T5W: Least Favorite Book in Your Favorite Series

Top 5 Wednesday (T5W) is a weekly book meme created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey who makes book related videos on YouTube. T5W group is on GoodReads and if you’re interested in learning more about the group or Laineys channel, please click on the links above.

This weeks topic is ‘5 of your least Favorite Book in Your Favorite Series’

allegiant

I read the Divergent series at the perfect time in my life and it’s probably why I loved it so much. When I think about it, I remember where I was and what I was doing. I think I read it in one go.

Y.A books are so easy to read and I love how fast I can read them.

When Allegiant came out, I was getting tired of Y.A and a little more critical of the books I was reading.

lola

It wasn’t my thing.

quintana of charyn

Took longer to read than the first two books.

pandemonium

This is on here because I don’t have many completed series-it isn’t really a favourite series. Pandemonium was a filler book. Nothing much happened except an unnecessary romance bloomed.

I’m torn between both of these. Neither of these were better than ‘The Raven Boys’ but they weren’t bad either. We got to learn more about these character and I love all of them.

Such well thought out characters.

 

 

Thoughts? What were your least favourite books in a series?

Thank you for reading and I hope you’re having a great day.

Alina

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5 of my most loved reads & 5 of my most disappointing reads

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme is: 5 of my most loved reads & five of my most disappointing or 1 star reads.

 5 of my most loved reads

Between the World and Me

Amazing. I could relate to it in some sense. The audiobook is worth a listen. His voice is perfect for this. I want to read or listen to more books written by him.

Daytripper

Amazing art work and a story that makes you think.

Death note

I wish I would’ve thought of this. Love the idea.

How to Love

Very well written. Realistic characters.

Saga Vol.2

Another graphic novel with amazing art work. Loved the second volume more than the first.

5 of my most disappointing reads

Althea and Oliver

Not what I expected from reading the synopsis. Depressing.

Men Explain Things to Me

Basic feminism for every white, middle class, cis-gendered and able bodied woman.

Also, according to Solnit, a woman who wears a niqab/ hijab/ jilbab cannot be a feminist and should be treated like she doesn’t exist e.g. “I realized with astonishment that what I had taken for drapery or furniture was a fully veiled woman… Whatever all the arguments may be about veils and burkas, they make people literally disappear”.

Maybe someone (man or woman) should explain to her what literal means.

Everything, Everything

Thought it was a different kind of story of a unique situation for a character.

Outcast

Most of it didn’t make sense.

The Wrong side of Right

Made me feel angry for the protagonist. So many things seemed unresolved.

 

Have you read any books I’ve mentioned here? If so, how’d you feel about them?

Thank you for reading and I hope you’re having a great day.

Alina

‘Froi of the Exiles’ by Melina Marchetta (Lumatere Chronicles #2)

This review may include spoilers

5/5 |Scriber Rating
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure |Genre
607 pages |Kindle Edition
October 3rd 2011 |Published

Synopsis: GoodReads Link

My Review:

I know most people hate Froi from ‘Finnikin of the Rock’, but in the context of the story I thought the character’s actions made sense. If you evaluate a person and their upbringing and the kind of world they live in, it can help you to understand why they behave the way they do.

I don’t excuse what he does, I do think he needs psychological help.

Froi is different in this book. At first I thought he would speak in broken English (which I was looking forward to because it’s so cute), like he did in the first one (even though he hardly spoke). But no, he’s older and smarter and he’s trying to become someone who can be respected by the people he respects.

Quintana (his love interest) is hilarious. I love that she’s not described as ‘pretty’ or ‘beautiful’ or even clean, but Froi loves her the way she is.

It’s probably the first time I’ve read about a character who doesn’t ever wash themselves. And this is explained. Quintana is troubled and has been mistreated her entire life. She’s quite fragile and very strange.
They are very unique characters; Froi and Quintana.

Melina Marchetta is another author I’ve learned that can write very real characters. On top of that, her characters aren’t very likable and are very flawed but in the end you can’t help but like them.

Phaedra was that for me. I didn’t think much of her at first but then she really proves herself. I felt sorry for her, the more I got to learn about her.
Isaboe took a turn. I loved her in the first book but omg she’s so annoying, I really didn’t like her.

This book was much better than the first and I loved the first book. Everything makes so much sense. THIS IS AMAZING!
I understand this review doesn’t make much sense. It’s a terrible review for such a great book. If I was rating books, I’d give it a 5/5.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’re having a great day.

Alina

T5W: Books you DNF

Top 5 Wednesday (T5W) is a weekly book meme created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey who makes book related videos on YouTube. T5W group is on GoodReads and if you’re interested in learning more about the group or Laineys channel, please click on the links above.

This weeks topic is ‘Top 5 books you DNF’.

1

sea of tranquility

Omg how much I disliked the female protagonist. Her actions made no sense. Before this book, I never DNF’d a book.

2

kingdom of little wounds

Beautiful cover but very slow pacing. Reading 100 pages felt like forever. I still think I can finish it but I really don’t want to read it anymore.

3

retibution of mara dyer

The release for this got delayed and when it did come out, I lost interest. I did start it and I didn’t mind the writing. But then I got to this one chapter that I can’t get past.

4

ruin and rising

 I don’t know how I finished ‘Siege and Storm’, the second book in the trilogy. And I probably shouldn’t have started this. I can’t get used to the way this is written and it’s preventing me from enjoying the story or empathising with the characters.

5

cress

Seriously, I don’t understand the hype with this series. I somehow read ‘Cinder’, all the while not really loving the story but thinking there’s probably something wrong with me for not liking it as much. I couldn’t read ‘Scarlet’ either, I listened to it on my kindle, using kindle’s annoying robotic voice (which I’ve don’t mind so much anymore).

I do however like Thorne and Cress but it’s not enough to get me to finish this novel.

 

What I’ve learned from this is that, not all Y.A books are for me. I’m looking for more grown-up books. And when I don’t like something, I shouldn’t waste my time on it.

 

I hope I haven’t offended anyone with this list. Thank you for reading. I hope you’re having a great day.

Alina

Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme is: Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While

I don’t think I’ve talked about most of these books here.

The Story of Layla and Majnun

Five years have past since I read this book. At the time I wasn’t aware of the different writing styles, I just knew I loved the way it was written. I know some people aren’t fans of prose, those people should give this book a chance.

This 12th century Persian ‘love’ story plays with your emotions in a way that you feel pity for the characters but also frustration and understanding. And no matter how much you hate the mistakes the characters make, it doesn’t make a novel bad. This story is still one of my favourite novels ever.

How to Love

Once in a while I like to pick up a contemporary romance novel and so many times I’ve been disappointed by it. ‘How to Love’ however was not what I thought it would be. I was expecting a fluffy romance novel but it really deals with some serious issues, which brought many of the characters and their relationships to life.

Froi of the Exiles

Froi, such a complicated character. I plan on reviewing this very soon.

The Winners Curse

Arin <3. Review already up.

Between the World and Me

Everyone should listen to the audiobook rather than reading this book.

The Great Gatsby

Hard for me to talk about this in one paragraph. A concise novel with so much depth.

Blankets

Amazing art style and an enthralling read.

Daytripper

Another art style I loved. Philosophical Graphic novel which makes you think.

The Raven Boys

Such great characters that the plot doesn’t even matter to me. I love reading about their lives. Impressed by the evil/menacing characters, they seem so real and like they could be a real threat.

My Life Next Door

Surprising read. The importance of family and parents are shown in this contemporary and not ignored.

 

I was surprised by this list. I didn’t think I liked romance in novels as much. What do you of this list? Do we share favourites? What are your favourites? Let me know down below.

I hope you’re having a great day and thanks for reading.

Alina

‘Isla and the Happily Ever After’ by Stephanie Perkins

This review may include spoilers

Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary |Genre
352 pages |Kindle Edition
August 14th 2014 |Published

Synopsis (GoodReads)
My Review:

When I saw the cover, I thought we (the readers) would be able to explore New York just like we did Paris in the first book. But no. It was so disappointing. Nothing about this book made me want to visit New York.

 

This book follows Josh (who was introduced in ‘Anna and the French Kiss’) and Isla (pronounced ‘eye-la’ was also in the first book). It starts off in New York, where Isla runs into Josh at a coffee shop. The encounter is cute and funny and I was instantly attached to the characters. I understood Isla in the beginning, I was also a shy teenager. It was nice to read about a character who reminds you of the person you used to be. And to know that you weren’t alone.

Josh and Isla’s relationship progresses quickly. It’s cute and it makes you feel happy but then you realise that you’re not even half way done with the book. I couldn’t even feel happy for them because I expected something bad to happen. I felt so uneasy because of that. Then when they kept on complimenting each other, it made me feel awkward. I felt too old to be reading this. I couldn’t relate to the Isla that is in a relationship, but I could with the Isla that’s alone.

What I related to was how Isla was feeling, her insecurities and her inability to take risks. This made me assess my actions. Maybe it would be better to take risks, than avoiding what you assume may or may not happen.

I liked Josh. I loved being able to learn about him and his perspective on everything that happened to him, through his graphic novel. This was a first for me, being able to understand what the character is thinking through the graphic novel he’s made of his life, being explained by the protagonist. I was able to understand how hurt he was when certain things happen to him. What was disappointing was learning that he didn’t really like Isla from his first year in SOAP but only when he had no friends around him, that’s when he truly liked her.

Later on, characters from the first two books appear. The friendship between St. Clair and Josh seems genuine and quite lovely to read about.

Stephanie Perkins writing style and story-telling is engaging and easy to read. What the author does is, show the ups and downs of a relationship. How being together isn’t the end of the story. How a persons insecurities can damage their relationships. And how we must constantly push ourselves to break out of our shells we’ve made for ourselves.

I kept comparing ‘Lola’ and ‘Isla’s’ books with ‘Anna’s’ and I’ve realised that writers/artists can’t recreate something. If she did, I would’ve been annoyed. I don’t want to read the same book with different characters. The characters have their own journeys. Nothing will be the same as Anna and the French Kiss, there might be similarities but it will definitely not be the same so books must be treated as a singular work of art. Judge it for what it is not ‘does it live up my standards’.

Thank you for reading, I hope you’re having a great day

Alina

TTT: Ten Books On My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme is: Ten Books On My Spring TBR.

This one is pretty easy for me, most of these I’m borrowing from Kindle and I’m desperate read them all in one go.

 

 

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Never read Gone Girl, even though I have it but I loved the movie. I regretted not having experienced reading the book before the movie. Even though I know the book and movie have different endings, I’m probably never going to read that.

Dark Places however sounds really interesting. It’s exactly the kind of thing I’m into though I never read mystery novels. I need to fix that. Then I can watch the movie.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Never read a Vonnegut novel and really want to analyse his writing style and story-telling techniques. I’ve heard this ones a little weird. I’m defo up this one.

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

This was one of the books I borrowed from Kindle. I’ve lately been into reading books written in Asia or written by Asian authors. GR’s ratings are high, hopefully I’ll enjoy it.

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa Walter Rodney

This perfectly ties into the novel I’m writing. Hopefully I can learn a lot from this.

A Perfect Crime by A Yi

It sounds like nothing I’ve ever read. If it was a movie or T.V Show, I would have seen it by now. Can’t wait to get to this.

A Tale For the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Currently reading this. It’s fairly easy read. Read over a hundred pages without realising. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Been waiting too long for this to release.

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Looking to try something new. Haven’t read anything like this.

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Before ‘The Winner’s Kiss’ comes out, I want to read ‘The Winner’s Crime’. I wrote a review on ‘The Winner’s Curse‘ if you’re interested. I loved it btw.

 

That concludes my top ten list for the week. If anyone’s read these books, feel free to let me know if you liked it or not. And if you’ve never heard of them, click on the titles for the GoodReads link. Let me know if you’ve added any of the books from the list above to your TBR lists.

Thank you for reading and I hope you’re having a great day.

Alina