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When in doubt: Try a Chapter!

One of every bookworm’s problems is hauling books that we didn’t know if we would actually like or not. In the past year, I have read books that do not live up to the synopsis or how the books are pitched.

So to avoid disappointment, I decided to do the Try a Chapter trend that’s been quite popular in the book community for some time.

The books that I have chosen for this blog are mostly the books that I have been eyeing for quite some time. I have found a very cheap set of these books secondhand, but I cannot buy it all. Also, I wanted to make sure that it will be worth my money.

Without further ado, let’s get into the books and my thoughts about the first chapter!

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

Thoughts: To be honest, I didn’t finish the first chapter of this book because it’s too long. I have quite a few books to read the first chapter of, and this book just lost me in the middle. The beginning is nothing special. Even the main character is not a standout to me. I honestly got bored so I didn’t bother to finish it. Oppss.

I am sure that it was a good story since a lot of people are raving about it. But it’s not what I am into at the moment.

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

Thoughts: I have read two chapters of this book if you would include the Prologue. The Prologue is mysterious and interesting, but Chapter 1 is quite boring. The first chapter mostly revolves around the main character and her many issues in life. It was pages after pages of talking about a problem that was not fully mentioned, but I can see how it would unfold in the whole book. However, the story turns a complete 180 by the end of the book. I am so confused that I decided to read the synopsis. It is quite different from what I glean from the book’s prologue and first chapter, so that’s a bit confusing.

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

Thoughts: Compared to the first two books, even though I have not gotten anything from the story other than the memory loss, I am quite interested in how the story progresses. Mila is quite a good character. She intrigues me. It makes me want to continue the story and learn why Mila lost her memory.

It is a strong contender for the books that I want to buy. Maybe I will buy this next time.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Thoughts: Another one of those books that I enjoyed the Prologue and I decided to read the first chapter. But did I finish the first chapter? No. It was so long and I don’t have the time.😅 However, from what I read I am truly intrigued. Both the prologue and the first chapter introduces a different mystery that is left unsolved. I am intrigued as to how both stories would intertwine. Sadly, this is not the book for me at the moment.

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

Thoughts: Out of all the books that I have read, this is the only book where I read and finished the whole Prologue and Chapter 1. It was a very interesting first chapter, and even though it’s quite longer than average chapters (though not as long as City of Brass and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) I didn’t feel how long the chapter is.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Thoughts: The moment I read a few paragraphs, I already know that this will be the book that I will buy. I remember one of my blogs about reading YA Dystopian books in my backlog, and this is one of those. I didn’t know why I waited so long to check this book out, but I am glad I did. If I have read it back then, I feel like I have exhausted myself with dystopian novels. But reading it now felt like coming home. I am so excited to read the whole trilogy!

That is all for this blog! I am so happy to try these amazing books. I would surely try this again once I have the dilemma of what books to buy. And I suggest that you do the same once you have the same book buying problem (or just buy them all if you have no self-control 🤣).

Until next time!


A reader who becomes a villain, a queen, a princess, a heroine, and a warrior depends on the story that she reads. A dreamer who wishes to dwell in the world that she visited through the pages of her book. A frustrated blogger who wishes to put into words the frustration, boredom, and excitement that she felt throughout her many journeys outside the real world.

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