T5W: Forgettable books

Back again with a T5W! The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

Whether you loved or hated them at the time, these are books that you just don’t really remember…

Well, this should be easy enough for me since I don’t remember half of the books I read 😉

1. House of Night by P.C. Cast

I used to be such a big fan of this series, now all I remember is that the girl (Zoey?) becomes a vampire? And a lot of stuff happens. Cool stuff, I guess xD

2. Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Ahhh I absolutely loved this series, and I actually kinda want to read it again. I do remember the first book quite clearly (I’ll admit, I’ve seen the movie a year ago so that helps too ^^; ) but the others… No idea. I’d love to go back to them, honestly

3. The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater

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Maggie Stiefvater ❤ I sadly don’t remember a lot of this series (the 4th part has come out and I’ve never read it??), but I do want to read it again since this started my Stiefvater obsession 😉

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth

A series I have on my shelves purely for rereading purposes xD I’ll be honest, I have read the entire series a few years ago.. and everyone I know is still all like “oh no but the ending of Allegiant was the worst!” etc and… I literally don’t remember what happened at the ending. So, yeah, there’s that XD

5. Angel by L.A. Weatherly

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Another series where the 3rd part has come out, and I’ve never read it. But, let’s be honest, those covers already make me want to read it again, so I just might do that sometime.

 

Alright, it’s just halfway through January and I’ve already added so many books to my TBR and we all know I am never gonna read them all xD Ohwell

I could literally add so many more books to this list, since I just scrolled through my goodreads Read-list and picked out a few, but there are SO MANY books I didn’t remember.. even books where I just sat here thinking “I’ve read this?? When did I read this? What is this book even about?”. I might even make a new post for it *adds it to list of post ideas that never get written because.. I don’t even have a legit reason*

-Luci


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Book review: Soul Music

Hey there all! I’m back with another review 🙂 Technically, this is the first Discworld book I’ve reviewed, but definitely not the first one I’ve read. However, the first 6 ones I read were like A LONG TIME AGO (okay okay, 2 years. But I don’t remember a lot of them. So, I’ll reread those and review them later but it miiight just take a while because so far I’m at book 14 of 41 so.. xD).

 

The Discworld is a world, as you could probably predict, on a disc. The Disc is carried by 4 elephants who stand on the back of a giant turtle, the Great A’Tuin. It’s a world where everyone, from humans to trolls, dwarves, wizards, werewolves, vampires, and whatnot can live peacefully among each other. Although.. not as peacefully as one would hope at times. It’s a world where everything seems possible, and nothing is too odd. It’s a world to get lost in, to explore and to keep discovering.

Title: Soul Music (Discworld #16, Death #3)

Author: Terry Pratchett

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Summary: There’s a new kind of music, called Music With Rocks In, performed by the Band With Rocks In. It all starts when Imp Y Celyn (who goes by Buddy) finds a guitar in a mysterious music shop. As soon as the guitar gets played, there is a beat, there is a song, there is music. Music to become obsessed with. Together with Glod, and the troll drummer Cliff, Buddy tours around, and they get popular in no time. In the meantime, Death goes away for a while and leaves his work for his Granddaughter Susan Sto-Helit to do.

Ahhh this book was honestly amazing. I brought it with me on my vacation to London and read it within 3 days (it was a good distraction from the train ride.. I’m terrified of trains, and this train had to go under the sea and… well yeah. Terrified, as I said xD).

This book had a few characters I read about before, and a few new ones. Death, a reappearing character is one of my favorites ever. His granddaughter Susan is also a favorite, and in this book she gets reminded of the family history which she did not remember. That is, until the Death of rats came looking for her to do Death’s work.

The Band With Rocks In is absolutely hilarious, the three of them being as weird as they sound like, performing on stage and coming across more difficult things, like getting paid. And of course, wondering how they got so popular, at times.

The music references really made this book complete and I laughed out loud on multiple occasions.

Check out all my Discworld reviews here!

Have you read any Discworld novels? Do you like them? 

-Luci


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T5W: Books you didn’t get to in 2017

Hey there! As promised, another T5W. The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

These are books you didn’t end up getting to in 2017, but really want to prioritize in 2018

1. The Hate U Give
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I’ve heard so many good things about this book and I already have it at home, but I just haven’t read it. Which I do feel bad about, since I’ve been wanting to read it ever since it came out xD

2. The Raven Cycle

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Technically not a book, but hey, let’s be real.. when am I ever holding back when it comes to books I want to read… I do finally have the whole series complete though, so I’m ready to be swallowed up in the whole world of the Raven Cycle!

3. Renegades by Marissa Meyer
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Ahhh I was so enthusiastic about this book when I heard about it! And I’m a huge Marissa Meyer fan in general so that works too. I picked it up at the bookstore late December so that’s quite a good excuse as for why I haven’t read it yet.

4. Wayfarers by Becky Chambers
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I’ve heard so many good things about this duology and I’m so excited to start it… I just haven’t yet xD shame on me

5. The Talon Saga by Julie Kagawa
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Last but not least… Another favorite author. I secretly already wanted the books before I even knew what they were about, because let’s be real, those covers look amazing on any bookshelf. There’s a 4th part that’s not on the picture, and a 5th part coming soon<3
Have you read any of these books? Or do you want to? Let me know!

-Luci


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Book review: Everything, Everything

First review of the year!! etc etc etc, excuse the sarcasm please. This is a book I’ve read 6 months ago and I’ve only written the review now because well… *earlier post with all my excuses for not posting*. However, I have a few reviews written and scheduled and I think I could keep this up 🙂

(spoiler-free review over here at Goodreads, spoiler is marked if you still want to read it here)

Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

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Summary: Madeline is allergic, to the whole world. If she goes outside, she will probably die because of her allergies. She lives inside her room and her best friends are her mom and Carla, her nurse. One day, there are people moving into the house next door, a family with a boy. He is called Olly and Madeline is falling for him, hard. They keep contact by texting, since Madeline can’t ever meet him in person. Or can she…?

Since I loved The Sun Is Also A Star  so much, I expected a lot of this book. I heard a lot of good things about it, and was damn excited to start it. But, I’ll be honest…. I was a bit disappointed ._. I felt like this book was too predictable and didn’t feel a lot while reading it.

Madeline is sick, that’s been clear since the beginning. I loved how the set up of the book was partly text, but also partly her diary and things like that in the beginning. I felt as frustrated as she did about her allergies, and I don’t know how I would’ve handled it (okay, obviously by reading all day, probably like any of us would).

Her mom is a bit overprotective, but honestly, I can imagine why. If I would have a daughter with allergies like that, I would never leave her out of my sight, worrying about her all day and night. On the other hand, I would probably give her a bit more freedom too.

Carla is the one character I really liked, she seemed sympathetic but also really cool and I was so sad when she had to leave. I loved that Madeline did get to see her for a bit later during the story.

Olly.. I understand him. But I also don’t. I wouldn’t ever dare to do take her out like that, I would be way too afraid anything would happen. And sure, everything went well, but what if it wouldn’t have? What if anything would’ve happened? That would be on him, and I wouldn’t ever risk that for the world. And with the situation going on along him, I know he feels the need to protect Madeline, but… that’s not the way to do it. 

Overall, I thought this book was nice, I didn’t hate it, but I did expect a few things to happen and they happened exactly like I thought they would. Now, it could be just me, but I hate it when I think “oh what if [insert thing here] would happen” and it does exactly that. Multiple times.

Another thing I don’t really like is the “instalove” thing that happens here. Sure, love me some super-cheesy love that’s bound to fail, like All The Bright Places, or even The Sun Is Also A Star, but I just don’t like it when two characters fall in love as soon as their eyes meet each other. To me, that’s just unrealistic.


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And then, there’s the ultimate plot-twist.. IT WAS ALL A LIE. Which is what I did expect. There are no records found anywhere, and even though her mom is a doctor, that should not be enough reason. It was a good plot-twist, sure, but I just didn’t like the reason at all.

I think I’m mostly disappointed that this book wasn’t a realistic story about such an illness. Life doesn’t work that way, and I know that not every book has to be exactly true to the real world, but I hoped for it with this one, because it started off quite strong.

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I think I was just way too overhyped by everyone that it turned out to be so disappointing. It’s not that I particularly hated it, it was an enjoyable read. I most probably will read anything new from Nicola Yoon, since I loved her other book and her writing style is something I enjoyed too.

The good thing is, the cover is still damn beautiful so I’m just gonna keep it on my shelves for that purpose :p

Did you read this one, or The Sun Is Also A Star? Did you like them?

-Luci


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Top 5 Wednesday: reading resolutions

The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

— Self explanatory. Let us know 5 of your reading goals for the year. 

I don’t really do any new years resolutions, but I do want to reach a few reading goals so here goes 🙂

1. Reach my Goodreads challenge of 50 books

Last year, I put my challenge on 50 books, ended up in a reading slump for months and had to lower it to 30 books, which I just reached before the end of the year. It’s still fine, I’m happy I could read 30 books but I’d love to read a bit more

2. Read more of what I already own before buying new books

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I know myself, I’ll always buy new books because.. new books. Aren’t we all guilty? But I know I haven’t read at least half of all the books I own yet. And I know I own at least three full series that I only own because I want to read them in English (used to always get my books at the library, resulting in me only reading the Dutch translation of everything). I’m not setting a goal for “read at least [fill in]% of books I own” because that won’t work for me, I’ll just try to read what I already have first.

3. Finish at least half of the Discworld series

As you might know, I am currently very obsessed with Discworld, and I’m reading the 13th book (out of 41), so there’s 7 more to go! Now, this will probably be an easy one, since I usually read another book and a Discworld book at the same time.

4. Keep on track with weekly memes and posts

Last year I was doing quite well with both the Top 5 Wednesday and Book Traveling Thursdays but BTT seems to not exist any more ._. I also had a nice schedule of reviews being posted once (or twice? I don’t remember) a week, and I’m hoping to keep that up. I scheduled my coming reviews for Sunday, and I am continuing the Top 5 Wednesday, and I’m planing to go back to posting wrap-ups and monthly TBR’s. I also have a few challenges and other blog posts planned to write out, so I think those will be posted at random, somewhere between Wednesday and Sunday. To me, that’s quite the schedule since I do have a pretty busy life nowadays (secretly I just still spend 200 hours per month working but shhh no one knows), so I really hope this will work out for me

5. Following no.4, Keep on track with book reviews

How many times have you read “I honestly read this book so long ago I don’t remember”? Way too many times. I am terrible at posting reviews on time, or, if I’m really honest, writing them on time. I do keep track of what I read in Goodreads and write a little summary in a notebook when I’ve finished the book (most times ^^;), but actually writing the review generally takes place at least a month after I read the book. Which is not a good thing. Right now, I have reviews scheduled for books that I read during my vacation, which was at the beginning of July last year. And I can honestly say that yes, I am ashamed, and I do hope I will get better at this. I like to review my books, but I know this blog is not for me only (thank you for the ones who keep reading my posts <3), and I’d feel a lot better if I could actually post an accurate review instead of the “I don’t remember all these details”.

Soooo, let’s take a look at this post further into the year and check if I can keep up 5 simple things xD Do you have any resolutions? Any tips for me?

-Luci


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Update & January TBR

Happy New Year you all! Hope you had a good time, whether you celebrate it or not 🙂 I personally never cared a lot about the whole New Years and all its resolutions and stuff like that, but I had a good time nonetheless. I went over to my boyfriend, had a great time, played boardgames (another thing I absolutely love besides reading), and was generally just reeaaallllyyyy lazy xD

Now, I know, I know, I said I’d go back to updating regularly and then didn’t post anything for (over) three months. BUT, as always my excuse, things happened, I had another reading slump and only pulled myself out when I continued reading the Discworld novels, and started my reread of Vampire Academy recently.

As for excuses..

  • I got the most wonderful amazing boyfriend ever, who also reads (honestly, that’s enough to be perfect anyway, right? 😉 However, that means I didn’t spend as much time alone as I used to, meaning I had less time to review and update.
  • I also worked a full 200 hours in November (okay, and August and September and December too.. I’ll admit), so not much time to read either. I did continue buying new books though (did you expect anything else of me?)
  • I went to Amsterdam and visited about three bookstores. I only came home with 4 or 5 books.. so that’s a new achievement xD
  • I got GORGEOUS new bookshelves and I’m so excited to fill them completely with books! I do have them for a while already, and I’ve mostly just put every book in it and I got some decorations, some cute plants, and I’m trying to figure out what books I want in which place and stuff like that. I also need to make a rack for my nail polish, which will be stored in my bookshelves and I’ll take a picture when it’s done.
  • other than that, I’ve been mostly busy with cleaning, chores (yay, living by yourself._.), and working.

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(quick photo of my bookshelves because THEY’RE SO PRETTY. This might not be the final design *makes Hannibal joke reference* so I’ll probably update you throughout the year)

Anyhow, as I’m writing this, it’s just December and I’m planning on scheduling all coming reviews for the new year. Something about fresh start and stuff (not really, but I’ll be quite busy the last two weeks so I probably don’t have enough time to write a review and post it, so I’ll just schedule them for January and if I keep up my reading, I’ll finally be back to updating more.

(I originally wrote that in my review of Everything, Everything, which will be coming up later this week, and I’m way too lazy to edit the whole paragraph so I just kept it like that xD)

 

Now, I also generally don’t have a specific TBR for the month but this month I’d like to try because I also never know what to read since I have so many books I’ve yet to read xD So for this month I’d like to name a few books I’d like to read, also because I just love talking about books and anything about books 🙂

Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise and Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

I did start the Vampire Academy series back in December, which got me out of my reading slump, hurray! I’m currently still reading the third book in the series and I’m hoping to finish it before the month ends. I’d also like to read the last two books.

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

Of course there’s a Pratchett book., there’s always a Pratchett book on my TBR xD But last Christmas I started reading Hogfather because well… it’s Christmas themed.. sorta. You’ll know when you read the book 😉 However, I’m currently loving it, and I do certainly plan on finishing it by the end of January. I had planned on reading it over Christmas since I don’t celebrate it anyway, but I ended up working, having to go to the Christmas dinner with the whole family (which sucked, as I expected), my mom and little sister came over for a brunch since my sister invited them to our apartment. The rest of the time was spent with my boyfriend, who told me to read Hogfather, but yeah, I didn’t get a lot of reading done in the end.

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

Originally the next one on my list after The Fifth Elephant, but yeah Christmas and Hogfather got in the way so there’s that. I do plan on reading this one and continuing the series after that.

 

So far, that’s all I have. I know I don’t read a lot, because I don’t have a lot of time, so my TBR is pretty small. For now, I’m hoping to read these books and I’ll see what I’ll get done. I do have a lot more series that seem so awesome to me (and a lot of them I already have on my shelves because… I might not read but still buy a lot of books ^^; )

What’s on your TBR for January? Anything you’d recommend me to start reading when I’ve finished these books? Among others on my shelves are The Grisha, Six of Crows, Monsters of Verity, The Raven Cycle, and I honestly don’t know which one I would like to read first haha

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WordPress is a b***h and deleted all my drafts :(

Okay, first of all, again, I’m so sorry I know I said I’d update regularly but, again, life got in the way and I just didn’t post anything on either my blog or bookstagram for 2 months. Now, I had this glorious idea to maybe finish a few drafts (I had quite a few “almost finished”-book reviews ready and some tags), so I opened my WordPress and all my drafts are gone. No idea why, no idea how but anyway, it sucks and I’m quite pissed off right now.

HOWEVER I’ll seriously take some time to fix things, write down what I remember (luckily I have this old-fashioned habit of taking notes while reading and sometimes writing a short summary in a notebook so I’ll only have to find the right notebook (I totally don’t have way too many.. naaahhh) and I can start drafting some posts again! I have the day off Wednesday and Saturday so I’m hoping I’ll get to finish some.

On another note, I just had an entire week off of work to go on vacation with my dad and sisters and it was GLORIOUS. I had 8 days off (originally 9 but of course things went wrong and shit happened and I had to work the last day before leaving so everything got hectic again yay) and spent most of it relaxing. We did a ton of stuff (I was gonna say  “I’ll post about it later” but I said that about my vacation to London too and that was in July so… *leaves shamefully*), and I read 3 books, fell asleep on the couch almost every night, and best of all, didn’t think about work for one second in the whole week.

I did catch up on reading all your posts, saw lots of fun tags and things to try, so at least I’ll have enough inspiration haha. I also planned on changing a few things, maybe change the account name since I’m using a different one for my bookstagram (and twitter, although I never really use that any more), and some changes around the layout and such. So far, I haven’t been able to catch up with coding either so it’ll definitely take a while before I can make my own theme.

I also have done quite some shameful book buying lately, and I’m most definitely back on my buying ban, but… I do now have another 30 books that don’t fit on my shelves and I’ve got yet to read, next to the other gazillion books I’ve bought but haven’t read yet???? There was a positive side on this, I swear…

TL;DR: I have yet another excuse as for why I didn’t post for two months and this is the (??? Idk how many) attempt at trying to start posting regularly again xD

This time, I’m not sure how much time it’ll take before I’m back on track, but thank you all for those who are still with me ❤ (and thank you for the friend that found my blog and made me realize I haven’t posted in months, otherwise it would probably have taken another month or so whoops)

Alright, I’m off to read now (CR: All The Bright Places, and I’m loving it so far!) ❤

-Luci

Book review: The Sun Is Also A Star

Hey there! Remember when I said I’d post a review at least once a week…. hahahahahahaha yeah anyways. I keep saying a lot happens in my life, and it does really. I broke up with my boyfriend, was a lil sad about it, worked 13 days in a row had one day free and got back to working 6 days a week (which is actually my regular schedule, I work 40 to 50 hours from Monday to Saturday and I’m free every Sunday), and there’s A LOT of drama at work. Also, since it’s been summer vacation, a lot of my friends wanted to meet up, which we did and I kind of didn’t have a lot of time to read or be active on WordPress?? Bad excuses, I know, but at least I read quite some books before all that, which means I can schedule reviews for the next weeks yay! Now I’ll just have to write them.. xD

HOWEVER, on with the review!!

Title: The Sun Is Also A Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

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Summary: Natasha is a Jamaican girl who’s about to get deported back at 10pm this day. Daniel is a Korean boy, poet, and hopeless romantic, who is on his way to an interview of a job he doesn’t want. When they meet each other, Natasha doesn’t care about Daniel much. She has all the scientific proof that she shouldn’t care for him. Daniel, however, desperately wants her to fall for him, as he is falling for her. They end up spending the day together, Natasha trying to find a way to stay in the US, and Daniel trying to live the life he wants for himself instead of what his parents want for him.

First of all, would you just look at that cover? This is one of the books I bought because I just wanted to see that cover on my shelves (me, cover buying? Absolutely not, where’d you get that idea? *hides behind pile of books with really pretty covers*). I can tell you, it’s even more beautiful in real life.

This book honestly already started out great, with Natasha and her family who had to leave that night. Her feelings and her family’s feelings felt so real, I could almost imagine how it feels like. Almost. 

Daniel’s life was completely different from Natasha’s. He wanted to live his life, do what he wanted to do, but his parents wanted another thing for him. And since he couldn’t really stand up against them, I understand it must suck.

I loved the way Daniel and Natasha met, and how different they continued to be during the book. Daniel kept convincing Natasha that they were meant to be, while for Natasha nothing actually mattered because she was going away anyway. Not that she told Daniel anything about that. Another thing I really liked was how it’s usually the girl falling in love, and the guy either ignoring it, or playing along, or something like that. With this book, Daniel was the hopeless romantic, believing in love and everything around it.

What makes this book so strong, I think, is the fact that even though their lives are so completely different, both Daniel and Natasha were trying to escape their current lives. And while that’s a thing that happens a lot in YA books, this one felt a little too real with Natasha’s situation.

The ending is something I didn’t expect (don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil anything), but that honestly made it even better. There is one thing in the ending that I was thinking about throughout the whole book, and I’m so glad that part was included too!

I’ve seen some reviews of people who absolutely hated the other POV’s throughout the book. For me, I thought it was amazing. A story isn’t just about two people, there’s everyone around them too, and this book really showed that.

Overall I loved this book, and I’d really recommend it. It’s a somewhat light and cute read, while it made me think about things at some parts too.

Next up is Everything Everything, by the same author. Heard a lot of hype for it so I’ll see (read)!

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Book Traveling Thursday: 1st book in a series

Hey y’all! Back again with another Book Traveling Thursdays, and it seems to be all about TBR’s these weeks! *silently cries over my huge TBR while avoiding the real world*

Book Traveling Thursdays is created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. This weekly meme consists in picking a book related to the weekly theme that is announced in the group Goodreads page (if you want to join click here) at the beginning of each month. After that you can write a blog post where you explain why you choose that book and choose different covers from different countries. To make it a little bit easy you are going to choose different editions of the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover.

July 27th – Choose the first book in a series you want to start soon. 

I’m going with the Shadow and Bone trilogy because I miiiight just bought them….

Original (and favorite) Cover:

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Cover from my country (the Netherlands):

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Least favorite cover:

Can you believe I don’t have one? All covers from this book look so amazing! 😀

Have you read this book?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Series that got better

Getting back on track and trying to write my reviews for the three books I’ve read in the next few days! There’s a lot going on in my life at the moment so I do not expect a lot, but I should be able to have at least one review up by the weekend. Note: as I’m typing this, it’s Wednesday night (and it’s 3am oops), and just a day ago on Tuesday I have broken up with my (now ex) boyfriend so I’m not really completely back from that yet.

The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

— We’ve talked about series that went downhill with each book, but talk about series that are worth pushing through the first (or first few…) books to get to the good stuff!

This will be quite a hard one because usually when I read series, I like all the books! However, I did manage to find some 🙂

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1. Legend series by Marie Lu

Gods, I loved this series with the first book, but the second and third were even better! Although there was a little bit of a love triangle, not much happened at that point, which was amazing!

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2. Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead

Ahhh of course, Richelle Mead in the list. I absolutely adored the first book, but when this series went on it just got better and better and better. So many new things were happening and it was so good! I still have to finish it someday but I since I recently bought both Vampire Acacademy and Bloodlines, I might as well start them all over again :p

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3. Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa

While this series also started off great, much more things happened when this series continued. I’m still sad that this series ended after three books though

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4. Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

I must admit, when I first started reading Shatter Me, I honestly didn’t know what to think of it. A girl who can’t touch anyone…. but one person? Who she also seems to hate??? Or not???? However, as the books went on the plot got better and better

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5. Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee

Although I haven’t read this series yet (still missing the third book), this is another great series with a great start and a great middle and as far as I know, a great ending. There is actually no love triangle so far so that’s an amazing thing

 

Honorary mention: Percy Jackson series (and everything else) by Rick Riordan

This is honorary because I already had 5, but also because I didn’t like any other book more than the first one, it’s just that they all are so great! Seriously I can’t tell you enough how much I adore the entire Percy Jackson world ❤

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