10 Books I Want to Read with My Mom

Recently, I’ve seen a lot of articles about Mother/Daughter book clubs. Because that is only the best idea in the entire world, I immediately suggested to my own mother that we start one. After she told me to calm the heck down, she agreed that it would be a good idea. So I was off, pouring over book lists to come with ideas for our two-person book club. I eventually came up with about fifty titles, but for Top 10 Tuesday, I narrowed the list down to the 10 books I am most excited to read with my mom.

1) Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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This is my mom’s favourite book of all time – and it’s actually one of my favourites as well seeing as I read it two or three times as a teenager. Neither of us has read it in years and so I think it would be fun to read my mom’s most beloved book for our club.

2) Carrie by Stephen King

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My mom is not a huge horror fan like I am but I think we would both enjoy reading about Carrie’s toxic relationship with her mother because it’s so unlike our own.

3) The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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We recently watched the movie together on Mother’s Day so naturally we should read the book, too.

4) Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

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This one I haven’t read before but I know it’s about a dysfunctional mother/daughter relationship – and it’s supposed to be hilarious!

5) Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

divine secrets of the ya-ya sisterhood

I think this one is pretty much mandatory for mother/daughter book clubs.

6) The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking

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My mom and I both love the idea of Hygge – comfortable, cozy, easy living.

7) Still Alice by Lisa Genova

still alice

A book about a psychology professor (and mother) who develops early-onset Alzheimer’s.

8) Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick

spinster

A book that should appeal to two happily single women who don’t need no man.

9) Michelle Obama: A Life by Peter Slevin

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A biography of one of the most inspirational women of our time.

10) The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

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A book about the connections between women – between friends and between mothers and daughters.

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Top 10 Things on My Reading Wishlist

1) M/M Historical Romance

M/M historical romance books are nothing new – I discovered them when I was in my teens – but Avon, a major player in the romance publishing industry just started releasing M/M historical romance titles last year. I want to see even more major publishing houses release even more M/M historical romance titles.

2) M/M New Adult Fantasy Romance

I want a book series that is similar to A Court of Thorns and Roses but with a romance featuring two male characters.

3) M/M College Romance

(Noticing a theme, yet?)

I became obsessed with Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus series recently and I would absolutely looove to see a steamy college romance where two hot guys fall for each other.

4) Beasts/mythical creatures bonding with humans

One of my all-time favourite tropes is when a vicious and powerful  fantasy creature (like a dragon) forms a bond with a human and becomes protective of them. I read a short story once where a dragon bonded with the princess he captured but I cannot think of any actual novels I’ve read that have that trope. I know they’re out there but I just can’t think of any. (Recommendations would be appreciated!)

5) Villains being redeemed by love

Another trope I am a sucker for is when a villain is redeemed by love. It doesn’t necessarily have to be romantic love but I am dying for a series where the main character is a really evil person but then they fall in love with someone and are redeemed by it.

6) A Beauty and the Beast retelling with an actual beast

Now. I know I am not the only person who thinks the Beast is waaaaay hotter than the prince. (In both the original animated movie and the live-action remake.) But whenever I read a Beauty and the Beast retelling it usually features a Beast who turns back into a man at the end or a man who acts beastly or a supernatural being who can shapeshift. While I enjoy those books very much, I am just waiting for a fantasy book where the romance is between a woman and some sort of anthropomorphic beast. And there are sex scenes. Lots of them. There I said it.

7) Epic horror fantasy

There are probably a lot of books out there that seamlessly blend horror and epic fantasy but I’ve never read any. The Dark Tower would be an obvious place to start, I’m sure, but are there any more?

8) Books told from fantasy creature’s POV

More specifically, I want a fantasy series told from a dragon’s POV.

9) Sci-fi horror

I love movies like Alien and Life that blend science fiction with pee-your-pants horror and gore. But sci-fi horror books are harder to find.

10) Harry Potter from Snape’s POV

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I’m not looking to get into a Snape debate but Snape is my favourite character from the HP series and I would love a book from his POV.

If anyone has book recommendations for any of the above, I would be so so so grateful! What’s on your reading wishlist?

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10 Books with Birds on the Cover

This week for Top 10 Tuesday is a cover freebie so I thought why not celebrate the arrival of spring with 10 beautiful book covers that feature birds.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

wind-up bird

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

do not say we have nothing

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

love in the time of cholera

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

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The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

the swan thieves

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Top 10 Book Turn-offs

1) Love triangles

I’m not as opposed to love triangles as I once was – I read somewhere that a love triangle gives the female character more agency in that she has a choice when it comes to partners. But personally, I just don’t like love triangles because I want to KNOW (or at least have a pretty good idea) of who the heroine is going to end up with because I don’t want to become emotionally invested in a romance and have it not work out.

2) Threesome romance novels

This one kind of ties in to my aversion of love triangles. Call me a prude, but the idea of a threesome does absolutely nothing for me. Cool if that’s your thing but I’m a one-on-one kind of person – in real life and in romance novels.

3) Steampunk

I don’t know why it is but anytime I see the word ‘steampunk’ in a book’s description I immediately lose interest. I’m sure there are some wonderful steampunk books out there but it just doesn’t appeal to me for some reason.

4) Cyberpunk

Anytime I see the word ‘cyberpunk’ I immediately think ‘sci-fi with an emphasis on computers’ and that leads me to ‘I’m not going to have a clue as to what is going on.’ A perfect example: I read The Peripheral by William Gibson and I HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS GOING ON.

5) Any book by a conservative politician

Call me biased but I really don’t want to read about how God told you to run for office so you could oppress women and gay people.

6) ‘Inspirational’ romance

‘Inspirational’ romance is code for Christian romance which features Christian characters adhering to the strict tenets of the Christian faith. According to Goodreads ‘any sexual content is hinted at or avoided entirely.’ THEN WHAT’S THE POINT?

7) Books by reality TV stars

No. Just no.

8) Books about sports

Just not a sports fan. Unless it’s Quidditch!

9) ‘How to get a man’ books

NOPE.

10) Any book by Donald Trump

Pretty self-explanatory.

Top 10 Book Turn Ons

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is all about our book turn ons – things that will make us want to instantly read a book. So here’s my list of book things that get me all giddy inside.

1) Beauty and the Beast retellings

Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale of all time (thanks to the animated Disney version) so I get really excited anytime I see a book that is a retelling of my beloved fairy tale.

2) Horror

If a book is described as ‘creepy,’ ‘spine-tingling,’ ‘dark,’ ‘disturbing,’ or just plain scary than I want to read it. Don’t ask me why.

3) Epic fantasy

I haven’t actually read that much when it comes to epic fantasy – but I just know I’ll love it.

4) Dragons

If a book has a dragon on the cover or has the word ‘Dragon’ in the title, it goes on my TBR.

5) Feminism

Now that the fourth wave of feminism has come around, we are spoiled for choice when it comes for books on the topic.

6) North Korea

My fascination with North Korea all started when I first read The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. Ever since then, I’ve been wanting to learn more about the real-life dystopian nation.

7) Eastern inspired fantasy

To be perfectly honest, I haven’t actually read many eastern inspired fantasy books yet but I can tell you I’ve got a ton of them on my TBR.

8) Books about books

This one’s pretty self-explanatory. What book lover doesn’t love reading about books?

9) Japan

For some reason, books that take place in Japan or that are by Japanese authors are must-reads for me.

10) Monsters

This could easily fit into my horror category but I believe monster books deserve their own spot on this list. Because while I love reading psychological horror that are subtle and creepy – sometimes you want something that’s a bit more in-your-face.

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Top 10 Most Unique Books I’ve Read

This is an interesting topic because uniqueness is relative. I ended up choosing books that have stood out to me in one way or another – whether it’s a book told from an interesting viewpoint or a book with an inventive format, etc, etc. So without further ado (and in no particular order)….

1) An Accident of Stars (Manifold Worlds #1) by Foz Meadows

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I’ve never read anything like this book – it features a matriarchal society, polyamorous marriages and oh yeah, a majority of the main characters are women. One of the best books I’ve read so far in 2017.

2) Under the Skin by Michel Faber

under the skin

This is a complete mindfuck of a novel – it’s the type of story that digs into your brain and changes the way you think about everything.

3) The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

wind-up bird

Any Haruki novel could be on this list but I decided to pick my favorite. There is no good way to describe the experience of reading this book – words like ‘surreal’ and ‘dreamlike’ come close but there is no substitute for reading this novel.

4) And In This Way I Was Saved by Brian DeLeeuw

in this way i was saved

I read this book years ago but it’s stayed with me for so long because of the unique perspective it’s told from – this story is told from the POV of a boy’s imaginary friend.

5) The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon

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I had a revelation while reading this book – the way Chabon puts sentences together is so unique and different, I had no idea people could write like that until I read this book.

6) The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1) by Jasper Fforde

eyre affair

Any bookworm will appreciate the Thursday Next series – it takes place in an alternate version of England where literature is taken very seriously – case in point, Thursday Next is a literary detective and her job is to solve bookish related crimes. Not only that, but people have the ability to actually jump into a book and affect the story.

7) Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

lolita

Considered a controversial classic by some people and grotesque smut by others, you don’t get more unique than a book told from the POV of a pedophile.

8) Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

throne of the crescent moon

Eschewing the typical fantasy settings that are inspired by medieval England, Saladin Ahmed sets his action-packed fantasy in a Middle Eastern inspired setting.

9) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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It’s not Illuminae’s plot that is unique but the way it is told – through a collection of documents including emails, interviews, military reports, and more.

10) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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Sure other authors have combined comedy and science fiction but I’m willing to bet Douglas Adams was the first to put his own unique, humourous spin on the SF genre.

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Top 10 Authors I’m Dying to Meet

1) J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

Of course the author of my favorite book series of all time is #1 on my list. My chances of meeting Queen Rowling are probably pretty slim and maybe that’s okay because I’d most likely burst into hysterical tears the moment I laid eyes on her.

Question I’d Love to Ask Her: When you were at your lowest point, what inspired you to keep going?

2) Stephen King

Stephen King

After the Queen herself, next on my list is the King of Horror. I’ve loved reading Stephen King’s books ever since I was a teenager and it would be incredible to meet him.

Question I’d Love to Ask Him: If you had never become a famous, successful author, would you still write? (I have the feeling the answer would be yes, but I’d still like to see what he would say.)

3) Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas

I have only read the first two books in the Court of Thorns and Roses series but those two books were enough to make Sarah J. Maas one of my most beloved authors.

Question I’d Love to Ask Her: What advice would you give to an aspiring fantasy writer?

4) Ben Aaronovitch

Ben Aaronovitch

Ben Aaronovitch is the author of my favorite urban fantasy series, the Peter Grant series and I would love to meet him and hear him talk more about his books, his characters, and where he gets his ideas from.

Question I’d Love to Ask Him: How many more books do you have planned for the Peter Grant series?

5) Foz Meadows

Foz Meadows

I only recently discovered Foz Meadows (see my review for An Accident of Stars) but I was so impressed with her novel that I would love to meet her and pick her brilliant brain.

Question I’d Love to Ask Her: What steps do you take when you are in the process of building a fantasy world?

6) Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn is a master when it comes to writing taught, psychological thrillers. I have all of her books, just waiting to be signed.

Question I’d Love to Ask Her: How important is it to you that your books have complex, female characters in them? Characters that some people may call ‘unlikeable?’

7) Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami

A creator of dream-like novels, I think it would be so interesting to meet Murakami and see what he’s like in person.

Question I’d Love to Ask Him: How do you take an idea that is so dreamlike and seemingly illogical and make it real?

8) Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is the author of one of my favorite YA series, The Lunar Chronicles.

Question I’d Love to Ask Her: Are you ever tempted to write more stories about any of the characters from the Lunar Chronicles?

9) Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

Question I’d Love to Ask Her: How close do you think we are to a living in a reality that is like the one you portrayed in The Handmaid’s Tale? Do you think such a reality is inevitable, considering the current political climate? (Yeah, it wouldn’t be the most upbeat conversation but I think Margaret Atwood is a genius and she is incredibly insightful about the way society works.)

10) Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski is the author of one of my favorite series of all time, The Winners Trilogy

Question I’d Love to Ask Her: What are you working on right now? (Translation: PLEASE TELL ME YOU HAVE ANOTHER BOOK COMING OUT SOON)

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Top 10 Books You Will Want to Read All Day

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday’s theme is Read in One Sitting or any kind of variations on that so I chose the Top 10 Books that make me want to read the day away.

1) The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

I know, I know – Harry Potter always seems to end up on my Top 10 list. But it is also the #1 book series that makes me want to read it all day, every day. If it was possible to read all 7 books in one day, I would. (I wonder if it is possible? Has anyone actually done that? They’d have to be the ultimate speedreader.)

2) Anything by Stephen King

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Stephen King – you either love him or hate him. I LOVE him and I could easily be content reading any one of his books for an entire day.

3) A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)  17927395

Another series that pops up frequently on my Top 10 list but for good reason – Sarah J. Maas creates such lush, vivid worlds and dynamic characters that, when I’m reading them, I just want to pretend that the real world doesn’t exist.

4) Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

Winter, the final book in the Lunar Chronicles is over 800 pages long and I finished it in the span of two days. I literally could not put it down. It was one of my best marathon reading days where I did almost nothing else but read this book. At the end of the day, I ended up with a major headache but it was so worth it.

5) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

I remember when I read Gone Girl for the first time, I may as well have disappeared off the face of the earth. I had zero interest in anything else – I just had to know what happened!

6) The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

Another book in the same vein as Gone Girl that kept me guessing – and kept me reading the entire day.

7) Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

While this book probably won’t take you an entire day to read (I think I finished it in just over an hour), it will be nearly impossible to put down – except for when you’re laughing so hard you almost fall off your favorite reading chair.

8) Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a Geisha

I could happily spend an entire day devouring this gorgeous, lyrical novel. But I think I’d rather slow down and savor all of the beautiful writing – sentence by sentence, word by word.

9) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

Despite Fangirl being almost 500 pages long, I can easily finish it in one day – it’s just such a cute, delightful read that I couldn’t stop reading it even if I wanted to.

10) Bedtime Stories by Diana Secker Tesdell

Bedtime Stories

A gorgeous anthology full of fantastical, dreamy tales – I got lost in this book, reading story after story well past my bedtime.

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Top 10 Books on My Spring TBR

I always have a hard time making a definitive TBR list because I always vacillate between keeping to a set list and reading whatever the hell I want. Having said that, there are books on this list that I know for sure I will be reading and some books I may or may not get around to.

1) It by Stephen King

It

This one I’m just about to start reading and I’m so excited! I did read It a couple of years ago but I want to reread it this year before the new movie comes out. (So stoked!!) It might make more sense to read it closer to the film’s release date but because it’s such a monster book, I want to give myself plenty of time to read it without having to rush through it.

2) A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

My most anticipated book of the year comes out on May 2, so of course this is on my spring TBR. And I’ll probably reread the first two books in the series so I’m nice and refreshed by the time I read ACOWAR. I don’t think I’ll be able to handle it! AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

3) The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy

The Deal (Off-Campus, #1)

This is a contemporary romance that I’ve been eyeing for a while now, and I think, between the murderous clowns and the epic fae fantasy, I’ll want some cute romance to balance it all out.

4) Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Hunted

Another one of my most anticipated books of 2017 actually comes out today! I’m super stoked to read this Beauty and the Beast retelling!

5) Beauty and the Beast: Classic Tales About Animal Brides and Grooms from Around the World

Beauty and the Beast: Classic Tales About Animal Brides and Grooms from Around the World

And speaking of Beauty and the Beast, just in time for the movie Penguin released this collection of Beauty and the Beast inspired tales. And, oh man, I cannot wait to get my paws on this one.

6) Cat Stories by Diana Secker Tesdell

Cat Stories

This one might seem a little random but one of my reading goals is to read every book in the Everyman’s Library Pocket Classics Collection and this one is next on the list.

7) A Tyranny of Queens (Manifold Worlds #2) by Foz Meadows

A Tyranny of Queens (Manifold Worlds, #2)

I read the first book in the Manifold Worlds series recently and I absolutely loved it! Lucky for me, the second book comes out in May so I won’t have long to wait!

8) A Cold Season by Alison Littlewood

A Cold Season

I’m not a 100% sure I’ll get around to reading this one or not. It’s a horror novel I’ve been eyeing for awhile.

9) Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Complete Sherlock Holmes

I’ve got a jonesing for some Holmes stories for some reason. Just not sure which one I’ll pick up.

10) Within the Sanctuary of Wings (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #5) by Marie Brennan

Within the Sanctuary of Wings (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #5)

This one’s a real wild card because I haven’t gotten around to reading any of the previous books in the series yet but this book is definitely on my TBB list. (To Be Bought)

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Top 10 Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would

Books I Loved More Than I Thought I Would:

 

1) The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

The first book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, was described as a mash-up of Cinderella and the Terminator so of course I was excited to read it. While I was expecting a fun read, I did not expect the epic scope of the series and the wonderfully diverse cast of characters that I fell in love with.

2) Vampire Academy series/Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)

I do not have a great history with teen vampire books (hint: it rhymes with dielight) so I was definitely a bit skeptical when I picked up the first Vampire Academy book. To my surprise, it turned out to be a fun, soapy, sexy read with badass female characters.And I was shocked when I loved the Bloodline series even more!

3) The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

The Orphan Master's Son

This was one of those novels that I kind of just picked up at the library at random, intrigued by the fact that it was set in North Korea. After I read it, I was absolutely blown away by its beauty, intelligence, and profound heartbreaking story. It has now become one of my favorite books of all time and I always recommend it every chance I get.

4) Intimate Enemies by Shana Abe

Intimate Enemies

I have an unabashed love for romance novels and this one is near-perfect. The characters, the romance, the plot – I love everything about it. It’s something I would recommend to people who claim not to like romance novels.

5) The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

I heard the Lux series described as ‘Twilight with aliens’ so I was a bit apprehensive when I picked up the first book. Now, the Lux series is total brain candy, but it is good. I love the characters (Daemon Black is definitely in my harem of book boyfriends) and the books are just so fun and sexy. Everything that Twilight should have been.

Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would:

1) Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones, #1)

Bridget Jones’ Diary is one of my favorite romcoms of all time. I had seen the film at least 5 times before I picked up the book. And because I loved the movie so much I thought I would love the book too….nope. That is not what happened. I found book Bridget to be annoying, vapid, whiny, and incredibly shallow. She is all of these things in the movie too, but on the page I just found her to be totally unsympathetic.

2) Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Crimson Bound

This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2015 because I absolutely adored Hodge’s debut novel, Cruel Beauty. While I thought the writing was quite beautiful, the rest of the novel failed to live up to my expectations. I felt as if the author was trying to cram way too much into one novel that might have worked better as a duology. There were parts that I found completely incomprehensible and I didn’t really care for any of the characters.

3) Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

I was really excited to read Divergent. It was getting a lot of buzz and was being compared to the Hunger Games. So I read it…or at least I tried to read it. To be honest, I never finished it. I thought the writing was flat, the world-building was vague, and the characters were so poorly sketched, I had trouble trying to remember who was who. And I thought Tris was kind of an asshole.

4) Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)

I love erotica – I’ve been reading it off and on since I was fourteen years old. So when the Fifty Shades phenomenon exploded (ha) I just had to check it out. And, oh, I was so disappointed. Lots of sex, but very little sensuality, unbelievably bad writing, and I wanted to shove all the characters in front of a bus. I’ve always said this about Fifty Shades of Grey: it would be a good story if everything about it was completely different.

5) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus

I was really excited to read The Night Circus because I had heard so many good things about it and I am a sucker for books that take place at the circus. (I don’t know why – I actually haven’t read that many.) So I read it and I thought it was…okay. The writing is absolutely gorgeous and there are some fantastic images in the book but I thought it lacked depth and emotion.

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