Top 5 Wednesday: Bookish Things I’m a Grinch About

A shameful amount of time has passed since I did a top five Wednesday.  I really have no excuse; I just never got around to making the lists.  One of my goals for the coming year is to be more active on this blog and I think top five Wednesday is a good way to ensure that I post at least once a week.  

The Goodreads group for top five Wednesday can be found here.  It is hosted by @ThoughtsonTomes and is a lot of fun, so join in!  I am very excited for the December topics, so without further ado, let’s get into my list! 

1. Cover changes in the middle of a series

 Come on publishers.  No one in the history of ever has uttered the phrase, “I really hope they change the covers midway through the this series so my covers don’t match!”  Look.  We are booknerds.  We tend to take great pride in our bookshelves and want them to look pretty.  When the cover changes and the books in a series don’t match, it throws off our #shelfie game.  Even when the previous books get new covers, it is irritating because now we have to go out and buy new copies of books we already own.  

2. Dog-earring and binding breaking 

If you damage my books, you’re dead to me.  I work hard for my money and it’s not very often that I get to spend it on new books.  For this reason, (and just because they’re amazing) my books are very special to me and when someone damages them, simply by being careless, it makes me angry.  I don’t come in to your house and scratch up your Blu-ray discs.  It’s common courtesy to treat other’s property with respect, so please be nice to books. 

3. Love triangles

Don’t get me wrong, there are some well written love triangles out there and I do enjoy them.  The love triangles that bother me are the ones in which the protagonist is stringing one or both of the love interests along.  The Twilight-y ones.  This trope is also extremely overdone and I feel that there are far better plot devices to spice up the story.  

4. Characters that don’t know how to breathe 

If I read the line, “I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding” one more time I might crack.  Why are all YA protagonists unable to tell when they are depriving their brains of oxygen?  

5. Cliffhangers

Need I say more?  I’m looking at you Rick Riordan.  The end of The Mark of Athena destroyed me.  This one I’m not necessarily a Grinch about unless I have a long wait for the next book.  

I hope you guys liked this post!  If you did, please leave me a like and a comment, I would love to discuss your Grinchy tendencies!  See you in the next one! 

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Non-spoiler Review: The Blood of Olympus: Book 5 in The Heroes Of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Finishing a series is bittersweet.  I am always so excited to reach the end and find out how the story plays out, but it’s very hard for me to let go.  I spend all this time with the characters in these amazing worlds and then suddenly it’s over.  I have to say goodbye and return to my everyday life.  I feel as though I’m losing close friends and closing the door on an entire world.  

As you no doubt guessed, I have finally finished The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan, the final book in The Heroes of Olympus series.  It was a thrilling novel and I am very happy with it, but there were a few unanswered questions.  Had I read this when it came out, I may have been irritated by the questions, but I know that we see some of these characters in the next series, The Trials of Apollo.  

Despite the unanswered questions, this book was fantastic.  It was exciting from start to finish and while it wasn’t my favorite in the series, (The House of Hades for the win!) it was well written and hilarious just like the rest of Rick Riordan’s books, and it did contain some of my favorite scenes of the series, including some kick-ass battles and an oh-so-adorable Percabeth scene that made me squeal.  

My only complaint is that I wish I could have seem from all the main demigod’s perspectives.  I understand why Rick left some of them out; it would have been a bit much to keep up with all those points of view.  Though I love them all dearly, I will miss Percy’s perspective the most.  He’s out main man, the star of the show, and though I’m sure he appears in the other books, this was our last with Percy as one of the main characters.  He is one of my favorite characters of all time and losing his voice as a narrator is like losing a piece of my heart.  

This book was wonderful and I am so happy to have completed this series.  It is now one of my all time favorites and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.  

4.75/5 stars to The Blood of Olympus and 5,000,000/5 stars to The Heroes of Olympus as a whole. 

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Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

“I just wanted to tell you that I’m going to carry on as I am.” – Baz

  I have found a new favorite šŸ˜.  This is my second Rainbow Rowell book and I was blown away.  Carry On is Rainbow Rowell’s take on the characters to whom we are introduced in Fangirl, a novel about a girl named Cath who is starting college and who writes fanfiction about Simon Snow and Baz Pitch, characters from a fictional series similar to Harry Potter.  You do not have to read Fangirl before you read Carry On, but it is a fantastic book as well and I recommend it.  Carry On is one of my favorite books of the year and probably one of my favorite books of all time. I loved every second of it. 

  The magic system is very creative.  I love that the power of the spells is affected by the relevance of language and how important phrases are in modern speech.  That system ensures that magic changes with the times and can grow as society does.  There were many pop culture references that I appreciated because it kept this fantastical world grounded in the real world.  

  The characters are as flawed and realistic as magicians can be.  Obviously, Simon and Baz are my favorite characters.  How could they not be?  They are so different, but when they are together they are completely unstoppable.  Their relationship is one of the cutest I’ve read about in a long time.  Honestly, I could go on and on about them, but spoilers.  Just read it, okay?  Please? 

  I listened to the audiobook for Carry On, and it was spectacular.  I’m pretty picky about audiobook narrators, but Euan Mortan did a phenomenal job.  He is able to capture the character’s personalities with subtle variations in his voice.  If you like audiobooks, I definitely recommend this one.  

  Though the characters are the stars of the show, the plot was captivating and kept me on the edge of my seat.  Who doesn’t love a good twist on the “Chosen One” trope mixed with a little murder mystery?  Add in the Hogwarts reminiscent setting and you’ve got me hooked.  I was tempted to just restart the audiobook as soon as I finished it, but alas my TBR is guilting me.  

  I HIGHLY recommend this book to fans of Harry Potter and fantasy, although I believe anyone could enjoy it.  It was funny and whimsical and absolutely amazing.  5/5 stars for sure! 

  I hope you guys enjoyed this review!  If you did, leave me a like and comment because I’d love to discuss this book!  See you in the next one! 

  

Bookish Pet PeevesĀ 

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! 

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

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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