Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Hi there,
So I know I haven’t posted in a while. . . don’t hate me. I just lose track of time and get swallowed up by all the other stuff I have to do. Anyway today I thought I’d really give you guys something to hate me about with the unpopular opinions book tag. This is just a fun little tag revealing all your differences in the book fandoms. Alright lets get started.

1. A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like.
For this question I am going to go with the Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner. I just really couldn’t get into this series, I felt like I was kept completely in the dark because Thomas was discovering almost nothing. I thought it would get more exciting and grab my interest but it just didn’t.

2. A Popular Book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.
For this I’m going to choose City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Just that book, not the series. Everyone I’ve spoken to (and people on the internet) think that the first book in the TMI series is rubbish and you have to push through it because the others are so great. I personally thought the first book rocked, I really loved it.

3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn people for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.
I’m going to pick a popular OTP for this one and that is Celaena/Dorian from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I love Celaena/Chaol a lot more but everyone seems to ship Celaena/Dorian. I don’t know I find it weird.

4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.
This would be middle-grade fantasy. Which is weird because I actually really like it but I just never read it all that often.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
Severus Snape. The character who turned the most opinions just couldn’t get mine.

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
For this question I have to go with Stephanie Meyer. I read Twilight way back when and actually really enjoyed it. Then I read New Moon and everything went downhill. I just got tired of her writing style and just couldn’t get into the rest of her books.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)
Okay for this I will pick something that I actually never like seeing in the first place. It’s the whole “girl meets boy who is really mean to her for 95% of the book but she’s attracted to him and falls in love and it turns out he isn’t really mean and was doing it for this reason”. I hate it. Stop.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
The Hush Hush trilogy by whoever. It was on my TBR for like a million years but then I lost interest and now I’ll just never read it. Ever.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?
I’m going to go with the movie adaptation for The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkein. I tried to read this book but it 95% of it was then walking through a forest. It was boring, I couldn’t get into it, the movie was amazing.

Alright so that is it for the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag. I tag anyone who wants to do this tag.

Signing off, Verity

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July wrap-up/August TBR

Hi there,
So I’ve been absent for a while. . . sorry about that. I was away for a while and I’ve been super busy these past two weeks. I’m back now though and back to posting twice a week (hopefully). Today I thought I’d give you my July wrap-up and my August TBR. The TBR books may change but as of now this is my plan. Alright lets jump right in.

July Wrap-up:
I only managed to read three books this month because of my hectic schedule but here they are none-the-less.

1) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
This book is a classic and I read it for an English class and it had been a long time coming. This was a really brilliant novella, focusing on hope and the injustice of life. The characters were all really unique and each one showed a different side of society, making the book less about the people and more about the societal prejudices that existed. It was a short but exciting read and before anyone asks my opinion on the ending: sad but I liked it.
Rating: * * * *

2) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Where do I even start with Outlander. It centres around Claire Beauchamp, an army nurse in 1945 who falls through time and ends up in the 18th century surrounded by Scottish highlands. She wants to get back in time, back to her husband, Frank, but as she grows closer to the Scotsmen that could ensure her escape, particularly young Jamie Fraser, she finds herself finding more reasons to stay. Outlander is one of those books that stays in your head a long time after completion. I absolutely adored Outlander and everything about it. The characters were so perfectly imperfect and the storyline both intriguing and terrifying. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series and I recommend this to anyone who loves romance and history. It takes a little while to get into but it really is fantastic.
Rating: * * * * *

3) Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I actually listened to this as an audiobook because Amy Poehler reads it herself and I love Amy Poehler. It was hilarious and inspirational and beautiful and messy and about a million other things that made it perfect. It was funny and light but included some really important issues in life and spoke truthfully about the good the bad and the ugly. It was really amazing and I recommend it to literally everyone, it was that incredible. You have done well Amy Poehler.
Rating: * * * * *

August TBR:

1) Cinder by Marissa Myer
This is the book that I am currently reading, it’s a take on the classic fairytale Cinderella and focuses on a girl called Cinder who is a cyborg in New Beijing. A terrible plague is spreading throughout the world and when her sister catches it Cinder is taken for experimentation to find an antidote. Secrets will be revealed and truths uncovered, not matter who much Cinder may not want them to.

2) Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
This is the second book in the Outlander and I have no idea what will happen or even a basic synopsis because I wish it to be a complete surprise for me. Excited about this one though

3) Scarlet by Marissa Myer
This is the sequel to Cinder, the book I’m currently reading, and I believe that this is a modern take on Little Red Riding Hood. I don’t really know much about this book at all but I’m excited to read it and see how both Cinder’s story and Scarlet’s connect.

4) The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Page
This is the second book in the Dorothy Must Die series and continues the story of Amy Gumm, who was whisked away to Oz through a tornado. Separated from The Royal Order of the Wicked, Amy must find another way to kill Dorothy and save Oz.

Alright so that is it for my July wrap-up and my August TBR. I hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you soon.

Signing off, Verity