End of the Year Extravaganza Part III // T5W Characters on the Naughty List

We’re in the final stretch until Christmas Day!!

If you’ve missed the first couple editions of EYE (end of year extravaganza) (idk why I’m suddenly trying to be cool and come up with acronyms) (I just used two three parenthesis in a row help me) you can catch up on them here:

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Top 5 Wednesday: My (Not so) Perfect Summer Reads

(first, the title was not a reference to Sophie Kinsella’s new book, it just sort of happened and I realized the potential confusion too late to bother changing it)

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Samantha on ThoughtsonTomes, where your goal is to find 5 books, topics, or general things that fit the theme!  To find the full list of topics, information, and pretty much anything else regarding T5W, head over to the Goodreads Group.

I thought that this week’s theme was perfect, since I was debating doing a very similar post anyways, and it’s always fun to link up with the T5W crew and see what they’re blogging about!! I took a fairly basic approach to deciding which books would be in my top 5 summer reads– I browsed my physical bookshelf, Kindle bookshelf, and then Goodreads (just in case) and wrote down the books which I liked best!

Note that I normally define “summer read” as a light, fluffy book that you would be willing to take to the beach, after I wrote this list I feel the need to revise this working definition to make more sense to what I actually wrote.  All of the books below are ones that I think most teen –> adult females will generally enjoy (or men/anything in between who enjoy romance, family issues, and drama with minimal action sequences).  However, I couldn’t resist putting in books that are not quintessentially “easy” to read.  I take on big issues people, and a couple of my books might make you vaguely sad.  Still, you’ll fly through them because they’re amazing, and so in that respect they’re great books to push you through summer.

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #9)1. The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory

I know, I know, this book is a tomb so it’s not the best to take with you.  But I recommend getting it on your Kindle or other eReader, because it’s such a fun book to read.  It follows the life of Mary Boleyn, and it’s super romancey and royal and I adore it.  Mary is super relatable in a weird, 1500s type of way, and plus it gives you some pretty decent insight into the time period, especially if you’re like me and know absolutely nothing about anything.  You can read my full review here if you are interested.

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2. Girl out of Water, by Laura Silverman

This is probably the most traditional summer read on my entire list.  When I wrote my original review, I actually wrote “a perfect summer read” so clearly it needed to be on this list.  Not only does it take place IN THE SUMMER but it has the cutest relationship you’ll ever see, an incredible family dynamic, and a light, enjoyable style of writing.  It also just came out this month, so you’ll be totally on top of the trend.  and Silverman is an amazing person just based on her Twitter, so it’s worth it to support her. (Read Review)

 

Not My Daughter3. Not My Daughter, by Barbara Delinsky

When I picked up this book from the library book sale rack last summer, my mom rolled her eyes, sighed, and told me I better not “get any ideas”.  It’s about high school girls who get pregnant all at the same time, and the way they sort of deal with it and all of the drama that follows.  It’s the type of book that although it’s about a sort of serious matter, it still has some light takes to the drama which will keep you happy and wanting more.  I don’t want to say anymore because I’m nervous of spoilers, but I can tell you that it’s worth the read if you’re looking for a light (but not cliche) read.

 

4. Gone Girl, by Gillian FlynnGone Girl

And this is where I really lose the whole summer read theme.  Gone Girl is a book about a WOMAN who disappears and her husband is accused of murdering her.  It’s told from the guy’s perspective first, then her’s, and I think it’s really neat the way it’s done, and it kept me on the edge of my seat.  For thriller lovers, this is a must read (and even a repeat read) that will guarantee to have the days of summer tick by wayyyyyy faster than you would want them to.  I love Gillian Flynn, and she didn’t disappoint with this book.

 

 

Image result for nineteen minutes5. 19 Minutes, by Jodi Picoult

For the final punch in the stomach, I choose a book about a school shooting, because what better time to read it than when you’re not in school, right? but seriously I had to choose it because despite it being thick and about a serious topic, it’s a wonderful, can’t put down read.  Picoult is so so so good at taking on real world problems, and it comes through in this book.  Plus, it has great family relationship and dating relationship drama, which I personally can never get enough of.

 

So, that’s all for today!! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed some of these nominations and not just rolled your eyes at me.  I’m super excited for summer to start, and this list and thinking back to what I read last summer has me unable to focus in Stats right now, but that’s okay… (I hope)

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What books are on your summer read list? Do you have any books that you read every summer? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, are they totally terrible choices? Make sure you link your #T5W! 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Would Make Great Video Games

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Samantha on ThoughtsonTomes, where your goal is to find 5 books, topics, or general things that fit the theme!  To find the full list of topics, information, and pretty much anything else regarding T5W, head over to the Goodreads Group.

I wrote this entire post and then somehow it got deleted (Tysm school wifi) so let’s see how this rewrite goes.

I was so excited when I saw this T5W category, because I think it’s a fun way to look at books and, although I don’t play video games much, I love the bookish ones (Nintendo DS Golden Compass was my shit in elementary school) and so there should be more of them, clearly.

1. The 39 Clues, by Rick Riordan (and others)

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I think this would be one of the most fun games ever, because you would have to figure out the clues on your own to move forward, and beat the other teams to the big prize.  Mysteries and puzzles are severely underrepresented in the video game industry, so I’m trying to remedy this.

2. 11/22/63, by Stephen King

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Time Travel / Action with a little bit of romance?  You could easily make a game where you have to save JKF from being assassinated to win. And, based on the cannon, it would take a pretty long time.

3. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

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This would be an awesome RPG create your own character adventure. Imagine if you had stats for this guy, and you get more or less depending on the district, and you distribute them how you want, and then you go into an arena and fight irl people with your internet characyers. Ahhh the beauty of it all.

4. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

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Admittedly, I haven’t read this one, but I watched the movie (I know, I know, THE HORROR) and I would love to play a game where you go to the academy and battle your teammates to be the best, highest ranked military child machine in the history of military child machines.

5. Matched, by Allie Condie

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Once again, I’m thinking of a game where you create a character and RP with them. I think Matched was a really cool idea for a “world” and it would be fun to be in that universe for a little while. Also it would be a crazy cool computer algorithm if it could genuinely predict your next move (can you tell I’m a math nerd?)

Okay guys I know this post was quick but I didn’t have much time for the rewrite, because of April break and camp NaNo combined 😬 love you all and I’ll try to make it up to you soon!!!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Current Books that Will Become Classics

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Samantha on ThoughtsonTomes, where your goal is to find 5 books, topics, or general things that fit the theme!  To find the full list of topics, information, and pretty much anything else regarding T5W, head over to the Goodreads Group.

This week, the topic is “Future Classics”, aka books that you think will eventually become classics.  When I read the topic, I didn’t have any that came to mind, but I found the topic interesting and unique so I decided that I would start writing and see where it takes me! (WARNING: I went to giphy for 1 gif, just 1, and now suddenly my post is full of them)

1. Harry Potter, by The Queen of Literature

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I think this one is pretty obvious, after all, it’s pretty much already a classic.  Everyone knows it, it’s such a powerful read, and so years down the road I’m sure it will still be remembered as a staple piece for entire generations.  I don’t think you could write a list about classics without including this one.

2. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

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This book was so so so so so good, words cannot even describe it.  The way it was written was impressive, and it was an extremely powerful story.  When I first read it 5 years ago, barely anyone had heard about it, but I think it is already becoming more and more popular, on its way to becoming a classic.  For me, one of the qualifications of a “classic” besides just be a powerful story is that it has to be well written, and this novel certainly fell in that category.

3. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

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I mean, who could resist immortalizing this book for all future generations?  It was comical, addressed a VERY real issue, and told a gripping story all at the same time.  This is one of the few books that I would be willing to read twice, and so for that reason it’s on the list.  Plus, nothing can beat that ending.

4. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

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I wasn’t sure which Hosseini book to put on this list but I ended up with this one because it’s more popular, and I read it first, so we’re going with it.  Not sure if this is cheating because it’s basically already a classic, but it was written in the last 50 years so I figure it hasn’t officially been hailed as the classic it deserves to be quite yet.

 

5. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen

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This last one was hard because I wasn’t sure whether to do this, Night Circus, or Shanghai Girls.  But, my love of “meaningful” writing prevailed, as it did earlier on the list, and I ended up going with Water for Elephants, a book which I read in 1 week even though I normally take about 3.  So go me!  and also go Gruen you’re amazing!  PS although I haven’t seen it I heard the movie is terrible so if you’ve only watched that don’t judge.

I’m so glad I participated in this because it made me realize how many books I love, and how excited I am to have kids of my own who I will be able to give these to read, just like my mom did for me (oops I’m 17, I’m getting wayyyyy ahead of myself).

Anyways, what books do you think will be classics? Share your T5W links, or comment below!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Book Trends that NEED TO STOP

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Samantha on ThoughtsonTomes, where your goal is to find 5 books, topics, or general things that fit the theme!  To find the full list of topics, information, and pretty much anything else regarding T5W, head over to the Goodreads Group.

This week, the theme is “Book Trends You’re Tired Of”, in other words, what do you hate about publishing that’s currently super common.  Honestly, at first I was a little confused/not sure of anything that I could do to fit this category, but after just a few minutes, it hit me that there are A WHOLE LOT of trends that I’m starting to despise.  So, without further adoe, to the list!

1. “Girl”

Everyone who writes any sort of book, especially psycho thrillers, loves to stick the word girl in the title.  It doesn’t matter why or how much the girl relates to the book, or even if she is a girl (as opposed to a woman).  It’s becoming annoyingly common because when someone mentions a book with “Girl” in the title, I assume I read it when, in all likelihood, I did not.  The even worse part is that I enjoy the vast majority of these books, so I have a whole shelf of “Girl” books.  Please, please, get more creative for 2017.

2. Cliche Romances Filling YA Novels

I can’t stand that whenever I pick up a YA book, I can almost always guess exactly who the girl is going to end up with in the first 3 chapters.  It’s even worse that I know that she’s going to end up with someone.  Maybe, for once, someone should write a book where the girl is forever alone, or at least doesn’t center her life around a guy and enter some sort of crazy love triangle with a predictable ending.

3. Judging Diversity

Yeah, diversity should be present in novels, and I’ve taken to including it in some of my reviews, so that people who are on the lookout for their own representation can find it.  But, my complaint here lies not in the books themselves but within the bookish community.  I think we are judging fiction that does not contain this, or perhaps contains a less-than-stellar representation of a diverse character, too harshly.  Although we should be looking for diverse books, we should not shun other authors because they do not fit these standards.

4. Fantasy and Real Life being Separate

Too often, when we write fantasy books, it’s completely separated from reality.  Fantastical books are lighthearted, fun reads, and never touch on issues which society is having at the moment.  I would love to see important issues be incorporated into fantasy/dystopian novels, because I think that would cause way more people to realize exactly what is happening here on present day Earth.

5. Bad Parents

This has become a bit of a joke in YA lit, but it’s true in adult fiction as well.  The parents, even when they’re present, are typically terrible things which the (adult) children just want to get rid of.  What’s wrong with having an incredibly supportive, fabulous parent whom you go to for advice and love endlessly?  The bad parent thing is getting pretty old, I just want to see some other types of relationships mixed in.

That’s all for today!! It was shocking realizing how many things about books bother me.  Hopefully that’s true for everyone and it’s not just me being exceptionally judgy for no reason 😉

What themes in books are you tired of?  Do you consider any of the themes I talked about to be good/exciting?  Tell me!  Press that little comment button below!


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Top 5 Wednesday: 2017 Goals

Okay, I have to admit it.  This is kind of a filler post.  Ahhh!  What am I doing!  I know, that’s what I was thinking.  But T5W is always a fun community to be a part of and I wasn’t able to finalise the book review post I had planned for today (Yes! There’s one coming!)

I actually have a longer version of my 2017 goals here, on a page that will be pinned to my menu all year, so feel free to check it out for challenges, TBR, blogging goals, and more!  Because of that, I decided that I’ll focus on elaborating on why I have some of the blogging/reading goals that I do this year!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme being hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes.  Each week, there is a category posted on the Goodreads group, and you post 5 books (or in this case, goals) to match!

1.Read More Books (I’m a book blogger, for Pete’s sake!)

In 2016, I only made it through 19 books.  19!! And this has been typical over the past few years, as school has come to take up more and more of my life, overcoming me with the burden of high school and college on the horizon.  But, I am upping my Goodreads goal to 25 for the coming year (please don’t laugh) and in an ideal world I would get 50.  But, even though many of you will get 200, I need to do what works for me.  And 25 reviews is 2 a month, which is decent as far as that is concerned.  I have actually become inundated with requests to review books, so I’m really excited to start getting through those, ASAP!

2. Become Wayyyyy More Involved in the Blogging Community

This past year was my first online, and I didn’t even realise that there was a blogging community at first. I used to have a fandom-instagram account (in my scary, please-don’t-talk-about-it preteen years) and so I probably should have guessed that something existed, but I didn’t really comprehend how AMAZING the community was until recently. So, I’ve put a bunch of twitter chats on my calendar, and I’m making a point of reaching out to as many people as possible.

3. Reach 300 Followers

This is quadrupling my current number, but considering 80% of these followers came in the last 2 months, I think I can do it. Hopefully this goal will come naturally because of the fact that I’m doing everything else right. In long term, I want to make it to 1,000, but I’ll give myself more than one year for that.

4. Start Reading more ARCs

I haven’t done one yet. Most of the books I read are purchased or from the library, and I recently just read my first from Blogging for Books and received my first from NetGalley. This should hopefully also inspire me to read a few more books than I would have otherwise.

5. WRITE!!!!

I really want to start writing a full novel rather than drafting a bunch of different ones. I’m not sure if I’ll get to it, since college is starting, but that’s the goal.  I really enjoy writing, and it takes the stress away, and it would be incredible if other people would have the opportunity to read my work!


I hope you guys enjoyed this post about my goals!

What are some of your goals for the coming year? Do you have any advice for me to meet mine?  I want to know, so comment below!


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Top 5 Series That Went Downhill

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Samantha on ThoughtsonTomes, and can be found on the Goodreads Group.  This is my first time participating, but each week has a different topic, and the goal is to come up with 5 books that fit the theme.

This week, the theme is Top 5 series that got worse with each book.  I found this really hard to do, because I couldn’t think of which series kept getting worse, or that I felt let down on.  After a lot of thinking, this is what I came up with:

1.Divergent Series, by Veronica Roth


If you don’t already know, Divergent is a dystopian novel where people are sorted into Factions based upon their strongest quality.  The series follows the life of Tris Prior as she fights the corrupt system and tries to find herself.  Divergent was realllyyyy good, but after that it started to become a stretch, and I felt like Allegiant (the last of the trilogy) was reaching to make a full plot.  That being said, I enjoyed the series overall, it just wasn’t great.

2. The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare


Mortal Instruments, starting with the City of Bones, started off exciting, and the first few books were that way.  However, as time went on it seemed like they were throwing in more familial twists just to keep the books going, and I became bored just because of the repetitiveness.  This might just be because I got older while they were being published, but I couldn’t even finish the series because it didn’t interest me anymore. 

3. Uglies, by Scott Westerfield


I was in love with the first book of this series.  It’s about a futuristic society where people are sorted into “Uglies” or “Pretties” and their lives are lived accordingly.  I couldn’t get enough, and I found the world building and plot to be high quality.  The second and third books, however, were not as exciting, and I couldn’t manage to stay interested despite how fun they were initially.

4. Matched, by Ally Condie


What even happened to this series?  Matched started off so well, and I actually BOUGHT the next book, something which I don’t normally do, especially when I don’t own the first one, but I was let down.  It was as though Condie hadn’t really thought about what was going to happen past the first book, and it just kind of died.  Matched was good, but I would not recommend reading it if you are the type to need to read the entire series once you start.

5. Hush, Hush, by Becca Fitzpatrick


I have to admit, this one was a bit of a stretch.  I started googling popular series, and scrolling.  When I got to this one, I was like, “Oh my god I remember reading that and hating the second one!” so I decided to put it on the list.  I read this in 7th grade, but I’m pretty sure it’s a teen novel, and it fits with the general theme I have here, so now it’s on the list.

 

I was probably a bit harsh on some of these series, but that’s because I much prefer standalone books, and the series that I do read normally turn out to be some of my favorites (Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire, Hunger Games).

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