Favourite Polarising Books

This was originally meant to be a Top 5 Wednesday post in two weeks time, but I just couldn’t wait to post this, and I also couldn’t narrow my list of 9 down to a mere 5.
Now down to business! I read a lot of polarising books, because that’s just usually how I hear about them. Everyone’s always on rants about how bad they are, or how ‘amazing and beautiful and deep and philosophical’ they are. And because of such mixed reviews, I of course have to pick the books up myself to form my own opinion!

Obviously this couldn’t be a post by me if I didn’t start with

  1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
    Everyone I know loves this book, and a few I’ve seen online really don’t like it, and they just don’t understand all the hype. I’ve yet to see for myself more than a handful of people who are so-so about these books.
  2. Anything Cassandra Clare
    The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, The Bane Chronicles, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, The Dark Artifices, you name it. Clare has a never-ending list of books coming, and a lot of people think she’s milking the cow. Personally, I think she needs to keep milking the cow for a long time yet, because nothing beats sitting down with a good Cassie Clare book.
  3. The Selection by Kiera Cass
    Most people don’t like these books. They find our protagonist annoying and whiny, our prince indecisive, and our characters bland. If you think that, your opinion is wrong. Everyone is, of course, entitled to their own opinions, but in my opinion, your opinion is wrong. I will reread these books until the end of time.
  4. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
    I can’t even express how much I love these books. If you don’t like them, I don’t think I can ever look at you in the same way. Ever again. I am truly sorry, but these books have a strong hold on my heart.
  5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    Most people I know or have seen online love this book. There are a few though, who find Cath annoying and unrealistic. I think she’s my long lost twin. So sorry to inform Cath haters that I am indeed, almost exactly like her. Annoyances and unrealistic-ness and all.
  6. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
    A lot of people love this book, but an almost equal amount think it has a disgusting message about disabilities and life. I love this book. It’s touching, beautiful, realistic, and absolutely gut-wrenching.
  7. Looking for Alaska by John Green
    Apparently this book too, is ‘unrealistic’ and has ‘bland characters’. Yet again, I’m telling you that your opinion is wrong. This book has characters with depth and emotion, and this book broke my heart into teeny tiny irreplaceable shards with its beauty.
  8. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
    I think basically everyone loves this book. And if you don’t, you pretend you do, so the fans won’t murder you. This book is beautiful and just asdfghjkl. It has all the feels.
  9. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
    I feel as though this book is either a 5-star rating or a 1-star rating. No in-between. You either cry and scream and cry again, all the while going on and on about the beauty of the writing and the characters, or you scream in frustration, launch the book into a wall, and never pick it up again. I’m definitely the former.

    I hope you enjoyed this post! What are your favourite polarising books? Any the same as mine? Please comment your favourites! 🙂
    Byeeeeee ❤

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5 Goals for 2017

Hey guys! So in terms of Top 5 Wednesday, I’ve been a bit AWOL lately, so I decided to do this week’s topic; my goals for 2017. This don’t necessarily have to be reading goals, and most of my 2017 goals aren’t. I hope you enjoy!

(This aren’t in any particular order).

  1. Goodreads Reading Challenge
    I’m starting senior school this year, so I’ve set a reading goal for only 40 books this year, even though I read 90 last year. It’s definitely time for me to focus on my studies.
  2. Be a better friend
    I wouldn’t call myself a bad friend, necessarily, but I need to hang out with my friends more, and not be so antisocial when they are with me. I started to feel really bad about a week ago when I realised how little I’ve been there for them all this past year.
  3. Be more active on my blog
    Yes, this goal is about you guys! Last year was my first year on this blog, and I wasn’t entirely sure what I was doing. And even once I had grasped the reigns, I still found pathetic excuses for not posting. This year, I’m aiming to be a much more active blogger.
  4. Focus on my studies
    As I stated in my first goal, this one really needs to happen. My report last year wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either. I’m going to need much better grades to get into university.
  5. Get my driver’s licence  
    I’ve been able to get my Learner’s Licence ever since my birthday last July, but I have had the most dreadful excuses whenever my dad or my friend asked me why I hadn’t gotten it yet. “I’m busy with school at the moment”, “I’ll probably kill someone if I drive”… I need to woman up and get my goddamn licence already!There are my top 5 goals for 2017! What are your goals for 2017? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
    Byeeeeee ❤

Anticipated January 2017 Releases

January 3 –

Wayfarer (Passenger #2) by Alexandra Bracken

January 10 –

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

January 17 –

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

January 31 –

Wires and Nerves Volume One by Marissa Meyer

By Your Side by Kasie West

These are all of my anticipated January 2017 releases! How about you? What books do you look forward to this month? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Byeeeeee ❤