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

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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Books That Feature Time Travel | Top Five Wednesday

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

This week is probably one of my favorite topic weeks for Top 4 Wednesday…EVER! It’s the topic of time travel, and it’s one of my favorite things to read about. I must say I haven’t read a lot of time travel books, BUT I can list the ones I have and then the ones I would like to read. Here we go!

1. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
I talk about this book A LOT. And this book has it all. Romance, Time Travel, Parallel Universes, Action, Humor. I read this book at the beginning of my book blogging and reading journey and I have yet to stop loving this book.

2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Not your typical time travel book but still enjoyable! I liked the way Rowell used the phone as the source of time travel and a rotary phone at that. An all around quick and enjoyable read.

3. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken *WANT TO READ*

4. Timebound by Rysa Walker *WANT TO READ*

5. Doon by Carey Corp *WANT TO READ*

Please let me know if you’ve read any of the last three books and what you did and didn’t like about the time travel aspects of this book. I love the idea of time travel and most definitely need to read more books that feature time travel.

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 Self Published Books | Top Five Wednesday

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

This week’s topic is favorite self published books, I haven’t read any that I know of, but these books are five self published books I’d like to read. I used this list to pick out the 5 self titled books I’d like to read.

Angelfall by Susan Ee
I’ve heard so much hype around this series and how great it is. I had absolute no clue that this was a self published book.

If I Stay by Gale Foreman
I wanted to read this before watching the movie but I couldn’t resist watching it, but it makes me want to read the book even more!

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
I really want to read this book, I’ve tried once but couldn’t get into it, but I REALLY want to try and get this book read. I’ve never read a dragon based book before and it intrigues me so much!

The Body Electric by Beth Revis
I bought this book on e-book. And it’s one of my goals this year to read all the e-books I own as of right now and this beautiful looking book is among one of them!

The Final Empire (Mistborn) by Brandon Sanderson
So I’m absolutely blown away that this was self published. Brandon Sanderson is a writing machine. I’ve read Steelheart and it’s absolutely amazing that I cannot wait to begin the Mistborn series. And the fact that this was self published makes me appreciate it even more.

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

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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Favorite Hunger Game Moments | Top Five Wednesday

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This week’s topic for Top 5 Wednesday is Top Hunger Games Moments. Now, as some of you have seen on Goodreads (or soon enough) I just finished Mockingjay. I have to say that Hunger Games isn’t my favorite. After the first book, I pretty much lost interest, but there were still some really good parts of the series:

volunteerKatniss Volunteers for Prim. 

I have to say that this was obviously a pivotal moment in the book, but when they adapted the book to movie, this was such a strong acted scene. Although acted, it’s almost like Katniss pulled through heartstrings almost anyone could feel. This is the reaction any sibling would have if they got reaped. And I think that’s why this is one of the top five moments. It’s the beginning of the whole plot and series as well as just an emotionally gripping scene in the book and in the movie.

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Cinna

God Bless Cinna and Lenny Kravitz.  I see Cinna as the true flame that kept Katniss going. Prim yes was the underlying thing that keeps Katniss going but it always comes down to when Prim is in danger. But Cinna was the one from day 1 who didn’t even have to TRULY know Katniss to know that she was going to be a rebel leader. The face of the rebellion. He knew she was going to change the world.

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Finnick and Annie’s Wedding

I enjoyed this part of the books. It was kind of the beacon of hope amidst the most awful times that any of them have endured. I also think that Finnick is one of the most deserving people of this happiness. Losing Mags in the last games, the way he cared for her and everything he endured. Not thinking he’d see Annie ever again. I just think this was one of the most perfect things in the whole series.

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Seneca Crane and the Nightlock. 

THE BIGGEST F**CK YOU IN ALL OF MOVIE HISTORY. Okay, maybe not, like THE BIGGEST but…damn it was a good one.

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President Coin and the Last Hunger Games 

I think Coin’s last idea of hosting a final hunger games using the captiol’s children is an AMAZING part of the series. As much as I hated Coin, I thought this idea and what not brought up a great thinking point in the book, it was an awesome time to truly think about what you would do in a situation like that, and if you truly understood Katniss throughout the books.

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