Popular Books I Didn’t Enjoy

One of the worst things that can happen to a bookworm is finally getting your hands on that book you’ve been hearing SO much about and finishing it…only to hate it. It’s especially difficult when you were excited to share in the joy that everyone got from the book. Here are some of the books and series that I just didn’t fall in love with.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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I tried with this series, I really did. Sadly, I only got halfway through the 2nd book until I just couldn’t bring myself to finish. I wanted to love it as much as everyone else, but the characters were lackluster and the plot was difficult to follow at times.

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

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This is a bit of a different case than some of the other books on this list. I was a big fan of the first two books, but the series lost favor in my eyes after this one, even though many felt the opposite. I thought this book did the series an injustice. It felt rushed, unfocused, and I was extremely disappointed in how the love story was resolved. Overall, I thought this beautiful series deserved a stronger ending.

The Maze Runner series by James Dashner

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I actually did enjoy the first book of this series, though not nearly as much as other people did. As the series continued, I lost more and more interest and I could probably only tell you a handful of details about anything that happens in the final book. I can’t even think of the main characters’ names off the top of my head.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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The Legend series by the same author is one of my all time favorite books and it holds a spot in my heart. But I didn’t read past the first book in this series. I saw many good reviews of this book but bloggers I trust, but I couldn’t find any element that drew me in enough to continue on.

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I don’t know if I would call this series popular, as much as well known. I’ve seen this series on blogs and videos so so so many times, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone who really loved this series. This series just frustrated me so much. From the cover to the story line to the romance(s) to the finale. This series just left a bad taste in my mouth.

These Broken Stars by Aime Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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I gave this star a 4 on Goodreads, so I must have liked it more in the moment. But I do remember being disappointed in the ending and didn’t have the heart to continue the series.

 

Did you also not like these popular books? Do you secretly hate one of the Book community’s moved loved books? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

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Let’s Talk: Bringing Books to College

So as some of you may know, I am heading off to the University of Cincinnati this fall as a freshman to major in Communication and Journalism.

I leave in less than two weeks so of course I’m frantically buying dorm decorations, school supplies, and basically downloading every college checklist to make sure I have everything. But there is something I have no idea what to do about: What books to bring to college.

I have probably hundreds of books and they’re all in my room so I can access them whenever I want to. Of course, this is going to be difficult when I’m not home. SO my question is, what books should I bring if any?

Should I bring a few anticipated TBRs and hope they last until I come home? Or bring some favorites of mine? At home, I often reread some of my fave books or at least just read through my favorite parts. Or maybe bring a few of each? Or should I just not bring any at all? I know some people might suggest a kindle, and I do have kindle books, but I don’t have an actual Kindle. They are all on my phone and there’s just a few of them.

I’m really struggling with this. Does anyone have any suggestions or have been through this. Let me know!

Underrated: Sea of Tranquility by Katya Millay

Underrated in a series where every Tuesday I post a non-spoiler review of an overlooked book. Agree with my pick? Have a book that’s flown under the radar for too long? Let me know!

Sea of Tranquility by Katya Millay

Page Count: 426

Goodreads rating: 4.34

Published: November 13th, 2012

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romantic Fiction

The Sea of Tranquility

Over the years I have heard people complain about how romantic YA contemporaries all follow the same plot. This book is a great example of a book that breaks the mold. Millay takes the standard misunderstood girl meets and falls in love with a tragic boy story and turns it down a dark path. I read this book for school and am so excited that it did. One of my favorite books now, this book takes dark twists and turns that keep you on your toes the whole time you’re reading it.

The tragic boy, Josh, has lost both his parents, younger sister, and his grandparents causing him to live alone and be an emancipated minor at 17. Nastya moves in with her aunt after an event in her past forces her to reinvent herself. Starting a new school is hard enough but Nastya has another problem: she refuses to speak. Josh tries to avoid anything that makes his life more complicated. And a girl with a secret past who refuses to talk is complicated. But when Nastya starts hanging out at Josh’s house, he realizes that he can’t ignore her anymore. As he gets to know her, she seems to have even more secrets than he ever expected. A book full of both heart throbbing romance and heart-shattering secrets, this is a must read.

If you want a romance that won’t make you sick with cliches, pick this up. Both characters are frustrating real. Learning Nastya’ secrets along with Josh was fascinating as I was on the edge of my seat the whole time/ Josh is both loving and strict with Nastya and acted as you would expect any teenager in his situation would react. I would read a sequel to this the minute it came out even though it ends perfectly. A great book that looks into if happy ending really do happen, read this book right away if you’re looking for a change but the cookie cutter books you’re tired of.

Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith Review

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The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Rating: ★★★★☆

Published: April 15th, 2014

Pages: 337

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis: Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and—finally—a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

Review: I came into this book with a little bit of cynicism. I love contemporary fiction, I do, but often those books turn out to be cliched and annoying. I assumed that this book would be no different.

And in a way, it wasn’t. Though I wouldn’t classify it as insta-love, the romance starts very quickly. The story of the gloomy new boy with a tragic past who meets a shy goody two shoe girl who then fall in love is a plot beaten to death. But what is different is the way Smith deals with this plot. The two main characters, Owen and Lucy, are self-aware. They know that their situation is one most people would roll their eyes at. They’re funny and two dimensional in a way these types of characters usually aren’t. Most importantly, they’re realistic. Yeah, the plot is a bit far fetched with the two main characters having such an attraction at first meeting that it propels a year long fascination with one another. And there are many cheesy quotes like

“If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?”

“Everywhere. What about you?”

“Somewhere.”

and

They were like a couple of asteroids that had collided, she and Owen, briefly sparking before ricocheting off again, a little chipped, maybe even a little scarred, but with miles and miles still to go.

I didn’t want to like this book, but I did. Smith’s writing is alluring, especially as the two points of views start to mirror each other’s. As the story continued to the end, I was engaged and rooting for this couple, which is exactly how you want to be while reading a book.

But what I loved most about this book is how the romantic relationship wasn’t the only focus on the book. It was also on the relationships Lucy and Owen had with their parents and I appreciated how two dimensional it was. Owen was protective of his father after losing their mother without being suddenly transformed into an adult. And Lucy’s relationship with her parents was so complex and her parents weren’t labeled simply as “absent”. There were there in the way they could be and Lucy had to come to terms with that.

Overall, this simple story was enduring and beautiful: The perfect summer read. I will definitely be looking for more books by this author.

Favorite Quotes:

“But there’s no such thing as a completely fresh start. Everything new arrives on the heels of something old, and every beginning comes at the cost of an ending.”

“The most basic sort of love: to be worried about the one who was worrying about you.”

“When there was nothing but space between you, everything felt like a leap.”

“Not everything can last. Not everything is supposed to mean something.”

“‘It is what it is…’ he murmured, letting the words trail off at the end.
‘I hate that expression,’ Lucy said, a bit more forcefully than intended. ‘Nothing is what it is. Things are always changing. They can always get better.’”

Books That Made Me Cry

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When it comes to crying during books, we all have different levels of what we will tolerate. I’ll admit, I’m a HUGE book cryer. It can be kind of embarrassing and there are certain books that I refuse to read in public because I know if I do, I could break down. I’ve cried at so many books I’ve read and for that reason, I decided to make a list of the Top Ten books that made me shed some real tears. Do you cry easily at books?

DISCLAIMER: There are no spoilers for any of the books on this list. The only thing you’ll find out is that some aspect of it was enough to make me cry. If you consider that a spoiler, it might be best not to go through this list.

10. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman 

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Something about this book hit too close to home. Mia’s accident was just so… normal. Her family was just normal and typical and such a horrible thing happened and it made me cry not just because of the situation, but by how easily it could happen.

9. Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

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I read this book without reading the synopsis and I NEVER do that. If I had, I would never have bought the book. The main character, Matt, suffers from OCD like I do and it was heart-wrenching to see him go through so many struggles that I am familiar with.

8. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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I just wanted to hug Tiger Lily throughout this whole book. A wonderful insight on a usually forgotten character with a great and touching story to tell.

7. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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I’m sure many of you understand why this made me cry. This was the first book I ever cried over. I finished this book at 2 in the morning on new year day when I was 7th grade. I watched the ball drop then ran up to my room to finish this book. Just how dare you, Suzanne Collins.

6. The One by Kiera Cass

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This may seem like a cute romantic YA book, and I guess it is, but that doesn’t mean only good things happen in this book.

5. Solitaire by Alice Oseman

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Not sad in a typical way, like most others on this list, but Oseman’s characters were so real and raw and honest in a way that most characters aren’t

4. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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I’ve never been the type of reader who obsesses over war and war books. I love history, but I have always avoided wars. Told in letters by a British spy after being captured by the Nazis, this may be a fictional story but tells of what really did happen during this dark time in history.

3. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

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Need I say more?

2. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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The Infernal Devices is my all time favorite series, so it makes sense why the last installment in the series would make me cry. A wonderful finale with great characters.

1.Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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I have no words for this. I can bearly think of this book without becoming irrationally angry. This book ruined the whole series for me.

 

Did any of these make you cry? which book makes you cry the hardest? Let me know

 

 

Coffee Book Tag

 

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I was ecstatic when I saw this tag on @abookathought blog (their blog is great and you should check it out) because books and coffee top the list of my favorite things. And coffee and books together?! Now that’s unbeatable. Agree with my choices? Let me know in the comments, I would love to chat with you about it!

BLACK

Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans

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The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stievater

I started this series late, I think after the 2nd book came out, but I had only heard good things so I was ready to start it. Sadly, I stopped reading in the middle of book two. I got lost with what happening and it wasn’t really making sense, I also thought the characters were kind of dull. I wish I had the will power to keep going because this book has been raved about for years, but I couldn’t get into it.


PEPPERMINT MOCHA

Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

One of my all time favorite books, this book screams cozy and warmth. I’ve always said this book needs to be read under several fuzzy blankets with a hot cup of coffee. This book wraps you in its magic and whimsy and doesn’t let you go until you get to the last page.


HOT CHOCOLATE

What is your favorite children’s book?

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The BabySitter Club Series by Ann M. Martin

I probably read over a hundred of Ann M. Martin when you counter in these books and the Little Baby Sitter Club. Pretty sure I read just these books for a solid year in elementary school.


DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO

Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

A Peter Pan retelling about Tiger Lily through the point of view Tinker Bell is one of the best ideas anyone has ever had ever. And the execution of that idea is even better. In this short book, I felt every emotion possible; I laughed, screamed, and cried all in the last 50 pages. I read this book in a day just to find out what happened to Tiger Lily.


STARBUCKS

Name a book you see everywhere

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A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

Need I say more? I love this series, I really do, but we all know we see it a little too much.


OOPS! I ACCIDENTALLY GOT DECAF

Name a book you were expecting more from

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Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

I waited for ages for this book to come out. The cover drew me in first; you have to agree it is breathtaking. But the synopsis of a girl who writes letters to celebrities who died young was the real catch for me. I was stoked when I got this book but after I started reading? I was so disappointed. The main character is dull and one dimensional and the author seems to have never been in high school. I was expecting more but sadly didn’t get it.


THE PERFECT BLEND

Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying

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The Siren by Kiera Cass

I’m the biggest fan of Kiera Cass so of course, I picked this book up as soon as it came out. Overall, I really did like the book. It was a cute, short, satisfying read and I’m a sucker for books that take usual villains and shine a different light on them. In this cases, the mythical creatures of Sirens. But I had problems with the super quick romance and the fact that it was so rushed. However, it was still a lovely read.


GREEN TEA

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

A beautiful magical book that has not received even a tenth of the attention it deserves. Quietly beautiful is a perfect explanation for this book. This story about a British spy captured by the Nazi during WWII writing letters to herself about her life is both heart-lifting and heartbreaking. The main character, who goes by the code name Verity obviously, is sassy but realistic about her situation. A must read.


CHAI TEA

Name a book or series that makes you dream of far off places

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The Heist Society Series by Ally Carter

Kind of an odd choice for far off places by Kat and her crew travel the world throughout these books and oh how I wish I could follow them.

Ever wanted to do this tag? Consider yourself tagged!

Underrated: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Underrated in a series where every Tuesday I post a non-spoiler review of an overlooked book or series. Agree with my pick? Have a book that’s flown under the radar for too long? Let me know in the comments!

Heist Society (Heist Society, #1)

 

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Page Count: 287

Goodreads rating: 3.92

Published: February 9th 2010

Genre: Young Adult Mystery Fiction

This book is the uncovered gem of the YA world. This is currently a trilogy though the author has talked about adding more to it. Though Ally Carter has said that the books can be read in any order, I would recommend reading them by publishing date, going Heist Society, Uncommon Criminals, and then Perfect Scoundrels. This book is perfect if you’re looking for an adventure with a strong female lead and a smart, developed plot on a unique topic.

Kat Bishop is a member of a tight knit family…of thieves. After leaving the family business at 15 and sneaking into a high ranking boarding school, Kat is pulled out of this illusion of normal by her friend Hale who informs her that a powerful mobster believes her father took his art collection and will do anything to get it back. Hesitantly, Kat falls back into her old life and assembles a team of the best in the business; a group of teenagers. With a masterful inside man, a teen genius, a young woman who is equal parts beautiful and dangerous, two foolish and stupidly brave brothers, and a pickpocket she isn’t sure she can trust, Kat must mastermind the biggest heist of her life… all in two weeks.

This book will forever have a spot in my heart. Kat is clever without being obnoxious, and sarcastic without being rude. She’s fearless and such an amusing character to follow. But she doesn’t stand alone, as the side character are what truly make this story as entertaining as it is. Carter does such a fantastic job giving each character a personality and background. The plot is interesting as well, especially the detailed explanation of each heist. This book may seem a little light hearted to be a suspense novel but it is suspenseful nonetheless. Effortlessly funny and wonderfully unique, this is a must read for loyal YA fans.