Ten Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favourite/Disliked Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about those characters that we liked, but were in books that we didn’t like so much…Some of these books were 3 stars for me, but they just aren’t favourite reads!

Jessica Stanley- TwilightStephenie Meyer– I really didn’t mind Jessica. I liked her gossipy nature and that she had a crush.

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

Alex- Those Girls- Lauren Saft- I wasn’t a fan of this book at all, but Alex was the most likeable character in it for me.

Those Girls

Heart- Ask Again Later- Liz Czukas- It wasn’t a book for me, but Heart was a sweet character.

Ask Again Later

Hannah- Paper Valentine- Brenna Yovanoff- I was intrigued by Hannah throughout this story. I felt like there was too much going on.

Paper Valentine

Anna- Girl Of Nightmares- Kendare Blake– I wasn’t the biggest fan of the sequel to Anna Dressed In Blood, but I was still intrigued by Anna’s character.

Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)

Willowdean- Dumplin’- Julie Murphy- I did really enjoy the character of Willowdean. She was so unapologetically herself.

Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)

Gwenni- The Earth Hums In B Flat- Mari Strachan- This book was a 3 star read for me, so it wasn’t a bad book, just not my favourite. Gwenni really did steal my heart though!

The Earth Hums in B Flat

Lil- Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story- Carolyn Turgeon- I found Lil to be a fascinating character! The book just became a bit weird.

Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story

Ella- The Night We Said Yes- Lauren Gibaldi- I liked Ella and Matt despite them being flawed characters.

The Night We Said Yes (The Night We Said Yes, #1)

Monroe and Nathan- Boys Like You- Juliana Stone- Two very cute characters!

Boys Like You

Have you liked any of these characters too? Feel free to leave a link to your post, so I can have a look at your list!

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Ten Books That Surprised Me

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is all about the books that surprised us, be it in a good or bad way!

The Good

The Host- Marissa Meyer

The Host (The Host, #1)

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Twilight so I didn’t expect to like The Host as much as I did.

The Giver- Lois Lowry

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

I didn’t expect this book to be a 5 star! It totally was.

The Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

I thought this book wouldn’t be for me, but I was captivated.

Lord Of The Flies- William Golding

Lord of the Flies

I didn’t like most of the books that I had to read at school so I didn’t expect to like this one.

As I Descended- Robin Talley

As I Descended

I was NOT a fan of What We Left Behind so again, wasn’t expecting to like this one as much as I did.

The Not So Good

The Fault In Our Stars- John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

I always feel bad for not liking John Green, but I just didn’t ‘get’ this book. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, I did. I just wasn’t blown away.

Girl In Pieces- Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces

This book was very slow in places.

The Girls- Emma Cline

The Girls

A bit strange! I don’t usually mind strange.

Dumplin’- Julie Murphy

Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)

I wanted to like it more than I did.

Follow Me Back- Nicci Cloke

Follow Me Back

Great premise, but it didn’t work for me.

How about you? Let me know which books have surprised you! Feel free to leave a link to your list and I’ll stop by!

Dumplin’

Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Side Effects May Vary

Synopsis:

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

Thoughts:

I do like contemporary reads, but for some reason Dumplin’ didn’t really make much of a mark with me. It was an okay read, but I finished reading it feeling a little underwhelmed. I didn’t connect to the main character of Willowdean as much as I would have liked to. Dumplin’ did carry an important message with it, so I wouldn’t outrightly dismiss it, if you are interested in reading it. It certainly does have its good points which I’ll come to discuss.

It centres around Willowdean and her quest to build her confidence by entering a beauty pagent that her mother runs.

I loved how our main character Willowdean,  ‘Dumplin’ was unapologetically fat. She didn’t take it as an insult, she just completely embraced it. She was well aware that people were judging her- but she really didn’t care. She was going to live her life just as she wanted to despite other people’s perceptions of her. I really enjoyed that message of the book. I love female characters that aren’t ashamed to be who they want to be. It’s a very positive book around body image and I definitely think that we need more of those. I also really enjoyed how Willowdean wasn’t perfect herself. She judged others even though she did get annoyed with herself when she did so.

There were some interesting relationships in this book and I enjoyed exploring them. I wasn’t really convinced of the relationship between Willowdean and Bo. It felt a little contrived for me. The pace of this story is a little slow for me. It didn’t have me racing through the book or turning the pages eagerly. I very much enjoyed the message of the book and I’m glad it exists, but I don’t think it’s one that will stay with me for a long time.

Would I recommend it?:
It’s not for me!- 2.5 stars- This book was okay, but it’s not something that I would highly recommend.

A very body-positive book!

This Week In Books #47

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

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P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2) Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1) Disclaimer

NOW P.S. I Still Love YouJenny Han– I’m about a quarter of the way through this book (I finally got there!) I’m enjoying it more than I had anticipated.

THENDumplin’Julie Murphy– I was a little disappointed by this book. I had heard mixed things, so I’m not surprised that I was disappointed. I’ll try to get a review up within the next week or so.

NEXTDisclaimerRenee Knight– I have heard great things about this book, so I’m intrigued!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know or leave a link to a post that you do! Happy Reading 🙂

This Week In Books #46

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Click on the book title to get to Goodreads!

Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1) How Hard Can Love Be? (The Spinster Club, #2) P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)

NOWDumplin’Julie Murphy– I’m about a third of the way through this book which has a self proclaimed fat girl at the centre of the story. I’m enjoying it so far. It’s not blowing me away, but it’s a decent read.

THENHow Hard Can Love Be?- Holly Bourne– I love this series which make look light and fluffy, but does deal with some serious issues. I love the talk of feminism and the consistent theme of friendships.

NEXTP.S. I Still Love YouJenny Han– I was supposed to read this book several weeks back, but other books got in my way! The life of a bookworm…

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post or any similar posts!

Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR.

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Dumplin’- Julie Murphy

Dumplin'

I have heard so many good things about this book! 🙂 I immediately added it to my TBR when I heard about it.

Finnikin of The Rock- Melina Marchetta

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)

I’m definitely more into fantasy now, so I’m intrigued by this book. Especially because some of my favourite bloggers really enjoy it!

This Is Not A Test- Courtney Summers

This is Not a Test (This is Not a Test #1)

I can’t believe that I haven’t read anything from this author yet! I’ve heard good things about this one, so I’m going to hopefully give it a go soon!

More Happy Than Not- Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not

This is a 2015 debut that I had in my head to read, but I’ve only recently added it to my TBR!

This Shattered World- Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

This Shattered World (Starbound, #2)

For some reason this book completely dropped out of my memory! It wasn’t until I saw the cover for the trilogy that I remembered that I hadn’t read this one! Oops.

Sweet Peril- Wendy Higgins

Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy, #2)

Another middle book that I forgot to pick up… I’m determined to catch up on some series this year!

Exquisite Captive- Heather Demetrios

Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle, #1)

I love Heather Demetrios’ writing, so want to check out this book ASAP.

Grave Mercy- Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

This is another book I’ve been mentally meaning to add to my TBR but never did. I think you can tell I’ve looked at series I want to complete or start this year…

The Archived- Victoria Schwab

The Archived (The Archived, #1)

Another series I aim to start this year… 🙂

The Girl of Fire and Thorns- Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

I really want to read this book, especially after reading such good things about it!

Which books have you recently added to your TBR? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!

Ten Characters I Didn’t Click With

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Ten Characters I Didn’t Click With. The characters I have mentioned have been in books I’ve enjoyed, I’ve just not clicked with the characters as much as I wanted to!

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Bella Swan- Twilight

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

I feel like this is going to be a popular choice this week. It may be a predictable choice, but I just can’t help it. Bella Swan is just such an annoying character!

Holden Caulfield- The Catcher In The Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

I do love The Catcher In The Rye but I think Holden Caulfield is a character you either like or dislike and for me… it’s definitely on the dislike side! I found the insights interesting, but he just wound me up!

Alex, Mollie, Veronica- Those Girls

Those Girls

This book is an exception to the whole liking the book but not the characters statement I made earlier. I thought the writing was engaging in this book, but I just could NOT connect with the characters. I disliked them so much and wished they would have had some character development.

Bev- The Disenchantments

The Disenchantments

I liked The Disenchantments but I could not connect with Colby’s love interest Bev. I really didn’t see what he saw in her. She had no redeeming qualities in my eyes!

Ashleigh- Thousand Words

Thousand Words

I adore Jennifer Brown’s writing. I enjoyed this book and although I liked the main character, Ashleigh, I didn’t click with her as much as I wanted to!

Gigi- Smart Girls Get What They Want

Smart Girls Get What They Want

This book was a good light read but I found Gigi, the main character to be totally unlikeable!

Bishop- Hexed

Hexed (The Witch Hunter, #1)

Bishop, the love interest in this book, completely annoyed me. I think I was supposed to find him sexy and mysterious but he just made me cringe!

Sam- Flesh and Blood

Flesh and Blood (Red Eye)

Flesh and Blood was a decent read, but I thought Sam, the main character, came across as a little immature!

Ryan- Tape

Tape

Tape was an interesting book. It was quite slow paced and I felt like I didn’t gel with the main character, Ryan.

Alice- Side Effects May Vary

Side Effects May VaryThis book really divided me. I thought it was good, but at the same time I really didn’t like the main character, Alice. She has so much going on and it’s terrible that she’s suffering with cancer, but unfortunately because of her behaviour I found myself disconnecting with her and disliking her!

What characters have you not clicked with? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!