didn’t physically read anything while in school, but I was still ordering books so I’ve been trying to catch up this summer. The problem is that I don’t read fast enough, and there are books I want to pre-order that I’m more interested in. So I thought I’d try reading the first chapter of some books I’m not sure I’m interested anymore. I wasn’t tagged by anyone. I just need to get this TBR pile down so it stops causing me stress.
Catching Stars by Cayla Keenan
Initial thoughts: I got this in an Owlcrate box last year, so I figured I might as well give it a shot. Well, I didn’t even manage to finish the first chapter (the prologue). The writing is not for me. It’s very initially info-dumpy (so much so that I was confused after the first paragraph). It’s also super repetitive (and I only read 4 pages).
Damsel by Elana K. Arnold
Initial thoughts: The writing is clearly going for a very fairy tale-esq feel, but it’s not doing a very god job at actually accomplishing that. I also haven’t heard anything but bad things about it since buying it last year (including the many content warnings it comes with).
To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Initial thoughts: The first chapter was very info-dumpy, but I’m still interested in this one.
Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer
Initial thoughts: I’m always up for morally grey characters, and this one is super interesting so far.
Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer
Initial thoughts: I got this in a Beacon Book Box, and while there’s nothing explicitly worng with it, it just didn’t grab me/ intrigue me.
Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
Initial thoughts: I wasn’t sure I’d like this one, but that prologue was so interesting that I need to know what happens next.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
Initial thoughts: Again, there’s nothing I concretely didn’t like about it. It just didn’t grip me.
Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith
Initial thoughts: I was really excited for this one earlier this year, but the first chapter (and a little bit of the second chapter) are telling me this one might not be for me.
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
Initial thoughts: I really liked the voice in this one.