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Top 5 Wednesday: Future Classics

And it’s Wednesday already! Almost April too 🙂

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

–Let us know the books you think will be considered classics one day!

I do not know a lot of books that would be considered classics, but I do have a few that I’d like to see as classics one day:

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Ever since The Hunger Games have been published, a lot of hype as been around it. And while this is “just a regular Young Adult book”, this series has a message from within. My mom once said that she could see something like this series happening in a few years. It could easily be our future, and that’s the creepy thing about it. It’s so realistic and accurate even to this day…

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I couldn’t find the image I was looking for, but you get the idea

 

2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

This book is great at representing how the “black” people used to live, and one white woman who thought she’d make a tiny difference actually changed everyone’s lives. I love this book so much and I hope it’ll be considered a classic one day.

 

3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseni

This book is about a friendship between Amir, the son of a wealthy Afghan businessman, and Hassan, the son of his father’s servant. This book had many feels, and I can see this becoming a classic (if it isn’t already, since I had to read it for my literature class).

Sadly, I absolutely can’t think of any more books, so that’ll be it for today. I read that people thing A Song Of Ice And Fire by George R. R. Martin will become a classic, which would be awesome. I understand it however, since it displays the differences between the rich and the poor really well. However, I do not exactly see this becoming a classic. Of course a lot of people are going to choose Harry Potter for this T5W, but since I haven’t read the books (yes, shame on me), I didn’t mention it. With the popularity around Harry Potter that’s still going on for years and years, this might actually become a classic.

Have you read any classics? What books do you think will become or want to become future classics?

-Luci


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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Angsty Romances

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

–This topic has been much requested! Talk about your favorite ships that have a healthy side of angst. (definition: adj.: describes a situation or literary piece which contains dark, depressing, angry, and/or brooding emotions from the participating characters.)

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Tris and Four both had their fears and their past against them, and especially those fears made it really dark sometimes.

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2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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With both Peeta and Gale (#teamGale) it was angsty, mainly because of the conditions they lived in, but also the conditions in which they were together. With Peeta it was the darkness of the Games and everything around it, and with Gale it was the way they lived, had to hunt for their meals, and never sure whether the other would survive it. The surviving part was also really angsty during the Games.

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3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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I must say, with Valentine in the mix, Jace and Clary’s love had always been kind of dark. Especially in the book City of Lost Souls where Jace and Sebastian were bound together and Jace had become a servant of Evil. And yes, a lot of people absolutely despise this series, but I actually really liked them!

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4. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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This book has been kind of dark from the beginning with Eleanor’s situation at home. Their relationship also isn’t exactly something you can call “light and happy” at times… I reviewed Eleanor and Park here if you’re interested 🙂

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5. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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Ah yes, any chance to talk about this series and I will do it (are you guys sick of me yet haha). However, the romances in this series have been quite dark, with Lissa and Christian where Lissa uses spirit and becomes pretty depressed (which she later “gave”to Rose through the bond they share), and Christian with his aunt. Rose and Dimitri aren’t the perfect happy couple either, since Dimitri became a Strigoi and Rose got after him to murder him. I reviewed this series here 🙂

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And that’s it for my top 5! Do you guys agree with me? Do you like books with angsty romances like this? I personally love it when everything isn’t sunshine and rainbows, it makes me want to read faster even more to see how they end up!

-Luci


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T5W: Book trends you’re tired of

Instead of the internet, now my computer is having troubles with me 😦 But I managed to write this post just in time so, long live the scheduling option!

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

What are some things you are tired of seeing that are trends in publishing? Maybe something that pops up on a lot of covers these days, or the popularity of certain tropes in a particular genre? Let it out!

(I’m not exactly sure I understood this topic 100% so please tell me if I interpreted this wrong!)

1. Love triangles

I have said it before, I’ll say it now and I’ll say it a 1000 more times in the future. Love triangles is one of the very few things that just keep annoying me while reading. And I don’t actually know if this is particularly in the young-adult genre or not, I’m getting really tired of it… I mean, sometimes it’s written really well (the one from the Legend series wasn’t awesome, but still better than most… probably because it was over soon enough. Reviews of Legend, Prodigy and Champion here, here and here), but still, the love triangle is coming back so many times in so many books!

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2. Boys that think girls are helpless

And yes, most of the time, they realize girls are awesome and strong soon enough, but I can’t not hate that first impression. I mean, we’re living in the 2010’s for God’s sake! Let us be awesome and strong on our own!

 

3. Books where people who read are getting bullied and/or laughed at

I feel like this really represents the real life. When I tell people I like to read, I get strange looks and asks if I wouldn’t rather spend hours playing Candy Crush on my phone or something (no I don’t). Why is reading such a “bad” thing? So what if we enjoy our time with books, on our own (or together with someone), what’s wrong with that? I’ll never understand it to be honest.

 

4. Stock images/Real life people on covers

Another thing I’ve mentioned before, but if there’s one thing that makes me want to not-buy a book, it’s when it has real-life people on the cover. Sometimes the people match the view of them in my head, but most of the time, they’re not at all what I imagined they would look like. And that’s the kind of thing that’ll get stuck with me for a long long time, even after finishing the book. The Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series, for one, could have so much better covers!

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5. Love in almost every story

I have nothing against a good love story, but I just don’t think it’s necessary for every book to have a love story.Sure, it makes a good more-than-one-plotline, but sometimes the book is rather difficult as it already is, no need to add a love story. Coincedentally, I read the book Angelfall (review here), and except for the ending, there isn’t really any love there. And it was honestly amazing

Did you have the same or just really different things you’re tired of? Tell me!

-Luci


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Cliches Book Tag

So I got tagged (a LONG time ago, sorry for that! I couldn’t find the post oops) by Ugnè @MY PASSION IS HAPPINESS, thank you! Also, give a follow right away because I love her blog!

On to the actual post 🙂

 

Actions speak loud: A book that wasn’t or couldn’t be better than the movie

I’m going to cheat here and choose a series: The Mortal Instruments. I haven’t watched the series myself yet, but I’ve heard so many good things about it and I’ve seen some posts and I was just like “yeesss!” Even people who didn’t like the books at all loved the series so I’m really excited to start it. I personally really liked the books so I’m curious what the series will be 😀

The grass is always greener on the other side: A rags to riches, or a riches to rags story

The Hunger Games, I don’t know if that’s what this means, but Katniss went from poor and having to hunt for food to living in the richest part of the District and I think that’s pretty much rags to riches.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree: A parent-child relationship that you loved

I’m also kinda cheating here because I can’t come up with anything and choose Blood of Eden. The kinda parent-child relationship between Allison and Kanin is just amazing. Not trying to spoil anything but oh my god. (I always find a way to put Julie Kagawa in my blog posts don’t I 😛 )

You can’t judge a book by its cover: A great book that needs a better cover

The book Numbers, where the cover from my country looks like this:

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I mean, yeah, now that I’ve read the books they’re awesome but this cover seems, to me, not that interesting. Good thing the title was kinds cool and the book sounded interesting from what I read on the back, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have picked it up.

You can’t please everyone: A book that you hated/loved that everyone else hated/loved

The Selection. Almost everyone I know is in love with this series and I’m just here like.. “??” I mean, I read the books (not all of them to be honest), I even reviewed the first book here, thought they’d get better, and finally reviewed the entire series here. But I just don’t see what makes this series so great.

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger: A book you are a better person for having read

The Help, for sure. This book is simply so amazing and also so painful sometimes. It made me think about how bad the situation was, and how glad I am that it has somewhat bettered, but not enough yet. If you haven’t read it: go read it! There’s been a movie made out of it too, and it’s surprisingly amazingly done.

Love is blind: A book you know is bad, you don’t want to admit it, or a book you don’t want to read in case it’s bad

I am going to agree with what Ugnè (please tell me I got your name right) wrote on this one wit House of Night. I started the series once, and they were really great but after a few books it just got more confusing and there were a lot of plotholes. I didn’t really like it anymore, and I stopped reading. I think I got to book 5 or something. I may start reading this series again sometimes, but it’ll definitely not happen within this year.

There is no time like the present: Your favorite contemporary book

Hate List. This is one of the few books I can come up with, because so many books I read are absolutely not contemporary haha! It’s an amazing book to be honest, y’all should read it.

Better safe than sorry: A book you don’t want to read in case it’s bad

I’m going with Angelfall here. I have started it, but I just really can’t get through with it and I’m afraid it really sucks 😦 The story sounds really awesome and I honestly don’t know what’s holding me back..

And that’s all! I loved doing this tag, and I hope you enjoyed reading it 🙂

I tag:

Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much

Sahiba @Susannahhtaylor

Ali @I Wuv Books

And everyone else who wants to do this! 😀

-Luci


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T5W – Characters you WOULDN’T wat to trade places with

We all know them, wich characters would you wanna trade places with? What would you do if you’d live the (amazing) life of [insert character]?, what book would you wanna live in?, so now we got something entirely different to think about, and I love it already!

T5W is hosted by  gingerreadslainey and thoughtsontomes, for more info go to  this wonderful Goodreads group.

I went with mostly (or all, haha) main characters because it’s honestly easier to imagine what it would be like.

Note: this contains spoilers for mentioned characters and series

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