Month: August 2015

Top 5 Wednesday: Book Series I Wish Had LESS Books

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created be gingerreadslainey on YouTube. The Goodreads group page can be found here.

This week, I’m changing the topic a little bit. Instead of writing a list of series that I think deserves more books, this list is going to be comprised of series that should have had less books. I’m changing the topic here on my blog today because I cannot think of one book series that needs more books. Even though I love Harry Potter, I wouldn’t want there to be additional books in the series because the series is over. Once it is done, it should stay done. That’s just my own opinion.

My list will have some very popular book series, and if they are your favorites, I’m sorry. They just didn’t sit with me as well as they sat with you. Without further ado, let’s get on to the list!

1.House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast – 12 books

Marked

This book series is now complete (I think?) at 12 books. This doesn’t count the novellas that also accompany the series. I have three left to read, and honestly, I don’t know when I will—if I ever—finish the series. In the beginning of this series, I really enjoyed the books. I thought they were funny and a new take on vampires, but now? Now, they are just dragging on and on. To be honest, I don’t know if I’m interested anymore.

2. Maximum Ride series by James Patterson – 9 books

Max Ride The Angel Experiment

I have read all of these, so I suppose that makes me a credible source when it comes to this series. As far as I can remember, the first three books are very good. After that, they kind of go downhill… hard. The inconsistencies in this series are really why this should have been cut down. Don’t get me wrong: I love the characters and everything, but it was hard to watch a series I loved so much (and grew up with) change so much. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Wednesday on a Sunday: Tropes I Hate

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Side note: If you have been wondering where I have been, college is upon me. I have been busy packing, spending time with family and friends, and driving across the country to my school. (That’s why this post is late.) This transition is probably going to last for the next week or so. As such, I may or may not be very active here on my blog. I apologize, but I promise to be back as soon as I’ve adjusted back into the swing of things.

I cannot even begin to describe how excited I am for this topic. I have been waiting for this ever since it was announced at the end of July. For the most part, I hate tropes. They are cliché themes and details used in multiple books, and to be honest, they get old. They get old quite quickly. If you missed my post about my Favorite Character Tropes, you can find that here. Anyway, let’s get on to the list!

Please note that just because a book appears as an example of a specific trope doesn’t mean that I hated the book.

1. One Girl Against the Government

The Hunger Games  Divergent

This trope has been prominent in the Young Adult (YA) genre as of late. There are many books that portray this. To my knowledge, the first was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins followed by Divergent by Veronica Roth and so on. I know that these books are meant to empower young girls, and while I think that’s great, in my opinion, there should be a greater focus on teamwork. Life doesn’t always magically work out so that one person changes the world. I adored these two books when I read them, but I get the feeling that if I read them again, I wouldn’t enjoy them nearly as much.

2. Love Triangles

Twilight

I know that some people enjoy these when they are done well, but I don’t know what that means. I have never read a book where a love triangle is done well. To me, they are completely unnecessary and unbelievable. In real life, these things don’t happen. It causes ridiculous drama, and it feels like the author is just writing it to fill space up in the book. Additionally, in most cases, I can guess who the girl will end up with at the end. If it is that obvious to me, shouldn’t it be obvious to the main character too? The most well-known example of this is Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Required Reading

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Funnily enough, English was actually my least favorite subject in high school. While I have always loved reading, I hated being told what to read. For the most part, I actually read all of the books that I was supposed to read for class. There were only two that I never completed and still haven’t. Shhhh, don’t tell my past teachers. Anyway, I’d say that most of the books that I read for required reading I reasonably liked, but I wouldn’t consider them to be amazing. However, the ones that made it onto this list are novels that I genuinely enjoyed.

1.The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

I read this book the same year that the movie was released, and I absolutely loved both. This was one of the first books that I read during high school that I really enjoyed. In fact, I even had my dad read it so that we could compare thoughts on both the movie and the book.

2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

This is the second classical dystopian that I’ve read, and between this and 1984, I prefer this one. I like the satirical elements and just the different ways in which you can think about the novel. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

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The Martian

I should probably start off with being honest. I had no intentions to read this book. At all. I kept seeing the reviews pop up and people recommending the book. “Ah, this book is great! It’s about a guy that gets stranded on Mars. You should go read it!” I wasn’t interested. It sounded ridiculous to me. I mean, a guy on Mars, really? I was so wrong.

My interest in the book was caused by the lovely movie trailer. (There are a few things in the trailer that are kind of spoiler-y, but if you’d like, you can find it here.) After that, I was hooked. I really wanted to read it. It looked amazing, engaging, and epic. And it was; it really was.

If you have missed all of the reviews, the book, and the movie trailer, let me expand your horizons, and I’ll tell you what it’s about. The Martian essentially chronicles one astronaut—Mark Watney—that gets stranded on Mars during the Ares 3 mission. The other astronauts left during an emergency evacuation. In the midst of this evacuation, Watney’s suit was hit, and the rest of the crew thought he was dead. Watney, now alone on the planet, must find a way to survive in the hopes that NASA will eventually come rescue him. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Maps

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created be gingerreadslainey on YouTube. The Goodreads group page can be found here.

I really enjoyed putting together this list. I went through many of my fantasy books to find different maps. What are the odds that many of my favorite books have maps? I’m very excited, so without further ado, let’s get on to the list

1.The Child Thief by Brom

The Child Thief   The Child Thief map picture

I love this book. It is one of my favorites. It is a very dark Peter Pan retelling, and while I was reading it, I kept referring to the map to make sure my visual interpretation of the world was accurate. The map is simple, but it was super helpful.

2. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising  Red rising map picture

Yes, I am once again sneaking this book into my list for Top 5 Wednesday. If you haven’t come to the conclusion that I adore this book, let me tell you: it’s fantastic. I highly recommend it. Red Rising is about a sci-fi society on Mars. I’d tell you more about the map, but spoilers… so, I don’t want to tell you anything. Just go read it. Read the rest of this entry »

August 2015 Unhaul

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This is my very first unhaul on this blog. An unhaul consists of books that I’m getting rid of; although, in this case, all of the books listed below are no longer in my possession. A few days ago, I went to my local, independent bookstore that buys used books for store credit, and they bought these books from me. Just fair notice: there might be a part two to this eventually, for I still have books that I’d like to get rid of.

First, I’d like to say that I’m not trying to be intentionally rude about any books that you may or may not like. This is just my personal opinion.

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

A Wicked Thing

This book came out in February of this year, and I read it in April. It’s a Sleeping Beauty retelling, and it fell incredibly flat for me. Perhaps, it is because I had such high expectations, but I was disappointed in almost every single facet of this novel. I didn’t care for the characters because there was little to no development, and I disliked the turn of the plot near the end of the novel. In short, I have no desire to continue reading this series, so I decided to get the book off my shelves.

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Ship Breaker

I can’t say anything really negative about this book because I never finished it. I had tried numerous times to finish the book, and eventually, I lost interest. Read the rest of this entry »