The TBR Challenge

Good afternoon everyone!

It’s Saturday and that means it’s time for another group post. This week marks our second challenge. Last time Eden challenged Caitlynn and I to read books we said we would never read. You can check out that post here.

This week I decided to challenge Eden and Caitlynn to read books that have been on their TBRs for forever.

I found some of their first TBR posts and chose books from them that they still hadn’t read. I hope you enjoy it!

Caitlynn – Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Question 1: You had to read Vicious this week because it was on your TBR for over a year. What took you so long to read this book? Why did you put it off?

Caitlynn: Honestly, I think it’s just because other books came out and got pushed in front of it. I think that was really the only reason I hadn’t read it.

Question 2:  Overall, what was your rating for it?

Caitlynn: I’m leaning more towards a 4.5. But, I’m right between a 4.5 and a 5. It wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read. But, it was definitely interesting.

What made you knock it down from a 5 to a 4.5?

It just seems like the book I’ve read recently that I’ve given a 5 to have had something extra. Also, I think the beginning was a little slow for me. It was slow until we found out what happened to Eli and Victor.

Question 3: Would you read the next book?

Caitlynn: Yes, definitely.

Question 4: Is it what you expected the book to be?

Caitlynn: Not at all. I was not expecting that storyline at all.

Question 5: Do you think without this challenge that you would have picked this book up anytime soon?

Caitlynn: No, not anytime soon. I had pretty much forgotten about it. I don’t know why, I just did. I’m glad you forced me to read it.

Question 6: What was your favorite aspect of the book?

Caitlynn: I liked Victor’s relationship with Mitch and Sydney. That was definitely my favorite part of the whole book. Victor was an unlikable character, but his relationship with them made him more likable.

Question 7: What was your initial draw to the book?

Caitlynn: V.E. Schwab. The only reason I didn’t get to it sooner was just because new books kept coming out that I was more excited about.

Question 8: Any final thoughts?

Caitlynn: No, I’m just glad you made me read it. I’m glad I read it now, when Vengeful is going to come out since people have been waiting on it forever. So, I’m glad I read it closer to that.

Eden – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Question 1: You were challenged to read Anna and the French Kiss. You had this on your TBR even before Caitlynn put Vicious on hers. What took you so long to read it?

Eden: It took me a long time to read it because it’s a contemporary. I had a long time there that I refused to read any contemporaries. The only reason I ever really put it on my TBR at that time was because you guys kept pushing me to read it.

Question 2: Being that it was a contemporary, did that it effect how you perceived it going into the book?

Eden: I think if I had read it a year and a half or  two years ago it would have. However, I’ve gotten to where I appreciate contemporaries. There’s not so much of a need to build a world and try to understand the magic, or something like that, works in a world. It’s more just about understanding people. So, I think that two years ago I probably would have judged before reading it just because it was a contemporary. But, not now. I was actually excited to read it. I had kind of forgotten about it because you guys had stopped talking about it. It was a contemporary that I was excited to read.

Question 3: What rating did you give it?

Eden: I gave it 5 out 5 stars. However, I did debate about giving it just 4 stars, because I felt like it could have done without about 60 pages. The last pages felt like she was just trying to drag out a love interest, that you knew was going to end the way you wanted it to, in order to develop Anna. But, she was already developed. She didn’t need to be developed any more. It was just extra.

Question 4: Are you going to continue with the series?

Eden: I don’t know. I really liked the book and the characters. I know that Isla is in the next one. Is Isla the girl they meet in this book?

Yes, but the last one is about Isla. The next one is Lola.

Maybe, but I haven’t decided yet. I’m inclined to read the next ones. The nice thing is that it doesn’t continue the story. So, I can read them when I’m coming out of a book hangover or something/

Question 5: What was your favorite aspect of the book?

Eden: I really liked Anna as a character. Mostly, because I went from liking her to hating her and back and forth to thinking of her as a normal character by the end. I found her to be a very relatable character. She may not be relatable to everyone, but definitely for me. She has these really quick spirals where every worry kind of leads to another.That was something I could identify with. I think that the character overall was somebody that was hugely relatable and because of that I appreciated the story.

Question 6: Your book was a little bit different from Caitlynn’s because Caitlynn had already read books by Scwab and liked her writing style. How do you feel about Perkins’ writing and will you read more from her?

Eden: I will definitely read more from her. I liked her writing and her writing style. She did make me feel a little bit self-conscious at times. She would describe people and when she would describe people with brown eyes she said something like, “People with brown eyes are so boring.” So, that made me very self-conscious.

I know I’m reading and she’s writing from a characters perspective. But, something was strange about it. I had read her short story in My True Love Gave to Me and really liked it. I will definitely read more by her. I really like her voice. Sometimes contemporaries get really flowery and fluffy and pretty. But, Stephanie Perkins is real. She’s like, “This sucks, this sucks, this sucks. But, this is my life.” That’s how the characters seem. So, I liked it.


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