Books I Read Before Blogging #1

I have read numerous books since I started blogging over two years ago, and because of that, I feel like I neglect talking about the books I loved before I even considered starting Kristin Kraves Books. I wanted to do something to change that, so I have decided to start this series where every once in awhile I talk about three or fours books I read before May 2017 and give you some of my thoughts on them. It will be a mix of books I loved, liked, or that didn’t work for me. Now, hopefully I can remember my opinions on all of them- thank goodness for Goodreads! Who knows how long this series will last- I guess until I run out of books to talk about!

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


Date finished: February 5th, 2017

Well, I guess we are starting off with an unpopular opinion! I do not think I have ever talked about The Night Circus on my blog, and that is because I did not fall in love with it like I know so many other readers have. Part of me thinks that it was just so hyped that it was impossible for it to reach my expectations- which isn’t really the fault of the book. I also was not expecting romance to be such a big element and I did not connect to the characters. I was not invested in them, so I did not care what happened to them. There were elements that I really loved and the circus setting was fascinating. I vividly remember how beautifully descriptive the book was and I felt like I was there. That said, I was hoping that it would be more whimsical! I am very much looking forward to Morgenstern’s next novel, The Starless Sea, because she is an incredible writer and the synopsis definitely intrigues me.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Date finished: February 3rd, 2017

Even though it has been a couple years since I read An Ember in the Ashes, I still vividly remember so many details. That is such a credit to the story and Tahir’s writing, because I often find that I forget a lot about a story as time passes. Typical me though, I have yet to continue on with the series. Maybe one day?! I remember thinking that the plot was original and I was invested in the main character, Laia. I also loved that there was a hint at a romance, but it was such a minor part of the story. There was also a military academy involved, and any story that has any sort of school or academy is right in my wheelhouse. Also, it must have been quite fast-paced and gripping because, according to Goodreads, I read it over the course of a day! It is interesting though, that once I started blogging and came to have an understanding of my personal reading taste, I began to read YA fantasy less and less.

Fight Club by Chuck Palahnuik


Date finished: February 1st, 2017

I know that I have talked about Fight Club a few times on this blog because it has one of my favourite endings of all time. Can you believe that it was never spoiled for me? This is one of the books that made me realize that in the right hands, a short book can be absolutely brilliant. I have since fallen in love with novels that are under 300 pages and I am constantly in awe of what authors can accomplish in so few words. Fight Club had so many twists and turns while also presenting questions about love and life. This is one of the few books that I would love to revisit one day in the future. I am ashamed to admite that I have yet to see the movie? Is it worth watching?

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

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Date finished: January 23rd, 2017

I will admit that I was a fan of Twilight, at least the first novel. Looking back now, I recognize that it definitely has its issues, but I thought it was a lot of fun. It was one of the few books that I managed to make time for during my University years. In 2017, when I saw that Stephenie Meyer was releasing a new novel, I was curious and decided to give it a chance. It was interesting at first, but quickly went downhill. By the middle, I was so bored that I ending up skimming most of the story. I could not tell you a single thing that happened, but I know enough to confidently say that, in my opinion, The Chemist is not worth your time!


It is interesting because looking at these four books now, I can confidently say that the Kristin of 2019 would never pick up An Ember in the Ashes or The Chemist. I adored An Ember in the Ashes, so it would be a shame to have never read it. This is a good reminder that even though my reading tastes are quite varied, it is still important to branch out more.

Have you read any of these books? I would especially be curious to know if anyone had similar feelings about The Night Circus! kkbLogo

20 thoughts on “Books I Read Before Blogging #1

  1. Even though The Night Circus is on my favorite books of all time list, I can’t help but wonder if I would feel differently reading it today. My reading tastes have certainly changed a lot. I’d have to reread it to see. Also, really great post!

  2. An Ember In the Ashes is so good! I’m in the same boat as you though. Even though I ate up the first book, it’s taking me forever to get through the series 😅. Also, I didn’t know that Fight Club was a book! I remember not understanding the hype around the movie when I watched it years ago, but maybe the book would be better suited for me 🙂.

  3. I loved Fight Club but I saw the film first so I think that affected my thoughts on the book. I really want to reread the Night Circus- it’s been years and I don’t remember a lot of it. I remember liking it but who knows what I’ll think with a couple of years between readings? 🙂

  4. I also read and loved The Night Circus before blogging. I did however already own a Goodreads and knew about the hype through one of the book club groups I was in 🙂

  5. Good to know the chemist isn’t worth my time! And that’s really good the ending for fight club wasn’t spoiled for you (I’ve only seen the movie but do plan to read the book at some point, even though I know the ending)

  6. I definitely have a similar to yours opinion on “The Night Circus”. What a mess that book was. I could not connect to the characters and, in my review, clearly pointed out why we should NOT sympathise with the “love” between Marco and Celia. It was a disappointing read for me – but I do not even feel like justifying my opinion to all the lovers of this book because “The Night Circus” does not even have a plot to speak of! A plotless book – how people can love it? Nothing happens there and everything there is pure atmosphere.

    1. Thank you! I am okay with a book with very little plot but I need to care about the characters, and I definitely did not in The Night Circus. I tried so hard to love it but I just was not seeing what a lot of others were seeing. Such a shame! I am on the hunt for my favourite book set at the circus!

  7. So I somehow know absolutely nothing about Fight Club other than the fact that it’s a film 🙈 oops. I also still need to read The Night Circus so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it when I get around to it. The authors latest book sounds amazing.

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