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Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.

Okay, a disclaimer before we get into this: Nothing will appeal to everyone, and my opinions are not an attack on anyone who thinks differently.

Honestly, I’ve been nervous about this topic, not only because it’s a scary thing to talk about, but also because I was having such a hard time making it. I honestly don’t know what is or isn’t unpopular opinion right now :/

Anyway… In no particular order, as usual…

I have no interest in A Song of Ice and Fire or watching Game of Thrones

I read the first book, I didn’t like it. I cared about exactly two characters, and felt indifference to dislike about everyone else. (Bonus unpopular opinion, which led to me getting my first ever hate mail on a different site a few years ago: I really disliked Sansa. I know. She was very young, and character development surely happens later. But in that book, she irritated me.)

YA is not a genre

This seems to be a kind of hot button issue, but whatever. I just can’t consider classifications based on age range to be a genre. But I honestly don’t care enough even think about it, usually. If you think it’s a genre, cool.

A book with a young protagonist is not automatically a YA book

Oh. My. GODS. This one actually infuriates me and I could (and have) ranted about it for hours.

Deckled edges aren’t that bad

I totally understand the issues people have with them, and sometimes they frustrate me. Overall, though, I don’t mind them. (I wouldn’t want all my books to have deckled edges, however.)

You can do whatever you want with your own books

You own it? Dog ear it, scribble in it, cut it up for art, run over it with your car after it hurts you or pisses you off, whatever. Just don’t, like, throw it in the ocean or something. Littering isn’t cool.

Ebooks and audiobooks are just as valid as physical books

Ooh this is another one I could rant for a long time about. It always enrages me to come across someone saying that any format that isn’t a physical, paper book isn’t really reading. It’s so ableist, first of all, and there are countless other reasons it’s kind of a shitty thing to say. (Preferring physical books is cool. But saying someone’s choice of format isn’t actually reading is just wrong.)

Wuthering Heights was terrible

I think I’ve only found one other person who loathed this book as much as I did, and everyone else either loved it or felt indifferent about it. Someone even told me that I should have read it when I was in middle or high school so that I could better appreciate the romantic nature of it 😑

DNF-ing and/or unhauling books is great

I used to never do either, but wow do I feel so much better and enjoy reading more since I started doing both.

I liked Snape

No, not like that. Snape was, unquestionably, an atrocious person. But I still loved his character because I thought he was interesting. You can enjoy a thing (or character or whatever) in fiction without thinking it’s a good thing. I really like characters that are written reasonably well, but are bad people. And I like villains. Snape was kind of sort of a mix of all that.

I actually kind of liked how Allegiant ended

I was expecting something out of the blue that was total BS based on the ratings I saw for this one, but I thought it was fine. I was satisfied with how things ended, I just thought the second and third books were both longer than necessary :/

I don’t have many strong opinions that are (or at least were) unpopular. Most of these were just the product of me wracking my brain for three weeks and grasping at whatever I found that seemed unpopular 😛

Do you have any unpopular bookish opinions?

Do you agree or disagree with any of mine?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of the Last Decade

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.

This week’s topic is devoted to our favorite books of the last ten years–one book per year. I seriously struggled with this one because there were a couple of years I didn’t feel super strongly about anything that I’ve read that was released that year, but a few years were when some of my all-time favorite books released, and choosing between them honestly hurt a little.

I’m pretty sure I read almost all of these after the year they were released because I don’t really read too many new releases most years.

In order from newest to oldest…

Sawkill Girls

2018: Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

If We Were Villains

2017: If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

2016: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

2015: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Through the Woods

2014: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Vicious (Villains, #1)

2013: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, #1)

2012: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Night Circus

2011: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)

2010: Feed by Mira Grant

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)

2009: Soulless by Gail Carriger

What are some of your favorite books from the last ten years?

See any of your own favorites here?

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The Jonas Brothers Book Tag

I was tagged by Siobhan over at Siobhan’s Novelties for this one like two weeks ago, and I just kept forgetting to actually post it *sigh* But I remembered today, so yay!

Honestly, I barely even know who the Jonas Brothers are (I think they were more popular when my younger sibling was a teenager, but they were after my time, I think), and I don’t know if I’ve ever heard anything by them :/ I really like the prompts for this one, though, and you don’t need to actually know anything about the Jonas Brothers to do it.

Year 3000 | A Book/Series Set in the Way Distant Future or a Book/Series That Took You on an Adventure

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

I could think of a lot of books for this one, but I settled on The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers because I haven’t mentioned it 10 billion times :p

Hold On | A Book/Series That Took awhile for You to Get Into

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

The most recent one I can think of is Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. I really enjoyed this one, but it did take me a long time to actually get into it.

S.O.S. | A Book/Series That You Needed Saving from

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

Ugh, gotta go with Caraval by Stephanie Garber :/ (Which I reviewed here.)

When You Look Me in the Eyes | A Romance That Makes You Melt Into a Puddle of Goo

Rafe (Loose Ends, #1)

Oh my gosh, Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon ❤ It was so freaking cute and sweet (and steamy).

Burnin’ Up | A Book/Series So Good It Set You on Fire

Sawkill Girls

So! Many! I’m going with Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand, though, omg. It was SO GOOD!

Lovebug | A Ship You Were Not Expecting, but It Happened, and You Ship It

King's Cage (Red Queen, #3)

Honestly, I had a really difficult time trying to think of a relationship I didn’t see coming early on. And, I’m not really a shipper :/ But, there’s a f/f relationship from Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series that I never would have suspected in the beginning. All the books are blurring together now, because I read them so quickly, but I think the relationship started to get attention in book three.

Paranoid | A Book/Series That Kept You on Your Toes the Whole Time

Little Darlings

I think I’ll go with Little Darlings by Melanie Golding for this one, because the book that first came to mind is one I screech about all the time :p

Sucker | A Book/Series You Would Reread Over and Over Again

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1)

Honestly, there are probably quite a few. But, other than Harry Potter, I’ve probably re-read the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray the most, and I’ll probably continue to read it again and again.

If you want to do it, I tag:

Sammie | Aurora Librialis | Harker | Hannah | Elnade | Anyone else who sees this and wants to do it

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide Book Tag

Happy Towel Day!

You guys, I made a tag 😮 I swear, I looked to see if a tag like this already existed, but I had no luck finding one (please point me to it if you’ve seen one!), so… I made my own, with husband’s help, because this is his favorite series and he knows it better than I do.

(Sorry, but I do not have the necessary skills, or patience, to make the nice graphics to go with this :/ )

Arthur Dent: A book that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike what you expected


Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, for sure. Almost nothing about this was what I expected, and I ended up being kind of underwhelmed :/

Ford Prefect: A character who ends up a long way from home

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)

Gotta go with Zuzana from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, specifically the last two books.

Towel: The one book you would take across the galaxy with you

Complete Tales and Poems

I almost made myself cry with my own prompt. *sigh* Finally, husband was my knight in shining armor and suggested a collected works of [insert author here], and then helpfully supplied my answer: a book of Edgar Allan Poe’s complete works.

The Guide: Your favorite tome (aka big book)

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Several of my all-time-favorite books are 500+ pages, but I think Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is ever so slightly ahead of the others. Maybe.

The Guide Mark 2: Second Book Syndrome

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

I still gave Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard 4 out of 5 stars (it might have been more like 3.5), but I honestly barely even remember it now. I do remember not liking it nearly as much as I’d liked Red Queen.

Babel Fish: A translated book

The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1)

Probably my favorite translated book is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I absolutely loved this book when I read it a few years ago, and I highly recommend it.

Deep Thought: A series finale you’re anticipating

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)

I realized after we settled on this one that I don’t think I’m actually anticipating any series conclusions :/ But! Then I remembered the Nikolai duology by Leigh Bardugo, and I’m definitely looking forward to the second book.

Zaphod Beeblebrox: A book with a twist you didn’t see coming

Night Film

Night Film by Marisha Pessl was full of twists I didn’t expect, omg.

Marvin (the Paranoid Android): A sarcastic character

Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)

I really like sarcastic characters, in general, so I could probably make a list for this one. But, I’m going with Harry Dresden from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

Heart of Gold: A unique book (~OR~ A choose your own adventure book)

The Night Circus

I still haven’t read anything else quite like The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It’s magic ❤

Tricia “Trillian” McMillan: A duology

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

I love a good duology, and I think I actually have like three favorites. But, I’m going with The Wrath & the Dawn duology by Renée Ahdieh because I haven’t talked about it much and I really enjoyed it.

Slartibartfast: A book (or series) with intricate world-building

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)

I know, I know, it’s probably cliche, but I’m going with The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien because damn. I’m absolutely certain I’ve read other books with great world-building, but this one will always stand out.

*Bonus Prompt* Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz: A poetry book

For anyone who does this tag (if anyone ever does), you can totally leave this one out if you want 🙂

Collected Sonnets

I really like poetry, so it was hard to pick, but… I think I’ll go with Collected Sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Millay because I’ve read it several times since I first got my hands on it about 15 years ago, and I always love it.

On to the tagging! (Am I the only one who hates tagging people because I feel like I’m bothering them?)

No pressure to do this, but if you do, don’t forget to drop me a link so I can check out your answers!

Also, if you weren’t tagged, but want to do this tag, please do!

I tag:


Winged Cynic





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Top 5 Wednesday: Mother Figures

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

May 8th: Mother Figures
— In honor of Mother’s Day (in the US!), discuss your favorite mother figures. TRY to refrain from using HP characters. We all know those 🙂

It’s kind of sad how hard this was for me haha. But, once I thought of one, more came to me. It was still hard getting to five, and I’m not sure I actually remember all of these characters well enough to stand by my choices :/

In no particular order, as usual…

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

Charlotte Branwell from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare– I really liked Charlotte, and she was the first character I thought of besides Molly Weasley 😛 Even though she was quite young (early 20s, if I remember correctly), she definitely had a mothering personality.

The Scarlet Letter

Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne– Okay, it’s been since college, but I think Hester was a good mother? I think I remember her being really protective of Pearl, but also raising Pearl to be a strong, independent, proud person.


Jennifer Honey from Matilda by Roald Dahl– Obviously Mrs. Wormwood was horrible, but Miss Honey was wonderful. She cared deeply for Matilda, treated her well, saw the intelligence in Matilda, etc.

The Fault in Our Stars

Frannie Lancaster from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green– It’s also been a long time since I read this, but I vaguely remember Hazel’s mother being strong, supportive, and loving. Didn’t she encourage Hazel to live her life to the fullest, or something like that?

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)

Dunya from The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden– I liked Dunya and Vasya’s relationship, and how much Dunya cared for and protected Vasya. She might have been a little stern at times, but she truly seemed to love Vasilisa like she was Dunya’s own daughter.

Who are some of your favorite mother figures?