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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten things that will make me not want to read a book aka book turn offs.

10. Boring love triangles. I’ve accepted that most times I pick up a book, there will be some form of a love triangle involved. They’re not going away. When I can predict the end pairing from the synopsis, it’s not something that intrigues me.

9. The synopsis gives it all away. Much like a movie trailer, when the synopsis gives away 90% of the plot of the book, I’m not interested in finding out the other 10%.

8. The main character having a hobby the author obviously didn’t research. I love it when characters have interesting or unique hobbies and interests but show me those hobbies and interests. A passing remark that the main character loves curling but it’s never mentioned again does not show me they love curling.

7. No growth arc. I love when even the supporting characters, at least the more prominent ones, have growth arcs along with the main character but if there’s no growth arc at all, I usually lose interest.

6. Too many issues packed into one plot. Most of the time when a book tries to tackle too many issues, it ends up doing none of them well.

5. Insta-love. I can handle instant attraction but at least let them find out each other’s names before declarations of love.

4. When the characters never do necessary things like eat or sleep. I don’t need details about their bathroom schedule but little things like grabbing an apple on the way out the door or waking up with bedhead are small things that make the characters feel so much more real to me.

3. Magically good at a difficult skill. It’s one thing to be a natural at a new skill. It’s another to master it after one lesson. I actually prefer when the character struggles because it can make for a great moment when they to master it.

2. A book compared to two very popular at the moment books. When I see X meets Y with X and Y being two of my favourite books, all that does is set up very, mega high expectations.

  1. No positive female interactions. If all the female character are horrible to each other through the whole book and there’s no real female friendships, I just can’t do it.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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Hockey playoffs have started, which means lots of time to read while my mom is watching the games.

Currently reading: Antisocial

Finished reading: No Good DeedDefy the Starsinconceivable-life-of-quinnWarbringer

Reviewed: Windfallone-of-us-is-lying

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Four weeks Five PeopleGirl out of water to read

Defy the StarsWarbringer to review

Books read it 2017: 64

Debut authors read in 2017: 18

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten things that will make me read a book.

10. Road trip – I love road trip books, which is a little weird because I’m not much of a traveler. I guess I like living through the characters.

9. The Breakfast Club – the synopsis giving me a Breakfast Club vibe is a sure way to make certain the book ends up coming home with me.

8. Hate-to-love romance – I love slow burn romance so when the two characters start off hating each other, at least I know there’s no instalove.

7. Geek/nerd themes – the book bringing comic con, fandom, or anything else that I love into it is another way to make sure the book ends up in my shopping cart.

6. Misfit family – A step above the Breakfast Club vibe, this one is more Firefly-like. A bunch of outcasts/misfits ending up considering each other family is always a must read.

5. Blurb by a beloved author – If one of my favourite authors has read the book and loved it, I will pick it up.

4. Snow/rain storms – This isn’t something that’s in the book but whenever it’s storming outside, I read. It’s automatic.

3. Siblings – As someone with 3 sisters and a brother-in-law, sibling relationships is always something that really intrigues me in a book.

2. Magic – I blame Harry Potter and Tamara Pierce. I love magic in my stories.

  1. Space travel – I love Sci-fi but I especially love it when the characters are on a ship traveling through space instead of planet-bound.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten unique books I’ve read. Or, at least they were unique at the time I’d read them.

10. challenger deep Challenger Deep – Neal Shusterman. This book is unique is many ways. It was one of the first books I’d ever read with a teenager character dealing with a mental illness and the use of the dual POV to portray the real world vs what the world was to the main character was fantastic.

9. symptoms of being human Symptoms of Being Human – Jeff Garvin. I think this is still the only book I’ve read where the gender of the main character wasn’t stated as boy or girl.

8. under the never sky big Under the Never Sky – Veronica Rossi. I’ve read a lot of Dystopians now but this was one of the first series I read, is still a favourite, and I love the blending Dystopian and Sci-Fi.

7. goodbye The Last Time We Say Goodbye – Cynthia Hand. This one is unique for the way it affected me. Even when I find myself connecting with a book, it’s still rare that it affects me to the point where I’m shaking and my chest actually hurts.

6. salt to the sea Salt to the Sea – Ruta Sepetys. I feel like any of Ruta Sepetys’ books could make my list. I love that she takes lesser known parts of history and molds them into her stories.

5. 9780399175411_OutrunTheMoon_BOM.indd Outrun the Moon – Stacey Lee. She’s another author I feel like most of her books could make this list. I love the blending of historical events with the culture of the characters.

4. rebel of the sands Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton. There were a few westerns I could have chosen but this one stood out with the setting.

3. burned big Burned – Ellen Hopkins. Her writing style is just so unique.

2. Raven boys big The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater. Everything about this book is so unique and I loved every bit of it.

  1. harry potter Harry Potter – JK Rowling. I feel like I put HP on every list but this series is so unique and so special that even 20 years after the first book, new fans are coming into it and falling in love, fans grab on to any bit of extra information released, and it’s a series that will never die.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten fandoms I’m in. Some are specific, some are not. Some might only be a fandom in my head.

10. firefly Firefly. For a show that lasted only a season and a movie, it sure has a lasting fanbase.

9. goodbyegoodbye-daysall the bright places Tearjerkers. This is one of those “maybe it’s only a fandom to me” ones but I love tearjerkers, the kind that rip your heart to shreds and if they feel nice, they might put a few pieces back together.

8. throne of glass big Throne of Glass. It’s one of my favourite series so how could I not be a member of its fandom?

7. vampire academy big Vampire books/TV/movies. There seems to be less and less new stuff available but Vampire Academy and Buffy will always be a go-to. And there’s new YA Buffy books that I’m both nervous and excited about.

6. hamilton Broadway. Hamilton is a pretty new obsession, and the more dominant aspect of my Broadway fandom right now but there’s so many plays that have pulled me into this one.

5. darkest minds The Darkest Minds. I’m hoping to see this fandom really grow once the movie starts filming and we start seeing pictures and clips.

4. code-black Medical shows. If it’s a medical show and it’s decent, I will become addicted and annoy people by talking about it so much.

3. charmed Charmed. Another show that’s no longer on the air but I am still obsessed over and binge watch reruns.

2. lion Narnia. This series was one of my first box sets and it has stayed with me ever since.

  1. harry potter Harry potter. This fandom will never die.

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March Wrap-Up/April TBR

Another month done, another month closer to Summer.

March Wrap-Up:

royal-bastards Royal Bastards – Andrew Shvarts. 4/5 stars. Review. I enjoyed this world and the misfit feel to the group of characters.

hundred-lies-of-lizzie-lovett The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett – Chelsea Sedoti. 3/5 stars. It took me a while to get into this one. Once I did, I thought it got better but it still didn’t pull me right in.

hidden-memory-of-objects The Hidden Memory of Objects – Danielle Mages Amato. 4/5 stars. Review. I loved the twist with the main character being able to see memories attached to objects.

the-crowns-fate The Crown’s Fate – Evelyn Skye. 4.5/5 stars. Review. A great follow-up to one of my favourite books from last year.

upside-of-unrequited The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli. 4/5 stars. Review. Another great follow-up to a favourite from last year.

geekerella Geekerella – Ashley Poston. 4/5 stars. Review. So cute and I enjoyed picking out the parallels between this story and Cinderella.

Blacklist Blacklist – Alyson Noel. 3.5/5 stars. I missed the competition aspect from the first book but this one definitely upped the mystery factor.

Lotterys Plus One The Lotterys Plus One – Emma Donoghue. 3/5 stars. It was a really cute story but it did feel like a MG-written story.

Miss Ellicott's School Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded – Sage Blackwood. 3.5/5 stars. Another cute story and I really enjoyed the magical world.

starfall Starfall – Melissa Landers. 4/5 stars. Review. I did miss that the misfit crew from the first book was less present in this one but it was still great going back to this world.

flame-in-the-mist Flame in the Mist – Renee Ahdieh. 4/5 stars. Review. I love Renee Ahdieh’s writing and this one already has me excited for the next one.

image After the End – Amy Plum. 3/5 stars. I really enjoyed the Revenants series so I had high hopes but it took me a while to get into this one.

image The Last Thing You Said – Sara Biren. 3.5/5 stars. The way the two main characters kept hurting each other out of grief was very realistic.

image Maud – Melanie L Fishbane. 4/5 stars. Review. It was a little strange at first, reading a fictionalized version of LM Montgomery’s life when I grew up in PEI but it was good.

image Wild Beauty – Anna-Marie McLemore. 4/5 stars. There’s something very magical about Anne-Marie McLemore’s writing and the characters she creates.

Metaltown Metal town – Kristen Simmons. 3/5 stars. This was another one that was hard to get into. The pacing was a bit uneven.

The Midnight Dance The Midnight Dance – Nikki Katz. 3.5/5 stars. I really enjoyed the dark and twisted spin the plot took but there was a lot of things that could have been explained better.

April TBR:

Ramona Bluetraitors-kissWindfallone-of-us-is-lying

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten authors I’m dying to meet.

10. Bad Romance Heather Demetrios.

9. wayfarer Alexandra Bracken.

8. Letters to the Lost Brigid Kemmerer.

7. summer of sloane Erin L Schneider.

6. bookishly ever after Isabel Bandeira.

5. nowhere but here Katie McGarry.

4. obsidian Jennifer L Armentrout.

3. snow like ashes Sara Raasch.

2. Raven boys big Maggie Stiefvater.

  1. goodbye Cynthia Hand.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books I read in one sitting.

10. boys i've loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han. This was a really cute book and easy to devour in one sitting.

9. frost like night Frost Like Night – Sara Raasch. I read the first two books in this series really fast as well but it was the conclusion that had me up all night.

8. the-hate-u-give The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas. The super relevant story line had me unable to put this one down until I was finished.

7. the crown's game The Crown’s Game – Evelyn Skye. The sequel was also addicting but it was the first one that had me completely sucked in.

6. Caraval Caraval – Stephanie Garber. Could. Not. Put. It. Down.

5. starfall Starfall – Melissa Landers. I loved the first one but this companion focused on characters I fell in love with when they were supporting and they got a chance here to have their own story.

4. goodbye-days Goodbye Days – Jeff Zetner. Sad stories, or devastating stories, can be very, very hard to put down.

3. goodbye The Last Time We Say Goodbye – Cynthia Hand. See above. This one remains one of the books that I still think about since reading it.

2. a-list-of-cages A List of Cages – Robin Roe. I loved the focus on friendship over romance in this one.

  1. secret-of-a-heart-note The Secret of a Heart Note – Stacey Lee. I really liked the whole history of Mim’s family and this was so cute.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books on my Spring TBR.

10. Defy the Stars Defy the Stars – Claudia Gray. I loved the Firebird series so a new sci-fi series by Claudia Gray is going to be a must read.

9. dreamfall Dreamfall – Amy Plum. I enjoyed her Revenants series and this one sounds really creepy.

8. Letters to the Lost Letters to the Lost – Brigid Kemmerer. I loved The Elementals and the premise of this one really intrigues me.

7. alex-and-eliza Alex and Eliza – Melissa de la Cruz. I am in love with Hamilton so a book about him, his friends, and the love story between him and Eliza is a must read.

6. Always and Forever Lara Jean Always and Forever, Lara Jean – Jenny Han. I really liked the first two books and a third was a little unexpected, so that does make me a little nervous.

5. flame-in-the-mist Flame in the Mist – Renee Ahdieh. I loved The Wrath and the Dawn and have been waiting for her next book.

4. the-love-interest The Love Interest – Cale Detrich. This one had me intrigued from the start and the release date is getting so close.

3. gentlemans-guide The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee. I really liked This Monstrous Thing and this one seems like another one that I’ll really like.

2. Bad Romance Bad Romance – Heather Demetrios. I am a huge, huge Heather Demetrios fan and am so excited we’re this close to the release date.

  1. Shadow Run Shadow Run – AdriAnne Strickland. This one mentions for fans of Firefly in the synopsis. I’m sold.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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It’s been a busy reading week. Lots of under 300 books meant a few one-night reads.

Currently reading: royal-bastards

Finished reading: the-guy-the-girl-the-artist-and-his-exthings-i-should-have-knownqueens-of-geekcurtsies-and-conspiraciesvigilante

Reviewed: goodbye-daysstrange-the-dreamer

What I’m hoping to get to next week: hundred-lies-of-lizzie-lovetthidden-memory-of-objects to read

vigilantequeens-of-geekthings-i-should-have-known to review

Books read it 2017: 35

Debut authors read in 2017: 9

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