The Mystery Blogger Award #2

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Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely day! I have been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award for the second time! I’m so glad that people like reading what I write and want to see more, and I love being able to do tag posts. Thank you Siobhan @ Siobhan’s Novelties for nominating me! And thanks to Okoto Enigma for creating the award!

The Rules

  1. Put the award logo on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself
  6. Nominate roughly 10-20 people for this award
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs
  8. Ask your nominees five questions
  9. Share a link to your best/favorite post that you’ve written

 

Three Things About Me

  1. I really enjoy art and drawing. I have always liked to draw things, and I try to draw whenever I can, but there’s not much free time these days. I always have trouble coming up with ideas though, but it is still fun!
  2. I was actually introduced to book collecting and some of my favorite books by one of my friends. She had pretty good sized bookshelf full of YA books and would always give me suggestions on what to read next. So, she inspired me to start my own collection, which further encouraged my love of reading.
  3. My favorite book series is the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I know a lot of people have a hard time picking one book or one series that is their favorite (which is totally ok) but I am not one of those people. There are a lot of books that I adore, but there’s just something about this series that makes it a step above the rest! (Also Renegades came out a few days ago and it is not in my possession yet. What am I even doing?)

 

Siobhan’s Questions:

1. What was your 2017 most anticipated book that disappointed you?

I have actually read (or DNF’d) several books this year which is a bit sad, but I’ve got too many things to read to be reading things I don’t enjoy. One book that I was really looking forward to was Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. It is currently up for a Goodreads Choice Award, but I did not like it at all. The idea was great, and the characters were alright, but the story was not executed well. There was too much telling and not enough action. I felt like nothing was happening at all. I got 2/3 ish through and gave up. I tried to give it a good chance, but it fell short for me.

2. Which books are you eagerly awaiting for 2018?

Ummm 2018 is in like 2 months?? When did this happen? I haven’t even compiled a proper list of 2018 releases yet! So here’s what I pulled from my Goodreads To-Read list and anything else I think of…

  • A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews
  • Obsidio by Amie Kaufman
  • Wires and Nerve Vol. 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer
  • Unearthed by Amie Kaufman
  • American Panda by Gloria Chao
  • From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
  • And probably a lot of others I can’t think of at the moment…

 

3. Who’s your least favorite author? Why?

I don’t think I have a least favorite author. Even if I don’t like one an author’s books, I will probably give another of their books a try if it sounds interesting. I’m kind of a disorganized reader (which is a little ironic considering I’m a very organized person), as I don’t have any sort of rhyme or reason to the books I read. I find one that looks good and I read it, which means for most authors I have only read one of their books, unless of course it was a really good series.

4. What would you like to see authors incorporate into their stories that you don’t see now?

This is tough… but I’d have to say that I wish books more often had characters that are not of the stereotypical character type. Like, strong female leads that are perfectly skinny and pretty and whatnot. Or guys with perfect hair and a horde of friends behind them. This has been improving a lot lately, and it’s really exciting! I love reading about people who are similar to me, which does not necessarily include those who are in a perfect relationship or have perfect hair and lots of friends and money. I want a book where I can put myself in someone else’s life where not everything is perfect, but it is inspiring and makes me wish that real life were as good as a book!

5. Which character in a series would you love to fight?

Now, for this we are going to assume that I am a strong, powerful person and not a quiet, weak nerd. I would love to be in a fight with Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson because she incredibly smart and powerful. I could turn it into a learning experience and gain so many different things from her!

My Favorite Posts:

  • I really enjoyed writing my reviews for When Dimple Met Rishi and Eliza and Her Monsters, which I combined into one post! Check it out!
  • I also loved writing my Top Ten Tuesday post prompted by recommendations a person/group of your choice, and I did 10 Book Recommendations for Star wars Fans. 

 

I am not going to nominate anyone specific since I have done this tag already and I know many other people have as well, but if you would like to do it then go for it and have fun!! 🙂

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Top 10 Most Unique and Beautiful Book Titles

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Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful week! It’s been awhile since my last Top Ten Tuesday post (or last post in general…) as I’ve been super busy with school and other things. But today I’ve got a TTT about unique book titles, and I’m super excited about it! I love book titles, as they can tell you so much about the story, and some are just so well crafted that you can’t help but adore them. I’ve got ten book titles are lovely and beautiful and worthy of praise!

1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this title. (Yeah, I know it’s not YA). It’s just so beautiful and poetic and I instantly want to read a book with a title like that. It alludes to darkness or maybe a hidden light that represents something good, like happiness or love. This was the first book that I thought of when I say this Tuesday’s prompt, the epitome of a unique title.

2. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

This whole series has amazing titles, including Like a River Glorious and Into the Bright Unknown. They are all mysterious yet still seem positive and happy. I think they all demonstrate some sort of hidden beauty and a sense of searching for something unknown.

3. Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn

Again, the entire series’ titles are lovely, including Remember Yesterday and Seize Today. They are a bit contradictory, since it might be hard to forget tomorrow since it hasn’t happened yet. All of them hint at memory and time and future and such cool, complex things!

4. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

SO MUCH Contradiction! How can you be genuine if you’re a fraud? Frauds are supposed to be fake, and genuine indicates something is 100% real. Wow, that’s confusing to think about… but otherwise really neat a creative! And I like contradicting things like Oxymorons and paradoxes and crazy, crazy stuff that blows your mind!!

5. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Oh, the sky! Who doesn’t love a bright blue sky full of fluffy clouds? Maybe that’s not the intention, but the sky literally is everywhere. It could be a connector, uniting people even when they are not together, as we all share the same sky.

6. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I immediately think of a spark. Something that is tiny but so incredibly mighty. And to have a spark emerge from the ashes, that represents a power that comes out of something bad or negative. A power that can grow and consume anything in its path, now whether that be good or bad is up to you!

7. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

There are several books in this series, all with lovely titles of course! We’ve got Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos, and Beautiful Redemption. All of them are a bit contradictory, with “Beautiful” and then something that has a negative connotation. It is taking ‘bad’ things and making them seem a little better.

8. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Similes! (I love when literary terms come in handy!) There are two other books as well, including Ice Like Fire and Frost Like Night. Again, we’re comparing something pretty and wintery to something more negative. That seems to be a common theme here…

9. Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

Of all the books on this list, this is the only one that I have attempted to read. I got about halfway and decide it wasn’t for me, which was actually really disappointing because the title made me want to love it. It just seems to poetic and mysterious and secretive. Maybe I’ll try it again?

10. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

I just love series with matching, wonderful titles! Once again there are two more books, A Million Suns and Shades of Earth. They all seem science-y and don’t really seem to be negative. Maybe travel or outer space are incorporated. I enjoy titles with strong descriptors, and that’s the case with these!

Do you love titles that are beautiful and unique? What about contradictory things? Have you read or enjoyed any of these books? Link me to your TTT!

Review: Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant

31423684Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Release Date: April 4, 2017

Genre: YA Contemporary & Romance

The more I touch someone, the more I can see and understand, and the more I think I can help. But that’s my mistake. I can’t help. You can’t fix people like you can solve a math problem.

Math genius. Freak of nature. Loner.

Eva Walker has literally one friend—if you don’t count her quadruplet three-year-old-siblings—and it’s not even because she’s a math nerd. No, Eva is a loner out of necessity, because everyone and everything around her is an emotional minefield. All she has to do is touch someone, or their shirt, or their cell phone, and she can read all their secrets, their insecurities, their fears.

Sure, Eva’s “gift” comes in handy when she’s tutoring math and she can learn where people are struggling just by touching their calculators. For the most part, though, it’s safer to keep her hands to herself. Until she meets six-foot-three, cute-without-trying Zenn Bennett, who makes that nearly impossible.

Zenn’s jacket gives Eva such a dark and violent vision that you’d think not touching him would be easy. But sometimes you have to take a risk…


Thank you to Edelweiss and Kids Can Press for the eARC! 

I am super excited to review this book because it was incredibly awesome, and it is the first ARC that I have been approved for!! Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant focuses on Eva, an exceptional math student, and her ability to feel another person’s feelings just by touching them.

Characters

The main character, Eva, is basically a math genius and frequently tutors her classmates. I am also a math nerd, so I LOVED all of the math references! Eva frequently thinks in math terms and it was very relatable. She also has an insane ability to feel and understand another person’s feelings by touching them or something they own (like clothes, their phone, calculators).

Eva also has a wonderful sense of humor, and her voice is entirely unique. She is used to being alone, yet she is charming and witty. Unfortunately, she is an  outcast, as most people view her opposition to touching things as a fear of germs. Aside from that, Eva is going through everything a typical high school senior would. She is trying to figure out where she wants to go to college and how to apply for scholarships. As a student myself, I can relate one hundred percent. I know exactly what it’s like to be confused and scared about going off to college or deciding what to do for the rest of your life. That is part of what makes this book so good: it is familiar and entirely relatable. I always want to be able to understand and connect with characters, and Eva was certainly all that.

Zenn is the featured love interest, and he is basically perfection. He’s an artist, and has a unique, complicated backstory. (I’m not telling more as to avoid spoilers!) I will just say that his family is not the greatest, yet he works incredibly hard to keep everything together. Zenn is all admirable qualities, and he is very caring toward Eva. As far as potential romances in YA, Zenn is pretty great!

Then there’s Eva’s best friend, Charlotte. I really admired her character’s progression throughout the story, even though she is not the main focus. We see Charlotte stray from Eva a little bit, but they find their way back to each other, realising that a best friend is far more important than popularity or a boyfriend.

I adored Eva’s family! By no means were they flawless, but that is what made them so realistic. I could easily imagine them as a typical American family today. Eva has four preschool aged siblings, two brothers and two sisters, all quadruplets. Let me just say that they were adorable and I would have loved to have them as my siblings! Eva’s parents were always very caring and understanding, especially with her circumstances involving her aversion to touching things.

Writing & Plot

As I mentioned earlier, I really enjoyed Eva’s voice. It is light and fun and easy to follow. Everything is described in a way that makes her world seem like a place that could easily be a short drive away. It is somewhere that is not too different from where I live, like her life could be that of anyone that I know. I love being able to imagine a story as something that could realistically happen (aside from feeling feelings through touch). Brant’s writing really allowed me to do that, and I’m very glad that it did!

Being a contemporary/romance, there’s not whole lot of major plot-twisty things going on, but there were a few moments where I was genuinely shocked by the events. The book covers the events of Eva’s life throughout her first semester of senior year, and much of what happens is her typical life. Now, we do get to some things that are completely new to Eva. She is hanging out with Zenn, and she usually avoids anyone who isn’t Charlotte. And Eva begins to learn some crazy things about this strange boy, Zenn. There is some MAJOR game-changing info revealed that I most definitely did NOT see coming. As far as plot twists go, this is probably one of the best that I have read.

Overview

I really enjoyed Zenn Diagram! It is nerdy, sweet, and completely relatable. I fell in love with all of the characters, and they all had such interesting lives. Their story is heartfelt, inspiring, and conveyed joyously. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves YA contemporary/romance and anyone looking for a sweet, fun read!

Have you read Zenn Diagram? Do you enjoy being able to relate to the books that you read? Do you love reading about fellow nerds? What books do you think have had the best plot twists?

The Awesome Blogger Award

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Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely week! Today I’ve got the Awesome Blogger Award! I wasn’t technically nominated, but May @ My 1st Chapter (Thank you!!!) tagged anyone and everyone wanted to do it. And she was excited to hear my responses, SO here we are! (I also really love doing tags because it’s actually really fun!?)

The Awesome Blogger Award was created by Maggie @ Dreaming of Guatemala

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Include the reason behind the award
  • Include the banner in your post
  • Tag it under #theawesomebloggeraward in the reader
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you
  • Nominate at least five awesome bloggers
  • Give your nominees ten new questions to answer
  • Let your nominees know they’ve been nominated

May’s questions:

1. Which book made you ugly cry for days?

I’m not usually one to cry over a book, in fact I have only ever actually cried REAL tears over The Last Star by Rick Yancey. The ending just really got to me, IDK man. I read that probably a year ago, and haven’t had anything as emotional since.

2. Which book/series do you have very fond memories of?

Hmmm… I have fond memories of a lot of books, but most recently it would have to be Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. I read it all on a six hour (total, round-trip) drive to and from a really cool outlet mall, which was really fun. But also because that book was truly and utterly amazing and relatable! ( I wrote a review!!)

3. Which character do you find very similar to yourself?

Easily Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson. She’s smart and loves reading and architecture, as do I. She wants to become an architect, and she had the opportunity to redesign Olympus, which would be totally awesome!!

4. Which villain do you resemble most (in terms of personality)?

Haha so I have literally no clue, so I took some quizzes, and one said Voldemort (nah) and another said the White Witch from Narnia, and I could go with that. I like the cold, having power over the entire world, always evil, having really great snacks.

5. Which villain would you be besties with?

I am currently reading Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie, and it’s allll about villains. My favorite short story so far has been “Shirley and Jim” by Susan Dennard. I would want to be best friends with Shirley because she’s a nerd and is in calculus! Her and Jim play chess and talk about books, which is amazing!!

6. Name a strange habit you do while reading.

Hmmm…. I can’t read unless it’s nearly silent, and there’s nothing else going on around me. I can’t think of anything that’s interesting… Sometimes I end up sitting in weird, rather uncomfortable positions, but I don’t notice because I’m lost in the book!

7. Do you sleep with socks?

UG, NO!! I hate sleeping with socks on! It’s just not very comfortable, and I don’t really care about my feet getting cold.

8. How many pages can you read in one hour?

I mean, it kinda depends on the book and the size of the font, the size of the page, the genre, (I tend to read cotemporaries faster than fantasy), and how much I like the book. But all that considered, maybe anywhere between 60 and a hundred pages? I have never actually paid attention!

9. Which book would you rewrite the ending to? And what would it be?

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Marissa Meyer’s books, but Heartless was a bit of a let-down. The majority of it was really great, but the ending fell short for me. It was SOO abrupt. I would have liked something more gradual, where you can see more and more hints along the way, instead of just a huge sudden change. The actual content of the ending is basically inevitable, but I would have liked it to be a little more gradual.

10. What is the longest amount of pages you’ve read in one sitting?

I don’t tend to read a lot of pages in one sitting, as I just don’t have time for that anymore. But I used to be able to crank out four or five hundred pages at one time if I was really enjoying the book and didn’t have other obligations.

 

I’m not going to tag anyone specific, since I wasn’t officially tagged. So, if you would like to do this one, go for it! Just link me back to your answers!

I’m also just going to reuse May’s questions because I really liked them, and am curious to see how others would answer them!

Top 10 Books I Loved as a Kid

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Hello, hello! Today’s TTT is a Throwback Freebie, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and I’m “throwing back” to when I was a kid. I’ve got some of the books that I loved when I was in elementary/middle school. Maybe you’ll find some you enjoyed, and we can reminisce together!

1. Paint the Wind by Pam Munoz Ryan

This was my FAVORITE book for quite some time. Whenever anyone asked for a good  book to read I would tell them to read this one. I would tell them to read it even if they didn’t ask for a recommendation. It’s about a girl who goes to a camp and rides horses, which is interesting considering I strongly dislike the outdoors… (Also the horse on the cover is pretty cool looking!)

2. The Leanin’ Dog by K.A. Nuzum

Another animal book… I really liked those as a kid. I’m not much of an animal person now, but you never know. Anyways, this book was interesting because a girl and her dad live in a cabin in the woods, but the girl is afraid to leave the house. A dog finds its way to them, and she keeps it inside as her friend. That’s all I can remember, but I really liked it!!

3. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

This was probably one of the first fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian books that I ever read. I really liked the idea of a society that lived underground, and their efforts to escape were rather intriguing. I never read the rest of the series, though, so maybe I can do that one day. (I recently discovered there is a movie adaptation on one of my visits to the library. I’m excited to watch it!)

4. Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

This is basically Diary of a Wimpy Kid (which I also really liked) for girls, if you are unfamiliar. I could breeze through these books, and they were pretty entertaining! It’s formatted like a journal, which was fun, especially if I was in need of a quick read.

5. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

This book is awesome mainly because of its formatting. The story is told alternately in chapters of drawings and regular writing. The drawings are AMAZING!! I totally wish I could draw like that! It also made the book a fast read, plus the story is interesting. (Also, there’s a movie, which was actually pretty good, too!)

6. American Girl books

Ok, I loved American Girl stuff when I was 9, 10 ish, and I read several sets of their books. For those who are unfamiliar, the American girl dolls have corresponding sets of books including events set in the doll’s time period. The very first set that I read was Kirsten, so she became my favorite. I also read Addy and Julie, which were good, too!

7. The Lemonade War by Jaqueline Davies

For some unknown reason, I LOVED this book. (I found there are more, and I was a bit excited, though they are waaayy below my reading level…) It had some sibling love, and lemonade, so what’s better than that?

8. Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

I don’t know of a girl who didn’t read these as a kid. Junie B. Jones was hilarious and did some pretty stupid things, but it made for great entertainment! My favorite one was when she got stuck in the school at night. Like, that’s not even possible (?) but I loved it!

9. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Poems!! My grandma had this book at her house, and she would always read a poem or two out of it before we went to bed when we stayed with her. We got to choose, of course, and I always picked the one about a guy losing his head, but he was actually sitting on it, but he was unaware, since his head was not attached to his body… (a bit strange if you think about it…)

10. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

This one is probably my favorite Dr. Seuss book, or Green Eggs and Ham. Both of them could be found at my grandma’s house as well, and we would read them nearly every time we visited her. About a year ago, I pulled one out to see how fast I could read it now, which was rather entertaining!

What books did you enjoy as a kid? Did you want ones you could read really fast? What about animal books? Link me to your TTT!

The Reading Quest Update #2 + Reviews

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I proudly participated in my first reading challenge this past month, and I feel as if I was pretty successful!! I took part in #TheReadingQuest hosted by Aentee @ Read at Midnight. It ran from August 13 to September 10. (Yesterday, I know). You got to pick one of four characters to be and follow their reading path. I chose to be the Knight, and you can read all about my book reading decisions in my sign up post!

Final Update:

EXP: 60

HP: 183

Total Points: 243

Level: 2

Total Pages Read: 1716

Number of books read: 5 (and a quarter…)

  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (First book in a series)
  • Shadow Run by Adrianne Strickland (Book with a verb in the title)
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (Book with a weapon on the cover)
  • I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter (Book with a red cover)
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Book with movie adaptation)
  • Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie (Potions- two or more authors)

 

Reviews:

16069030The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

  • It took me a really long time to read this book, hence my being behind in the challenge.
  • It was good, but not a favorite.
  • Kestrel was pretty interesting, as was their society. (The world building was probably the best part). She was a piano player, and the general’s daughter. Her mind was sharp, but in their society, she is expected to be a good fighter.
  • So, she buys a slave? I’m not really sure why she did that, nor is it ever clarified throughout the story.
  • Arin is her new slave, and he has a secretive, mysterious past. I liked him, but he was kind of boring at first. I needed more from him.
  • Many of the characters have the potential to be great, but they often fell short. I just wasn’t connected the way I would like to be. I DID enjoy how many of them were not who they seemed. That added a much needed aspect to the book.
  • The book grew more interesting as it went on, as more things are happening and being revealed and twisted into crazy plots.
  • I actually did not like the ending. I found it to be boring and drawn out. Much of what was happening was not vital to the story, and it just made the book longer.
  • All in all, I like the book, but I would not call it a favorite. I might continue with series if the opportunity presents itself.

 

a_wrinkle_in_time_digest_2007A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

  • P.S. I know there is not a movie currently, but it is coming very soon, and now I am super excited!!!
  • I would have considered this to be a classic, so I did not know it was more of a middle grade book. That said, I really liked it!
  • It was totally not what I was expecting, though I’m not sure what I was expecting. It was a bit strange, but the story was really fun.
  • We’ve got a genius 5 year old boy, whom I would LOVE to know in real life. His name is Charles Wallace, like that’s his first name. So sophisticated.
  • The main character, Meg, sounds like your classic nerdy middle schooler, fully equipped with glasses and braces and a knack for mathematics. (AKA me and her would have been BFFs in middle school).
  • There are these three crazy ladies who lead the kids around on and insane adventure to find their father.
  • Oh, I forgot about Calvin! He was pretty cool, too, and he seemed smart as well.
  • All of the characters were fantastic! They completely made the book what it is. Though the plot and setting were really great as well.
  • Generally, their newfound universe is basically insane. There are some majorly crazy things going in the various places the kids go, and I found it a bit strange at first. After a while, I began to enjoy the craziness that is A Wrinkle in Time.
  • If you have not read this book and like science fiction or fantasy, GO READ IT before the movie comes out!!

 

Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie

This is not actually a review because I have only read 96 pages so far. It is a bunch of short stories, and some have been better than others. I am really excited for the one by Marissa Meyer, though! Maybe I’ll get a full review done when I have finished…

If you participated in #TheReadingQuest, how did you do? Have you read any of the books that I chose? Are you excited for the A Wrinkle in Time Movie?

Top 10 Books I Just Couldn’t Finish

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Guess What! It’s Tuesday again! Which means another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the wonderful ladies at The Broke and The Bookish. This week we are discussing books that were difficult to finish or ones that were left unfinished. I personally used to despise not finish a book. Like, if I start I HAVE to finish. But these days, there are just so many books I want to read that I don’t have time to waste on ones that I am not enjoying. (Gosh, that sounds kind of harsh… yet rather true.) So, here are ten of the books that I have DNF’d (Did Not Finish).

*Many of these are pretty popular books, but I just didn’t find myself enjoying them. We are all entitled to our opinions, so please be respectful of mine. Thank you! 🙂 *

1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

The premise was really neat here, but it just wasn’t for me. I loved the aspect of friendship and life during the war, yet I wasn’t sold. It might be one that I would pick up again, but who knows.

2. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

I found this one to be rather boring. It was also a bit strange. I kept waiting for something to happen with a tree, but nothing of the sort occurred. Maybe I just didn’t get far enough, but you’d think a book with a tree in the title would mention said tree fairly early on…

3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I actually don’t have much to say for this one, other than that I didn’t really give it a fair try. I read like ten pages then gave up. Maybe not even ten. So, I must try to read it again one of these days.

4. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I tried reeeaaaallly hard to like this one. I wanted it to be one of my favorites, but that didn’t really happen. I liked Lazlo as a character (hello, librarian book nerds are the best), but the story was very slow. I felt I was waiting forever for something to happen, yet it never did.

5. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This book was huge! That’s probably my main reason for stopping, that and the fact that I was little bored. I also thought A Court of Thorns and Roses was a bit slow, though it was still good. I would still like to try reading it again, hopefully more successfully next time!

6. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Ok, ok. I did really like This Savage Song, and they have such beautiful covers, but I just wasn’t feeling it. The book actually was not bad at all, I just needed to read it at a different time. Schwab’s writing is beautiful, and the characters are great, so hopefully I can pick this up again and really enjoy it!

7. Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

I really like the title of this book. It is kind of mysterious, yet powerful. I wasn’t really grabbed by the plot, so it was a DNF for me. I did find a really awesome quote, though: “Tell the wind and fire where to stop, but don’t tell me.”

8. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein

This is kind of a classic, and I’m a fan of the movies. Unfortunately, this older style of writing is a bit difficult to read and enjoy. Possibly when I’m older I will understand it better!

9. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I LOVE Lu’s Legend, as it was fabulous! I was not nearly as into this book, though. The writing was still wonderful, but just something about it was a little disappointing. I would like to give it another try eventually.

10. The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner

This is the sequel to The Eye of Minds, which I really enjoyed. It was fast paced and had an intriguing video game world. However, I got a third of the way through this one and just stopped. I’m not actually sure why, maybe I got bored? I don’t think there was quite as much action as I would have liked, but maybe I can finish the series one day.

Do you often DNF books? What makes you do so? Do you ever find sequels to be disappointing? Link me to your TTT!