Top 5 Books That Lived Up to the Hype | 2016

I’m always very hesitant to read books that have a lot of hype around them. I hate being disappointed by books and I always find it really sad to not like a book that everyone else loves. I just want to fangirl with everyone else! Luckily, these five books lived up to the hype and have become new favorites of mine.

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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I seen so many people say that this was their favorite book in the Throne of Glass series and how Heir of Fire was their favorite book that they’ve ever read. While I do really enjoy this series, I don’t think I’d call myself a die hard fan like many other people. I feel like I’m much more of a casual fan of this series so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started Heir of Fire. But HoF ended up being my current favorite in the series and it definitely lived up to the hype for me.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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There was so much hype around this book before it even released and even though I got caught up in the hype and I started it with really high hopes, Nevernight is one of my favorites of 2016.

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

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I’d seen so many people say Slammed is one of Colleen’s best and I have yet to read a CoHo book that I didn’t love, I’m always expecting my next book of her’s to let me down. But Slammed was such an incredible read and I loved every second of it.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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So many people (and all of my friends who’ve read it) have said that The Bone Season is one of the best books that they’ve read. I’ve seen it compared to the Harry Potter series a lot and I was extremely reluctant to read it. I finally read it this summer and I have to agree with the hype. The Bone Season was amazing and I can’t wait to pick up the sequel.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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I think this might be the most hyped book of 2016. I’ve seen nothing but love for this book and there was extreme hype. The reviews, the fanart, the fanfic, so. much. hype. But even with all the hype, I wasn’t sure what to expect from A Court of Mist and Fury. But ACOMAF was incredible and worth all the hype. I loved it even more than the first book and I’m so excited for book three.

What are some books that lived up to the hype for you?

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Books I Will Never Read | Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

I don’t like saying that I will never ever read these books but I’m 99.9% sure I won’t read them.

If you’ve read these books and liked them, that’s perfectly fine. I don’t mean to offend anyone or anything like that. This is all just my personal opinion.

5) Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

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I read the first book in this series years ago and I really didn’t like it at all. I could barely even finish it and I don’t have any plans to ever read book two or three.

4) Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren

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The same with the Fifty Shades of Gray series. I read the first book in this series last year and I didn’t like it at all. I’d heard a lot of good things about this series and it was recommended to me by someone who said if I liked Colleen Hoover’s books (which I do), I would like this series. Unfortunately, I had to force myself to finish Beautiful Bastard and I have no plans to ever read Beautiful Stranger.

3) Phantom (The Vampire Diaries)
by L.J. Smith

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I read a lot of The Vampire Diaries books when I first started reading YA and I really enjoyed them. However, I didn’t like the last two of the books I read from the series and I can’t see myself ever reading another Vampire Diaries book.

2) Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

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This is an interesting one. I own all the books in this series but I’ve had them for years and I don’t think I’ll read them. I’m not 100% that I won’t ever read them but I really just don’t think I will.

1) After We Collided by Anna Todd

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I read After last year and I really hated it. A friend had recommended it to me because she really loved it but I just… I don’t like to say that I hate something often but I truly hated After. Which is too bad because I love the covers of this series. But I will never read After We Collided or any of the other books in this series.

What are some books that you will never read?

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Rainy Day Reads | Top 5 Wednesday

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I’m a big fan of contemporaries for rainy days, especially contemporaries that can be read in one sitting. So here are my top five rainy day contemporaries.

5.Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

This is such an outstanding book. With complex characters and a beautifully written story line, I couldn’t put this book down. It’s very thought provoking and keep me glued to each page.

4.To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

It’s hard for me to put my intense love for this book into coherent thoughts. I was so emotionally invested in this story and the characters. I couldn’t put this book down and I finished it in less than two days.

3.All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

This book is beautiful and heartfelt. All the Bright Places has really stood out for me and it’d be a perfect rainy day read.

2.Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I love this book. It was so surprisingly amazing. The writing is perfect and the characters are wonderful. I read this in one afternoon and I couldn’t put it down.

1.Hey Sunshine by Tia Giacalone

I loved this book so, so much. As soon as I finished it, I wanted to reread it. I loved the plot and the characters. The writing was amazing. I could gush about this book forever.

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Best Recommended Books You Loved |Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

Hey everyone! This week’s topic for Top 5 Wednesday is top recommend book that you loved.

*in no particular order*

5.The Rose Society by Marie Lu

One of my best friends, Nani, is obsessed with this series. And while I did read the first book, The Young Elites, before I met Nani, it was her endless babble that spurred me to read The Rose Society as soon as I bought a copy.

4.Throne of Glass by Sarah J Mass

My sister, Taryn, recommended this book to me and she has an incredible taste in books so I knew it must be great. And it is.

3.Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Stephanie actually recommended this book for one of her Recommendation Fridays some time last year. I read it shortly after and it’s such an amazing book.

2.Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys 

This book was recommended to me by my good friend Batool earlier this week. I finished it today and I loved it so much.

1.Shattering Glass by Gail Giles

This was recommend to me by my best friend, Logan. She told me that I had to read it so I ordered it from Amazon and read the whole book the same day it came in the mail.

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Favorite Fandoms | Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

This week’s topic is favorite fandoms and I think this was the easiest list of all the Top 5 Wednesday’s that I’ve done.

5)Marvel

This is such a massive fandom and even though I’ve only experienced the Tumblr side of it, I love all the time and effort people put into it.

4)Shadowhunters

The massive fandom that Cassandra Clare created with all her Shadowhunter books is so vast and so amazing.

3)Game of Thrones

Even though I feel like some of the fans are very careless about spoilers, I still love how much energy everyone puts into the books and show.

2)Outlander

I feel like everyone has at least one thing in common and that’s our undying love for Jamie.

1)Harry Potter

Not only do I love the books and movies, I love the fans. We’re so passionate and full of fire, even after the last movie. There’s so many theories and ideas from the fans. The fan art is endless and so is the fanfic. No matter how many years go by, I know the HP fandom will never slow down and will never die.

Series I Want to Start Next Year – Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

This week’s topic is top 5 series’ I want to start next year.

5.Legend by Marie Lu

I know, I know. I so behind with this series. I own all the books and I’ve been meaning to start Legend for months now but I still haven’t gotten around to it.

4.Endgame by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton

I have the first two books in this series and I’m really hoping I can get caught up before the third book releases.

3.The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

I’m so behind on all of Rick Riordan’s books!

2.Ruby Red by by Kerstin Gier

I’ve had the first book in this series for a long time and I keep meaning to start it.

1.Magisterium by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

A series by two of my favorite authors? Yes, please. I have the first two books in this series but I haven’t read them yet and honestly, I don’t know why.

What are some the series’ that you hope to read next year?

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Favorite Retellings | Top 5 Wednesday

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This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is retellings and I’m so excited because I love retellings. Plus, some of my absolute favorite books are retellings.

5.Splintered by A.G. Howard

I haven’t read many retellings of Alice in Wonderland but Splintered is my favorite. It’s so  mystical and imaginative.

4.Beastly by Alex Flinn

I read this book so long ago (like 2011, I think) and I was so blown away by it. I still think about it and it has definitely made a lasting impression on me.

3.Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell 

Mechanica is such an interesting retelling of Cinderella. It’s fairly close to the original story but it’s also very different. The writing is beautiful and I loved the concept.

2.Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

This is my favorite retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I was so emotionally invested in the story and I loved so much about this book.

1.Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles is such an amazing series. I love how each book focuses on a new character and a new retelling. It’s so well written and the characters are amazing.

Books I’m Thankful For | Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

I’m super excited for this week’s topic because I actually have exactly 5 books that I’m extremely thankful for.

(in no particular order)

5.Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

This is the first book that my best friend, Logan, ever gave me. When she found out that I hadn’t read a Sarah Dessen book, she gave me Just Listen and whenever I see this book on my shelf, I think of her.

4.Wait for You by J. Lynn

When me and 7 other girls on Instagram started a bookclub, Bibliophile Academy, this was the first book that we read together. Not only did we all love this book, we all became very close friends and whenever I think of this book, I think of them.

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

I read this book in July for both Bibliophile Academy’s readalong and for this blog’s readalong. I had such a great time that month reading this book with some of my best friends and making new friends over this book. Whenever I think of this book, I remember how much fun I had with so many great people.

2.A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

This was me and Stephanie’s first Book of the Month. I loved this book but I love the memories that go along with it more. This book was the start of so many great things and I’ll always associate this book with the blog and reading it with Stephanie.

1.Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

I’ll forever be thankful for everything that this series has brought into my life. It’s changed my life and I don’t know where I would be without these books.

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Books I Didn’t Finish | Top 5 Wednesday

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This week’s topic for Top 5 Wednesday is Top Books You Didn’t Finish. I try not to DNF any books, especially if it’s a book I’ve payed for. I always feel sad if I payed $14 for a book that I don’t finish but at the same time, if I don’t like it, I don’t want to waste my time. I always go back on forth on wasting money or wasting time.

5)Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

One of the most recent books that I didn’t finish, Hunter is kind of an interesting book for me.  I love the cover and I loved the synopsis but once I started this book, I realized that Hunter is pretty much every YA book ever. Unlikely hero from humble origin is “different”, “special” and is the only one who can save the world.  I just couldn’t get into it and I just didn’t want to finish it. I’ve seen a ton of people also didn’t finish this book so I don’t feel too bad.

4)Dark Companion by Marta Acosta 

I read this book a really long time ago, like 2011 or 2012, and I still remember how much I hated it. The main male character is extremely abusive and awful. I read just about all of this book but I quit about 75 pages from the end. I’m surprised by how much of this book I actually read but I ended up DNFing it

3) Those Girls by Lauren Saft 

I didn’t like Those Girls. The characters were over the top mean and just nasty to each other. I was vaguely entertained at first but maybe that was because I started this book late at night and I wasn’t thinking clearly. I read about %20 of this book before I just couldn’t bring myself to read any more.

2)The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

I know a bunch of people love this book but I couldn’t get though it. I wasn’t aware of the animal torture in this book when I first started it. I just knew a lot of people loved it and when I seen it on BookOutlet.com, I got it right away. I couldn’t get past page 22 and I spent 6 days avoiding this book. I could barely even look at it without getting upset.

1)After by Anna Todd 

I know a lot of people like this book. And that’s okay. I totally respect that. However, this is my most hated book that I’ve ever read. A couple of my friends had read this book and said they loved to hate it and that they couldn’t put it down.  I was insanely curious about this book and I got an e-copy of it and started it right away. I’m so glad I don’t have a print copy of this book because if I had to look at it on my shelf, I would poke my eyes out. I think I read about 15 minutes of this book before I just couldn’t handle it any more. I’m not going to rant about how I feel about this book. If you want to know more, I do have a review/rant.

So those are my top 5 books that I didn’t finish! I actually had a great time writing this post and revisiting my feelings of these books.

What are some books that you didn’t finish?

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Top Halloween Reads | Top 5 Wednesday

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I’m so excited because this week’s topic is Top Halloween Reads/Recommendations and if you know me you know that I love Halloween and I love scary/creepy reads.

5.Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Heart-Shaped Box is a little bit on the tame side of horror but still a really good read.
If you like horror but not into gore and stuff like that, I recommend this book. I had a good time reading Heart-Shaped Box and I’ve even reread it.

4.The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender 

I didn’t really find The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall very scary, just a little creepy so it’s a great read if you don’t like scary books but still want a October themed book.
I was very impressed with this book and how incredibly entertaining that I found it.

3.Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff 

Fiendish is such a lovely, eerie, strange, and beautiful book. I’m completely blown away by how great it is. The writing is beautiful, the characters are lovely, and plot is eerie, and everything else is beautiful.

2.172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

This book is insane. Granted, the first half might be a little slow but the last half in crazy and super scary. I’ve read this book twice and I’ve been terrified by the last half of this book both times.

1.Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

The characters are odd and strange and the writing style is out of this world. It has a really interesting, classic style about it.  I seriously recommend this book. It’s weird, creepy, and beautiful.

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