The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

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I know this tag is pretty old, but I was inspired to do this, so here it is!

1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like. 

I didn’t really enjoy Anna and the French Kiss. A lot of booktubers and book bloggers spoke about how amazing it was and though it was cheesy it was super easy to get through, but it was a bit too lovey-dovey, soppy, and cliché for me. Also, I just wasn’t a big fan of the writing style and that is what often drives me away from books.

Furthermore, I know I’m only supposed to talk about one book, but I just want to say that I also really dislike The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. It was so boring (at least to me) and slow-paced. I didn’t like the writing style of that book either. Bet you’re seeing a trend, aren’t you?

2. A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love. 

I wouldn’t say everyone seems to hate the Precious Stone trilogy, but I have read many reviews that say the writing was elementary and the main character was whiny and talked like she was much younger than her age.

Though the main character’s mental age was questionable, I found the series really enjoyable because all the books were incredibly quick reads and I loved the twists in the story and the action. I thought the plot was intricate and loved the storyline, so I was able to (sort-of) ignore the silliness of the main character (other than the times where she was having some sort of conflict with her love interest—those were just ridiculous).

Anyway, I still adored the series despite its flaws.

3. 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.

Mia and Colt from The Witches of the Glass Castle series. Man, I hated both of them. Mia because she was needy and very (very, very) stupid at times and Colt because he’s the most cliché “bad-boy-turned-good-because-of-a-girl” ever and I just despised his personality. Also, first he treats a girl terribly, and then he warms up to her because she’s just sooo alluring. Ugh.

4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for. 

Well, I used to read contemporary books all the time, but now I normally reach for fantasy. So, since contemporary is a pretty popular book genre, I don’t really read it that much—mostly because many of them are romances and a lot of them have clichés that I can’t really stand.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like. 

I really don’t like Étienne St. Clair. I mean, I get that he belongs with Anna and everything, but I felt he was neglectful of his actual girlfriend as soon as he met Anna and it certainly wasn’t a good idea to make out with another girl in public when he was still technically together with his girlfriend! If he really was a good guy, he would have treated his girlfriend the correct way by breaking up with her by explaining things and not just neglecting her and kissing someone else in front of her.

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

I want to say Stephanie Perkins—okay, yeah, I’m going to say Stephanie Perkins. I think her books are way too cheesy for me.

Also, an honorable mention to Lauren Oliver. Her book Delirium was really predictable and cliché, so I don’t think I’ll be picking up any of her other books anytime soon (at least any other books in that series). (Though I did read her book Panic and it wasn’t too bad.)

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. 

Where do I start? Let’s see…

The worst of them are insta-love and love triangles (UGH I cannot stand love triangles at all).

But, here’s more: bad boys, “special snowflakes,” “the Chosen One,” good guys always winning, there being “good guys” and “bad guys” in the first place, and the characters always acting as if they can’t live without their love interest (*cough* Bella Swan *cough*).

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading. 

The Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. I loved her Vampire Academy series, but I don’t think I want to read the spin-off series because I was never really a fan of Sydney or Adrian.

9. 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?

There hasn’t been a movie (yet) that was better than the book, but, though I absolutely loved the book The Fault in Our Stars, I also loved the movie (I sobbed so much reading the book and watching the movie).

Thanks for reading! 🙂


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Diverse Books

diversebooksWe all should read diverse books. We should all get exposed to everything and everyone. That is why reading diverse books is so important.

Not only is reading books about different races and cultures important, but we should all also read books focused things such as the LGBT+ community or mental illness.

Authors should write more books on those subjects as well. In our society, we should accept everyone. We are all different. What is considered normal for one person may be weird for someone else and vice versa.

That said, today I was thinking about a book I read many years ago called Luv Ya Bunches by Lauren Myracle. At the time, I knew that the book was quite diverse, but didn’t think much of it, as I was much younger, so I didn’t truly appreciate the diversity of it.

Now, looking at even just the cover and remembering a few things I read, I am aware that the characters are incredibly diverse: One is African-American (Violet), another is Asian (Katie-Rose), another is Caucasian (Milla), and the last one is Muslim (Yasaman).

As I read the book quite a few years ago, I don’t remember the details, but the two things that really stuck with me were that Milla had two moms and Yasaman wore a hijab and was proud of it. She didn’t care what people thought, and neither did Milla. They both were happy with their lives and did not allow others to judge them.

The way the author wrote about these characters was as if everyone was equal and everything was normal—which is the way it should be. 

Now I truly appreciate the diversity in the book. It touches upon more than one diverse subject, which I think is absolutely wonderful. Not only that, but this is a children’s book. 

Children should be exposed to diverse subjects. I suppose, at least in a small part, this book affected my thoughts on diversity.

So, go out and pick up some diverse books! 🙂 🌎

 

 

Bookmark Collection

Hi guys! I’m going to be sharing my bookmark collection, which, admittedly, is quite small because I have a bad habit of somehow losing a lot of my bookmarks. I am especially sad about losing my bookmark with Ernest Hemingway’s quote:

There is no friend as loyal as a book.

Which is very true.

I have 6 bookmarks (that I currently am able to locate) and a bunch of other magnetic ones that I won’t be including because they don’t fit into the aesthetic. 😉

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(Going from left to right) The first one a friend gave to me. When I first got it I loved it because the material felt super smooth and I liked the simple-ish geometric design.

The next one I received with a book I bought from Book Depository (don’t remember which one, oops). That one is the one I currently favor. I also am aware I’m supposed to color it in, but the design is so intricate and beautiful that I don’t want to ruin it. Besides, the lack of color gives it elegance.

The next two I received in OwlCrate boxes (I know, I could’ve posted unboxings, but I kind of forgot). *looks sheepish* The watercolor one is too pretty, so I don’t want to crinkle it or break it by using it. At this point, I might just keep it because it looks nice. The one advertising Carve the Mark I just have yet to use. I plan on using it soon though. Wouldn’t want to put it to waste. A bookmark is a bookmark. 🙂

The last two I bought because of the real flowers incased inside. I thought they looked so naturally gorgeous that I had to buy two. As you can see from how worn they are, I use those often as well.

Thanks for reading!

Do you have a bookmark collection? 


This post was inspired by A Book Blog’s post, so go check it out!

Winterspell by Claire Legrand: A Short Book Review

I’m not giving a synopsis this time because the review will be fairly short, but you can easily find it on Goodreads. I also won’t be putting the book cover (though I must say, the cover is quite stunning). That said, here we go!


Actual rating: ???

Well. I didn’t make it very far into this book, did I? I seem to be dnf-ing books more than usual. I normally finish books I don’t like just to see if they’ll get better. Sometimes they do. Sometimes they don’t.

But, I am noticing a trend here. I seem to be dnf-ing books with terrible romances lately…

I mean, I got through the insta-love in Girl Online, but only because the book was fairly short and the font was large. This book has tiny font and is fairly long. Not happening.

In a way, I feel guilty for giving up a book just because of the romance, but I can’t help it. The majority of YA books have romance. And when the romance happens, it appears constantly. Sometimes it even overshadows the plot. Even if it doesn’t go that extreme, the romance is always there. And the reader is made aware of that.

And I knew that was going to happen with this book.

Before I start ranting, maybe I should speak about the good parts. The writing, I thought, was quite complex and I liked the style. The story was very fascinating and I could tell it would be dark. Oddly enough, I liked the father. Because he had character.

I thought Clara, the main character, was kind of generic. She was special. She could fight. Blah, blah, blah… Also, despite those two things, she seemed quite weak. I know she would probably develop into a badass female protagonist later in the book, but she’s so squeamish and whiny in the beginning.

Now, let’s get to the romance. Or at least the beginning of it. It really bothered me. (Slight spoiler – honestly, this one doesn’t matter because if you read the book it’ll be obvious) Clara is attracted to a statue. Yes, the statue ends up being an actual person who was cursed, but before she knew that, years before she knew that, she was attracted to the statue. There is a name for when a person is attracted to a statue: Agalmatophilia. Ummm… I doubt the author addresses that in the book, which concerns me.

Also, aside from that, there was 100% insta-love. Clara and the statue-turned-human/prince (I forgot his name – oops) immediately felt a connection to each other. *smacks hand on forehead*

So, yeah. Not finishing this book. But, I suppose you could possibly like it for its storyline…


Thanks for reading! 🙂

P.S. You can also find my review of it on Goodreads.

Most Disappointing Books of 2016

Firstly: I know, this list is quite late. I just wasn’t sure if I wanted to post this in case some of you guys wouldn’t be too happy with me, as at least two of the books on the list are ones I know many people loved.

Secondly: When I say disappointing, I do not mean I did not like the book. Well, a few of these books I actually didn’t like, but not all. I’m just saying I was disappointed because I thought I would love the book, but ended up not actually liking it as much as I thought I would.

So, with that said, let’s get on to the list!

1. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch  

I really thought I would love this book. It was high fantasy, had romance, and a super badass female protagonist. But, then I found out there was an awful love triangle. I tried to continue reading, but could not ignore it any longer. I mean, I’m not exactly proud, but I ended up not finishing the book. I know many people loved this book and the rest of the series, but I just couldn’t go on.

If you want to see more detailed thoughts on this review, then you can find my full review here. Or, you can also find my review on Goodreads.

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Now, I am all for a light contemporary with a cute (sometimes even slightly cliché) romance. But, for some reason, this book just didn’t work for me. I didn’t really like the writing style and the romance was too angsty for my taste. I am considering giving her other books a chance, but I’m not sure if they’re going to be as angsty as this one…

3. The Siren by Kiera Cass

I am so disappointed in this book. Kiera Cass’ The Selection series was my favorite go to romance series. It wasn’t exactly a guilty pleasure read, but they were really easy to get through and though there was a love triangle, it was quite obvious (at least to me) who the main character was going to end up with. So, I was very excited to pick up The Siren. And when I finally read it, I was, very unfortunately, hit with extreme insta-love. And the worst kind. The type where the main character has “I’ve-never-connected-with-anyone-before-but-you’re-one-person-I-connect-with-and-truly-belong-with” syndrome. I’m surprised I actually finished the book, but, then again, I skimmed through quite a few pages. Furthermore, I felt like the characters weren’t really too developed. I mean, they had personalities, but they were, in a way, surface and cliché personalities. The main character was quiet. Her friend was the “party girl.” Why, Kiera Cass? (Also, it says a lot if the ocean was my favorite “character.”)

4. Firelight by Sophie Jordan

I read this mainly because it was about dragons and they are my favorite mystical creature (I read this for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon). I mean, I didn’t hate this book, but the writing style was a bit too… simple (I can’t think of a better word to explain it). Also, the romance bothered me. I know. A lot of books disappoint me because of the romance. But, I am an avid romance reader if the romance is actually good and doesn’t involve insta-love or a terrible love triangle. This book didn’t exactly have a love triangle, but it did include the ever-cliché: “I’m-supposed-to-hate-you-but-I-love-you” trope. Which bothered me.

5. The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee

I love a good dose of drama, but too much will drive me nuts. And this book was filled with so much drama that I was practically drowning in it. And the majority of it was caused by lack of communication. I cannot speak further or else this will turn into a long rant about communication in YA books.

6. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera 

I was so sad that I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would. So many people loved it. And yes, the message was important and the story was meaningful and quite dark (which is something I usually enjoy), and yes, I appreciated what the book related to others. I was even moved by some events that occurred in the book. But, for a very odd reason, I just could not get into the writing style. It wasn’t annoying or anything, and the writing itself was good, but I just did not like the style, which is the one thing that caused me to enjoy the book much less. The writing style gave me an odd feeling I cannot explain. I do want to pick up his newest book though and I hope I will enjoy the writing style more this time around.

7. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Sigh. I won’t talk about its similarities to Twilight because honestly, that wasn’t what bothered me so much. What bothered me was the fanfiction-y writing and the bad romance. If I’m being blunt, I think the writing was like a fanfiction piece posted on a fanfiction website. And that wasn’t the worst part. The love interest was awful. He was a “bad boy” who treated the main character terribly, yet she still fell for him anyway. He alienated her, I’m pretty sure physically pushed her away a few times, and verbally abused her. Yes, she retaliated, but that does not make up for what he did. And yes, sometimes he showed his love, that that certainly does not make up for his horrible actions. What kind of message is this book giving to young girls? That if you slap a guy and yell at him a few times for what he’s done to you, then you guys will eventually live happily ever after? I hated the guy with a passion.

Whew. So, that’s the end of my list that included a few rants.

Anyone agree with me? What are disappointing books you have read?

 

 

January Reading Wrap Up

Hi!

I am very proud of myself because I managed to finish seven books this month. Well, according to my Goodreads reading challenge, I’m one book behind schedule (I want to read a minimum of 100 books in 2017), but I consider this to be a good start to the year.

Also, I’m not going to do a separate post on my Winter Biannual Bibliothon wrap up, so I’ll be putting that here too.

Okay, I’ve never done a wrap up on my blog before, so here we go!


Books Read for the Winter Biannual Bibliothon: 

  1. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
  2. Starflight by Melissa Landers
  3. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
  4. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (this one I completed the day after the bibliothon ended, but I’m going to include that here anyway)

Other Books Read in the Month of January:

  1. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
  2. A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey
  3. The Falconer by Elizabeth May
  4. The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May (this one I finished February 1, but I’m counting it as well)

So, I’ll be only talking about the books that stood out to me in this wrap up, but if you are interested in knowing what the other books are about, you can find them on Goodreads.

I have reviews for Stolen, Girl Onlineand A Breath of Frostso I won’t be talking much about those either. You can check my reviews out if you’re interested in the books! (I am also planning on posting a review of Incarnate, so I won’t be talking about that book either.)

That leaves us with just 3 books, but don’t worry because I have things to say about them and I will mention the other books (just not giving too many detailed thoughts on them).

Now, my favorite book of the month was The Vanishing Throne. It was amazing. It’s the second book in The Falconer series. I loved the series. This might be my new favorite series of the year (even though the year just started). I flew through the first two books. The second book was even better than the first—it was filled to the brim with action, emotion, and enormous revelations. could not put it down. 

This is a must-read series. I 100% recommend. Go buy it. Borrow it from a library. Anything. Just read the books.

Now, The Vanishing Throne was my favorite not because the first book wasn’t good because it was amazing too, but I felt like the second book had way more action and more importantly: HUGE REVELATIONS. I was totally hooked.

For my least favorite book of the month, I’m going to have to say it was Girl Online. You can see my full thoughts about it in my review, but the general idea is that it had way too many YA clichés.

Lastly, let’s talk about Labyrinth Lost. I loved this book. At the time, I thought it would be my favorite of the month, but though it isn’t, I will say that the writing was really easy to get into and the book was incredibly fascinating and diverse. I would definitely recommend this book as well.

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading! 🙂