This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is books I bought/borrowed because of the hype. I thought this week I would showcase all of the library books I have borrowed over the last year because they are so hyped. I have definitely been making a conscious decision to try and borrow the books instead of purchasing them in case I don’t actually end up liking them and wasting my money.
So these are 10 books I have borrowed from my local library because of the hype:
Save the Date by Morgan Matson – this wasn’t exactly the book it was more so because of the author.
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio – not as well known as some other books but enough for me to pick this up!
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – the most hyped book of 2019
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – After the movie came out it seemed like everyone read the books so of course I had to as well
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – I seen a lot of people reading this book at one point so I had to borrow and read it as well.
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – I needed a new fantasy series to get stuck into and this one was very hyped on book tube
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – Another book that at one point it seemed like absolutely everyone read and loved
The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary – this book was promoted everywhere at one stage and I heard a few good reviews so I thought why not
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – when she announced The Starless Sea everyone seemed to lose their minds, I knew this style wouldn’t gel with me but I succumbed and had to give it a read
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – same as previously, portal fantasy isn’t really a sub-genre I enjoy but the hype got to me
This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is Autumn vibes but since it is Spring over here in Australia, I thought I would list 5 books that give me spring vibes that I haven’t gotten around to picking up yet. I like listing all of the books that I am interested in but haven’t read because I feel it will make me prioritise them!
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon
I decided to do a little spin on this week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt and instead of characters traits I like I thought I would go with character traits I dislike!! There is usually a commonality between all of the characters I tend to dislike in books and when I really sat down and thought about it this was the list that I came up with!
There is just something about naïve main protagonists that just gets on my nerves.
Example: Charlie from Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Those characters that are just all me, me, me!
Example: Billy from Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Characters that have no backbone and just let everyone walk all over them.
Example: Elle from Geekarella by Ashley Poston
I really don’t like characters that judge other character without knowing/talking to them!
Example: Zuri from Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Characters who think they are better than other people!
Example: Jude from The Wicked King by Holly Black
I had another great reading month in May! Finished nearly everything on my May TBR and then managed to complete a few extra books on the side that I have been wanting to get to for a while now. I think this was my most successful reading month of the year so far and I had a great time reading through these books!
Pride by Ibi Zoboi – ⭐️3.5/5 stars
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio – ⭐️4/5 stars
Never World Wake by Marisha Pessl – ⭐️4/5 stars
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne – ⭐️4/5 stars
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning – ⭐️3.5/5 stars
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – ⭐️5/5 stars
Save the Date by Morgan Matson – ⭐️3/5 stars
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – ⭐️5/5 stars
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – ⭐️5/5 stars
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – ⭐️3/5 stars
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars
What if it’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera – ⭐️4/5 stars
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima – ⭐️5/5 stars
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart – ⭐️4/5 stars
This was good!
This book follows the story of Charlie Grant a 17 year old girl in the middle of a transitional period of her life. Her 4 siblings have all grown up and moved away and she is about to graduate and go off to college, she doesn’t know which one yet. For the first time in what feels like forever all of family are back in their home for their sister Linnie’s wedding.
This was a cute, fun very quick easy read for me and it was very engaging. I like the fact that the storyline happens over the course of just three days. It goes into the minute details of everyday life that sometimes gets overlooked in regular novels, but I actually really enjoyed it!
The book started off pretty simple in concept but as the plot progressed it started to get more convoluted and complicated. There was a lot happening behind the scenes in this family that from just face value you would never know.
I thought Charlie was very naïve and kind of refused to see the bad side of any of her family. I like that we see her kind of grow and come to accept that change is definitely going to be inevitable and she realized that maybe her family aren’t all that they are perceived from Grant Central Station. I’m definitely glad that Charlie could see how badly her family treated Brooke as well. She mentions it various times throughout the story that it was fine that they were leaving her out and not including her or disregarding her feelings. I also thought she was a little too judgmental about the whole situation with Mark. She really didn’t take his feelings into consideration at all and I thought she was pretty dismissive overall about him which when we found out about the actual situation I thought his actions were quite justified, just maybe not to the extent that he took it.
I definitely enjoyed my reading experience and as the book progressed it delved a lot deeper into a lot of familial drama but overall it was a little too predictable and didn’t really blow me away at the end of the book.
⭐️3/5 Entertaining, family drama!