Top 5 Wednesday

T5W: Books I Felt Betrayed By

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

Hello everyone! Today for Top 5 Wednesday we’re discussing books we felt betrayed by… Join us at the T5W Goodreads group! It’s a very fun weekly meme.

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Top 5 Wednesday

T5W: Fictional Jobs I’d Like To Have

Hello, hello! So during February I didn’t have the time to participate in Top 5 Wednesday, but I’m back now! Today, we’re talking about fictional jobs – any kind, from books, movies, tv, video games… Remember you can always join us next week by going to the T5W Goodreads group anddoing a blog post or a video with that week’s topic.

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1. Charms Professor at Hogwarts

After Professor Flitwick retires, I’d really love to take his spot! I feel like teaching Charms would be so much fun, and living at Hogwarts indefinitely is the dream, right?

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2. Healer at the Rifthold glass castle

Even if I don’t really like working with wounds and the sort, I could still mix salves and that kind of thing! And I’d do it just to have the chance to see Chaol, Ress and Dorian once in a while 😉

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3. Programmer for the Lunar Crown

Well… Not necessarily for Levana, but for some other, nicer queen? That’d be great. I want to be just like Cress. Except for the satellite, far-from-literally-everything, scary-thaumaturge-master thing. That’d be neat.

4. Augur for the Martial Empire

Okay. I know it’s weird, but being this holy, immortal person who can read minds sounds really cool. Also tiring and maybe scary, but I feel like it would be an interesting job.

Never mind that you probably can never quit.

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5. Literally anything in the Erudite faction

I can’t remember the events of Divergent very well, but I’m pretty sure I recall Erudites not being good people. But my ideal image of Erudite, the one built up in my head, is kind of great: a society that values education above everything else, and that makes the withholding of information illegal. I’d love to work for this faction (the one in my head, not the one in the books… The people in the books are pretty brutal).


So, I hope you liked my return to the T5W meme community! What did you think of this post? What is a job you would like to have? Let’s talk!

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T5W: Fangirling About Underrated Books

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Yay! Today’s Wednesday, January 25th, and that means it’s time for Top 5 Wednesday again! You can join the Goodreads group if you’d like, and participate in the meme. Everyone can do it! 🙂 The topic for this week is “Favorite Underrated Books”.

I don’t read that many unknown books, but I thought it would be fun to give this a try regardless! Let’s see…

1. Tesla’s Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman

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This is a middle grade book, sure, but it’s really good, I promise! It’s clever and fun, and I love rereading it because there’s so much you don’t notice the first (or even the third) time around.

The second book is great too, and I’m still waiting to read the third one because my to-buy list is SO LONG I still haven’t got around to it-

 

 

 

2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

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Well, this book doesn’t exactly have a pretty cover, but the inside is great! It isn’t discussed much around the blogosphere for some reason, but both authors are hilarious and them joining forces creates one big piece of awesome.

I love it. Probably not for everyone, but go on and give the Goodreads page a look!

 

 

 

3. Gone by Michael Grant

Mixed feelings.6334889 I got discouraged after the sequel “Hunger” because I saw that there were six books in the series, but if you like long series you might like this. I’ll probably still finish this someday though haha.

It’s basically a lot of kids running around after all the adults disappear and mutants and adventures. Pretty damn great book.

 

 

 

4. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Why yes, there is a seq8492825uel to If I Stay. And if you ask me, it’s 10/10 worth reading! The story continues far away from where we left Adam and Mia in the last book, and it takes another tone. It was so much fun!

I thought that even if If I Stay was a bestseller, I haven’t seen much of the sequel therefore it’s underrated? I don’t know!

 

 

 

5. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

It’s not a great pie5287473ce of literature or anything, but I think Hex Hall is a fun and fast read! I love magic school stories and this is one is amusing and light (sort of), so I believe it needs more recognition 🙂

 

 

 

 


Have you read any of these? What would you include in a post like this? Let’s talk!

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T5W: Favorite Polarizing Books

n-the-longest-amount-of-time-that-love-can-actually-promiseHi! Yet another Wednesday, I’m participating in the Top 5 Wednesday meme, hosted at this Goodreads group every week! You should definitely come join us.

Today – January 18th – we’re talking about polarizing books. You know, those books people just seem to really love:

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Ooooor they just look at it and go:

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These are going to be really popular books because I’m pretty sure that the ones that cause more division are the ones most discussed. Here we go!

1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

cathcerPersonally I love this book! It’s a classic coming-of-age book that I think every bookworm should read. I tried reading it once when I was about 12 and didn’t even have a good grasp of the English language, and that didn’t go very well, but I reread it in 2016 and I thought it was great.

But if you look at its Goodreads page, half of the ratings are 5 stars and the other half are 1 star. A bunch of people hate it basically because they hate Holden – well, everyone kind of hates Holden, but he hates himself too so that’s kind of the point and for me, it didn’t make the book any less good.

I’ve also read some reviews where even if they understand they’re supposed to hate Holden, they just don’t like the book. And I think everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so I respect it even if I don’t agree.

2. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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According to Goodreads, not as many people as I expected love this book. Scrolling down, most reviews were 1 star and there was literally only one 5 star review. See for yourself.

I didn’t like it. Divergent was great. Insurgent was okay. But I barely managed to finish this one. It just didn’t do it for me. And if you click on the link on the previous paragraph, you’ll see that lots of people agree with me.

But there were also lots of readers that thought it was a brilliant conclusion! These are people that really fell in love with Tris and Four and decided to stick with them through thick and thin, I think. But I couldn’t. So if I had to review it, I’d give it 1.5 or 2 stars.

3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

twiI have not read this book. For starters, when it came out I was like 5 and as I grew it never caught my attention – vampires not being really my thing.

Most reviews on Goodreads are bad. But it’s a huge bestseller, so clearly not everyone hates it. For example, while my best friend agrees that Bella is everything a female main character shouldn’t be, she likes the book! And she’s actually well read. And if this many teenage girls like it well hey, it must have something good.

 

 

4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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You can slap John Green’s name on anything and that makes me immediately want to read it. But The Fault in Our Stars isn’t exactly my favorite book of his.

Look, I get it. It’s beautiful and painful. But Hazel and Augustus just seemed like every character in a John Green novel: exaggeratedly wise beyond their years. And it was even worse than in the other ones.

I had fun reading it. But I don’t like it that much. Plus, it was ruined after it became a trend and girls from my school started saying “TFIOS is my favorite book” without having read it.

 

5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Okay, so not that many people hate this book – it has the highest rating out of all the books in this list (4.14/5). But the ones who do hate it… Oh boy. I have read some BIG rants on its Goodreads page.

An example of the division: a lot of people skipped the Simon Snow parts but I thought they were funny and interesting. I liked Cath so I cared about her fanfiction. I don’t know.

Some people hate the fluffy love stories in Rainbow Rowell books, but I personally think they’re cute and not overhyped like a lot of reviews say. I love a refreshing sweet romance once in a while!


Now, let’s talk! What books did or would you include in your list? What did you think of the ones I put? Do you participate in Top 5 Wednesday? Let me know below!

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T5W: 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For

n-the-longest-amount-of-time-that-love-can-actually-promiseGreetings friends,

School started again and I’m already missing the holidays – everything was so relaxing back then! Plus, I don’t have time to read anymore.

After this life update, today (January 11th) in the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads group we’re talking about new authors that are debuting this year, 2017! They’re in no particular order, BTW, I just put them in as I thought of them. Let’s see…

1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

SO. MANY. 5. STAR. REVIEWS. I’m really dying to get my hands on this book – even if I’m kind of on a book buying ban. I thought the Goodreads blurb was very intriguing:

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

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

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic 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.

“A game of love, heartbreak and magic”? “Legendary”? A girl playing a dangerous game to save her sister? Count me in!

This one’s published January 31st, already has a 4.36 rating on Goodreads and sounds like it’s going to be one of the best books of the year!

2. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

So this is a diverse read (by a WOC!) that’s a mix of sci-fi and fantasy with royalty and fugitives and wars in space. It sounds amazing! I haven’t heard that much from this book on Instagram but I’m still really excited!

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Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

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Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.

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With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.

Nice! I think Rhee and Aly will make an interesting pair, and this plot sounds great so I really want to read it. Plus according to the reviews, Rhee is really badass and the book is kind of like Game of Thrones in space soo… Awesome!

It comes out on February 7th and has a 4.23 rating on Goodreads! The author said it’s going to be a duology and she’s already finishing up the second book.

3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

A YA fiction novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. It has a lot of 5 star reviews on Goodreads already and I think it’s going to be a very big book this year because the movement it’s based on is very important! Here’s the blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.

It has such a powerful message and it’s very important that YA readers read this book because from what the blurb says, I think it’s going to be a big mind-opener for many people… But they have to read it first!

It’s going to be published on February 28th and it has a 4.81 rating two months before the publication rate. That’s huge. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy.

4. American Street by Ibi Zoboi

I hadn’t noticed until now but it seems like 2017 is going to be a great year for diverse books and authors. This is the story of a haitian girl who has some problems when moving to the United States:

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

This seems like it will be a very interesting coming-of-age story and Fabiola’s separation from her mom will be a sad, plot-thickening twist.

This will be published on February 14th and has a 4.42 rating on its Goodreads page. It will be a great release I’m very excited for!

5. You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

If you like spy stories, this sounds like the book for you!

Fighter, Faker, Student, Spy.

Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan.

Now Reagan has to decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she’s always wanted? And does she even have a choice at all?

Okay so the Black Angels seem totally badass, and even if the giving up everything for love trope is overused, in this book it might be even cool! Reagan sounds like an interesting character and the Goodreads reviews say she’s great.

It comes out really soon, on January 10th! It has a 4.23 rating on Goodreads and it sounds like it’s going to be a great contemporary romance!


So for this Top 5 Wednesday I chose all female authors for some reason! I had a lot of fun looking at lists of debut authors and choosing my favorites. If you did this too, you should definitely tell me so I can check out your choices.

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Happy New Year + 2017 Bookish Resolutions (T5W)

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and you had fun. I sure did!

So I’ve been thinking about this and I definitely want to do the Goodreads reading challenge. Since I joined this community in October and found out about it then, it was much too late to start, but now a new year has begun and it’s my chance! My goal is going to be 30 books, which might not seem like a lot but I’m always very busy so I think it’s realistic!

I have a massive TBR pile (well, massive for me, I’ve seen some much bigger on bookstagram) and I want to dig into it this 2017.

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SIX OF CROWS DUOLOGY

I’m getting these pretties for Three Wise Men Day (basically like another Christmas on January 6th) and I’m super excited! I know I’m late to the party, but I cannot wait to meet Kaz and his crew  🙂

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THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE

I’ve heard great things about this one and I’m really in the mood for a good contemporary, so I really want to read this as soon as possible.

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MISTBORN TRILOGY

These have been sitting on my TBR for more than a month, but I still haven’t gotten around to reading them! I love love love fantasy and I think I’ll like this very much. Thoughts?


MAYA’S NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday (hosted here) is “goals”, so I thought I’d do some bookish focused goals.

So besides all those “study more” and “be a more empathetic person” resolutions, I have a great year planned in books!

  1. Read at least 30 books (that’s 2.5 books per month, pretty easy I think!)
  2. Get to 500 followers on Instagram – which I cannot really control, but I’ll try to take good pics and post regularly so this’ll happen!
  3. Read and fangirl over the new Sarah J. Maas books in June and September (I’m not going to read ACOWAR, oops).
  4. Maybe get an ARC? Unlikely but I think if I work hard on this blog and submit a few polite emails it might happen!
  5. Make some more bookstagram and blogger friends!

What are some of your resolutions? What are you excited for this year? How are you feeling, having started 2017? Let’s talk in the comments.