T5W: Book Tropes I HATE

Today is Wednesday and you know what that means! It’s time for another Top Five Wednesday! As always, Top Five Wednesday was created by GingerReadsLainey and you can find all the information you need on the GoodReads page.

This weeks topic is about the Top 5 Books Tropes You HATE!! I decided not to choose the ones that I knew everyone would pick, so there’s no InstaLove or Love Triangle on this list! Although I do hate those. As always, this is in no order and I probably hate them all as much as the other.

1.The “Manic Pixie Dream Girl”

Arghhh! I’m sick of this! The whimsical girl that isn’t really that nice of a person and just does whatever she wants. She never cares about who she hurts and wants people to do whatever she wants at the drop of a hat! Margo Roth Spiegelman I’m looking at you!

2. The “You’re Not Like Any Other Girl”

No! No! No! Shut up! I’m sick of hearing this. I hate when guys in books say this. So you’re telling me that you’ve never met ANYONE like this plain Jane before? Are you kidding me?

3. The “Miscommunication” 

This is when the whole story is based on the two characters not understanding each other. Or that they just don’t talk to each other about a problem and there’s sneaking around because no one wants to speak up. It’s just frustrating.

4. The “Chosen One”

Now I love Harry Potter and I love The Hunger Games, don’t get me wrong. It just seems there’s a lot of fantasy and dystopian books that have that one main character that saves the world or whatever. Like their whole purpose in life is to lead a rebellion or defeat a dark wizard. This one person in the entire world is the only person to be able to save everyone. What? What? Huh?

5. The “My Family Doesn’t Care”

Where are the parents in YA?! Or let me rephrase that. Where are all of the GOOD parents in YA? Seriously though, it seems like there are no parents in YA/New Adult books, and if there are, they’re either divorced, abusive, drunks, addicts or just don’t seem to care and think that their child is a burden or something.

So that is my list of books tropes that I HATE! Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Let me know!

Have a wonderful day and I will talk to you soon!!

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Currently Reads – 14.08.2015

Hello there! Thought I’d do a quick #FridayReads kind of thing. I may not get a lot of reading done as I am baking cupcakes tonight as it’s my friends 21st birthday tomorrow and I wanted to be the bestest friend I can be. Then tomorrow I have work, then I’m celebrating with my friends for their birthday. So I’m only really going to get some reading done on Sunday. So here is what I’m reading over the weekend!

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden – Jessica Sorensen

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I am currently loving this! I always forget how much I love New Adult books until I read one. This has me hooked and I’m obsessed!

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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I’m only about 50 pages of the way through this so far but I’m enjoying it. Not loving it but its good.

That’s what I’m reading this weekend. Sorry this was so short but I have to go check on my cupcakes soon! What are you currently reading? Let me know!

Have a great weekend!

Bye!

July Reading Wrap Up 2015

Hello humans!

I had a brilliant reading month in July! I read 15 books this month, which is crazy for me! I don’t think I’ve ever read that many books in one month in my life, and I’ve been pretty busy too. I enjoyed most of the books I read this month. There were a few disappointments, but it’s all gravy baby!

Here’s what I read this month:

A Midsummer’s Nightmare – Kody Keplinger

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Sun, sex, and … step-brothers.
Another sizzling story from Hamilton High.

This is the second Kody Keplinger novel I’ve read. The first being The Duff, which I thoroughly enjoyed. A Midsummer’s Nightmare is about teenager Whitley who has a drunken one night stand at her graduation party. She then goes to stay with her dad over the summer and meets his new fiancée…and her new stepbrother who just so happens to be the stranger she slept with. Can you say awkward?!

First let me tell you that I am in love with Nathan! He is geeky and lovely and so sweet. There was some great character development in this book, especially with the main character Whitley. Everyone likes character development right? I also loved how supportive the Caulfield family was. There aren’t many supportive families in YA at the moment so it was great to read about one.

I thought the writing was super easy to read and I flew through this book. I enjoyed this so much!

5/5 stars!

I Am The Messenger – Markus Zusak

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Ed Kennedy is an under age cab driver without much of a future.
That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail.
That’s when Ed becomes The Messenger.

This is one of Markus Zusak’s lesser known novels about a young man who starts receiving playing cards in the post. On each card there’s a number of missions he must complete.

To be honest…This book let me down. I’d heard only good things about Markus Zusak’s books and this one seems like it would be something I’d enjoy. This was a great concept but it just wasn’t done well. I didn’t like any of the character or care about them at all. I also really disliked the writing style, it seems like a lot of the pages were just filled with lots of nothing.

2/5 stars!

Shut Out – Kody Keplinger

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The girls of Hamilton High School are going on strike.

This was the third book I’ve read by Kody Keplinger and I think it may have been my least favourite. It wasn’t awful, but it was kinda of stupid and cheesy. Shut Out is set in Hamilton High School, where all of Keplinger’s books are set and follows Lissa, a student who is sick of the rivalry between the schools football and soccer team, it’s simply ruining her relationship. She decides to get the other girlfriends of the team members to join her sex strike to end the rivalry. Who will break first, the girls or the boys?

This was pretty cliché and predictable if I’m honest and the plot was a bit stupid and far fetched. Like Keplinger’s other books it was very easy to read and flowed nicely and I did get through it quickly. I didn’t really like any of the characters and I felt that Lissa’s controlling OCD type behaviour wasnt dealt with very well in the book.

3/5 stars!

Cress – Marissa Meyer

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The third book from the Lunar Chronicles series! Another great instalment to the book series. I can’t say much about this in case you haven’t read the other two books yet, but wow! So action packed, each chapter was crazy. I really liked how the Rapunzel twist played into the story, I thought that it was really well done.

4.5/5 stars!


CRAM-A-THON BOOKS!

I read three books during the Cram-A-Thon readathon. I don’t want to repeat myself so I’ll just leave the basics here, but I’ll leave the link to my wrap up here if you want to check that out.

  • Lying Our Loud – Kody Keplinger

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You can find the review I wrote here! Kody Keplinger returned to Hamilton High once again yay!

3.5/5 stars!

  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

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A classic I’ve wanted to read for a really long time. It left me rather disappointed.

3/5 stars!

  • Lovesick – Jake Coburn

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This was really good, it touched on some tough subjects but was done in a really good way.

4/5 stars!


Stardust – Neil Gaiman

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I’m sure everyone had seen the film to this! It’s a very popular Neil Gaiman book so I thought I’d pick it up. This follows a young man who goes to collect a fallen star for the woman he hopes to marry.

Honestly, I just didn’t enjoy this. It was written well, but I just found it boring. It felt like nothing happened, but at the same time a lot happened.

2/5 stars.

The Selection – Kiera Cass 

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I have a review for The Selection were I tell you what I thought. I enjoyed this a lot and rushed to read the second one.

5/5 stars!

The Elite – Kiera Cass

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The second book in the selection series. Again, I rote a review for this, which you can find here. I get a little ranty in the review!

3/5 stars!

The One Kiera Cass

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What a final book in a series! You can find my review here, but let me tell you! I really enjoyed this and thought it was a great series final.

4.5/5 stars!

Me, And Earl And The Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews

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I’m sure everyone know what this is about, as I’m always late for the band wagon (which I don’t really mind if I’m honest). Just in case you didn’t know, this is about Greg Gaines, a teenage boy who has pretty much accomplished the art of being invisible, and he likes it that way. He has one friend, well, “co worker” and he’s happy that way, until his mother forces him to spend time with Rachel, a girl recently diagnosed with Leukaemia.

I was expecting a lot from this if I’m honest. I didn’t really find the humour all that funny, and the main character was rather annoying. However, I really did like the way this book was set out, with the lists, and film script and such. I also liked how this was pretty honest about Cancer. It didn’t sugar coat or romanticise it like other books do. It was awkward and honest and a little refreshing.

3/5 stars.

The Heir – Kiera Cass

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The fourth book of The Selection series. I wrote an in depth review of this book, which you can find here. I had a few little issues, but over all really liked it.

4/5 stars!

Fairest – Marissa Meyer

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Mirror, mirror on the wall…
Who is the fairest of them all?

YES! Yes yes! This is a novella and is part of the Lunar Chronicles series. It’s all about the origin of Queen Levana and is losely based on the Evil Queen in Snow White. This follows Levana as she grows up in her sisters shadow, all the way up until she becomes the Queen of Luna. This is all about how she becomes so evil.

I loved this! I thought it was brilliant. Such a fast read and a great addition to the series. I really enjoyed getting to see Queen Levana grow up, and dare I say, I hate her even more? Great back story!

5/5 stars!

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

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This was the last book I read in July and it started off a little slow. This is about young Lara Jean who rights letters to the boys she loves, then seals them up, never to show them to anyone. However, one day, they get sent out and Lara Jean has to deal with the consequences.

Like I said, it was a little slow to begin with and not much happened at all. I thought that Lara Jean was pretty annoying, and so were her sisters if I’m honest. She seemed to let everyone just walk over her or take her for granted. She was just a very bland character. As I got more into the story, it did get better and I flew through the second half of the book. Sure, Lara Jean was still annoying, but it wasnt so bad. Now I’m excited to pick up the second book!

4/5 stars!


Whew! Now that that’s over!

What did you read in July? Have you read any of the books that I read this month? Let me know below!

BookTubeAThon TBR 2015

 

Hello again all of you beautiful people! How are you today?

The BookTubeAThon is near and I’m here to talk about my TBR for the week. There is a BookTubeAThon YouTube channel that you can checkout. It has all of the information you could ever need there.

There are seven challenges that I hope to complete. (Hopefully).

  • Book With Blue On The Cover AND The Last Book You Acquired

P.S I Still Love You – Jenny Han

I am a little way through this already, so I may finish this before the readathon starts.

  • Read Somebodies Favourite Book

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl is pretty much everyone’s favourite book and I’m so excited to read it! Even though it is a rather large book.

  • A Book By An Author Who Shares The Same First Letter Of Your Last Name

An Abundance Of Katherines – John Green

My last name begins with a J, but I have no others at all on my TBR shelf that begins with that. So I went for John Green as his first name begins with a J.

  • Finish A Book Without Letting Go Of It

Waiting – Carol Lynch Williams 

This is short, the font is pretty big, and I think it may be written in verse (but don’t quote me on that!)

  • A Book You Really Want To Read

Severed Heads and Broken Hearts (The Beginning Of Everything) – Robyn Schneider

I WANNA READ THIS SO BAD!

  • Read 7 Books Overall

I also hope to get to The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales and Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger too. (But I’m not promising anything)

    

Are you taking part in the Booktubeathon? If so, what are you reading?

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Hello!

Here’s a few things about me:

I’m 19 years old, and I’m from the UK.

I love reading YA, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Mysteries, Classic Literature, LGBTQIA and Thrillers, among others.

I also love watching TV shows, especially when I can sit down and watch like a whole series in a day…Those are my favourite days. Netflix is basically my life.

I write songs, and then sing them in front of people sometimes… That’s pretty scary.

So yeah, for the time being, that’s all you need to know about me 🙂

Here’s a few links were you can find me:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/9521363-shannon-jackson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShannonJ995

Instagram: ShannonJ995