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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Tropes I Want to Quit

October 5, 2015 Features 15

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Tropes I Want to Quit

You know the drill by now. Top Ten Tuesday is a cool weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we make a list based on the theme. This week the theme is bookish related things that you quit or want to quit. I chose to talk about the tropes that I want to quit that are way too common in YA books specifically.

 

1. Love Triangles

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I’ll admit that I’m not one of those people who passionately hates love triangles. But I honestly keep on facepalming myself because I don’t know why I keep reading books that have love triangles. I’ve never read a love triangle where I was surprised by who the person ended up with. They are just SO predictable, plus there’s always the issue that loving two people at once is impossible. It’s a very frustrating trope to say the least.

2. Bad boy meets good girl

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This one is rather difficult to escape completely. I mean, it appears in SO many YA books. I just want to face plant pretty much every time I read one that has this.

3. Insta-love

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JUST SAY NO. I know that I’m far from being alone when it comes to hating insta-love. Truthfully, I don’t really know anyone who does like it. But somehow, there are still tons and tons of YA books that feature it. THAT’S JUST NOT HOW LOVE WORKS. It takes time to fall in love with someone. That’s all I’m going to say about that.

4. The perfect and pure main character

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You guys know what I’m talking about, the main character who is absolutely beloved and worshiped by all. She’s somehow the most popular girl in school and has all the boys wanting her because she’s so pure and perfect. Basically, the boys call her the saint while literally every other girl in the school is a slut. I’m specifically referencing the book Until Friday Night, in case you were curious.

5. Boys and girls not being able to be just friends

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I will confess, there are some that make this trope work. Harry and Hermione are a perfect example of a strong friendship between a boy and a girl that doesn’t turn into something more. However, this trope does show up an unnecessary amount in YA. Like what was the purpose of Gale and Katniss happening AT ALL in The Hunger Games? They were just fine being best friends, causing them to be a sort of couple just was drama that the books didn’t need.

6. Crazy parents who may or may not be around

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I would just love to see more normal parents who actually discipline their child and are actively in the picture.

7. The pretty best friend/sister who gets all the guys

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If the heroine of the story for some reason is not the pretty and popular one, her best friend or her older sister usually is. I won’t lie, I do like some books that feature this (like To All The Boys I Loved Before and even Just Listen in a way) but it just gets exhausting after awhile.

8. Lack of diversity

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I will admit that books these days are getting back at having diverse characters, but there’s still a pretty huge lack of them. I want to see more and more diverse main characters specifically!

By the way, I’ve finally got my new self-hosted website on WordPress up and running. I was previously Go Read A Book Reviews on Blogspot and I’m happy to make this new transition. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my new layout! I’m mostly asking because I would love to hear any suggestions and tips that you guys might have about making my site better. Thank you for reading my list!

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Waiting On Wednesday: What You Always Wanted

September 30, 2015 Features 2

Waiting On Wednesday: What You Always WantedWhat You Always Wanted by Kristin Rae
on March 29th 2016
Pages: 320
Also by this author: What You Always Wanted (If Only . . ., #8)
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If Only . . . he was the boy she's been dreaming of. The If Only line continues in this fun high school theater-themed romance!
Drama girl Maddie Brooks has always had high standards for guys. But she has yet to find one who can live up to the romantic, classic Hollywood heartthrobs, especially the dreamy song-and-dance man Gene Kelly. When Maddie begins to carpool with Jesse Morales, her new neighbor and star pitcher of the baseball team, she's struck by his wit, good looks, and love for his family--but a guy so into sports is definitely not her style. Then Maddie discovers that Jesse was raised as a dancer and still practices in the community theater dance studio to keep in shape. Perhaps her perfect dream guy exists after all! But when it becomes clear that baseball--not dance--is Jessie's passion, can Maddie find a way to let her dream guy go and appreciate the charms of the amazing guy in front of her?

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking The Spine. This is where we highlight our most anticipated upcoming releases.

I read my first book in this series over the weekend (the 6th one) and I was really charmed by the concept! This one looks even more up my alley based on the description. Growing up, I was very involved with theatre in my community. Even though I don’t do it anymore, it’s still something that I can instantly connect with and get all the references. Even better is that I also love baseball (probably even more than theatre) so that’s even more of a reason for me to read this! I’m definitely looking forward to it because I love light and happy reads, even though this one looks like it might have more high school drama than I typically like. I’m going to give it a shot anyways! What do you guys think about the book?
 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read If You Like The Fault in Our Stars

September 29, 2015 Features 10

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read If You Like The Fault in Our Stars
The Broke and the Bookish hosts this weekly feature every Tuesday. This week the theme is what books to read if you like this super popular book/author. I decided to books to read if you loved The Fault in Our Stars. I could only come up with six for this one so let me know if you can think of any that I left off!
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These two books are A LOT different. However, Me and Earl is something a little bit lighter for readers that like the powerful story of TFIOS. Trust me, it will have you laughing out loud.
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3. Everything, Everything

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Although the illness in discussion are both very different, they still explore the subject of death and love. They also deal with family, particularly the main characters parents. Both of the main characters are bonded by having similar interests.

4. Jellicoe Road

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This is easily one of the best books I’ve ever read. Both stories take on the subjects of love, death, grief, and growing up. Jonah Griggs is my all time favorite book boyfriend.

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There’s no illness here, but Silas actually reminds me a lot of Gus in terms of personality. I think fans of TFIOS will enjoy Sommers beautiful writing.

6. The Truth About Forever

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This is much lighter, but Macy still has to deal with the loss of her father. Sarah Dessen definitely has a different style of writing from John Green, but they both are amazing storytellers.

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Sunday Post #1

September 27, 2015 Features 3

Sunday Post #1

The Sunday Post is a weekly feature hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is where bloggers share what went on this week and what’s coming up on their respective blog. You also can share what books you’ve acquired this week and a round up of book news. Basically it’s just a time to share what you want to share with other bloggers!

This week on my blog I reviewed:

Coming up this week on my blog:

The Finn Factor (Blog Tour)
It’s A Wonderful Death (Blog Tour)
All I’ve Never Wanted (Blog Tour)
Dream On, Amber (Blog Tour/Review)
Never, Never (Review)

Plus posts for the weekly features Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting On Wednesday, and Feature Friday!

New books:

I haven’t purchased any new books recently, but I was approved for several upcoming books this week on Edelweiss from Harper Children’s that look really interesting.

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 Posts from bloggers that I loved this week:

Since banned books week is coming up, the girls over at Such A Novel Idea wrote a really cool post about it. In this particular post, the girls all share a quote from a banned book that means something to them.

The Araliya Bookshelf talks about review writing and also shares some tips that I found really helpful!

Maria at The Teen Book Nerd discusses why people lose their love of reading as they get older. I found this to be a fascinating topic to take on and I found her gifs to be hilarious and fitting.

I haven’t read the book The Rest Of Us Just Live Here, but I still totally related to what The Quiet People had to say about having too much content. I’ve read so many YA books where the main character just had problem after problem. Sometimes it can be overwhelming how much drama is stuffed into just one story.

Lisa and Becca at Lost In Lit had a fabulous debate about fictional boyfriends. As a lover of fictional boyfriends myself, I loved everything that they had to say. I’m not married or anything, but as a 19 year old girl, it can be easy to get so wrapped up in these fictional boyfriends and expect every guy to be like them. While I would love to meet a guy like Jonah Griggs or Cam Hamilton, I know that they aren’t real. Every guy is different and I think the guys we meet in real life can be just as great. I definitely agree with the lowering your expectations thing. Anyway, I really loved this! They both brought up interesting points to add to this discussion.

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Waiting On Wednesday: P.S. I Like You

September 23, 2015 Features 0

Waiting On Wednesday: P.S. I Like YouP.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Published by Point on July 26th 2016
Pages: 304
Also by this author: The Distance Between Us, The Fill-In Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, By Your Side
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What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?
While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she's flustered -- and kind of feels like she's falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer -- but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?
From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking The Spine that highlights your most anticipated upcoming releases.
I’m looking forward to this one because I love Kasie West’s YA contemporary stuff. I have yet to read her other popular fantasy YA series Pivot Point, but anything that she writes seems to turn out amazing. This seems so far away, I’m ready for 2016 already since there are tons and tons of books that look so good coming out next summer! What do you guys think? Does this book look good? Do you guys like Kasie West too?
 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

September 22, 2015 Features 9

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books On My Fall TBR List
You know the drill by now. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The theme this week is top books on your TBR list for this fall.
Release date: October 6th
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I haven’t read Cammie McGovern’s debut novel “Say What You Will,” but I’m looking forward to reading this one! Side note: I also really love this cover.
Release date: October 6th
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I’m looking forward to this one because it has a lot of positive things to say about body image. That is a tremendously important topic, so I automatically want to read it!
Release date: October 6th
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There’s a lot of hype following this book because it’s a retelling of 1,001 Nights and so was The Wrath and The Dawn, a popular book published earlier this year. Regardless, I’m looking forward to reading this one because I think it has quite a bit of potential.
Release date: December 29th
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This one sort of reminds me of Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen, but it still sounds like an incredibly emotional and beautiful book. I’m looking forward to it!
Release date: October 20th
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I’m typically not so big on historical fiction books. However, this one looks like something I might really enjoy. It has a total BA main character and a teen spy doesn’t sound like the most boring plot I’ve ever heard. I feel like this is going to be a great read!
Release date: October 6th
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Okay, I’m not going to lie, I totally requested this one on Netgalley because I thought the cover was cute, (I obviously didn’t read the writing on the cover) but it still looks like a good book. Despite the fact that I’m not huge on suspense YA books, I have high hopes for this one!
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Release date: November 3rd
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The plot alone is equally terrifying and fascinating. I truthfully have never really read a YA horror book, so I’m looking forward to this one because it just seems so scary since it’s something that I could see happening!
Release date: September 28th
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I’ve been reading a lot of New Adult books here recently. I’m excited to read this one because it looks like a fun and romantic read!
Release date: October 1st
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Pretty much any book that has anything related to music on the cover is something I’m bound to pick up.
Released date: November 17th
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I’m looking forward to this one because it seems to have a lovely focus on female friendship. I enjoy YA books that have a decent portrayal of this. Can it be November already?
Okay, I know that I’m cutting it close with the whole fall thing with some of these! However, I was really dying to include some of those that are published later in November and December. So forgive me with the cheating that I did here. What about you guys? Are you guys looking forward to any of these?

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Feature and Follow Friday: 9/18/15

September 18, 2015 Features 3

Feature and Follow Friday: 9/18/15
This is a weekly feature hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee. Each of the hosts also have a featured blog each week. The featured blog this week is I Heart Reading.
The question this week is: Help us give our Feature Interview Questions a fresh look! What questions do you think we should ask our weekly features?

 

Here are some questions that I suggest for the hosts to use:

1. If you could choose one book to recommend to the readers, which would it be and why?

2. Top five favorite authors?

3. Who are some book bloggers that inspire you?

4. What literature tropes do you dislike and why? You can make it genre specific if you want or you can just do it in general.

5. What other topics would you blog about if you no longer wanted to blog about books?

Thanks for reading! You can follow me on Bloglovin.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Best YA Book Boyfriends

September 15, 2015 Features 10

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Best YA Book Boyfriends
You know the drill, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a freebie topic, so naturally, I chose to talk about my ten favorite YA book boyfriends. I’m definitely going to be leaving out many, these are just some that I thought of off the top of my head.

1. Adam Wilde from If I Stay
Isn’t the kid who played Adam in the movie just gorgeous?! Obviously, he isn’t as great as Adam from the book though. Adam is just one of those characters that immediately became one of my favorites. He’s such a passionate and genuine guy, plus he’s a musician. That’s the whole package deal right there.

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Regardless of my feelings towards Lola, it’s impossible not to love Cricket. He’s loved Lola for forever and I love the fact that there’s no other girl that he’s secretly involved with. He’s clear with his feelings for Lola from the beginning and he continually proves them as well.

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If you haven’t read this book yet, pick it up immediately. It’s just such a touching read. Olly is such a hilarious and witty love interest that you can’t help but swoon over.
4. Jonah Griggs from On the Jellicoe Road
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I’m not going to say anything else for fear of going into over fangirl mode.

5. Perry from Under The Never Sky
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He’s such a selfless character and his love for Aria is so touching and heartbreaking. I just love him so much, even when he’s doing pretty terrible things.

6. Jase Garrett from My Life Next Door
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Jase is such a breath of fresh air from all the bad boy love interests in YA. He’s a complete and total good boy. He does everything for his family, and he loves Sam with all his heart. What more could you want in a love interest?

7. Levi from Fangirl
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I wasn’t sure how I felt about Levi at first, but wow he definitely grew on me. He completely gets Cath out of her shell and sees her for who she really is. He’s totally swoonworthy to say the least.

8. Four from Divergent
Tobias/Four is very very attractive. Not to mention how incredible and loving he was in the books.

9. Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars
I felt like this couldn’t be left off of here.

10. Dexter from This Lullaby
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He’s yet another musician, but Dexter is just so quirky and has such a good heart. I love how awkward he is, even though you typically wouldn’t expect that from a lead singer of a band.

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Waiting On Wednesday: Save Me, Kurt Cobain

September 9, 2015 Features 3

Waiting On Wednesday: Save Me, Kurt CobainSave Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer
Published by Delacorte Press on March 8th 2016
Pages: 272
Also by this author: Save Me, Kurt Cobain
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What if you discovered that Kurt Cobain was not only alive, but might be your real father? This nuanced and bittersweet YA debut will keep you guessing until the end.  Nico Cavan has been adrift since her mother vanished when she was four—maternal abandonment isn’t exactly something you can just get over. Staying invisible at school is how she copes—that and listening to alt music and summoning spirits on the Ouija board with her best friend and coconspirator in sarcasm, Obe. But when a chance discovery opens a window onto her mom’s wild past, it sparks an idea in her brain that takes hold and won’t let go.
On a ferry departing Seattle, Nico encounters a slight blond guy with piercing blue eyes wearing a hooded jacket. Something in her heart tells her that this feeling she has might actually be the truth, so she follows him to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. When she is stranded there by a winter storm, fear and darkness collide, and the only one who can save Nico might just be herself.

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking The Spine. It basically is where you share upcoming releases that your anxious about or books that are on your TBR list that you haven’t gotten around to yet.

I’m excited about this one for a number of reasons! First and foremost, I absolutely love Kurt Cobain. Nirvana is one of my all time favorite bands. I just think it’s weird in the best way that this Young Adult fiction book is mentioning him. Another reason why I’m excited is because I read an early review on Goodreads from author Laurie Flynn (I’m also looking forward to her debut coming out next year but I’ll save that for another week) that was beyond beautiful. She wrote, “Music has a lot of powers. It soothes and it incites, motivates and empowers, empathizes and hurts, sometimes makes us feel that we’re less alone. For fans, music can be a companion, a friend, an escape. But does music have the power to save someone? That’s one of the themes in Jenny Manzer’s riveting debut, SAVE ME, KURT COBAIN.”

So I can’t wait for this book to come out next year!

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Top Finished Series I Have Yet to Finish

September 8, 2015 Features 16

Top Finished Series I Have Yet to Finish
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is ten finished series that I have yet to finish. This is a difficult but good topic and I’m happy to do it!

1. Under The Never Sky

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I’ve only read the first book in this series so far, but I’m working on the others now!

2. Sloppy Firsts: Jessica Darling Series

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I’ve heard a lot of really great things about the Jessica Darling series so I’m not sure why I haven’t managed to pick this one up yet? I can’t believe the first book has been out since 2001!

3. Weetzie Bat Series

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It’s probably even worse that I somehow managed to miss this one. But in my defense, it was released before I was even born so I just completely missed out on it.

4. Harry Potter

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I have only read the first four books so I feel like I have to read the other books at some point. I just got hopelessly stuck on the fifth book and gave up completely. But one day I do plan on checking out the whole series again.

5. Perfect Chemistry

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I read the first book but I plan on reading the others in the series also. It’s a fascinating concept and I loved this book way more than I first expected.

6. Cinder

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The first book immediately drew me in but I’m sort of holding back on reading the others. Also, I know this one has more books coming out (or at least one) so I’m definitely cheating here, but I felt like it needed to be thrown in there anyway because it’s a huge one on my list!

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Not sure how I missed out on this one. I actually haven’t read anything by Lauren Oliver even though I know she’s a huge Young Adult author. I don’t know, I guess I’ve just always figured that her books aren’t my thing, but I can’t help but consider giving them a try and see what happens.

Okay so I’m going to fall a little short on getting ten on this list because I’m way too tired. This was way more difficult than I expected it would be! I mean, the most difficult part of it was trying to remember series that I want to read that are actually completed. Most of the ones that I’m interested in are more recent and still coming out with new books. Anyways, I look forward to seeing what everyone else could up with for this list!

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