Second Chances to My Most Hated Books

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I’m terrible at DNF’ing books…or great at it, whichever way you look at it. I also am really awesome at not liking most of the books that are extremely hyped as much as it pains me. Hence why you don’t see that many new releases on the blog– they intimidate me. Last week, I was having a conversation with one of my friends about books that I didn’t like and just about all of the ones I mentioned were her favorites which made me think about WHY these books weren’t my favorite. Because of this, I decided to go through the lists on my Goodreads to see which books I would be willing to give a second chance to. The plan is to try to read at least one of these books a month in 2019 to see if my feelings have or haven’t changed and why I disliked them to begin with…and possibly why I like them now.

A lot of the books, who am I kidding, ALL of the book on this list are very well-loved books in the community so I am full on prepared for the bashing. But remember this is a redemption post for these books so maybe I’ll be praising them in the future?

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ONE. THE RAVEN BOYS

the raven boys I read this book around 3 or so years ago and I remember being incredibly bored. I think there was a helicopter in there somewhere? I was also confused about everything that was going on. It is loved so much in this community and I was told it gets better as it continues (as I’ve been told with about every series that will be listed here.) I’m intrigued to see what my thoughts are the second time around!

 

 

 

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This or That Tag | 2018

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It has been a MINUTE since I’ve done a tag! I saw Chloe at The Elven Warrior do this and I thought it seemed fun, quick and easy! Be sure to go read her answers too! I’m going to tag a few people just for fun. Don’t feel like you have to do this even though I’d love to see your answers!

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5 Star Predictions

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This was a trend that was going around the entire book community a while ago that I was really intrigued by! It was really cool to see the books that people thought they would love and then see the final results later. It was also really shocking to see that a lot of the books ended up not being 5 stars! With this list of 10 books that I’ve compiled, I think realistically maybe 1 or 2 will be 5 stars. I’m obviously hoping there will be more, though..fingers crossed!

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THE BEAR & THE NIGHTINGALE | GENTLEMANS GUIDE TO VICE & VIRTUE | THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO | SIX OF CROWS | MOXIE | STRANGE THE DREAMER | BETWEEN SHADES OF GREY | MIDNIGHT AT THE ELECTRIC | MY LADY JANE | TRULY DEVIOUS 

We have potential here! Most of these are historical fiction, which is my favorite genre, but also a well-loved fantasy, Laini freaking Taylor, a bad ass female comp and probably the adult contemp of the year. I say I have pretty great odds to having maybe half of these be five stars? (But I don’t want to get my hopes up.)

I’m going to give myself a year to read and review these books for ya’ll and then post an update to let ya’ll know how it all ended up! Maybe even sooner if I can get my life together bahaha.

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Which book should I start off with first?! I’m leaning towards Evelyn Hugo or Strange the Dreamer since those were books I initially wanted to read before the end of 2018. Let me know in the comments!

Down the TBR Hole | #6

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Its been a while since I’ve done a tag or meme or just about anything! This one has always been my favorite, so I thought I’d start it back up again with round 6!! If you want to see the first few rounds of this tag, check here: 1 2 3 4 5

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This tag was created by Lost in A Story. Be sure to go and check out her blog!

The Rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

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one. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT BY COLLEEN CLAYTON

I was about ready to write this off when I first started to read the description, thinking it was going to be another one of those contemporaries that is all around. But once I read more, seeing that it was about a girl trying to overcome her sexual abuse, I decided that I want to give this one a shot.

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two. THE RIVER OF NO RETURN BY BEE RIDGWAY

I am a sucker for time travel stories so this one will definitely stay on my TBR. It’s really hard to come across really good books that tell about time travel so I want to try to read as many as I can so maybe I can do a recommendations list soon!

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three. WITH THIS HEART BY R.S. GREY

Again, another book I was about to write off because I thought it was going to be another cheesy romp (granted, I don’t have anything against them) but I love road trip books! I’m wanting to bump this up on my TBR, actually, because it sounds like so much fun.

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four. THE THIEF BY MEGAN WHALEN TURNER

There is so much hype around this fantasy series that I just have to see it all for myself!

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five & six. I WANT IT THAT WAY and AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME BY ANN AGUIRRE

I was really into this NA comp duology years ago (mostly because of the titles, lets be real) but now I think my reading tastes have changed since then. Plus, the reviews aren’t great enough for me to want to read them.

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seven. WHEN BY VICTORIA LAURIE

I’m on the fence about this one, but I think I’m going to end up keeping it. The premise has me intrigued. I don’t think this will be one of the greatest books I’ve ever read though, but, who knows?

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eight. SERAPHINA BY RACHEL HARTMAN 

I’m really not interested in this book anymore. I bought it on my Kindle way back when some Booktubers were hyping it up, but I’m just not into dragons? It’s still on my e-book if I ever have the urge to read it, though.

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nine. VICIOUS BY V.E. SCHWAB

Pretty sure this one is obvious.

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ten. 100 SIDEWAYS MILES BY ANDREW SMITH

The reviews are good and people seem to really love Andrew Smith’s writing, but this doesn’t seem interesting to me at all so…goodbye.

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Well.. I only tossed 4 books this round but I don’t think that is too bad! I had an idea though– I was thinking about buying a few of these books and reading them within the next few months to see if any lived up to my expectations and then doing a wrap up for every 5 I read or so. Kind of like the 5 star predictions but slightly different? Not sure. Please let me know below what you think about that!

Also, let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you would recommend for me to read! (I already know every comment is going to say Vicious lol)

TOTAL BOOKS DROPPED: 28

This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee | Mini Review

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this monstrous thingIn 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead.

His sweetheart, Mary—gone.

His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay…

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If you love retellings, this is definitely a book you need to pick up. THIS MONSTROUS THING is Frankenstein meets steam punk which follows Alisdair Finch as he comes to terms with what he’s done — resurrected his older brother, Oliver, from the dead. This novel follows grief, family, first love, new love and friendship and does it well.

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What I Loved:

The writing was atmospheric and beautiful. You could feel the hurt these characters were going through.

Using clockwork as an element to heal people. I really loved this steam punk element. It was really interesting reading about how they use it and how it was saving people.

Side character, Clemence. She was a great addition to the book and kept Ali’s head on his shoulders, while also caring for him and helping him. I really enjoyed watching their friendship develop.

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What I Didn’t Love:

The pacing. While I enjoyed the writing, not much action happening until towards the end of the book. We spent a long time getting to know Ali & his new friends, but only got to know Oliver through past memories. I would have liked more of Ali & Oliver 2.0 (for lack of better explanations lol) and seeing how their relationship improves.

Mary. Though I get why she was a part of this, I still didn’t enjoy her character or her parts. All she did was tease Ali and ruin things for him.

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Sorry for the short & sweet review! I just wanted to get something up since I haven’t posted much this week! I think I kind of like the bullet points though, what do you think?