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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T5W: my problematic faves (book characters)

problematic faves.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’s topic is:

November 8th: Problematic Faves
Characters you don’t want to love, but you can’t help liking.

There’s a fine line between my problematic faves and villains I love to hate. I actually find it hard to explain the difference myself, but Bellatrix Lestrange for example is a character I love because she embraces her evilness, whereas I think my problematic faves are more complex. However, that does not mean I excuse their behaviour or pretend it never happened. Also, I don’t consider characters who are merely flawed as problematic, because that’s what makes them human. The characters I am about to mention, have done things I would never be able to look past if they were real people instead of fictional characters.

Anyway, let’s get started! These are in no particular order.

the dream thievesIt has been a while since I’ve read The Raven Cycle, but every time I read it, I couldn’t help but love Joseph Kavinsky. I know, I know, I’m human garbage! Look, I’m not defending what he did, he’s just a character I really loved to read about and I MISS HIM.

a game of thronesEvery single character in A Song of Ice and Fire is complex and that’s one of the reason why I love this series so much. Sansa Stark is my favourite character, but I don’t think she’s problematic. Cersei Lannister on the other hand… She’s even more awful in the books, but I would die for her. When I started watching Game of Thrones, I never expected to love her as much as I do, but like I said, she is one of my favourite characters and I root for her.

six of crowsMatthias Helvar is a former Drüskelle, which are soldiers who hunt the Grisha. You can compare it to the Nazis who abused and murdered Jewish and other people. I wouldn’t be able to root for a character that was a former Nazi, but admittedly, Matthias was probably my third favourite character in this duology, besides Inej and Nina. I’m even more trash because I actually shipped him with a Grisha. Let’s just blame Bardugo for my behaviour, she shouldn’t have written him so well!

deathly hallowsDraco and Narcissa Malfoy were loyal to the Death Eaters, which is once again similar to the Nazis. I recently re-read the Harry Potter series and I was especially shocked by Draco’s behaviour in the earlier books, he was absolutely horrible! He even wished Hermione would die at some point.

Having said that, I truly believe these characters were followers rather than actively involved (not that that’s any better, but still) and turned their lives around in the end.


Damn, sorry for my little outbursts there. I feel very ashamed for loving these characters because I usually really don’t support problematic characters, but here we are 🤷‍♀️

What are some of your problematic faves?

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the Emperor’s New Clothes book tag

emperor's new clothes book tag.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Today, I’m doing the Emperor’s New Clothes book tag! I was tagged by Flo @ Flowlessbooks. Thank you so much for tagging me ♥


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the boy in the striped pyjamasThis seems to be my go-to answer, but I really don’t get the point of the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. I read this novel last year and I still don’t understand why this perspective on World War II was needed. Anyway, I won’t go into detail again because I rant about this all the time, so read my review instead if you want to know why I think this book is overhyped.


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daughter of smoke and bone.pngI was loving Daughter of Smoke & Bone, until the romance became the centre of the book. I want to continue this series, but I really hope Akiva won’t be as important anymore. I knew going into this novel that the romance was insta-love, but because the love interest was such a flat character who seemingly has no personality, I disliked it even more. You can read my full review here.


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Admittedly, Three Dark Crowns was a cover buy. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the actual content of this novel. I was promised a magical story filled with political intrigue and female rulers, but instead got a boring story filled with insta-love, love triangles and cheating. You can read my full review here. I was still planning to continue this duology because I was curious to see how it ended, but in the meantime, it has been announced that there will be four books in this series instead of two. Therefore, I won’t continue Three Dark Crowns.


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Eliza and her Monsters wasn’t initially on my radar, but after hearing only positive things about it, I decided to buy a copy. I haven’t read this yet, but my expectations are high!

Honestly, there are so many other books I could’ve answered this question with, because I am easily swayed by the hype. Even when a book doesn’t necessarily appeal to me, I’m interested to find out why other readers love it so much.


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pretty girlsI have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Karin Slaughter. I’ve only read two of her books, but I already noticed she sensationalises sexual violence. As if rape isn’t bad enough, it has to be as gruesome as possible. I have a lot of issues with that. But in Pretty Girls, it did lead me to care much more about the mystery. The crimes were so horrible, I wanted to see the person who was responsible punished!

Anyway, Pretty Girls was definitely a f*cked up book. I felt physically ill at times while reading it, but it was such a good thriller nonetheless. You can read my full review here.


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There are so many tropes I could choose from. It’s the reason why I am sometimes so done with YA fantasies. A lot of books in that genre rely on the same tropes, which makes them so generic and predictable. One of the tropes I’m especially tired of seeing, is the special snowflake one. Our main character finds out at sixteen that she has special powers. Her family hid it from her all her life. But guess what? She’s much more powerful than everyone else! And she happens to be the missing princess everyone was hinting at throughout the entire book!

Though this trope could work well, it’s so incredibly overdone and has therefore become very predictable.


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Honestly, I think almost every book could use a little rewriting. As much as I love some books, it’s hard to find one that’s perfect. This is especially true when it comes to problematic content. Even one harmful line can really hurt a reader.

the raven kingOne book I would therefore rewrite is The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. I would leave out the racism and give the M/M romance as much attention as the M/F one. Actually, I found this final instalment very disappointing, so there is much more I could change! As much as I love The Raven Cycle, I agree with the criticism it has received.


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cursed child.pngMy most popular review on Goodreads is my review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I hate this “book” so much, there’s nothing redeeming about it. Just thinking about it makes me laugh, because I cannot take it seriously. It’s an insult to fanfiction writers to call this script fanfiction. The only reason why I’d want people to read this, is so we could laugh at how bad it is. I refuse to consider this canon and I will live my life pretending this doesn’t exist. You can read my full review here.


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Being a part of the book community on Instagram has made me realise that community is not all about books, but all about bookish merch instead. Maybe I’m just being petty because I can’t afford to buy bookish candles, bookish stickers, bookish WHATEVER; but posting pics of books isn’t good enough anymore, you need to own tons of merch to get noticed. People can buy whatever they want, I don’t care, but it’s too expensive for my taste. I’ll just stick to books and the occasional Funko Pops!


So this was the Emperor’s New Clothes book tag! If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged by me!

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Down the TBR Hole #31-40

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Hello, my fellow book lovers. Today, it’s time for round 4 of Down the TBR Hole, which was created by Lost in a Story. You can have a look at the previous rounds here. From time to time, I’ll go to my Goodreads to-read shelf and change the order to ‘ascending date added’. I’ll pick ten books on that list and decide whether or not they’ll remain on my TBR.

Very Good Lives The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination.pngLook, I absolutely love the Harry Potter series, but I do not support J.K. Rowling. I don’t want to get into it because she’s the author equivalent of a queen for some people, but I have no interest in reading one of her speeches.

verdict:  remove from wishlist

the queen of the tearling.pngI don’t know much about the Queen of the Tearling. Either people seem to love or hate it. Apparently, it contains a lot of political intrigue, so that definitely sparks my interest. I’ve been looking for books similar to A Song of Ice and Fire. Fantasy isn’t necessary, I just want to read a good book with royalty filled with twists and turns.

verdict: remains on wishlist and TBR

a darker shade of magicI feel very conflicted when it comes to V.E. Schwab’s work. So many readers – including my sister – love her work, but I cannot support this author. A few months ago, she made some aphobic comments and as far as I know, she never genuinely apologised. Furthermore, I couldn’t even finish Vicious. So on the one hand, I’m interested to find out what the hype’s about, but I don’t think this is going to be my cup of tea.

verdict:  remove from TBR

illusions of fateI just read the synopsis of this one and it’s very clear this is a M/F romance. Even though magic intrigues me and this is a short book, I doubt I’d end up loving it.

verdict: remove from TBR

the rose & the daggerI read the Wrath & the Dawn back in 2015. So I definitely have to reread that one if I wish to pick the sequel up. I remember enjoying it, but I can’t help but think “Chelsea, it’s a romance???”, because I usually really don’t enjoy that. I think I’ll just re-read the Wrath & the Dawn first and then decided whether I’ll read the Rose & the Dagger afterwards.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

brokeback mountainBrokeback Mountain is only fifty pages long and I have access to the audiobook thanks to Storytel, so I might as well pick this one up one day. Even though I loved the film adaptation when I watched it a few years ago, I don’t think I’ll love this. People keep saying this is a gay love story, but aren’t they bisexual? And if that’s the case, this is the prefect example of the cheating bisexual trope :/

verdict: remains on TBR

the murder complexI was convinced this was a YA mystery, until I read the synopsis. Apparently this is a YA dystopia series? Well, that’s definitely not something I tend to read.

verdict: remove for TBR

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Though I want to read more mysteries, Dare Me has received more negative than positive reviews from my Goodreads friends. And I definitely want a thriller to pack a good punch, so I don’t think Dare Me is what I’m looking for.

verdict: remove from TBR

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Theme of this week’s Down the TBR hole? I don’t like M/F romances. So I doubt I’d enjoy These Broken Stars. Furthermore, this is a sci-fi series, and I really struggle with that genre. Though this book has received many positive reviews, I don’t see myself ever pick it up.

verdict: remove from TBR

the carrie diaries.pngI bought this book when I started re-watching Sex and the City a few years ago. I thought the show was empowering and filled with feminist moments, but it’s so incredibly problematic. I had to stop watching it, so I don’t have any interest in reading the books either.

verdict: remove from TBR


I’m proud of myself for removing so many books from my TBR. Do you think I made any mistakes in my verdicts? Let me know in the comments!

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T10T: some books on my fall TBR

fall tbr.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

September 19: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

I hesitated whether I wanted to do today’s topic. I don’t do TBRs. I’m a mood reader and as much as I want to, I just can’t stick to them. So I thought that maybe I could talk about some fall releases I’d like to read. But since I’m currently unemployed, I have no idea whether I’d actually have the money to buy those releases this fall.

That’s why I’m going to talk about some books I recently bought, that I’d like to read soon. Obviously, I’d like to read more than five books this fall, but like I said: I DON’T DO TBRs! These are in no particular order.


library of fatesI bought Library of Fates in August, which is a diverse Young Adult fantasy. Many of the people I trust have enjoyed this. Strangely, I haven’t read many fantasies yet this year, and I’d really like to change that in the months to come. As much as I like contemporaries these days, I really miss reading a good fantasy book!

eliza and her monsters.pngI also got Eliza and her Monsters last month. It initially wasn’t on my radar, but I’ve only heard positive things about it! Because it represents mental health (depression and anxiety), I’m very excited to read this novel.

the bone witch.pngThe Bone Witch has received many mixed reviews, but that still didn’t stop me from buying a copy back in April. I own the audiobook as well, but I think it’s best to actually read a complex fantasy novel myself. Apparently, this is kind of slow, but I’ve managed to read books like A Game of Thrones, so surely, I can get through this as well, right?

truthwitch.pngI bought both Truthwitch and Windwitch back in January. I was dying to start this series, but well, here we are: nearly ten months later and I still haven’t picked it up. Thankfully, I’m much more in the mood to read fantasies now, so I think it might finally happen!

the vegetarian.pngIt’s not like I’ve been dying to read The Vegetarian (which I got last month), but since it’s only 188 pages long, I will read this very soon.


So these are some of the books I’d like to get to this fall. Which books are on your TBR? Have you read any of the books I mentioned yet?

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the Game of Thrones book tag (2.0)

game of thrones book tag II.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! A couple of weeks ago, I did the Game of Thrones book tag, but I discovered another edition of that tag and wanted to do this one as well. This tag was created by Claire Rousseau on Youtube and you can have a look at the video here.

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a game of thronesSorry for staying in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, but I think Cersei is a character who also cares deeply about revenge. If you hurt her or her family, she will hunt you down. I easily could’ve picked her for ‘a villain you just love to hate’ as well, though I don’t consider her a villain. She’s merely a character many people don’t like, but I love her.

VarysI absolutely love political intrigue! But I just had a look at all the books I have read, and I realised there aren’t many featuring a good political intrigue. Do you have any recommendations?

and i darkenThe only book that comes to mind – besides ASOIAF, of course – is And I Darken. I wasn’t fond of the pacing in this novel, but I liked the characters and the political intrigue. I started reading the sequel on audiobook last month, but I think I might have to re-read And I Darken beforehand.

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deathly hallowsLike I said, I don’t consider Cersei Lannister a villain, so I’m going for Bellatrix Lestrange instead. She’s so awful, but she’s so intriguing! She has so much more depth than Voldemort, though Tom Riddle is another villain I love to hate. That makes sense, right?

an ember in the ashes.pngAnother villain I love to read about, is the Commandant from An Ember in the Ashes. I don’t love her because she’s absolutely horrible, but I do find her very interesting. She’s definitely a villain with a background story, instead of just being evil for the sake of being evil.

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simon vs the homo sapiens agendaI have a lot of options, since Young Adult is the vast majority of the books I read. To be honest though, I don’t really know what a coming of age story must be like. I think Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda counts?

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HBPI’m not that big of a shipper, so once again, I have a lot of options. Whenever I read Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, I cannot help but roll my eyes when Ginny and Harry interact. It’s not like I hate the idea of them being together, but I feel like Harry’s attraction came out of nowhere. Furthermore, I’m not too fond of characters always ending up with their “high-school sweethearts”. It’s definitely an overused trope.

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the dream thievesBecause I read a lot of Young Adult fiction, older characters are a bit harder to come by. Maura, Persephone and Calla from The Raven Cycle aren’t that old, but they were very interesting  and kicked ass in their own, unique ways.

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27 hoursThe dragons in 27 Hours aren’t normal dragons, they’re SPACE DRAGONS! I really love reading about them, so does anyone have any recommendations for books featuring dragons?

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For the record: I’ve loved Sansa since the first book and season. It’s difficult for me to come up with an answer, because I don’t usually change my mind about characters. Either I like them, or I don’t. It’s usually the other way around.

pretty girlsAt the beginning of Pretty Girls, I thought Claire was just like any other rich white woman who lives in the suburbs. But she really grew on me. If she hadn’t been so strong-willed and perceptive, this novel would’ve been completely different.

gone girlThough Amy Dunne could easily belong in the category of ‘a villain you just love to hate’, I do kind of root for her as well. Her ‘Cool Girl’ speech is one of the best things I’ve ever read. She’s such an interesting character, I really cannot help but adore her.

melisandreI’m so disappointed in myself, because I haven’t been reading a lot of fantasy lately 😦 I checked my ‘read’ shelf on Goodreads and I’ve mostly read contemporaries this year. So I have to go with my cliché answers again.

deathly hallowsIf there’s one magic system we could be apart of, wouldn’t we all want it to be the Harry Potter universe? All I want is to attend Hogwarts, that’s not asking for too much, right?!

the dream thievesThough this paranormal fantasy isn’t exactly magical, it’s so atmospheric, mainly thanks to Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. For me, it’s not necessary that a magic system is complex. I’d rather read something very unique than some variation on the same tropes you read in almost everyone fantasy novel.

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an ember in the ashes.pngA strong female character doesn’t need to slay dragons or be an assassin in order to be strong! Strength comes in many different shapes and forms. That’s why I adore female characters like Laia from an Ember in the Ashes and Sansa Stark. These ladies may be slow learners, but they survived horrible circumstances even though everyone else considers them weak.


I’m sorry for these incredibly boring answers! Apparently, most question required an answer about a fantasy novel and since I haven’t read a lot of those lately, I had to mention the same books over and over again.

Anyway, do you have any recommendations for books with political intrigue and/or books featuring dragons?

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T10T: books I used to love, but not anymore

books i used to love, but not anymore.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

September 12: Throwback Freebie: Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog, Favorite Books Published 5 or 10 or 15 Years Ago, Ten Older Books I Forgot How Much I Loved, etc. etc. Tweak however you want!

I’ve been reading books regularly since 2015. Since then, my reading taste has changed a lot. On top of that, I’ve learnt much more about problematic content and diversity in fiction. That’s why I’m going to talk about some books I used to love, but not anymore. These are in no particular order.

the helpI chose to read The Help for an assignment back in college. This novel definitely got me into reading much more regularly, which I’m very thankful for. Beforehand, I only read like one book a month. While preparing for my assignment, I came across negative reviews and I thought “Eh no, you’re being too sensitive, that’s not what the author tried to do”. Thankfully, I know better now. This novel is filled with the white saviour trope and it’s quite frankly not a story that should be told by a white person.

ugly love.pngWhen I read Ugly Love, I was in an emotionally abusive relationship. I did everything to make sure my partner loved me, even things I didn’t want to do. That’s why I could identify with Tate, the female main character in this novel. She did everything to make sure Miles loved her. They had a happy ending, so I could have mine as well! But in real life, it didn’t work out that way, which I’m thankful for now. All the reasons why I initially loved this novel, were so problematic. This novel made me wish that my abusive relationship could work out! That is incredibly harmful and dangerous and exactly the reason why I will never read another book by Colleen Hoover.

all the bright places.pngI was in the middle of my exams when I read All the Bright Places, but I COULD NOT put it down! I devoured it and absolutely adored it. But since then, I’ve come to terms with my mental illnesses. I’m not quite there yet, I still have to seek help, but I realise now that this novel should not get into the hands of people with mental illnesses. It romanticizes them and the characters were defined by their MIs. Furthermore, Niven continues to write somewhat “diverse” stories (featuring fat character, disabled characters, etc.) but those are not her stories to tell, especially with a lack of research.

TFIOSLast year, I wanted to re-read The Fault in Our Stars, because I knew I wouldn’t love it as much anymore as I used to. I ended up DNF’ing my re-read. On almost every single page, cancer was mentioned. That’s what defined the characters. When the film was released, my friends and I were obsessed with it. They still are, but whenever they praise it, I think “Eh, it actually wasn’t that great…”. Furthermore, the way Augustus in particular talked, was so unrealistic. There’s not a single teenage boy out there that talks like that.

eleanor & parkThis is another book I initially loved, but since learnt how problematic it is. If you were to go on Goodreads and read some negative reviews, you will learn that Eleanor & Park is racist. Because I’ve also heard negative things about the bisexual representation in Carry On, I don’t want to read any more of Rowell’s books.


These were five books I used to love, but not anymore. There are probably more I could’ve added to this list, but oh well. Anyway, should I change my initial reviews? I didn’t do that, because I’d have to change every single one of my earlier reviews since there are so many things I disagree with now, but maybe it’s best to be as transparent as possible towards other readers. What do you think?

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5 Popular Books I Didn’t Love

popular books I didn't love.pngI love unpopular opinions. It says as much about someone as their favourite books. That’s why I wanted to talk about some books everyone seems to love, but I didn’t. I won’t go into detail since I wrote reviews for all of the titles I’m about to mention, but I still wanted to talk about this today. These are in no particular order!

alice's adventures in wonderland.pngAlice’s Adventuress in Wonderland is probably the weirdest book I’ve ever read, but not in a good or interesting way. I had no idea what was going on; I even thought I had picked up the wrong edition! Everything I thought I knew about Wonderland, was only briefly mention in this novel, such as the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat. Even upon finishing this novel – which was a struggle – I still have no idea what it was about. I own the sequel, but definitely do not plan on picking it up. (review)

to all the boys i've loved beforeI read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han back in June 2015, so I don’t remember perfectly why I didn’t like this novel, especially because my review wasn’t as thorough as they usually are. But I remember that this novel seemed so safe, so bland. Even though I hadn’t read a lot of books yet at that point on my life, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a story I felt I already knew by heart. Apart from the Korean-American characters, there was nothing that stood out for me. I thought there was a lack of female friendships and the main character was so pure and innocent, which isn’t my cup of tea either, especially when that’s used to look down on other female characters.

Having said that, I read this book over two years ago and my reading preferences have changed. But would I enjoy To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before if I were to read it now? Probably not.

red queen.pngShortly before reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I picked up Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Like I said, back then, I had only just got into reading for the first time in my life. I didn’t dislike Red Queen, yet it felt entirely generic and unoriginal. I won’t continue this series, especially after finding out that the only bisexual character is the villain and after the author claimed that the main character Mare is or could be a person of colour, even though that’s not canon in the book itself.

the boy in the striped pyjamasThe Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is such a beloved book, so I’d definitely suggest reading my review if you want to know why I didn’t enjoy this novel. I won’t go into detail again, but I didn’t understand its purpose. Throughout the entire book, the main character remains ignorant about the events during the Second World War, even though he lives right next to a concentration camp. I found that very disrespectful and still wonder what the author tried to achieve by writing this novel. (review)a monster calls.pngI’ve read three novels written by Patrick Ness: More Than This, The Rest of Us Just Life Here and A Monster Calls. Unfortunately, I felt meh about all three of those. I can’t put my finger on it, but somehow, I just don’t click with his books. In the case of A Monster Calls, the book didn’t leave an impression on me, unlike many other readers. I had the feeling as if this novel was one big metaphor, and I didn’t understand it.

Clearly, books that are odd and contain a lot of metaphors, don’t work for me. It makes me feel stupid. It’s why I don’t pick up poetry either; I don’t like having to dissect every sentence I read.

blue-watercolor-border-line-coverSo those were five books I didn’t enjoy as much as other readers seem to. Do you like these kind of posts? If so, I definitely have more unpopular opinions I’d like to share 😀

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T10T: books I struggled to get into, but ended up loving

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

September 5: Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving or Ten Books That Were A Chore To Get Through or Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Put Down (the theme is…books you had a hard time with…tweak it how ever you need)

So today, I’m going to talk about five books I struggled with at first, but ended up loving! These are in no particular order.

we are okayI initially wanted to DNF We Are Okay. It’s set during a cold winter and as I picked this up in summer, I just wasn’t in the mood for it. Thankfully, I gave this another chance, because I ended up devouring it practically in one sitting. You can read my full review here.

the dream thieves.pngWhen I read The Dream Thieves for the first time back in 2015, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted continue reading it. I’m so happy I did, because it’s my favourite instalment in the series! Since, I’ve re-read it multiple times and every time, I end up loving it even more. I really should re-read this series again soon.

a game of thrones.pngNo matter how much I love this series, I struggle to get into every single book. They’re so huge, and therefore terrifying! I keep postponing picking them up because I don’t want to dedicate all my time to it. I thought about listening to it on audiobook, but I really don’t like the narration, so I have to keep pushing through. Thankfully, I know it’s worth it.

six of crows.pngI hadn’t read the Grisha trilogy before picking up Six of Crows, so I was very confused. I didn’t really know how the Grishaverse worked. Halfway through it got easier, as the heist became more important.

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It took me over two weeks to read And I Darken. Though it contained a lot of things I love (queer representation, historical retelling, bad-ass female character, etc.), I wasn’t ever in the mood to pick it up. It ended up as one of my favourite reads of 2016, however. But now, I feel kind of indifferent towards it. I do plan on reading Now I Rise, but I’m in no rush to do so.


So these were five books I struggled with at first, but ended up loving! Did you struggle getting into any of these books as well?

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