Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl.
Confession: I have a terrible memory. Often it’s because I’m way too distracted and not paying attention to details. Most of the time its because my everyday life just isn’t that exciting (watching Netflix in the morning is exciting for me ok!) But when it comes to books, movies and songs, I pride myself in remembering little details. I’m that one friend who knows all the lyrics to that pop song from 5 years ago. I’m also the person who knows actors’ names and what their last 3 movies were. For books, I know the month they’re published in, usually the year too…. but I’m really bad at remembering plotlines and characters. So let’s delve into the extent of my forgetfulness by playing a word association game where I say the first thing that pops into my head when I see the cover.
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | AI TAKING OVER THE WORLD!!!
- Starflight by Marissa Meyer | Cassia and Kane. I know they’re not the main characters but I literally can’t think of their names right now so side characters it is!
- A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray | That Russia world ❤
- Crossing the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux | Was this the one with the romance between pair skaters? Honestly, I just keep remembering The Cutting Edge with this cover.
- Don’t Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray | Is it bad that I literally read this a few months ago but have no idea what the plot was or who any of the characters are?
- Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake | A ghost and a guy called Jace who’s not the Jace from the Mortal Instruments.
- These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner | Titanic but in SPAAAACE! Kind of like that Doctor Who episode I watched recently.
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart | Ok, I’m pretty sure it had a guy who wrote something on his hand like everyday? Also like a rich family.
- Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley | Bad. Ass. Girlpower.
- City of Glass by Cassandra Clare | Idris and demons? Ok, to be fair this series kind of peaked for me in City of Bones so my mind just blocked out the long, long drawn out plot.
So what was on your list this week? Is your memory as bad as mine or are you a memory genius? Let me know down in the comments!
As most of you know, Goodreads puts together a personalised year in review at the end of each year. I was flicking through my 2017 one when I realised something: I have a contemporary YA addiction. I should join a Contemporary Anonymous group or something because out of the 19 books I read last year, 13 of those were, you guessed it, contemporaries. But Prima, maybe it was a fluke (or maybe it’s just because of the small sample size, my more scientific side says)? But go back to 2016, contemporary still wins out with 34 out of 54 books. WHAT’S GOING ON?
I have nothing against other YA genres. In fact, I used to be so into YA fantasy when I was younger. Escaping into these fantasy worlds was an adventure. But as I grew older, I was more drawn to emotions and relationships in the books I read. I just found fantasy to be too cookie cutter most of the time. But I want to diversify my reading list this year and that means finding out where to find books. I know it’s kind of like making a plan C before plan B, but that’s how serious I am. There’s only so many cutesy but cliche rom com like books that I can read before actually turning crazy 😁
Finding Where to Find Books 101
Book blogs/ your friends (or maybe your friend who’s a book blogger)
Book blogs are great for finding those hidden gems. With tons of bloggers with different book preferences, you’re guaranteed to find a good read. Plus people can personally vouch for the book (you can thank/fangirl with them later 😉) Same goes for friends. I actually started Percy Jackson because my friend gave me the first book as a birthday present. I was kind of reluctant to start it because the cover (she got me the movie tie in version) was so weird and seemed like a boy book… keep in mind I was like 11 ok! 6 years on and PJO is still one of my favourite series.
ARCs will save you (and your money)
Funnily enough, when I was thinking of the ways blogging has made me read more I thought of the eARCs that I got approved for. I’ll be honest, I’m not that particular about what I request. If someone gives me free reads, I’ll take it! This really exposed me to a greater variety of genres and styles, kind of like buying a book at random. I did this a lot in 2016 so I ended up reading books I would normally never pick up
Buying/borrowing books at random
I still love going to the shops and staring at their book offerings. There’s just something about seeing all the book spines lined up that makes it so easy to pick a book at random and go for it. The books with pretty spines always win this way (yes Mortal Instruments, I’m looking at you. Why do you make me second guess whether I need double copies of the same book???)
The multiple question marks are there because I don’t feel like Goodreads is necessarily the best tool for finding books. I know it’s great for socialising with other book nerds but they don’t really do much to help you find books. Also their recommendations are pretty bad, let’s be real.
What is the weirdest way you’ve found a favourite book? I’d love to hear your stories!
There’s something about being stranded in a place that reveals the truth. Or as Troy Benson says:
Any system, if left unattended or isolated, will eventually result in entropy. Or chaos.
That is what The Chaos of Standing Still revolves around. The premise of the whole book is rather simple. A girl, stranded at an airport, meets strangers by chance that help her move forward in her life. Chaos gave me strong The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight vibes at first. It’s definitely to do with the girl meets boy at airport scenario and them being forced into a certain area together. In Statistical, that’s the plane but Chaos gives it’s Continue reading “REVIEW | The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody”
Whaaaa? I swear it’s still June. Where has this year gone??
2017 has been quite the year for me both personally and in the book sense. I’m out of high school! Woooo!! Currently halfway through my 4 month post HSC holidays aka means day long binges of Youtube and Netflix! Next year, I’ll be studying engineering at uni and awkwardly trying to make friends 😀
Continue reading “Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!”
Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.
- THE FREAKING WORLD BUILDING. YES MARISSA MEYER, YOU SHOW EM HOW IT’S DONE! From the underground Anarchists to the Renegade government squads, I would want to see this world.
- I’m a sucker for big battle scenes and that last one is so good. I could hear the surging music playing in the background.
- Honestly, that whole last scene redeemed Renegades for me, no joke I probably wouldn’t read the next one otherwise.
- Feels like its a really long book when it’s not. Maybe it was because I read half then stopped for a while but I just feel like it dragged in the middle. It really does play out to be a long intro to the series which I don’t mind but I feel like it should be able to stand alone too.
- I’m kinda scared to say this because I know a lot of people like the book for this reason but… it’s kind of preachy with its whole humans must be the ones to save humans not superhero. The first time that came up I agreed and it gave the book a certain edge. The second time, ok she’s reinforcing that message. And then it happened again… and again. Ok, I get it!
- The lack of direction, especially in the plot. Nothing was really set up for the next book.
- The cliffhanger kills me.
- PRETTY COVER
- Maybe I’ll never love anything as much as the Lunar Chronicles, especially Cress. That’s just sad to me though 😦
- Adrian liking Nova but he hates Nightmare who is Nova who hates the Sentinel but kind of likes Adrian who is the Sentinel. OMG just imagine when they find out omg betrayal, angst!! There’s just something about this romance that triggers my fangirl!
Rating: 3/5 stars | It’s good but it felt aimless and preachy at some points.
What did you think of Renegades? Did it measure up to Lunar Chronicles for you?