Welcome back folks! It is time for Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and The Bookish, and is now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.
Today’s topic is: (First Ten) Books I Reviewed (These do not have to be formal reviews. A small sentence on a retailer site or Goodreads counts, too! Submitted by Rissi @ Finding Wonderland)
I had to dig up my dusty files (of both my brain and computer 😉) to find the oldest reviews that I ever wrote. Many of these were for school and though I’ve read A LOT over the years, I never wrote any reviews because I thought they were a chore. Now that I’ve started blogging, I’m actually starting to enjoy writing them for others to read!
The oldest reviews that I can remember aren’t that many, so you’ll also be seeing some reviews from when I first joined Goodreads and started blogging (I started both in December of last year)
Let’s get started!
All the covers are from Goodreads!
These five books are the only ones that I reviewed that I can remember. I wrote them for my school newsletter and reading my reviews again made me cringe.
Hi there! Welcome to Tag Thursday where I scour the internet and all things bookish to find interesting ‘quizzes’ to answer so that you get to know more about me and my blog.
Today’s tag is The NOPE Book Tag. I found it @ Sincerely Karenjo, and it seems super fun!
Let’s dive in!
NOPE. ending:A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Does this count, cause even though I DNF’d, I still hunted to find out what happened at the end and NOPE, that was a disgustingly crappy ending.
NOPE. protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.Whatshername Avery is such a terrible and unbelievable main character. She meets two random guys, one who pulls a knife on her and tries to kidnap her, the other supposed ‘to be her savior’ whom she trusts after exchanging literally about five to ten sentences with. This ‘savior’ then tells her to go with the guy that pulled a knife on her to France. FRANCE. FRANCE! AND SHE WENT WITH HIM WITHOUT TELLING A SOUL! Until she got there, then she says (not a direct quote), “Oh, maybe I should have told Mom. Can I have a phone?”
NOPE. N. O. P. E.
NOPE. series: A series that turned out to be a huge pile of nope after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it. Well, I skipped book two, and went to book three to find out what happened. (why do I always have to know what happens?) The ending of it all was still a huge NOPE.
NOPE. pairing: A “ship” you don’t support. If I had to pick one, it would be Tucker and Olivia in SYLO by D.J. MacHale. They don’t mix. They can’t be together, no matter what. Tucker and Tori, I can swallow, but Tucker and Olivia is a railroad disaster. It’s riding an express train into a mountain on the fastest speed.
NOPE. plot twist: A twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like. The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray. That ending. It was a mess, and the ‘plot twist’ was, a mess?? Review here.
NOPE. genre: A genre you will never read. Romance. It’s not my cup of tea.
NOPE. book format: A book format you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition. Audiobooks. The few narrators that I’ve listened to were mostly awful in my opinion. I prefer Ebooks or Hardback.
NOPE. trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE. Love triangles. Why does this even exist?! Most of the time they are used awfully, and then there is romantic suspense that I could do without, and flipping back and forth between two people…… 😒
NOPE. recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read. I don’t know. Nobody’s recommending a book that I’m pushing away. It’s just that I’m not reading super hyped books or books that ‘everyone has read’.
NOPE. cliché: A cliché or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes. The ‘two types’ of girls: one that is super girly, loves shopping, mani/pedicures or the kick-ass girl who wears all black, is allergic to girly stuff and all that. Oh, and the terrorist guys that have Arab names. That is wrong, not fair, and is used too many times.
NOPE. love interest: A love interest that’s not worthy of being one. Adam from Does My Head Look Big in This? He’s kind of rude, and I was seriously mad at him towards the end of the book when all of a sudden he didn’t understand Amal’s religion. That was really mean.
NOPE. book: A book that shouldn’t have existed. Uh, I’m not sure so I’m going to pick the one that Karen Jo picked. I mean, hello???? When did THEY write a book? And a sci-fi dystopian novel no less. Oh, and it has a sequel! WHAT???!!!
Under what rock was I when this happened?
NOPE. villain: A villain you would hate to cross. The Führer from Brigands M.C. by Robert Muchamore. That guy is ruthless. He even uses the name Hitler used to call himself. He killed a whole family, minus two for his own selfish gains.
I do not want to face his wrath. Ever.
NOPE. death: A character death that still haunts you. Thankfully, I don’t think I’ve experienced a character die. Almost died, yes, but actual death of a character that I love, no.
NOPE. author: An author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit. Mary Higgins Clark. I really expected a book full of serious suspense since she is the ‘Queen of Suspense’, but the books didn’t live up to my expectations, so I’m putting any MHC books on the back burner for now.
Hi friends! Welcome to another Tag Thursday. I found today’s tag @ The Book Nut. Considering that fact that I read a lot of popular books and sometimes hate them, I thought this would be a perfect tag to do.
*A popular book you didn’t like:
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I absolutely hate that book and there is no reason for me to write a review, because everyone else has already ranted about the book for me.
*A book series that everyone hates but you love:
I don’t think I love a series that everyone else hates 😃
*A love triangle where the MC ends up with the person you didn’t want them to end up with:
The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray. I hated both characters because I didn’t even know them and didn’t want her to end up with either of them.
*A popular genre you rarely reach for:
Fantasy. Everybody in the bookish world seems to love fantasy and I don’t.
*The saying goes “the book is always better than the movie” but what movie do you prefer to the book?
All the book-to-movie adaptations I’ve watched are so unbearably terrible. I read Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson and I watched the movie, but I think they were both fairly okay. If anything, the book was slightly better.
There are spoilers in this review, but I’ll give a heads-up so that you can skip that part if you want 🙂
Book: The Gilded Cage
Author: Lucinda Gray
Summary: After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper-class England in the 1820s, is shattered when her brother mysteriously drowns. Katherine is expected to observe the mourning customs and get on with her life, but she can’t accept that her brother’s death was an accident.
A bitter poacher prowls the estate, and strange visitors threaten the occupants of the house. There’s a rumor, too, that a wild animal stalks the woods of Walthingham. Can Katherine retain her sanity long enough to find out the truth? Or will her brother’s killer claim her life, too?