Time for another edition of Reshelved in which I share what books I’ve put down lately and which ones I sadly had to take back to the library unread! Check out past Reshelved posts here!


Put Down



22718754Forever For A Year by B.T. Gottfred: I had heard some hilara-bad things about this book but I decided to give it a try but within ~10 pages I knew I couldn’t do it. I could not handle the voice at all. The MC was going into 9th grade and it was too young for me and very stream-0f-consciousness…felt like reading my 8th grade diary. Seriously cringy for me. So I flipped around to see what was happening in the book to know if maybe the story would make up for it but NOPE…realized it was so not a ME book and I so would not get over the voice and just the story in general did not seem interesting to me. It was a book about a girl who wanted to be cool and not “geeky” like she had been and then she meets a boy and FIRST, FAST LOVE AND EXPLORATION OF SEX AND STUFF…but as I flipped through it was just so…boring? Not bringing much to the table? I don’t know how to explain it. Just MEH. Could have been great in showing young love but woof….not for me at all.






Our Brothers At The Bottom of the Bottom of the Sea by Jonathan Kranz: This one sounded interesting — mystery and grief and a good beach setting — but I just couldn’t get into it. There wasn’t really any reason that I can put my finger on…I just couldn’t. Didn’t really care what was going on enough to keep going and got distracted a lot but that could have been the structure of the book?  Could have just been a me thing and I wasn’t in the mood for it though? I don’t really know. Don’t think I’ll go back to this one.








Future Perfect by Jennifer Larsen: I had gotten two books for review around the same time where the MCs were fat. I was really excited! I read Dumplin’ first and loooved it. I tried to read this one and, I’m not one who tries to compare books, but I couldn’t help but think how much I’d rather be re-reading Dumplin’ again because things were not clicking for me in this book. Was excited about another body positive novel but it just wasn’t doing it.





Went Back To The Library Unread

(not because I didn’t WANT to read them but I stink at reading things when I’m supposed to)

I legit did amazing with my library books lately! Only one out of like 7 of them went back unread. I AM ABLE TO CHANGE I SWEAR.



10572A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin: So in August I watched the first season of Game of Thrones and I got really hyped to read the books so I thought maybe I would just start with this book (but before that check out online the differences between the book 1 and season 1) and hold off on watching the second season of GoT. But then I watched one episode and I was like okay I’ll start reading the book after this one. But then I watched another episode. And then in 2 weeks suddenly I was starting season 5. Soooo eventually I think I will go back and read the books but I got too absorbed in the show and I don’t want to read them and watch them at the same time. But I definitely feel like I AM interested enough to read the books. I want more. I am VERY curious how different the books are from the show. Can anybody tell me??



Did you feel differently about any of the books I put down? Or similarly?  Please tell me about how different the books vs. the show GoT is!!
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  1. I think Game of Thrones is a reliable adaptation of the books. I haven’t seen season 5 yet (not done with the books that it covers), but seasons 1-4 don’t change a ton from the books, so I don’t think they are very different in terms of story. But the books made me understand what was going on about 10,000 times better. I was a big fan of the show but once I read the books it was like sunglasses had been taken off and I was suddenly seeing better. The relationships and the delicate balance of the politics between all the families are better explained. For me, the books only increased the level of love for the series.

    • Hmm so maybe once I have some space from the beginning seasons I will start the books! I feel like I said after season 5 there is going to be more departures from the book. IDK WHERE I HEARD THAT JUST IN PASSING because I wasn’t watching at that time. So I’m taking it you are reading the book and then watching that season it covers? Does it take away KNOWING what happens? Because I sort of LOVE being shocked with the show for things!

      • Yes, season 5 has covered all of the books released so far and the show will be charting unknown territory after that. And I’ve heard season 5 deviates a lot.

        For seasons 1-4 I watched the show first and then read the books much later. I feel like I truly did not understand the show as well until I read the book, and reading them was like getting to experience it all again with bonus content. Rewatches have basically been the best time ever.

        Season 5 is the only one I’ve decided not to watch until I’ve read the books it covers (books 4 and 5), and I’m still reading them so I haven’t started watching it yet. I can’t say if reading them first will take away from my enjoyment of the show, but I can say that I am REALLY loving learning what happens next through the books. It’s such new territory for me. I guess it’s yet to be determined, but I will have gotten to experience it both ways. Honestly, it’s just hard to wait though!

        On a related note, I have read The Walking Dead comics past where the show covers and granted that show switches things up a lot in terms of which character has a big event happen to them (whereas Game of Thrones is a VERY faithful adaptation up to s4) and when I’ve known what was about to happen in TWD it wasn’t a disappointment at all. I’ve had so much tension in knowing what was coming and anticipation for seeing how they’d do it, so in that instance of a show and books I love equally, the read/watch order has been great both ways and neither took away from the other.

  2. I saw Future Perfect on a recommended reading post somewhere and Dumplin’ sounded far more interesting in comparison. I know it’s easy to compare but why not, when you’ve read a good book recently it just goes to show how good it was I suppose.

    Mel ♥

    • Definitely go with Dumplin’ especially since I put down Future Perfect I saw some talk on Twitter about how it’s actually ridiculous with the representation and kind of harmful! Obviously I can’t comment because i didn’t make it too far! I just kept thinking something about Dumplin’ made it feel less of an “issue” book and more of a genuine story about a girl who happens to be fat and how that is just a small slice of who she is — something she no doubt deals with — but no less than anyone else deals with their own insecurities.

  3. I had a similar problem with Game of Thrones. I’ve told myself for so long that I would finish the book series before finishing the show. Oops. I have actually read the first two in the series and they are really good. I found they were almost identical to the TV show, but they definitely go into more detail. I have heard that there are some differences in the following books, though. They are just so monstrous! I have to mentally prepare myself to read them. Also, they are SO many characters. It’s kind of nice to watch the TV first because then while reading you can Google character names and put a face to the name ;).

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one!! I think I will like going back, after I have some space from the early seasons, and start reading them! And I’ll have a basic understanding but see more of the depth the books go into.

  4. The GoT books are simultaneously similar and really different from the show! However, book 2, which clocks in at about 900 odd pages is the most boring one, much like the season. The books are good if you want to know what;s coming up (possibly!) in the show and getting different insights into characters, but I thought they were pretty meh to be honest.

    • Okay you make me feel better! I was feeling like a failure for giving into the show and not reading the book first! Maybe I’ll go back later and maybe I won’t. I’ve been enjoying the show too much too care!

  5. That is funny as I checked out Our Brothers at the Bottom at the Bottom of the Sea and I tried a couple times to read it and I just couldn’t get into it either so I had to return it to the library unread also. I thought maybe it was just me, thanks….I feel better now.

  6. I’ve seen all the hilara-bad things about Forever For A Year too and I knew from just that that it wouldn’t be my type of book. I DNF that type of thing pretty quickly, which is disappointing because I have been seeing it so much recently. I haven’t watched any Game of Thrones or read it, but I think I want to read it first. I think that it will make more sense for me, plus from some of the things I’ve heard of so far, it might be easier for me to read it and not watch it.

  7. I actually read Future Perfect last week, but I could not get into it. I ended up giving it a bad review, though like you, I was pretty excited because it talks about weight issues. OOOH, I’ve been wanting to read the Game of Thrones series like, forever, but I keep putting it off. I bought the whole box set on my Kindle, so maaaybe when I have the time to read those thick books, I will. I have not watched the show, though. I wanted to read it first, but not sure if I made that right decision HAHA.

  8. I read the GoT books (the first three) about 15 (!) years ago and haven’t been able to get back into reading the other 2. I remember really, really liking them at the time but right now I can’t imagine rereading them just so I can understand what’s going on in the last 2. Plus the last 2 were supposed to be one book but they chopped it in 2 since it was gigantic. That means that some characters only show up in one book but not the other. From what I understand, the series is close overall to the books (I’m only on season 2) but there are SO MANY MORE characters in the books that it’s easy to get confused about who’s who. Plus some of the secondary characters disappear and their stories are never finished. I think the tv series is a tighter version of the books where they were able to get rid of/condense the superfluous characters and storylines that never really panned out in the books. That being said, the books are still sitting in my “to-read” pile because even though they are crazy long, I do want to read them again…. someday.

  9. If you really want to get into the SOIAF books, I recommend the audiobooks! Roy Dotrice is EXCELLENT at the fifty million characters and giving them all their own voice. The last (printed) book left a bit desired for me, but that could be because it was SO LONG that I got a little bored. But really, if you’re looking for a way to get them into your usual reading, definitely look at audio!

  10. I’ve been intrigued by Our Brothers At The Bottom of the Bottom of the Sea but hadn’t seen a lot about it. (Especially anything to say “Yes, I must read this.”) I feel like even the title is off-putting and hearing your lack of connection makes me thing this one is going to remain pretty low priority for me (ie: not read).

  11. Okay, Forever for a Year sounds like a book I do not want to read. It was on my TBR, but I have realized that characters that young are just too young for me. Guess I have my limits. 🙂