Ten Bookish Worlds That I’d Never Want To Live In

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 Top Ten list is all about bookish worlds that we’d really hate to live in! This is a fun one!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

The Program (The Program, #1)

The Program Suzanne Young– Suicide being an epidemic is not a nice world at all.

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

The Selection seriesKiera Cass- I just hate every single thing about this world!

Matched (Matched, #1)

Matched- Ally Condie– This one is just a no no for me. I hate the idea of being matched with someone else and having to live with them forever! What if you hate each other?! I couldn’t cope.

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)

The Chemical Gardens trilogyLauren DeStefano– This again is a very scary world. People not living past their twenties? People can’t live to see the children they have to pop out for Science!

Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink, #1)

Not A Drop To DrinkMindy McGinnis– This terrifies me. A world where there’s no water? Wah.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

PanemThe Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins– No. Just no. The amount of fighting? Worst nightmare.

Unwind (Unwind, #1)

UnwindNeal Shusterman– The idea of harvesting body organs and decisions about that being made my parents… I would NOT want to experience that, thank you very much!

Delirium (Delirium, #1)

DeliriumLauren Oliver– The idea of being inoculated against love really makes me sad.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Divergent Veronica Roth– I don’t like the idea of this world either. It scares me!

1984

1984George Orwell– I haven’t read this book (I know, I know. I’m reading it this year!) but I definitely don’t like the sound of it.

Which worlds would you really not like to live in? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Challenger Deep

Challenger Deep

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Unwind

Synopsis:

Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.

Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.

Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence, to document the journey with images.

Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.

Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.

Caden Bosch is torn.

A captivating and powerful novel that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by one of today’s most admired writers for teens.

Thoughts:

I am always nervous about going into books where I hear so many positive things about it. To me, there seemed to be a lot of hype around this book. I heard that it was an intense read about mental illness. I also heard that the author drew on personal experience drawing on his son’s experience of mental illness. Immediately that gained my respect. All too often, mental health isn’t represented brilliantly in stories, but I do believe that this is getting better- which is really positive! Challenger Deep is a powerful story which deserves to be read. I didn’t blow me away as much as I wanted to, but it really does have some beautiful moments within its pages!

Challenger Deep centres around a boy called Caden who is struggling with his mental health. The story splits into two parts- one where we see Caden on a ship and the other part of the story was Caden at home with his parents and sister. We see Caden’s mental health really decline until he is admitted to a mental health facility. I have to admit, that I preferred to read about Caden’s story at home and at the mental health facility. The parts on the ship were a little confusing to begin with until I recognised the importance of reading about Caden’s imagination. It really was significant to his state of mind, so don’t let it put you off!

I really appreciated how Challenger Deep showed that there really isn’t a definitive cure to mental health. Of course, you can get better, recover and have brighter moments, but it is not something that can be easily fixed. It is a battle and Challenger Deep recognises and values that.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A very deep, sensitive look into mental illness.

Top Ten 2015 Releases That I Meant To Get To But Didn’t!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week the list is about ten 2015 releases that we meant to get around to but never did!

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Underneath Everything- Marcy Beller Paul

Underneath Everything

This book came out late October, but I hadn’t managed to get around to reading it yet. I’ve heard good things though, so hopefully I can get around to it soon! We’ll see! 🙂

The Anatomical Shape Of A Heart- Jenn Bennett

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

This was another late in the year release, I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet as this book feels like it’s been on my radar for months on end!

First and Then- Emma Mills

First & Then

The simple but beautiful cover appealed to me in this book.

The Summer Of Chasing Mermaids- Sarah Ockler

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

I really enjoy Sarah Ockler’s writing! I’m surprised I didn’t get around to it in the summer!

Emmy & Oliver- Robin Benway

Emmy & Oliver

I have heard so many wonderful things about this book. I really want to read it ASAP!

The Lies About Truth- Courtney C.Stevens

The Lies About Truth

I adored Courtney’s debut Faking Normal. I’m looking forward to reading this book!

The Rest of Us Just Live Here- Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

I have no idea why I haven’t read this yet, as I LOVE Patrick Ness, but hopefully I’ll be able to read it as soon as I can in 2016!

The Accident Season-Moira Fowley-Doyle

The Accident Season

I am SO intrigued by this book. I really want to read it! I don’t know why I haven’t yet…

Challenger Deep-Neal Shusterman

Challenger Deep

I am so intrigued to read this book after reading so many terrific reviews. Hopefully soon!

99 Days- Katie Cotugno

99 Days

This looks like a cute contemporary. I have heard very mixed things about this book, so I’m immediately intrigued!

What 2015 books did you mean to get to? Feel free to leave a link to your posts below and I’ll stop by!

15 for 2015: How did I do?

In 2015, I highlighted 15 series that were on my radar- either to finish or to start! Here is how I did with this challenge…

Series I finished…

-Splintered-

Splintered (Splintered, #1)Unhinged (Splintered, #2)Ensnared (Splintered, #3)

I read Unhinged and Ensnared.

-Legend-

Legend (Legend, #1)Prodigy (Legend, #2)Champion (Legend, #3)

I read Champion.

-Burn For Burn-

Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1)Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn, #2)Ashes to Ashes (Burn for Burn, #3)

I read Ashes to Ashes!

-The Summer I Turned Pretty-

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)

I read We’ll Always Have Summer (review to follow).

Series I’m nearly finished

-Something Strange and Deadly-

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly, #2)Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly, #3)

I read A Darkness Strange and Lovely. Strange and Ever After is coming soon.

Series I didn’t finish and have no intentions of finishing…

-Birthmarked-

Birthmarked (Birthmarked #1)Prized (Birthmarked, #2)Promised

I didn’t enjoy Prized, so didn’t and won’t continue the series…

 -Unwind Dystology-

Unwind (Unwind, #1)Unwholly (Unwind, #2)UnSouled (Unwind, #3)

This one surprised me. I didn’t really enjoy Unwholly, so don’t want to read the rest. A shame!

-The Darkest Minds-

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

I didn’t enjoy this book, so won’t be continuing!

-Across The Universe-

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

Unfortunately I didn’t connect with this book!

 Series I started-

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)The Giver (The Giver, #1)Awaken (Awaken, #1)Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1)Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

Unspoken– I’m almost finished this trilogy! (Unspoken, Untold)

Shiver– I started this trilogy, not my favourite trilogy, but decent enough! (Shiver)

The Giver– I’m almost finished this quartet. One book to go! (The Giver, Gathering Blue, The Messenger (review to follow))

Awaken– I started this series, I remember enjoying it at the time, but it’s story isn’t sticking with me. (Awaken)

Ten Tiny Breaths– The ending really annoyed me, but I’m intrigued enough to continue! (Ten Tiny Breaths)

Anna Dressed In Blood– I enjoyed the first book! (Anna Dressed In Blood)

In 2016, I shall continue to conquer my series. Look at the page HERE for series I am aiming to finish!

Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession. I thought I’d list the books I’d purchased rather than review copies.

So here goes.. (book images go to Goodreads)

P.S I Still Love You- Jenny Han

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

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book, but I was certainly intrigued enough to pick up a copy of the next instalment!

Challenger Deep- Neal Shusterman

Challenger Deep

I am excited to read this book. I have heard that it is a powerful read dealing with mental illness.

Star Cursed- Jessica Spotswood

Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2)

This is the second book in the Cahill Witch Chronicles series. I’ve already read it and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Linger- Maggie Stiefvater

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)

I had really mixed feelings about Shiver, the first book in the series. I’m looking forward to reading this book, so I can sort out whether I like this series or not! (…as ridiculous as that sounds!)

For Holly- Tanya Byrne

For Holly

I adore Tanya Byrne’s writing. Hopefully I can pick up this book very soon!

Remix- Non Pratt

Remix

I will be reading this book later this month as part of my ‘Comparing’ feature with Luna’s Little Library. Look out for our review later this month!

Dream A Little Dream- Giovanna Fletcher

Dream a Little Dream

I have already read and reviewed this book, which is a perfect summer read. Well worth exploring!

The Sun In Her Eyes- Paige Toon

The Sun in Her Eyes

Regular readers of my blog won’t be surprised to see Paige Toon’s latest adult book in this list. I love Paige Toon’s writing, and hope to get to read this book soon!

What My Mother Doesn’t Know- Sonya Sones

What My Mother Doesn't Know (What My Mother Doesn't Know #1)

I reviewed this book several months back as part of my banned books feature with my sister, Beth!

Making Pretty- Cory Ann Haydu

Making PrettyThis book is coming up for me soon. I’ve heard some very mixed things about it, so I look forward to seeing what I make of it!

What have you recently added to your book collection? Feel free to leave me a link to your Top Ten posts this week and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #122

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book title to get to the Goodreads page!

This is my naughtiest haul in a while (I’ve been hauling books half the size of this haul), but I didn’t spend as much last week (on a London trip) as I thought I might… so I had some extra funds! 😉

Bought:

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

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book in the series, but I did like it enough to want to know what happened next. I’m hopefully going to read this book soon as part of my month of reading series.

Challenger Deep

Challenger Deep is a book about mental illness. I have heard such wonderful things about this book and I’m hoping that it’s a sensitive look at a very important subject.

Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2)

I really enjoyed the first book in this series which was Born Wicked. I am looking forward to continuing the series!

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)

My review isn’t out yet of Shiver, the first book in this series, but hopefully I’ll get it out soon (it’s written, there are just book reviews before it to be released 😉 ) I wasn’t the biggest fan of the book, but I’m intrigued enough to see what happens next. I don’t know if I’ll finish this series, but I’ll give it a go…

For Holly

I love Tanya Byrne’s writing, so I’m very much looking forward to this book which sounds like it’ll be another mysterious and intriguing read!

Remix

I liked Non Pratt’s debut, so I’m looking forward to this book! It sounds like it’ll be a great summer read.

Feel free to leave a link to your hauls and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading 😀

This Week In Books #9

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!

This month is a series month for me, which means all month I’m working on series that I am halfway through or meaning to start. I really enjoy reading series in alternate months and I’m finding that giving myself this schedule definitely improves my TBR.

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NOW- Unwholly- Neal Shusterman– I am just starting the second book in the Unwind Dystology. I am looking forward to seeing how this world progresses.

THEN- Conspiracy of Blood and SmokeAnne Blankman– This book is the follow up to Prisoner of Night and Fog. I enjoyed this book, but not as much as the debut in the series.

NEXT- Gathering Blue Lois Lowry– Another second book! This is the second book in The Giver Quartet. I think this is more of a companion novel, but I shall see…

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave your answers in the comments below or link me to your Wednesday posts! Happy Reading!