Top 5 Wednesday – August 31

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads Group with weekly topics and it is hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. Be sure to check out both those links for all the info.

This weeks topic is Books You Will Not Read… Ever

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1.  Girl Online By Zoe Sugg

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this book and it being ghostwritten, which if you don’t know what that means, it’s when another person writes most of the book with the “author” and usually gets credit for it. I will say I don’t know the specifics with this and if the other person was credited or not but I have no desire to read this. I don’t really know why YouTubers are writing books unless they are actually wanting to be authors, but Zoe Sugg is a fashion blogger so I don’t really get it.

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2. After By Anna Todd

This was a book that was found on Wattpad and published. It was originally a One Direction, specifically inspired by Harry Styles, fan fiction. I have heard it is a very unhealthy relationship, and personally being a One Direction fan, I can’t picture Harry in this story being such an awful person. I could be completely wrong and it’s not even that bad, but I just don’t have a desire to find out. 

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3. The Darkest Power series By Kelley Armstrong

I read the first one in this so long ago, and I really liked it, but I just can’t seem to make myself want to finish this series. It was so long ago and I know I’d have to re-read the first one to remember. Every time I see them for sale I want to pick them up but I never do. I think it’s a sign to give up on this one.

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4. The Asylum series By Madeline Roux

Honestly, I thought the first was so bad that there’s not way you could ever get me to read the others. It was predictable, the photos were fake, the main protagonist was so awkward and said the most unnecessary lines the whole time. I probably should have DNFed it.

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5. Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined By Stephanie Meyer

Seriously… Do I need to explain this one. It’s just an unnecessary story…

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That’s it for this weeks Top 5 Wednesday

What are some books that you will never read?

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, πŸ¦„

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Top 5 Wednesday – Most Unlikable Characters

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads Group and is hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes

This weeks topic is Most Unlikeable Characers but not villains. Just a main or side character that is generally unlikeable without being mean or evil.


1. Celaena Sardothian from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 

My number one shouldn’t come a surprise to anyone who knows me and knows how much I really like the story of this book but cannot stand the main character… She is one of the most selfish and arrogant characters ever. Plus, up to this point, she still hasn’t proven she’s good at much but intimidation so I’m still waiting, maybe she’ll make a comeback in the later books… But I’m not holding my breath.

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2. Laia from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. 

She was really whiny and even though she was accomplishing a lot of things she didn’t think she could throughout the book, she never really grew as a character. I’m on the fence about the sequel, I kind of want to know what happens but I’ll probably wait until a few people review it before I decide.

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3. Beck from You by Caroline Kepnes. 

Beck is the complete opposite of me and the type of girl I want to smack in the head for not paying more attention to her surroundings. As much as the main character of this book makes me cringe, it’s even worse when I read the things that should have been such huge red flags for her. I mean, even just the simple task of turning off the phone she lost might have been so helpful but she’s just an idiot… Ugh, just 😑 

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4. Clary Fray from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

What a pitiful excuse for a heroine, I get that she is thrown into this world that she doesn’t know and has to learn all this stuff in order to stay alive. As the series goes on, she gets more and more desperate and insecure. I just never connected to her.

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5. Simon Lewis from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

While we’re on the subject, I’m not a fan so Simon either for similar reasons. I never really understood why he was necessary other than needing a love triangle.

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What are some characters you find unlikeable? Let me down below or post a link to your post if you’ve done Top 5 Wednesday this week also!
Thanks for reading πŸ’œ

Until next time, bye!

Top 5 Wednesday – April 13, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes and the topics can be found at the Goodreads Group.

I apologize for not being very active, life has been pretty hectic the past few weeks but hopefully I will be able to post more often for a while.

Today’s topic is Hard Topics, so things that deal with topics that have trigger warnings for whatever reason. So while I’m recommending these ones, if any of them touch on a subject that would be hard for you to read about, I wouldn’t suggest them to you.

There are a lot of books that I have mentioned before on my blog that would be great for this topic, but I wanted to choose 5 that I normally don’t talk about.

In no particular order:

  
1. Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Trigger warnings: Teen sexual content, cheating

This book follows Mercedes, who has sex with virgins so that their first times with their girlfriends isn’t awkward. 

This book is wrong is so many ways, the topic really bothered me a lot, but I found it to be semi realistic in that “slutty girls” are people too. Mercedes home life was hard, her mother pretty much left her to own devices and she was trying to “help these guys. 

I found it to be an important topic to talk about actually, a lot of people may disagree with me… But I said it in my review that it would be a good discussion book for teen sexuality, to read and discuss the issues that are brought up in it.

  


2. All of Ellen Hopkins books

Trigger warnings: Alcohol, mental illness, drug abuse, sexual abuse, rape… Etc.

Basically, be very careful when you pick up one of her books if you have issues with hard topics.

I’m specifically going to mention  Identical because it was my favorite, it deals with mental health and some of the effects of post traumatic stress. 

Also, Crank, which deals with a girl and her fall into drug addiction. This is her first book and I feel like the most important because it was inspired by her daughter and wanting to understand things from an addicts point of view. 

Ellen Hopkins has a unique writing style, I personally prefer to listen to her books because I don’t really enjoy the style she writes in… I can’t really explain what it’s called, but it’s almost poetic/artistic the way she structures her story.

  

3. You Are Mine by Janeal Falor

Trigger warnings: Salvery, violence towards woman

This is a fantasy book about witches, it follows Serena who is sold to one of the high warlocks to be his wife. That’s it right there, the hard part of this book is the way the women are treated. They are considered to be on the level of dogs and it was so hard for me to read. Serena’s story becomes interesting when she is won by a warlock who doesn’t agree with this belief and she begins to learn more about who she is and what she can do as a person. I loved this book, it’s not a well known book and I’m pretty sure I got it as a free ebook at some point. But it has a cool magic system also, I think it’s a wonderful story.

  

4. Itch by Michele Kwasney

Trigger warnings: Death, child abuse

This is a middle grade book that follows Itch, who is dealing with the death of a family member who she was close to. She meets a girl and they become friends. When Itch discovers the issues that her new friend is having at home, she has an important decision to make. I really liked it and I can’t say much else about it without spoiling it, this one isn’t too harsh because it is geared towards an 11-13 year old audience.

  

5. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

Trigger warnings: Kidnapping, sexual abuse, child abuse

Geeze, what do I say about this one… Honestly, I didn’t think this should have been a YA book. This topic is hard to read at any age but I didn’t think it should have been marketed to a young audience.

This is about a girl who is abducted at the age of 10 and lives with her captor for 5 years. She speaks pretty freely about the things that Ray does to her, it’s not just merely implied. The story is about her wish for freedom, and that now she is too old for Ray and he enlists her help to find her replacement before he will let her go. 

It’s a haunting read, it will stick with you… I find the psychology of things like this interesting which is why I read it. The things that happen to people in their lives that change the path they were originally on. Anyways, that’s all I can say about it.

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Gosh, that topic was harder to talk about than I realized. 

Anyways, let me know if you’ve read any of these, what some of your hard topic books are or if you have any of these on your TBR list.

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, bye 😊


 

Top 5 Wednesday – Jan 27

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at GingerReadsLainey and the topics can be found at this Goodreads Group.

This weeks topic is Disappointing Eye Candy, or books you picked up because they were beautiful and they didn’t live up to your expectations.

In no particular order…

  

1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
I am in the minority with this one, I know, I’m sorry. I didn’t enjoy this at all, the writing style was unique but I didn’t enjoy it. The story had too much “woe is me” and “I’m so in love with the boy” elements and it just wasn’t for me. But the covers of the whole series are gorgeous.

  

2. Jackaby by William Ritter

This is a Sherlock Holmes type story, and I love this topic so much. However, this one didn’t deliver for me. The story line was flat, the characters were annoying and I didn’t enjoy the plot. I also read this around the same time as the Lockwood and Co. series by Jonathan Stroud which I adored and was so much better.

  

3. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

I have never read the Bluebeard fairy tale, so I honestly don’t know if it was close to being a good retelling or not. I thought the main character was stupid and the bad guy was sadistic and I didn’t like the writing style of this story either so… Just a big no.

  

4. Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

I’m not usually a mermaid fan but I was drawn to this, it is beautiful. The story was pointless, it had a ton of characters with very little backstory. The plot was a little weird and so many things were introduced but not explained and it left me asking myself what the point was.

  

5. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

If you read or noticed my previous post, I didn’t like this book. The characters were annoying and unrealistic, the plot line was so heavily influenced by the insta love romance that I wanted to throw the book so many times… I couldn’t because it was a library copy, but I wanted to.

So that’s my 5, what are some that you’ve picked up for their covers and were disappointed?
Thanks for reading!

Until next time, bye πŸ€—

Top 5 Wednesday – Jan 20

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at GingerReadsLainey and the topics can be found at this Goodreads Group.

Today’s topic is Buzzwords, which are words that you find in a synopsis or that are mentioned in a description of a book that automatically makes you want to read it.
Going to count down from 5 for this one…

5. Adventure 

I love adventures, I love when there is a book with a goal and the characters have to go through all kinds of crap to get to it… This is one reason why I love middle grade so much, because there are a lot of those. 😊

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, The Vengekeep Prophesies by Brian Farrey
      

4. Tudor dynasty/late Victorian

I’m bunching these two together for this one but they are both historical fiction. If it has anything to do with King Henry VIII, his wives, his court, his children etc… I will read it. Also, anything in the late Victorian period, which is the end of the 19th or early 20th century before the booming 20’s, I will also read it. I love it!

Tarnish by Katherine Longshore, The Luxe by Anna Godbersen, These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
      

3. Psychology 

I have this weird fascination with characters who have psych stuff going on, wether they are in rehab or have a mental disorder or if it’s a book about asylums or what not… I’m automatically drawn to it.

White Oleander by Janet Fitch, Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, Identical by Ellen Hopkins
      

2. Ghosts

I love scary things, so anything to do with ghosts or spirits… Creepy things that go bump in the night, hauntings etc. Yes 😏 

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

       

1. Fairies/Fae

Oh yes, anyone who knows me well would probably have guessed this would be my number 1. I love fairies, anything to do with fae and pretty much immortal creatures… Elves are kind of close to this also. I also hunt all the time for fae books that are unique and don’t use A Midsummers Night for their storylines. Because it happens a lot, and even though I still enjoy those, I still look so hard for this unique ones.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman, The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann, The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
    

Those are my buzzwords, if you agree or have thoughts on mine let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, bye πŸ˜€  

Top 5 Wednesday – Dec 30

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at GingerReadsLainey and the topics can be found at the Goodreads Group.

Today’s topic is Top 5 Favorite Books of the Year!

Get ready for me to repeat myself lol

In no particular order…
  

1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater 

I’ve mentioned this series many times, it’s one of my all time favorites.

It’s about a group of 4 boys who go to a prestigious high school and they are on a quest to find a long dead Welsh king who will grant them a wish. They are joined early on in the book by Blue, a girl who comes from a family of psychics and she is the only one without the gift. There’s adventure, wonderful characters, and beautiful world building. 

The 4th book comes out in April, my friend Michelle over at MichEllisLife and I were considering doing a read along for the series in March because we loved it so much we want to re-read it before The Raven Kings release. If you haven’t read them yet or want to give them a re-read and this is something you’re interested in, let me know in the comments!

2. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

I really didn’t plan to read this one, I had read the description and it didn’t sound like something I would like, but Michelle read it and just raved over it and so I decided to pick it up. I ended up loving it so much I didn’t want to put it down!

This is about a girl who is allergic to everything, she lives in her house that is on lockdown from germs and the outside world with only her books and nanny around most of the time (the books go through a pretty lengthy decontamination process to get to her too). Then a boy moves next door and stuff gets complicated. It was so cute, so easy to read, I can’t say more how much I loved it.

3. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

This is the 3rd book in the Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children series, I don’t want to say too much about it so I don’t spoil the story for anyone who hasn’t started the series before. But the first book is about a boy who discovers a world with children who have certain odd abilities and they go on some crazy adventures fighting really crazy creatures. Ransom Riggs has such an interesting way of writing his story about odd antique photographs that he collects. I found the series fascinating and even though the romance in this series turns me off, I still love it as a whole.

4. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Another one I’ve raved about before and what a beautiful story this is, I love the paperback cover of this book more so I preordered it as soon as finished reading because I needed to own this.

This story follows 2 girls, a white girl named Linda and an African American girl named Sarah, from a fictional town in Virgina. The year is 1959, and Sarah is in a group of negros being integrated into a previously all white school.

This was so hard to read at times, the amount of cruelty that came from the whites of this time period is appalling and it was very graphic. There is also a LGBT theme in this book as both girls are attracted to each other and it kind of goes through their struggles with it being 1959 and that topic being something people tended not to talk about. I thought it was beautifully written and well done throughout. 

5. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

This is about a girl whos parents have invented a device that can take you to different dimensions. The idea being that every choice there ever was made in life had a different dimension. She travels to these because the man she believes killed her father is on the run in the different dimensions. She goes to some really fascinating ones like one (minor glimpse into the book, skip this if you don’t want to know anything before reading it, it’s not a spoiler but just in case you don’t want to know) where the world isn’t quite as advanced and her mother is married to a Russian Czar! No spoilers since I’m not going to tell you what happens but it was one of my favorites!

Anyways, I thought it would be hard to pick 5 but I discovered that other than my Harry Potter re-read this year, I didn’t fall in love with too many… Hoping that changes next year and I can’t narrow it down 😊

What are your favorites this year, leave me a list or a link to your blog post/video! I’d love to see it.

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, bye 😊

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is was created by Lainey at GingerReadsLainey and the topics can be found at this Goodreads Group.

Today the topic is Top 5 Book Series you want to start next year.

Going to make this short and sweet 😊 I picked 5 that I really want to try and get to next year without choosing any from my anticipated reads, since we know I already want to read those next year 😏 

  
1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

I’ve wanted to read this for a while, and I was lucky enough that my Secret Santa gave me a copy for Christmas so now I can, yay! I think this is about a girl who loses her memory, but I’ve heard such good things and the cover looks mysterious.

  

2. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater 

I own this ebook and since I love The Raven Boys so much, I wanted to check this one out too. I know it’s about werewolves, but honestly that’s all I really know about it.

  

3. Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

I don’t know much about this one, I’m sorry… But I’ve had it on my TBR list on goodreads for a while and I found it for 99 cents on Kindle so I grabbed it and the sequel! 

  

 4. Hood by Stephen Lawhead

Hello, Robin Hood… 

My mother loves these books and I’ve seen a few people rave about them on Booktube so I figured, I own the series on ebook, might as well get on that.

  

5. Croak by Gina Damico

This is the only one on this list I don’t own so hopefully my library will come through for me. This is a series I’ve wanted to read for a long time also and I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to try and pick it up.

It’s about a girl who’s family business is being Grim Reapers, that pretty much all I know about it but that just sounds so different and interesting to me.

That’s it, hopefully I will make my goal this year… Since I’m planning to mostly read book I already own, I think it should be easier.

If you’ve read any of these and have any thoughts, let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, bye 😘