Top 5 Tuesday: Books That Exceeded My Expectations

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This week’s topic is top 5 books that exceeded our expectations. This was actually quite a hard list to narrow down to 5 choices. I feel like I haven’t read as many five star books as I used to so my expectations are pretty middle of the lane. It’s not often I’m absolutely sure that a book is going to be great. But I’m so happy when it is. And then I usually talk about it 800 times so everyone else knows about it. Spread the positivity, right?

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1. A Bad Breed by Kat Ross
I had 3 star expectations going into this. The premise wasn’t really something I had read before, but it sounded decent so I signed up for the blog tour. Turns out I absolutely loved it! And the two books that have come after also received 5 stars.

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2. Normal People by Sally Rooney
I received this as a Christmas present and I was a little apprehensive because I don’t often read general fiction. But the thought behind the gift and who it came from was the absolute sweetest thing that still makes my heart happy to this day so I picked it up. My god, what a novel. I have never read something that hit me in the feels so hard. There were so SO many tears shed. I can’t recommend this one enough.

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3. Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks
Wow. This was something. I’m always drawn to psychological thrillers and hope they’re good but this was just damn. The twists and turns will keep you flipping through the pages at lightning speed until you reach the gripping conclusion.

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4. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I can’t even begin to tell you how apprehensive I was about this one. I really didn’t like the Summer Trilogy so my expectations were set at ground level for this. I never had plans on picking this one up, but then I saw the movie and loved it so I needed to read the book. It was so good. Sorry I doubted you, Jenny Han.

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5. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
Three Dark Crowns was pretty average for me. The first 75% was slow and then all of a sudden it sped up and with the way it ended I knew I needed to pick up the second one. But I was definitely a little scared to. So many fantasies go through second book syndrome and I didn’t want a repeat of the boring aspects of the first. Yeah, I didn’t need to worry. I LOVED One Dark Throne and can’t wait to get to the third book in the series.

Top 5 Tuesday: 5 Fantasy Books I Want To Read This Summer

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This week’s topic is top 5 fantasy novels, but I decided to switch it up a little bit and do the top 5 fantasy novels that I want to get to this summer. I have so many fantasy books sitting in my apartment that haven’t received the love they deserve, so this summer I’m going to try and change that. Some of these are books I’ve said I would get to for ages, so it’s about damn time I pick them up.

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1. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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2. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

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3. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

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4. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

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5. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Didn’t Get to in 2018

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This week’s topic is books I didn’t manage to get to in 2018. Considering how many books are constantly coming out, I’m pretty sure I’ll always be behind on reading everything that I want to read. I think as fellow bookworms, you guys can easily relate to that feeling. Why isn’t possible to pause time for a bit so we can be able to read all the books?

Picking this list was hard, but I’m pretty happy with it. These are definitely books I’m sad I didn’t get to this year, but for sure will be running out to buy in 2019.

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1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Another fantasy novel with a whole lot of political intrigue? Sign me up. I have a feeling there’s also going to be plenty of moral greyness, which is everything I need when it comes to fantasy.

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2. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
This book is going to break my heart into a million pieces. But I’m still going to read it and cry over it anyway.

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3. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Nothing is better than an enemies-to-lovers romance. Nothing.

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4. Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Another book that I’m sure is going to make me cry plenty. I’ve literally cried over 3 books in my life and here I am about to turn 2019 into the year I cry over a million of them.

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5. The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
This sounds like the perfect romance that will tug at the heart strings in every way possible. So basically right up my alley.

Top 5 Tuesday: Tropes I’ve Had Enough Of

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This week’s topic is tropes I’ve had enough of. While reading, there are definitely a few tropes out there that make me roll my eyes so hard, they might eventually get stuck like that. Some are overplayed, some are unrealistic, and others are just a mentality we really need to break out of in 2018. Read below to see my five picks.

1. Girl-on-girl hate
This is one of the tropes that grinds on my gears the most. The way women treat each other in books can be so cruel. A sub-genre of this trope is the girl who thinks she’s “not like other girls” and then proceeds to hate on every other girl to somehow make herself seem superior. The only thing she’s really doing is making herself look bad. Also when girls get super catty with each other over nothing. Ladies, we need to be building one another up, not tearing each other down!

2. Slut shaming
This ties into the first topic because women definitely do slut shame one another, but men in books are also so guilty of this, which makes my stomach churn. It is absolutely no one’s business who a woman may or may not be sleeping with, how many people she’s slept with, if what she’s wearing might be too revealing, etc.. In books, no matter which character is saying it, it’s usually a comparison to the main love interest as well. Just compliment the main girl and leave other women out of it.

3. Insta-love
NO. NO NO NO. Anyone who knows how much I read and blog hears me bitch about this one a lot. This is not a thing in real life oh my god. You do not meet someone and fall in love with them in the span of a week. Sure, you can like them a lot and be so attracted to them it hurts and have this connection you’ve never felt with anyone else before, but you know nowhere near enough about them to fall in love. Experience a real hardship first. Live together for a bit. Do more than bang each other every moment you see one another. My god. Repeat after me book characters: I am not in love after a week.

4. The never-present parents
This is one that YA contemporary novels are so guilty of. I don’t understand how characters can just take a road trip to anywhere at a moment’s notice or stay out all night all the time. I grew up with pretty chill parents, and every time a 15 or 16 year old is out at a 24/7 diner by themselves at 3am it blows my mind. Like why are you not in bed? Or at the very least in your room in your PJs watching Netflix? Go home.

5. How every single guy in a contemporary romance is loaded
This is a half-complaint because don’t get me wrong, if a guy who had a face and body that looked like it was hand-carved by the Gods, owned his own company, and had the greatest personality ever was trying to get into my pants and make me his wife, I wouldn’t be turning him down. That’s for damn sure. Like please, hit me up and let’s get married. I just don’t understand how almost every single guy in a contemporary romance novel falls under this category. I get it, it’s hot. I agree. But sometimes it’s just a lot.

Top 5 Tuesday: Characters I’d Want as a Best Friend

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This week’s topic is five characters I’d want as a best friend. While a lot of times we tend to focus on our bookish crushes, there are plenty of characters out there who warrant the title of best friend. Read below to see my five picks!

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1. Simon from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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2. Dorian from the Throne of Glass series

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3. Arsinoe from the Three Dark Crowns series

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4. Savannah, Paige, Vivienne, and Charlotte from One More Moment

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5. Jeremiah from The Summer I Turned Pretty Series