TTT | Books I’d Gladly Throw into the Ocean

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Today’s topic is on books that I’d gladly would throw into the ocean, and we all know I’ll have tons of fun with this topic.

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Truly, anything by Mark Twain I would happily throw into the ocean but at the top of that list is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It’s boring and racist (and don’t come at me with that “it was the time period” bullshit)!
  2. Breaking Dawn – Obviously the whole series could be included with this, but I would have to have this one specifically to throw. I mean the honeymoon chapters, the vampire baby, that graphic labor scene, the anti-climatic ending, I could go on and on.
  3. Romeo and Juliet – Can we please for the love of everything holy find another Shakespeare tragedy?? Any other tragedy? I’m tired of people referencing this and mistaking this as a romance. IT IS NOT A ROMANCE!
  4. The Scarlet Letter – Girl meets boy, girls gets pregnant, boy doesn’t take responsibility, town blames the girl for everything, girl dies, town realizes they were wrong, the end. There, now you don’t have to read it.
  5. The Great Gatsby – A book about a middle-class man, who is obsessed with a rich man, and said rich man cannot get the girl that he is obsessed with. Everyone is horrible in this book, so can we please find another book that goes through the American Experience besides that of rich white men.
  6. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – I mean yes it was a play but still. Overboard, it goes!! I absolutely hate what the screen writers did to these characters, although the woman who shall not be named is not doing well on this front either lately.
  7. Shadow and Bone – I’m probably alone in this thought process, and I know I’ll probably get a lot of disagreement on this in the comments. However, I just thought this was another fantasy young adult book that offered nothing really new in the genre. Although when I read it I was pretty burned out on YA Fantasy.
  8. All the Pretty Horses – There were horses, this took place in Texas, specifically on the border, and I think that is all I remember about this book.
  9. The Ball and the Cross – I truly still do not understand this book to this day. If anyone can let me know about it….actually, nope never mind, I really do not care.
  10. Red Hood – I mean the anti-transgender motifs throughout the book were unsettling to me. Plus, I was hoping this book would be about the girls turning into wolves not the other way around.

Happy (Not) Reading Lovelies!

#FridayFives | Excited to Read in 2020 but Were Let Down

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

Today’s topic covers books that I was excited to read this year but were supremely let down.

Reason I wanted to read it: I’ve read Stephanie Perkins previous books which were always fun, lighthearted books. I’m also a sucker for a good murder mystery story.

Why I was let down: The book felt rushed, and I called who the murderer was super early in the book. It was mostly a fun weekend read.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Reason I wanted to read it: Books centered around a bisexual woman are sometimes hard to find. I also absolutely love, love, love the title; it’s such a perfect title for what LGBTQ people deal with in general.

Why I was let down: I was annoyed by most of the characters and the perpetuation of the myth that bisexuals are sex obsessed or sex addicts.

Full Review

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Reason I wanted to read it: The fantasy elements and again, another book that features LGBTQ+ characters. I’ll read any book that has diversity.

Why I was let down: The world-building was a bit weak, and I never felt any real connections with the characters. They weren’t bad, they just didn’t feel fully fleshed out.

Full Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Reason I wanted to read it: The cover was what drew me in, as well as the contemporary fantasy elements.

Why I was let down: I was, well, bored. I didn’t feel attached to any of the characters nor did I feel the need to keep reading either.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Reasons I wanted to read it: I love a good re-telling of classic stories or fairytales. Also, I was kinda hoping that the girls also turned into wolves.

Why I was let down: The author let it seem that the point was to not kill boys and men, but to stop them from turning into wolves in the first place. Yet, that wasn’t played out in the book, so it seemed contradictory. Also the slight transphobic elements in the novel left a bad taste in my mouth.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Happy Reading Lovelies

September 2020 Wrap-Up

Oh boy! Who would’ve thought I’d look back on 2016 fondly? Because I definitely didn’t; 2020 is not pulling any punches. I still cannot believe The Notorious R.B.G. died, so for anyone who lives in the United States and is over 18 vote like your life depends on it!!

Stats

💜 Books Read: I’ve read 7 books this month
💜 Total Pages: 2,051
💜 Authors Gender: I read 5 books by female authors & 2 books by male authors
💜 Book Genres: I’ve read 3 YA books, 2 Adult books, & 2 picture books | Within in these, were 1 horror, 1 mystery, 4 fantasy, & 1 biography
💜 Release Dates: I read 6 from 2020 & 1 from 2017

Favorite Read This Month

Cannot choose between the two because they are so different! Also, just realized I didn’t post my review of Mexican Gothic, so that will be posted this coming Monday. The review for The Inheritance Games can be found here.

Least Favorite Book This Month

The library I work at does book reviews throughout the year for the Heart of Texas literature. This was one of the books I chose, and I was sooo excited for it. Then I was super disappointed. There’s plot points dropped and never resolved. The whole idea of violence for violence instead of trying to raise boys better was a hard pill to swallow for me. I just didn’t like this book.

Books I’m Still Reading

Lovely War is wonderful so far, but it’s a story I want to savor. I’m having such a difficult time with Kingdom of Ash because I hate the torture Aelin is going through. I only started The Devil and the Dark Water yesterday (I received an e-ARC), and I’m hooked. Sammy and Arent are in love and no one can convince me otherwise!

In Honor of R.B.G.

Enjoy one of these books by or about the amazing R.B.G. May she rest in peace!

Notorious RBG
My Own Words
Conversations with RBG
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life

Happy Reading, Lovelies!