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 Lost Hero: Book 1 in The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Guys, this is one of the best books I’ve read all year.

I imagine that most of you have already read Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.  I, like most who have read the series, ADORED it when I read it earlier this year.  So, naturally, I was very excited to read the sequel series featuring Percy, Annabeth, and their friends plus some new characters.  The Lost Hero is the first installment of this sequel series, called The Heroes of Olympus.  This series takes place after the events of the original PJO series, so if you haven’t read those books (what are you doing with your life?) you should go read those right now because they are amazing.  They are technically a middle-grade series, but I know that all age groups can and do enjoy these books.  I didn’t read them until I was in my twenties and loved them more than words can explain.

After reading the first book in this series, I have the strong feeling that I am going to love The Heroes of Olympus even more than the original.  The Lost Hero follows Jason, Piper, and Leo, three teenage demigods who are abruptly thrust into the world of Greek myths and are sent on a dangerous quest to free a captive goddess and prevent the end of civilization.  But of course, each of them is battling a personal problem that makes their quest even more impossible.  Jason has no memory of his life before suddenly waking on a bus with Leo and Piper.  Piper is hiding a dark secret.  Leo is struggling to find where he fits in with his new friends and trying to keep his abilities under wraps.  The trio arrives at Camp Half-Blood only to almost immediately be sent on their quest while the rest of camp frantically tries to find a missing demigod named Percy Jackson.

Like I said before I adored this book.  The story is action-packed and fun.  There was not a dull moment while reading; the characters went from battle to battle kicking ass and taking names.  We met some interesting creatures and gods and got to know our three main characters very well.

While Jason is no Percy, I still really enjoyed him as a character.  He’s brave and kind even if he is a bit clueless from time to time (hardly his fault since he’s an amnesiac).  Piper is awesome.  She’s Cherokee, so the Native American representation was nice for me (who is also part Cherokee) to see.  I don’t see Native Americans represented very often in YA so kudos to Rick Riordan for that.  Piper is smart and refuses to let her problems overwhelm her.  Leo is definitely my favorite of the new characters.  He’s hilarious, resourceful, and badass without being a pretentious jerk.  I love him so much.

You can probably tell that I really loved this book.  I am convinced that Rick Riordan can do no wrong for me.  I could not put this book down and I am so excited to continue one with the next book, The Son of Neptune.  

5/5 stars for sure.

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Review: The Dragon Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

“…like it or not, you are, shall we say, the Dragon Heir.”

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I finally made my way through this book!  It took me months to read, but not because it was unpleasant.  I LOVED this book so much.  It took me forever to get through this book partly because I didn’t want this story to end.  I know there are two more books in this series, but the Heir Chronicles were originally intended to be a trilogy, so I’m not sure if the next books will feature the characters to whom I’ve grow so attached.

The Dragon Heir was exciting and heartbreaking and almost everything I wanted it to be.  There were definitely some unanswered questions and the ending seemed a little abrupt, but overall I really enjoyed my time with this book.  The characters developed beautifully from book one to book three and I loved reading about them more every second.  The cast of characters was huge, although there was admittedly not much diversity.  It was wonderful getting to know the characters, but I would have loved to have some POC characters or some varied sexuality included.  The world was stunningly complex and it was extremely interesting reading about the political scheming on both sides of the conflict.  If you like action-packed, political urban fantasty (who doesn’t?) you should most definitely look into this series.  I have loved everything I’ve read by Cinda Williams Chima and I highly recommend her books.

4/5 stars

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Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Guys. I am in love. 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell follows Cath, a freshman in college, who is less than enthusiastic about her impending college experience. Her twin sister, Wren, has abandoned her and their shared love of Simon Snow (a book series about magicians) on favor of independence. Cath is alone with her fanfiction and anxiety in a world of strangers until her roommate Reagan and Reagan’s friend Levi coax her out of her shell and show her how much fun college can be. 

The characters were definitely the best thing about this story. They are all real and relatable; they have good qualities and flaws and could be real people. I cared so deeply for these characters and I was very sad when the book ended and I couldn’t read about them anymore. 

I LOVED this book. This was my first Rainbow Rowell novel and I was not disappointed. I’m sure I speak for a lot of people when I say that I relate to Cath on a deep and personal level. While Harry Potter is my Simon Snow, I related on almost every level to Cath and her struggles. Even if you aren’t a fangirl or fanboy yourself, this book is still full of fun. The romance is adorable, the plot is compelling, and the characters are amazing. Fangirl explores deep issues such as the desire for acceptance, divorce, and abandonment. I truly think that anyone could enjoy Cath’s story. 

5/5 stars. Would HIGHLY recommend. 

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Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I’ll be honest here, I was expecting a little more out of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I’ve heard so many good things about this book series, and my hopes for loving it were high. It was interesting and I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. 

Shatter Me follows Juliette Ferrars, a seventeen year old girl trapped in an insane asylum because her touch is lethal. Craziness unfolds as she’s hunted for her abilities and she tries to survive in the destroyed world. 

Tahereh Mafi’s writing style is beautiful, however I felt that it almost distracted from the story. I listened to the audiobook of Shatter Me, and was a bit confused by the flowery style at times. I think that I’m going to read the ebook of Unravel Me to see if I like that format better. 

The characters were definitely compelling, especially Kenji. He was hilarious. The world was terrifyingly realistic. The idea that humanity could screw up the Earth so much is hardly a new concept, but it is scary because it is possible. 

I was a a little bored while listening to this book, but that’s not unusual for the first book in a series. I’m still hopeful going into the next book. 

I ended up giving Shatter Me 3/5 stars, but that could change as I read on. 

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Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection is a very popular YA novel that follows America Singer, a 17 year old girl living in a world driven by an eight tiered caste system in which ones are the royal family and eights are the homeless, poverty-stricken members of society. America is a five, the caste of artists and musicians. When the crown prince of her country comes of age, there is a competition held known as The Selection in which girls are chosen at random from the various castes for the chance to be chosen by the prince as his wife and future queen. Despite being opposed to the contest, America finds herself part of it and must navigate the confusing waters of palace life. 

The best part of the book is definitely the characters, specifically Prince Maxon. I love any book that gives me a new fictional boy to fangirl over and The Selection, definitely delivered with Maxon. He is sweet and caring and everything a girl would want her prince to be. America is a little different. While I don’t dislike her, some of the things she does and says don’t make much sense to me. She’s a bit annoying but seems to be a good person overall. 

If you like The Bachelor, you will like The Selection. The book is essentially the show set in a dystopian society. Although, when reading you don’t even really care about the society because you are too wrapped up in what is going to happen with the romance. 

I very much enjoyed this book. Fast paced and fun, it was one of those quick and easy guilty-pleasure read to which you get addicted and fly through. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for something fast, fluffy, and entertaining. 

4/5 stars for entertainment. 

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I Need More From

I know this is late again, but motherhood is hectic y’all. The Goodreads group for T5W can be found here. The group is hosted by @thoughtsontomes and it is wonderful so come join us for fun weekly topics. 

Here are the top five authors I need more from:

1. J.K. Rowling

How can I not put the queen on my list? Please give me a series about the Mauraders and Lily. I need it deep down in my soul. Also we can totally pretend that Cursed Child doesn’t exist and get a bunch more next gen stories. I would be so happy. 

2. Suzanne Collins

I haven’t really heard anything about Suzanne Collins since The Hunger Games. All I do know is that I loved her famous trilogy so much and I need more of her wonderful story telling.

3. Cinda Williams Chima

Ok, so we just got a new book from her and have been getting them fairly regularly for awhile, but I am a glutton and I always want more. I love love love her books and I need everything she writes ever. 

4. Simone Elkeles

I adored both Perfect Chemistry and her Paradise duology. They were some of my very favorite books in high school and I would be delighted to read more of her writing. 

5. John Green

It’s been forever and a day since The Fault in Our Stars. I think it’s high time for a new John Green novel. Pretty please? 

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