Books I’ve Read but Won’t be Purchasing

Top Ten Tuesday is turning 10!!! Today I decided to redo a TTT prompt I did around this time last year which was Books I’ve Read but Don’t Own. I’ve restricted myself to only purchasing books that I’ve rated ⭐️4/5 stars or higher so these are 10 books that I rated lower than that, which I probably won’t be purchasing for my personal collection.

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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My Dark Vanessa by Elizabeth Kate Russell

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Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

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Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

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Yes No Maybe So by Aisha Saeed & Becky Albertalli

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

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One Day in December by Josie Silver

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Paper Towns by John Green

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Books I Borrowed Because of the Hype

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.

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If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio – not as well known as some other books but enough for me to pick this up!

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Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – the most hyped book of 2019

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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

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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.

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Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – I needed a new fantasy series to get stuck into and this one was very hyped on book tube

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – Another book that at one point it seemed like absolutely everyone read and loved

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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

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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

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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

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January Wrap Up

This was actually quite a diverse reading month for me in terms of genre. We have a few hard hitting contemporaries, epic fantasy, portal fantasy, romance and mystery/thrillers. I didn’t have the highest amount of books read but the quality and substance of all the books I completed was pretty good!

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb – ⭐️3/5 stars

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Sadie by Courtney Summers⭐️4/5 stars

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern⭐️3/5 stars

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow ⭐️3/5 stars

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Lock Every Door by Riley Sager⭐️4/5 stars

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Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Mei⭐️4/5 stars

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas⭐️4/5 stars

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Broken Knight by L.J. Shen⭐️3/5 stars

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown⭐️5/5 stars

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Frankly in Love by David Yoon⭐️4/5 stars

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The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen⭐️2/5 stars

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The Starless Sea Review

39834986._SX318_The Starless Sea is a very whimsical, lyrical fantasy novel revolving around a man who picks up a book in a library and finds a story from him childhood in the pages.

To be totally honest I was completely lost for the first half of this book. It was really hard for me to stay focused on the story and actually comprehend what was happening. It jumps back and forth so often between Zachary’s point of view and the fairy tales that it came across a little nonsensical to me. However, after that half way point I really got settled into the story and was able to understand and appreciate how everything was tied together.

All of these characters in this book are very diverse and distinct. Each one of them has a purpose in the novel and interconnects in such a fascinating way.  I really liked Zachary; he was very relatable and realistic to me. He was naïve but still questioned everything that was happening around him which I appreciated. Dorian I was a little skeptical about at the start. We aren’t given a lot of background information about him and I wanted to learn a bit more about where he comes from and what he did with Allegra all those years.

The romance aspect came across a little insta-lovey to me. They didn’t have enough substance for me to fully commit to that story line, however I was able to appreciate how they come together after experiencing everything that happens in the harbor. I was more fascinated by the Keeper and Mirabel; I wanted more interaction between them and to learn more about their history as well.

I have come to the realization that I don’t really like this kind of fantasy novel. There is not really any structure to the magic system and there aren’t really any rules or restrictions that are explained. You kind of just have to go with the flow of the novel and accept what were given and learn things as we go. This whimsical style just doesn’t gel with me personally.

Once I was able to really get my bearings in the story, I was very much engaged and wanted to know what was going to happen next. There is definitely a level of unpredictability and tension on the book was kept me invested in that second half of the plot. I was still a confused at the end about how the new harbor would be established…. especially since they are now on the surface? I definitely think this is a book that I will need to reread just to get everything to sink in!

⭐️3/5 stars confusing yet whimsical

☀️ Summer TBR ☀️

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is going to be the books I am hoping to priorities this summer! Some of them are leftover from my Spring TBR, others I have been interested in for a while and there are a few newish books I would love to get to as well!

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

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Middlegame by Seanan Mcguire

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

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Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks

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The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

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The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan

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