Books I Did Not Review (But Enjoyed Reading!)

Hello, readers!

This post is a bit different from the regular book reviews. As many of you know, I read many books. I’ve borrowed up to twenty books at once from the library (not counting e-books) at a time, and there are just so many books I enjoy reading that it’s impossible to write book reviews for all of them. With this in mind, I thought it would be nice to share a post discussing books I didn’t review, but still enjoyed reading!

Please note: This list contains minor spoilers for the books discussed. I did my best to minimize them wherever possible.

Cover of "The Scum Villain's Self-saving System, Volume 1" by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu
Cover of “The Scum Villain’s Self-saving System, Volume 1” by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu

1. “The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System” by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu

For those who are familiar with isekai anime series like “My Next Life As A Villainess,” “Scum Villain” is very similar. The protagonist dies, is reincarnated as the villain of an otome game (or novel in this case). They then must figure out how to survive in this series. The characters are fun to read overall, and the plot gets twisty at times in unexpected (but good) ways. The last volume contains side stories taking place after the main story and/or during the events of the main story, but it is also fun to read.

Cover of "Villains Are Destined to Die, Vol. 1" by Gwon Gyoeul
Cover of “Villains Are Destined to Die, Vol. 1” by Gwon Gyoeul

2. “Villains Are Destined To Die” by Gwon Gyeoeul

Yes, this is ANOTHER “protagonist is reborn as villain and must survive” type of story. I really developed a huge enjoyment of isekai and transmigration literature and media over the past few years, so I just had to pick this one up! The protagonist is enjoyable to read. Her relationships with the side characters and her perception of them makes the story even more enjoyable. The protagonist went through an abusive background (domestic abuse by her father and stepbrothers) prior to ending up in the world of the dating game she’s stuck in (specifically the “hard mode” version where she plays as the villainess). It’s interesting to contrast her perception of other characters with what we as readers see.

“Villains Are Destined To Die,” as of this writing, is a currently ongoing series. The first volume with official English translations was released in November 2022, though you can also read it online through platforms such as Tapas.

Cover of "Kilala Princess, Vol. 1" by Nao Kodaka
Cover of “Kilala Princess, Vol. 1” by Nao Kodaka

3. The Kilala Princess series

If you enjoy playing games like Kingdom Hearts and you like Disney Princesses in general, the Kilala Princess manga series is definitely one that you need to pick up. Similar to Kingdom Hearts, the series features original characters (such as our titular heroine Kilala) and Disney characters (primarily the first several princesses in the franchise). The writing is incredibly good, and the artists did a great job of keeping the art styles of the Disney characters close to their original versions. Additionally, the characters and worldbuilding are super fun.

Unfortunately for Kilala Princess, this series never got anything else outside of its original manga series (not even an animated adaptation or a game!). I find this sad because I think it had a great potential to appeal to more people, had there been more focus on promoting this series when it was first published. Also, I previously published a post ranking every book in the Kilala series, so feel free to check it out to see more of my thoughts on these books!

Cover of "The Sun And The Star" by Rick Riordan and Mark Oshiro
Cover of “The Sun And The Star” by Rick Riordan and Mark Oshiro

4. “The Sun And The Star” by Rick Riordan and Mark Oshiro

For those who adore the Percy Jackson series, and especially adore Nico D’Angelo and Will Solace, this book is for you. The two characters must travel to the Tartarus to save Bob, who was previously stuck there in a past Percy Jackson adventure. It’s fun, entertaining, and absolutely worth the read.

I’m still catching up with the entire Percy Jackson series as of this writing. It’s scarily impressive how prolific Riordan is with the Percy Jackson literary universe. But I’m glad this has led to creating stories featuring other characters in lead roles including Nico and Will.

Cover of "Geronimo Stilton #1: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye" by Geronimo Stilton
Cover of “Geronimo Stilton #1: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye” by Geronimo Stilton

5. The Geronimo Stilton series by Geronimo Stilton, as well as most if not all of its spinoffs

I adored reading Geronimo Stilton as a child. Since I’m getting into writing more kidlit, it made sense to me to read many books from the Stilton series. Much like Riordan’s Percy Jackson books and other related books, the Stilton series has many books, including numerous spinoff series. This includes a series with Creepella as the main character. Another series has Thea Stilton, Geronimo’s sister, as the main character along with a group of other people she mentors.

Once you read enough of the main Geronimo Stilton series, you realize that the main plots are one of the following:

  1. Geronimo is forced to go on an adventure by his friends and/or relatives whether he likes it or not. (This encompasses approximately 75% of the books I’ve read in the series, if not more than that.)
  2. Geronimo willingly goes on a specific adventure/trip, but chaos ensues.
  3. The Rodent’s Gazette is in danger and Geronimo has to save it somehow.

Despite this, the author somehow makes each book entertaining and varied enough with each of these plotlines. It’s hard not to go back and read even more!

Have you read any of these books?

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