Bookish Pet Peeves 

Pet peeves. We all have them and no matter how insignificant they may seem to other people, pet peeves drive us as individuals crazy. For book lovers, our bookish pet peeves can be some of our worst. I am a pretty high-strung person in general, so it’s not surprising that I have several pet peeves when it comes to my books and reading life. I’m sure most of you have heard at least some if not all of these annoyances as they are pretty common within the reader community, so I hope you can relate to my bookish pet peeves! 

THINGS OTHER READERS DO THAT ANNOY ME: 

1. DAMAGING BORROWED BOOKS

I know this irritates a lot of readers. We lend out our precious books to a friend or family member we believe we can trust and then it’s returned in less than stellar condition. Broken bindings, bent back covers, dog-earred and (gasp) torn pages. Book damage is one of a reader’s worst nightmares. Now, I’ve been known to damage my own books (accidentally of course), but if I lend a book out to someone, and they return it damaged because of carelessness…I can’t even. If you borrow someone else’s property, treat it with respect. It’s common courtesy. When I borrow books, I treat them like a priceless treasure, because I know how upsetting it is to have a damaged book returned to you. If you damage my book simply because you don’t care about it’s condition, you will never borrow another. I’m not completely unreasonable. Obviously, this doesn’t apply to genuine accidents, but avoidable damage done by carless handling is something I cannot handle. Just be nice to my stuff. Please. 

2. INTENTIONAL SPOILING

Why would you do this? Why? This is the epitome of rude, especially if the individual being spoiled really cares about the book (or show/movie) in question. I’ve had people intentionally spoil me for things because they think it’s funny when I get angry. It’s not funny; it’s rude and disrespectful to completely disregard someone’s feelings like that. While you may not care very much about a story, I am probably emotionally invested and it’s so not cool to utterly devastate my feelings by ruining the ending for me. If I’m going to be emotionally destroyed, let the characters do it. Geez. Accidental spoilers suck, but must be forgiven. Intentional spoilers are evil and if someone spoils you on purpose I give you permission to seek revenge by spoiling something they love. 

3. SHAMING OTHER READERS

No one should ever make anyone feel guilty or inferior about what they like to read. Reading is about enjoyment and whether you enjoy hardcore erotica or children’s books, you are a valid reader. If you were the only person to enjoy a certain genre, it wouldn’t exist as a genre. If you’re that person who looks down on the girl reading 50 Shades of Grey, maybe you should take a step back and think how sucky it would be if someone made you feel inferior for enjoying something that you love. Don’t shame each other. Have good discussion about what you do/don’t like. Remember, if someone is reading something you don’t like, it’s not hurting you. Let them to them and you do you. 

4. “AUDIOBOOKS DON’T COUNT AS READING”

Yes. They. Do. Why wouldn’t they? Now, I know someone’s going to be thinking, “well, technically it’s not reading, it’s listening,” and that statement is correct. However, invalidating someone’s reading experience because of the medium they choose/have to use is very ableist and wrong. That small technicality seems to make some believe that people who primarily listen to audiobooks can’t be real book lovers. Listeners and physical readers are consuming the same story. Why does it matter how the words are absorbed? Instead of bickering over meaningless differences, let’s all just gush over mutually enjoyed stories. Then everyone wins. 

5. BASHING YA

Young Adult books have a bad reputation in some circles. I think most of this stems from the fact that for some people “young” equates to “stupid.” I am beyond tired of hearing that young adult books are not good enough for adults to read. I am an adult woman, but I still primarily read YA. Don’t let the idea of a young protagonist prevent you from enjoying a story. This goes for middle-aged as well. I didn’t read Percy Jackson and the Olympians until I was 22 years old and it is now one of my all time favorites. YA books can be just as (sometimes more) impactful as adult books. It is extremely important for teens and young adults to feel represented and understood. Speaking from personal experience, sometimes the only place teens feel accepted is between the pages of a book. My favorite characters have been my best friends and have helped me through countless tough times. I will forever and always read YA. 

I hope you guys enjoyed reading about some of my bookish pet peeves. If you guys agree or disagree with me or have some of your own irritants to discuss, leave me a comment! I’d love to talk. I’ll see you guys in the next one! 

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Review: The Mark of Athena: Book 3 in The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan 

This series just keeps getting better with every book I consume. My fangirl heart was all aflutter as I read the third installment of The Heroes of Olympus. We follow the seven as they journey from the United States to the ancient lands in hopes of defeating their enemies and saving the world.

This novel was hilariously and emotionally narrated by Percy, Annabeth, Leo, and Piper. Piper’s point of view was by far my least favorite. Not because her voice was bad, but because her character is simply not as funny as Percy and Leo and not as intense as Annabeth. Most of her chapters bored me a little, however there were still some exciting scenes. Piper is my least favorite of the seven at this point in the story, so it makes sense that I found her chapters less than thrilling. As always, Percy and Leo’s chapters were hilarious to read. I just have a thing for sarcastic, sassy boys and these demigods definitely fit that description. Annabeth’s chapters were a wild ride. They were very emotional for me to read because I love her character. Her resilience and cleverness are tested over the course of this book and I must say she’s even more impressive than I originally thought. 

While his plots are absolutely incredible, his characters are my favorite aspects about Rick Riordans books. My greatest wish is to know them in real life and be their friend. It breaks my heart to see them struggle, but I know they will prevail and kick some ass. 5/5 stars. Time to move forward to The House of Hades!

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Review: The Son of Neptune: Book 2 in The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

At this point I’m convinced that Rick Riordan is incapable of writing a bad book. I absolutely ADORED the second book in The Heroes of Olympus series. I enjoyed it even more than the first book The Lost Hero, which I reviewed previously if you’d like to check it out. I liked this one better mostly because we have Percy back! This novel follows Percy, Hazel, and Frank on am impossible quest to Alaska, the land beyond the gods, to defeat an unbeatable giant. Percy has lost his memories. All he remembers about his life is a girl named Annabeth. Hazel is cursed and desperately trying to keep it a secret. Frank’s life is more fragile than anyone could guess, but he could also possess powerful abilities unmatched by any of his friends. These demigods must complete their quest before an evil force awakens and ends civilization as they know it. 

I was stoked to read from Percy’s point of view again. He’s still the sassy, funny, badass demigod that fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series know and love. Rick Riordan takes his character to new heroic heights and reminds us and the antagonists not to mess with the son of Poseidon. While Percy was definitely my favorite to read from, I loved Hazel and Frank as well. Hazel is tough and smart and keeps up with Percy and Frank easily despite being only thirteen. Frank is sweet and more talented than he gives himself credit for. He’s kind and does his best to take care of his friends despite personal risk. 

My favorite scenes are always the battle scenes. Rick Riordan has a way of writing understandable combat that still conveys the intensity of battle. I could not stop reading this book when fight scenes were going down. They’re intense and stressful, yet somehow still manage to be hilarious. 

With the conclusion of this book readers have officially been introduced to all of the seven demigods from the Prophecy of Seven. Percy, Annabeth, Frank, Hazel, Jason, Piper, and Leo have their work cut out for them. 

With every Riordan book I read I am further convinced that he is one of my favorite authors. Each book simply gets better. 5/5 stars for The Son of Neptune. On to The Mark of Athena! 

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Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi has gained another fan. While I was unfortunately underwhelmed by Shatter Me, Unravel Me knocked my socks off.  It was exciting and fun and I was completely engrossed the whole time. 

With the first installment of this trilogy (although it’s soon to be a longer series) I was a little put off by the elegant writing style. I had a hard time following the audiobook.  Unravel Me was easier to understand and this time I found that the writing style enhanced rather than detracted from the story. 

The world is much more complex than I realized reading the first book. Far from being the freak of nature she believed herself to be, Juliette is one of many special people with incredible abilities.  I was not expecting this to be a super powers story, although I guess I should have. I’m not sure what to make of the political climate of this world.  The dystopian setting seems to take a backseat to Juliette’s self discovery and her ever complicated love life. 

Speaking of our protagonist, I enjoyed Juliette much more in this book.  She continues to grow more confident in her abilities even as her opinions about Adam and Warner are challenged.  I’m not sure how I feel about Adam anymore. Though he has good reason, he’s a little angsty for me and he’s unnecessarily shady about his powers in my opinion. Warner, however, has completely stolen my heart.  He’s one of the most complex characters I’ve read and he fascinates me.  Kenji, of course, continues to be hilarious. 

I loved this book.  My affection for Unravel Me makes me look at Shatter Me with new eyes.  I’m sure that if/when I reread it, I will enjoy it more than I did the first time. If Ignite Me is as good as everyone says, this will definitely be one of my new favorite series. 5/5 stars for sure. 

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Series Review: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Before I get into my review, I want to apologize for my lack of activity over the past few weeks.  Life has been throwing me some real curve balls, and my stress level has been through the roof.  Fortunately, I’m confident that life is going to get a little easier in the near future, so I should be able to post more regularly.  Thank you for being patient with me; I really appreciate it. 

I wasn’t completely idle in my absence. I previously posted a review for Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and if you’ll recall, I loved it.  I was recently able to complete the entire series, including the bonus novella bind up, Stars Above, and these are my non-spoiler thoughts. 

The Lunar Chronicles series, consists of four novels, Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter, in addition to Stars Above.  I dearly loved every second of every book.  This has definitely become one of my favorite series of all time.  I was entranced from start to finish, and am currently suffering the worst book hangover because of this series. 

My favorite aspect of The Lunar Chronicles is definitely the characters.  Cinder and the gang captured my heart and will remain some of my favorite characters forever. Their personalities are incredibly realistic – they are imperfect and quirky just like real people.  I wish so much to be part of Cinder’s crew, to be their friend. Cinder is sarcastic and witty, Scarlet is tenacious, Cress could not be sweeter and more passionate, and Winter is innocently insane. Don’t even get me started on the boys 😍😍❤❤😍😍

In addition to outstanding characters, Meyer has created an amazing version of our future world.  Part of me longs to visit New Beijing and Luna and be part of everything. The political aspects of the series are just as interesting as the action scenes.  I found myself caught up in royal politics and wondering which strategies would prevail.  As someone who doesn’t usually enjoy political conversation, I was pleased to find that I enjoyed those parts of the story. 

This series truly is a stunner from thrilling beginning to phenomenally satisfying end. I highly recommend this to everyone. 10,000,000/10! 

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Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer 

After reading Cinder, I am confident that Marissa Meyer is one of my new favorite authors. This sci-fi Cinderella retelling is absolutely incredible. Even as I write this I am listening to Scarlet on audiobook. I am in love with the characters that Meyer created . 

Linh Cinder is a cyborg mechanic in the plague addled city of New Beijing in the Eastern Commonwealth of Earth. She’s worked like a slave for as long as she can remember under the hateful eye of her stepmother. When she unexpectedly meets the crown prince and the sister she loves contracts the plague, letumosis, Cinder’s world is turned upside down and she is send unwillingly on a journey of self discovery and rebellion. 

I am still reeling from this story. I loved every second and was captivated by every page. Sci-fi is not the genre for which I usually reach, but I definitely need to change my ways because Cinder blew me away. 

Cinder is sarcastic, stubborn, and misunderstood. Her voice is so pure and relatable, you will not be able to help falling in love with her character. Not only Cinder, but Kai and Iko and all the other characters were amazing. Levana is one of the best/worst villains I’ve ever read. She’s evil and nasty parading as beauty and kindness. I can’t stand her and I think my hatred of her is only overshadowed by my hatred of Dolores Umbridge. 

What I loved most about this novel is that, while there are subtle nods to the original fairytale, it is most definitely unique. Marissa Meyer absolutely killed it with his book. 

5/5 stars. 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Fandoms I Am No Longer In

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is somewhat sad because I have to write about things that I once loved. Due to varying degrees of circumstance, I have no further interest in these fandoms at the present time. 
As always the Goodreads group for Top 5 Wednesday can be found here. It is hosted by Samantha @ThoughtsonTomes and was created by Lainey @gingerreadslainey. 

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth

I read the first book in this trilogy and absolutely loved it. I was caught up in it’s popularity and sucked into the story…and then I was spoiled for the end of Allegiant. I was so angry about the controversial ending that it completely ruined my love for the series. I do not plan to continue on and given the controversy surrounding Veronica Roth’s newest release Carve the Mark, I doubt I will be picking that up either. 

2. The Walking Dead 

I ADORED this show for the first four seasons. After that, I felt the plot went downhill and all of my favorite characters were either dead or were going to be killed (I was spoiled for several major character deaths, thanks to one of my rude Facebook friends). I just couldn’t take the emotional trauma. I may continue this show someday, but it seems unlikely at this point. 

3. Once Upon a Time

Honestly, I just completely lost interest in this show. It’s not that it wasn’t good; I loved the first two seasons. I just got caught up in life and fell behind. As time passes I realized that I have no desire to get back into this fairytale show. 

4. The Vampire Diaries

After the whole Catherine thing…just no. I was too pissed to go on. The Originals is WAY better anyway. 

5. The 100

This show just smacks you in the face with tragic feels all the time and my little heart couldn’t take it. I will most likely get back into this one, but there will be many tears when that happens. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this list! If you did leave me a like and a comment and tell me some of your left behind fandoms. I will talk to you guys in the next one!