Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish! Each week there’s a prompt and bloggers give their top ten. I’ve seen so many people do this so I decided to join in!
Because I haven’t read a lot of books this year due to my intense semester, I decided to do my 5 recent 5-star reads and my 5 most disappointing reads as of late.
My best 5 star reads this school year
Deeper– I actually read Deeper on a whim because I’d heard so much buzz about it recently. And oh my god I couldn’t put it down. It was my first NA and I loved it way more than I thought I would. I’m asexual so I didn’t know how well a book focused a lot about sex would go over with me. But I was pleasantly surprised. It had me hooked and the tension was even getting to me.
It also tackled the important issue of revenge porn and the consequences. It talked about how people can be blinded by love and not see how awful someone is. It also talked about the guilt Caroline had about her feelings for Wes. Should a victim of revenge porn really want to sleep with another guy? How would that affect her? It had a great, powerful message to go along with the sexy aspect.
The Girl From Everywhere– Who doesn’t love time travel and pirates? Well granted they aren’t exactly pirates but they sail a pirate ship, so close enough. This book had me charmed from the beginning. I absolutely loved the rich relationships between the characters and the complex problem’s between Nix and her father and between Nix and Kashmir.
Honestly, I’m not to keen on Kashmir’s name because I think of the sweaters ( I know they’re not spelled the same but man is he swoon-worthy). It did have a bit of a love triangle but it felt natural. People meet new people and they change and that’s what this seemed to be.
The whole aspect of being able to go anywhere at all as long as you had a map is such a unique story aspect. The first place I’d go most likely would be Narnia. But honestly, this is beyond worth picking up.
The Love That Split The World– If you know me at all, you know this has quickly become my favorite book EVER. I could gush about this book for hours. Emily is such a sweet, down to earth girl and her writing is enchanting. I knew after the first sentence of this book that I was going to love it. It has romance, mystery, paranormal(ish), and real-life problems. From the problems of senior year and being unsure about your future, to seeing glimpses of wrong and meeting a boy who shouldn’t exist, this book has something for everyone.
I implore you to pick up this gem if you haven’t already. This book taught me something about myself and just resonated with me so hard that I find myself shoving it in everyone’s hands that I meet. This book is truly one of a kind and I don’t think you’ll find anything like it.
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart– This book was a wonderful, real-life love story. This book tied with Everything, Everything for my favorite contemporary read of 2015. I don’t know, there was just something about the honesty and realness of this book that had me hooked. From the unique protag to her swoon-worthy, secret-keeping crush, this book had everything. It honestly felt like I was glimpsing into someone’s life. And that life could belong to anyone I run into. It was just absolutely wonderful and I’d pick it up if I were you!
Two Boys Kissing– I absolutely love David Levithan. He had me hooked when I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson and I absolutely adored Every Day. He’s just such a greater writer and he writes on subjects most people don’t touch, from Two Boys Kissing to a person that has no gender at all. Two Boys Kissing is a quick read but well worth it. It touches the problems of being gay, coming out, and how complicated breakups can be. And it also reminds people that we’re people also.
My most disappointing reads
Beyond The Red– This book was very anticipated and hyped up. But after about 15% in I was just absolutely bored beyond my mind. I don’t know why I didn’t like the book or why I wasn’t hooked. I love space stuff and aliens and all that stuff. But this book, It just didn’t do it for me. But it wasn’t, by far, the worst book I’ve ever attempted to read.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before– I know how hyped this book is and how many people loved it, but honestly, I hated it. The main character was so whiny and annoying. I didn’t find her mature at all. I thought she was very childish and after struggling through 25%, I DNFed it without a second thought. Maybe it was the hype that made me feel guilty for not liking it? Or maybe it’s because I genuinely enjoy every book I read, but I just didn’t like it. At all.
Legacy of Kings- I was absolutely excited for this read. I’m a huge history nerd and I love retellings of things. But this was just a nightmare for me. The million different points of view had me utterly confused and disinterested. I didn’t finish this book and I was just left with a sense of disappointment. And I know a lot of people loved it, but I didn’t. I’m not trying to discourage you from reading it, but if multiple points of views aren’t your thing, I suggest you skip this one. I can do two, maybe three pov’s but this was just…no.
Gone Girl– Gone Girl was honestly one of the worst books I’ve ever read in my entire life. It was a mess and the plot twist was stupid. I just couldn’t believe any of this book nor what happened in it. I haven’t seen the movie but I doubt anything could save that disaster.
The Kill Order-I just found this book unnecessary. It didn’t explain much to me. It felt like a ploy to keep the publicity the Maze Runner series was getting to keep going. It wasn’t up to par writing wise to the other three and I was just disappointed in all honesty.