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May. 12th, 2014 | 10:04 pm

Time for an update on my Shame Unreads List of 2014! Here are six books that I will never again have to sheepishly admit I haven't read. The books are listed in the order in which I read them.



  1. TFioS
    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    Reaction: Quality! Though I may have sprained a tear duct.
    I Hadn't Already Read It Because: I don't like crying. I don't know how I'm going to handle the movie.


  2. delirium
    Delirium by Lauren Oliver
    Reaction: Really drew me in. I'm especially impressed by how well Oliver made a premise that I feel is highly unlikely (a future world in which love is seen as a terrible disease and people get "cured" with dangerous procedures to prevent it) seem more plausible.
    I Hadn't Already Read It Because: I just hadn't gotten around to it.


  3. wild magic
    Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
    Reaction: I like the world and all the cool, powerful women. Some of the writing just fell a little flat for me, though, especially in terms of emotional content. Would probably have loved it as a kid, but I found it hard to identify with the protagonist. Also, there are a lot (a LOT) of characters.
    I Hadn't Already Read It Because: Somehow I missed out on Tamora Pierce as a kid/teen, when I think a lot of fantasy fans get into her. Maybe my library didn't have her books? Dunno.


  4. disreputable
    The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
    Reaction: Holy Awesome and Accessible Feminism, Batmanwoman! Plus, this is a really smart and funny book.
    I Hadn't Already Read It Because: I only heard of it fairly recently. It came very highly recommended, though, so I put it on the list.


  5. curious
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
    Reaction: Smart and entertaining, and also the kind of book that makes me feel like I might become a more empathetic person because I've read it.
    I Hadn't Already Read It Because: As with Delirium, I just hadn't gotten around to it. I was pretty sure it would be good, though.


  6. outsiders
    (That little image cuts off in a weird way, doesn't it?)
    The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
    Reaction: I'm surprised by how much I liked this! It's universal and heartfelt, and Ponyboy is easy to empathize with. He makes even his gang - some of whom, let's face it, are kind of thugs, stealing and getting into fights for fun - seem sympathetic and decent.
    I Hadn't Already Read It Because: I was never assigned to read it, and I saw it as the kind of book you read because you're assigned to. Also, I was afraid it would rub me the wrong way, like The Catcher in the Rye did, but it didn't. Maybe because Ponyboy is less jaded than Holden. I don't know.





I'll have to pick up my pace on these, since there are nine more in the list! It'll be fine, though. The reason I haven't made more headway is that I've been reading lots and lots of other books in between, which is also a pretty great use of my time. Books forever!

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angeladegroot

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from: angeladegroot
date: May. 13th, 2014 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Good job, you! I have a similar shame list, except mine involves all the classics I'm embarrassed to say I haven't read. I now have many more Shakespeare, Dickens, et al, under my belt thanks mostly to the library's awesome collection of audio books. You'd be amazed how many books you get through in the car, even when only driving 15 - 30 minutes a day. I've read most of the books you mention above, but I'm going to put the The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart book on my TBR list. Along with The Outsiders.

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