Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Haven’t Read Because of the Hype

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Hi everyone! It’s been a whole week since I posted, I know! School kicked my butt last week. I really need to learn to plan out my posts…

This week’s Top 5 Tuesday is a freebie, so I’ve decided to talk about the top 5 books that have scared me away because of the hype. Hype tends to freak me out because of the pressure to like what so many other people like. What if I don’t like the book? What if I want to DNF it? And now, because I’m trying to take my reviews more seriously, what if I have to write a negative review??

The thing is, for the majority of the books I’m about to list, I know I’ll love them, too. I just have to get myself to read them.


1. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

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I don’t know anyone who’s read this that doesn’t love Nevermoor. They could love fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction, YA, non-YA and still have the highest praises for this book. Plus, it’s continuously been compared to Harry Potter. Talk about setting the bar high for my expectations.

 

2. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

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What book is more hyped in the adult fantasy world right now than The Poppy War? Let me tell you, this was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, but I have not yet read it! I have seen nothing but positive reviews for this book and amazingly written reviews at that! Check out Kathy’s and Petrick’s reviews.

 

3. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

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I don’t even know with this one, guys. I’m a total Brandon Sanderson fan, but I keep putting this book off. The hype is huge!! The Stormlight Archives is even nominated for a Hugo this year, and if it wins I might actually have a chance to be there when it gets the award (It’s in San Jose, CA this year, FYI). I think my expectations are scaring me off more than the hype to be honest.

 

4. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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Children of Blood and Bone’s hype started way before it even got published, so just purchasing this book made me hesitate. Also, if there’s a book with themes of systematic oppression and colorism written by an #ownvoice author, then I want to love it, and I want to promote it. That being said, even though there is still so much hype surrounding this book, there’s also more criticisms. I’ve heard there is instalove and pacing issues, and I usually can’t get with both.

 

5. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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This book has so much hype surrounding it that a couple of my friends who don’t read read and loved it. Though, I’m pretty sure they initially picked it up because Pierce Brown was named sexiest author alive or something like that… Regardless, the book community does seem to love this book, and I’ve been putting it off for at least 2 years because there’s so much hype, and what if I hate it??


Have you read any of these? Are there any you think I need to read right this moment? What books have you backed away from because of the hype? Let me know in the comments!

Cya! ^^

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Top 5 Tuesday: Covers With Green, Blue, Purple

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Hey, hey! I finished Assassin’s Apprentice and I’ve debated putting the trilogy down to get to smaller books while in summer school, but I CAN’T! I’m so in love with the characters and really need to know what happens next. If I finish just this trilogy in June I will feel super happy and accomplished because I had hoped that I would love Robin Hobb’s works for so long but that 14 book world is daunting. However, after reading the first book I’m kind of sad that I only have 13 books left lol… If you’ve read Assassin’s Apprentice and loved it (or disliked it that’s okay, too) I’d love to discuss it with you!

But okay, now for Top 5 Tuesday I thought I would discuss books I’ve already read again, but I always talk about the books I came up with. So for today, these books will be my top 5 anticipated releases with green, blue, and purple covers.

Hope you enjoy!


1. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

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I think this cover is gorgeous! Also, it’s another maritime fantasy adventure and a Little Mermaid retelling. My buzz words all over the place. All it needs now is a whole lot of swashbuckling, and I’m sure I’ll love this one.

 

2. The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie

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I think I just like this cover because it’s mostly purple, and purple is my favorite color. >.> However, it seems super interesting, too. It’s set in a world where everyone knows their death days and they are separated based on the length of their lives. Somehow, people start to dodge their death days and have to flee their planet as a result. It also features an M/M romance and a strong M/M/F friendship.

 

3. Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan

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There is more red, orange, and yellow on this cover, but I had to give this one a shout out because Maura Milan is a Filipina author. And look! A WOC on the cover, too! Apparently this  should feel like Throne of Glass but set in space. I’m a little hesitant when a book is pitched as “for fans of ToG” because the book never actually feels like ToG, but Ia, the main character, is a space outlaw who is caught by the imperialist nation she has been terrorizing and is forced to work for them. Seems like ToG set in space, so I’m in!

 

4. (Don’t) Call Me Crazy edited by Kelly Jensen

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Though I am very much anticipating this anthology, I’m also terrified by it. As you probably already know, I am learning to live with my own mental health disorder. It’s a touchy subject for me still, but I’m trying to become more comfortable with it, and I think reading this anthology will show me that others really can relate.

 

5. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

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I can’t wait for this one! And the cover is super pretty. I was actually lucky enough to grab an ARC without the cover art at YALLWEST. It’s another YA book about women competing to become queen but with a twist. The main character is hiding that she’s a yokai (demon) that can transform into a terrifying monster. There is also a half-human, half-yokai outcast. I’m hoping this feels something like Monstress and Inuyasha combined.


What books are you looking forward to for the rest of 2018? Any of these? Are you also obsessed with Assassin’s Apprentice like me??? Let me know!

Cya! ^^

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Top 5 Tuesday: Covers With Red, Orange, and Yellow

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Hey everyone! It’s that time of the week again! Another Top 5 Tuesday is upon us, and this week’s topic is covers with red, orange, and yellow. I tried to choose books that I’ve already read and am able to remember, so this was another slightly tricky topic for me because apparently I don’t read many books with these colors on the cover. You learn so many new things about yourself when you join book memes, I swear lol.

Anyways!

Here are my top 5 books with red, orange and yellow on the cover.


1. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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I love this cover. I love it more than the new covers ><! It has this comic book kind of vibe to it, and I like how huge and busy the city looks like from Victor’s perspective. I’m not sure about you, but covers set the mood before I read on and this went perfectly with how I pictured events in the book. If you haven’t read Vicious yet, it’s basically about two men with extraordinary powers who are trying to get revenge on each other for an event that happened ten years prior. It is filled with a morally gray cast that I was never sure who to completely root for. This was my first read of the year, and I ended up enjoying it more than Schwab’s Shades of Magic Trilogy.

 

2. Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

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If you follow me on Instagram, or have seen this cover yourself, then you know that it is a bright bright orange. And because it’s so bright it stands out to me. Set during the unstable political climate of Nigeria during the 80’s, this story features a modern couple in a traditional society that are unable to have children. Yejide and Akin were so interesting to read about because they seemed to have a sense of how they wanted to be but were constantly interrupted by their family and society’s beliefs and traditions.

 

3. Itazura na Kiss by Kaoru Tada

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I used to read a ton of shoujo manga when I was younger, but what I hated was the main characters would finally get together and that was it. We would never get to see the rest of their story. I enjoyed Itazura so much because it was the first time I read a shoujo manga where we get to see the main couple before they were together all the way to when they are married and expecting their first child. With that being said, Kotoko is not the smartest of cookies, and Naoki is kind of a jerk.

 

4. America is Not the Heat by Elaine Castillo

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I know! I’m cheating because I haven’t finished it yet, but the cover is super pretty and fits the prompt so it works! This is an ode to Filipinos written for Filipinos, and reading it feels like home. I’m listening to it on audio which is probably why I haven’t finished it yet, but I will get there!

 

5. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

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It’s been a minute since I’ve picked up anything by Sophie Kinsella, but this is the one book that I remember absolutely loving. In this story a lawyer some how ends up at a rich man’s house and ends up working as his maid. Sometimes I crave a cutesy romance full of tropes, and this hit the spot. It was hilarious and adorable, and I’m possibly due for a reread or another Sophie Kinsella book since Summer is among us!

 


So, I just realized I didn’t have any books with mostly red on the cover…><! How do I not have a favorite almost all red book???

Have you read anything on my list? What are some of your favorite red, orange, and yellow book covers? I’d love to chat about it!

Cya! ^^

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TOP 5 Tuesday: Favorite Science Fiction

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Hey everyone! It’s one of my favorite days of the week, Top 5 Tuesday! Today I’ll be talking about my top 5 favorite science fiction novels. This one was a bit tricky because science fiction isn’t a genre I’ve been comfortable with in the past, and I’ve read some that weren’t my favorite. So this list will definitely feature books I’ve talked about before.

I tried!


1. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

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Old Man’s War is the first purely science fiction novel that I’ve ever read, and I’m glad it was. In this story, and average joe joins the military on his 75th birthday and helps in the space colonization war. Like I’ve said before, I was hesitant to pick this up because I don’t fully understand how the military works, but this was easy to get into and quite funny! I definitely recommend this as a stepping stone into the adult science fiction genre.

2. Cress by Marissa Meyers

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The third book in The Lunar Chronicles, Cress continues on with the adventures of Cinder and company while introducing an adorable tech genius who has been trapped in a satellite that orbits the Earth for her entire life. I can’t stress how much of a good time I had while reading this series, and I have to read this again in the next year or two!

3. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, Translated by Ken Liu

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The Three-Body Problem is, at the very least, about scientists who take part in a virtual reality MMO to attempt to solve the three-body gravitational problem. This was my first experience reading a book categorized as hard science fiction. It took a ton of effort to get through, but it was worth it! You can find more of my thoughts on The Three-Body Problemhere.

4. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

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This was the first book that made it on my favorite shelves this year. It’s both fantasy and science fiction so I put it on this list. This amazing and completely relevant novel focuses on three characters and a world where apocalypses are the norm. The science in The Fifth Season is more ecological than techy so it was easier for me to get into than other books on this list. If you haven’t read this yet, I hope you give it  a shot because this and its entire trilogy are outstanding.

5. Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh

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I don’t know why this one didn’t get that much hype because it was awesome! It’s about a talented pilot who is recruited into a weapons development division in a future Seoul. There he meets a test subject named Tera who is in training to pilot a giant robot for the war. This reminded me of Neon Genesis Evangelion, a classic manga and anime.


Have you read any of these? Do you plan to? Can you recommend me your favorite science fiction novel? I’d love to here from you in the comments!

Cya! ^^

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Top 5 Tuesday: Last Lines

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This week’s Top 5 Tuesday is sort of like the sequel to last week’s topic which was Top 5 Favorite First Lines. I know there wasn’t supposed to be any spoilers in this post, but I’m pretty sure there is going to be spoilers anyways. For that reason, I formatted this so that you can scroll until you get to a book you haven’t read or don’t mind spoiling. Hope that helps!


1. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

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The other two pulled away from her breasts and added their voices to the call, translucent wings unfolding and stirring the air, and for the first time in hundreds of years, the night came alive with the music of dragons.

2. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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In the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. Their hands meet, and light spills in a flood like a hundred golden urns pouring out of the sun.

3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

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And the two girls clung to each other and wept, as outside the rain came down like a punishment, and nothing would ever be the same.

4. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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I cross the street without an arm to hold me back.

5. Night by Elie Wiesel

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From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me.


Done for the day! What books have some of your favorite lines? I’d love to know!

Cya! ^^

Top 5 Tuesday: Opening Lines

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Hey everyone! Usually I like to explain why I choose things I post for T5T and T5W, but it’s dead week for me at school, and I’m definitely feeling dead. x.x However, I still want to participate. What I can say is, for me, a great opening line makes me want to read on or captures the feel of the rest of the book. Here are my top 5 opening lines and the books they came from.


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“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

 

 

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“I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday. I visited my wife’s grave. Then I joined the army.”

-John Scalzi, Old Man’s War

 

 

 

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“There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.”

-Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

 

 

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“So you’re a girl and you’re poor, but at least you’re light-skinned–that’ll save you.”

-Elaine Castillo, America is Not the Heart

 

 

 

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

-Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

 


Did any of these quotes make you want to pick up any of these books? What are some of your favorite opening lines? Let me know!

Cya! ^^

Top 5 Tuesday: Series I Won’t Finish

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I’ve only gotten back to casually reading more than 5 books a year for a little over a year, so I feel like I’ve got so many series that I need to catch up on. This is a topic that I had to really think about because I tend to binge most series if I end up liking the first book or DNF’ing the first book altogether. Luckily I had my good ol’ Goodreads “Read” shelf to help me out. I have a feeling this might get a little controversial.


1. Study by Maria V. Snyder

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Not going to lie, I read this because I was promised a sexy romance like that of a Sarah J. Maas novel. I don’t feel like I got that when I read Poison Study. There was a lot of two people being in each other’s presence but there was no chemistry.

 

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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I read the first two books and loved them! But for some reason I didn’t pick up the last book right after. Now it’s been almost nine years, and I don’t remember much of the story and don’t feel the urge to reread the first two books to finally get to the final book. For now I won’t be finishing this series, but maybe I will have a Hunger Games itch in a couple more years.

 

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

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This is another series in which I liked the book but didn’t get to the next book soon enough, and now it’s been quite a few years and I’m uninterested. I did watch the movie, though!

 

4.  Warcross By Marie Lu

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I used to be a an obsessive gamer girl a few years back and I still like playing video and pc games today. I was ecstatic when I heard there was going to be a new YA book featuring an Asian girl who accidentally hacked into the biggest virtual reality game created. However, this fell flat for me. I saw the first reveal coming a mile away and immediately saw the second one coming after. I’ve decided to not continue on with this series in hopes of finding the book my gamer girl self has been looking for.

 

5. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

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I think this is a case of not reading the books when I was younger. I read the first book last year and thought that the writing was too formulaic. Percy and company would get into trouble, get out of trouble, and run to the next trouble over and over again. I am sure I would have loved this as a kid, but it’s not for me now.


Sooo, are there any series on this list you think I should reconsider? Any you agree with? What series will you not be finishing? Let me know!

Cya! ^^