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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T5W: Required Reading

Hello you sexy ladies and gents! How are you today? I’m most certainly not okay as I watched the Pretty Little Liars finale today… and I’m just not okay!!

Anyway! Today is Wednesday, so I thought I would do a quick Top Five Wednesday as today’s topic was really interesting. Top Five Wednesday was created by GingerReadsLainey and you can check out the Goodreads group for all the information you could possibly wish for! This weeks topic is your top five favourite books that you were required to read for school.

I had a hard time doing this one as at my schools we didn’t really read whole books for exams and assignments. I’m from England so I will try my best with what years/grades I would have been in when reading these books.But here goes nothing! As always these are not in order.

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I read this in Year 3 in Primary School and I was 7, turning 8 (which I believe is the 2nd Grade?). This is about a young boy who washes up on a deserted island after he is thrown over board during a stormy night on his families boat. I loved this, and I think everyone in my class really enjoyed it. We also read Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo, but I didn’t really enjoy that all that much.

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2. The Harry Potter Series (Books 1-4) – J. K. Rowling

Yes! We read the first four books in the Harry Potter series in Year 3 (2nd Grade). It was a wonderful time!

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3. Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare

Now we read a lot of Shakespeare during Secondary School but Romeo and Juliet stuck out the most. We read it in Year 10 (9th Grade) and again in Year 11 (10th Grade). I loved this and we also got to watch the Baz Luhrmann 1996 film with Leonardo DiCaprio in it which was a bonus!

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4. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

A Christmas Classic is it not?! Marley and Scrooge! Christmas Ghosts! What’s not to love? We read this in Year 11 (10th Grade) and we also got to watch A Muppet’s Christmas Carol which is just brilliant.

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5. Of Mice And Men – John Steinbeck

A classic that I think was read by everyone in England (maybe? That’s probably a lie actually). Once again we read this in Year 11 (10th Grade), and I remember the whole class had to take turns reading pages out loud. We then watched the film after reading it, and then we may have read it again before out exams started later that year.

What did you have to read during school? Did you enjoy any of them? Let me know, maybe you read something I have? Until next time guys!

Bye!

T5W: Anticipated New Releases For The Rest Of The Year

Happy Wednesday humans!

I’m here today with another Top 5 Wednesday. As always Top Five Wednesday was created by GingerReadsLainey over on YouTube, and you can find the Goodreads group here. This weeks topic is the new releases you are most excited for that haven’t been released yet!

In no particular order, here they are:

  • Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

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I’ve heard soooo much about this! It kind of sounds a little like Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas, so I’m excited for this!

  • Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

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I’ve yet to read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (please don’t kill me) but I’m just excited for more Rainbow! Yes!

  • Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between – Jennifer E. Smith

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I love Jennifer E. Smith. I’ve read (I think) everything she has written and I’m super excited for this!

  • Winter – Marissa Meyer

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Need I say more?! Need this!

  • Revival – Stephen King

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So this has actually already been released in hardback. But I hate hardback, so much! So I’m waiting for the paperback to come out, which is so soon! I need this!

What are you most looking forward to? Let me know!

TW5: Things On My Bookshelf That Are Not Books

My first ever Top Five Wedneday! Yay! As I’m sure everyone knows, Top Five Wednesday was created by GingerReadsLainey over on YouTube. You can check out the Goodreads page here with all the info you need.

This weeks topic is things that are not books on your book shelf. I had a look round and (tried) to take some pretty pictures of what I have lying around my bookshelf. So here we go!

First up, I have this little artificial flower that I got from Wilkinsons. I think it’s dead cute and matches other home decor stuff I have in my room.
Next I have this little guitar shaped bottle opener. One of my brothers gave me this when I went off to University to study music. It’s just a nice little addition to my bookshelf, and I always know where it is when I need it.How cute is this pig?! It’s just a miniature glass pig I picked up when I was in Scotland when I was like 13 years old. It just sits on top on my books looking pretty.

This is a stack of business cards I have acquired over many, many years. Whenever I see one, I have to pick it up and take it, it’s like a compulsion. I use these as my bookmarks, and I think they make pretty decent bookmarks. And lastly! This is Chanel soap. I was given this as a gift on my 18th birthday and I just can’t justify using it! It’s expensive soap and looks so much better decorating my shelf. It smells amazing and I will use it at some point… just not yet 🙂

Happy Wednesday everyone!