Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Top 5 Least Favorite Books In Your Favorite Series

As Always Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey. All past topics and the rest of March topics can be found on the Goodreads group page.
Well I haven't really finished that many series, in fact I've only finished about 4 or just get into this!
In no particular order

1. A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) by George R.R. Martin
Though I have only read the first three books, this one definitely ranks far below the others, especially the third one which was freaking amazing *insert sing-songy voice here.* This one had a strong fluff feel to it, Martin was in no way trying to hide this, though necessary, filler book in the series. 

2. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3) by James Dashner
Don't get me wrong the ending to this series wasn't necessarily bad or anything, and I actually enjoyed that it wasn't all wrapped up into a pretty bow, but there was something seemingly off about it. I mean, I was still kind of left with quite a few questions. Plus, I'm pretty interested with the new book coming out for this series, The Fever Code

3. The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien
This is one of my all time favorite series, like ever. It's a classic, it's amazing, and the movies are filled with very attractive men. This trilogies is one of the rare occasions in which, the middle book is my favorite, I absolutely love The Two Towers. My biggest problem with The Fellowship of the Ring is that the meeting of Elrond is like 70 pages long, and even though I understand it, it was so freaking long, like reading a textbook.

4. Unhinged (Splintered #2) by A.G. Howard
WHY?!?!? The only reason that I disliked this book more than Ensnared was because of Ensnared's epilogue. Unhinged spends so much time with Jeb and I just don't like him. To be frank, hes kind of a controlling douchebag. Poor Alyssa tries so hard to make everything work and he does have his...perks? Regardless, this entire series had me screaming about a lot of things.

5. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
I know, shocker, the final book in an incredibly epic series is my least favorite one, and it is only for tow reasons. One, the book got a little bit repetitive and dragged on in the muddle, though that didn't actually bother me too much. Second, Winter is my least favorite character in the entire series. Yep, I said it, Winter is extremely overrated. 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Graphic Novel Mini Reviews

I honor of the fact that I have read more graphic novels/manga/comics than usual I felt the need to share, though I most of these are kind of obscure.
  1. +Anima 1 (+Anima #1) AND +Anima 2 (+Anima #2) by Natsumi Mukai 
    Series SynopsisBeings who possess animal-like powers walk among humans in this alternate universe. These mysterious mutants, the +Anima, are shunned by society. Four outcasts in particular--Cooro, a boy with crow-like powers; Husky, a fish-boy; Senri, a bear +Anima; and a girl named Nana, who wields the power of the bat--search for others like themselves while trying to gain acceptance in a world cruel to anyone or anything that is different.Opinions: So far this is actually a pretty cute series. In the first two books they don't really elude to an ending so it definitely is a fun read that doesn't require any astute observations or even all of your attention. Cooro is such an exciting character who is definitely one to go with the flow which adds to the fun loving feeling of the series so far. A great weekend read.
  2. Rosario+Vampire, Vol.1 (Rosario+Vampire #1) by Akihisa Ikeda
    Series Synopsis: All-around average teenager Tsukune can't get accepted to any high school save one...but on his first day he finds the rest of the student body doesn't appear average at all. Best of all, the cutest girl on campus can't wait to fling her arms around his neck! Wait a sec'--are those her teeth around his neck too...? Tsukune's going to have one heck of a hickey when he gets home from Monster High! But does he have a chance in H E double hockey sticks of raising his grades at a school where the turf war isn't between the jocks and the nerds but the vampires and the werewolves?Opinions: Again this was a relatively fun read, Ikeda does a good job of taking the whole concept of a monster school and basically making a joke out of it. While this was entertaining in itself, it lacked something that I can't quite put my finger on it. I will say that I have one little pet peeve about the story; Moka is described as having brown hair in the book, but on the cover and in the anime she has pink, yeah.
  3. Kellie's Diary #1 (Kellie's Diary #1) by Thomas Jenner and Angeline Perkins
    SynopsisWhat if the early 1990's didn't happen as we remember it? What kind of world would we live in today? This story is told from the viewpoint of 9-year-old Kellie, a typical third-grade girl living her life as anyone else would, and she shares her daily activities with her diary. When the world crumbles and the dead walk, Kellie struggles to survive and find her way home, all the while sharing her tale with her diary.Opinions: This ended up being much better than I expected, though it was obviously not perfect. Since it is diary entries from a nine-year-old girl everything is sort of euphemised (is that even a word?), she refers to the walking-dead simply as monsters. The story was also kind of intriguing in that she, sort of, discuses what it was like leading up to the outbreak, people getting sick, and afterwards her main goal being to get home to find her parents. I'm actually kind of interested in what the other books in the series entail. (This book is currently free on the kindle)
  4. Saltwater Witch (Saltwater Witch Comic #1) AND Saltwater Witch (Comic #2) (Saltwater Witch Comic #2) by Chris Howard
    Series SynopsisAn army of the drowned dead, family betrayal, an exiled witch who doesn't know she has power--or that enemies are lurking all around her, spying on her. Follow Kassandra as she discovers who and what she is in this moving underwater fantasy.
    Kassandra comes from the sea, but she has no memory of saltwater, seagulls, or an incoming tide. She's never seen an ocean, never heard the thunder of surf. She's an exile, betrayed by her own family, sent as far from the sea as they could arrange--somewhere in the middle of Nebraska.
    Opinions: First of all, this book is terrible for the ebook, its hard to read and poorly put together. I will say, the story itself is actually pretty interesting, this series is the comic editions of Chris Howard's Seaborn Trilogy, but because it's based on novels you can tell that a lot of it is kind of rushed and it almost feels like certain things are missed. Plus, even though I haven't read read any part of the Seaborn Trilogy, I do not think it needs a comic edition and a graphic novel edition. Like chill, the reviews are sub par at best and most people haven't even heard of it. Anyways, I wouldn't recommend these comics, but I have no idea what the books themselves are like. (The first two comics are currently for free on the kindle)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Top 5 Books I Didn't Finish

As Always Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey. All past topics and the rest of March topics can be found on the Goodreads group page.

1. The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
First of all, I have to say, this book has such a beautiful book cover; the colors are just so stunning. Also, the story concept is so unique that I was actually really excited when I picked this book up at my local library. In the end, however, the story fell pretty flat. This book is split up into four different parts that seemingly have nothing to do with each other but an ednless spiral, or something like that. Admittedly, I read three of the four stories and I felt like since they were so separate that I didn't need to read the last one which is the main reason I didn't finish the whole book. 

2. Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors #1) by Susan Beth Pfeffer 
I know there are so many people that actually kind of an enjoyed this book, but I couldn't get past the first 150 pages. Again, the concept of the story, the moon getting knocked closer to earth causing world wide disaster, drew me to the book in the first place, but it turned out to be incredibly boring to me. The whole thing was about the world struggling to get itself back together and it became very mundane. 

3. Breaking Dawn (Twilight #4) by Stephenie Meyer
UGH. I actually got myself to read the first three books in this series, as well as The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (which was actually my favorite out of all of them) but in the end the story was just getting to ridiculous and frustrating that I couldn't get myself to put in the time and effort that it would take to get through the massive fourth book. 

4. Heart of Darkness and the Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad 
 Had to read this book for my AP Literature class in high school and it was the worst book I read all year. For a book that has less than 200 pages, its near impossible to even read that much. I am not even exaggerating, less than half of my class even got half way through it. 

5. Loser by Jerry Spinelli
My eight grade English teacher made me and two other students read this book for a group assignment and not one of us finished it. My mom read it when I told her how much we all thought it was incredibly boring and when she was done she said it was one of the dullest books she has ever read. I was so bad.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Quote to Short

So my sister was telling me about how she wanted to write a short story based on some quote that she found and I thought it was an interesting idea to say the least, so I thought I would give it a try. This is the beginning, far from a well written short story, but I thought I would share it anyways. So...Yeah...

"In life you're going to face dark moments and hard times that sometimes feel like they will never end. Don’t let your mind be confused by the darkens or let others fuel that fire."
As children we are told that the monsters under the bed are just tricks are minds and imaginations are playing on us; false glimpses in the shadows and bent light from a reflective surface. The boogieman coming to take us for being bad little children. Most of us hear the stories full of creatures with long claws and maniacal laughter as we lift the blanket up a little closer to our noses, eyes wide with fear and curiosity. As our parents tell us we are safe, our siblings try to tell us otherwise, frightening us into a frenzy of wanting to sleep with our parents or keep all the lights in the house on. Stories, they tell us, just stories, old folklore meant to scare us into being little angels. For most people they go their entire life thinking this, but for some they know the real truth. The boogieman might not be real, there might not be a creepy child-snatching creature under your bed, but those misty figures we thought we saw in the shadows, or this odd rays of light we swear are coming from nowhere, those are more true than we care to admit, because sometimes, the dead don’t stay dead. 

I can be a little bit of a wuss sometimes, but I am a lover of suspense movies. In fact, I love the story line of the Saw movies, no matter how gory they can be. I mean, once you have seen them all, in order, the story comes together brilliantly.
Now I have a question for you: are you into horror/suspense movies? If so, what is your favorite?

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Playlist Shuffle Tag

Friday Fun. When I first saw this tag going around I got very excited, because, well, music is life. Okay, maybe that was a bit of an exaggeration, but I listen to music pretty much everywhere, from the shower to when I write blog posts to when I am reading. However, since I listen to music in so many situations I listen to a lot of different types of music, and about 95% of that is Spotify playlists that I've created. My most played playlist being my Spring2016 playlist so that's where all this music came from. So yeah, lets just get into this. 

Rules: Put your music on shuffle and list the first 15 songs to play (no cheating) then tag 10 others to do it as well.
  1. Adhd by Truslow - Hurricane 
  2. Runaways by Clemency - You've Got the Fire 
  3. Start A Riot by BANNERS - BANNERS
  4. First by Cold War Kids - Hold My Home 
  5. New Bohemia by Transviolet - Transviolet 
  6. Dangerously by Charlie Puth - Nine Track Mind 
  7. Death Dream by Frightened Rabbit - Painting of a Panic Attack 
  8. I Was Wrong by A R I Z O N A - I Was Wrong 
  9. Masterpiece by Andy Grammar - Magazines or Novels 
  10. We Are Stars by Virginia To Vegas (ft. Alyssa Reid) -Vol. 1
  11. Hustler by Josef Salvat - Night Swim 
  12. Headlights by Tor Miller - Headlights 
  13. Low Life by X Ambassadors (ft. Jamie Commons) - VHS
  14. Runaway by Urban Strangers - Runaway 
  15. Neverland by VanLadyLove - Matter 
Not gonna lie, getting the links to each song was more tedious than I thought, but it was all worth it for the impromptu dance party. Oh! and I tag everyone to do this as well because I would love to see what you all listen to :) 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Top 5 Fictional Items You Want

As Always Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey. All past topics and the rest of March topics can be found on the Goodreads group page.
Okay, let's all be honest hear; who hasn't read a book with a fictional item and thought of how cool it would be to have it? I mean, c'mon, there are some really freaking awesome things out there. It was actually kind of difficult to narrow it down to just five things, but here is my best attempt at it. Well, actually I chose six items, which I suppose is cheating, but since three of them are from HP I figured it didn't really count.

1. Invisibility Cloak - Harry Potter
Lets just say it, who wouldn't want an invisibility cloak to cause some mischief every once in a while. *sly smile* This could be a lot of fun.

2. Time Turner - Harry Potter
This is one of those items you need for your badass utility belt.

3. Hermione's Bag - Harry Potter
I will admit, this isn't the most stylish piece. But, moving would be so much easier and you would never have to worry about baggage fees again. Just one question, how would this look in one of those x-ray things at the airport...?

4. One Ring - Lord of the Rings
Yes, this is an "evil" item. However, think about the fact that if this was yours you would be the only person who could use it, plus, it can be used to turn invisible (sort of) and read minds! Well, that and some other questionable things.
5. Ella's Enchanted Book - Ella Enchanted
The ultimate guide book/map. C'mon this would be awesome.

6. Wardrobe Made by Narnian Apple Tree - The Chronicles of Narnia
I shouldn't need an explanation for this one.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Fear Street Relaunch #1-2

After nearly 20 years, R.L. Stine has decided to revisit his young adult series, Fear Street. With well over 100 books previously released based on Fear Street, including spin-offs, Stine said that he was stoked to "explore new horrors."  The first book in the new series being Party Games, released September 30th, 2014 and the fourth book, Can You Keep A Secret? is expected to drop in April of this year. 

Party Games (Fear Street Relaunch #1)

19286536Goodreads summary: "Her friends warn her not to go to Brendan Fear's birthday party at his family's estate on mysterious Fear Island. But Rachel Martin has a crush on Brendan and is excited to be invited. Brendan has a lot of party games planned. But one game no one planned intrudes on his party—the game of murder. As the guests start dying one by one, Rachel realizes to her horror that she and the other teenagers are trapped on the tiny island with someone who may want to kill them all. How to escape this deadly game? Rachel doesn't know whom she can trust. She should have realized that nothing is as it seems… on Fear Island" 

First going into this book I didn't really know what to expect. I had obviously read the summary before picking it up, but knowing that Stine had a huge fan base with the original series, and having never known he relaunched it until just recently (I heard no talk or publicity around it) I was a little concerned.
The book started off a little slow, would get intriguing, than went back to being underwhelming. But when the story got going, it sure got going, in fact it escalated rather quickly. The twists and turns in the story were rather entertaining in themselves but when it got to part four I no longer knew what to think of the story. The twist itself wasn't a bad idea (go Stine), but I felt like the execution was a little off. I still can't quit put my finger on what was off about the ending for me, maybe it seemed a little like Stine himself wasn't completely sure where he wanted to go with it. I will say though, it's a pretty entertaining, short read that would be a good read for someone getting out of a reading slump.
I have seen people make the comparison of the book being a rip-off to the old horror film April Fool's Day, but since I have never seen the movie I can't confirm nor deny the similarities.

Don't Stay Up Late (Fear Street Relaunch #2)

21853677Goodreads summary: "Ever since a car accident killed her father and put Lisa and her mother into the hospital, Lisa can't think straight. She's plagued by nightmares and hallucinations that force her to relive the accident over and over again in vivid detail. When Lisa finds out that a neighbor is looking for a babysitter for her young son, she takes the job immediately, eager to keep busy and shake these disturbing images from her head.  But what promised to be an easy gig turns terrifying when Lisa begins to question exactly who — or what — she is babysitting." 

This was actually the first Fear Street Relaunch book that I read and my expectations were not very high. When I was younger I read some of the Goosebumps books but I never really got into the Fear Street books. There were just so many...
Going into this book I was pretty interested about reading a book that kind of played on the whole 'things that go bump in the night' ideas. Plus it had been awhile since I had read a mystery or 'horror' book of any kind. The story itself was about as interesting as I thought it would be; nothing mind-blowing but a pretty fun read. Again, it would a good easy book to get you out of a reading slump. I enjoyed where the story went and Lisa was an interesting enough character to follow. Even though this was a recently written and published book, it still reads like the original books, and even though its classified under YA it feels like a middle school horror book; not very frightening when your'e 19. However, my only main problem with the book as a whole was that I felt as thought there was a lack in interesting characters. You get to really know Lisa, but only touch on her friends and family a little bit. Also, the book lacks a little substance for older readers, but I can definitely see how a younger audience may devour these stories. 

Overall I would definitely recommend the books so far to younger audiences, especially those who love horror, and reluctant readers. For me the first two books were fast fun reads and I would be interested to read the third (The Lost Girl) and fourth (Can You Keep A Secret?) as well. I don't know how many books Stine plans on adding to the relaunch, but as of right now I am interested in what more he has to add to the series. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Top 5 Books the Feature Time Travel

As Always Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey. All past topics and the rest of March topics can be found on the Goodreads group page.
I hadn't really put all that much thought into it until I discovered that this was this weeks Top 5 Wednesday, but I really haven't read all that many books that contain time travel. So, it is now my goal to read at least three books this year that contain time travel. Hopefully, I will succeed in this task and not forget about it in a few weeks. *crosses fingers* Anyways, lets start with the few that I have read.

  1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J.K. Rowling 
    Yay! Since I read this book this year I have already read one of my three time travel books. One down, two to go. On a different note, this was one of my favorite Harry Potter movies and as far as I have gotten in the book series. Another goal, read the rest of the Harry Potter series ASAP. 
  2. Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs
    This book was definitely more action packed and intriguing than book one. I was definitely not expecting it to end the way it did and I hope I can get my hands on the third book in the trilogy because I have to know how it ends.  
  3. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs 
    My least favorite book out of these three, but good beginning to a trilogy and I love how Riggs incorporated time travel into the series. The time travel in this series is so unique in how its basically used as a shield, like that's kind of awesome.
Up next, some of the top books on my TBR that contain time travel (I think)! 
  1. Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon
    It's terrible that I haven't read this book yet. I am dying to read the whole series but I really want to finish the A Song of Ice and Fire series first. Sadly at Martin's pace, I could probably read the 8 book in this series before the 6th ASOIF book comes out. Hmm. Maybe I can pull that off.  
  2. A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab 
    I am actually currently reading my first V.E. Schwab book right now (Vicious), and I already love the writing style! It's making me even more excited to pick this book up. I have a feeling that Schwab is going to become one of my favorite authors. 
  3. Into the Dim (Into the Dim #1) by Janet B. Taylor 
    This book actually just came out at the beginning of the month and was even on my most anticipated read of 2016. Hopefully I get my hands on it soon. Bonus, the cover is so freaking beautiful. I mean, the typography is so on point. 
  4. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness
    Fun fact, I own the third book in this trilogy but not the first two, nor have a read the first two...weird...I should probably get on that. 
  5. Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink
    I honestly had never even heard about this book until my sister pointed it out for me at Target. She raved about it the entire time we were there and for days after, but she hasn't even read it yet. That and the fact that it was actually nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award put it on my radar. Hopefully it's more than a unique cover. 
Outlander (Outlander, #1)

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Stars Above Book Review

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer 

I waited nearly a whole month after purchasing Winter before I actually read it because I was not ready for the story to end. The group of friends in this book are my favorite band of fictional misfits, I just couldn't imagine it being over already. I was happy when I found out last year that Marissa Meyer was going to release Stars Above because part of me was happy that there was more to read. Like everyone says, even good things have to come to an end. 

The Keeper (4/5) 
“Cinders. Embers. Ashes. Michelle hoped that whatever strength had allowed this child to survive the fire all those years ago was a strength that still burned inside her. That it would go on burning, hotter and hotter, until she was as bright as the rising sun.”

I was so happy that the story of Michelle Benoit's involvement was included, she was such an incredible character that left me wanting to know more of what happened that brought Cinder to her and how everything came about. But I must say, Scarlet in this story is really what got me. I can just imagine a little Scarlet whit crazy red hair being so stubborn, yet so cute, causing such a ruckus for Michelle.  She was definitely such a wonderful character as well. 

Glitches (3.5/5)
"Who’s Prince Kai?”
Peony spun toward her so fast, she tripped on the skirts of Adri’s kimono and fell, screaming, onto her bed. “Who’s Prince Kai?” she yelled, struggling to sit back up. “Only my future husband! Honestly, don’t girls in Europe know about him?” 

Peony always seemed like such a sweet character and such a victim. This being the story of how Cinder came to live with Adri and all of them. This really made me like both Peony and Iko more, as well as feel less terrible towards Adri (don't get me wrong, I am still far from being her #1 fan). This also gives a glimpse of how Adri pretty much hated Cinder's presence from day one, but loved her husband so much that she trusted him despite that. 

The Queen's Army (4.5/5)
"He would be brave—so his brother would not see his fear. He would be strong for him."

Wolf has definitely been one of my favorites throughout the series and to see his beginnings in the Queen's Army was definitely an insight that I was excited for. But stars, I was being naive when I thought it wouldn't be as dark as it was. Poor little young Ze'ev, and than he tried to protect his brother...nothing was going right for him until he became the alpha. ughhhhh. Wolf tried to be so brave through everything, at least it worked out in the end with him meeting Scarlet. 

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky (4/5)

Captain Thorne, always has been and always will be so misunderstood sometimes. 

I didn't actually realize this until after I read the story, but the whole getting suspended from school for helping a girl was actually mentioned in Cress when Cress was trying to explain why she liked him so much. It was nice and funny to see how little Thorne was so much like he is present Thorne, practically a con artist, yet also kind hearted. Goodness, Thorne is so great. 

After Sunshine Passes By (4.5/5)
“Sweet Crescent Moon, up in the sky,
You sing your song so sweetly after sunshine passes by.”

This is the prequel to Cress, where we discover hos Sybil placed poor nine-year-old Cress in the satellite. Cress is one of the sweetest characters ever, it's so sad how she gets excited over the idea that she might be going to earth just to find out that she is going to live alone in a satellite indefinitely, instead. Cress is so amazing and strong in her own way, such a wonderful character. 

The Princess and the Guard (3.5/5)
"There was no safe place. Not in Artemisia. Not on all of Luna.
When her screams succumbed to hysterical sobbing, Jacin finally allowed his hold to turn from the grip of a jailer to the embrace of her best friend.
“This is why,” he whispered, and it occurred to Winter that, at some point, he’d started crying too. “This is why I can’t leave you, Winter. This is why I’ll never leave.”

This is the story of what brought Winter to decide not to use her Lunar gift. And boy, it's pretty heart breaking. But I am about to say something that might be controversial, Winter is my least favorite character. That being said, I am in love with Jacin's love for her, and I in every way commend Winter's choice for not using her gift, and all the reasons why she did so. This story was so emotional and everything between her and Jacin was beautiful in it's own way, but that poor girl whom Winter at one point saved....

The Little Android (3.5/5)
'A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.' 

This was such a cute little story and also another kind of sad one. Part of me was happy for the cyborg and the engineer being able to be together, but the poor android, she never really had a chance.  

The Mechanic (4.5/5)
“The mechanic?”
The girl—Cinder—nodded. “How can I help you?”
Kai stared at the top of her head.
Linh Cinder.
The renown. The reputation. The approval rating.
New Beijing’s best mechanic was … a teenager?”

It has been so long since I read Cinder, I almost forgot how cute and awkward they were when they first met. I can't get over how amused Kai was, and it was wonderful to see to see Cinder through his eyes. I love it. Plus, Iko was just as ridiculous and hilarious as always, too great! 

Something Old, Something New (5/5)
“I wanted a quiet, intimate wedding, not a circus.”
Thorne leaned against the staircase rail. “It’s the first known Lunar-Earthen wedding in generations, the groom is a bioengineered wolf-human hybrid, and you invited the emperor of the Eastern Commonwealth and an ex–Lunar Queen. What did you expect?”
Scarlet glared at him. “I am marrying the man that I love, and I invited my friends to celebrate with us. I expected a little bit of privacy.”

Wolf and Scarlet are getting MARRIED. I had no I dead that they Marissa Meyer was going to write the story of them getting married! THANK YOU you writing goddess. Scarlet and Wolf are such a cute couple and the whole impromptu wedding was so wonderful, to say I was freaking out during this story would be a major understatement.
I just cannot get over how cute this story was. I almost cried. The wedding, the proposal, the reunion. I am definitely going to miss reading the stories of all these misfits. They will definitely always have a special place in my bookish heart. I love all of them. So, thank you Marissa Meyer for introducing these incredibly wonderful character and the Lunar Chronicles to the world. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Top 5 Biggest Book Hangovers

As Always Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey. All past topics and the rest of March topics can be found on the Goodreads group page.
We've all had bookish hangovers whether we knew it at the time or not. In my personal experience I would probably add them to the unpleasant category, mainly because it has a tendency to ruin other books for me. UGH! and that is never any fun. But sometimes, on occasion, a book will be so good I just can't stop thinking about it! Others, so bad I can't imagine where to go next. 
  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
    This is probably one of the most, if not the most, heart-breakingly beautiful books I have ever read in my entire life. When I first read this book I was moving/driving cross country and holy guacamole (such a mature statement, right?) I couldn't get this book out of my head for weeks afterwards. In fact, this book lead to one of my biggest/first reading slumps (which later actually became a good thing). Basically, I'm not nor do I ever think I will get over this book.
  2. Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown 
    So, WTF happened here? I saw so many reviews and people talking up a storm about how great this book was. So much talk about how it has to do with class separation, people living on Mars, a crazy school and a super scifi experience. However, I was in now way prepared for the unexpected and completely mind-blowing things that happened in this book. I know I'm just adding fuel to the 'so amazing' fire, but this book was pretty damn amazing, I couldn't get over it for nearly two weeks.
  3. The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings #3) by J.R.R. Tolkien 
    As always, at least for me, Lord of the Rings falls into its own category of classic favorite. Iv'e always really liked the LOTR movies so I finally decided that I should probably get around to reading them, and Oh boy, what a love-hate relationship I have with them now. When I finished The Return of the King I immediately stopped everything I was doing and watched all of the movies again and now I want to reread the books....My dorkiness is starting to take over...send help.
  4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 
    I've already talked about my unimpressed feelings towards this book many-a-times (Review) so I will keep this short. It was such a struggle for me to get through this book, that when I finally finished it I was hesitant to pick up another book for fear of disappointment. (However, I later read 7 book in 3 weeks after that)
  5. Maximum Ride: The Manga by James Patterson 
    No lie, I was interested in this series but I kind of lazy to read all those books so I picked up the manga version, and I am so happy I did. I plowed through the first seven books in this series and was pretty excited to get to the eight, but that's when my opinion basically flip-flopped for this series. The ending of the eighth book reveals the reasoning behind a large majority of what happened in the series so far, and it was kind of a let down for me. I was thrown into this feeling of being let down and slightly frustrated for a while when I finished. It's safe to say I won't read books nine and ten.