10 books I have shamefully neglected // ft. bookish step children, grooming and worldly education

Posted 14-04-2020 by Marion in Allgemein / 28 Comments

There are times I am guilty of being a horrible book mother.

And maybe you are too every once in a while because, let’s be honest, it’s hard to love our book children all equally. Do you take them out of the shelf and chuck them around in a handcart so they can see the great wide world? Do you brush all their pages – and I mean ALL of them – and tell them how pretty and wonderful they are? Or do you take care that they are provided for, that they go to great colleges and know that they are loved? All 862 of them?
No? Well, me neither.

What did I say? I’m a horrible book mother. I should be ashamed of myself.

Then again, who has time for all that stuff anyway. Then AGAIN, I think it’s time to take some of the books that have been neglected for a while off the shelf and show them to the world.

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The whole idea is stolen from the Top Ten Tuesday. They care about those step children books there.

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Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel

I don’t talk enough about Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel. Heck, I don’t talk enough about Kenneth Oppel’s books in general. This man knows how to tell a story and with my love for bats and owls it should actually not be any kind of surprise that I love this book to bits. I need to do a reread soon. Why am I not a creature of the night, btw?

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Do you have any idea how long the beginning of a review for this book has been sitting in my draft folder? Is anybody even still interested in that? While I have sometimes troubles with getting into Schwab’s books, I loved this one whole-heartedly. A ghost bff? The colourlessness of the Veil? The atmosphere of Edinburgh?

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A winter’s promise by Christelle Dabos

The Mirror Visitor books were the best books I have read in 2019, so it’s not really a stepchild. This is a series that is definitely gonna stay with me forever. And I still haven’t written the review yet. But let me tell you, I need the whole world to read these books, starting with this one here. And at the beginning of May the last book is coming out in German. Man, I cannot wait.


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Has this book won some Best Title of the Year award or something yet? Because it should. And the inside is the best mix of belly laughs, red hot anger, ugly cry sadness and slap-your-hand-before-your-mouth terror.
It’s an amazing book, as an audio book or just regular. I enjoyed both.

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Hair in all the wrong places by Andrew Buckley

That is one of my book children that I highly recommend to you. Wait, that came out wrong. I mean – read it. Being a teenage werewolf has never been so much fun and so terrifying at the same time.

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The Reader on the 6:27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

First things first – the German cover is much prettier. Just so you know.
Other than that is the book wonderful and solemn and kinda hopeful. It’s wonderful. Do you know it?


The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove

I need to let this kid out to play some more. It had amazing world building, as far as I remember. Maybe it annoyed other books and they pushed it into the back. What do I know. Well, besides that I might have to do a reread before I finally read the sequel that’s growing mold on my tbr. Figuratively, of course.

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Magisterium – The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

Yeah, I really don’t know what I should do with this one. I can’t tell if I like it or don’t. I can’t tell if I should continue after the first three books or if I’ve had enough. I just don’t know. But I guess that would be still a reason to talk about them, right? Maybe to a bookish therapist?


Half upon a time by James Riley

I definitely remember why I liked this one! It has great plot, funny adaption of different fairytales and a whole bunch of sassy characters.

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The true meaning of Someday by Adam Rex

I’m sure many of you know the movie that was made from this but I kinda see the movie and the book as two different things. They are just two twins that have totally different personalities. I loved the book by the way. The movie is not too shabby either. I just don’t ever talk about either of them.

You know, maybe it was a bad idea to look at all of those neglected book children. It just makes me wanna take them off the shelf and reread them all. And that will make my tbr books jealous and then the piles might collectively decide to fall over and bury me the next time I walk past. 😟 It’s probably time to take those off the shelf and braid their pages or something.

What books do you rarely talk about? Do you know any about the ones on my list? Let’s have a chat!

28 responses to “10 books I have shamefully neglected // ft. bookish step children, grooming and worldly education

    • City of Ghosts is such a good book. It’s engaging and has lots of great characters and is a little bit spooky. I highly recommend. I really have to write that review. lol

  1. Ha! The having half / started reviews in drafts is.. very recognizable! Although I don’t get how you didn’t just write an entire raving review on City of Ghosts if you loved it that much?! Those are usually some of the easiest reviews to write, I think. At least for me. 😛 It’s those “meh” books I have trouble with..

    • Excellent question, my friend. I think the problem this time is that I don’t know how to structure it. Some reviews are more difficult than others, even if you love them. I wanna do this right, you know, not just say “I loved it, now go read it.”

    • That’s exactly my problem. I have no idea how to structure it. I’m kinda growing tired of that review sitting in my draft folder though. I really have to do something about it. 🙂
      And yes. You definitely have to read “A winter’s promise”. That book series is amazing. Tell me how you liked it when you’ve read it. <3

  2. I’ve been meaning to read City of Ghosts but I constantly forget about it 😅 Good thing you reminded me about it! 😀

    • I have not. I have seen the trailer after I’ve seen the book and then I wasn’t sure if I would want to watch it anymore. It seemed to me that they changed quite a lot. Maybe I’ll give it a try at some later point.

  3. I like both Holly Black and Cassandra Clare… maybe I should try The Magisterium once the libraries open again. I have several VE Schwab books that I need to read too.

    • It’s not a bad series but the opinions really differ. I quite liked the main character Callum and his struggle with being good or evil and all.

  4. I remember having some of the same thoughts about The Iron Trial. I got it as an eARC and I remember being like.. ehhh… I never picked up any of the other books. I also don’t see it talked about! I think you should always do a review, even if it’s a lot later! It can always spark up interest since people don’t always read the books at the same time. I still haven’t read City of Ghosts!

    • I liked the Iron Trial. And there is a big hecking twist at the end of book three. I just never continued after that. I am kinda curious how this whole thing turns out. But on the other hand there are so many books I still have to read and would rather read before that. 😛
      And I will definitely finish that review. I just have problems to structure it and don’t quite know where to start. 😅

      • Yeah, I totally understand when there’s a lot of books! I am always putting off big books, for example. I can read like 4 in the time I read 1. haha.

    • I really recommend “Hair in all the wrong places” and its sequels. Colin is such a relatable main character and it was a joy to follow his journey. I can’t wait for the last book to come out. 🙂

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