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 ❤

5 Favourite Non-Canon Pairings

Here I am, with my first T5W of the month. Finally. Sorry for being so inactive these past few weeks. (SPOILER WARNING: SPOILERS FOR AGENTS OF SHIELD SEASON 1 AND AGENTS OF SHIELD SEASON 3)

So here are my top 5 non-canon pairings (including couples that are not together in the end of the series).

  1. Daisy and Fitzsimmons (Agents of Shield) – BROTP
  2. Felicity and Fitzsimmons (Arrow + Agents of Shield) – BROTP
  3. Skye and Felicity [NOT DAISY!! Character development has me shipping Skye and Felicity, but not Daisy and Felicity. And Skye and Felicity are my two hacker babies.] (Agents of Shield + Arrow) – BROTP
  4. Skyeward (Agents of Shield) – OTP
  5. StaticQuake (Agents of Shield) – OTP

So there you have it! My 5 favourite non-canon pairings.

I would have also included WHY I loved all of them but I actually wanted to post this on a Wednesday for once. Not sure if I’ll be participating again next week. The topic is ‘favourite spooky settings’. I don’t read books or watch TV shows with creepy settings. XD

I know this post is really short, but I’ll do my best to post again as soon as possible!!

Byeeeeee ❤

5 Gateway Books to my Favourite Genre

I love a lot of genres, but I have to say that my favourite is fantasy. So here are 5 essential fantasy novels if you want to start reading the genre. (or you already read it!)

  1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
    I know this one is soo obvious, but it’s just too amazing not to add. I’m rereading Harry Potter for the third time at the moment, and it’s just as fantastic as I remember. A must.
  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
    I find Maas’ books really easy to get into, and the language she uses isn’t too foreign and difficult if you’re not used to reading. Perfect for people who don’t read too often.
  3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
    You can’t go wrong with a novel by Uncle Rick!! They’re easy to get into, interesting plots and well-written characters, what could possibly go wrong?
  4. Magisterium by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
    This series has similarities with Harry Potter, though is perhaps aimed at a younger age group. (though I still love it). If you love Harry Potter, you will love this. Maybe.
  5. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
    This trilogy is amazing. A prequel to The Mortal Instruments series, it can be read without TMI, and I personally enjoyed this so much more. Sexy Shadowhunters (demon-hunters), vampires with vampire-mojo, demons (bleh), werewolves, and glittery warlocks, what more could you possibly want?

There are my 5 recommended gateway books to fantasy! What’s your favourite genre? What 5 gateway books would you recommend? Let me know in the comments, or link me to your post!

Byeeeeee ❤

5 Characters That I Wouldn’t Want To Be

Hey guys! I know I haven’t been posting much, but I’m just a bit busy at the moment.

So here’s another Top 5 Wednesday!!

  1. Severus Snape (Harry Potter)
    I don’t want to be Snape, because no matter how much I love him, his life sucked. He finally had a best friend, (whom he has a crush on), and she dates the guy that bullies him, with help from his friends. And then we got all dat Voldemort shiz too.
  2. Voldemort (Harry Potter)
    Okay, nobody hit me, but I actually feel sorry for Voldemort. It’s not his fault his mum tricked his dad, and he was conceived under the effects of a love potion so he’s incapable of love. Then again, he didn’t have to become a murdering lying psychopath either, but hey, we all make mistakes.
  3. Levana (The Lunar Chronicles)
    Yet again, please don’t hit me, but I feel sorry for Levana as well, after reading Fairest. Channary was horrible to her. (And she name her daughter after basically every female in her family except for Levana: Selene Channary Jannali Blackthorn). Though, yet again, she’s still an evil conniving lunatic.
  4.  Valerie (Red Riding Hood)
    (Spoilers!!) Her boyfriend may have possibly attacked her mother, and killed her grandmother in a forest, and then waited for her to come along, ask her to run away with him, and have her leave her grandmother’s body undiscovered. Enough said.
  5. Raina (Agents of Shield)
    I know this post is meant to be for books, but I love Raina, and Agents of Shield, so here we are. As I said, I love Raina, but I definitely wouldn’t want to be her. Her childhood sucked, she worked for a few evil freaks, turned into a ‘gnarled freak of nature’, saved a few lives, and was then murdered by Skye’s weird creepy mum. As much as I love her, I’d really rather not be her.

    Also, if you guys watch Agents of Shield and Once Upon A Time, it’d mean a lot to me if you could check out my fanfic ‘An Inhuman Saviour’ on fanfiction.net. I haven’t updated in over a month, (I know! I’m a horrible human being!) but my school holidays are in two days, so I’ll be updating a few times throughout those two weeks away from school. (My fanfiction.net is linked on the About page).

    And Agents of Shield started again today!!! I haven’t had a chance to watch the episode yet, but I’m really looking forward to it!!

    Also, I wasn’t on two days ago, but… happy belated 37th Hermione Granger!!

Byeeeeee ❤

5 Books You Want to See as TV Shows

Hey guys!! (my WordPress is working again – yay! I know I promised I’d still be writing all my posts while I was away but, well, school had other ideas).

Anyways, back to T5W (which is *gasp* actually being posted on Wednesday!!)

Honestly, this is hard. I don’t really want many books turned into TV shows, cause we all know how adaptations can go. *cough* Percy Jackson *cough*
House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
I’ve actually only read the first three books in this exceedingly long series, but I’m hoping to get to more of them in the future. I actually quite enjoyed this series, but I wouldn’t be too concerned if a director decided to change a few things.

Nightshade trilogy by Andrea Cremer
Honestly, I’m not sure why this is on the list. I really like these books. And if a director changed anything, I would rip their hearts out. (Not really, but I’d be thoroughly annoyed).

Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
I really like this series, and I really want an adaptation of it, whether it be movie or TV show. (I still want to stab a few pages in Specials though).

Slated series by Teri Terry
I love this series. And I can’t be bothered rereading it. Someone make it a TV show, and I’ll just watch that instead.

The Cinderella Moment by Jennifer Kloester
This is like a chick novel. (get it? chick flick? Sorry, that was really bad. Anyways, moving on…) everyone needs a nice contemporary novel-turned-movie at some point in their life.

So there you have it. None of my favourites are on this list because I couldn’t stand for someone to turn it into a TV show and screw it up. That would end badly for them. XD

What novels do you want turned into TV shows? Are some of your favourites in that list, or are you like me, too scared of someone incorrectly portraying them? Let me know in the comments!

Byeeeeee ❤

 

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BOOKS I WANT TO READ BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR

Hey!

Here I am again with another T5W! (On Friday – again). This week we’ve been asked what 5 books we want to read before the end of the year. I have sooo many. (My TBR on Goodreads is 1125 books long). So I’ve decided to keep this list to books I own. That list is significantly shorter, I only own 30 unread books. So, here are the 5 I want to finish before the year is out!

  1. The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
  2. Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken
  3. Firstlife (Everlife #1) by Gena Showalter
  4. Flawed (Flawed #1) by Cecelia Ahern
  5. A Whole New World (A Twisted Tale #1) by Liz Braswell

So there you have it! What books do you guys want to read before the end of 2016? Comment below!!
I also have another post going up over the weekend, so keep your eyes out for that! (:

Byeeeeee ❤

5 Favourite First Sentences

Hey!

Here I am, yet again, doing Top 5 Wednesday on a Friday!

And since I’m too lazy to get up and go over to my books, these favourite first sentences are the ones that I remember off the top of my head.

So without further ado, I give you, 5 first sentences I really like, that were chosen because I happen to remember them.

  1. “Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling

2. “The Friday before winter break, my mom packed me an overnight bag and a few deadly weapons, and took me to a new boarding school.” Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan

3. “I’ve been locked up for 264 days.” Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

4. “Aliens are stupid.” The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey.

5. “Now that I’ve found the way to fly, which direction should I go into the night?” Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie

I’m going to write next weeks T5W now, so it’ll definitely actually be up on Wednesday. 🙂

I’ve also written a post for the 15 shortest books I’ve ever read, which will be posted tomorrow!

Byeeeeee ❤

Authors You Are Waiting On Other Book From

Hey ya’ll!!

I’ve decided to start doing the Top 5 Wednesday. Even though it’s Saturday.

So, without further ado, here are 5 authors that I’m waiting on another book from!

  1. Marie Lu

I can’t wait for The Midnight Star, it’s going to be epic!! But aside from that, I’d love to see more books from her in the future.

2. Alexandra Bracken

Author of my favourite trilogy – The Darkest Minds! I really hope there’s a lot more in store for her readers!

3. Evelyn Skye

I finished reading The Crown’s Game a few hours ago, so of course Evelyn is on this list! I can’t wait for The Crown’s Heir, and I hope she writes more books after that.

4. Sarah Blakley-Cartwright

Sarah is the author of my favourite standalone book – Red Riding Hood. It still remains the only book of hers that I’ve read, but I really hope I get to more of them in the future.

5. J.K. Rowling

This wouldn’t be a list of authors I love if I didn’t include the Queen. All hail the Queen! *Bows down* 😀
As you can see, I really, really, really like J.K. Rowling.
I know we only just got Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, (which I have yet to read *cries*), but I will read almost anything my Queen writes. I hope we keep getting amazing books from her for a long while yet.

Comment your favourite authors down below if you’d like! I’d like to know what authors you want to see more books from!

Byeeeeee ❤