To sequel or not to sequel? – Top Ten Tuesday

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 sequels. I decided to split the list up into sequels I would want and sequels that weren’t needed… in my opinion of course.

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The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath– Although I know this couldn’t happen, I’d be intrigued to know what happened next to Esther.

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher In The RyeJ.D. Salinger– I’m interested to see how Holden grew up.

Lord of the Flies

Lord Of The FliesWilliam Golding– Whilst I’d be nervous to read a sequel to one of my favourite books, I would definitely want to see what happened next.

I'll Meet You There

I’ll Meet You ThereHeather Demetrios– This was one of my favourite books, I’d be interested to follow Skylar again.

The Crimson Petal and the White

Crimson Petal and The WhiteMichel Faber– What happened to Sugar?

To not sequel

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Me Before YouJojo Moyes- I know this might be an unpopular opinion, but I was NOT a fan of the next two books. They were okay, but in my opinion unnecessary.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and The Chocolate FactoryRoald Dahl– This might be sacrilege to criticise the awesome Roald Dahl, but I didn’t think Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator was needed! It didn’t match to the first for me.

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

Rebel BelleRachel Hawkins– I didn’t enjoy the start of Miss Mayhem at all.

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

The SelectionKiera Cass– Whilst I didn’t mind the sequels (although I didn’t love them and have only read until the third) I personally think that The Selection would have been better as a standalone book.

Matched (Matched, #1)

MatchedAlly Condie– This is another series that has been done so much. I think it would have been more powerful by itself.

What are your books that you’d love to have a sequel for? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Ten Series That I’ve Given Up On

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 series that we’ve given up on. It feels quite negative to do a list like this. I always feel sorry for the author’s that have put effort into these stories. However, not every book will work for every reader. I’m happy to show these books in case others are interested in them!

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Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

Oh boy. I feel like my list could offend some people this week. I just didn’t enjoy this book. I found it to be a little too cringe-y for my liking.

Matched (Matched, #1)

I enjoyed the first book but then I began to read more widely and realised it was quite same-y. I tried to start the second book but it didn’t engage me enough and I stopped reading.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Again, the first book was alright, I just don’t feel like committing myself to this series.

The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1)

I liked this series despite it being a bit ridiculous. After book 6 though I was done with the series and the character.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

Sorry fans of Cassandra Clare! Her writing just doesn’t work for me.

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

I really wanted to love this book but it just didn’t work for me!

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Read to Book 3. I have no interest in continuing the series!

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

Here’s another one that I wanted to love. Unfortunately it just wasn’t my sort of thing. I tried the second book, but gave up!

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

I didn’t think that when I started this series that I’d ever put this series on a list like today’s. However, after book 4, I had just lost interest in the series. They got a little too long for my liking and the plot wasn’t what I wanted it to be.

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

I enjoyed the first book, but then heard really mixed reviews for the next book. It definitely made me lose interest.

So there we have it. Series I don’t intend to finish. Please don’t feel sad if your favourite book is here! I can honestly say I gave them all a go but they didn’t work for me! I’m glad that they did for you!

Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

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 books that we no longer want to read. I feel kind of bad making this list. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the author or their efforts in writing the book. It’s just not for me anymore.

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

Initially I was really excited about this book, but I’ve heard such mixed things and think I need a break from the genre.

The Heir (The Selection, #4)

After reading The One, I totally didn’t feel the need to continue.

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

I tried to start this series, but I totally lost interest.

Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)

I’m working on watching the TV show at the moment (late I know!) and I’ve always had the book series on my radar. I’m not sure I want to commit to it.

Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)

I’ve heard mixed things about this series!

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)

I enjoyed the Divergent trilogy, but I’m not that sure I want to read this one!

This Shattered World (Starbound, #2)

I really loved the first book in the duology but I think I’ve left it too long before reading this one, meaning I’m not really that bothered about it.

Jackaby (Jackaby, #1)

I initially really wanted to read this, but reviews have put me off it slightly.

The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die, #2)

I didn’t love the first book, so I’m not compelled to read the next one!

Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle, #2)

I’m not intending to carry on as I didn’t love Rebel Belle as much as I wanted to!

Do you think I should give any of these books a go? Convince me!

Let me know about the books you’ve decided not to read!

Summer Bookish Bingo Wrap Up/Sign up for Holiday Bingo!

This summer I took part in Summer Bookish Bingo hosted by Great Imaginations. I’m thrilled that I completed the card! It really gave me chance to knock off some books from my TBR list, so I’ll definitely be joining in again!

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why- Jay Asher
  2. The Girl Who Walked On Air– Emma Carroll
  3. Two Boys Kissing– David Levithan
  4. The Summer I Turned Pretty– Jenny Han
  5. Rebel Belle- Rachel Hawkins
  6. More Than This– Patrick Ness
  7. Don”t You Forget About Me– Kate Karyus Quinn
  8. Siege and Storm– Leigh Bardugo
  9. Kira-Kira– Cynthia Kadohata
  10. Rooftoppers- Katherine Rundell
  11. Ruin and Rising– Leigh Bardugo
  12. Rump– Liesel Shurtliff
  13. Fire and Rain– Diane Chamberlain
  14. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August– Claire North
  15. Salvage- Keren David
  16. On The Fence– Kasie West
  17. She Is Not Invisible– Marcus Sedgwick
  18. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making– Catherynne M. Valente
  19. Ten– Gretchen McNeil
  20. The Snow Queen– Alana Albertson
  21. Open Road Summer– Emery Lord
  22. Unhooking The Moon– Gregory Hughes
  23. Belle Epoque– Elizabeth Ross
  24. Wake– Amanda Hocking

Here is the card for the Holiday bingo! Will you play along?

Click on the bingo card to get to Great Imaginations!

Click on the bingo card to get to Great Imaginations!

Comparing ‘Rebel Belle’ by Rachel Hawkins

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Synopsis:

Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.

Click on the image to get to Luna's blog!

Click on the image to get to Luna’s blog!

Thoughts before you started reading Rebel Belle?

CHRISSI: I loved the cover. It completely drew me in.

LUNA: I’d previously read School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins and really enjoyed it. When I heard of Rebel Belle I knew I wanted to read it.

What did you think of Harper Price?
CHRISSI: At first I wondered whether I’d like her, because she so bossy and a really intense over achiever, but I quickly found her a kick ass character. I accepted Harper for being Harper!
LUNA: Despite the fact that she probably would have been the girl I avoided in school, I liked Harper from the first chapter. I think it’s the fact that she’s honest. She’s also gets on with things, no endless whining about how unfair life it.
Best bit?
CHRISSI: I really loved the first few chapters. I didn’t know anything about Rebel Belle before starting it, so I didn’t know where the story was going to go. I felt immediately gripped and wanted to know what was going on with Harper!
LUNA:  I’ve got to hand it to Rachel Hawkins, she’s completely hooks you on the story. I enjoyed the entire book, Harper’s narration didn’t drag, and the characters were just there. Didn’t have to work at picturing the world Harper lived in, just saw it. It’s a really fun and engaging read.
Worst bit?
CHRISSI: I wasn’t the biggest fan of the romances in this book. I just think it was very dragged out.
LUNA: There wasn’t really anything that stood out. I guess the ending felt a little rushed and I’m sad I have to wait until April 2015 to find out what happens next.
Favourite character/moment
CHRISSI: I have two favourite characters. Harper and Daniel. I really liked Harper as a narrator and as annoying as she could come across as, she still kicked ass!
LUNA:  Both Harper and Daniel are really likeable, so I’d probably pick them as my favourites. I also liked Harper’s best friend Bee a lot. My favourite moments were Harper’s showdown in the girl’s bathroom at the very beginning and then the car chase.
Was Rebel Belle what you expected?
CHRISSI: I went into reading it not knowing about it. I was pleasantly surprised!
LUNA: Yes, it was funny, exciting and I loved that the girl was the protector and Daniel the damsel. 😛
Would you recommend it?:
CHRISSI: Yes. It’s a fun, fast-paced read (with a pretty pink cover!)
 LUNA: Absolutely.

WWW Wednesday #78

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m currently half way through It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. It’s a story reflecting on a teenager’s time in a psychiatric hospital. It is based on the author’s experience of being hospitalised with depression. It’s so strange reading this book knowing that the author recently committed suicide.  It’s incredibly sad how depression can make the sufferer suicidal and actually cause death too.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I’m thankful that my last read was quite a lighter summer read. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord had been recommended to me by so many people, and I finally managed to get around to it. My review will be coming up later today.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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My next read is my ‘Compare’ book with Luna from Luna’s Little Library. I have been looking forward to Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins for a while now, so hopefully I’ll finish my current book today so I can get on with this book!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave your links or your answers in the comments section below and I’ll stop by your blog! Happy Reading! 🙂

Stacking The Shelves #71

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

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 image to get to the Goodread’s page!

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Sweet Evil- Wendy Higgins– I have heard SO much about this trilogy, that I think I need to try and get to it as soon as possible. I’m actually thinking of reading a lot of series throughout my six week summer break.

The Anti-PromAbby McDonald– I’m so intrigued to read something by Abby McDonald. I read, and loved, Dangerous Girls when Abby wrote as Abigail Haas, so I’m interested to see what The Anti-Prom is like. I’m expecting something very different.

To All The Boys I Loved Before- Jenny Han– I can’t wait to bump this book. I’ve heard some amazing things.

GlazeKim Curran– I have seen this book around the blogosphere and I’m certainly intrigued by it!

UnspokenSarah Rees Brennan– This is another book that’s been on my radar for quite some time. I adore this cover, so just had to pay a little extra to get the cover I wanted. Oops! 😉

Rebel BelleRachel Hawkins– Oops. Another one I’ve been meaning to read for a while, just accidentally slipped into my basket.

Unhinged- A.G Howard- I actually haven’t heard much about the Splintered sequel, but definitely wanted to continue the series.

NetGalley:

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I’ve read books by Heather Gudenkauf before and this particular book sounds interesting, so I snapped up a copy. It’s about a small mistake that results in a life-changing consequence. Thank you to Harlequin UK.

What have you bought/borrowed/received this week? Please feel free to leave a link to your Stacking The Shelves post and I’ll stop by! 🙂