5 Books Everyone Has Read Except For Rachel


I feel as though I'm always behind on my TBR. I think my focus has shifted to reading what's next, not what's already been published. I WILL remedy this. Until that time though, here are five books that I've shamefully never read. Feel free to yell at me!


*Cues the catchy theme song music* Virtually everyone I know has read this. Pandemonium has swept through our school, and every student, teacher, and adult personnel has or is reading the books and has or is watching the tv show. I feel as though I'm missing out! These books are so long though, and the plots sound so convoluted. I'm scared I'm not going to like it! Also I've watched Season 1 of Game of Thrones, so I think I'm probably spoiled...




The bookish community praises this book to no end. I think I've graduated from Contemporary newbie, but I'm still hesitant to start this one. Honestly this book doesn't even sound appealing to me, although it might parallel my obsession for some series *cough* Throne of Glass. *cough* But fanfiction? *shivers* Sorry, not my thing...






I really want to read this book! It sounds adorable, and I hear the ties to family and culture are really strong. I love seeing that in books. I hear the protagonist is childish and that the plot is a tad outlandish though... I just found out that Jenny Han is coming to Philly, so I hope to see her!!








I adore fantasy novels, and Poison Study seems like a YA Fantasy classic. Everyone loves it, and I hear that a spin-off series was just created. I love long series, so maybe I'll read this one soon after more books come out!








This book is the one I'm most looking forward to reading. It sounds adorable and fluffy and how doesn't love the City of Lights? I can't wait to be catapulted back to the city I adore above all others. Also this romance sounds adorable and perfect. I've had all three of the books since last summer, what the heck am I waiting for??




Have you read any of these books? 


38 comments:

  1. Don't worry you are not alone! Out of all of these books, I've only read Fangirl. A Game of Thrones has been on my TBR for years but the books are soooo intimidating! I haven't even watched the show yet because I know if I watch it first, I might not want to read the books. I've also really wanted to read Anna and the French Kiss for the longest time too. I'm not really into contemporary too much but it sounds adorable.

    Awesome post!

    - Jazzie @ The Book Dancer

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  2. I HAVEN'T READ GAME OF THRONES/A Song of Ice and Fire EITHER. But that's not surprising. The books are huge! I did read part of one though!

    I haven't read Fangirl either. Which is incase because I've had the book since September. *sigh*

    I did read TATBILB! The ties to family and culture are strong, the narrator does have a very childish voice though which was a turn off for me unfortunately. Nonetheless, I'm reading the sequel, of course. :) When I get it….

    Poison Study only sounds slightly familiar to me. I don't read much (read: any) fantasy at all to be honest. Like, I can't remember the last fantasy book I read. Well, besides my attempt of ASoIaF and ToG, both of which I hadn't finished (one day though, I will).

    Anna and The French Kiss<3 I loved that book until halfway through and then it went down, down, down, down, DOWNhill for me. At full speed. ;( I'm sure you'll still like it though! The writing style in it is amazing.

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  3. I've only read two of these books (Fangirl and Anna and the French Kiss), don't worry! :P Although I can agree that everyone is telling me to read the other three. I'm definitely still a contemporary newbie... I'm not sure if I just haven't been reading the right books or if I just personally don't enjoy the genre as much xD

    I wasn't the biggest fan of Anna and the French Kiss, though (shhh.... *glances around nervously for dangerously loyal fangirls*) It was in first person so we got to see a lot of Anna's thoughts, and I guess I just.. somehow didn't like her? In general a lot of parts of the book just didn't click for me. But a vast majority of people adore this book and I had a much better time with book 2, so fingers crossed that you have better time than I did ^_^

    - Connie @ The YA Book Thief

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  4. I only have read Fangirl and Anna and the French Kiss, and both books are amazing! Fangirl does sounds boring at first, but turns out it's great, especially the characters. And yes, AATFK definitely has a swoon-worthy romance <3

    Tiffany @ The Bookish Thought

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  5. Don't feel bad . . . I have never seen Game of Thrones either. I actually have no interest in reading it though.

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  6. To All the Boy's was such an adorable book! The male protagonists were amazing as well! I loved Fangirl, but I don't read fanfiction. I could just connect with her book obsession lol!

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  7. Don't worry, I have only read like Poison Study and Game of Thrones, and didn't like either. I also haven't read Fangirl or Anna and the French Kiss, and have heard nothing but praise about it, which honestly scares/makes me a bit wary. If only because of the other YA titles that are equally as beloved (TMI, Divergent, John Green books) tend to end up being nothing short of a disappointment and/or just downright terrible for me. So sometimes not succumbing to the hype and taking your time before reading a book can be a good thing. You don't immediately buy into the frenzy surrounding a book, and it feels more like an accomplishment once you've finished with it.

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  8. I've only read Fangirl and To All The Boys I've Loved Before, so you're not the only one!

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  9. I'm reluctant to start to start both A Game of Thrones and Fangirl too. I don't know if I'd enjoy them, and I don't want to be the only one in the blogging sphere that didn't! :)

    I'd definitely recommend going with Anna & the French Kiss first. Its fun, hilarious and down right amazing. Poison Study is also a really good fantasy series, and I'd recommend that one too. Happy reading! :)

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  10. I've read every book on this list except for Game of Thrones. I'm not all that interested because I heard the characters die as soon as you invest in them lol... I've never seen the tv show but I've heard it's SO good so stick to that? I highly recommend the Poison Study series since fantasy's your thing! I really love it :D

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  11. I have never read 4 out of the 5 books here, so you're definitely not alone in this, Rachel! I did buy the first book of Game of Thrones, though, so there's that at least! Hopefully I actually get motivated enough to read it someday :P

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  12. I haven't read Poison Study either, or Game of Thrones (and probably won't with Game of Thrones because it intimidates me). I read Anna and didn't know what all the fuss was about, in fact I really didn't enjoy it and Fangirl was good but kind of overhyped you know?

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  13. I've read Anna and the French Kiss, and I have a copy of Fangirl to read, but the others I haven't read, and some I know I won't ever get to. Fun post!

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  14. I've read Fangirl but I'm behind on everything else... :)

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  15. Considering I've only read TATBILB, you are not alone! I actually have no interest in reading ASOIAF but I do want to read those contemps eventually. I know the struggle, it's hard to read backlist books when all you're trying to do is catch up with the year's releases.

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  16. *COUGH* Rachel, you've never read Anna and the French Kiss?! Omg . . . this is such a scandal. Haha, but I guess I'm being somewhat of a hypocrite considering I've never read Fangirl either.

    Julia Anne @ Peach Print

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  17. I have only read ONE of these, so can just add a little arrow that says "and Shannon" to the title ;) I did LOVE To All the Boys and cannot wait to read the next one! But I haven't read any of the others! I do plan to (hopefully!) read Anna and Fangirl and maybe even Poison Study. But I think I will pass on GoT, maybe I'll just watch the show sometime and call it a day!

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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  18. The only books I've read from these are Fangirl (really liked, despite fanfiction making me uncomfortable) and Anna and the French Kiss (meh). I really want to read Poison Study though - for the exact reasons you've mentioned.
    I think I've accepted that I'll probably never read or watch Game of Thrones. It's too long and I already know a bunch of stuff about it.
    Hope you enjoy these when/if you get to them!

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  19. I've read Anna and the French Kiss and Fangirl which I both enjoyed - though in hindsight I think they had more of an impression on me *then* than now. I hope to red Game of Thrones one day - but I also find them daunting just because of the sheer size! Maybe one day...

    Great list Rachel, hope you get to some of these soon :)

    Eugenia @ Genie In A Book

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  20. I haven't read Game of Thrones either, and I am really curious about the series. I do want to try it, as I love fantasy and intricate world buildings, but something always keeps me away from the books. Maybe I should just go with the TV series. Let's see.
    Poison Study is awesome Rach! You should read it. Yelena is so kick ass, and Valek is a sweetheart;) I am sure you'll love the book.
    To tell the truth, I didn't like Anna much. I didn't click with Etienne. But I did love Lola. And I know for a fact that the series is adorable!

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  21. Okay, I loved Anna, so I say read that. Seriously, what are you waiting for? The books are so pretty, I couldn't resist reading them if I owned them. I'd also really like to read Poison Study!

    And I tried reading GOT, and just gave up. I couldn't remember who was who, and the content is far too mature for my taste. And To All the Boys I've Loved Before. Bratty heroine who isn't good to her sisters at all, Dad's mostly nonexistent, and the book treats Korean culture as some extra detail to make Lara Jean interesting. It doesn't really portray and habits or anything, though, and for an Asian like me, it didn't count as culture for me. Putting it simply, I hated it, it wasn't cute at all, and I'm going to be ranting on the blog soon.

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  22. I think we all have books that it seems everyone has read but us. There is never enough time to read all the books we want to *sigh*.

    A Song of Ice and Fire is a great series but it IS a commitment. Had I not read them before I started blogging, I probably would have put them off too. But it is a great series if you love Fantasy!

    I also LOVED Fangirl and Stephanie Perkins books - I'd definitely recommend those. Then Poison Study. I wasn't in the minority and wasn't a huge fan of TATBILB.

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

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  23. Okay so I have read all three of these contemporary books. YOU NEED TO READ THEM!!!! NOW!!! Also, read Fangirl because it has excerpts from the fantasy that Cath is obsessed with (that is being published). You would like it for that reason.

    I have the whole freaking Game of Thrones series and I haven't read it. Plus, I love the TV Show. Those books are massive and a commitment so I am probably not getting to them any times soon.

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  24. I haven't read most of those expect To All The Boys Loved.

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  25. Don't worry, Rach, I haven't read any of these books as well hahahaha *cries in shame* (Maybe except for Fangirl. I read that one and LOVED it!) Gosh, Poison Study, Anna, and To All The Boys I've Loved Before have been in my TBR since last year. I've been wanting to read it, but I'm so caught up with new releases that I eventually forget about finding them in the bookstore :P

    Great post! I'm ashamed to say I'm not interested to read Game of Thrones, but I will someday! I know that it's really good, based on what others are telling me :)

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

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  26. I've read all of these except for Game of Thrones. I haven't even watched the show. Part of the reason why I haven't read them is that they are so intimidating! Those books are HUGE! And, apparently, the author likes to kill everyone, so... I'm not feeling up to that.

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  27. I haven't read the Game of Thrones books either. I want to, but when I look at them, I physically get sick. I don't think I'll be reading them for a while...

    I've also never read Poison Study. Well, I hadn't even heard of it until you mentioned it, so I feel like I missed out on something. Oops.

    Fangirl is pretty good. It's not my favorite Rainbow Rowell book (I'm more into her adult stuff), but it's good. I loved the Anna and the French Kiss books. I honestly thought I'd hate them, but they ending up being some of my favorites.

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  28. Game of Thrones is MARVELLOUS. The worldbuidling. The characters. I JUST-- ~runs into walls~ I'm reading A Feast for Crows, currently. Which is a quite a lot for me to handle.

    I made a similar list at the end of 2014, of which Anna was top! I read it in February and it is really very, very good. I loved it. I think you'll thoroughly enjoy.

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  29. I haven't read Game of Thrones either, although I hear it's really good! To All The Boy's I've Loved Before was a cute romance, I think you would enjoy it :) Anna and The French Kiss was just blah for me though, but I'm the minority with that one. Hope you check out these reads soon Rachel <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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  30. Not bad, I'm 3/5. :D
    Fangirl is a must! I think you'd love it Rachel.
    I'm in the minority when it comes to Poison Study - it was soooo slooooow (and it's NOT Ya!)
    Anna and the French Kiss is loads of fun and a quick read.

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  31. Don't feel so bad I only read 1 of these and dnf'd another. Don't really want to read the other 3 lol

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  32. You don't have to read anything if you don't want it (though if it is lack of time or other books being more attractive, that's another problem). I quite like Fangirl but it's maybe too long and an important part of the attraction is to relive the HP fanfiction world since the fanfic the MC writes reminds so much of some HP fanfics. I don't think I would have been that interested if it was more a nod to Twilight (something I liked but without going to fanfics) or Star Trek by example.

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  33. I have read Fangirl. I actually cannot get enough of Rainbow Rowell. I love to bask in her greatness and was overjoyed during her Fandom panel last week at BookCon. I have purchased To All the Boys I've Loved Before and I am moving it up the TBR, because I loved the story JHan told about the book's premise last week. I want to read all Stephanie Perkins' books. I have heard great things.

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  34. Don't feel bad girl. I have not read 3 of your 5 as well. One day!!

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  35. Booo I've only read 2 out of the 5 books here. And Anna and the French Kiss was....well I didn't LOVE LOVE it. BUT YES GO READ FANGIRL. That's the only thing I can say hahahha :)

    I think I've read everything that others have wanted me to read so far. At least when it comes to older releases

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  36. I recently just read Fangirl myself a few months ago! It was soo good though!

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  37. You love fantasy, so you will love Poison study :D It's such a good series.

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  38. Fangirl, To All the Boys I've Loved Before and Anna are such great books!!! I hope you enjoy the when you get to them. I totally get distracted by the bright and shiny new books. Too many books I tell you!

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