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Reading List for Class on YA| Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This weeks topic is; Book List for Class on YA
This week topic is pretty cool, in honour of going ‘back to school’ this week we’re making a class reading list on a topic/genre of our choice.
I thought I would take this opportunity to recommend some YA books from different genres!

1) YA Feminist
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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Every class should have to read a feminist novel, in my opinion. It is an extremely important message to share and I feel Moxie does that well!



2) YA Fantasy
Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell


Everyone likes a good fantasy, right? Sebastien De Castell was a new author to me this year. I picked up Spellslinger on a whim, not knowing anything about it and ended up loving it!



3) YA LGBT
Simon vs The Homosapien Agenda by Becki Albertali


Another important message; LGBT. Unfortunately, I haven’t read a lot of it, which I need to change but my favourite so far is Simon vs. It’s such a cute story and a must read in the LGBT genre!


4) YA Sci-fi
The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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The Illuminae Files
are definitely some of my favourite sci-fi books, the unique format and fast paced plot is amazing. However, I have yet to read the final book, I know, I know, I need to get on it asap!


5) YA Romance
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

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If you’re looking for a cute, fluffy romance, then I highly recommend this. It is a seriously adorable story that even warmed my cold heart.


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Books I Like with Tropes I Hate | Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This weeks topic is; Books You Liked with Tropes You Usually Hate

First of all, let’s talk tropes.
A trope I am really not a fan of, yet seems I like a lot of books with it in is;
Love Triangles.
First of all, I think it’s wrong, it’s essentially cheating and that’s just plain wrong. Man, YA writers love a good love triangle, really it’s such a bad thing to normalise. Yet I am trash for certain books with love triangles!?  What is wrong with me. Love triangles have a tendency to annoy me anyway, as the author usually turn one of the love interests into an arse.

*Warning there will be spoilers*


Juliet, Adam and Warner
Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

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Okay, so I don’t absolutely love these books or the ships but it’s an enjoyable series. The love triangle, however, was the worst part of this book. I didn’t really like Adam or Warner much, Warner did grow on me towards the end but overall just meh.
I hate the fact Warner is redeemed in literally every way possible and that Adam starts off being nice and is turned into an arse so that Warner looks like a better match.

 


Dorian, Celaena and Chaol
Throne of Glass

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The first love triangle from SJM on this list, this is the one that doesn’t bother me as much as the next. I shipped Dorian and Celaena from the beginning (and I’m still kinda mad they never got together?!) After Celaena and Chaol ultimately get together she then turns Chaol into an arse and gives her another love interest. *Sigh*


Adam, Blue and Gansey
The Raven Cycle

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This kind-of love triangle doesn’t bother me too much. I adore the characters in this and I love the pairings they ultimately end up in. However, there is a bit of a love triangle as it is kinda obvious Adam and Blue are going nowhere and that Blue starts falling for Gansey. I can’t be mad at it as it is painfully obvious from book one that Gansey is Blue’s true love.


Tamlin, Feyre and Rhysand
A Court of Thorns and Roses By Sarah J Maas

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I love ACOTAR but was the love triangle necessary? No.
Was it necessary to turn the first love interest into a completely unlikeable arse? No
What could’ve happened was Feyre just falling out of love, it happens, it’s normal but no SJM has a habit of turning previous love interests into unlikeable characters.


Change of trope now; The Lost Princess
The whole lost Princess thing is usually way overdone and it can be a bit annoying. This trope also works with Throne of Glass.
But I decided to go with Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.

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I have to admit, this is done really well. The main character, Kelsey, knows she’s royalty but it is hidden away for her own safety until she’s old enough to rule. I really love this trilogy but the ending is another story.



Let me know any books you love with tropes you hate!  I’d love to hear your opinions!
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Books I Have Removed From My TBR | Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This weeks topic is; Books You’ve Removed From Your TBR; Discuss the books that you wanted to read at one point, but don’t anymore.

*A few of these are going to have similar reasons/explanations 

1) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
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I picked this up in a charity shop and I did want to read but I never ended up reaching for it. I decided to unhaul this and give it back to a charity shop!

2) Captive Prince by C S Pacat
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I’ve heard some bad things about this book, I’ve also had it sat on my shelves for ages and I no longer have any interest in picking it up.

3) Ringer by Lauren Oliver
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This is the second book in the Replica series, I didn’t really enjoy the first one, it was pretty boring but I kinda wanted to see what happened. I did plan on picking up the sequel but over time I completely forgot about it and no longer have any desire to continue.

4) The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
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After seeing a lot of negative reviews I decided I wasn’t going to read this one.
It doesn’t sound like something I would enjoy, I’ll trust the reviews I’ve seen and give it a pass!

5) Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
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The premise of this book sounded interesting, which is what initially drew me towards this. I am not actually a subscriber of Sasha so I wouldn’t have got it just for her. However, from reviews and some quotes I’ve seen it doesn’t seem like a well written story at all. Since I didn’t buy the book, I had an eArc, I decided to give it a miss!


Let me know any books you’ve dropped from your to-read pile/list!

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Predicting Future Classics | Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
The topic for this week is; Future Classics – What books do you think will withstand the test of time?
I thought this topic was going to be a hard one but the more I  thought about it the more I realised I’ve read some pretty amazing books that hopefully will withstand the test of time.

On to the books;

 

1) Percy Jackson and the Olympians
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If the Percy Jackson Series (and basically all of Rick Riordan’s books) don’t become children’s classics there is something wrong with the world. No one writes kids books like Rick Riordan, they’re enjoyable for basically any age and they’re absolutely hilarious.


2) The Handmaid’s Tale

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I think technically this is already a ‘modern classic’ but I definitely think this will be a ‘proper’ classic one day, like 1984 by George Orwell. This is such an important novel, I think everyone, especially women, should read this. It’s a very eye-opening and worrying story. I  have a full review here.

 


3) A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin

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4) The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

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Pretty much the same as A Song of Ice and Fire, I don’t think fantasy books date. The Mistborn trilogy are some of the best books I have ever read, I feel like all of Brandon Sanderson’s books should be classics one day.


5) His Dark Materials

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Another ‘children’s’ series, but these books are definitely darker and not as light-hearted as Rick Riordan’s books but it is an epic, adventurous fantasy story.  I always found it odd that this series is classed as children’s books, to me at least, it reads more like YA.


Do you agree with any of these? Comment and let me know!

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Best Books of 2018 (So Far)|Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This weeks topic is; Best Books You’ve Read So Far in 2018

This list is in no particular order, they’re all great in their own way and I don’t think I could possibly rank them! All these books have a 4 Star rating or above.
The most surprising things; there’s 3 audiobooks and a classic on this list, which is crazy for me, I only started listening to audiobooks last year but have been enjoying them hugely this year! And a classic?! Madness.


1)  Jane Eyre
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So far, this is the only classic I’ve read that I can honestly say I loved. I adored this book, it has become one of my all-time favourite books and definitely the best classic I’ve read thus far. I gave Jane Eyre 5/5 Stars!
Review here!



2) Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

33291466The first audiobook of this list. This book (and series) is such a great YA fantasy story, I loved everything about this book and the narrator was great! I also listened to the second book on audio and loved it too! I was lucky enough to receive an arc of the third book but I would definitely listen to the audiobook in the future! I gave Spellslinger 5/5 Stars!
Review here!


3) The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

_20180328_140954.JPGAnother audiobook but a surprising genre, for me. I never usually read mystery books, however, this sparked my interest and I ended up loving it! It’s definitely a hard one to keep up with and requires a lot of concentration but it’s worth it!
I gave The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle 4.5/5 Stars!
Review here!


4) Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan

_20180326_172550.JPGThe third and final audiobook on this list, this one is a sci-fi romance that completely had me hooked from the beginning. I devoured this book, I could not stop listening.
I gave Hold Back the Stars 4.5/5 Stars!
Review here!


5) Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne
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After falling in love with Jane Eyre I was super excited to get to some Jane Eyre retellings and this one intrigued me the most as it is a sci-fi retelling. I was worried it wouldn’t work but in my opinion, it worked great!
I gave Brightly Burning 4.5/5 Stars!
Review here!


Let me know some of the best books you’ve read so far this year! I am always looking for recommendations!

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