Books I Loved Before I started my Blog

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is books that you have never mentioned on your blog. I’m pretty sure I have mentioned all of these books at some time or another over the last 4 years I’ve been blogging but not in recent memory from what I can recall so I figured I would give them another time to shine!

Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Warcross by Marie Lu

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Favourite Duologies

In the past I’ve done my favourite fantasy series and standalones but I don’t think I’ve done my favourite duologies! I think duologies are vey underappreciated and I personally love them, so these are my current favourites!

Dance of Thieves duology by Mary E. Pearson

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Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

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Warcross duology by Marie Lu

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This Savage Song duology by V.E. Schwab

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Flame in the Mist duology by Renee Ahdieh

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The Crown’s Game duology by Evelyn Skye

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The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh

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The Devouring Gray duology by Christine Lynn Herman

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Strange the Dreamer duology by Laini Taylor

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Fable duology by Adrienne Young

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Goodreads Was Wrong Book Tag

I seen this tag on Way Too Fantasy and I just had to give it a go!!

1. What is the highest rated book that you gave a low rating? (Sort your books in Goodreads based on Average Ratings and find the highest rated book you gave a low rating).

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi – average rating is 4.38 I gave it ⭐️3 stars

2. What is the lowest rated book that you gave a high rating? (Sort your books in Goodreads based on Avg Ratings, in reverse order, and find the lowest rated book you gave a high rating).

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart – average rating is 3.30 I have it ⭐️4 stars

3. What is the most popular book you disagree with the avg rating? (Sort your books in Goodreads based on number of Ratings, and find the first book you disagree with the avg rating)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – a little overhyped I gave it ⭐️3 stars it has an average of 4.12

4. What is the least popular book you disagree with the avg rating? (Sort your books in Goodreads based on number of Ratings, in reverse order, and find the first book you disagree with the avg rating)

Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi – I didn’t really like this book I gave it ⭐️2 stars and the average rating is 3.44

5. Choose two books that have an average rating of 3/5 stars but you gave a higher rating.

Well Played by Jen Deluca – average rating of 3.53 I gave it ⭐️4 stars

Wilder Girls by Rory Power – average rating of 3.54 I gave it ⭐️4 stars

6. Choose two books that have an average rating of 3/5 stars but you gave a lower rating.

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan – average rating of 3.35 I gave it ⭐️2 stars

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu – average rating of 3.72 I gave it ⭐️2 stars

7. Choose two books that have an average rating of 4/5 stars but you gave a lower rating.

Sightwitch by Susan Dennard – average rating of 4.01 I gave it ⭐️3 stars

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – average rating of 4.03 I gave it ⭐️3 stars

8. Choose two books that have an average rating of 2/5 stars but you gave a higher rating.

I haven’t read any books since I’ve been on Goodreads that are below a 3.12 average

9. Do you tend to agree or disagree with GR average rating and do you use GR as a guide for books you want to read?

I would say overall absolutely.. the majority of my rating coincide with the average! I will typically look to see what the average rating is before I start a book, but it doesn’t sway my opinions at all.

November Wrap Up

This month I fell into a little bit of a reading slump. I don’t know I just wasn’t all that interested in picking up any books and wasn’t feeling inspired to read. I am definitely happy with what I was able to get to and I have high hopes still for December!

The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis⭐️3/5 stars

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace⭐️4/5 stars

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust⭐️3/5 stars

The Toll by Neal Shusterman ⭐️4/5 stars

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu⭐️2/5 stars

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir – ⭐️4/5 stars

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The Kingdom of Back Review

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish—to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. 

I can appreciate the journey of self-acceptance that Nannerl goes on throughout the course of the book, but I wasn’t all that attached to her. She seemed petty and jealous of her brother and his talents even though he is so dedicated to her and appreciates her talents above all else. It would be difficult as a young woman growing up in this time and how frustratingly sexist the people are and it is really displayed in the plot.

Wolfer again I wasn’t very attached to. Sure he profited off Nannerl’s composition when their father stole her work and passed it off as his but he always praised Nannerl and was just trying to emulate her. Their whole familial relationship was centred around their musical talents and putting so much pressure on children so provide for the family is a little problematic in my eyes.

The secondary plotline surrounding the Kingdom was what really kept me reading on. I wanted to find out what the three tasks where that Nannerl needed to complete to get her wish and how that shifted over the years she and Wolfer visited the Kingdom. Hyancinth was definitely an interesting character but in the end it was just a tad too predictable for me.

The prose was well done and the pacing was pretty consistent. I went into this book with pretty low expectations as I have found I am not the greatest fan of historical fiction, even if it has a fantastical twist and this stayed true. Unfortunately, I didn’t really enjoy this book at all, there was nothing inherently wrong with it and I don’t have any untoward feelings towards the tale I was just bored most of the time.

⭐️2/5 I can see why so many people love this book, just not for me…