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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My Experience with NA Lit: 33 razones para volver a verte

Sometimes you can’t find the right book to read, even if you have a massive TBR pile and a slightly smaller public library ten minutes away.

And then a book in your friend’s shelf catches your eye. It doesn’t look like your kind of book, but why not give it a try? Stepping out of my comfort zone was something I’d been planning to do this year, anyway.

This is28446895 how I came across 33 razones para volver a verte, a semi-famous Spanish New Adult novel.

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This Song Will Save Your Life – Review

21469098This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales – 5 stars

291 pages

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) in September 2013

Young Adult, Contemporary

Goodreads | Book Depository

“Don’t be special.” That’s what I would say to my younger self if I could pinpoint the moment when I went astray. But there was no one moment. I was always astray.


Synopsis

Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up.

Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Review

Only good things have been said about this book, and it’s easy to figure out why: it touches something inside most people. Elise is someone we’ve all been: she is deeply lost, because she’s different from everyone else.

Haven’t we all felt this way? Like we’re something special, I mean – not better, but just uncommon and outstanding in a sea of people who are all the same. In Elise’s case, she was told she was precocious, smart and special from a young age, and at sixteen she’s an outsider, a misfit – apparently just because the other kids were jealous of her.

Well, let me just tell you. As someone who’s also been told she was precocious and smart, it doesn’t work that way. No one’s jealous because you get good grades, sometimes people just don’t like you. Maybe because you’re self-centered or too plain or more of a diva than you think you are. I’ve never had anyone dislike me because I’m top of the class. It was always for other reasons.

Plus, you know all those people who you think are cut-out figures of teen movie stereotypes? They have lives too. They have their own problems, their own complexity, their own personality apart from the one you’ve made up in your mind. You’re not that special.

I’m going to share something. I’ve felt like Elise does too, which you might have picked up from the previous paragraphs. When I was in middle school, I was the outsider. People didn’t get me, or they simply didn’t like me. I don’t quite grasp it all yet, but they made it pretty clear that they were not my friends. Now I’m okay, I guess, but that was a difficult time of my life.

So I understand, like lots of people who weren’t “popular”. I get why Elise feels the way she does. And I recommend this book to everyone that’s ever felt like they’re the odd ones out. It’s books like this one that remind me why I like reading. It’s books like this one, because they make me think, they are somewhat relatable, and they are accurate depictions of how the real word truly looks. Because there are no mean girls who live just to make fun of you, and there’s not one person in your school who genuinely wants to make people suffer. The way I see it, both the author and Elise point out that after everything, we’re all still people. So please, get a copy if you can.


Have you read This Song Will Save Your Life? Do you plan to? Let me know below!

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!