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Top 5 Wednesday: Characters I Wouldn’t Want to Trade Places With

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created be gingerreadslainey on YouTube, but it is now managed by Thoughts on Tomes. The Goodreads group page can be found here.

This week, the topic is about characters that you wouldn’t want to be. Often times, we talk about characters that we would love to be, so this time, we’re switching it up. My mind went straight to fantasy, dystopian, and science fiction, so let’s get started.

Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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Now, I love Harry Potter as much as the next person, but I would never want to be The Chosen One. There’s a lot riding on his shoulders. I’d love to be his friend, but I wouldn’t want that kind of responsibility of saving the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mean Girls Book Tag

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Mean Girls Book Tag

I was tagged in this almost a year ago by the lovely Kacie at A Bumble in Books (see her post here), and if you haven’t checked out her blog, I suggest you do so. I’m so sorry that I haven’t done this yet, but I’m doing it now. I’m also currently watching the movie to get myself in the mood for it, and let’s be honest here. Mean Girls is fantastic and hilarious.

{Story time: my roommate literally came running when she heard the movie playing through my door. “Are you watching Mean Girls?!”}

On to the tag!

“It’s pronounced like ‘Cady.’” – Which fictional characters’ names did you get completely wrong?

Basically everyone from And I Darken by Kiersten White. Ladislav Dragwlya, Mehmed. It’s not that I necessarily got their names wrong, but I don’t know how to pronounce their names in general. When I first read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, I had no idea how to pronounce Carlisle. I vividly remember debating about the pronunciation with my friend in middle school. Read the rest of this entry »

The Olympics Book Tag

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Olympics

In the spirit of the phenomenal athletes working their hardest in Brazil, I thought I would do The Olympics Book Tag! I absolutely adore the Olympics, both the summer and the winter games. Obviously, the summer games are currently going on for the next week or so, and I encourage you all to at least watch one of the events because personally, I just find it all so impressive.

Jordyn at jordzthebibliophile created this tag, and you can find the original here. I wasn’t tagged, but I’m not going to let that stop me. So, let’s get to it! Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Feel Differently About

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created be gingerreadslainey on YouTube, but it is now managed by Thoughts on Tomes. The Goodreads group page can be found here.

I’m pretty excited about this topic because most of the time, I never go back to talk about a book after I post my review. For this topic, we’re supposed to discuss books that we feel differently about now that we’ve had more time to think about them, and I’m sure that my opinions vary over time. We could talk about books that we either loved, and now, looking back, we don’t like as much, or we could talk about books that we didn’t like, and now, we have a greater appreciation for. At first, I tried to come with examples of both, but generally, once I dislike a book, there is no redemption for it. I couldn’t think of any, so this list will only have books that I once liked, and now, I don’t.

A few of these are probably controversial opinions, so please be wary of that.

Books that I liked at first, and now? Not so much.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight

Okay, so I’m not hating on this book. I will always appreciate this series for getting me back into reading all those years ago when I was 14 years old. However, after getting back into a reading groove and after so many years and so many books, I do not think that this series was as wonderful as I thought it was when I was younger. Now, I do have many frustrations with it although I never see myself getting rid of my copies of the books. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Wednesday: Most Unlikable Characters

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created be gingerreadslainey on YouTube, but it is now managed by Thoughts on Tomes. The Goodreads group page can be found here.

Well, the first thing I’d like to say is if you like these characters, the more power to you. I’m not trying to insult anyone with my list. These are just my opinions. Additionally, my explanations for these opinions might not be as full as you would like. I really don’t want to spoil books for people.

Without further ado, let’s get on to this possibly-controversy-causing list!

Josie from Embraced by Love by Suzanne Brockmann

Embraced by Love

She was the main character of this story, so it really dragged the entire book down for me. She was so self-centered and didn’t put any effort into the relationships that she had. Since the book was primarily a romance novel, I just did not think that Josie deserved the person that she was with, and therefore, the entire book fell flat for me. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Wednesday: Most Recent Additions to Your Wishlist

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created be gingerreadslainey on YouTube, but it is now managed by Thoughts on Tomes. The Goodreads group page can be found here.

My bookish wishlist—like many other book lovers out there—grows all the time. I’m always discovering books that I want to read from family, friends, book blogs, and simply by chance wandering through the bookstore. I expect that my to-be-read pile will never diminish, and that’s completely alright by me.

Now, on to my list!

The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café by Mary Simses

The Irresistable Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe

This one sounds like an adult romance with a twist. A woman is tasked with carrying out her grandmother’s dying wish of delivering her last letter to a former lover. While the task seems simple enough, she discovers secrets about her grandmother and finds out that one day isn’t long enough to complete the job. When she almost drowns in the bay and is rescued by a local carpenter, she becomes a small town celebrity. Just maybe, she’ll be pulled into a simpler life. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

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Nerve

I’m sure many people are now aware that the movie is coming out later this month, and for the most part, that is why I read this book. Judging by what I’ve seen from the trailer, there is essentially nothing being translated from book to movie. I cannot believe I’m about to say this, but that’s pretty okay with me. The movie looks like it takes everything to the next level in terms of intensity and excitement, and regardless of how I feel about the book, I am greatly looking forward to the film. If you are just interested in this book because of the movie trailer, I would not recommend reading it.

And that’s not to say this is a bad book. It’s not. Read the rest of this entry »