Two days in a row! It must be a record. This week’s topic is actually really interesting for me because I have a hard time dropping something before I finish it. My thought process behind this is usually that I spent the (insert random price here) on the book and I should at least get my money’s worth before I chuck it on the discard pile. Recently, this has been a real drain on my reading enthusiasm because a lot of my choices have been duds so I’m forcing myself to read terrible book after terrible book. The alternative would be dropping 10-15 books a year that probably comes to about $100 I could’ve put to better use elsewhere. Its a lose-lose situation I suppose. This post will memorialize the few books that were so bad, I just COULDN’T finish them, no matter how much I tried and those books I wish from the bottom of my heart I could’ve forced myself to burn.
So I guess Zeezee over at Zeezee with Books has tagged me. I feel so special! As I understand it through the grapevine, this tag was originally created by Booktuber Katytastic, with additional content created by XtineMAY. I grew up during the Disney Renaissance and have almost every movie memorized (except for the Black Cauldron, but let’s not talk about that one). It’s become a cherished part of my childhood and I still enjoy going to the theaters to see their new films. I think I watched Frozen about seven times (no shame). I happily accept this challenge!
By: Libba Bray
“It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father a laudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild. Despite certain peril, Gemma has bound the magic to herself and forged unlikely new alliances. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test these bonds. The Order – the mysterious group her mother was once part of – is grappling for control of the realms, as is the Rakshana. Spence’s burned East Wing is being rebuilt, but why now? Gemma and her friends see Pippa, but she is not the same. And their friendship faces its gravest trial as Gemma must decide once and for all what role she is meant for.”
After a long and frustrating journey, my days reading the Gemma Doyle trilogy have come to an end. While I was satisfied with the way in which most of the characters were left at the end of the novel, the journey it took to get to these satisfying endings was headache-inducing to say the least.