Top 10 Enjoyable Hyped Books I’ve Read in 2016

It’s early March and so far I’ve read 18 of the 50 books I want to read for my GoodReads challenge. Here are ten of my favorites that were worth the hype:

1. Winter by Marissa Meyer

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2. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

3. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

4. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

7. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

8. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

9. Cress by Marissa Meyer

10. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

What books have you read so far in 2016 that you’ve really liked? Which of these books have you read? What are your thoughts on them? Feel free to leave your thoughts in a comment 🙂

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Top 5 Wednesday: Badass Characters

Normally I don’t participate in Top 5 Wednesdays, but after seeing this week’s topic, I decided to make a post. Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey.  This week’s topic is badass characters. For my list, specifically I went with badass heroines.

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1. Ringer from The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

2. Aelin Galathynius from Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

3. Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

4. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

5. Tris Prior from Divergent by Veronica Roth

Which characters are on your Top 5 Wednesday list? Feel free to post a link to your Top 5 Wednesday in a comment. 🙂

Five Favorite Film Adaptions

If I really love a book, I enjoy seeing that book’s film adaption. These are my top five favorite film adaptions.

1. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

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3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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5. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

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What are your favorite film adaptions?

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters You Just Didn’t Click With

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of the week of September 1, 2015 is: characters you just didn’t click with.

These are the top ten characters that I did not connect or click with. The main reasons these characters made it onto the list are because I didn’t understand the character enough or their character seemed too perfect.

1. Bernard Marx from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

2. Lenina from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

3. Shay from Uglies by Scott Westerfield

4. Emma Carstairs from City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

5. Jill Pole from the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

6. Winston Smith from Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

7. King Alejandro from the Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

8. Reynie Muldoon from the Mysterious Benedict Society

9. Bilbo Baggins from the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

10. Leo Valdez from the Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

What are you Top Ten Characters that you just didn’t click with? I’d love to know. Feel free to post a link to your Top Ten Tuesday in a comment. 🙂

Favorite Female Protagonists

While reading, I’ve come to know many protagonists. This blog posts includes a list of my top ten personal favorite female protagonists (not all) from books and movies–

  1. Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games Trilogy. Katniss is athletic with an instinct for survival and bravely took her sister’s place even though she thought she would die. She always tries to do what she thinks is right.

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    Katniss Everdeen
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  2. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter Series. Hermione is smart and loves books. She is very loyal to her friends and while she is on better terms with some of the Hogwarts professors than her friends, she isn’t afraid to do what’s right (e.g. lambasting the cruel and ignorant Professor Umbridge in the Common Room.)

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    Hermione Granger
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  3. Tauriel from the Hobbit Film adaption. Tauriel is the captain of the Mirkwood Elven Guard and is a skilled warrior. She also, like Hermione, will do what she believes is right even if it means defying authority, and because of that saved Kili.

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    Tauriel
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  4. Tris Prior from the Divergent Trilogy. Tris is strong-willed and has a strong sense of right and wrong. She’s also extremely brave and selfless, and will sacrifice herself if it means saving others (e.g. goes to Erudite headquarters, lets Four throw knives at her instead of Al.)

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    Tris Prior
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  5. Teresa Agnes from The Maze Runner Trilogy. Teresa like Tris, is smart, brave, and selfless. She used her brain to help The Gladers escape the Maze and battled Grievers. She also was willing to sacrifice her relationship with Thomas to save his life.
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Teresa Agnes
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Occupational Hazards of Being A Reader

While reading, I’ve begun to observe a few occupational hazards as a reader that I have encountered.

Here are a few I’ve noticed.

1. Disappointing endings–especially these. A disappointing ending usually makes me want to forget the ending as soon as possible. I remedy this by reading many books with happy endings.

2. Character deaths (e.g. Tris, Teresa, Dobby)

3. Disappointing film adaptions

4. Disagreements of character decisions

5. Unrelatable protagonists

What are your thoughts on Occupational Hazards of Being A Reader? Feel free to share your thoughts in a comment. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Favorite Fiction Books of All Time

This is a list of my favorite fiction book books of all time, they are not in order of preference.

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  4. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
  5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  6. Origin by Jessica Khoury
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  8. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  9. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  10. The Maze Runner by James Dashner