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Sequels I Probably Won’t Read

Some books are so good that you have to read the next one immediately. It doesn’t matter if you have 100 other books on your TBR list. You put them all aside and buy the sequel because you won’t be able to sleep at night if you don’t know what happens next.

These are not those books.

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Out of No Man’s Land (Sand #2) by Hugh Howey – Sand had an interesting storyline,  but the characters left me a tad disappointed. The story went back and forth between different points-of-view, which made it feel like there wasn’t enough character development.

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Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman – There was very little that I liked about Scythe.  Everything/everyone was boring and it felt like another stereotypical YA dystopian novel.

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The Magician King (The Magicians #2) by Lev Grossman – Despite how much I disliked The Magicians I contemplated reading the second book. Several people have insisted that the story gets more exciting, but judging by what I’ve seen of the television version, they’re lying to me.

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Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire #2) by Michael J. Sullivan – I am not dead set against reading the next book. I enjoyed Age of Myth, but I don’t know if I liked it enough that I really care to read the rest of the series.

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The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2) by Genevieve Cogman – The Invisible Library had a pretty cool premise, but there was very little background detail. It kinda felt like you were just dropped into the middle of a story, so things were confusing at times. I’ve heard that the sequel is similar, so I’ll probably pass on this one.

Do you keep reading a series if  you didn’t like the first book?

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Valentine’s Day Bullshit (Favorite Fictional Romances, Pt. 2)

Who’s almost ready to celebrate the most disappointing day of the year?! I know I sure am. I’ve already purchased eaten half a box of those mystery chocolates all by myself while contemplating setting everything around me ablaze.

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As you can see, I am feeling somewhat bitter about Valentine’s Day this year. Everyone else has been posting appropriate, lovey dovey crap though, so I feel like I should at least pretend, just for tradition’s sake.

Last year I made a post about a few of my favorite fictional romances. I’ve decided to expand on that list this year. (To see part 1, click here)

Sheldon & Amy (The Big Bang Theory) – These two are hilarious. Their nerdiness and weird quirks make them perfect for each other, even if Sheldon just doesn’t get it half the time.

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Feyre & Rhysand from (A Court of Thorns and Roses series) – These two really understood each other and what they needed in each other. They had both been through some really fucked up stuff and rather than letting it destroy them, they allowed it to bring them together.

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The Doctor & Rose (Doctor Who) – If you tell me that you didn’t cry in Doomsday I’m calling you a LIAR.

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Jane & Mr. Rochester (Jane Eyre) – Their relationship was a little weird, but I feel like they finally got their shit figured out in the end.

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What do you think about the couples on this list? Who are some of your favorite fictional couples?

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The Cliche Book Tag

I was tagged by Amber @ Step Into a Book World for the Cliche Book Tag. Yay! You guys should check out Amber’s blog if you haven’t already. Because why wouldn’t you want to find out what an awesome blogger she is?

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words – A book that wasn’t or couldn’t be better than the movie

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Fight Club was a good book, but I felt like they really figured out how to fuck with your mind in the movie version. I love that movie.

The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side – A rags to riches or riches to rags story

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I’m going to give the same answer as Amber and say A Court of Thorns and Roses. Feyre doesn’t just go from being poor, she gets the power of a High Fae, which in my opinion is even more badass than just getting a bunch of money.

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree – A parent-child relationship that you love

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This question is making me realize how the vast majority of books I read contain very poor (if any) parent-child relationships. (Hey, let’s not dive too deep into that one. Heh.) That being said, I’m cheating a little and picking the Harry Potter series. I think there were some amazing relationships in this book. Even though Harry’s parents were dead, his appreciation of family and the love he still had for his parents was beautiful. His relationships with the other parent-like figures in his life, like Sirius and Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, was also inspiring.

You Can’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover – A great book that needs a better cover

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The Stand. I’m not going to lie, I absolutely hate this cover.

You Can’t Please Everyone A book you hate that everyone loves

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The Magicians. Ugh. If you’re a regular reader you’re probably sick of hearing me rant about that one. Sorry. 😛 (If you’re not a regular reader, allow me to sum it up: Boring magical world and whiny, pretentious characters.)

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger – A book that made you a better person for having read it

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Furiously Happy. I LOVE YOU JENNY LAWSON. ❤

Love is Blind – A book with a disabled character (or actual blind love)

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The protagonist of The Rosie Project, Professor Don Tillmanfalls on the autism spectrum. He can’t interact with most “normal” people and only understands things from a scientific or rational point of view. When he goes searching for love it ends up being a giant disaster and it’s amazing. I love Don and Rosie’s relationship in this book.

Ignorance is Bliss – A book that is bad but you just don’t want to admit it

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Dorothy Must Die. I admit that the last two books in the series were pretty bad, but I’m still holding on to the first two.

There is No Time Like the Present- What is your favorite contemporary book?

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I really don’t read a lot of contemporary books, so please accept my offering of this contemporary dance instead.

Better Safe Than Sorry – A book you don’t want to read in case it’s bad

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I’m kind of afraid to start A Darker Shade of Magic, even though I just purchased it. I keep hearing that it’s amazing and I don’t want it to be a let down.

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I tag…ALL OF YOU, you wonderful, amazing bloggers, you.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Liked But Don’t Remember Much About

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday again! (TTT is now being hosted at The Arsty Reader Girl) This week’s theme is: Books I Really Liked But Don’t Remember Much About. As I was scrolling through my Goodreads page the other day, thinking to myself “Huh. I don’t even remember reading that.” It’s normal, I suppose, especially when you make it a life goal to read as many books as possible. You’re bound to forget a few.

  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Scarlet by A.C. Gaugen
  • A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  • The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunany
  • Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
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Unique Blogger Award

I was nominated by Ellie @ Blogging for Dopamine for a Unique Blogger Award. Yay! (Don’t you just love the name of her blog?)

The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you
  • Answer the questions
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award
  • Ask them 3 questions

The Questions I was Asked: 

  • I have so many books I’m looking forward to reading this year. What’s your most anticipated 2018 read? – The Cruel Prince was at the top of my TBR for 2018 because of all the hype. Now that I’ve finished it I guess Spinning Silver and Freyja’s Daughter are at the top.
  • When I was younger, I was obsessed with Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and now that I’m older, I have even more admiration for her character. Are there any childhood favourite characters that you appreciate even more now that you’re older? – There are probably several that apply, but the first one that stands out in my mind is Lorelai from Gilmore Girls. When I first started watching it back in high school I connected more with Rory and her love of books, but as I get older I appreciate Lorelai’s character more. This is probably due to the fact that I am closer in age to her character and have begun to relate to her life experiences. She’s one of my absolute favorite television characters ever, so I guess it’s a good thing. 1480627369-tumblr-ndpbk7vgf41tpvf30o1-500
  • My blog has changed so much since I started it. What was the topic of the first ever blog post you wrote? –My first post was an introduction and an explanation for why I was creating this blog. I talked about some of the things I had been feeling since getting divorced and about the things I wished to accomplish. Looking back on it now, a little over a year later, I realize that I have achieved a lot since then.

Questions for My Nominees: 

  • If you were to choose a different topic/theme for your blog, what would it be?
  • If you could befriend any author in real life, who would you choose? Why?
  • What’s the weirdest blog post you’ve ever written?

I Nominate: 

Ally @ Ally Writes Things

Kerry @ Carolina Book Belle

Bruce @ Random Ramblins’

J.W. Martin @ Storeys of Stories

Sarah @ Sarah in Zombieland

thebeasley @ Just Another Blog From a Woman

Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews

 

Have fun and feel free to participate even if you aren’t tagged!

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Ringing in the New Year Tag

Thanks to Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate, I am participating in the Ringing in the New Year Tag. Sophie’s blog always makes me super hungry because, well, chocolate. You should definitely check her blog out, unless you don’t like chocolate. (Which is weird because who the hell doesn’t like chocolate?)

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  • Link to the person who tagged you
  • Link to the creator of the tag (Bookmark Chronicles)
  • Share the tag image
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag friends (or not if you don’t feel like it)

Best Book and/or Series That You Read in 2017 It’s hard to pinpoint one favorite, but I’m probably going to have to go with A Court of Thorns and Roses for favorite series and Furiously Happy for my favorite stand-alone book. (I know, I’m cheating by answering this way. Try to stop me. 😛 )

Authors That You Recently Discovered and Would Like to Read More Of I’ve only read one book by Naomi Novik so far, but I really enjoyed it. I’d like to check out her new stand-alone book coming out later this year and the Temeraire series. (Have any of you read the Temeraire books yet? What did you think?)

Most Anticipated Book Turned Movie/TV Show? The TV adaptation of Good Omens

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Name a Character That You Wouldn’t Mind Sharing a Kiss With at Midnight Either Rhysand from the Court of Thorns and Roses, given that he’s described as being hot, tattooed, and good in bed. 😉 (Oh wait, we were just supposed to be talking about kissing…)

What’s on Your TBR for 2018? (Top 5-10 Will Suffice) SO MANY BOOKS. This is what’s at the top of the list (for now):

How Many Books Do You Hope to Read in 2018? I’m setting my goal for 40. Last year I surpassed my goal and I am hoping to do the same this year, but I don’t want to stress myself out over it.

Will You Participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge or Any Others? I’m doing the Goodreads challenge again.

Any New Years Resolutions? (Bookish, Blogging, and Otherwise) Other than my goal to read 40 books, I would like to blog more and make more headway on the books I’ve been writing. Thus far, I’ve been doing pretty well with this. I have some personal goals, as far as working towards recovery and self-care goes, but I will save that for a future post.

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Who I’m Tagging: 

Siobhan @ I am a book drunkard, Flavia @ Flavia The BiblophileThe Bookish Underdog, Leo @ The Nerdy Lion, and Darque Dreamer Reads, and anyone else who wants to participate.

Have fun!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2017

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is “Books I Meant to Read in 2017 But Didn’t Get To.” This feels like an appropriate one, as I was just lamenting this weekend over all the newer releases that I haven’t had time to read yet.

  • The Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab (I am counting this as 3 books)
  • Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams
  • The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – People have been talking about this one so much lately that I feel like I have to read it. I actually just ordered a copy of it and should be getting it later this week.
  • Beren and Luthien by J.R.R. Tolkien – I actually purchased this one right after it was released. I don’t even have an excuse for not reading it. #fail