Top Ten Tuesday: Places in Books that I Would Love to Visit

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is places in books that you would love to visit. Here are my choices:

  • Colby Beach from multiple Sarah Dessen novels

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Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite young adult authors and Colby Beach is a staple location in many of her books. I would love to shop at Clementine’s, pick up some snacks, or eat the legendary onion rings and pie.

  • Meade Creamery from Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

Stay Sweet

Meade Creamery not only has amazing ice cream, but boasts a long history of a female-run business. I would love to show my support for Meade’s Creamy by purchasing some delicious ice cream!

  • Velaris from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

Who wouldn’t want to visit the City of Starlight? I would love to visit this city to see some of my favorite characters.

  • The Rampion from Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

Thorne is one of my favorite characters from The Lunar Chronicles, so I would love to chance to travel on his ship.

  • Court of Faerie from The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

I would not want to necessarily visit the Court of Faerie. However, I would love to be a fly on the wall to learn all the secrets about the people inside.

  • France from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

After reading this book, I wanted nothing more than to go to a boarding school in France. Perkins included a lot of descriptions about places and food that I couldn’t help but wish to travel there!

  • Ireland from Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Luck

Jenna Evans Welch does an amazing job describing scenery and this book was no exception. I felt like I was in Ireland while reading this book. However, I’ve never actually been to Ireland, so this book makes me want to travel there and experience it for myself.

  • Greece from Sophomore Year is Greek to Me by Meredith Zeitlin

Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me

I loved how much this book focused on the setting, culture, and family. Like with Love & Luck, I felt like I was actually there! Now, I need to actually travel there and experience it for myself.

  • Italy from Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato

Like with Love & Luck, Jenna Evans Welch did an amazing job describing the location and culture of Italy in this book. Her books always make me want to travel somewhere new!

  • Genovia from The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)

I absolutely loved The Princess Diaries when I was younger. I always wanted to visit Genovia!

 

What are some places in books that you would love to visit?

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Thanks for nominating me Books, Life, and Other Oddities!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules.

The Questions:

  • What is your current read?

Right now, I am reading Sadie by Courtney Summers. I’m not typically interested in mysteries/thrillers, but I have heard nothing but good reviews about this book, so I decided to pick it up! I’m not very far in, but I think the podcast concept is interesting and very relevant.

  • How many books have you read this year so far?

I have read seven books so far: Snow in Love by various YA authors, Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills, The Wicked King by Holly Black, Eleanor Oliphant in Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne, and Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West.

  • What’s your favorite read of 2018?

It’s so hard to pick just one! The top five books in my annual Brittany Awards were Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West, The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord, Save the Date by Morgan Matson, Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian, and How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo.

  • What’s your most anticipated read of 2019?

My most anticipated read of 2019 if The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen. Her books were a staple during my middle school/high school years and she’s the author of my favorite young adult novel, Just Listen. This book sounds like classic Sarah Dessen compared to her more recent releases, so I’m very excited to pick this one up!

  • Do you read with music or read silently?

I cannot read with music! It’s too difficult for me to follow along and concentrate on the book I’m reading.

  • Long books or short books?

I like books in the middle! A lot of times, I’ve found that long books have a lot of unnecessary parts. Meanwhile, books that are short often leave me feeling unsatisfied. However, there are always exceptions!

  • What’s your favorite spot to read?

I like to read on the couch or in my bed!

  • What’s your favorite type of cake?

Everyone makes fun of me for this, but I really, really love carrot cake! However, I mostly get cookie cakes for my birthday (does that really count as cake?) because I have a twin sister. Since we share a birthday, we share a cake and cookie cake is something we can both agree on.

  • Do you pronounce scones as ‘skuns’ or ‘scowns’?

It rhymes with tone the way that I say it!

  • Favourite mythical creature?

My favorite mythical creature is a unicorn! This is widely known by friends and family who always put my presents in unicorn bags, get me unicorn presents, or make group chats that make me the unicorn emoji in the title.

  • What would be your dream job?

Currently, I am working in my dream job! I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was in elementary school. Now, I am an elementary special education teacher.

My Questions:

  • What is your favorite genre to read?
  • What is your favorite television show or Netflix show?
  • What was your most recent five star read?
  • What was the most recent movie you watched?
  • What genre do you hope to read more from in 2019?
  • What kind of music do you like?
  • How many books do you want to read in 2019?
  • Where is one place you would like to visit?
  • What is your favorite type of blog post to write?
  • What is your favorite animal?
  • What was your favorite subject in school?

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Book Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black

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Second book slump? The Wicked King’s never heard of her. 💁

The Wicked King by Holly Black picks up after the events of The Cruel PriThe Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)nce, the first book in The Folk of the Air series. Jude and Cardan navigate the politics of the faerie world, but Jude worries that someone may betray her. Jude investigates to discover the person before it is too late.

I read The Cruel Prince after it was released last year (see my review here). After finishing A Court of Thorns and Roses, I was eager to read more fantasy books set in a faerie world. While I was impressed with Holly Black’s writing style, I was disappointed that the book did not feature as much politics as I expected. Additionally, the characters, which is a major hook for me into a story, did not manage to stand out amongst other YA fantasy books. However, the cliff hanger ending convinced me to carry on with the series.

I am glad that I continued on with this series because, in my opinion, The Wicked King was much more enjoyable and interesting than The Cruel Prince. While I do stand by some of my claims (which I will get into later) from the first book, I found the areas that were lacking in the first book for me were much improved in the second installment. Overall, this was one of my favorite books of the year thus far and I am eagerly anticipating the third book in this series. Now, onto the review!

As for the main characters, Jude and Cardan, I found them much more complex and fun to read about than in the first book. With Jude, I found there was a lot more telling than showing with her intellect regarding politics in the first book. However, this was the complete opposite in The Wicked King. As for Cardan, I found that we saw a lot of his awful actions in the first book, but did not see as much of his true manipulation abilities. Since Jude is closer to Cardan in this book, readers see that Cardan’s cruelty extends far more than his actions, which leads to an incredible cliff hanger at the end of the story.

Regarding the “relationship” between Jude and Cardan, it’s a little complicated. For me, Jude and Cardan are by no means “couple goals” due to the way they manipulate each other which one of my biggest gripes with The Cruel Prince because I felt like that wasn’t clear. However, I think this book makes it more clear that Jude and Cardan are very manipulative people who are not going to change by simply being in a relationship as their personalities are much more developed in this book than The Cruel Prince. While Jude and Cardan are not an OTP for me, how they act in this “relationship” is true to character. That being said, if you do not like seeing unhealthy relationships in this book, it may be one to skip.

Looking at the pacing and writing style, I could not put this book down. Holly Black has a writing style that is clear and concise with her word choice. So many times, I found myself using the dictionary feature of my Kindle because I loved the word choices she used. Her pacing was also spot-on. There were so many twist and turns, sub-plots, and surprises that kept me turning the pages. You see so much for of the faerie world and customs in this story, but it is woven so well together that nothing feels like an info dump. Plus, THAT CLIFFHANGER! How can I wait one more year to find out what happens next?

Overall, I really enjoyed my reading experience with The Wicked King. The characterization, world-building, and pacing were all that I was looking for when I picked this book up. I give The Wicked King five out of five stars.

 

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Books I Read in 2018

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Whew! After reading a ton of books during Christmas time, I finished reading almost 70 books this year. I set my goal at 50 books, which I wasn’t sure I would complete due to my hectic schedule. However, I completed my goal I believe sometime in the fall and managed to squeeze in some more books as well. Here’s to some more great reading in the new year!

Below I’ve listed all the books that I read in 2018, in the order in which I read them. Any book with a review currently posted will have a link on the book’s title. Titles marked with a * appeared on one of my favorite lists (The Brittany Awards) in 2018 or, if it is a re-read, appeared in a favorites list of a previous year. Any title marked with a ^ means it was featured as one of my least favorite books of the year.

Favorite Book Reviews 2018

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This year, I read a little over 60 books… so I wrote a ton of book reviews! Here are five of my favorite book reviews that I wrote in 2018:

The Hating Game

The Hating Game is an important review for me because it features a different kind of book than I usually read. While I’ve reviewed other new adult/adult books on my blog before (a couple books by Sophie Kinsella), this one really kick started me reading a lot of other new adult books. Looking at this review, I think it’s a good start. I think by reading and reviewing more new adult books, I will be able to provide even more helpful reviews as I become more familiar with the style of these books.

Save the Date

Save the Date was an interesting book for me. I heard not-so-positive reviews before reading it, but I ended up absolutely loving it. This book isn’t the type of Morgan Matson book that I expected after Since You’ve Been Gone and The Unexpected Everything, which are the two of her four books published right before this which definitely fall in the cutesy contemporary vein. For me, it can be difficult to articulate my feelings towards books that I really loved compared to books that I didn’t like reading. However, I like this review because I think I showed some personal growth when reviewing books that I really enjoy. I tried really hard to pinpoint exactly why I enjoyed this book and I hope that I can be just as specific in what I enjoyed in book reviews that I do in the future.

A Date with Darcy (Bookish Boyfriends, #1)

This was a book that I received as an ARC and was receiving a lot of attention for its plot that resonated with people who love to read. For me, this book was a bit of a miss. However, I still was able to see potential in this book, especially if it continues as a companion-novel style series. I think I really enjoyed reviewing this book because I put aside that this book was written for someone much younger than me. Although there were some aspects that I didn’t enjoy, I liked explaining how I think people younger than me probably would really enjoy this book. Even if I don’t necessarily really enjoy a book, I do like when I am able to recommend it to someone else you may really love it.

Fish in a Tree

Fish in a Tree was a highly anticipated read for me. While I liked the overall message this book tried to highlight, there were many areas that I didn’t like. In this book, the story revolves around a student with a learning disability in the general education classroom. As a special education teacher, I love reading books that feature characters with disabilities and accurately portray special education. However, this book did not accurately portray special education. I liked that I was able to utilize my background in special education to point out areas were this book needed improvement to accurately portray the special education process.

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

Lola and the Boy Next Door was a re-read for me. When I was in high school, I absolutely loved this book. Reading it years later opened up my eyes to things in this book that I didn’t pick up on when I was younger. Some of these aspects that didn’t bother me before, got under my skin and gave me a new perspective on this book. While I still enjoy this book, reading it again when I’m older allowed me to look at more critically. I am proud of this review because I was able to explain all of the reasons why I still like it, but other areas that I find a little problematic.

What were some of your favorite reviews that you wrote? Link them below so I can check them out!

Library Book Haul December 2018

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I love using my library to read books that I’m on the fence about reading or if I’m not sure that I will like enough to add to my collection. Through my library, I’ve discovered so many books out of my comfort zone that I really enjoy. Here are some of my latest reads from the library:

  • Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon

Olivia Twist

Olivia Twist pleasantly surprised me. Even though I’m a fan of retellings, I’m not a huge classics person. As a result, this book is definitely different than the majority of books that I read. However, I ended up really enjoying this book. Olivia Twist is a “twist” on Oliver Twist where a girl pulled from the slums by a wealthy relative encounters a former friend and well-known con man from her past. While it took me awhile to get into the writing style of this book, which does have a more “classic” feel, I did really like the characters and the romance.

  • In Case You Missed It by Sarah Darer Littman

In Case You Missed It

I hadn’t heard about this book before, but I picked it up on a whim after reading the description. This book follows Sammy, a high school student, whose diary is released on the internet after someone hacks into her father’s company to expose her family’s secrets. I liked how the author has a background in internet safety, but sometimes, it came across like after school special to me. The main character wasn’t particularly likeable and the story dragged a bit at times for me. That being said, this book is extremely relevant to our current culture and could be beneficial for young people to read.

  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The Belles (The Belles #1)

Unfortunately, I DNF’ed this library book. I started reading The Belles despite not generally liking fantasy books or dystopian books that are tied primarily to beauty (for example, The Uglies series). I actually renewed this book because I wanted to push past the beginning and hopefully make it to a more interesting ending. I got about halfway through this book before I put it down. For me, I wasn’t particularly interested in the world and thought the book moved too slow for my liking.

  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

This is the second book on this list that I DNF’ed. However, unlike The Belles, I can see myself picking this book up in the future. I think I picked this book up at a bad time. I went on vacation just as I started reading and then turned it back into the library shortly after I returned. The story line still interests me and I liked the dynamic between the two main characters. Even though this isn’t the highest book on my TBR list, I could see myself checking it out from the library again.

  • Shatter Me and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

I checked Shatter Me and Unravel Me out from the library because I saw so many people talking about the latest book in this series, Restore Me. I missed out on the hype of this book upon its initial release and drawn away from it after reading some negative reviews. However, I was motivated to look into it after seeing how well-loved this series is by many members of the bookish community. I flew threw both the first and second book, but I’m not sure I will pick up any more. This contains many tropes popular around the time of its release that I’m not a big fan of anymore. For me, the first two books didn’t really progress the plot too much and I didn’t quite have a good grasp on the world. Still, I’m glad that I was able to check these books out of the library to have a chance to finally read them.

 

What books have you recently checked out of the library?

The Brittany Awards: Young Adult Fantasy

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Last Saturday, I kicked off my annual book awards, The Brittany Awards, by listing some of my favorite New Adult/Adult books of the year. This week, I will be highlighting my five favorite young adult fantasy novels of the year as well as two honorable mentions.

When I first started my book blog back in 2016, I primarily read contemporary books. However, with the help of the book community, I have branched out in the last few years and have found some fantasy books that I really love. Here are my two honorable mentions for YA fantasy (any reviews will be linked to the book’s title):

Lady Renegades (Rebel Belle, #3)

I’ve been wanting to finish this series for a long time and I finally got around to it in 2018. I loved the first book in this series, but was disappointed by the second book. I heard terrible reviews for this book, so I went in expecting to be let down by this book too. However, I found myself really enjoying this book, at least during the first 3/4. At the end, this book did use one of my least favorite plot twists. That being said, I still had a fun time reading this book.

Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1)

This book is more adventure than fantasy, but it does include some fantastical elements, so I will include it on this list. If you’re expecting a gritty pirate story, then you will probably be disappointed by this book. If you want a fun books that just so happens to include pirates, you’ll enjoy this more. For me, I thought this book was so enjoyable. I’m typically not of fan of books with overdramatic romances and pretty typical characters, but for some reason, I could stop turning the pages of this book. It was the perfect easy read and I look forward to picking up the second book.

Here are my top five favorite YA fantasy books (in no particular order):

Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game, #1)

I immediately put this book on my TBR after reading the very Six of Crows description. After actually reading this book, it’s not really similar to that book, but I still absolutely loved it. I requested this book from my local library, read it in one sitting, and then quickly purchased a copy for my Kindle because I know I will be picking up the next book in this series. I loved the setting of this book and really enjoyed the two main characters. Are some elements typical YA fantasy? Absolutely. However, it also offers some unique elements that will keep your interest.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

I’ve wanted to read The Ravens Boys for awhile because I heard it was good. However, I haven’t been a fan of other books that I’ve read or tried to read by Maggie Stiefvater which made me hesitant to pick this one up. Out of all the books I’ve read or tried to read by this author, this is clearly the best of the bunch. The plot is tight, the characters are interesting, and the writing kept me reading until the book ended. That being said, there are aspects of this book that just aren’t my cup of tea, such as the really dark magic which I’ve heard gets even darker, which is why I won’t be picking up the next book in this series.

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

The Cruel Prince wasn’t plot-wise the most original YA fantasy book that I’ve ever read. However, the writing was pretty solid and the political aspect of the story was interesting enough that I couldn’t put this book down. I have the same feelings towards this book that I did War Cross by Marie Lu. Although the story itself wasn’t the most original, the writing of this book really propelled it to one of my favorites during the year that I read it. This book definitely got my interest for more books in the series.

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)

I only gave this book an average rating, but overall it was a really enjoyable read for me. This was one of my most anticipated books of the year. While I have some problems with the pacing, characterization, and some elements of this book, I loved reading about characters that I loved in the first three books of this series and I’m excited to see where this series goes in the future.

What are your favorite YA fantasy books that you read 2018?

Booktube Made Me Read It!

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I’ve discovered so many of my favorite books through reading reviews, watching Booktube, or discovering character art on Pinterest. Recently, there have been many books that I’ve read as a result of the bookish community. Here are five books that the bookish community convinced me to read and some brief thoughts on them (book reviews will be linked to book titles):

The Hating Game

This year, I wanted to read more books considered new adult or adult. As a result, I watched a lot of recommendation videos on Youtube for books in this category. A lot of people recommended The Hating Game by Sally Thorne as a great bridge between young adult and new adult because it is a fun contemporary that features characters at a good age. I completely agree with this recommendation. I really enjoyed The Hating Game. The banter between the characters, the age of the characters, and the office setting will be great for people that typically read young adult but are past that age point in their life. This book definitely inspired me to pick up other books in the new adult and adult age ranges, so it is one that I am glad that Booktube made me read!

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

I read the entire series of A Court of Thorns and Roses, but never felt inclined to pick up Throne of Glass because it didn’t seem like my cup of tea. Additionally, I had seen many reviews of this series as a whole that weren’t extremely positive. Since this is a long series and I’ve heard it goes downhill after the first few books, I wasn’t interested. However, I’ve seen so much character artwork from this book that I really wanted to read it. The character group seemed like one that I would enjoy, so I did eventually pick up Throne of Glass. This ended up being a typical fantasy starter for me. On one hand, I want to continue the series because I want to see the new characters that I’ve heard about be introduced and see what happens to the characters in this first book. At the same time, I wasn’t really gripped by the story. If the plot itself does start to go downhill, I’m not sure I will stay invested. That being said, I’m glad seeing character artwork in the bookish community motivated me to pick this book up because overall it wasn’t a terrible book as I expected from some reviews that I had previously read.

Everless (Everless, #1)

Everless garnered a lot of hype upon its release. I saw review everywhere saying how much they enjoyed the whole “buying time” aspect of the book. This really intrigued me because I find this to be an interesting premise as well, but I have never seen it executed in the best way. While I do think Everless does execute the buying time aspect better than I have seen it in other works, the story overall fell flat for me. I didn’t really connect with the characters and I’m not really interested in seeing where the plot goes. While I appreciated that the author tried to venture away from typical young adult fantasy tropes, it is not enough for me to want to continue on with the series.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

This series was hyped so long ago in the bookish community and it is still mentioned occasionally when people mention their all-time favorite series. I actually did not pick this book up until this year despite all the hype surrounding it. I can definitely see why people enjoy this book. It’s a page turner with interesting characters and a plot unique to young adult fiction. I also found the author’s writing to be more enjoyable than other books that I’ve read by this author in the past. That being said, there are some aspects of this book that aren’t my cup of tea. To see more of those reasons in depth, you can check out my review linked to this book’s title, but because of those reasons I will not be continuing this series.

When Dimple Met Rishi

I actually was motivated to read this book after seeing many mixed reviews in the bookish community. Many readers were disappointed in the lack of emphasis on the coding camp, which they expected to play a major role based on the book’s synopsis. I like reading books that garner mixed reviews because I’m curious to see how I feel after reading the book. I think hearing the bookish community’s thoughts on this book actually made me enjoy it more than I thought. Since I went in with the expectation that this book more emphasized the romance, I found myself liking it more than I probably would have. While this book isn’t one of my all-time favorite contemporaries, I am glad that Booktube motivated me to read it.

What books has the bookish community inspired you to read?

Christmas Song Book Tag

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On the tenth day of Christmas, Blogmas gave to me… the Christmas song book tag!

I love Christmas music so much, I find myself sometimes listening to Cold December Night in the middle of summer, longing for the time I can blast it through my house. Also, I always get a Christmas CD every year (this year I’m thinking it will be Gwen Stefani) to listen to as my family travels to church or to my relatives’ houses. That’s why I thought it would be perfect to include the Christmas song book tag in this year’s Blogmas! I haven’t been able to locate the person who created this tag, so if you know, please let me know in the comments for I can credit them!

Here are my answers:

  • “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”: Name a villainous character you can’t help but love

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)

I wouldn’t say that I loved Eleanor in Crazy Rich Asians, but she’s not necessarily a villain that I “hated” either. I really liked the scenes that featured Eleanor and her friends because they were funny to me because they seemed like such real conversations that mothers would have with each other.

  • “All I Want for Christmas is You”: Which book do you hope to see under your Christmas tree?

Snow in Love

I’m not a big short story person, but when I was Kasie West was involved with this, I knew I wanted to read it! This books seems perfect for Christmas, so it would be great to receive as a gift!

  • “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”: Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves

Stay Sweet

Amelia deals with a lot of stuff over the course of the summer in order to save her favorite place in town. She takes on a lot of responsibility, which causes a lot of rifts in her relationships to other people, but also makes her more confident to stand up for herself and her dreams. This was a great book to kick-off summer and it was one of my favorite contemporaries of the year!

  • “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”: Which character would be on the nice list and which character would be on the naughty list?

Dating You / Hating You

Evie and Carter could both fluctuate in their spots on the nice and naughty list for all the pranks they play on each other in the office. However, once they work on their differences, I think they both could swing the nice list. That being said, their boss would be on the naughty list forever for his sexism and sketchy business practices.

  • “Frosty the Snowman”: Which book melts your heart?

The Names They Gave Us

It takes a lot for a book to make me cry. This book had be bawling so hard at the end that I could barely read the words on the last ten pages. The main character in this book changes a lot and opens herself up to new experiences. Plus, the relationship with her mom is so amazing.

  • “Feliz Navidid”: A book that takes place in a different country than your own

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

This book was definitely out of my comfort zone since it is adult historical fiction. However, it was interesting to read about how an area changed after being occupied by Germany in World War II. In fact, learning all the history was my favorite part of reading this book!

  • “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Which holiday themed book do you use to spread Christmas joy?

All I Want for Christmas Is You

Not only does this book feature the lyrics to one of my favorite Christmas songs, but it also features some cute Christmas scenes as well!

  • “Sleigh Ride”: Which fictional characters would you spend the holiday with?

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)

I love the characters within this series and would love to spend the holidays with them. Hopefully, some point in the future when it’s a little less hostile between some of the characters. Plus, it would be awesome to be around to celebrate Feyre’s birthday!

  • Baby It’s Cold Outside”: Which book that you didn’t like would you not mind sacrificing to a fire to keep yourself warm?

Genuine Fraud

This book was a miss for me, so it’s not one I would be to sad to use as firewood. Since this book is similar to quite a few other stories, I could always pick up another similar story read if this one was gone.

  • “Do You Hear What I Hear?”: Which book do you think everyone should read?

How to Say I Love You Out Loud

This was one of my most recent reads and definitely carried some of the most impact this year. The author did a brilliant job of portraying a character with autism (the sibling of the main character) and how it affects people in the family and community. Additionally, her accuracy regarding special education was outstanding, which is to be expected with her background as a school psychologist. I highly recommend this book!

What is your favorite Christmas song?

Unpopular Opinion Book Tag 2018

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One of my favorite book tags is the unpopular opinions book tag. Every year, I complete this book tag during Blogmas to share some of my new unpopular book opinions on books that I read over the course of the past year. This tag was originally created by The Book Archer on Youtube (see the original video here). I know that not everyone shares some of my unpopular opinions, so if you feel different, that’s okay! Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and here is a list of my new unpopular opinions:

  • A popular book or series that you didn’t like

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

It’s not that I didn’t like this series, but it wasn’t my favorite either. I just read the first two books in this series this year and I can’t see myself picking up the next book in the future. These books contain a lot of those YA fantasy and dystopian tropes from a few years back that I’m not super interested in anymore. Plus, I never had a clear picture of the characters, the setting, or where the book was going which made me not particularly care about the story line. That being said, these were quick, page-turning reads which did make them slightly enjoyable. This series is hyped up in the book community and I think maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I read them upon their initial release.

  • A popular book or series everyone hates, but you love

Lady Renegades (Rebel Belle, #3)

I heard so many bad reviews before finally reading this book in 2018. As a result, I went in with zero expectations for this book. Surprisingly, I found myself really enjoying it, especially the first 3/4 of the book. The ending did leave a bad taste in my mouth since it utilizes one of my least favorite plot twists. However, I still really enjoyed the majority of this book even though most people seem to absolutely despise it.

  • A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you DID NOT want them to end up with or an OTP that you don’t like

How to Love

I think who Reena ended up with in this book is actually really realistic, but I still don’t like it. I didn’t care for the person who Reena ended up with in this book because I don’t particularly care for him as a person. I didn’t think he was a great guy and I do think she had a better choice in this book. Even though I think the author did make very real characters and made decisions that would probably happen in real life, I wanted something different for the main character.

  • A popular book genre that you don’t reach for

Not If I Save You First

I don’t really read adventure/thriller type books. However, I did pick up Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter. I’ve never been really into Ally Carter books, even though I do like her writing style, mainly because of the genre. Overall, Not if I Save You First was an average read, but I don’t feel compelled to pick up more books in the same genre.

  • A popular or beloved character that you do not like

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

I’m not a big fan of Jude or Cardan in The Cruel Prince. They seem the same as many other characters that I’ve read in the same genre. Also, I don’t how Cardan treats Jude. I know that he has a rough past, but he does some really awful things to Jude in this book that shouldn’t be excused because of that.

  • A  popular author that you can’t seem to get into

Fraternize (Players Game, #1)

I see Rachel Van Dyken”s books pop up all the time in my suggestions. Finally, I picked up Fraternize and Infraction. They were okay books, but nothing spectacular for me. I found the pacing to be a little rushed at times and the characters not as developed as some of the summaries led me to believe.

  • A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing

My Unscripted Life

I’m a bit tired or seeing the average girl fall in love with the superstar trope in books. For some reason, these books only come across as average or below average for me. I guess I haven’t found one where I’m totally invested in the relationship or believe it could actually work out. Plus, these types of relationships use the same devices as problems which makes their stories a bit repetitive and boring.

  • A popular series that you have no interest in reading

Everless (Everless, #1)

I actually did read Everless, but it didn’t live up to the hype for me. I liked how it tried to steer away from some typical tropes in the genre, but there were plot twists I wasn’t a fan of and the world wasn’t one I found interesting. Even though I don’t think it was worse than any other YA fantasy, I can’t see myself picking up the remaining books in the series.

  • The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie,” but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)

Crazy Rich Asians was an okay read for me, but the writing style was a lot to get through. I actually saw the trailer first, so I expected something a little more laugh out loud funny, which I enjoyed more about the movie.

 

What are some of your recent unpopular opinions?