Top 5 Wednesday (14)

This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….

I always fancied myself a reader, but until I became a part of the blogging community I didn’t open myself up to the vast amount of books that the world has to offer. Below are 5 books or book series I only read because of blogging hype (for better or for worse). 

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A Court of Mist and Fury is probably one of my favorite books of all time. ACOTAR and ACOWAR were decent, but ACOMAF is a masterpiece. I never would have picked up ACOTAR if not for the blogging community though. To go along with this, I also started Throne of Glass after finishing ACOMAF, but it felt redundant to list ToG as well. My review of ACOTAR is here


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Contemporary YA is really not my jam most of the time, but I picked this one up because of all the hype. I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the read! My review is here.


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Another one of my favorites on this list is Illuminae. I love this book so much! If you have a chance, I highly recommend listening to the audio book as well. It’s wonderful! My full review is here


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If there was ever a book series to surprise the pants off me it was The Raven Cycle. I usually prefer plot driven books and get bored with tedious world building and ongoing character development, but Stiefvater really captivated me throughout this whole series. I think I read all four books in about a week! My review for The Raven Boys is here


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I have to end this list on a downer. I read ADSOM because I kept seeing it on every blogger’s list of “must-reads”. Ugh. This book was agony for me to trudge though. I’m not sure if it was the book or the narrator though, as I listened on audio. The narrator is different for the second book, so I may give it another try….maybe. My full review is here.


Top 5 Wednesday (9)

Hey everyone! I’m a day late posting this, oops.

This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….

Beware the Ides of March! What books (or characters) did you feel betrayed by, for whatever reason…big or small.


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Mare drove me absolutely crazy in this book. So much that I haven’t even finished it yet. I will, if not just because I already bought King’s Cage, but I really do enjoy the world Aveyard created. I’m hoping for a less repugnant Mare in King’s Cage. I have heard it gets better though, so there’s hope!


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Excuse me? Where did this arrogant asshole come from out of Chaol? I felt like SJM was changing his character just so Rowan and Aelin would fit together better. I really hate how she ruined his character in this book though. 


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The Girl on the Train

I thought this was one of the most over-hyped books I’ve ever read; I wanted to scream at the heroine throughout pretty much the whole book. My biggest problem with the book was that I didn’t actually like any of the characters in it, not even a supporting character. It was hard to connect with the story because of that.


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I’m not complaining about how it turned out, but I felt a little betrayed at how Tamlin did a 180 in this book. Again, I shipthe couple in this book SO HARD, but where did Tamlin the Tool come from?!  


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Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

No betrayal list is complete without Allegiant. This book made me so mad I didn’t read for over a month afterwards. I can dig a sad ending, but this was garbage. I felt like it was added more for shock value than anything else.

An actual picture of me after finishing Allegiant: