Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Polarizing Books

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:

January 18th: Favorite Polarizing Books
–These are books that people either tend to love or hate, with no in between. Pick some of your favorites that fall into this category.

Another great topic because I have a lot of books that I really like, but a lot of people hate.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

The Maze Runner series by James Dashner

This book is sort of like Lost in terms of divisiveness. But the reason why like this series is because of the characters. All of the characters had great development and good arcs and you wanted to see what would happen to them as the series went. While I did feel that the series got weaker as it went on, I still enjoyed reading the series.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

While Mockingjay isn’t my favorite of the Hunger Games trilogy and it kinda does suffer from Return of the Jedi syndrome especially following a great book like Catching Fire. A lot of people didn’t like how dark the ending came but I like the fact that it had a bitter sweet ending.

The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

This book came out around the time of the Twilight series and vampires were everywhere. Thinking about the series I actually fairly enjoyed the series more than I thought. A lot of people don’t really like the series, mainly because of the comparison to the Twilight series.

The Gossip Girl series by Cecily Von Ziegesar

A lot of people know Gossip Girl mainly because of the TV show, and yes the TV show takes a lot of liberties from the books, but I actually really like the books, and it maybe cliche for me to say that the book is better. But at least the TV show actually did a good job with the character of Serena and making her not to perfect.

The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer

Surprised! So am I. Even after my discussion of Twilight: Good or Bad, I can’t help but say that I actually like the series. I know the millions of problems that the books has, but this book did get me back into reading again especially after the ending of Harry Potter. Even as a an adult I can still look back at the series as more of a nostalgia trip.

Those are my favorite polarizing books. What are your favorite polarizing books? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want to-Reread

Hello and Happy Wednesday everyone, and for those in the US Happy Thanksgiving! And here is another  Top 5 Wednesday, and sorry that I haven’t done these in a while.

November 23: Books I Want to Re-Read
–Though it seems like we are all constantly chasing the next upcoming release, let’s take a trip down memory lane and talk about some books that we’d like to re-visit.

Another great topic, because there are times that I love rereading books especially those that I really like.

Six of Crows duology

I love this series, its one of my favorites. I love all the characters in this series, and I want to see more of those characters, but it did end well and I love both books.

The Hunger Games trilogy

Another favorite trilogy of mine, I remember reading the books when the first came out loving it, seeing the movies and liking those as well. I always wanted to do a series re-visited and talk about what I thought of the series and why I love them. It may come in 2017.

The Gossip Girl series

This was a series I read back in high school/college and it was mainly because my sisters read them and wouldn’t shut up about them so I decided to give them a read and I actually liked the books. While it may be classified as a “guilty pleasure” read it was surprisingly good and very different from the show. I also may out that in my series revisited posts.

The Gallagher Girls series

Another series I read back in high school and I actually reread the first two books over the summer and realizing how much I like the series. It was a sort of Buffy meets Alias, in which girls are enrolled in a spy school in the cover of a prep school. Another book series I may do a series revisited post.

The Lunar Chronicles

Another one of my all time favorite series which is basically Star Wars meets fairy tales. I love all the characters and how each book is a retelling of classic fairy tales in a futuristic world. This is a series I always would would to read again and again.

That is the books I would love to reread. What books would you like to reread? Let me know in the comments below! And have a Happy Thanksgiving.

 

 

Gilmore Girls Book Tag

With the upcoming revival coming back and also the fact that the UP channel is playing an every Gilmore Girls ever marathon, why not do a tag of one of my favorite shows Gilmore Girls. And yes I am a Gilmore Guy. I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I thought it would be fun to do. This tag was created by punksandpaperbooks.

Lorelai-A character with a witty or sarcastic sense of humor

Tyrion Lanniseter from A Song of Ice and Fire. As a former hand to King Joffrey, we always knew what to say in the toughest of times, and he always had a good wit about him.

Rory – Your favorite classic

Matilda by Roald Dahl. It was one of the first chapter books I read, and it is of course my favorite classic because I can relate a lot to the character of Matilda and her love for reading.

Luke – A book you secretly love, but are afraid to admit.

I pick Gossip Girl, while most would think of the show, and I know it would be a cliche for me to say this but, the book is better. I was in high school/college when the book came out, and it would be weird as a guy to say that I openly love Gossip Girl, but I do.

Lane – A musical character

I pick August from This Savage Song. He carries around his guitar not just because he loves music but it is also his weapon and how he uses his powers.

Dean- Your first book love (character or book you first loved!)

Hermione Granger, what can I say. I like my ladies smart and bookish.

Sooki – A book you’ve devoured

Champion by Marie Lu, it took an entire bus ride from Boston to Washington DC to read the book from start to finished and I loved it.

Jess- A book you love, that gets the most hate.

Despite what people may think of the story, I actually like the series a lot. I love the characters and how they interacted with each other. The movies, were pretty bad and didn’t follow the book.

Miss Patty – A book that was ruined by the hype

I was told that this was a Harry Potter meets Buffy, and when I finished the book I just felt a very “meh” feeling towards it. But this was a book I felt was way over hyped. I am currently reading Lady Midnight and I like what I am reading so far.

Emily Gilmore – expensive book

While the other Song of Ice and Fire books I bought were paperback, this is the only hard cover and boy it was very expensive compared to the other books.

Paris – An uptight character

Radu, from And I Darken, he was very whiny in the book and very uptight, hopefully like Paris he loosens up in future books.

That is my Gilmore Girls Book Tag. Can’t wait for Gilmore Girls to come out on Friday, in which I will be binge watching.

If you are reading this consider yourself tagged.

 

Hype or Like Friday: Books That Made Me Want to Read

Happy Friday everyone,

September’s Theme for Hype of Like Friday is Back to School and the Book of Month is Carry on by Rainbow Rowell

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

September 16th- Books That Made Me Want To Read- Think about what books you read while you were in school that made you want to read. Maybe you were an English Lit major in college because you fell in love with Shakespeare or Jane Austen.

Reading has always been important to me, while sometimes it feels required but I always liked reading different books growing up. So this I will be talking about books I read through most of my school life, and helped with my love for reading.

Elementary school/Middle school:

Roald Dahl books:

Growing up, Roald Dahl was everywhere and come one, his books are amazing. I loved the characters he wrote, the world’s we created and the imaginations he had. If I were to pick my favorites it would include; Matilda, The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. While I started with Matilda I wanted to see the other books he wrote and I never looked back.

Goosebumps by R.L Stine

Also growing up as a child of the 90s, Goosebumps was also everywhere. It was a horror anthology book series, and some of the stories was really dark and scary, which meant it was awesome. Every story had a unique twist on horror stories and that’s why I loved them.

Animorphs by K.A. Applegate

Another series from Scholastic, Animorphs was one of the first series I read. It felt weird at the time because I had to start at book one and than read the books in order. It was also one of my first science fiction books I read. It tells the story about an invasion that it happening on Earth in which parasites infect the human brain and than the Aliens control them. Very good series.

High school years:

I didn’t read much in high school because I was busy reading for other classes but I did find time to read a few books.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Okay, so I started reading the book after the Fellowship of the Rings movie came out. But the movie was awesome so I decided to read the books, and loved them. It was one of the first high fantasy books I read and it had great characters and excellent world building.

Gossip Girl series:

Yes, I read the Gossip Girl books, and I could fully say that the books are better and very different from the show. Actually my sister read the books first and than I wanted to see what the big deal was, so I decided to read them. While now it may seem very “guilty pleasure” I still enjoyed reading the series.

 

The one that started it all:

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

You knew this was coming. Ever since telemetry school when my 6th grade teacher read the book to class after recess, I loved the Harry Potter series. The world was amazing, I wanted to go to Hogwarts and play Quidditch. Also the Harry Potter series introduced me to an online fan community Mugglenet.com. There people discussed theories about the book series, excitement for movie casting news and just all around love for Harry Potter. Harry Potter got me to really love reading for pleasure.

There you have it. Those are the books that made me want to read. What books made you want to read? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Top 5 Wednesday-Unlikable Characters

Happy Wednesday everyone,

Sorry I haven’t been doing these in a while, its just that some of the topics I couldn’t think of anything to write about those.

This is one I was very excited to see and boy do I have some unpopular opinions or popular depending on who you ask. This is Top 5 unlikable characters, that are not villains. This is just my opinion, if you love these characters that’s fine, to me they were unlikable.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Magnus from Falling Kingdoms

I know a lot of people ship him and Cleo, but I can’t ship it. I feel he was intended to be a “dark prince” sort of like Zuko from The Last Airbender. But I always felt he was too whiny and he also did something that I felt was unforgivable, if you read the book you know what I am talking about.

Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments series

I used movie Clary as an example because, while show Clary comes off as unlikable she is a better actress than movie Clary. The problem I have is Clary is that she is boring and bland. I feel that the supporting characters are so much better. I also don’t care for her romances.

Serena van der Woodson from Gossip Girl series

Before you kill me, I am talking specifically about book Serena. Book Serena was very arrogant and almost a Mary-Sue. She got into ivy-league schools with mediocre grades, a starring role in movies and boys worshiping the ground she walks on. I do credit the series for at least improving Serena’s character and grounding her a bit. For the record I like show Serena.

Gale Hawthrone from the Hunger Games

Yes, come at me Gale girls! He was basically the hometown guy, he is bland and boring. While he did get better a little by Mockingjay, but unlike Peeta, he doesn’t know what it was like to be in the Hunger Games.

Christian Grey from Fifty Shades of Grey

Yeah, you know this was coming. I seriously don’t know why the girls go for him. He is basically a controlling, abusive stalker and needs a therapist and not a girlfriend. I know he is suppose to be dark and mysterious, and could have worked as a Don Draper type, but he wasn’t written that way.

There’s my list. Who are some unlikable characters from books you have read. Let me know in the comments below.

 

Hamilton Book Tag

Okay, here is an exciting Tag and it is based on one of my favorite musicals Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, which is a telling of the founding father Alexander Hamilton. I wasn’t tagged but this excites me so I am doing it.

The musical is very good, which I may review because every song is good. If you can’t afford tickets because Broadway tickets listen to soundtrack on spotify  and you will not regret it.

The tag was originally done by maureenkeavy

The Room Where It Happens | Book world you would put yourself in

At 11 years old, who didn’t want to live in the Wizarding World and go to school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Schuyler Sisters: An Underated Female Character

Sabriel from Sabriel, who I see as a badass warrior but is never really mentioned along side the other leading leadies of YA

My Shot | A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

Jonas from Falling Kingdom, I know he was a bit whinny in the first book but that never stopped him leading a rebellion against the king.

Stay Alive | A character you wish was still alive

Enough said.

Burn | The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read

If you have read the series, you know why.

The Reynolds Pamphlet | A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming

For Gone Girl, this it me by suprise. Steelheart was the defination of what I didn’t see coming and the less I say about The Song of Ice and Fire the better.

Non-stop | A series you marathoned

After reading Cinder I juped right into Scarlet and Cress and then waiting pratically a year and half for Winter.

Satisfied | Favorite book with multiple POVs

This is what I think is the definitive fantasy series and that really nails how to do multiple points of view.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story | A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

Lunar Chronicles really nails how to do fairy tale retelling and mixing in Sci Fi while telling a compelling story.

Harry Potter, after almost 10 years since the publiation of Deathly Hallows, the fandom is bigger and better than ever.

Helpless | A relationship you were pulling for from the very start

From the first few page, who didn’t want to see them together.

Ten Duel Commandments | Favorite fight scene

Cinder vs. Levena, the Luke vs. Vader of the series

Say No To This | Guilty pleasure read

I don’t care what anyone says, I thought the books was awesome, and better than the TV show.

Right Hand Man | Favorite BROTP

Will and Jem, Brolationship goals.

What’d I Miss | A book or series you were late to reading

Just started reading a few months ago and so far it is amazing.

That was hard but very fun. Thanks for reading!