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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Summer TBR

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Summer TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s been three months since I posted my Spring TBR, and I’ve only managed to read two books out of the ten featured there. I am still intending to read the other eight books 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I want more like

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I want more like

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about books I’ve loved that I want to read more like. Whether that’s more from the same author, the same genre or a certain theme in the 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten books I rated too highly

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten books I rated too highly

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

I’m sorry for disappearing for a few weeks! The past few Top Ten Tuesday topics haven’t been inspiring to me, but I’ve also been having a difficult mental health spell and trying to concentrate on blogging has not been happening. I’m hoping to at least participate in Top Ten Tuesday for the entirety of June, because I like all of the topics listed for the upcoming weeks, but don’t be surprised if these are the only posts you get from me each week for a little bit longer.

This week’s topic is a freebie topic, so I decided to talk about some books I rated too highly. I’m sure we’ve all done the same; impulse rated a book a four or a five star, and looked at it a couple of years later and wondered what our past self was thinking. I was scrolling through my Goodreads the other day and noticed a few books which I’d rated too highly, and I’ve managed to round it up to ten!

Here we go…

Don’t Tell by Karen Rose

In all honesty, I don’t know if this is the book I meant to put on this list. According to Goodreads I’ve only read this one book by Karen Rose, but I could have sworn that I’d read Silent Scream (and didn’t enjoy it all that much). I was quite surprised to see a completely different Karen Rose book on my Goodreads read list with a 5 star rating, but (as you’ll see later on in this post) apparently I’m not that great at remembering all of the books I’ve read.

My main problem with Karen Rose’s novel(s?) are issues with continuity/proofreading. Although I don’t normally count those errors in my ratings, Karen Rose’s stories are told with days, dates and timestamps at the beginning of each chapter, allowing the reader to follow the action closely. The problem with this is that if there is an error – Wednesday the 13th becoming Thursday the 13th, for example – it’s really bloody obvious and looks lazy. I’m not sure whether more of Karen Rose’s novels have the same mistakes, but you can tell how annoying I found it based off of the fact that the rest of this story so memorable that I can’t remember whether this was even the book I read! Oops…

Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell

Fallen Angel is the first book in a duology of the same name. I’ve actually read Fallen Angel twice, having reread it before the release of the sequel, Eternity, and I cannot remember anything about it. Apparently the main characters were called Ellie and Michael, which is… good for them, I guess? Judging from the popular reviews on Goodreads, this was a very derivative YA paranormal romance and I don’t think I’d be able to get through it if I tried to reread it now, let alone give it 5 stars.

Jonas by Eden Maguire

Retrospectively, Jonas deserves a couple of stars at the very most, but when I read the first book in the Beautiful Dead series I had no idea what a shambles the rest of the quartet was going to turn out to be. The concept of the Beautiful Dead series is a great one – a girl’s boyfriend dies, and she stumbles upon a gang of ghosts (including her boyfriend) who need their deaths to be solved so that they can pass to the other side. The main character is struggling to come to terms with the fact that she’s going to end up losing her boyfriend forever when she helps solve his death, so she solves the mysteries of three other teenaged ghosts along the way.

Unfortunately, that means that you basically read the same story four times. Ghost gets introduced, ghost shares information with main character, main character does some investigating, gets herself into MORTAL PERIL, escapes mortal peril and SAVES THE DAY, ghost passes to the other side, rinse and repeat. For some godforsaken reason I forced myself to finish this series, and I hated it. Jonas deserves a lower rating just because of the state of the sequels.

Nothing Tastes as Good by Claire Hennessy

I discussed Claire Hennessy’s problematic behaviour in a post about judging books by their authors over three years ago now, which makes it disappointing but not surprising that she’s still up to the same old shenanigans. I’m starting to think that 5 stars might have been too generous for Nothing Tastes as Good, even though I do still have fond memories of the novel and it helped me during a dark period of my life.

Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult

I gave Picture Perfect 5 stars, and I can’t remember reading it. I was certain I’d only read one novel by Jodi Picoult – Sing You Home, which deserved the 5 stars I gave it – but apparently I’ve read Picture Perfect as well. Based off of the fact that I can’t remember it at all, it didn’t deserve such a high rating.

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

I changed my rating of The Queen of Nothing back in February, because I don’t know what I was thinking when I gave this book 4 stars. Actually, I do know what I was thinking: Ezra was only three weeks old when I read it, so I was completely blissed out on pregnancy hormones and being overly generous. Upon reflection, I hated this book. I dropped it down to 2 stars, but sometimes I even think that’s too high!

I know I’m in the minority here, but I wasn’t satisfied at all by this novel. My satisfaction has decreased since reading How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories as well, because it feels like the short stories in that collection could have easily been incorporated into the main bulk of the Folk of the Air series to flesh things out a bit more. Instead, The Queen of Nothing is the shortest novel in the trilogy, and it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Sometimes I’m tempted to reread these just to see if I wasn’t being too generous in my post-birth haze, but it won’t be happening any time soon.

Unbelievable, Wanted and Twisted by Sara Shepard

A triple whammy! According to my Goodreads page, I stupidly decided to give 5 star ratings to these three books in the Pretty Little Liars series. I can’t remember what happened in any of the specific installments, but I can remember that the writing wasn’t that great. With four very similar viewpoints in the books, I only found these easy to read because I was attached to the characters from watching the TV show. I wonder if that was the main reason that these books earned 5 star ratings in past me’s mind.

My overwhelming memories of this series are ones of frustration and irritation – a new background character would appear at the start of each book and would be a distant memory by the end of that novel, and the situations the girls found themselves in grew ever more contrived – so I don’t think this is a series which I’ll ever reread (or finish). I’m leaving my 5 star ratings on those books for now, but I will probably drop them down eventually.

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

I didn’t like The Woman in Black. I found it predictable, slow, and as far from scary as a horror novel could be. I thought I’d given it a 3 star rating, but when I looked on Goodreads I had rated it 5 stars.

WHAT?!

I’m guessing it’s because I watched the play while reading the book. The play was dreadful (I literally fell asleep while the people around me were screaming at the jump scares!) so I think it tricked me into thinking I was enjoying the book, when in reality I was not. I’ve retrospectively changed my Goodreads rating for this one, because it’s solidly a 3 star in my mind.

And there you have it: ten books which I rated far too highly. What was past Alyce thinking?!

Are there any books that you think you rated too highly? Feel free to also link your Top Ten Tuesday freebie posts down in the comments so I can see what you did with this week’s topic!

See you soon,

Alyce

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten most recent reads

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten most recent reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is focused on the ten books I’ve read most recently. I’m proud to say that I’ve already reviewed a few of them (for once!), so if you’re interested on 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Colourful Books

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Colourful Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. I’m loving the fact that Top Ten Tuesday are having so many colour-related prompts at the moment. Last week’s topic was book titles that would work brilliantly as Crayola colour names, and this week’s 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books as Crayola Crayons

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books as Crayola Crayons

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is a lot of fun. Crayola are well known for having some wild and wacky crayon colour names, but can you imagine if some of those colours were named after our favourite books? I took a good hard look at my shelf, and chose ten book titles which would make awesome crayon names.

A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood

A gorgeous silver colour, reminiscent of the sheen of snow on the ground (before it’s been trampled on by children and adults alike!).

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Terrify your enemies with this crayon, showing them exactly what will be left when you’ve finished with them.

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Would this be a pink colour, or would it be the same colour as concrete? I like to think that it would have the rainbow sheen of oil on tarmac.

Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine

Every shade that you can expect to see in a fire would be present in this crayon. Yellow, orange, red, white, maybe even a hint of blue!

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword is in my head because I’m currently reading it, but I’m honestly not sure how this one would translate into a crayon colour. A very light blue? Completely transparent, and therefore the most pointless crayon known to man? Either way it’s an awesome Crayola colour name.

Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence

Indigo is one of my favourite shades, so I had to feature Indigo Donut on this list. It was hard to choose between Patrice Lawrence’s novels, though: she’s the author of Orangeboy, Rose Interrupted and Eight Pieces of Silva, all of which would make great crayon names too!

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

Similar to Concrete Rose, would this colour be grey or gold? I like to think it would be a very snazzy metallic mix of them both, and who can resist metallic crayons?

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

This one is a mouthful, so I’m not sure whether you’d be able to fit it onto a Crayola label, but I’d be willing to try.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

A gorgeous deep navy colour, with a hint of purple and green showing through in the right light.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

In an ideal world I would want The Sky is Everywhere to be a reflective crayon, so that you could show the earliest moments of dawn, the setting of the sun at dusk or the deepest night sky. That would probably be too hard to manufacture, though, so instead I’ll settle for a blended blue and white crayon so that you’d always be able to colour the perfect cloudy sky.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! Which book titles do you think would work brilliantly as Crayola crayon names?

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you again soon,

Alyce

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I’d throw into the ocean

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I’d throw into the ocean

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. There’s a difference between a bad book and a book which is so next-level terrible that you’d gladly throw it into the ocean. These ten books are ones that are so bad that I 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Misleading book titles

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Misleading book titles

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is actually funny book titles, but after wracking my brains for hours I still couldn’t think of any. Instead, I’ve decided to shine a spotlight on ten books that 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books on my spring TBR

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books on my spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Oh boy, it has been a while since I’ve written a seasonal TBR post for Top Ten Tuesday. I am notoriously bad at actually reading any of the books that I feature on these lists, so I’ve tried to pick a selection of books which I’m not too desperate to read (just in case tradition prevails!).

I won’t be featuring any of the books on the YA Book Prize 2021 shortlist (which I released a chaotic reaction video for) or my 25 Before 25 list, so make sure to check out the books appearing on those lists if you’re interested in my reading plans throughout April.

But for now, let’s talk about what I’m planning on reading throughout the spring months.

Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

The third book in the Cassidy Blake series, Bridge of Souls was finally released at the beginning of March after being postponed from September 2020. Following Cassidy, her parents, her best friend Jacob (and her cat!), Bridge of Souls will focus on the city of New Orleans and the ghosts that walk within its walls. I normally order the newest Cassidy Blake book for Sean for his birthday and we read it during his birthday week, so instead I think it’ll be nice to celebrate my birthday by rereading the first two books before finishing the series!

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

We started The Catcher in the Rye back in September, after picking it during a hectic game of Becca’s Bookopoly. Our intentions were good – both Sean and I wanted to read more classics – but unfortunately we read the first few pages of The Catcher in the Rye during a car journey and then never picked it up again. Oops. I would love to get this one finished soon so that we can spring clean it off of our Goodreads currently reading shelf.

The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan

We’re currently halfway through The Shadow Rising – book four in the Wheel of Time series – and I’m beginning to struggle with it. The pace is much slower, not all that much is happening, and there’s far too much Rand compared to The Dragon Reborn! However, I still want to persevere with the Wheel of Time series, so I’m hoping to finish at least one more installment before the spring ends.

Ghostcatcher by Sophie Green

The third and final book in the Potkin and Stubbs series, Ghostcatcher is one that I’m slightly apprehensive about reading. I love the idea of the Potkin and Stubbs novels – set in a noir town where it’s always raining, following a wannabe journalist and the ghost who finds her to investigate his death – but I haven’t been overly impressed by the first two books in the series. I love Karl James Mountford’s illustrations, but these are definitely on the younger end of the middle grade age range. Hopefully the loose ends will all come together nicely and the final installment will be satisfying.

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

I finally read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children last month, and I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it as much as I’d hoped I would. This is a series which I’m hoping to continue sooner rather than later – it’s taken me ten years to read the first book in the series, so I don’t want to wait another ten before I read book two!

Mister Impossible by Maggie Stiefvater

The sequel to Call Down the Hawk, Mister Impossible is one of my most anticipated 2021 releases. As soon as I finished Call Down the Hawk I found myself wishing that I’d waiting for the entire Dreamer trilogy to be released before I started it, because it ends on one heck of a cliffhanger! This is another one which I’m thinking of rereading before I pick up the sequel, as I want to be as immersed in the world as possible.

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

I have been procrastinating finishing the Lord of the Rings series, because I have hated it so far. I loved The Hobbit, but the first two books in the Lord of the Rings trilogy have been boring, uneventful and have each almost sent me into a reading slump. This is probably the perfect time to read The Return of the King – my concentration is shot and I can hardly read at the moment, so it’s not as though Tolkien can make it any worse! – but I just can’t force myself to pick it up. I will finish the series eventually, though…

Rose Interrupted by Patrice Lawrence

Another book which has been sat on my currently reading list for months. I read half of Rose Interrupted in one sitting and felt so invested in the story and the characters, and then I put it down and somehow managed to never pick it up again! The copy of Rose Interrupted that I’m reading is a library copy, so I’m going to need to return it sooner rather than later as the UK begins to come out of lockdown, so this one is a high priority to get finished.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Shadow and Bone TV series is premiering on Netflix at the end of April, and I’m determined to reread the first book (at least!) before it’s released. I’ve never read the Six of Crows duology because I wanted to reread the original Grisha trilogy before diving back into this world, so depending on how quickly I can get through these I would love to get the five books in the first two Grisha series read before I start watching the show.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I loved both The Poet X and Clap When You Land, so I’m looking forward to reading Elizabeth Acevedo’s only currently published prose novel. Although I enjoy verse, I always find that I connect to characters and stories more when I read traditional prose, so if Elizabeth Acevedo’s prose writing is as strong as her verse then she’ll definitely be cemented as one of my favourite authors.

And those are ten of the books I’m hoping to get read in the next few months! Feel free to link your spring TBR posts down below. Are we reading any of the same books?

See you soon, and thanks for reading,

Alyce

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I’ll probably unhaul

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I’ll probably unhaul

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a spring cleaning freebie, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about ten books I’ll probably unhaul at some point. Some of these are ones that