Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn-Ons

book turn onsUnfortunately, I had missed out on doing this particular topic when it was done by The Broke And The Bookish a couple of weeks ago, but I still wanted to talk about what makes me want to read a book – especially since I shared ten things that are book turn-offs for me!

#1: A Pretty Cover

I feel like this is such a given, but it is still very true for me! Especially if it’s a book that I have heard little to nothing about. The cover is the first thing my eyes land on and if it’s appealing to me, I am definitely more likely to click through and read the synopsis! I am a sucker for a pretty cover! If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you might remember me constantly raving about the Caraval cover!

#2: Interesting Magical System

If you’re going to create a world with magic in it – please make it interesting. And don’t have it be the same thing over and over again! I really liked the way magic worked in the Shades Of Magic trilogy and what I’ve heard of the magic in the Mistborn trilogy is also really intriguing to me!

#3: Strong Female Friendships

A couple of years ago, I would have been all about girls getting into stupid arguments over unimportant things – luckily I have outgrown that phase! Nowadays, I am much more interested in seeing women being nice to each other, supporting each other and understanding each other! I am tired of petty arguments and judging girls for what or who they are doing or not doing (*cough* Clary in The Mortal Instruments *cough*).

#4: Kickass Female Characters

I think one of the main things that had me really interested in the Shades Of Magic trilogy was that people kept talking so highly of Lila and I just needed to know what she was all about! I love when a book features a female character that can kick some serious ass, has her own motivations and isn’t just reduced to a love interest! And Lila most definitely delivered!

#5: Diversity

And by diversity, I don’t mean the token Person Of Color that is featured in a story or the token LGBT+ Character. You can keep that kind of representation! What I want are characters that are so much more than what marks them as diverse. I feel like a good example for this is Rhy from, again, the Shades Of Magic trilogy! He wasn’t just a Person Of Color or an LGBT+ Character. He was both of those things but more importantly: he was so much more than that! He cared deeply about his family, he worried about his ability to be a good leader for his people and more. His character had many different facets!

#6: Praising Reviews

Whenever I keep seeing a book pop up over and over again and many different people seem to really love it, I’ll usually check it out and add it to my TBR too! I mean, who doesn’t want more great books in their lives, right? Examples for this would be the Shades Of Magic trilogy (sorry for constantly mentioning this, but it just fits!), Caraval and then a recent TBR addition: The Foxhole Court.

#7: Author I Love

If an author I already know I enjoy brings out a new book, I am definitely going to at least add it to my TBR if not buy the book straight away – especially if it’s a story that is set in a world I already know! I will read any book by Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas, Marissa Meyer and my most recent addition Victoria Schwab who luckily has quite a few books released already!

#8: By A Beloved Author

Actually, Victoria Schwab would’ve originally been talked about in this part of today’s post, because her being loved by many people was another factor that played into me finally picking up SOM! But yeah, I definitely let myself be influenced by how much an author is loved by the community! If I keep hearing nothing but great things about someone, I am definitely more likely to check out their books. That’s actually how Red Rising ended up on my TBR: I kept hearing people fangirl over Pierce Brown!

#9: Tons Of Recommendations

This kind of goes along with #6, but I also wanted to mention this separately. Because I don’t always read reviews in full (I’ll usually just read the first part to get an overall idea) but I will watch tons of different recommendations videos and if a book keeps popping up in those, I will definitely check it out too! I mean, if people keep recommending it the book has to be good, right?

#10: Appealing Synopsis

And lastly, I pretty obvious one: an appealing synopsis! Because when it comes down to it, this is the thing that will make me pick up the book – or not! Pretty cover, great reviews and great author aside, if the storyline doesn’t sound interesting to me, there’s no way I’m going to pick up the book!

There we go! Ten things that will make it more likely for me to pick up a book! What are some of your book turn-ons? Do we share some of them? Let’s talk in the comments below!

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn-Offs

book turn offsTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the people over at The Broke And The Bookish! You should head on over and check out their link up for many more posts all about book turn-offs!

I haven’t participated in Top Ten Tuesday in a little while, mainly because I couldn’t come up with enough books/things or because I didn’t have the time! But I definitely wanted to join in with today’s topic, so let’s get started!

#1: An Unappealing Cover

Obviously, we all have different covers we consider to be ‘bad’ so this varies for all of us, but I know that if I see a cover that is ‘bad’ or unappealing to me I am less likely to check out the synopsis for the book! I obviously know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover but it happens all the time – especially with new-to-me authors!

#2: Mainly Negative Reviews

I’m sure we’ve all stumbled upon a book that had negative review upon negative review and that usually results in me losing any kind of interest I might have initially had. I do find that my want to read a book gets influenced by mainly negative reviews. But I don’t read entire reviews before going into a book – I look at the ratings and read the first little bit of a review to get people’s overall thoughts and that’s it.

#3: Problematic Representation

This wouldn’t have stopped me from reading a problematic book years ago, but since I’ve gotten more involved in the book community and started following book lovers and reviewers on Twitter, I’ve definitely been paying more attention to good representation in the books I pick up! Which resulted in me making sure to not pick up books that have gotten lots of negative reviews because of their representation issues. And no, I don’t have to read a book to make sure it’s actually problematic.

#4: Small Books

I often find myself gravitating towards books that are at the very least 350+ pages long. Anything below that I usually won’t read. I feel like the author needs more room to build their world and characters – especially fantasy or sci-fi novels! If it’s a contemporary novel, I might make an exception if the synopsis is appealing!

#5: Possibility Of A Love Triangle

A couple of years ago, this wouldn’t have been something that would bother me in a book, but nowadays I just don’t have the time to deal with love triangles. Honestly, the only love triangle I will ever deal with again is Will, Jem and Tessa from The Infernal Devices (look at me bringing up TID again!). If your synopsis has the tiniest hint of there being a triangle in the book, I am going to pass your book right along!

#6: Standalones

I don’t know what it is about standalones that usually leaves me uninterested in a story, but that’s a thing with me apparently. Unless of course it’s a contemporary novel! Then I’ll read it-  but if it’s a fantasy or sci-fi standalone I’ll probably pass the book along too. I love me a good series!

#7: Really Long Completed Series

This might be a bit of a weird one, but hear me out! I am currently in the middle of a few series (I might have to look at all of them soon) and while I absolutely don’t mind starting a new series – I do kind of mind if it’s a six or seven book series that is completely published already. It feels like too big a commitment! Once I start a series that is complete, I like to read it in is enirety. And if that’s six or seven books? That’s a lot of time spend in just one world/story that I could be spending in multiple different ones!

#8: Author Has Gotten Negative Attention

I feel like this goes along with #3, but I still wanted to mention it. If I hear about an author handling criticm poorly or anything along those lines, it’ll usually make me not want to read their books anymore. I remember there being something about Colleen Hoover a couple of months ago and I’ve since decided to not touch her books ever (I haven’t read any of them yet).

#9: Too Much Hype

Don’t we all know of books that are so hyped that we’re just turned off from them? And it doesn’t even have to be a recent release. I feel like the Harry Potter series is one of those books for me. It is so beloved by so many people of all ages that I am worried I won’t enjoy it as much and what do I do then? But sometimes the hype is also what gets me interested in a series (see: Shades Of Magic!), so this isn’t a strict no for me when it comes to a book.

#10: Unappealing Synopsis

You won’t believe how much trouble I had thinking of a tenth aspect when I hadn’t even included the most obvious on yet: the story just doesn’t sound appealing to me! I mean, obviously, right? But it’s still true and I wanted to include it here. Because even if the book has the prettiest cover, I have heard nothing but good things about the book and author, if the story doesn’t sound like something I will end up enjoying I won’t be reading that book. End of story.

There we have it! Ten things that are going to turn me away from one book and towards a book that sounds like it’s more up my alley! What are your turn offs? Do we share some of them? Let’s discuss in the comments and feel free to leave your links too! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Books (And TV Shows) You Won’t Be Able To Quit

books you won be able to quitTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke And The Bookish! Check out all of their future topics by clicking here! This week’s topic was a Read In One Sitting theme, so everything from short books, to books that keep you engaged and reading all day/night or books to read when you’re short on time was allowed!

I decided to go for books that kept me engaged and reading the day away. I wasn’t able to list ten books, though, so I decided to include three TV shows that I watched in one sitting to make my list of ten complete – I hope you guys don’t mind!

Books

acomafA Court Of Mist And Fury

Oh, will A Court Of Mist And Fury keep you engaged and reading well into the night! I just read through my own reading updates in preparation for this blog post and I was so hooked on the story and it’s characters and the backstories, the revelations and the declarations this story had to offer! I am already so excited and ready for my re-read of this beauty of a book (probably towards the end of April)!

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With A List Of Cages, I literally read a book in one sitting. I picked it up sometime during the afternoon and just read and read and read until I finished the very last sentence. I didn’t do anything that entire day. I think I almost forgot to cook myself dinner because I was so wrapped up in the story and what was happening to the characters that I just couldn’t stop reading. I actually talked more about how I felt about this book in my review, if you want to check that out!

 

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Caraval was such an intriguing story and I really found myself being wrapped up in the world and story and again, unable to stop turning page after page! I love whenever I stumble across a book like that! I will often find myself reading like that toward the end of a good book because I just need to know what happens next, but it doesn’t always happen for the entirety of a book. I also talked more about my feelings on Caraval in my review so you can check that out for more information too!

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I am almost surprised that Clockwork Prince is the only Cassandra Clare book that made it onto my list (and that it wasn’t Clockwork Princess), but according to my reading updates I really, really enjoyed reading and re-reading this book a lot and so it had to be featured on this list! We have established my love of The Infernal Devices over many, many posts so I don’t think I have to say much more about it. Just know that it’s definitely worth your time!

 

crown of midnightCrown Of Midnight

I read Crown Of Midnight in about two days according to my reading updates and like with all the books on this list, I really loved reading it and my own updates were so much fun to read back over again! This book is also quite the step up from Throne Of Glass which I felt was too predictable and we didn’t get to see Celaena be the feared assassin she was supposed to be. All of that finally changed in Crown Of Midnight and it was such a welcome change too!

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Oh, Marissa Meyer and her beautiful writing! Heartless was written so well and the story was so engaging that I just couldn’t stop reading and had to finish the book as quickly as possible! I had never read anything Wonderland related before, so I had a few trouble (as I mentioned in my review) at first but once I got used to the nature of the characters it was a really smooth ride to the finish! I can’t wait for Marissa Meyer to write more books because I am ready for the next story she has to offer me!

heir of fireHeir Of Fire

I picked up Heir Of Fire the day I finished reading Crown Of Midnight and read it in no time too. I remember telling myself I would start reading early that one particular day so I wouldn’t read into the early hours of the morning and annoy my parents by sleeping all day. But that didn’t quite work out as I had planned. I read the entire night and didn’t stop reading until I turned that final page at around 9AM. Needless to say, my parents weren’t too happy about it but what can you do? Luckily I live on my own now, so no one tells me off for reading through the nights.

Now let’s talk about the three TV-Shows I think you guys might really enjoy binge watching too! I sure did!

TV-Shows

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I keep talking about One Day At A Time and telling everyone to watch it because it’s soo good and I love all of the characters – especially grandma Lydia! She is a god damn gift! I don’t think I have watched many TV-shows focused on Cuban-American families before so having this be one of the first shows like that was great! The show deals with a lot of social issues and I think it’s done very well too! Elena Alvarez is such a great character and I think she might be important to a lot of girls too! I can’t wait for season 2!

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Me and Sense8 actually have a bit of a funny story. One night I decided I wanted to watch something new and I had heard so many people on my Twitter timeline back then talk about Sense8 and how great it is. So, at about 1:30AM I decided I would watch the first episode and see how I feel about it, right? I watched two episodes that night and then I really needed to sleep. But! As soon as I woke up the next morning, I turned on the next episode and watched the rest of the season in one sitting. I was hooked. My friend on Twitter actually made fun of me for being all ‘I don’t know if I’ll like this’ the night before to then watching an entire season in one sitting the next day. But she gets me! Sometimes that’s just how things go.

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Stitchers is actually my most recent ‘I watched this in one sitting’ show! Just the other day I randomly decided I wanted to watch a new show. I hadn’t felt any interest in picking up a book in days but I wanted to do something fun so a new show it was. I watched all ten episodes of season 1 and the first episode of season 2 back to back before I finally went to bed. Then I continued and finished season 2 the very next day. And then I complained about having to wait until June 5th for new episodes. Because isn’t that the story of my life? Funny side note: the same friend I just mentioned also loves Stitchers and she was so excited when she saw my tweet about watching Stitchers!

Next time you find yourself with a lot of time on your hand and no idea what to do, pick up one of these books or watch one of the three TV-Shows! I can guarantee that you won’t regret picking either of them! They are all pretty awesome if I say so myself!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want To Read This Spring

spring TBRTop Ten Tuesday is hosted and created by the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish and features a different topic each week for which you’re supposed to create a list of ten books (or things)! This week’s topic is Books I want To Read This Spring, so let’s get this list going!

 

 

 

 

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I have slowly been reading my way through the Shades Of Magic trilogy by VE Schwab since February and I cannot wait to finally complete the trilogy and see how everything wraps up in A Conjuring Of Light – though I have to say I am worried for all of these characters! I’ve reviewed both A Darker Shade Of Magic and A Gathering Of Shadows on the blog before, click here and here to read them!

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I am a big fan of Sarah J. Maas’ A Court Of Thorns And Roses trilogy (especially ACOMAF at this point in time) and I am so ready to finally get my hands on the next (and last, I think) installment in this trilogy: A Court Of Wings And Ruin! The ending of A Court Of Mist And Fury was infuriating and awesome at the same time! I am counting down the days and hoping that my pre-order arrives in time (does anyone have experience with pre-orders from bookdepositry?)!

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In the months leading up to the US election last year, I came across videos of Trevor Noah hosting The Daily Show and I have really grown to like what he has to say and how he says it and I have learned bits and pieces about him and where he’s from. So when I learned that he had published Born A Crime and watched interviews about it, I was hooked! I can’t wait to read this and find out more about his childhood living in a country where his existence was considered a crime because of his heritage. It sounds really fascinating!

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I think this comes as no surprise to most of you who have been reading our blog, seeing how I am quite the Shadowhunters Universe fan! Before I read Lord Of Shadows I will probably also re-read Lady Midnight because I like having the events of previous books fresh in my mind when I move on to the next book in a series and I feel like I have already forgotten most of what happened! I can’t wait to be reunited with the Carstairs and Blackthorns and see how the story unfolds further – especially with what happened at the very end of Lady Midnight!

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Continuing with the whole Shadowhunters Universe talk, I also really want to finally read Tales Froom The Shadowhunters Academy and The Bane Chronicles. I just can’t quite decide which one I want to read first. Especially since I haven’t finished my re-read of The Mortal Instruments yet and I am kind of holding off until I do that so I am familiar with all of the characters and events before I dive into the novellas for the first time! There is going to be so much from this universe in my reading this year and I am loving even just the thought of it!

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The Bear And The Nightingale hits all of my marks for a book that sounds intriguing to me! It’s set in Russia and is a retelling of Russian folklore! I have seen this book around bookstagram and on a couple of blogs recently and I am just so curious to see if I will enjoy this book! I haven’t read anything set in Russia or influenced by Russian culture in ages! It’s about time, I think.

hateugive_10-10snapThe Hate U Give

I have been thinking and talking about The Hate U Give since I created my February releases post back at the end of January and now it’s the middle of March already and I still haven’t gotten my copy of this book! I just want to get my hands on this book and start reading it. Is it really that difficult to just deliver it to me already?

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Back when Caraval was first released so, so many people compared it to The Night Circus and since I did really enjoy Caraval (I talk more about it in my review) I definitely want to read The Night Circus too! I have since heard people who absolutely love The Night Circus and have read Caraval say that The Night Circus is better, so I am excited! I haven’t read many books (or any apart from Caraval) set in a circus so I can’t wait to expand my list of books featuring this element!

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After having only read two books by VE Schwab (or Victoria Schwab) I am already 100% convinced that I want to read the rest of her published work too! And This Savage Song sounds so interesting and the concept of criminal acts manifesting themselves in monsters? How awesome does that sound?! Also, there is apparently no romance!

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Lastly, we have Marissa Meyer’s newest release and what would be a new form of media for me when it comes to reading: graphic novel Wires and Nerve! I really adored the character of Iko in The Lunar Chronicles and I cannot wait to see her go on adventures of her own but also be reunited with everyone from The Lunar Chronicles! This is hopefully going to be a fun read!

There you have it! A list of ten books that I hope to read this spring! Have you read any of them? If so, which ones should be priority reads? Let me know in the comments and let’s discuss the awesomeness of the books you have read!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I want to read this Spring

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted and created by the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week you’re supposed to compile a list of things or books for a certain topic! So here we go!

Cress

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I’ve been making my way through my TBR and Cress is next on my list. Diving back into this world is going to be awesome because I do really love it but I wanted to get to other books first before I start Cress. A lot of people said this is their favorite one so I’m even more excited to read it soon!

Marissa certainly didn’t dissapoint with her writing of this series so far!

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Swetlana already read this book and her review totally sold me and I just had to add it to my TBR and buy it. It sounds really magical and fun. The premise with these two sisters going to Caraval and then ending up in a game so dangerous it might tear them apart forever. Needless to say the cover is absolutely gorgeous! I cannot wait to read it.

 

Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix

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I mentioned that I have read the first 4 books in this series in August last year & this year I want to continue and finish it all. Knowing what happens in the movie, I’m half dreading to read it because reading about it all is different from watching it because in the movie it all happens so fast and in the books you get more detail, you get to see what a character is feeling more clearly.

However this magical series sure will bring me to tears again. Maybe more than the movies.

History Is All You Left Me

30139283So far this list has quite a few Fantasy/Sci-Fi books in it but I also want to read more contemporaries and expand on the genres I read so that maybe I discover a new one that I’m gonna love.

History Is All You Left Me has been getting a lot of praise and attention. I have heard great things about Adam’s writing so this only solidifies my decision to add this here. The premise of lgbt+ characters and relationships already sold me.

I think it sounds like a beautiful, heartbreaking story about love, loss and relationships.

The Inexplicable Logic of my Life

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I have already read a book from this Author. (i.e. Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe) so this one sounds like a great one as well. I love his writing because it flows together so easily, with it’s metaphors, humor and impactful relationships that he writes about.

Another major selling point is that the family in this book is Mexican-American with a gay character. What more could I want?

The Darkest Minds

I have been eyeing this Trilogy for so long because I have wanted to read a dsytopi10576365an novel
for quite some time and this one has been mentioned a lot on booktube, so I had to jump on that bandwagon.

We follow the main character who survived a disease that has killed a lot of people around her and the government (and her parents) think she’s dangerous. She has to try and find ways to safety and survival. Which are all things that sound really interesting to me.

 

Shadow and Bone

10194157Six of Crows has made me fall in love with Leigh Bardugo’s writing and I want to read more of her books and the world of Grisha. It only seemed right to get this trilogy.

The Story follows one of the most powerful Grisha who has ever lived (which has been mentioned in Crooked Kingdom) which immediately sparked my interest in the main character.

I heard mixed things about it but I want to see it all for myself when I actually get to reading it.

 

A Darker Shade Of Magic

22055262This Trilogy has been on my radar ever since I heard about it and that it contains time travel which is a concept that I really haven’t read about yet as much and wanted to see more of.

Swetlana already read the first two books (here & here are her reviews)and she seemed to really love them which only made me want to read them even more – but first things first.

I’ve heard great things about the author and the writing so it’s all a great match!

Gemina

29236299Gemina is the second book in the Iluminae Files Trilogy, so, it’s only a given that this would be on my list this week! I have gone halfway through Illuminae until I didn’t pick it back up which is something that I intend on doing in the next couple of months depending on how far I get with the other books I want to read.

I really love the way these books are written it makes the reading experience so much fun and the physical copies of these books are awesome!

 

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Since summer is coming up it only seems appropriate to me to choose a contemporary that reminds me of summer, ice cream, walks in the park and just having fun with family and friends out in the sunshine.

It has a pretty solid rating on Goodreads and Booktubers that I watch have been loving this book a lot so I’m looking forward to discovering it too.

 

That is all for today! Let me know if you have read any of these books and what you thought of them, I’d love to know.