Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read

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(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The above photo was taken and altered by me for the purpose of these posts. Please do not take or “borrow” without asking.)

Hello Readers!

For the most part I really do enjoy the books I read. But there are times that even though I like an aspect or two of a book, there are reasons why I find it to be a difficult read. This list is composed of books that were hard for me read – not because of subject matter, but rather because I had issues with them on some level.

1 Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – I’m a Maggie fan through and through. I think both she and her books are awesome.  So you’re wondering why Shiver is on this list then? Let me explain, while I read and really enjoyed several aspects of this book – the original plot, the realistic characters, and the great writing – I didn’t enjoy one important aspect of the book: the pacing. I found the pace to creep by at a snail’s pace. Because of this, it was really hard for me to read.

2. The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry – I picked this book up on a whim. Looking for something different, something unlike anything I have read before I jumped into this book only to find that it wasn’t what I was looking for. This book was really hard for me to read mainly because of the main character who I really didn’t like, and one I couldn’t really relate to. That’s why this book was hard for me to read.

3. Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley – I was super excited about this book. So when I was approved on Edelweiss I downloaded it and began reading almost immediately. And almost immediately I found this book hard to read. Why? Because I felt it was saying that blogging is bad, and as a blogger myself it bothered me.

4. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan – I’m truly sad that this book is on this list. I wanted to love this book, but reality was I couldn’t even finish it. The reason why was because of the narrators. It made the book feel disjointed, and that made it difficult to read.

5. Lust by Robin Wasserman – This was a book I read during a self imposed reading challenge. I wanted to read the first book in a series I was curious about. I was curious about Wasserman’s Seven Deadly Sins series, so I picked Lust up from the library and began reading. It was really hard for me to read mainly because I felt like every character was just so extremely mean – almost unnecessarily mean. I love character driven books, I love that I can connect and identify with the characters in a book. I couldn’t connect nor identify with any of Lust’s characters unfortunately.

6. A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty –  I consider this book to be a fantasy. And if you know me, you know that I generally don’t do fantasy. Because of that, this book – though very original – was hard to read.

7. A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchinson – I don’t want to say much about why this book was so hard to read. I don’t want to say why for two reasons – one I don’t want to spoil anything for any readers, and two because frankly I don’t want to relive it. The relationship between the two characters was abusive, and it was hard to sit back and read it.

8.  My Beautiful Hippie by Janet Lynch Nichols – Once again, the pacing was sluggish. And beyond that, I felt like nothing really happened.

9. Modelland by Tyra Banks – I really don’t need to say much about this. This book was hard for me because of … well everything.

10. In Search of Mockingbird by Loretta Ellsworth – The reason why this book was so hard for me to read was mainly because I feel, even though it was trying to pay homage to one of my most fave books, it didn’t do it justice.

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Monday Memories (#4)

Monday Memories is a super easy and super fun meme hosted byThe BookBandit Blog and Miss Print. Participants are asked to post a picture of a book that holds a special place in their hearts, and talk briefly about why this book is so special. If you want to join in on the fun, link up and be sure to link back!

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Hello Readers!

Welcome to today’s Monday Memories Post. Today I’ll be talking about a book that I still think about years after reading.

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I read Bliss a few years ago when I was in grad school. I read it for a YA class I was struggling through, and it became a shining light for me. Bliss is always and will always be one of those books that stay with me. Why? Because I consider myself to be a person that’s hard to scare. Bliss scared me, it left me with a case of the heebie-jeebies. Besides that, I really loved how Myracle intertwined two stories – the one of Bliss and the one of the Charles Manson trial.

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Stacking the Shelves (#8)

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(Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. The above photo was taken and altered by me for the purpose of these posts. Please do not take or “borrow” without permission.)

Hello Readers!

Welcome to Stacking the Shelves #8. Even though I don’t have a lot of books to share with you today, they are all books I’m super excited about.

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This week I received my prize – Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff – from Sarah from WhatSarahRead, and I am super excited about it. So much so that I want to dig right into it. But I won’t – I want to wait until the Halloween time to read this book.

In preparation of this year’s YALLFest, I bought myself paperback copies of TTFN and L8R, G8R both by Lauren Myracle. Now I know what you’re thinking, why would you buy book two and three, but not the first book? Because I already own (and read!) TTYL. Since Lauren Myracle signed TTYL for me at a signing I went to a few months back, I figured YALLFest would be the perfect chance to get the rest of the books in the series signed. (P.S. I have an arc of YOLO I will also be taking with me.)

Lastly, yesterday was a surprise mail day for me. From the lovely folks over at Bloomsbury I received a copy of Soulprint by Megan Miranda. Again, another book I’m super excited about. I read Fracture and Vengeance and really enjoyed everything about them.

Like I said, not too many books, but still books I’m excited about.

What books did you recently get, dear readers? Please share!

I Bet Rory Gilmore Read Banned Books!

Hello Readers!

It’s banned books week. And to celebrate you can find out what Banned Book you are! (Yes, I took the quiz myself and my banned book is The Hunger Games.)

I have a terrible habit of starting a series and never finishing it. Or if I do continue on it with, I end up forgetting the previous book(s) that I’ve read. Normally I simply ask Miss Print for some help remembering, and she faithfully points me to The Recaptains! Thanks Emma!!!

Speaking of Miss Print and Banned Books Week, head over to her blog and check out her awesome book display!

There’s a lot of buzz on the inter-webs about The Gilmore Girls becoming available on Netflix. While I find this both awesome and useless to me (I have each and every season on DVD – but wait, doesn’t every GG fan), a friend posted this on Facebook and I just had to share. We GG fans will understand this fully!

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle is one of the most beautiful picture books I’ve ever read. Besides that, it certainly is one of my favorite picture books of all time. Well, it’s time for Flora and the Penguin!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on My Fall To Be Read List

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(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish. The above photo was taken and altered by me for the purpose of these posts. Please do not take or “borrow” without asking. Thanks!)

Hello Readers!

Welcome to today’s Top Ten Tuesday (TTT) post! Now that the cooler weather is setting in, it’s time to bust out the hooded sweatshirts and the fall to be read list! In all honesty, my to be read list is way more than just ten books. But there is really only one book I’m determined to get to!

And that book is:

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Monday Memories (#3)

Monday Memories is a super easy and super fun meme hosted by The BookBandit Blog and Miss Print. Participants are asked to post a picture of a book that holds a special place in their hearts, and talk briefly about why this book is so special. If you want to join in on the fun, link up and be sure to link back!

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Hello Readers!

And Happy Monday! I’m really excited about today’s Monday Memory. Why? Because it involves one of my favorite books and one of my favorite people.

A few years back, fellow blogger, Monday Memory creator/co-host, and in real life bff Emma told me about this book called Dreamland Social Club. She told me it was about Coney Island, that there was a girl dressed up as a mermaid on the cover, and that the author was going to be doing a signing at Books of Wonder.

Knowing me she didn’t have to ask if I was interested – in the event or the book. I was!

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Yes, I bought this book, went to the event, and had it signed all on a whim. And what a whim it was. A few weeks after the event I went on to read Tara Altebrando’s Dreamland Social Club – and fell in love with it. Yes, I fell in love with a book.

Dreamland Social Club seriously was – no is – the perfect book for me. It’s filled with memorable characters that I still think about and still feel a connection with. It’s set in a place – Coney Island – in which I am fascinated with. And the writing … oh the writing is perfect.

All of those reasons mentioned above are reason enough for me to love this book and for it to hold a special place in my heart, but there is another, more important reason why Dreamland Social Club holds such a special place in my book loving heart: it introduced me to one of my fave authors.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book By, But I Need to Read More

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I’m one of those readers who tends to read within her comfort zone. With that, if I find an author I really like I want to gobble up all the books. But these authors on this list are authors that I really like, but just haven’t gotten around to reading more by them.

Rebecca Serle – I kind of started backwards. I read Famous In Love, Serle’s upcoming book. I skipped book one and two (not purposely, mind you) but I have plans to read both … soon.

Aprilynne Pike – I’ve only read Life After Theft. And yet again, I read it on a whim not really expecting too much from it. Surprisingly, it became one of my fave reads. And since then I’m curious to see what else this author has in store for us readers.

Gina Damico –  I bought Damico’s Croak because I was curious about it. And because author Damico was at one of the mega signings that Miss Print and I go to every year. I bought the book, had it signed, and it sat on my shelf for quite some time.  Quite honestly, I kinda forgot I even had it. But when I re-discovered it, I read it, and like it. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the books that follow Croak.

Stephen Emond – Winter Town was one of the those quiet books that made a lasting impression on me. The words and the images were captivating. I want to read more of Emond’s books. No wait, need to.

Cath Crowley – Graffiti Moon was recommended to me by fellow blogger and in real life bff Miss Print. She told me I’d love it. And I did. Since reading it I’m curious about Crowley’s other work, and curious to see if I will love it just as much as Graffiti Moon.

Nina LaCour – The Disenchantments, to this very day, is still one of my most favorite books. But LaCour has two other books and I haven’t read them. I don’t know what is wrong with that picture!

Deb Caletti – The Fortunes of Indigo Skye was one of the first books I read when I had received my very first kindle a few years back.  One of the only reasons I purchased this Kindle book was because it was on sale. Not really sure what it was about, I read it, and really enjoyed it. It was a fun, smart read.  Since then I’ve been meaning to get around to more of Caletti’s books.

Nancy Werlin –  The only book I’ve read by this author is Impossible. When I read it I found it to be a slow moving book with a very intriguing plot line. By the end it turned out to be a book I thoroughly enjoyed. I don’t know much about this author, nor about her other books but I’m curious about them. I’m not sure I’ll ever get around to them, but I really hope to.

Judy Blundell – What I Saw And How I Lied was one of the most beautiful books I’ve read. I’m sure all of her books are just as beautiful, I just have to find the time to find out.

Rick Yancey – I read the Monstrumologist when I was in grad school. I read it specifically for class. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t want to read it. At this point in time it had been on my radar, and I really wanted to read it. But with other reading commitments, I couldn’t get around to it. Until I had to. I love it, it had Nicole written all over it. But unfortunately, I’ve only read this one. And since reading it I’ve wanted to read more of Yancey’s work.