Top 5 Wednesday: Most Anticipated 2019 Releases

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This week’s topic is:

December 19: Most Anticipated 2019 Releases
Pretty explanatory. If you can’t narrow it down, give your selections for only the first half of the year or even just for winter 2019.

So many books are set to be released in 2019, it’s impossible to mention them all in one post! So next year, I’ll continue my monthly most anticipated releases post. Today, I am going to talk about some books I can’t wait to get my hands on! These are in order of publication date.

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When Rukhsana Ali’s conservative Muslim parents catch her kissing her girlfriend, they are devastated and send her to Bangladesh. The premise reminds me of Written in the Stars, which is a beautiful yet heartbreaking novel and was one of my favourite reads of 2017. The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali has #OwnVoices Bengali representation and apparently, the lesbian representation was inspired by the author’s daughter. (publication date: January 29th)

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On the Come Up by legendary author Angie Thomas is probably going to be on everyone’s most anticipated releases list. This novel is said to be a “homage to hip-hop”. I love that the cover matches the cover of The Hate U Give ! (publication date: February 5th)

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Renée Watson’s Piecing Me Together is one of my favourite reads of 2018; I can’t wait to read Watch Us Rise. It’s set to be released the day before my birthday! Coincidence? I think not! This novel is about two girls who go viral with their Women’s Rights Club. Soon they experience backlash and trolls, but they refuse to be silenced. (publication date: February 12th)

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While Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman isn’t one of my favourite books, You Asked for Perfect is one of my most anticipated releases of the year! I managed to graduate college (twice, in fact), but I completely fell apart afterwards. I still haven’t been able to find a job because of it. That’s why this novel is certainly going to be incredibly relatable, as it deals with perfectionism and academic pressure. And look at that cover!! I absolutely love it! (publication date: March 5th)

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I know it’s not fair to compare this to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, but because it’s one of my favourite books of the year (and of all-time!), I obviously cannot wait to get my hands on Daisy Jones & The Six. Taylor Jenkins Reid is an auto-buy author and I’m pleased that this novel is historical fiction as well. (publication date: March 5th)

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While I loved the synopsis of Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed, the story focussed too much on the romance for my taste. Internment, however, sounds even better and might be as influential as novels such as The Hate U Give: in a near-future United States of America, Muslim American citizens are detained in internment camps. (publication date: March 19th)

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Ashley Herring Blake is one of my favourite authors, so obviously, The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James has to be on my list! This is Blake’s second queer middle grade novel and I hope I’ll enjoy it as much – if not more – as Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World. (publication date: March 26th)

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Look. Look and listen. This cover is terrible! It looks unfinished, as if it’s a place-holder until the real cover gets revealed. That said, I’m nonetheless really looking forward to Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered. I love the My Favorite Murder podcast and I’m keen to learn more about their past. (publication date: May 28th)


Those are just a couple of the upcoming book releases I am looking forward to! Which are your most anticipated releases of 2019?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Covers (recent purchases)

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This week’s topic is:

September 26th: Favorite Covers
We’ve done this topic in the past, but with so many new, beautiful covers, it is time for an update!

I’m going to talk about some favourite covers of my recent purchases! These are in no particular order. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

the leavers

I usually don’t like people on book covers, but I absolutely adore this approach! I prefer minimalistic covers, yet this one still has many aspects that sets it apart from others.

far from the tree

This cover is so simplistic and colourful, I absolutely adore it! I also love how it incorporates the title.

tyler johnson was here

This cover looks so soft and it’s wonderful to see a black man on the cover of a book!

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I haven’t read The Incendiaries yet, but it’s safe to say the cover doesn’t represent what the story is about. I don’t care though, as long as it’s pretty, I’m okay with it 😀

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Usually a cover like Bad Romance wouldn’t be my favourite, but I think – I haven’t read the book yet – it goes very well with the story.


Do you like these covers? If you like my pictures, please check out my Instagram @romweasley!

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T5W: Favourites I’d Like to Revisit | freebie

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! Today we get to choose the topic, and I decided to go with the first one of this month because I missed it:

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 love re-reading books, I do it all the time! For today’s topic, however, I will only talk about five favourites I haven’t re-read before. These are in no particular order. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

radio silenceI postponed picking up Radio Silence for over a year because I was very intimidated by the hype, but when I finally picked it up, I ended up loving it as much as everyone else did! Radio Silence was an emotional and relatable read, so it’s a novel I’d certainly like to revisit. You can read my review here.

piecing me togetherPiecing Me Together is – in my opinion – a perfect book. It tackles a majority of important topics such as feminism, racism, etc. in such complex and nuanced ways! I read and own a physical copy and might pick up the audiobook when I’m in the mood to re-read it 🙂 One of my favourite parts of revisiting novels I love is trying out different formats! You can read my review here.

american pandaI listened to the audiobook of American Panda earlier this year and I very much enjoyed it. It wasn’t a five star read, but I nonetheless want to buy a physical copy of this novel and re-read it someday. You can read my review here.

little fires everywhereI pick up adult fiction more and more often, but not every single book works for me. I, however, really enjoy Celeste Ng’s work! Everything I Never Told You is one of my favourite books of all time and I’d like to re-read Little Fires Everywhere as well. You can read my review here.

girl made of starsGirl Made of Stars is probably my favourite read of 2018 so far. I read it in one sitting though, so it’s a bit of a haze. I love it when I finish books that quickly, but afterwards, I forget nearly everything! I definitely need to re-read it because I absolutely loved it and because I need more time to absorb everything more properly, if that makes any sense. You can read my review here.


Which favourites would you like to re-read?

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T5W: series I (probably) won’t continue | rewind

series I won't continue.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! May is Top 5 Wednesday rewind month; we get to do some of the topics we’ve missed before! So today, I’m going to talk about some series I started and enjoyed, but not enough to finish.

These are in no particular order. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

labyrinth lostLabyrinth Lost is in my opinion perfect for readers who are new to Young Adult fantasies. Apart from the diversity, however, this novel was just okay for me. Though the sequel Bruja Born will follow a character I liked more than the protagonist in the first instalment, I’m not convinced I’m going to pick it up.

daughter of smoke and boneLaini Taylor’s work has received a lot of praise, so it pains me to say that I most likely won’t continue the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. I actually really liked the fantasy elements, but the romance ultimately ruined the first book for me. Because I don’t own copies of the rest of the series, I especially don’t feel pressured to find out what happens next.

three dark crownsThough I find the premise of Three Dark Crowns premising, the execution bored me. I didn’t enjoy reading this first instalment, so the chances of me continuing this series were slim to begin with. Nonetheless, I was intrigued to find out which of the queens would win. It’s been over a year since I’ve read this book, however, and I no longer care.

and i darkenWhen I read And I Darken back in 2016, I loved it. It was slow at times and there weren’t as many action-packed scenes as I would’ve liked, but I adored the characters. Yet a lot of time has passed since and I don’t think I will continue this series anymore.

geminaI absolutely loved Illuminea, but I couldn’t bring myself to finish Gemina. It’s more of the same and at the end of the day, science-fiction isn’t my cup of tea. I don’t think I’m the only one though. Everyone was raving about the first instalment, but I haven’t seen a lot of people talk about the finale, Obsidio.


Those are five series I started, but most likely won’t finish. Do you think I’m making a mistake, or do you agree with my decisions?

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T5W: recent additions to my TBR | rewind

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! May is Top 5 Wednesday rewind month; we get to do some of the topics we’ve missed before! So today, I’m going to talk about some already published books I recently added to my ‘want to read’ shelf on Goodreads!

When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

home fire.pngHome Fire has received a lot of praise and when Russell @ Ink and Paper Blog mentioned it in his April wrap-up, I was instantly intrigued! I love fiction that deals with complex topics, so my hopes for this novel are high!

the book of the unnamed midwife.pngI have to admit I don’t read science-fiction often, but when Emily @ Possibly Literate praised The Book of the Unnamed Midwife in her April wrap-up, I decided to add it to my TBR nonetheless.

the poppy war.pngThis adult fantasy has been receiving a ton of hype lately, so I’m interested in picking it up! Be careful though because the subject matter can be triggering; I found trigger warnings for graphic descriptions of violence, self-harm, rape and much more!

a princess in theory.pngI usually don’t read romance books, but I’ve heard many great things about Alyssa Cole’s work and A Princess in Theory in particular.

the reader.pngI don’t know much about The Reader, except that so many of my friends absolutely love this Young Adult fantasy series!


Here are five books I recently added to my TBR on Goodreads! Have you read any of these books yet?

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Top 5 Wednesday: authors I’d like to meet | rewind

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! May is Top 5 Wednesday rewind month; we get to do some of the topics we’ve missed before! So today, I’m going to talk about some authors I’d like to meet.

Because I live in Belgium, the chances of me meeting any popular author are very slim. Therefore, I could choose every author whose books I’ve ever read, but I’ve decided to go with authors whose work I admire and have influenced me. These are in no particular order.

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1. Becky Albertalli

It’s no secret that I love Becky Albertalli’s work. Besides the Harry Potter series, her books are my comfort reads. I re-read them yearly at least once and as opposed to J.K. Rowling, Becky seems like a very nice person and I’d love to tell her how much her work means to me. That said, I didn’t love Leah on the Offbeat, but I hope I will change my mind when I re-read it.

2. Ashley Herring Blake

Every single one of Ashley Herring Blake’s books I’ve read so far has taken me by surprise. I never expect to relate to them as much as I do. Out of all the books I’ve read, I think her work represent me the best. Therefore it’s often hard to read her books because they’re so relatable, but it’s also comfortable: it’s reassuring to know I’m not alone and that’s why I will continue to read everything this author writes.

 3. Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of my favourite reads of 2018 so far and I definitely plan on re-reading it a lot, which is why Taylor Jenkins Reid is on this list. I’ve also read Maybe in another Life and though it didn’t blow me away, I was impressed by the complexity and originality.

4. Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng is one of my favourite novels of all time and Little Fires Everywhere has stuck with me even though I’ve read over forty books in the meantime. I trust her recommendations and because of Celeste Ng, I want to read adult literature more often.

5. Angie Thomas

I consider Angie Thomas to be one of the most influential authors, so meeting her would leave me starstruck. The Hate U Give is revolutionary and I’m already very much looking forward to the release of On the Come Up.


So those are some of the authors I’d like to meet! Have you met any authors yet? Who would be on your list?

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T5W: unread authors | freebie

unread authors.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This week is a freebie, so I decided to go with the following topic:

February 12th, 2014: Top Unread Authors

There are an abundance of authors whose work I haven’t read yet, but I really want to. Today I am going to talk about five authors of which I have multiple of their books on my TBR, but haven’t read before yet.

These are in no particular order.

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Donna Tartt

I own both the Goldfinch and the Secret History by Donna Tartt and I especially have the feeling I’m going to love the latter. It’s one of the books I need to read in 2018, so I hope it won’t disappoint.

Alice Oseman

I have heard nothing but good things about Alice Oseman’s work and I am in particular looking forward to reading Radio Silence. I have to admit that I’ve been postponing picking it up because I’m intimidated by the hype.

N.K. Jemisin

Many of the adult fantasy and sci-fi books that are recommended, are not diverse. So I am very happy that N.K. Jemisin’s work is so well-loved and I am very curious to read the Fifth Season, since it has received so many glowing reviews!

Roshani Chokshi

I own a copy of a Crown of Wishes and I am already looking forward to the release of Aru Shah and the End of Time!

Nnedi Okorafor

I’m especially interested in reading the Binti series because everyone I know loves it. The only reason why I haven’t been able to read this yet is because I find it a bit expensive on Kindle considering each instalment isn’t a full-length novel.


I’m sorry this blog post is rather short. I made it last-minute, unlike my other posts. Anyway, these are some authors whose work I definitely plan to read in the future!

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T5W: 2018 wishlist

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This week’s topic is:

December 27th: 2018 Wishlist
Looking forward into the new year, this is a list of the types of books you’d like to see more of in 2018! Try to avoid actual titles, and discuss themes, genres, or tropes you’d like to see more of in the new year!

Honestly, this week’s topic isn’t an easy one because I don’t plan to change the type of books I read in 2018 (besides reading more adult fiction). I will continue to pick up diverse books as I have been doing for the past year, so I didn’t want to write an entire post about that.

Anyway, this wishlist is in no particular order.


1. books inspired by recent events

I love reading books that seem timeless. I remember when I first read Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, I was afraid that the book was going to have an “expiration date” because of the many pop-culture references. If specific pop-culture references or current events are mentioned in a novel, it might be lost on readers who read the book a few years after it’s released.

But you cannot deny that these past few years have been very eventful, significant even for what our future might look like. Take the treatment of Muslims or the Black Lives Matter movement, for example. I am very keen to read more #OwnVoices books exploring current events. The Hate U Give did it in 2017 and I know that books like Tyler Johnson Was Here and Love, Hate & Other Filters will be just as meaningful in 2018.

2. uplifting mental health representation

This might be a bit controversial, but you have to understand where I’m coming from: I am mentally ill. I am in therapy as we speak, but that is a slow process and not as easy as I had expected.

So reading books that represent characters with mental illnesses can often be very triggering for me. Therefore, I want more books where instead of only following a character living with a mental illness in a dark, negative way, we also follow characters who are getting help and are perhaps recovering.

I know that’s not always realistic, I know it’s not always possible. But it’s what I need. The only thing that keeps me going is that I believe that I can get better with help. I can’t do it by myself and I need that hope.

To be honest, I am a sucker for heartbreaking books, but when it comes to sad mental health representation, I can’t handle that at the moment.

3. more standalones

I could probably count the amount of series I have read in 2017 on one hand. Especially in the fantasy genre, I wish more standalones were published. I find duologies a good compromise, but in the case of Three Dark Crowns, for example, a popular series is often extended and I HATE THAT! I 100% understand why authors do that. But as I reader, I hate it. I was going to pick up One Dark Throne, but I no longer will because the series has been extended to four instead of two books.

Because the fantasy genre in particular is lacking standalone novels, I’ve barely read any in 2017. I do have some on my TBR that I really want to get to such as The Epic Crush of Genie Lo and there are series I want to start like The City of Brass and The Bone Witch, but I can’t deny that I almost always prioritize standalones.

Admittedly, contemporaries have become my go-to genre, which is something I hadn’t expected to happen. I certainly want to pick up more diverse fantasy novels in 2018.

4. less allocishet romances

Yes, I’m cheating because this is supposed to be about what we want more of, but I can’t deny that I am tired of so many books including an allocishet romance. This year it has bothered me less because I read a lot of books featuring queer characters, but especially when reading backlist books, this bothers me to no end. Allocishet romances can absolutely ruin a book for me.

I would be fine with no romance at all as well. Give me some kick-ass ladies who don’t have to end up with that arrogant dude they hated at first, please!

5. more authors expanding their horizons

We often put authors in a certain box. When they’ve written YA contemporaries before, we expect all of their book to be YA contemporaries. So I am absolutely living for authors who do things we wouldn’t immediately expect them to do, which seems to be very popular in 2018! Here are some examples of what I mean:

  • collaborations, e.g. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
  • not only Young Adult, e.g. Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed and Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
  • anthologies, e.g. Toil & Trouble and Fresh Ink

So these are some things I will certainly keep my eye on in 2018. What genres, tropes, etc. are on your 2018 wishlist? Please let me know in the comments!

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T5W: Characters on the Naughty List

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This week’s topic is:

December 13th – Characters on the Naughty List
These can be villains or just characters you don’t like!

a game of thronesI’ve said this many times before and I will say it again: I HATE TYRION LANNISTER! My annoyance started when I realised everyone adores this man, but why? He doesn’t do anything! He thinks he’s smart, but his enemies outsmarted him a lot. He thinks he’s funny, but the only people who want to be around him, are people he pays. He thinks he’s rich, but that’s all thanks to his family.

Especially when I started reading the books, I couldn’t look past his problematic nature. He is a rapist; wanted to sexually assault under-age Sansa Stark, but only stopped because she was crying and that’s not “sexy”; fantasises about having his sister severely hurt and raped; etc.

Tyrion Lannister reminds me of those male authors who write long paragraphs when having a conversation with women, but without any substance whatsoever. They think they’re better than everyone else, but in reality, no one likes them because they’re honestly not that interesting.

simon vs the homo sapiens agendaIf you haven’t read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda yet, here’s all you need to know (by the way, these aren’t spoilers because it literally happens in the very first chapter): Martin discovers Simon has been emailing a boy nicknamed Blue and blackmails him: if Simon doesn’t make Martin look desirable to his friend Abby, Martin is going to out Simon to the entire school.

But noooo, Martin isn’t homophobic you guys, because his brother is gay! *sarcasm* UGH, I hate Martin so much! I love Becky Albertalli’s writing because it’s so honest and realistic, and Martin is no exception. This dude genuinely thinks he’s a nice guy and ultimately feels victimizes by the entire thing. Thankfully, his behaviour doesn’t go unchallenged.

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If you’ve read my review of Outlander, you know how I feel about Jamie Fraser: he’s an abusive rapist! I don’t want to rant all over again (read my review if you want to know how I feel) but I absolutely fail to see how he is so many people’s book boyfriend.

I don’t care whether he gets better, at the end of the day, he’s never going to apologise for his past behaviour anyway. He always ends up telling a sad story in which he pretty much blames Claire for what happens, and then she apologises to HIM!

daughter of smoke and boneLook, I don’t care enough about Akiva to hate him, but I certainly would’ve enjoyed Daughter of Smoke & Bone more without him. I usually like dual POVs, but even after reading his chapters, I still don’t know what his personality is like. Going into this, I knew there was going to be instalove. I thought I was prepared, but it was even worse than I had imagined. I’m so disappointed because forbidden romances are usually one of my favourite romance tropes! But it didn’t work for me because Akiva is such a flat character and I don’t see why they’re attracted to one another, except for their beauty. But like I said though, I don’t feel as strongly about this character as the others on my list.

the school for good and evilThere were many things I didn’t like about the School for Good and Evil, but it might have been a more bearable reading experience without Sophie. She is convinced she is good because she is beautiful, but she is such a horrible character and throughout the book, she remains selfish. Agatha and Sophie share a platonic true love’s kiss, but seriously, am I supposed to believe these two are best friends when Sophie threw Agatha under the bus time and time again?


So these are some characters I dislike and could live without. All with the exception of Martin are supposed to be likeable, so this list might be a bit controversial.

Which characters are on your naughty list?

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T5W: bookish things I’m a Grinch about

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This week’s topic is:

December 6th – Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About
Since being a grinch is a funny thing, try not to make this serious topics that make you angry (like lack of diversity or abusive relationships in fiction, etc) as this is supposed to be more of a petty bookish things you hate. This can be stuff about covers, dumb tropes, etc. Have fun with it.

Thankfully I read the description first, because I already had a bunch of serious topics in mind. So today, I am going to talk about some petty bookish things I hate, but try not to repeat things I have said in previous posts, like cover changes and movie tie-in book covers.

1. real people on book covers

the brightsidersTake the cover of The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde, for example. I love that the colours of the bisexual flag were used, but I’m really not a fan of this cover. I just don’t like real people on covers, okay?! There are some exceptions (like Tyler Johnson Was Here) but bad covers are a dealbreaker for me. I’m not sure yet whether I’ll buy a physical copy, even though I am dying to read this book once it’s released.

2. overused tropes

Most tropes can be very interesting (like the missing princess, the chosen one, etc.) but my problem is that they are so overused, it has made a lot of Young Adult fantasy series incredibly predictable. When a missing princess is mentioned, it’s not that hard to figure out that our protagonist – who happens to be an orphan – is the one they’re talking about.

Like I said, those tropes aren’t bad, but they’re predictable. And more often than not, they’re only revealed towards the end of the book, whereas the reader knew all along. And then you have to read the rest of the series to discover the aftermath of that reveal… meh, I just don’t have the patience to read books like that anymore.

3. disappointing conclusion

I am very difficult when it comes to the end of a book series. I want some heartbreak, but I don’t want it to be predictable (e.g. Crooked Kingdom). I want things that were mentioned earlier on in the series to be addressed (e.g. The Raven King failed doing that). It’s just incredibly disappointing when you invest a lot of your time in something, and the finale is a let-down.

Yes, I do realise that finales must be incredibly difficult to write. But as a reader, I can’t say many final instalments have really satisfied me. Perhaps that’s why I prefer to read standalones these days.

4. overhyped books EVERYWHERE

When looking for bookish merch, when asking for recommendations, when checking out book awards, etc. the same books tend to pop up each time. I sometimes feel very disconnect from the Bookstagram community in particular, because my reading tastes are completely different. It’s so tiring that after so many years, the same book series are still shoved down your throat, just because the authors can’t seem to put an end to it.

Additionally, I wish the community talked more about books that aren’t Young Adult fantasy series. Some readers e.g. refuse to read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas because they don’t like to read contemporaries. Well, that’s fair I guess, but if you only read those overhyped YA fantasies, you are missing out on a lot of great things.

5. books with promising starts that go downhill

Name something more disappointing than picking up a book thinking it’s going to be a 5 star read, only to end up hating it. Why do bad things happen to good people?! I’m just kidding, but it’s still incredibly frustrating.


So these are some bookish things I’m a Grinch about. Honestly, I could’ve added many more things to this list, but I tried to keep it as light as possible 😀

What are some bookish things you are a Grinch about? Let me know in the comments!

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