I saw this on Thrice Read and it made me giggle. I had to dig back into my ‘read’ shelf on Goodreads in order to come up with some of these answers, which was a fun journey into my reading past.
1. The awkward first date – a book where something felt off. It wasn’t a bad book, but lacked that spark for you.
Please please please don’t be upset with me, but Northern Lights/The Golden Compass is exactly this. I’m reading it now — I’m about 150 pages in — and it just isn’t doing it for me. It’s fine, but it just isn’t grabbing me the way I expected. Everyone loves His Dark Materials so much and I feel guilty that I’m not enjoying it as much as I think I should. I’m hoping it picks up because this is a rare one that I really don’t want to DNF.
2. The cheap first date – book that turned out less than you expected.
I’m going to continue to flog my dislike of Heartless. It had so much potential and just fell short on pretty much every level. Grumble grumble.
3. Well-prepared first date – better than expected.
I wouldn’t say it was better than expected, but The Lie Tree was so different from what I had expected. The story, the characters, the tone, everything was just perfect. Ireally loved this book way more than I thought I would.
4. Hot but dumb – pretty book, not so hot on the inside.
The Aeronaut’s Windlass has a fantastic cover, but fell so flat, which is doubly unfortunate because this book is massive. How can you possibly make steampunk boring?
Also, I’m a major cat lady but the talking cats were just freaking weird.
5. Blind date – book you picked up not knowing anything about it.
The Girl of Ink and Stars is the first to spring to mind simply because I finished it recently. I just grabbed it because the cover is so eye-catching, but didn’t know anything about it. It turned out to be absolutely wonderful.
6. Speed dating – book you read super fast.
Well, any of the Harry Potter books when I got my paws on them as a kid. More recently, Geekerella and Caraval were pretty much read in a single night. I’m a quick reader and if something catches my attention, I’ll stay up well past my bedtime in order to finish (and then won’t be able to sleep after).
7. The rebound – a book you read too soon after a book hangover and it kind of ruined the book for you.
I’ve thought about it and realised that I don’t really have an answer. I don’t usually get book hangovers. If I finish a book, I really struggle to start anything new immediately afterwards. I like to mull things over a bit and will usually spend the following day thinking about what I just read.
8. Overly enthusiastic date – a book that felt like it was trying too hard.
The Red Queen was this for me. If I had to read another variation on the line ‘I was a Red in a sea of Silvers’ I thought I was going to be sick. it’s a great way to end one chapter, but not such a great way to end 17 chapters, am I right? There was a lot of eye rolling.
It is a shame because the the plot and story were there, but the writing wasn’t. Also a shame because that cover is absolutely incredible.
9. The perfect first date – book that did everything right for you.
Six of Crows is a recent one, as is Hold Back the Stars. From beginning to end they were both just different and managed to tick all of the boxes for me.
10. Humiliating first date – book you’re embarrassed to admit you liked/ embarrassed to see reading in public for whatever reason.
I have to say, I don’t feel embarrassed to admit I like certain books or be spotted reading certain books. I used to be though! I’ve read everything from 50 Shades of Grey to House of Leaves (not embarrassing until you have to turn it upside down to read it and you get funny looks). I do still get a degree of ‘really?’ from my peers about reading things like romance novels, which is annoying. No one should ever be judged for reading.