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Top 10 Tuesday: Underrated Books I Loved

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, the prompt is for books we loved with fewer than 2k ratings on Goodreads. I had to stretch the definition of “love” just a little, and instead went more with books I very much enjoyed, that I think deserve more love. (These were all 4-5 stars for me, though.)

In no particular order, as usual…


Mad Woman

Mad Woman by Kat Savage– I love Kat Savage’s poetry, so far, and I really think her work deserves more attention. Mad Woman (reviewed here) was the first of her books I read, and I’ve since then read a couple more, and I highly recommend her books.

Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy

Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy by Hallie Lieberman– I reviewed this one last year, and I really enjoyed it. It covers such a broad range of topics, and was a truly fascinating read if you’re looking for something feminist (I think this one is also intersectional) and/or a micro-history, that reads very easily.

Tell Me Where It Hurts

Tell Me Where it Hurts by J.R. Rogue-– Another poetry recommendation. All I remember for sure about this one is feeling like my heart had been ripped out. It was raw and painful, and probably not one I’ll revisit, but I loved it.

The Rose Master (The Rose Master, #1)

The Rose Master by Valentina Cano– This wasn’t a 5 star for me (reviewed here), but I really enjoyed it when I read it a few years ago, and I think Cano has real talent for gothic fiction. This was like a Beauty and the Beast/Jane Eyre retelling, and I can’t wait to read more of her stuff.

Everything Must Go

Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis– This book is so, so underrated! I really loved this one, and I highly recommend it. (Also, for anyone doing a reading challenge that has the task to read an epistolary, this one counts for that!) I also reviewed it, if you want to see more of my thoughts.

Modern Tarot: Connecting with Your Higher Self through the Wisdom of the Cards

Modern Tarot: Connecting With Your Higher Self Through the Wisdom of the Cards by Michelle Tea– Okay, despite the kind of new-agey, hokey title, I freaking loved this book. It has been the absolute best thing I’ve ever found for helping me with reading tarot more intuitively, and I highly recommend it if you’re sick of the hetero-normative and gender binary things in most tarot sources, because that’s not really a thing in this book.

The Witching Pen (The Witching Pen series, #1)

The Witching Pen novellas by Dianna Hardy– This is very much an adult series (sexual content, and maybe violence? It’s been a while…), and maaaybe I wouldn’t love it as much now, I don’t know. But I think Dianna Hardy is a great writer, and I’ve loved everything of hers I’ve read.

DROPKICKromance

DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker– That’s right, a third poetry book. I love poetry, and this debut was fantastic (reviewed here). If you like modern poetry like Amanda Lovelace, Michael Faudet, Lang Leav, Rupi Kaur, etc., check out Cyrus Parker.

27 Hours (The Nightside Saga, #1)

27 Hours by Tristina Wright– This series has been cancelled, and I have a lot of feelings about that, but…because I obviously can’t know the full story, I’m not getting into it. I’ll just say that I’m sad, because I was anxiously awaiting the sequel to this book, which I really enjoyed. (Reviewed here)

The Suffering (The Girl from the Well, #2)

The Suffering by Rin Chupeco– This is the sequel to The Girl From the Well, and I can’t believe it has less than 2k reviews. The first book was a 4-4.5 star read for me, but this one… ❤ It was so freaking good, and if you enjoyed the first book, but never read this one, I highly recommend it.


What are some of your favorite underrated books?

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Vicious: Reviewed

Alright, this is more like a chatty, rambling thing than a review. Whatever. I need to talk about this freaking book! (This was supposed to post earlier, but apparently I didn’t check that the scheduling time was set for AM instead of PM *facepalm* )

Vicious (Villains, #1)

Description from goodreads:

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. 

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

Review(ish)

You guys…I had this book for so long. SO. LONG. I had the original cover (the one I used above), and I’m pretty sure I got this in like 2014, but didn’t read it until last month. At first it was because I wasn’t in the right mood, but I really wanted to read it as soon as I finally was. Then, we got the news about the sequel, so I waited. And waited. And waited. I still don’t have Vengeful (I tried to pre-order it, but my B&N order was randomly cancelled, and I’m still mad), but hopefully soon.

Anyway, this is about Vicious, so back to that.

This. Freaking. Book! If you’ve read it and are a fan, I’m sure you can imagine my feelings. From the very beginning, literally the first page, I knew I was going to love this book. I loved Victor and Sydney immediately, and oh my gosh Mitch ❤ And Dol ❤ I love them, and they are all my precious book children. (Well, okay, I might be referring to Victor as my first book boyfriend in like 12 years, but that’s beside the point.)

The relationship between Victor and Sydney could have been creepy, but it wasn’t. It was a little heart breaking at times, but I also felt like the Grinch near the end at one part, when Sydney went looking for Victor after an encounter with her sister. I honestly thought my heart was growing three sizes when I read Sydney’s thoughts, oh my gosh.

Mitch might have been my favorite character? I’m not totally sure. I loved the whole trio, but Mitch was just such a freaking cinnamon roll. I felt terrible for him and his backstory, and I made the most ridiculous screeching at one part when he was in a bathroom. (I am trying so hard to avoid spoilers, in case there’s anyone who hasn’t read this yet.)

I hated Eli. Right away, I hated him, and kind of started hoping something really terrible was going to happen to him not long after we started getting to know him. He might be the first “love to hate them” character I’ve encountered (on this level) since Umbridge 😮 I had so much fun hating him, which probably seems kind of weird, but oh well.

This book was so weird. I loved the take on EOs (ExtraOrdinaries) in this universe so much. While I do tend to enjoy sci-fi, sometimes I’m kind of “meh” about the actual science-y things. With this one, I don’t really know how to feel about it, like how much research and actual facts went into this book, because I haven’t checked anything out. Regardless of whether or not any of it was based on facts, it was delivered very well, and I don’t think I’ve ever come across an explanation for EOs quite like the one in this book, so that was refreshing. Everything about the “birth” of them was strange and new (to me), and I really enjoyed learning about it. I’m pretty sure that, by the time the full explanation came out, I wasn’t left dissatisfied and wondering about tons of things that weren’t addressed, which I really appreciated.

I’ve heard the “morally grey characters” bit said about this book by pretty much everyone who’s read it and talked about it, so I expected that, but I didn’t know what it would be like. I thought it was great. It was nice not really having a hero character who’s all morally superior, with clear distinctions between the hero and villain/antagonist and which side they’re on (good vs evil). I want more books with characters like these, and I want them noooow. (If you have recs, oh my gosh, please let me know in the comments!)

Am I being at all coherent with this? I’m trying, but I’m still just kind of flailing around and honestly thinking about re-reading it already.

Basically, this was one of my favorite books of the year. It wasn’t actually my favorite, but it was very close. Probably in my top 3? It’s definitely going on my “all time favorites” shelf on goodreads, though, and I did give it 5 out of 5 stars.

The pace was good, the flashbacks didn’t bother me (sometimes they annoy me in books, but I liked them in this one), the characters were fantastic, and the plot was very good. I’m really hoping to get Vengeful this weekend (fingers crossed!) because I want more ❤

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Top 10 Tuesday: Best Books I Read in 2018

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.


Happy New Year!

I hope you all have a safe and fun time 🙂

Yesterday, I did the End of the Year Survey, which is very long.

So, for today’s topic, I’m making it more like, “The Best Books I Read in 2018 but Haven’t Talked About Much.”

As usual, the books are not in any kind of order. I’m not sure I could have really ranked them if I’d tried 😛 (Not all of these were rated 5 stars by me, but they are all 4-5 stars.)


The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)

The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan– I had previously read the first two, but I re-read those and finished this series early last year. I really enjoyed it, probably about as much as I enjoyed the Percy Jackson series. (I know it’s cheating to count a series as one, but oh well.)

The Sun and Her Flowers


The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur– I really enjoyed this one, possibly more than Milk and Honey.

Tales of the Peculiar (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #0.5)

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs– The Peculiar Children series is one of my favorites, and I absolutely adored this collection of tales ❤

Modern Tarot: Connecting with Your Higher Self through the Wisdom of the Cards

Modern Tarot by Michelle Tea– This tarot book changed my life. I honestly found myself reading my cards so much easier and differently (kind of more intuitively) after I started this book, and I loved it. I’ve been reading tarot kind of consistently for 11 years, but on and off for almost 20, and this did more to help me connect with my cards than any other source ever.

A Stir of Echoes


A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson– I’ve seen the movie at least a dozen times, and finally got to the book. I think I might actually like the book better, but both are (imo) really good.

Something Wicked This Way Comes


Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury– I struggled with this one a little at first, but ultimately enjoyed it quite a lot. I wish I’d been able to read it when I was younger, though.

Sky in the Deep


Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young– I just posted a review of this one a few days ago. It wasn’t an all-time favorite, and I doubt I’ll ever re-read it, but I liked it quite a lot.

It's All Fun and Games

It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett– I read this last spring, I think (reviewed here) and it was a fun read I think needs a little bit more love.

Everything Leads to You

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour– While this book kind of let me down, it was my own fault. My expectations were sky high, and I don’t often read and love contemporaries. Still, I gave it 4/5 stars and it was a nice read.

Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt– This one was a re-read, but it had been about 15 years since I first read it. I didn’t love it as much the second time around, but I still gave it 4/5 stars and did enjoy it a lot.


Let me know what some of your favorite books were last year!

Wishing you a fantastic 2019 🙂 Happy reading!

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T5W: Favorites I Want to Revist

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.

August 1: Favorites You’d Like to Revisit
— What favorite books would you like to re-read? These don’t just need to be books, they can also be TV, movies, video games, etc.

I’ll probably have a “Why I haven’t been around for almost a whole month” post later this week, but I’m trying to kick August off to a good start by getting back into doing my favorite weekly meme: Top 5 Wednesday.

This topic is so hard because I could easily do more than 5 for different categories (movies, books, TV shows), but I decided to keep it mostly bookish. I couldn’t help but throw in 2 TV shows, though.

In no particular order, as usual…



The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern– I read this when it was pretty new, before I discovered booktube, booklr, etc. (It was after I joined goodreads, though.) So, it’s been like 6.5 years since I read it :/ It’s still a book I consider a favorite, though, and I’m strongly considering (finally) re-reading it soon.

 


Buffy the Vampire Slayer–
I watched this show pretty much from the beginning. I used to have VHS tapes with episodes recorded, and then later I had the first season on DVD. Sadly, I lost it, and haven’t been able to get it again (and the other 6 seasons) yet. And now that BTVS isn’t on Netflix anymore, I haven’t been able to watch it in years 😦  (I do have the movie, though, and now that I think about it, I’d love to re-watch it because it’s been a while.)


The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde– It’s only been about 3 years since I read this one, but I really want to dive into it again. I absolutely loved it the first time around, and it’s one of my all-time-favorites. I’m not sure I actually will get around to re-reading it anytime soon, but maybe.

 


Xena: Warrior Princess– I haven’t seen Xena since…oh gosh, probably high school, which was 10+ years ago :/ I grew up on this show, though, and I miss it soooo much. 

 

 


The Mists of Avalon
by Marion Zimmer-Bradley– I was torn between this and Jane Eyre, but I’ve read the latter more recently. It’s been about 7 years since I read The Mists of Avalon, but I still think about it all the time. It’s a chunky book, though (over 900 pages, I believe), so I’m not sure when I’ll jump back into reading it. In the meantime, I might re-watch the miniseries (which I highly recommend because it’s a great adaptation, and Anjelica Huston is amazing).


What are some favorite things you’d like to revisit?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want to Re-Read

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.

For May, we’ve been given free reign to do previous topics, and I am so excited! I just started participating in T5W last year, so I have tons of topics I can use. But it’s also so hard because there are so many good ones.

This week, the topic I chose comes from November 2016.

November 23: Books I Want to Re-Read
–Though it seems like we are all constantly chasing the next upcoming release, let’s take a trip down memory lane and talk about some books that we’d like to re-visit.

There are a lot of books I really want to re-read, but these were the first 5 that came to mind that I think about re-reading most often. (I also limited myself to books I’ve only read once already, so no counting Harry Potter and such.)

In no particular order…



 

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell– I want to re-read it, but I honestly just can’t right now. Maybe in a happier future, though.

 

 



The Ghosts of Heaven
by Marcus Sedgwick– I loved this book and I can not wait to re-read it a few times in different orders!

 

 



The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher–
Ok, this is cheating because it’s more than one book, but I really need and want to re-read these so I can catch up on the last two that have been released, finally.

 

 

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley– I read this several years ago and really loved it, but it’s going to be a while before I re-read it because it’s pretty chunky (over 800 pages). As a side note, the mini-series is freaking awesome, too.

 

 


If We Were Villains
by M.L. Rio– This. BOOK! It was so freaking good that if I’d had a physical copy the first time I read it (I won an audiobook copy originally), I would have immediately started it again. But it took me months to get a physical copy, so I’ve had to wait. I really might re-read it this year, though. (I reviewed it last year, if you want to read my thoughts.)

 


What are some books you really want to re-read?