Books That DIDN’T Live Up To The Hype

A new week, a new top ten. Thus, here we are discussing our most recent one-star (zero-star??) reads. The books that utterly disappointed us to no end.

MOST DISAPPOINTING READS

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The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

I had so much hope for this dystopian/AI-universe but the plot completely lost me. I want those three hours back.

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Again, W T H was I reading? Said to be a YA horror in the vein of Stephen King. It definitely was NOT. It was a bunch of teenagers getting drunk, waving knives in each others faces and playing God.

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

Honestly, do not even bother. I can tell you the story in three sentences. Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy. THEY DO NOT TELL EACH OTHER EVER. 

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Ten Books We Haven’t Talked About Enough

As prompted by The Broke and Bookish, here are some books we feel haven’t been given enough spotlight and other books we haven’t talked about enough. Such a shame because there are all incredible books!

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The Eternal Ones and All You Desire by Kirsten Miller

An intriguing, mysterious and ultimately frustrating duology (mainly because it stops at two books) with bits of time travel, romance and an epic pair running from the devil himself. I seriously LOVE this adventure that Haven and Iain go on set against a dreamy New York and Rome backdrop. (Also, Haven has the cutest accent on the audiobook!)

 

That Time We Tried Books We Don’t Usually Like… AND LIKED IT

Shoutout out to The Broke and Bookish for a Top Ten that challenged us to think of books outside our comfort zone!

What happens when we read genres we don’t usually read? WE END UP LIKING THEM. One of my favourite things about reading, and books in general, is that you don’t really know what you like or don’t like until you read it! It’s always a surprise and I love when an unexpected book becomes one you don’t know how you lived without for so long.

Here are some reads we wouldn’t usually pick up and why we’d pick them up again and again!

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A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

I don’t usually gravitate towards historical fiction, but I received an ARC for this book so I gave it a shot. It was a dark and twisted tale about a girl who was wrongfully sent to an insane asylum and somehow becomes the assistant of a mad doctor in solving gruesome murders.

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Contemporary is normally the last thing I reach for. But the integrated graphic novel and bright, larger than life cover drew me to it. This ended up being a very cute mystery-esque novel that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Damage Done by Amanda Panitch

A totally messed up contemporary about twins, a school shooting and just so many layers and twists of CRAZINESS! Don’t let the cover deter you, this book was a wild ride.

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

I haven’t read a lot of science fiction because it usually goes over my head. But this was a perfect introduction to sci-fi with a hint of fantasy and a touch of romance! And also, one gorgeous babe  – TARVER MERENDSEN, EVERYBODY, AM I RIGHT?

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Contemporary has never been a favourite genre of mine – I don’t like to read about real life. I like to escape in a fantasy or a good ol’ historical fiction but Morgan Matson completely transformed my view on contemporary. This is an incredible roadtrip adventure full of plot twists and OMG, NO – moments, just like any reliable fantasy!


What books outside your comfort zone complete shocked you and made you fall in love?

 

When a Book Meets It’s Song-Mate

New week, new list thanks to The Broke and Bookish! We’ve paired some songs that immediately bring a certain book in mind. Some are more literal that others… While others are much more emotional…

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff X Gasoline by Halsey23395680

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler X Love Yourself by Justin Beiber17899354

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey X Radioactive by Imagine Dragons16101128

The Rose Society by Marie Lu X Bad Reputation by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts23846013


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Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo X Hello by Adele14061955

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo X American Money by BØRNS23437156


What are some theme songs you have for a favourite book?

Which songs made you 200

and which ones made you 200-1

Did we do these ones justice? Let us know!

 

HAPPY GALENTINE’S DAY <3 – Our Top Ten Favourite Romances

HAPPY ALMOST VALENTINE’S GALENTINE’S DAY ❤

The Broke and Bookish inspired us with their Valentine’s themed Top Ten’s, so here are our absolute FAVOURITE romances – whether they get a happily every after or not! These couples and almost-couples definitely gave us ALL. THE. FEELZ.

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Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour

My favourite contemporary novel to date. I love the look inside film production, the main characters obsession with the golden age of Hollywood and the fact that the main character is a lesbian and this ISN’T her coming out story.

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress X Thorne is everything.

The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The on again off again love between Shazi and Khalid is so entertaining.

My True Love Gave To Me (North & Marigold) by Stephanie Perkins

Girl likes boy. Girl buys tree from boy. Boy carries tree to girls house. Boy cleans girls house……AKA the cutest love story I’ve ever read!!!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

New boy next door moves in but Madeline has a serious condition. She’s deathly allergic to basically everything. Should be no issue what so ever right?


 

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Isla & The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Where do I even begin? Josh & Isla are my favourite couple from Stephanie Perkin’s trilogy. They’re so YOUNG and foolish and in loooooove, ugh. They make all the stupid teenage decisions and I can’t help but reminisce those carefree days of young love.

The Heir by Kiera Cass

This one was sooooooooo romantical, seriously, Eadlyn has ALL the boys lined up for daaaaays. This particular Selection was more enjoyable for me, because who wouldn’t want 35 eligible bachelors vying for their hand?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

While this may not seem like your typical contemprary romance, this had ALL THE COUPLES. There is so much TENSION in this that I literally can’t with all three couples. I just love that no one gets left out and it’s all about the UNREQUITED LOVE. (Also, throwback to Olivia’s take on this GEM of a book.)

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Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

THESE TWO ARE PERFECTION. And yes, all of these caps are necessary. They’re an adorable, mismatched pairing and you can’t help but cheer them on as they find their way to each other. There’s also the holiday feel that makes their romance extra special.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

AMY. AND. ROGER. OH. MAN. Quite possibly my favourite couple of 2015. Their love is slow and so, SO awkward. Also, Roger is just my ultimate dream man. Nerdy, compassionate and a total BAAAAABE. I’ll take one please!


Do our favourite romances match up with yours? Which fictional boyfriends are we missing?!?!

 

Ten Most Recently Added to Our TBRs!

We’re playing catch up on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday from the Broke and Bookish!

The ten most recent adds to our TBRs, though it was so hard to choose just ten!

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02These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker

The pitch for this book is Jane Austen meets X-Men, with a rise in paranormal and fantasy historical fiction recently I am so ready for this!

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Not much to say, the sure to be heartbreaking, mind-blowing and epic beyond compare conclusion to the Raven Cycle. Can’t wait to read this but at the same time don’t want it to be over.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

This book is going to give me major feels, I can tell. When Cameron’s parents die unexpectedly and she is forced to move to a small town with her ultra conservative aunt. Things get complicated because Cameron likes girls and that is not a part of her master plan to blend in into her new home.

I’ve read a lot of really good reviews of this recently and have that NEED to get my hands on it feel.

Shutter by Courtney Alameda03

About a modern day descendant of Van Helsing (yes you heard that right).  Give me ALL that paranormal fiction!

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

There was lots of buzz leading up to the release of this book and now that it’s out EVERYBODY WON’T SHUT UP ABOUT IT! But seriously, treasure hunt through time? Sounds pretty amazing to me.


 

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Front Lines by Michael Grant

The Book Thief meets Code Name Verity – I AM IN. Basically WWII with women, I love it already!

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Olivia won’t shut up about this… It’s about time I read this!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I AM LOVING VICIOUS. So I need to, need to, NEED TO get on this one!

04The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz & Stieg Larsson

Need to catch up on my favourite hacker! And see how this ghostwriting worked out!

Star Above by Marissa Meyer

AHHH! Olivia and I and our dear friend have made some EPIC plans becaaaaaause Marissa Meyer is making a stop on her Stars Above book tour at a bookstore near us! Need to prepare our hearts and our bodies for the amazing human that is Marissa Meyer as we continue to deny the end of the Lunar Chronicles.


A healthy mix of new releases and 2015 releases that just slipped past us – which do we read first?!?!

TOP TEN TUESDAY: SO TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT, WHAT YOU REALLY, REALLY WANT.

Another Tuesday, another Top Ten here at We Like To Book! This week’s list is compiling the ’10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me’ hosted by the ever bookish, The Broke and Bookish. I don’t even know where to begin. There are TOO many things. Is it even possible to condense this list into ten wishes?!

1. Everything Harry-Potter Relatedimgres

I’m talking detailed histories of all other chapters, villains, ancestors, minor characters. I want it all. I want to know everything about everyone. I need textbooks, maps, drafts. And then I’ll also need J. K. Rowling to stop writing mystery novels as Robert Galbraith and get back to writing about Harry’s life from the moment Book Seven ended until now. TYVM.

2. The ability to forget a book

I can think of two important scenarios where this superpower would be useful. The first is if I ever read a horrible book. I can never bring myself to not finish because I NEED to know all events leading up to the end. Forgetting I even read the book to begin with would be so much easier! I would also love to forget a book when I love it and want to re-experience reading it. When I need to feel all the feels and the build the suspense all over again. Re-reads are never as satisfying because you know what’s gonna happen!

3. Access to all the ARCs. All the time.

Can every publisher and author just please have my address and send me new things to read all the time. Of course, building these relationships take time but I LOVE surprise ARCs and being part of the hype-building for a new book coming out! Need to read all the things all the time.

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A library fit for a queen and nothing less. Belle-esque would suffice. Complete with a sofa, a bed, a hammock and a hot chocolate machine. And tunes.

5. Automated bookshelf arranging

I’d love a button or some kind of app (surely, an app will be invented at some point) that can store all my books and the exact dimensions of my bookshelf. Then I’d be able to “preview” any look of the shelf, be it alphabetically, by colour, by series, etc. I’d like to be able to see how it’ll look BEFORE I take them all off the shelves and drown in a sea of books.

6. Power to retain all the book knowledge550w_movies_harry_potter_philosophers_stone_2

I want to have Hermione-level brain power when it comes to remembering details for those book series that either a) go on forever *ahem* A Song of Ice and Fire *ahem* or b) release sequels a year apart so that I don’t have to reread all the earlier books! I want to be able to recall everything as if I’d just finished reading the book despite finishing it a year ago. This would also be cool so I could be a book ninja and reference all the characters in regular conversation.(Would also be useful for university…)