Hi everyone! It’s been a long time since I’ve done some of these weekly memes, and since I haven’t been blogging much lately because of my reading slump, I figured what a better way of posting more regularly than participating in these memes. Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Samantha and Lainey from the channels @thoughtsontomes and @gingerreadslainey, respectively. This week’s topic is to choose 5 books where it’s best to go into them blind, since the synopsis may spoil crucial aspects of the story. Here are my picks:
More than this by patrick ness
I think it’s safe to say that the synopsis for this one contains a MAJOR SPOILER for the story, and even if that is actually developed within the first part of the book, I wish I hadn’t known about it before getting into this book. All you need to know about this is that it includes a sci-fi concept but it deals, in the end, with life and second chances. It’s weird, and you may find yourself not understanding what is actually going on while you are reading it, but it’s the message that it leaves you with that’s important.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
What can I say about this one? The synopsis gives away a crucial event that happens in the first few chapters which would come as a shock if only it wasn’t written in the freaking synopsis! Again, another book that is hard to talk about without giving anything away, but if you are into mythology or would love to read more about it, then pick this one up. It’s magical, it’s weird and fucked up; after all, it is written by Neil Gaiman. This book is one hell of a ride in which it’s definitely best to go into it knowing absolutely nothing about it.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
This one is another great one to go into it blind. There is nothing you need to know about this other than the fact that it has incredible atmospheric writing, and that it’s more of a character-driven story than a plot-driven one. The characters are complex and intriguing and some of the best characters developed in YA I’ve read so far. It has magic, celtic mythology and multi-layered characters. I have nothing but love for this entire series ♥
The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
THIS. BOOK. From time to time, I still think about this one, and ever since I read it, this story has stuck with me. It is twisted and fucked up, and may not be for everybody, but it’s an incredible mystery/thriller type of book. Even saying the trigger warnings for this book will give away some major aspects of this story, so beware if you are thinking of reading it. All you need to know is that it focuses on the Roanoke family, and the secrets that are hidden behind the walls of this family’s house.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Another one where the writing is one of my favorite aspects of the story. This is the first book in a Fantasy YA series, and I think that is all you need to know. The themes of this book are developed over time and the story becomes much more complex than what you’d think once you start this. The characters are memorable, but what really stuck with me is the writing. Laini Taylor has a way with words and with storytelling that there’s no doubt why she is one of my favorite authors of the genre.
Have you read any of these? Do you usually read the synopsis of all the books you are about to read, or do you prefer to be surprised by the story itself while you’re reading it? Let’s chat in the comments!