Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The above image was taken and altered by me for the purpose of the post.

Hello Readers!

I’m going to be honest with you: going into this post I wasn’t sure of any unpopular bookish opinions. Yes, admittedly I had to Google this! I stumbled upon some YouTube videos, and after watching them, I get it. And I have my own opinions that I am going to share with you today!

In no particular order, my top (not ten) unpopular opinions are:

Classics:

I’ve read many classic novels (mostly while in high school) and nine times out of ten I absolutely hated them. I read them, and didn’t get much from them. I couldn’t related to most of them that I read. As a reader I have always thought that it would be better if I was assigned a mix of those classic novels and modern books that I generally feel readers can more easily relate to. I can’t imagine that I am the only one who feels this way.

Hardcover vs. Paperback:

Even though paperbacks are lighter to carry, I definitely prefer a hardcover. Yes, I actually prefer to lug a heavy hardcover book around rather than a paperback. Why? Because paperbacks are easier to damage. And I hate a damaged cover!

I will NEVER read the Throne of Glass Series:

I am not a fantasy reader at all. And even though I know there are many other fantasy books out there that I probably will never read, I feel that this series, as great as it may be, is so over-hyped that that fact has taken any excitement out of the books for me.

John Ambrose McLaren vs. Peter Kovinsky:

I know many people who’ve read and loved Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. I am one of those people. But when I talk to readers who love these books I’ve realized you’re either Team JAM or Team Peter K. Well, I am 100% on Team Peter K. I feel that that is an unpopular opinion.

Harry Potter is Not For Me:

This is an unpopular opinion I had for quite a long time. Many moons ago, before I had actually read the series, I swore up and down that I would never read the Harry Potter series because it was too long of an investment, it wasn’t a “me” kind of book, but mostly because I felt that because I didn’t necessarily grow up with Harry I wouldn’t get it. Well, I was wrong. I read the entire series last year, and absolutely LOVED it. I’m glad I proved myself wrong!

Audiobooks count as reading:

I will argue this until the day I die. If you listen to an audiobook it 100% counts as reading a book. Just because the person listening isn’t holding a physical book (or e-reader) in his/her hands doesn’t mean that his/her brain isn’t working and processing what they are hearing as his/her brain would physically reading a book. When listening to an audiobook your brain still has to compute and process the words it’s taken in.

Besides this, as a reader, you still have to visualize and imagine the story as it unfolds, they will still experience the book on their own terms even though someone is reading a story aloud to them.

And finally, because I feel this is an opinion that I can go on and on about, I feel that a person who listens to a story being read aloud to them will still learn. If you don’t agree with this, let me ask this question: do you feel children who are read to (by their parents, or even their favorite local librarian) aren’t learning because they physically aren’t reading the books themselves?

Audiobooks count as reading!

Books should look like they’ve been read, especially if you love those books:

While I agree with this to an extent, personally I draw a line at dog-earring, marking, and cracking the spines of those love books. You don’t have to damage a book to show you love it.

So there you have it dear readers! Those are my unpopular opinions. So, what are your unpopular bookish opinions? Please share in the comments!

Around the Web (#32)

Are you a binge reader?

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What kind of reader are you?

Did you hear about The Queen of Nothing?

Who’s excited for The Sun Is Also A Star movie?!

Get to reading those classics!

Need more magic in your life? Buzzfeed’s got you covered!

Girl power and the celebration of female friendship.

Jason Reynolds has a new book coming out.

Where did the Cat in the Hat come from?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters That Remind Me of Myself

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Hello Readers!

I naturally gravitate towards character driven stories. And naturally, the books that feature characters I see myself most with really resonate with me. The characters listed below are the ones I see myself most in.

Daisy from Royals by Rachel Hawkins – Daisy marches to the beat of her own drummer. And she doesn’t apologize for that. Even to a King and Queen. I’ve always felt different, have always felt as if I march to my own beat as well.  And like Daisy, I consider these traits to be great ones!

Willowdean “Dumplin” Dickson from Dumplin by Julie Murphy – as a plus size gal I feel I rarely see myself, physically. Until I read this book. Not only did I see myself physically represented, but represented in a positive leading role, not just the sidekick. Besides that, I really say my teen self within Dumplin, and her challenging the system disposition. And as an adult, it reminded me, of the person I am.

Chubs from The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – I like to think of myself as a pretty nice person. But I often feel that the impression I give off to others is a bit more prickly. From the moment I met this character, I felt one with him. I’ve even gone as far as to say he’s the male version of me.

Jean Louise “Scout” Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – She is the true reason why this book is so, so special to me. Scout is quite possibly the most inquisitive, most curious character I have ever met.  She is constantly challenging, and questioning, and I feel very akin to that. I never grew out of the “why” stage of life. And I’m a firm believer that, even as adults, we should never stop challenging and questioning.

Mila from Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson – No, I don’t have any witch-like abilities. But the thing that makes me identify with this strong character is the fact that  I would do anything for my friends.

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While not a full list of ten,  these are the characters that I feel most alike. Or at least the ones I can remember (let’s be honest, as readers we all read a lot of books, and it’s hard to keep track of all the characters we meet, and all the fine details).  So, dear readers, what characters do you see yourself in? Please share in the comments!

Freebie Friday: Books on My 2019 Reading Challenge(s) List – Part Three

Dear Readers!

We’ve made it! We’ve made it to part three of my 2019 Reading Challenge TBR list (blog) series.

And I feel like I’ve saved the best (challenge) for last! The last reading challenge is Book Bingo. Yes! I’ve created a book bingo that I feel will help take me out of my reading comfort zone.

To create the actual bingo card I found a website where I could plug in what I wanted the card to be filled with, and with s click of a button the website generated a bingo card.

Obviously there’s a free space because you know, bingo. But the other spaces on my customized bingo card are:

  • Buddy read a book
  • Read a book by a female author
  • Read a historical fiction book
  • Read a backlist (TBR) book
  • Read a book about music
  • Re-read a book
  • Read a manga
  • Read a superhero comic book
  • Read a book set in a foreign country
  • Read a book that was recently published
  • Read a classic children’s book
  • Read an e-book
  • Read a book that is 500+ pages
  • Listen to an audiobook
  • Read a book with a blue cover
  • Read an award winning book
  • Read a nonfiction book
  • Read a book that a friend suggests
  • Read a Stephen King book
  • Read a book that was made into a movie
  • Read a book set at a boarding school
  • Read book 2 in a series
  • Read a book borrowed from a library
  • Read a fantasy book

So there you have it dear readers! Those are the books on my Challenge TBR list.

I hoped you enjoyed this little series!

 

Reading Tracker – April 2019 Edition

Hello Readers!

I feel stuck, readers. Up until this month I had a loose but general idea of what I wanted to read each month. I had some semblance of a TBR list.

This month, I do not.

Which is why I’m feeling stuck – not reading wise, but this post wise.  But I want to post … something!

This month, the only book I have on deck to read (mainly because I am currently reading it) is :

American Panda by Gloria Chao.

Since that is the only book I have on deck for April, I’ve decided to throw caution to the wind, and not create a TBR list this month. Instead, I’ve decided that there are several kinds of books I want to read. They are:

I want to read a manga. I dipped my toes into the world of manga and anime last year. And while I don’t necessarily feel at home in the fandom, I’m definitely interested. And there are several manga that I’ve wanted to read lately.

I want to read a book that will fulfill one of my 2019 reading challenges.

I want to read a book that is new! So often I’m excited about all these new books coming out, but once they are actually published, I never make the time for them.

And I want to start a new series.

I know this isn’t saying a lot. But even though it isn’t an actual TBR list, I have a general idea of what kinds of books I want to read.

What are you, dear readers, looking forward to reading this month? Please share!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The above image was taken and created by me for the purpose of this post.)

Hello Readers!

This is an interesting Top Ten Tuesday topic. It’s one that, honestly, I’ve never really thought about because if you love books than there really isn’t anything too outrageous you’d do for a book.

But still, I dug deep into my memory and have a few outrageous things I’ve done in the name of my love of books!

  • I’ve driven eight plus hours (from New Jersey to South Carolina) to go to a book festival. Not once … but twice. And honestly, I’d do it again.
  • I went to a midnight book party for Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.
  • I’ve spent countless hours on lines to meet my favorite authors and get books signed by them.
  • I flew to another state (Chicago) because I couldn’t bear to miss a year of Book Expo America (BEA).
  • Of course I’ve stayed up until the wee hours of the morning because I just couldn’t put a book down.

While there aren’t a ton of outrageous things, those are the top five outrageous things I’ve done simply because I love books.

Freebie Friday: Books on My 2019 Reading Challenge(s) List – Part Two

Dear Readers!

2019 is the year of reading challenges. Today I’m going to share with you my (planned) TBR list for yet another challenge I’ve decided to take on.

This particular challenge – The A to Z Challenge – is one I found on girlxoxo.com I wanted to take on this challenge, not only because it sounded fun and manageable, but also because I felt it could help me clear my shelves — a task I’ve been meaning to tackle for a very long time. Another reason, is that I liked how I could easily customize this challenge to my own liking..

The books on this list are:

  • A is for Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius
  • B is for Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
  • C is for Choker by Elizabeth Woods
  • D is for Dramarama by E. Lockhart
  • E is for Every Single Second by Tricia Springstubb
  • F is for Family by Micol Ostow
  • G is for Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
  • H is for Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt
  • I is for Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
  • J is for Joyride by Anna Banks
  • K is for ???
  • L is for Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaire
  • M is for Memento Nora by Angie Smibert
  • N is for Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic
  • O is for Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
  • P is for Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
  • Q is for Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
  • R is for Rebel Belles by Rachel Hawkins
  • S is for Small Town Sinners by Melissa C Walker
  • T is for Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
  • U is for Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • V is for Vesper by Jeff Sampson
  • W is for Wanderlust by Kirsten Hubbard
  • X is for ???
  • Y is for ???
  • Z is for ???

As you can see there are a few blank spaces. The reason for those blank spaces is because, as I scrolled through my backlist of books to be read I couldn’t immediately find books to go along with those specific letters. And because I want to enjoy these challenges and not put so much pressure on myself I’ve decided that since it’s my challenge (and I can do what I want with it) I can leave those letters blank for now and fill them in eventually.

Are there any books that seem to have been sitting on your shelf forever?!? If so, are you hoping on tackling them this year? If so, please share in the comments!