Books I keep avoiding

Top Ten Tuesday is a weakly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is books you keep avoiding and why.

There’s Someone Inside your House

I enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss and I was excited for this when it was first announced, but the reviews I saw were not very positive. I might eventually read it, I’m just in no hurry and I’m not going to spend money on it.

Turtles All the Way Down

I read loathed Looking for Alaska, couldn’t get into The Fault in Our Stars, and never finished it. Turtles has gotten a lot of acclaim, and it actually sounds up my ally but my past experiences with John Green’s books makes me hesitant to read it. 

Kingdom of Ash

I’m torn I read the rest of the series and I hate to leave a series unfinished, but I really really didn’t like Empire of Storms. Also I don’t have time to read a a 800 something page book!

Strange the Dreamer

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is not a good book, it’s overhyped. People are probably going to disagree with me in the comments, but it’s how I feel. Strange the Dreamer has a great premise, I’m scared though that it will be disappointing just like Lani Taylor previously series. 

Twilight

I barely missed the Twilight age, I watched the movies but was a little too young to have read the books. I didn’t have any interest in at until fairly recently, this series is still wildly discussed and I’m curious. I want to know what all the fuzz is about. However, I’ve been putting them off in favor of other books. 

Sabriel

This series has been on my TBR for years I even started the book once, however I couldn’t get into it. I think it’s going to be one of those books that takes a while to become invested in, and I haven’t been in the mood to try again. I love fantasy I really do, but I still get intimidated by large epic fantasy stories. 

Are there any books you find yourself putting off reading? If so what are they and why are you avoiding reading them?

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The Waffle Book Tag

I love waffles I love books what could be better then putting them both together? Let’s dive right into this adorable tag.

The Rules

  • Link back to the original creator, Kat @ Novels & Waffles
  • Feel free to use any of the waffle graphics in this post, just make sure to credit Kat
  • Tag as many people as you want (or don’t want)

Persuasion

Jane Austen is my favorite classic novilist, and after a lot of internal debate I’m eighty six percent sure Persuasion is my favorite of her novels. I also love Pride and Prejudice, but I think I like the 2005 movie better then the book itself.

Ms Marvel

I am way behind with these comics, but they are the perfect answer for this question. Kamala Con is adorkable, her stories are enduring and I don’t know I just think there’s something wholesome about them.

Nancy Drew

There’s a few books I could choose for this, but I’m going with Nancy Drew. I didn’t read a ton of these growing up, but I did read some of the books, loved the 2007 movie, and played a few of the games. Nancy Drew was way more of my sister’s thing then mine, but it’s still something I associate with growing up.

Malachi from With the Fire on High

He’s a sweetheart, and pretty much instantly won me over. He’s a nice guy and that’s what Emonie deserved.

Crooked Kingdom

This question made me realize how much I avoid reading sad books, but umm that one really sad thing made me cry in Crooked Kingdom. Also the Crows love waffles so I couldn’t possibly write a waffle related post without mentioning them.

Water Runs Red

I’ve read a few contemporary Poetry collections but this one stands out from the bunch. It’s cleverly designed in a way that makes it feel like a journal. Plus the theme of a friendship breakup isn’t something you see all the time.

Percy Jackson & The Heroes of Olympus

I might not have read all of Rick Riordan’s books, but I did stick with Percy Jackson through ten entire books. And I enjoyed every minute of it, I loved all the characters I met throughout these books and laughed at all their shenanigans. Honestly I miss these books, they have a certain charm, and kind of humor that only Rick Riordan can achieve.

Persuasion Bookmark

And my phone, since it allows me to read and listen to audiobooks on the go. But since I talked about Persuasion earlier its right only right to mention my favorite bookmark.

I tag anyone who loves waffles and books and wants to do this cute tag.

Book review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.


I enjoyed this more than I was expecting to. I had heard mixed things about the author previous book An Enchantment of Raven’s, and I had decided not to read it, but now I’ve changed my mind. This story wasn’t anything particularly special it’s the standard YA fantasy. You have your orphan protagonist whose ordinary life gets uprooted, and who finds herself at the center of a world threatening conflict. Then you have the dashing love interest, lots of excitement and action and some magic.

It’s the basic recipe for a successful YA fantasy. I’ve read tons of similar books, and found this one to be familiar and predictable. Yet I still ended up getting swept away by it all. It’s one of those books I really enjoy while I’m reading it, but that isn’t memorable. Even after having recently finished it I can already tell it’s not going to leave a lasting impression. All that being said this was super enjoyable, and a few hours of amusement is all I wanted out of it.

I liked how so much of it was set in libraries and enjoyed the interactions and relationships between the characters. For me the characters aren’t amazing on their own and like other elements of the book their rather generic, however the dialogue was spot on. This was a satisfying read I didn’t love it, but you can’t love every book you read. I’ll be interested to see what Rogerson writes next.  

Top Ten Tuesday: my favorite tropes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weakly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Band of misfits

I don’t think I’ve actually read many books with this, I’ve definitely seen shows about it, but I do enjoy it. I like any books about groups of friends, unlikely friends are even better. Seeing characters who are thrown together through happenstance become each others family is always a emotional and enjoyable experience.

The chosen one

This is a classic that I have yet to grow tired of. I mean I do think it is is over used, but when done well I love it. I just don’t want to see it in every Fantasy book.

Epic adventures/quests

Admittedly traveling scenes in books can be dull, but it’s often necessary to have the characters travel in order to achieve a goal. So just like with all the things on this list I enjoy it only when done well.

Evil relative (usually a parent)

I think this gives the character more of a emotional investment in the conflict, and ups the stakes. Yes it’s done often, but it’s sometimes necessary.

Hate to Love

Whether it’s enemies to friends or enemies to lovers I’m always a sucker for this trope. All my examples are hate to love though, since it happens way more often. Pride and Prejudice is the absolute best example.

Hidden abilities

This is more so one I respect as opposed to love, it can work really well, but sometimes authors use it for the sake of convenience and it can feel tried or flat out lazy writing. Other times I get why it’s there and it’s fun to read about someone discovering an awesome new ability.

Love square/octagon

I’m not particularly a fan of love triangles, but I a complex romance involving four or more characters. Basically if I need to draw a diagram to understand who likes who than I’m on board. I know this kind of thing gets on some peoples nerves, but I like the drama and romantic tension as long as it’s well done of course.

Magic schools

I’m always looking for stories set in fun magical schools that sound way better than boring muggle schools. I don’t care much for most books set in High School, but give me a magic academy of some sorts and I’ll immediately add it to my TBR.

Royalty

I love books about royals, I enjoy all the drama and intrigue. This is more of a trend then a trope, although characters finding out their actually Royalty is a trope I enjoy as well.

Traveling

This is similar to epic journeys that I talked about earlier only this one applies more to contemporary novels and traveling to real world locations. Like books about road trips or studding abroad, this is one of my favorite niche genres.

College advice for the new school year

I yo back to University this Sunday and I’ve been so busy packing and scheduling posts that I nearly forget to write something for today. I thought that, since school is on my mind right now, I would post a few tips for anyone else who is getting ready for college.

Invest in a good planner

Finding a good planner can be difficult, but it’s a game changer. The important thing though is to write down all your assignments, it’s doesn’t have to be in a planner, but you do have to keep track of everything somehow. And for me a planner is the best way to do that. I like color coding my planner and using erasable pens so that I can easily change the date of an assignment when the need arises.

Stay hydrated and get some sleep!

The two most important things you can do are get enough sleep, and drink enough water. Seriously, taking care of yourself is more important then getting an A. Try your hardest to avoid having to pull in all nighter. If you do ever find yourself in a position where you have to stay up late or all night studding, make sure to take breaks and keep water and snacks nearby. You really should always have a reusable water bottle with you.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

You are going to have so many people who want you to succeed. Their going to offer assistance take them up on it. My friends were always offering to help with a hard class I had and I didn’t accept, but I should have. Accepting help is so hard for me I always want to do everything on my own, but that doesn’t always work out. So when you’re struggling with a problem email your professor, go to their office hours, get help from a friend do something. I know that it’s scary and I’m taking to myself here to, but your teachers are there to help let them.

Good luck to anyone else heading off to college. Remember to practice self-care, and make friends because for me their the best part of the college experience. I know that the first week can be difficult college is a lot to handle, but it gets better and your going to be just fine. We all are. ♡

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Characters I want to be best friends with

Top Ten Tuesday is a weakly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. 

I’m super excited for this week’s topic, it’s probably my favorite TTT topic I’ve done so far, so let’s just jump right into things and talk about some characters I wish I could be besties with.

Luna, Ginny and Neville from Harry Potter 

The Harry Potter world is filled with amazing characters, I’m sure everyone could find a character in them who they would like to befriend. Luna was one of the first characters to pop into my head when I saw this prompt, and Ginny and Neville quickly followed. I love the golden trio of course, but I feel like this trio of friends is who I would fit in best with. 

Safie and Insult Truthwitch

I love these to girls and their friendship, I wish I could hang out with them. It would also be cool to have a witchery of my own. I however would not like to being involved in all the trouble these two are always finding themselves in. I have a feeling I wouldn’t be much of a help to them though.

Doreen Green & Tippy Toe from Marvel comics

Doreen Green is basically who I want to be when I grow up. I would love to hang out with her and all her squirrel friends, I would have to get her to teach me how to speak squirrel. Also I would love to ask her what her secret is to balance being a superhero and a college student. 

Sokka & Asami from Avatar 

Socka simply seems like a fun guy to be around. He’s a supportive friend and genuinely a nice guy. As for Asami I feel like I could learn a lot from her. She’s very feminine, but also very tough, she is stronger than she looks. We could go and get makeovers and test out the latest one of her company’s inventions in the same day. 

Emma, and all the Bennet sisters from Emma and Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen’s heroines are so snarky, Lizzie is the universal favorite, but I can’t decide on a personal favorite. I want to spend time with all the Bennet sisters, even though Lydia and Kitty might get on my nerves a day spent with all five sisters would surely be interesting. Emma is probably the most strong willed of all the Austen Heroines, her book has the best lines and many of the things she says I could see myself saying. She wasn’t meant to be liked or admired, but I adore her.

What characters would you love to be best friends with?

The Audiobook tag

It should be no secret at this point that I love audiobooks, I’ve been listening to a lot of them lately and figured this tag would be a great chance to talk about them more in length. I found this tag on Kristin’s blog @KristinKravesBooks, I couldn’t find the creator of this tag, but if you know who they are please let me know so I can give them credit for this fun little tag, and make sure to read Kristin’s post.

Have you always listened to audiobooks or when did you begin?

I listened to my first audiobook five years ago, but I after that I only occasionally would listen to them. I preferred physically reading. I’ve only been regularly listening to them for about a year, it’s why I’ve been able to read so much this year. 

What is your favorite audiobook?

Right now probably either Become by Michelle Obama, or Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Both stories were made better because I listened to then on audiobook. But I feel like that will change whenever I finally listen to Daisy Jones and the Six. 

What is my least favorite thing about audiobooks?

I don’t always like the narrator’s, and have had to find a physical copy or ebook of a few books because the audiobook wasn’t for me. Often the audiobook helps me get into a story, but other times it does the opposite. It all depends on the book and the narrator, as well as the writing and my mood. 

What do you think is the difference in experience between physically reading a book and listening to it?

Audiobooks often help me to be more immersed in the story. They pull me in, and allow me to experience the story in a way that’s more like a movie then physically reading is. It’s a little hard for me to explain, but they usually enhance the reading experience.

How and when do you listen?

When I’m at school I always keep my head phones with me so I can listen whenever I have a few minutes. Like when I’m walking to class, or occasionally at work I’m allowed to have headphones. There also nice to listen to when I’m getting ready in the morning, or eating breakfast. I primarily listen to them in bed because they help me sleep, most audiobook platforms have a sleep timer that I often make use of.

What style/genre do you prefer? 

I’ll give any audiobook a try, I’m not sure I have a preference to genre. I have decided that memoirs are being as audiobook since there usually read by the author, and it makes it feel like you’re sitting down to hear a story from a friend. I don’t listen to many fantasy books as audiobook just because it’s often easier to keep up with the story if I physically read it. 

What are some audiobook/narrator recommendations?

Some of my favorite audiobook that I haven’t already mentioned are, Carry On, Six of Crows, and The Smell of Other People’s Houses.  Those last two are full cast audiobooks and I really need to look up what other books the cast has narrated. I’m sure there’s more I’m forgetting, I should probably do a recommendations post sometime soon. 

Do you like listening to audiobooks? What are some of your favorites?

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Firstly, I just love the idea that Rainbow Rowell brought a fictional book she created in a fictional book to life. The world of mages was first introduced a previous one of Rowell’s novel, Fangirl which just so happens to be one of my favorite books. In Fangirl, Cath (the main character) writes fanfiction about a series called Simon Snow. The fanfic she’s working on throughout the book is called Carry On, and it’s her version of the last book that is about to be released. Simon Snow is basically Harry Potter, but this book Carry On while similar is not Harry Potter. This is Rainbow Rowell’s version of Simon Snow, and it’s completely amazing.

There are similarities to Harry Potter, but it’s still very much it’s own thing. The books just both follow some of the same tropes. They both have a chosen one who is an orphan, goes to a magic school, and has an old wise mentor type in his life. The bare bones of each story is the same, presumably intentionally, but Rainbow Rowell takes the story to new places. It is not as action packed or exciting, the big bad is not as not as impressive, but this is not a seven book long journey the scope is smaller.

The best way to describe it is probably to say that it’s a fantasy that reads like a contemporary. I personally like the whole vibe and aesthetic the world of mages has, but I can see how it wouldn’t be to everyone’s liking. I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing, I have so much fun reading her books. The dialogue is wonderful, I laughed and smiled quite a lot I did not get pulled into the story right away though, but when Baz showed up things started picking up and I found myself not wanting to stop listing. I almost forgot to say that I listened to this on audiobook and it is a fantastic audiobook. I think part of why I enjoyed this and Fangirl for that matter is because I listened to them on audiobook, sometimes an audiobook henders a reading experience but other times it enhances it.

I’m so ready for Wayward Son to come out. I’m glad I waited so long to read this it means I don’t have to wait long for the sequel. I enjoyed Carry On a little more than I thought I would it’s not completely perfect, but I just had such a great time reading it. I do like Fangirl better though, I think that will always be my favorite Rainbow Rowell novel. And I think it should be read before Carry on. I definitely recommend both. I love the world and characters Rowell created and I’m so glad she decided to make her own fictional series a reality, and that she’s extending it. I’m pretty sure it was originally meant to be one book, but the ending doesn’t quite feel complete.

Reading Rush 2019 wrap up // a semi successful readathon

Total books read: 3

Total pages read: 1040

The Reading Rush did not go as well as expected, and I did not stick to my TBR, but nobody’s surprised about that. The week did not at all go to plan, I wasn’t really in the reading mood and so I only finished three books. One of them was fairly long so still managed to read over a thousand pages, which is definitely more than I usually read in a week. And at least I enjoyed everything I did manage to read.

Books and challenges completed

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detourcompleted the challenge of reading a book with a five word title, and the challenge of reading a book you meant to read last year

I’m so glad I finally read this, it was a fun read, but so far it’s my least favorite Morgan Maston book. It was really enjoyable, but it didn’t seen to have the same level of charm as her other works. But I would still recommend it, all of her books are perfect summer reads.

Carry OnCompleted the challenge of reading a book with a non human main character

This is another book I’ve been meaning to read forever. It was not on my TBR, I picked it up on a whim and it turned out to be exactly what I wanted to read in that instance. I loved it, not as much as other books I’ve read this year but still its really good. I’m glad I won’t have to wait long for the sequel. I do however blame Carry On for why I didn’t read anything for two whole days of this readathon it left me in a little bit of a reading slump.

The Mermaids Voice Returns in this Onecomplete the challenge of reading a book with purple on the cover

I read this in about a hour, and after having not read anything for two days it felt nice to sit down and read a book in one sitting. I have liked all of Amanda Lovelace’s poetry collections and this was a lovely book to end the readathon with. It was the perfect way to spend a quiet Sunday afternoon.


I managed to complete 5/7 challenges so overall I did okay. I definitely do feel like I could have done better, but I almost always feel that way and am trying to focus on the positives. This whole experience made me want to join more readathons, so I found two to participate in that are happening this month. I’ll have a TBR for those up sometime this weekend, and maybe a something else to break up the sea of wrap ups and TBR’s.

Top Ten Tuesday: 11 Classics by female writers on my TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weakly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic was a freebie so I decided to share with you all some classics on my TBR, that in all honesty I will probably not read soon but I’m still excited to talk about them.

I’m continuously saying I’m going to read more classics and I keep not following through. But there really is a lot of classics I would like to read. Today I’m only sharing works written by women because while there is classics by men I want to read, I feel like these the ones I’m most likely to pick up the soonest. I read some classics for school, but there mostly by men which is upsetting, but I can help balance it out by seeking out classics by female writers on my own time.


  1. And then There Were None by Agatha Christie: Or any of her books, I’ve only ever read Murder on the Orient Express.
  2. Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery
  3. A Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: I don’t know if this technically counts as a classic, but I feel it should if it doesn’t already. Its at the very least a modern classic.
  6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: I have got to read this one before the new movie comes out. I started reading it last year, but I had to return it to the library before I was finished.
  8. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen This is the only Austen book I haven’t read and I want to change that. Her books are some of the only classics I’ve read which is pretty sad that I’ve read so few, but at least there some of the best.
  9. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf: We read To the Lighthouse for class and it was interesting, it made me want to read at least one more of Virginia Woolf’s works.
  10. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  11. Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson: I’ve read a few of Emily Dickinson’s poem, but I want to get a collection of her poems to read. I’m taking a poetry class this coming semester, I might end up reading some of her work then.

There are many more classics I want to read, but I think for now eleven is enough to share. Let me know in the comments what classics you would like to read and tell me one you recommend I read.