T5W: Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

T5W: Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

It’s time for a good moan because today we’re talking about most disappointing reads of 2018! I wrote a few down at the end of the year and it’s going to be so fun to share them with you all.

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Ugh. I did NOT enjoy this book (review here). With the amount of hype the book got when the movie was released, I just really expected something better.

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Whoop, more unpopular opinions time! I loved Illuminae, but I didn’t like Gemina. I wanted to try out the third book because of how much I adored Illuminae, but I was utterly disappointed yet again. Review here.

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This book is How To Ruin a Series 101. I was enjoying it, and then we got to this, and no no no. Review here.

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I never in a million years thought I’d mark a Wizarding World book as a disappointing read. But this one proved me wrong, and I’m still gutted about it.

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I have to say I wasn’t expecting too much with this one. I really loved We Were Liars and How To Be Bad, but E. Lockharts other books have also been disappointments for me. I thought I’d give this one a go, and unfortunately it was the worst E Lockhart book so far! Review here.

Which books made your list of disappointing reads of 2018?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: 2019 Releases I’m Not Bothered About

T5W: 2019 Releases I’m Not Bothered About

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Hi guys! It’s time for another top 5 Wednesday and this week we’re discussing 2019 I’m not bothered about reading. Honestly, I’m not a blogger/bookworm who waits on their doorstep for a lot of books to be delivered. I do preorder, but only a very few select auto-buy authors that I’ll get really excited for. So unfortunately, it’s not really hard to select some books that I’m not too worried about missing!

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I’m not saying I definitely won’t be reading this in the future, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually read a book by Holly Black.

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I really loved The Wrath and the Dawn when I read it, and I definitely want to continue with that series, but this one didn’t spike my interest. I’m not a historical reader, so I don’t think this book will be for me.

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Again, I’ve never read any Kiersten White, and I wasn’t bothered reading this long synopsis!

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Unfortunately, this one sounded quite same-y to other contemporaries I’ve read and I’m not ready for another one.

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This one was tricky – as I know how much hype Angie Thomas has. However, I just couldn’t get into The Hate U Give. I need to give it another try at some point and then maybe I’ll want to read this too?

Which 2019 releases are you not excited for?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: 2019 Reading Resolutions

T5W: 2019 Reading Resolutions

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

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Happy New Year everyone! I’m honestly not one to set New Year’s Resolutions because I don’t think it’s personally healthy to me if I don’t achieve them. However, I do loosely follow bookish one’s and I always attempt a reading challenge! So here are some of my 2019 reading (and blogging) resolutions.

Read 50 Books
I’ve just set my Goodreads goal of the year and it is 50 books again! I managed to read around 15 more than that in 2018, but I like to keep things realistic.

Read a Classic. Any Classic.
I’m sorry to say that the only classic I’ve ever read is Jane Eyre. And I loved it, but whenever I go to read a classic now, I think back to the standalone YA books I have on my TBR and find them too daunting. So instead of making a big goal to read a number of classics, in 2019 I’d just like to start.

Read More Series
I was actually very proud of myself in 2018 for the amount of series I managed to read and get off my physical TBR! I’ve always been more of a standalones kind of reader, but I’m definitely getting more into series. In 2019 I’d at least like to tackle The Mortal Instruments, The Dark Artifices, Divergent and Throne of Glass.

Lessen My Physical TBR
Honestly, this is probably my most important rule on this list. I’m not certain, but I think I’m starting this year with around the same unread books as last year, and I’m not going to let that happen again. I’m going to be stronger, and try and control my book-buying urges! So far, being in a joint book-buying-ban with my best friend is definitely helping that 🙂

Blog Most Days
I couldn’t do this list without including at least one blog related resolution. I’d like to continue blogging most days in 2019 whenever I can.

What are you attempting in 2019?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: 2019 Releases

T5W: 2019 Releases

Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 6

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

It’s time for another T5W and it’s under a week until Christmas! We’re looking at 2019 releases I’m looking forward to.

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Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army. Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

Leigh Bardugo is an auto-buy author for me and King of Scars is the only 2019 book I have on preorder!

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Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.
Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.
But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.
Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .
What if their last shift was an adventure?

This book has been on my TBR since it was first announced, and I can’t believe we now have a cover and everything.

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Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.
The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.
Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself. 

I really enjoyed One of Us is Lying and I definitely am thinking about picking this one up.

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The official guide to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series complete with characters, creatures, new artwork, and more! Everyone knows the story of the assassin queen. But now, fans of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series will be immersed in her journey like never before. From Adarlan’s dark past to Terrasen’s bright future, this comprehensive guide will bring the people, creatures, settings, magic, gods, and world of Aelin’s epic journey to life in stunning illustrations and descriptive portrayals. Complete with an expansive vocabulary and timeline of events, this is the must-have official companion to the Throne of Glass series. 

Honestly, I don’t think I’m ever going to refuse a Sarah J Maas book. It’s just the way it is.

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I may not have enjoyed Legendary quite as much as the first book, but I will be carrying on with this series.

Which books are you excited for in 2019?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Gifts for Harry Potter Fans

T5W: Gifts for Harry Potter Fans

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

This week’s T5W is officially Books to Give ______ as Gifts. I could have gone for purely books to give a Harry Potter fan, but I thought general gifts could be more interesting!

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I adore this book has a Harry Potter fan! It’s just so gorgeous and you can see my full thoughts and many pictures in my review here.

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Okay this is my absolute dream. How incredible is this Lego set? And if, like me, this might be a little out of your price range…they have many other cute sets available!

I couldn’t write this post without including WANDS! It’s the only thing I’m seriously considering buying when I visit the Studio in January.

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Aren’t these just the cutest? I also might be lucky enough to find these babies in my stocking 😉 

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I had to include food in here somewhere! I love the idea of food from fictional worlds – here’s a whole post about it.

What would you recommend for Harry Potter fans?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Christmas Wish List

T5W: Christmas Wish List

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

This topic is always a dangerous one – because I’ll just find more and more books I want to add to my wishlist! But isn’t this just the perfect time to start thinking about things you’d like for Christmas?

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The first book on my list is permanently this one. I’m deadly serious when I say if any of my readers have this edition of Lady Midnight and are willing to let it go for a price…please drop me an email or comment below!

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Onto a lighter note, who wouldn’t want a cuddly niffler?

 

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I have the UK special edition of Throne of Glass, but the US slipcased edition is still on my to-buy list.

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Yet another collectors edition that is simply gorgeous! But I need to re-read the series first and see if I enjoy them enough 🙂

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This book is the only one I might actually be getting for Christmas 🙂 Isn’t it beautiful?

What’s on your Christmas wishlist?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Fictional Food

T5W: Fictional Food

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Hi my lovelies! This week is such an exciting topic – fictional food I want to eat this festive season. There’s so many times I feel like I want to pick something up out of a game, book or movie and take a bite! Here’s just a few 🙂

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How cute would an Alice in Wonderland tea party be? It looks absolutely beautiful and I’m sure things would be interesting.

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I love Stardew Valley and it’s currently my favourite game. A lot of the food looks  delicious, but the one I’m most curious about is this Strange Bun!

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I loved food from Breath of the Wild when I played it, and honestly how incredibly is this real-life replica? It really makes me want a taste!

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I saw another blog mention Wonka Chocolate Bars, but my dream is to be let loose in this beautiful place.

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Obviously I had to include at least one thing from Harry Potter! I’ve been really craving trying a chocolate frog recently, so maybe that’s what I’ll buy when I visit the studios in the New Year 🙂

What food did you pick?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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