10 Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish…AND…

This week’s topic is: Top 10 Books That We Feel Differently About Now!

 

1.House of Night series by P.C. Cast- I thought this series was amazing when I was younger, so much drama; my pre-teen heart couldn’t take it. I feel as if I couldn’t read it again now because my taste has changed but I appreciate the memories.

2.The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare- The reason I started reading this series was because of all the hype and when I finished the series I thought it was alright. Now I realize I didn’t really like them to begin with.

3. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken- You know she has to be mentioned at least once, you seen it coming. I love this series 10x more now. (PS: That’s a lot of love)

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky- The first time I read it I enjoyed it. The second time I loved it. Every time I read it my love increases. I recommended 10/10 – it definitely deals with important topics in life.

5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- I stood home from school one day and read this book and I absolutely did not like it. I wanted to love it because the cover was so pretty. At this moment, I’m indifferent to it but I do want to try another book of hers just to see.

6. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin- I enjoyed this book but now the more I think about it, it kind of creeps me out.

7. Its Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini- I liked this book but then I saw the movie adaptation and it kind of put me off a bit.

8. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger- I swear I read this every year in school and I disliked it but now I appreciate it a little more.

9. Angelfall by Susan Ee- I found this book entertaining and fun but now not so much, I’m not sure why I liked it before. I’m going to try and reread it though.

10. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales- This book is fun and I really enjoyed it. I love it even more because it put me on to some great music.

Waiting on Wednesday #9

WAITING ON” WEDNESDAY IS A WEEKLY EVENT, HOSTED BY BREAKING THE SPINE, THAT SPOTLIGHTS UPCOMING RELEASES THAT WE’RE EAGERLY ANTICIPATING.

caraval

 

Written by: Stephanie Garber

Release Date: January 10, 2017

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 Synopsis:

Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

I HAVE A MIGHTY NEED FOR THIS BOOK. So sad that release is so..so far away. But I was talking on Twitter yesterday about how some of the greatest and funnest (let’s assume that’s a word) books to read are ones with games/competitions. They’re SO exhilarating. And I just love the summary. So, please hurry up January!

10 Books That Will Make You Laugh/Cry

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish…AND…

This week’s topic is: Top 10 Books That Will Make You Laugh/Cry!

Books What Will Make You Laugh

  1. Galgorithm by Aaron Karo – Could NOT stop laughing while reading this book.
  2. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews – Boys in high school are bound to make you laugh. It’s a bittersweet kind of humor sometimes though.
  3. The New Guy and other Senior Distractions by Amy Spalding- Such a fun book! Definitely made me laugh.
  4. Boomerang by Noelle August- New adult romance that starts off with a hangover. Bound to make you chuckle and laugh and feel the feels.
  5. Maximum Ride series by James Patterson- Such a fun and quick series. Also, the sarcasm is so laugh out loud worthy.

 

Books What Will Make You Cry

  1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes- I’m not even going to say anything. Just read it.
  2. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys- Historical Fiction WW2 story. Heartbreak. That is all.
  3. The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken- Alex has a tendency to break all of her readers’ hearts. And that’s exactly what she does in this trilogy. So tears are inevitable.
  4. Allegiant by Veronica Roth- Hahahhaha. Not going to say anything about this one. All you need to know is that I bawled for a week.
  5. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling- Another obvious one. OF COURSE.

Waiting on Wednesday #8

WAITING ON” WEDNESDAY IS A WEEKLY EVENT, HOSTED BY BREAKING THE SPINE, THAT SPOTLIGHTS UPCOMING RELEASES THAT WE’RE EAGERLY ANTICIPATING.

htmo

 

Written by: Brianna R. Shrum

Release Date: September 6, 2016

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 Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Renley needs three thousand dollars for the math club’s trip to New York City, and she knows exactly how to get it: she’s going to start a how-to blog where people pay for answers to all of life’s questions from a “certified expert.” The only problems: 1) She doesn’t know how to do anything but long division and calculus. 2) She’s totally invisible to people at school. And not in a cool Gossip Girl kind of way.

So, she decides to learn to do . . . well . . . everything. When her anonymous blog shifts in a more scandalous direction and the questions (and money) start rolling in, she has to learn not just how to do waterfall braids and cat-eye makeup, but a few other things, like how to cure a hangover, how to flirt, and how to make out (something her very experienced, and very in-love-with-her neighbor, Drew, is more than willing to help with).

As her blog’s reputation skyrockets, so does “new and improved” Renley’s popularity. She’s not only nabbed the attention of the entire school, but also the eye of Seth Levine, the hot culinary wizard she’s admired from across the home-ec classroom all year.

Soon, caught up in the thrill of popularity both in and out of cyberspace, her secrets start to spiral, and she finds that she’s forgotten the most important how-to: how to be herself. When her online and real lives converge, Renley will have to make a choice: lose everything she loves in her new life, or everyone she loves in the life she left behind.

Honestly, this just sounds like my kind of book and Brianna is an amazing person so I can’t wait to read this one! This sounds like it’ll be the perfect contemporary read for anytime!

 

Do you Prefer Shorter or Longer Book Summaries?

Hey there everyone! Welcome to my first discussion post! I’m hoping this is the first of many ones to come. Today I want to be discussing whether we like shorter or longer descriptions to books. Do you like a lot of detail and plot explanation? Or do you like something short, sweet and mysterious?

Personally, I like shorter summaries! With shorter summaries, the reader is left to interpret where the story can go and doesn’t give too much information about the book! I’ve noticed that most fantasy books have lengthier summaries compared to contemporary books (Which makes sense) but I like short summaries that are concise and aren’t too broad or cliche. Something that separates the novel among others in the genre.

Although I’m still very new to the fantasy genre, there IS one summary (or rather, PART of a summary that’s short) of a contemporary book that got my attention:

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.”

The excerpt of the summary is from Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, and while I have mixed feelings about the book now, over 5 months after reading it, I think the summary is AMAZING. Short. Interesting. And  promising.

Some other great summaries include Vicious by V.E. Schwab, Red Rising by Pierce Brown and Court of Fives by Kate Elliott all listed in the following respectively:

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

The Earth is dying.
Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it.
The Reds are humanity’s last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie.

That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds.
A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought. Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside.

But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.

Break the chains.

Live for more.

On the Fives court, everyone is equal.

And everyone is dangerous.

Jessamy’s life is a balance between acting like an upper-class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But away from her family, she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for the Fives, an intricate, multilevel athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom’s best competitors.

Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an improbable friendship between the two Fives competitors—one of mixed race and the other a Patron boy—causes heads to turn. When Kal’s powerful, scheming uncle tears Jes’s family apart, she’ll have to test her new friend’s loyalty and risk the vengeance of a royal clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.

Now you’re wondering what makes a bad/long summary in my eyes, right? Usually one that gives an over-detailed plot explanation. For some strange reason, I can’t think of any, but I’ve noticed that fantasy books tend to go into A LOT of detail and sometimes it just gives too much detail.

So which do you prefer? Do you like to be left guessing or do you need an idea of what you’re reading before you start a book? Let me know! 🙂