Three Books. Which Should I Read First?

Three Books - Which One First

My first mistake was to get, not one, not two, but three delicious novels all on the same day.  Each has exactly the kind of lyrical, sweep-me-off-my-feet writing I’m in the mood for. Each features a fabulous opening passage and is highly recommended.

Now for my quandary:  Which novel do I read first? Fellow bibliophiles, you haven’t steered me wrong yet.  The nominees for first book to read are:

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – Though I’m not usually a reader of werewolf stories, Stiefvater’s artsy tweets tipped me over the edge.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman – I’ve read so many fabulous reviews of this book, just had to get it.

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood – Can you believe I’ve never read a Margaret Atwood book? Not even the Handmaiden’s Tale. It was time.

25 thoughts on “Three Books. Which Should I Read First?

  1. I’ve only read Oryx and Crake out of the three so i guess i’ll recommend that xD. I really liked it though despite the fact that Handmaiden’s tale will probably always be my favorite atwood.

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  2. Really enjoyed both oryx and crake and seraphina. O and c is gorgeously written but can be kinda heavy (but if you’re in the mood for that it’s super thoughtful and has some rly interesting morality themes going). Seraphina has like hands down some of the best fantasy worldbuilding I’ve ever read and left me with a serious book hangover. Never read shiver but if her other raven cycle series is any indication it’s probably pretty great! Honestly I don’t think you could go wrong with any of the three! 🙂

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    • I’d be happy to let you know what I think of Seraphina. Just started Shiver last night, and Seraphina is up next, so it’ll probably be a while before I report back. Alas, the truth will be out re: how slowly I make my way through books. (:

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    • Hey there, Josie. I’m reporting in to say that I really enjoyed reading Seraphina. Feisty, smart, talented MC, compelling romance, outstanding world-building, and a fascinating twist on dragons taking human form. I highly recommend it.

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      • Shiver was somewhat entertaining, especially the first two gorgeously written chapters. The concept was alright, and the love interest was pretty scrumptious, but I have to admit I speed read through quite a few paragraphs that didn’t really further the story much.


  3. I have to say, the opening chapters are haunting and exquisite. Then the prose feels a bit too kid-like, but I think it’s because Stievfater is trying to convey multiple facets of the characters, including the mundane.


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