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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


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 »


Review: Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

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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 »

Top 5 Wednesday on a Sunday: Tropes I Hate

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

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


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: Side Characters that Deserve their Own Book

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

Now, I found it very difficult to compile this list as I went along. The first few I feel passionate about, and the others I would definitely be interested in. However, for the most part, I like my series to be compact things. One series: no novellas, no companions, nothing else. But without further ado, onto the list!

  1. Sevro from the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce BrownRed RisingHe is just so sassy and loyal. I cannot help but think that whatever he does that isn’t in the Red Rising trilogy is incredibly fascinating. While I love Sevro, I do think that any side character that would be pulled from this series to create another book would be just as interesting. It really doesn’t matter who it is: Fitchner, Mustang, Jackal, whomever. I’d read those all.
  2. Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series by J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Deathly HallowsWhile I think that most Harry Potter fans agree that they’d love to read anything else Harry Potter related, I love the fact that she hasn’t expanded it. Since finishing the series though, I love Severus Snape as a character. I know we get some background, but I would love to see an entire book about his life.
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