Try A Chapter Tag

Hi all!

I’m kind of in a predicament: I have too may books that I want to read … and I don’t know which one to start with. I keep picking up one book intending to read it, and then putting it down unread because what if I choose the wrong one?? I know that makes no sense but it’s how my brain works 😅.

So I thought I’d do the try a chapter book tag, originally created by Amanda @ Amanda Center‘s booktube channel. Basically the rules of this tag are:

  • Choose a collection of books you’ve been meaning to read
  • Read the first chapter (prologue included)
  • Decide if you’ll read the book or set it aside for now

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I’m super keen to do this tag, because I’m hoping it will get me excited to read these damn books instead of just staring at them. But before I read the chapters, here’s the books I intend to read:

So now let’s get onto my thoughts about the book!

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Thoughts:

The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith

41961994I really enjoyed the first chapter of this book! It’s already moving very quickly, with a quick introduction to the Unwritten Library in Hell and a book having already turned into a character and run away. Claire, the librarian, receives a demon visitor who tells her that His Highness — I’m assuming that’s Satan? — wants her to go find a missing book that has escaped and is trying to find its author in Seattle on earth.

So far I’m really intrigued, but I don’t feel an immediate desire to keep reading? I like the premise but the writing hasn’t absorbed me yet.

Verdict: Put aside for now, but will read eventually.


Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger

43264755._sy475_I only read the prologue of this book because if I had read the first chapter as well, it would have taken me to almost page 40 and by then I’d be actually reading the book. But even so, I’m intrigued! The prologue focuses on a young man named Dimangan, who seems to be the older brother of one of the characters who will become a main character in the book. The prologue features a riot being started by someone who has shade magic, where they can merge their magic with an animal’s soul — at least that’s what I understood.

I’m definitely keen to read this book, but it’s also 500 pages long and I don’t know if I have the time for that right now? But I’m not sure!

Verdict: Put aside for now, but will read eventually.


Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

42201395Okay, I loved this? I’m so intrigued by the worldbuilding that has been developed so far: a world where sorcerers are evil and their grimoires have to be locked away because they’re so dangerous — and where librarians are the ones who fight back against sorcerers. I didn’t realise I needed a book where librarians are warriors, but apparently I did. The main character is Elisabeth and I already like her: she’s an orphan and was left outside the doors of the Great Library and is training to become a warden, which is a librarian warrior.

Verdict: Read!


A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland

34328664From the first line of this book, I was hooked! “The whole mess began in a courtroom in Vsila, the capital of Nuryevet, where I was being put on trial for something stupid.” This book is already so funny and the worldbuilding really fascinating! Interestingly, this book doesn’t have chapters so I stopped reading at a scene break. So far, the main character (who hasn’t been named yet) is on trial in a foreign land for witchcraft, even though he’s not a witch. I’ve also heard that this book features the main character telling a lot of stories to prevent himself from being executed. What I’m really interested in is that the main character is an old man, and not many books have older leads!

Verdict: Read!


Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

44074162._sy475_Reading the prologue and the first chapter of this book has made me return to the days of being trash for Maggie Stiefvater. Don’t worry, I already hate myself. I said I wouldn’t read any more of Stiefvater’s books (because I’m over her) but then she went a released a book (and eventually series) about my favourite character of hers, so I had to. And I really liked it so far! The prologue was about the Lynch brothers: Declan, Ronan and Matthew and so far my favourite quote is: “Everyone wanted to hug Matthew Lynch, and he wanted to let them.” Bless Matthew Lynch!

Verdict: Read!


I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi

43721817Okay, this was intriguing! The prologue was about a council — I think they might be aliens — who are considering ending a project, which I think means earth, but I could be wrong. Then the first chapter was about one of the main characters, Jesse, who continually hooks up with different boys but never lets them get close, but not sure why yet. There was a brief mention of NASA scientists interacting with a planet that has life on it.

Really surprised by my interest as I’m not the biggest fan of contemporary YA books, but I think because this has some sci-fi elements I’m keen for it. But at the moment, I’m not feeling a contemporary book, but I think it will be the first book I read after I finish the others I want to read in this book.

Verdict: Put aside for now, but will read eventually.


Crier’s War by Nina Varela

41951626._sy475_I AM SO FREAKING INTO THIS?! I only read the prologue and the first chapter, but holy hell, I can already see myself obsessing over this book. I also loved that the book had a timeline at the very beginning about the events that precede the events of the novel. I’m so excited by the idea of robots overthrowing humans and finally getting to read a book about it is awesome.

So far, we’ve only been introduced to Lady Crier, but I’m already obsessed with her! She was so excited to read a pamphlet, that she alarmed the bookseller who sold it to her 😂. My kind of girl … or robot, I guess!

Verdict: Read!


The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

42975172This is on my list because my friend and I have a bookclub together and this was last month’s pick, which I didn’t get the chance to read because I had to read The Handmaid’s Tale first. The first chapter was very short and was only okay. It was about one of the Aunt’s getting a statute dedicated to her, and also writing in her secret diary, which she is not allowed to do because women in this world are not allowed to read or write.

At the moment, I’m not very interested in continuing on with this book but will eventually, just because I have so many other books I need to read!

Verdict: Put aside for now, but will read eventually.


The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

26032912._sy475_Ok, I think this is the book that I’m going to be reading first because all I needed to do was read the prologue and first chapter and I was sucked back into this world so quickly and completely.

In the prologue, we find out about Cardan’s birth and childhood: he was prophesied to destroy the throne, and “only out of his spilled blood can a great ruler rise” — I think that means Jude?? Anyway, it completely breaks my heart how little everyone in Cardan’s life cared for him — his own mother gave him to a cat to feed him and raise him as a baby, and when the cat got her own litter, she abandoned him too, so he did whatever he wanted. And his brother, Dain, who everyone thinks is a good guy, was horrible to him! My poor baby 😭. I’m so trash for him.

Verdict: Read!

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Books I’m going to be reading, in order:

I probably failed this book tag because out of the 9 books I want to read, I’m still going to be reading 5 which is a big number lol. But I’m going to try hard to smash these books out!

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Have you read any of the books on this list? Which ones do you think I should prioritise? Let me know!

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6 thoughts on “Try A Chapter Tag

  1. emmareadstoomuch says:

    omg i’m in the exact same place!! i feel kinda slumpy & like there’s a million books i want to read but idk which one i *really* want to read…maybe i need to try this??? such a fun post!

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