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T5W: Books you disliked but love to discuss

The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

Some books we disliked or they were just okay, but they still have a lot of discussion points to sink your teeth into.ย 

I actually had to check my whole Goodreads shelf for this instead of easily coming up with some titles.

1. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

I absolutelyย lovedย the first three books in the series, and liked the last two fairly enough as far as I remember (and as always, yes I do plan on rereading ^^; ), but this one… nope. I remember talking to quite a few people after reading this book, and we all agreed that this one was just the downfall of the series. It wasn’t particularly too bad (I think. I gave it one star, but that might change after my reread), but I just really didn’t like this one.

2. The Selection by Kiera Cass

Would you believe me if I said I actually read the first three whole books to see if maybe it was just the first book that I didn’t like? I stopped reading when I got to the fourth one and everything happened again, just with the daughter. I really didn’t like anything in these books, they were too predictable and boring to me.

3. Waterfall by Lauren Kate

Excuse me, butย what the hell. I liked Teardrop, and besides the weird things that happened, I thought there was some good potential for the next book, then I read it and I just.. didn’t read any further. Every time I tried to pick it up, I either read without actually reading a word, or I fell asleep, and it almost got me into an actual reading slump. The story went a completely different way, and for some reason, I really couldn’t concentrate on it any more. I don’t plan on rereading it, since I didn’t love the first book that much already.

4. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I’ve actually written out a review for this one, over here. I liked the book, the story itself was quite nice, I just didn’t like so many other things about it. The whole point of the book (to me, at least) got ruined, and it was too predictable (hint: I hate it when books get too predictable, which might have shown so far).

That’s all I could think of, I’m actually quite glad I’ve read mostly awesome books ๐Ÿ™‚ What are your thoughts on this list? Do you agree with me, or not at all? Let me know!

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T5W: Forgettable books

Back again with a T5W! The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

Whether you loved or hated them at the time, these are books that you just don’t really remember…

Well, this should be easy enough for me since I don’t remember halfย of the books I read ๐Ÿ˜‰

1. House of Night by P.C. Cast

I used to be such a big fan of this series, now all I remember is that the girl (Zoey?) becomes a vampire? And a lot of stuff happens. Cool stuff, I guess xD

2. Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Ahhh I absolutely loved this series, and I actually kinda want to read it again. I do remember the first book quite clearly (I’ll admit, I’ve seen the movie a year ago so that helps too ^^; ) but the others… No idea. I’d love to go back to them, honestly

3. The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater

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Maggie Stiefvater โค I sadly don’t remember a lot of this series (the 4th part has come out and I’ve never read it??), but I do want to read it again since this started my Stiefvater obsession ๐Ÿ˜‰

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth

A series I have on my shelves purely for rereading purposes xD I’ll be honest, I have read the entire series a few years ago.. and everyone I know is still all like “oh no but the ending of Allegiant was the worst!” etc and… I literallyย don’t remember what happened at the ending.ย So, yeah, there’s that XD

5. Angel by L.A. Weatherly

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Another series where the 3rd part has come out, and I’ve never read it. But, let’s be honest, those covers already make me want to read it again, so I just might do that sometime.

 

Alright, it’s just halfway through January and I’ve already added so many books to my TBR and we all know I am never gonna read them all xD Ohwell

I could literally add so many more books to this list, since I just scrolled through my goodreads Read-list and picked out a few, but there are SO MANY books I didn’t remember.. even books where I just sat here thinking “I’ve read this?? When did I read this? What is this book even about?”. I might even make a new post for it *adds it to list of post ideas that never get written because.. I don’t even have a legit reason*

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T5W: Books you didn’t get to in 2017

Hey there! As promised, another T5W. The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

These are books you didn’t end up getting to in 2017, but really want to prioritize in 2018

1. The Hate U Give
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I’ve heard so many good things about this book and I already have it at home, but I just haven’t read it. Which I do feel bad about, since I’ve been wanting to read it ever since it came out xD

2. The Raven Cycle

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Technically not a book, but hey, let’s be real.. when am I ever holding back when it comes to books I want to read… I do finally have the whole series complete though, so I’m ready to be swallowed up in the whole world of the Raven Cycle!

3.ย Renegades by Marissa Meyer
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Ahhh I was so enthusiastic about this book when I heard about it! And I’m a huge Marissa Meyer fan in general so that works too. I picked it up at the bookstore late December so that’s quite a good excuse as for why I haven’t read it yet.

4. Wayfarers by Becky Chambers
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I’ve heard so many good things about this duology and I’m so excited to start it… I just haven’t yet xD shame on me

5. The Talon Saga by Julie Kagawa
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Last but not least… Another favorite author. I secretly already wanted the books before I even knew what they were about, because let’s be real, those covers look amazing on any bookshelf. There’s a 4th part that’s not on the picture, and a 5th part coming soon<3
Have you read any of these books? Or do you want to? Let me know!

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Top 5 Wednesday: reading resolutions

The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

— Self explanatory. Let us know 5 of your reading goals for the year.ย 

I don’t really do any new years resolutions, but I do want to reach a few reading goals so here goes ๐Ÿ™‚

1. Reach my Goodreads challenge of 50 books

Last year, I put my challenge on 50 books, ended up in a reading slump for months and had to lower it to 30 books, which I just reached before the end of the year. It’s still fine, I’m happy I could read 30 books but I’d love to read a bit more

2. Read more of what I already own before buying new books

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I know myself, I’ll always buy new books because.. new books. Aren’t we all guilty? But I know I haven’t read at least half of all the books I own yet. And I know I own at least three full series that I only own because I want to read them in English (used to always get my books at the library, resulting in me only reading the Dutch translation of everything). I’m not setting a goal for “read at least [fill in]% of books I own” because that won’t work for me, I’ll just try to read what I already have first.

3. Finish at least half of the Discworld series

As you might know, I am currently very obsessed with Discworld, and I’m reading the 13th book (out of 41), so there’s 7 more to go! Now, this will probably be an easy one, since I usually read another book and a Discworld book at the same time.

4. Keep on track with weekly memes and posts

Last year I was doing quite well with both the Top 5 Wednesday and Book Traveling Thursdays but BTT seems to not exist any more ._. I also had a nice schedule of reviews being posted once (or twice? I don’t remember) a week, and I’m hoping to keep that up. I scheduled my coming reviews for Sunday, and I am continuing the Top 5 Wednesday, and I’m planing to go back to posting wrap-ups and monthly TBR’s. I also have a few challenges and other blog posts planned to write out, so I think those will be posted at random, somewhere between Wednesday and Sunday. To me, that’s quite the schedule since I do have a pretty busy life nowadays (secretly I just still spend 200 hours per month working but shhh no one knows), so I really hope this will work out for me

5. Following no.4, Keep on track with book reviews

How many times have you read “I honestly read this book so long ago I don’t remember”? Way too many times. I amย terrible at posting reviews on time, or, if I’m really honest, writing them on time. I do keep track of what I read in Goodreads and write a little summary in a notebook when I’ve finished the book (most times ^^;), but actually writing the review generally takes place at least a month after I read the book. Which is not a good thing. Right now, I have reviews scheduled for books that I read during my vacation, which wasย at the beginning of July last year. And I can honestly say that yes, I am ashamed, and I do hope I will get better at this. I like to review my books, but I know this blog is not for me only (thank you for the ones who keep reading my posts <3), and I’d feel a lot better if I could actually post an accurate review instead of the “I don’t remember all these details”.

Soooo, let’s take a look at this post further into the year and check if I can keep up 5 simple things xD Do you have any resolutions? Any tips for me?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Series that got better

Getting back on track and trying to write my reviews for the three books I’ve read in the next few days! There’s a lot going on in my life at the moment so I do not expect a lot, but I should be able to have at least one review up by the weekend. Note: as I’m typing this, it’s Wednesday night (and it’s 3am oops), and just a day ago on Tuesday I have broken up with my (now ex) boyfriend so I’m not really completely back from that yet.

The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

— We’ve talked about series that went downhill with each book, but talk about series that are worth pushing through the first (or first few…) books to get to the good stuff!

This will be quite a hard one because usually when I read series, I like all the books! However, I did manage to find some ๐Ÿ™‚

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1. Legend series by Marie Lu

Gods, I loved this series with the first book, but the second and third were even better! Although there was a little bit of a love triangle, not much happened at that point, which was amazing!

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2. Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead

Ahhh of course, Richelle Mead in the list. I absolutely adored the first book, but when this series went on it just got better and better and better. So many new things were happening and it was so good! I still have to finish it someday but I since I recently bought both Vampire Acacademy and Bloodlines, I might as well start them all over again :p

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3. Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa

While this series also started off great, much more things happened when this series continued. I’m still sad that this series ended after three books though

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4. Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

I must admit, when I first started reading Shatter Me, I honestly didn’t know what to think of it. A girl who can’t touch anyone…. but one person? Who she also seems to hate??? Or not???? However, as the books went on the plot got better and better

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5. Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee

Although I haven’t read this series yet (still missing the third book), this is another great series with a great start and a great middle and as far as I know, a great ending. There is actually no love triangle so far so that’s an amazing thing

 

Honorary mention: Percy Jackson series (and everything else) by Rick Riordan

This is honorary because I already had 5, but also because I didn’t like any other book more than the first one, it’s just that they all are so great! Seriously I can’t tell you enough how much I adore the entire Percy Jackson world โค

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