Books I’m Unhauling

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is a spring cleaning freebie and I’m going to be interpreting that quite literally and listing the books I am going to be unhauling from my collection and why!

The books I’m Unhauling are:

The Tales of Beedle the Bard – I have two editions of this book which I don’t need

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – Multiple copies not needed

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – did not care for this at all!

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – multiple copies

The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi – DNF, will never read again, don’t need to own!

Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi – didn’t like this book

Worst Books of 2020

These are the 9 books that I rated 2 stars this year. I didn’t really outwardly hate any these books, I was mostly either ambivalent, bored, underwhelmed or just didn’t really like..

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

The Havoc We Wreak by Becca Steele

5 Diverse Books I Wanted To Read in 2020 Update

Earlier in the year I posted 5 diverse books I wanted to read in 2020 and last week I completed all five books so I figured I would give an update about how I felt about these books!

Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali – What I loved about this book was that even though it is a contemporary love story at it’s core, it doesn’t stop each character from having their own personal drama’s that they are having to overcome. The narrative isn’t focused solely on them and dramatised in a way to keep them apart, it’s realistic and thought provoking and genuine. I loved the format of the story told from the perspectives of their journal and having such stark contrasts between our two main characters. It was a quick, emotional, touching book that I feel I will be rereading many times in the future! ⭐️5/5 stars

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – Culture really means a lot to both Dimple and Rishi and I loved that it was explored throughout the course of the plot line. Their beliefs had an impact upon every decision that they made and we see them both reflecting a lot on what their parents would think and how they would be perceived in their community. I just thought the relationship progressed too quickly and felt a little rushed to me. I would have liked if they would have more time to cultivate their friendship before jumping straight into a quite serious relationship in the course of a month. Even though they met when they were younger it wasn’t as if they were ever friends.  Just a tad too insta-lovey for me personally! ⭐️3/5 stars

Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi – Everything happened a little too fast in terms of the timeline for their relationship. Literally the second time Leanne saw Pab she’s inviting him to LA with her. She just met this guy and talked to him for a couple of hours in a Deli… it just seemed a little unrealistic. There is a whole lot of miscommunication going on throughout the story as well. I just wanted Pab and Leanna to sit down and actually hash everything out and explain themselves and what they actually want out of the relationship. Overall I was a little frustrated by this book. I didn’t particularly like Pab or Leanna as out main characters. Pab neglected everyone around him and Leanne wasn’t relatable at all. ⭐️2/5 stars

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo – I think this was supposed to be a fun, light, fluffy contemporary romance but I just found it to be a little silly and cringey to be honest. Desi, even though she is portrayed as being quite smart and switched on is woefully naïve and immature at times. Choosing to keep her interview a secret from Luca and continuing with her list and her plans even after they are together was almost frustrating to read. The overall premise of the book was quite unique and entertaining. I liked that we are given some cultural diversity with the Korean culture. I am quite the fan of K Dramas myself so it was quite fun to get the references to the different shows thrown in there as well! You are kind of on the edge of your seat throughout the book just waiting for that other shoe to drop, and when it does the drama definitely ensues. ⭐️3/5 stars

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi – I have to admit I wasn’t as enthralled with this instalment as I was with Children of Blood and Bone. It was a lot shorter than the previous book but I felt like it just wasn’t as immersive, which is mostly to do with the characters. Miscommunication was the main source of conflict in this book and that frustrated me. If Amari and Zélie had just sat down and worked through their issues I feel they could of probably come up with a foolproof plan that would have saved a lot of lives. ⭐️3/5 stars

March Wrap Up

I’ve had a great reading month in terms of getting through my TBR. I managed to complete a series I have been reading for over a year now and completed a couple of books from my physical TBR that I’ve owned now for over 2 years. I feel like I’ve definitely got my reading groove back and I am excited to continue and hopefully read some great books!

Fire by Kristin Cashore – ⭐️3/5 stars

Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey – ⭐️3/5 stars

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertali & Aisha Sayeed – ⭐️3/5 stars

Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi – ⭐️2/5 stars

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan – ⭐️4/5 stars

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes – ⭐️5/5 stars

Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes – ⭐️5/5 stars

Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes – ⭐️5/5 stars

Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb – ⭐️2/5 stars

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore – ⭐️2/5 stars

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan – ⭐️4/5 stars

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – ⭐️4/5 stars

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5 Quotes from last 5 Books

These are five of my favourite quotes from the last five books that I have read!!

Fire by Kristin Cashore

“I don’t want to love you if you’re only going to die.”

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Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey

“I’ll do anything you ask me to do,” he said in a gravelly voice. “Except walk away.”

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Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed

“The truth is, it’s a weird time to be coming of age. The world is really messy right now.”

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Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

“What have you been doing? Tell me anything.”

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan 

“I am still that girl of paper and fire – and I’m going to prove it to them.”

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