Discussion- Pedestal Books


Me after reading the last word in Angelfall and then forever more.

I got to thinking about books that are so super special to me that I honestly don’t want to hear anything negative about them. These are rare books indeed because I typically don’t mind at all when someone doesn’t love a book I do. There is one particular book I feel the most like this for and it’s Angelfall by Susan Ee.

I got this as an e-book way back when before I blogged. It was a $.99 deal book that had good reviews so I went for it and I was amazed. This book gripped me like no other. Ee’s characters and their interactions with one another and the world they lived in blew me away. I can’t sing enough praises about this book.


I’m sure if I were to reread it I might be able to see some faults here and there (maybe?) At the time I read it I needed the feels it invoked and really this book holds a special place in my heart. There are many, many books that are very special to me but for some reason Angelfall is one of the few that I really can’t hear anything negative about.

It’s not like I would be angry with someone not enjoying it (I might cover my ears and eyes and run) but I’d really rather not hear about it. I decided that Angelfall is a ‘pedestal book’ for me. I’ve placed it very high up and others reading it for the first time might not see it as brilliant as I did. High expectations and over hype might lead to a smidgen of disappointment (which is sooo sad) but for me, no matter what, Angelfall will always be a book that soars above others.

Do you have a pedestal book (s)? If so, what is it?


  1. says

    I always find Pedestal books difficult to deal with. On one hand, I want to praise them because duh. they’re amazing [at least to me] and then other people will read them and go “oh… it isn’t as good as you said.”

    My first pedestal book wasd Divergent. However, afte I read the other two in the series, I realized that it wasn’t as good as I thought. And that all those people I pushed it on were going to go into it with false expectations. I was amazing for me because I was such a new reader but now that I have experience, I know that it isn’t as good as I said it was.

    Now, my pedestal series is The Grisha Trilogy. I don’t think I have ANY fault with that series at all!

  2. says

    I definitely have a handful of pedestal books. I think a big one for me is I’ll Give You the Sun. I’ve read it twice & I love it, yes, but I love it in a way that’s different from the way I love most books. It’s very *personal* for me. It feels like one of those rare books that just really *got* me deep in the core & mirrored the world back at me. I can’t read negative reviews for it. Like you said, I’m not angry at people for their opinion(that would be a waste of time, honestly), but if I see a review for it pop up on my feed I have to skim to see a rating/summary/something before I can even read it.

  3. says

    Oh, yes, I have several of those. Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora and Patrick Rothfuss’s Name of the Wind are just two that come to mind. If I see a review of those that is less than 4 stars or so, I just skip it. I mean, everyone is entitled to their opinion, obviously, and I have often been a black sheep when it comes to not loving books that everyone gushes about. I just don’t want to know what faults others have found in books that I loved and that made me feel good. I really liked Angelfall, by the way 🙂

  4. says

    This is so true. I probably put Harry Potter on pedestal. I mean it’s the book series that made me so excited about reading. I judge most YA and MG fantasy against it because to me that is the pinnacle of success. And speaking of fantasy and pedestal, it’s not a book but I judge most magical systems especially elemental magic against Avatar: The Last AIrbender. That to me is one the best magical system I have ever come across and nothing else ever seems as creative.

    As far as personal reasons I would say Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is a pedestal book for me. I had such a deep connection to that book and I saw myself mirrored in the character and her experiences. Anyone not enjoying it feels like a personal slight (not really but you get the idea). Contemporary romances never seemed as good after reading Fangirl because to me they weren’t as good. I’m just now getting back into them after reading Fangirl a year and a half ago.

    • says

      I’m so with you on Harry Potter. That is on such a high pedestal for me. Partly because it’s amazing and partly (I’m sure) because I grew up with it. Even seeing people review it on book blogs makes me feel weird, because I’m like IT’S UNREVIEWABLE. IT’S JUST PERFECT.

  5. says

    Mine’s Angelfall, too. I even felt angry when I saw how cheap it was.
    Also, The Sky Is Everywhere and The Scorpio Races are some of them. But I really have a lot of pedestal books because of how they made me feel.

  6. says

    This is DEFINITELY a thing! I think everyone has pedestal books. For me, those are the books that I’m able to become FULLY absorbed in. The ones where I forget it’s a book, forget the characters aren’t real, forget that there are words in front of me (unless those words are gorgeous)… Flaws don’t exist, becuase everything in those books Works Perfectly for me.

    Right now, my pedestal books are the original Mistborn trilogy, The Stormlight Archive, Vicious, A Darker Shade of Magic, and The Lies of Locke Lamora (not books 2/3, just book 1… lol). I cannot hear anything negative about any of those books. It hurts me to my core, and I almost feel like I need to Help People who feel differently – like maybe if I just tried really hard I could convince them of those books’ awesomeness. I know this isn’t true, and that everyone experiences books differently, but I just feel very strongly about them. O_O

    But also – not only are my Pedestal Books ones I don’t want to read negative things about “just because it hurts.” I truly do not want “flaws” pointed out to me. I don’t care if there’s a mile-wide plothole I missed — I do not want my love for those books to be tarnished in *any way*, EVER. So that’s another reason I stay away from negative reviews. =S


  7. says

    The Percy Jackson series is definitely my pedestal series. I hold it so close to my heart because it was one of the first series that I fell in love with. I’m also head-over-heels in love with the Legend series by Marie Lu.
    I can accept the fact that not everyone loves those series, but I avoid negative reviews just in case I get angry about a comment that I particularly disagree with. Jist never diss my favorite books to my face. There will be consequences…

  8. says

    Aw, hugs. <3 I love this post Kristen. I'm so so happy that you love this book so much 😀 I have yet to read it.. but I shall, after I get book three. <3 I'm so curious. Just really hoping I won't hate it. Ack. But I think I'll love it too 🙂 Most likely. But hmm. My pedestal book.. well.. I actually have many of those, hah 🙂 But maybe Graceling. Which is the book I love above all others. And my heart hurts SO BADLY when someone doesn't like it. I just. I don't get why they don't like it. Hmph. How mean 😀 Anyway. Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3

  9. says

    I kind of feel that way with To Kill a Mockingbird and Orwell’s 1984. How can you NOT love these books? I don’t compute. I can’t even validate that information in my brain.

  10. says

    I TOTALLY LOVE THIS IDEA! I have never thought of it in terms of pedestal books. Sometimes it sucks when you get so wrapped up in a book that it can be such a bummer to read negative reviews, that probably have a reason. There are so many times that I just want to love a book because it was incredibly entertaining and addicting, rather than in a critical sense of everything. Like The Vampire Academy, I adore those books and I don’t care if they have problems I love them anyway.

  11. says

    Hun, I have so many pedestal books!! Mainly anything by Sarah J Maas, particularly Throne of Glass although I love ACOTAR as well. I also really loved TMI and TID by Cassie Clare, they were the first YA books I read. They will always have a special place in my heart. 🙂 I can’t hear anything negative about these books, it’s so hard to see it ;0

  12. says

    YESSSS. I have pedestal books, and they are usual the ones I recommend (but really it’s like shout-recommending) a lot. Any chance I get when people ask for recommendations, it’s just, for instance, “READ I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN. DO ITTTTTT.”

    Some of the pedestal books I can think, off the top of my head: I’ll Give You the Sun, More Than This, The Secret History, The Basic Eight, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Saga (comics), + many more.

    Any time I hear somebody say they didn’t enjoy it, I’m just thinking, “WELL, YOU HAVE SUCH FLOP TASTE.” (Because I am obviously petty. ;D)

  13. says

    I definitely know I’ve felt this way with books before! When you love one SO much, you just want EVERYONE to love it too! And when they don’t, ngl, it kind of sucks. It especially gets me worried when I rec someone a book and they start reading it. Like omg, what if they don’t like it and I picked a dud? But it’s even worse when it’s a “pedestal” book. I don’t really have many of them, but one is the Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts. I’ve reread it 3 times and it’s my favorite series EVER. I’ve been trying to push it on people more, but gah, WHAT IF THEY HATE IT? I DON’T KNOW IF I CAN HANDLE IT.

    Awesome post, Kristen! 🙂

  14. says

    I have a couple of them.But the one that comes immediately to my mind is The DUFF.It’s one of my all time favourite books,and despite the fact that I’ve often found people writing negative and not so impressive reviews for the book,it’ll always be special to me mainly for its take on insecurity.
    And Angelfall is amazing!Penryn is one of the toughest heroines I’ve ever read about.

  15. says

    I have so many pedestal books! One of them is I’ll Give You the Sun – I love it so much, yet I’ve heard other people find so many faults with it. I just can’t see to not love it!

    P.S. I received a free copy of Angelfall and I’m so excited to read it 🙂

  16. says

    I definitely have pedestal books! There are like my “5 star reads” and then my “6 star reads” for very very special books. Jellicoe Road is my ultimate favorite. I hate seeing whenever someone rates in low on Goodreads. D:

    I love that Angelfall is yours! You must be so stoked for End of Days!

  17. says

    I love the idea of this! I think a few of Kelley Armstrogn ehr books are pedestral books for me and my most recent 5 star read The Legacy Human by Susan Kaye Quinn. But with many of my 5 star books I can still see some faults, no book is perfect. Although it’s still difficult to see negative reviews of books I love. Sometimes I read them, but sometimes I avoid them as well.

  18. says

    I definitely have a few of these! The first ones that come to mind are The Scorpio Races, The Grisha Trilogy and Vicious. I immediately get defensive if people talk negatively about them. It’s not that I don’t think they’re entitled to their opinion, I just can’t bear to hear it! lol This is a great post!

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