Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is characters that I didn’t click with or in my case the characters I wanted to punch in the face:
- Ana Steele & Christian Grey – Fifty Shades of Grey
I couldn’t decide who I hated more so they are both my list! I hated Christian with a passion I never knew existed within myself. Every time he opened his mouth I wanted to punch him in the face, and every time Ana referenced her inner goddess I wanted to punch her in the face as well. So basically, I went through the whole entire book wanting to punch someone in the face!
2. Kate Winters – Goddess Inheritance
I hate putting Kate on this list but it had to be done. I loved Kate in the first two books, I was all about her and what she stood for! But then the third and final book came out and the character I loved so much beforehand turned into someone I didn’t recognize and I wanted to punch her in the face!
3. Daniel Grigori – Fallen Series
Daniel and I have a complicated relationship. When I didn’t want to punch him in the face I wanted to give him a hug, but majority of the time I wanted to punch in the face. He kept to many secrets for me to truly like his character.
4. All Characters – Lumberjanes
After hearing nothing but great things about this series I went into expecting greatness. Instead, I hated it. I hated it so much. Mainly for the blatant fact that I couldn’t connect to any of the characters, not even one! But at least I didn’t have the urge to punch anyone in the face!
5. Morgan – #16thingsIthoughtweretrue
There really isn’t much I can say about Morgan, I just disliked her from the very beginning. I found her character to be dissatisfying, annoying, whiny, and inconsiderate. The main plot of the story resolves around a stupid, STUPID video that she saw uploaded by her friend and had no problems with it until she got backlash about it. Then she had the nerve to play the victim, and pretend like she didn’t know the video was uploaded. The urge to punch Morgan in the face was REAL!
6. Cassie – Beautiful
I didn’t want to punch Cassie in the face, I wanted to give her hug and tell her to stop trying to be something she’s not and just be herself. But I didn’t like her at all or the story.
7. Nyx & Shade – Cruel Beauty
I couldn’t decide who I disliked more because I wanted to punch both of them in the face so they’re both on my list. The reason we didn’t click was because of Insta-love. Within like five pages they were already proclaiming their love for each other. YUCK.
8. Mike – Exposed
Mike gave me the creeps. I didn’t believe him & he took nothing serious. I wanted to punch him in the face for thinking that the situation he was in was not a big deal.
9. Massie – Clique Series
I read a huge chunk of this series when I was younger and the only thing I could was, how does this child even have friends? She’s such a little brat!
10. Luke Williams – Come Away with Me
He reminded me of Christian Grey. I wanted to fight him.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? Who are some characters you didn’t click with? DO we share any of the same ones? If so, who? and why!!
I am so excited to be a part of this tour!!!
First Published October 12, 1957
I really have never actually sat down and read this book! Can you believe it??? Nope! Not until the day I received it in the mail for this tour! Now though, I understand why so many people are fascinated with the Grinch:0
I really enjoyed the story of Mr. Grinch trying his best to take Christmas away from the residents of Whoville. His crazy antics of even stealing the food left me with quite a few giggles! BUT, my favorite character of the book has got to be little Cindy-Lou Who. She is just so little and cute!
I also enjoyed the whole lesson behind the book that Christmas is to be more than just presents and food. The fact that in the end, Mr. Grinch ended up celebrating himself was a wonderful ending to this fantastic children’s tale!
About Dr. Seuss
Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. His long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys and a Peabody. Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books during his lifetime, and his books have sold more than 650 million copies worldwide. Though Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit Seussville.com.
About What Pet Should I Get?
In the Fall of 2013, an original manuscript with accompanying sketches by Dr. Seuss, aka Ted Geisel, was discovered in the La Jolla, California home of the late beloved children’s author. That complete manuscript was for the picture book,
WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?, and will be published by Random House Children’s Books on July 28, 2015. It is the first original new Dr. Seuss book since the publication of the last book of Dr. Seuss’s career, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! in 1990. WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? captures the excitement of a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and features the brother and sister characters that Dr. Seuss drew in One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.
Follow the Tour!!
- And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, 1937 – The Young Folks.com
- The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, 1938 – Bookish Antics
- The Seven Lady Godivas, 1939 – The Eater of Books
- The King’s Stilts, 1939 – On Starships and Dragonwings
- Horton Hatches the Egg, 1940 – The Book Cellar
- McElligot’s Pool, 1947 – Media Mikes
- Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, 1948 –Mommie of 2
- Bartholomew and the Oobleck, 1949 – Nonperfect Parenting
- If I Ran the Zoo, 1950 – Live to Read
- Scrambled Eggs Super! 1953 – Word Spelunking
- Horton Hears a Who! 1954 – Bookiemoji
- On Beyond Zebra! 1955 – Jessabella Reads
- If I Ran the Circus, 1956 – Book Hounds
- The Cat in the Hat, 1957 – The Bookbag
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 1957 – Nightly Reading
- The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, 1958 – Winter Haven Books
- Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, 1958 – Alice Marvels
- Happy Birthday to You! 1959 – Chapter by Chapter
- Green Eggs and Ham, 1960 – Poland Bananas
- One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, 1960 – Once Upon a Twilight
- The Sneetches and Other Stories, 1961 – The Mod Podge Bookshelf
- Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, 1962 – Good Books and Good Wine
- Dr. Seuss’s ABC, 1963 – The Irish Banana
- Hop on Pop, 1963 – Mundie Moms
- Fox in Socks, 1965 – Page Turners
- I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, 1965 – Book Rock Betty
- The Cat in the Hat Songbook, 1967 – Giveaway Train
- The Foot Book, 1968 – I Am A Reader
- I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories, 1969 – Cuddlebuggery
- I Can Draw It Myself, 1970 – The Children’s Book Review
- Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? 1970 – Curling Up with a Good Book
- The Lorax, 1971 – Elizziebooks
- Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! 1972 – Reading with ABC
- Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? 1973 – Me, Myshelf, and I
- The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, 1973 – Paperback Princess
- There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! 1974 – Presenting Lenore
- Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! 1975 – YA Books Central
- The Cat’s Quizzer, 1976 – Lille Punkin’
- I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! 1978 – Confessions Of A Vi3tbabe
- Oh Say Can You Say? 1979 – Ex Libris
- Hunches in Bunches, 1982 – No BS Book Reviews
- The Butter Battle Book, 1984 – Novel Novice
- You’re Only Old Once! 1986 – Dad of Divas
- Oh, the Places You’ll Go! 1990 – Jesse the Reader
Thanks to Random House Children’s Books for the review copy and inviting me on this awesome tour!!
published October 7th 2014 by Grand Central Publishing
A strange and charming collection of hilariously absurd poetry, writing, and illustration from one of today’s most popular young comedians…
EGGHEAD: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone
Bo Burnham was a precocious teenager living in his parents’ attic when he started posting material on YouTube. 100 million people viewed those videos, turning Bo into an online sensation with a huge and dedicated following. Bo taped his first of two Comedy Central specials four days after his 18th birthday, making him the youngest to do so in the channel’s history. Now Bo is a rising star in the comedy world, revered for his utterly original and intelligent voice. And, he can SIIIIIIIIING!
In EGGHEAD, Bo brings his brand of brainy, emotional comedy to the page in the form of off-kilter poems, thoughts, and more. Teaming up with his longtime friend, artist, and illustrator Chance Bone, Bo takes on everything from death to farts in this weird book that will make you think, laugh and think, “why did I just laugh?”
The first thing I want to say about this book is that it might not be for everybody. Some poems in this book are crude and inappropriate, some aren’t funny ( none of them might be funny, depending on who you are) some are complete nonsense and others are so beautiful and honest I had to stop for a minute just to fully absorb the words that I had just read. So Again this book might not be for everybody, but it was for me and I enjoyed every second of it.
I loved this book, it reminded me of my days in elementary school fight of the Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. Bo Burnham’s writing and Chance Bone’s illustrations are so reminiscent of Silverstein that it’s crazy and made me so nostalgic. As I said before some poems in this book are crude and nonsensical which threw me off a bit in the beginning because I would read one of those crude nonsensical poems then be thrown off by the utter beauty of the poem that rested on the next page. And honestly by the time I finished this book I found that I didn’t hate those poems, I loved them because its what made this book unique and so completely different from any collection of poetry that I have ever read. So even though I know that this book will not appeal to everybody I still recommend it to everyone .
In short: Egghead is hands down one of my favorite collection of poems. I enjoyed this book immensely. I found a lot of the poems hilarious, not all of them were funny some were confusing and weird, others were cute and heartwarming! It’s amazing, take the chance and read it whether you like poetry or not; and hopefully you won’t regret it.
Here are some of my favorites from the book:
Dirty Pretty Things is the much anticipated book by Michael Faudet. His whimsical and often erotic writing has already captured the hearts and minds of literally thousands of readers from around the world. He paints vivid pictures with intricate words and explores the compelling themes of love, loss, relationships and sex. All beautifully captured in poetry, prose, quotes and little short stories.
This book was bittersweet for me. It was Bittersweet because I
hated strongly disliked it, but I also found quite a bit of poems and quotes that I actually liked. Also, because I spent a significant amount of time obsessing over this book hoping and wondering when I would actually be able to hold it, and I was let down.
There are 126 poems & short stories within this book, and I only liked 23 of them. I have followed Faudet on social media for a while and before now I have loved everything that I have read. But after reading this book I have to say that majority of his work is poorly written and utterly lackluster.
I found the few short stories in here annoying and uninteresting and eventually just started to skip them to be completely honest. After reading this book It feels like I have gotten an in depth look into his and his partner’s sex life and let me tell you, It wasn’t fascinating, or beautiful, or provocative; It was annoying, unmoving, repetitive, and poorly written. I would read a poem or short story that started out quite beautiful or interesting only for the facade to shatter when he said things like “f**king hard and fast, the way she liked” or “f**k me like you hate me” or “I want you to use me like I’m you own personal sex doll” honestly, this isn’t a book of poetry, it’s an expose on his sex life and honestly If it were written better I wouldn’t even mind.
The poems would start out great but as soon as sex was brought into it, the quality of the writing dropped dramatically. Just know before going into this book that sex is a main factor and if that offends or makes you uncomfortable then this book is not for you.
hated strongly disliked this book I would like to share some of the ones I actually liked:
Published on July 7, 2015 by HarperTeen
ARC copy given by publisher in exchange of an honest review.
Seventeen-year-old Stevie is trapped. In her life. In her body. And now in an eating-disorder treatment center on the dusty outskirts of the New Mexico desert.
Life in the center is regimented and intrusive, a nightmare come true. Nurses and therapists watch Stevie at mealtime, accompany her to the bathroom, and challenge her to eat the foods she’s worked so hard to avoid.
Her dad has signed her up for sixty days of treatment. But what no one knows is that Stevie doesn’t plan to stay that long. There are only twenty-seven days until the anniversary of her brother Josh’s death—the death she caused. And if Stevie gets her way, there are only twenty-seven days until she too will end her life.
In this emotionally haunting and beautifully written young adult debut, Meg Haston delves into the devastating impact of trauma and loss, while posing the question: Why are some consumed by their illness while others embark on a path toward recovery?
First off, this cover is B-E-A-utiful!!! I can’t get over how pretty it is and secretly spotted this book due to the cover specifically before actually reading the blurb!
While reading this book, I felt a whole lot of different emotions!! I was angry at Stevie for not wanting to get the help she needed. I felt a smile coming on when she was being snarky with her therapist. I also felt sadness that she was ill to begin with and when she finally broke the barrier and decided to get the help she needed!
This book was written beautifully and the reader is able to really get all the feelings that the main character of Stevie is going through right along with her. The story is easy to follow and really gets right to the heart of mental illness and eating disorders. Not only do you get a glimpse of what life is like for our main character but you get to see what is happening with the other background characters as well.
I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this book but was pleasantly surprised that I did. This one was a non stop read for me and I was able to finish in one sitting!
Naked by Stacey Trombley
Release Date: 07/07/15
Summary from Goodreads:
I was a little hesitant to read this book but as most of you already know, I love books that deal with really taboo issues and this one really had my interest from the blurb.
I had always heard stories of runaways that had turned to prostitution but had never realized what would happen if one decided to come back home and try to fit into their old life. Of course it would be difficult after all that they had been through but I never realized how difficult.
This book opened my eyes to all of these questions. I am not sure if the author had interviewed people that had been through this predicament or not but it seemed pretty spot on to me!
I really liked Anna and absolutely understood the reason why she left in the first place. Her father was down right horrible and I had wished that her mother was a tad bit stronger for her. I was secretly glad in the beginning when she was given to the police hoping that her life could change for the better.
There were a few tears shed during the course of this book! I just felt so sorry and sad for Anna that she was trying to do better and be better but the bullies kept putting her down.
I loved the ending! I honestly thought it was perfect and I wouldn’t have changed a thing! On another note, I need to comment on the cover and state how perfect for the book it really is!
About the Author:
Fill out the Rafflecopter to enter:
NightlyReading will be hosting a Read Along of The Maze Runner Series!!
I am so excited since I had seen the movie but have not read the books as of yet. I really want to see how the book compares to the movie which I thought was fantastic!!
We will be starting off with the first book in the series for the month of July, The Maze Runner. The schedule will be as follows:
July 1st- Discuss Chapters 1-13
July 8th-Discuss Chapters 13-26
July 15th-Discuss Chapters 26-39
July 22nd-Discuss Chapters 39-52
July 29th-Discuss Chapters 52-Epilogue
If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.
Please leave a comment to let us know if you will be joining in! The more the merrier!!
Review copies for the Read Along were given by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.
Discussion #1 Chapters 13-26
We are still getting to know the other kids in the glade and kind of getting use to being here. Thomas gets to see what happens when someone gets cast out and that was a little tough to read:( There is NO WAY that I would be able to stand by and let that happen especially if they started crying!
Now the book seems to be getting really interesting! Thomas risks his life to save Albi and he is finally being noticed as something other than a “Greenie”.
The end of Chapter 26 kind of left me on a tad bit of a cliffhanger and I can’t wait to start on Chapter 27!
Leave a comment and let me know what you thought about this week’s reading??
WOW is a weekly meme where we showcase which upcoming titles we are most excited for.
This week’s WOW is:
The Unforgiven by Lauren Kate
To be released on November 10, 2015 by Delacorte Press
It’s the book FALLEN fans have been waiting for: Cam’s story, the brooding, bad-boy dark angel readers love.
High school can be hell.
Cam knows what it’s like to be haunted. He’s spent more time in Hell than any angel ever should. And his freshest Hell is high school, where Lilith, the girl he can’t stop loving, is serving out a punishment for his crimes.
Cam made a bet with Lucifer: he has fifteen days to convince the only girl who really matters to him to love him again. If he succeeds, Lilith will be allowed back into the world, and they can live their lives together. But if he fails…there’s a special place in Hell just for him.
Spread your wings and cry as bad boy dark angel Cam finally reveals his anguished heart in the epic new FALLEN novel, UNFORGIVEN.
I really enjoyed the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. I know it had some mixed reviews and I loved the whole series so I am extremely excited to be getting this fifth book!!!
Published May 8, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Purchased by Reviewer
From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak.
Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.
Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.
As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.
It took me a while to read this book, even though it had sat on my shelf for about a year. I guess it was over hyped and I didn’t want to ruin it by getting my hopes up that it would be great? Well, I should have read it sooner, because it was!
There are so many different aspects to this book! There is a little mystery, there is a reunion of sorts, there is love between members of a family, and a little romance between a boy and a girl, there is also hope and loss.
I enjoyed the character of Taylor. She was snarky when she had to be and serious when it was called for. I really liked the quiet moments that she spent with her Dad. You could tell that he really loved his children and tried to put forth a tremendous effort to make them believe he was okay.
The romance and friendship were cute too! I do not want to get too much into it for fear of giving anything away. BUT, you must know that you will be immediately adding another book boyfriend to your already long list!!!
This book made me rethink the relationship with my own father and also made me want to take a trip to the Poconos! We only live about 45 minutes from the setting in the book and I secretly felt closer to the story because of it. The ending was excruciating for me, probably due to my own daddy issues but it seriously tore my heart out!
Anyone whom loves contemporary needs to read this book! Get the tissues ready though! Don’t say I didn’t warn you;)
Published June 18, 2015 by Vintage
See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey.
In Christian’s own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.
Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.
Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?
This book is intended for mature audiences ONLY!
We all know the story from Anna’s POV and I was REALLY excited to get the story from THE man himself….Christian Grey! I was slightly disappointed:(
The book was a little hard to get through even in Christian’s point of view since it was the same old story, which I expected due to it being a companion to the 50 series. But, I was expecting a little more from our boy! Ms. James kind of made him sound like an even more of a prick than he already is??? I was also expecting a little more of an epilogue???
Now, since the book was over 500 pages, I was under the impression that this book was from Christian’s perspective but included all 3 books from the series…. See what happens when you assume?
This book was only book one in a series of 3! UGH!!! I was a bit disappointed and am not sure if I will continue the other 2 books in this companion series? It took me a while to get through this first one and had actually considered putting it down a few times. Maybe I will pick up the third if it gives us a little more than what we got in darker??
Published on April 24, 2014 by Delacorte Books For Young Readers
Review copy given by publisher in exchange of an honest review.
The Fearless. An army, powered by an incredible new serum that makes each soldier stronger, sharper, faster than their enemies. Intended as a force for good, the serum has a terrible side-effect – anyone who takes it is stripped of all humanity, empathy, love. And as the Fearless sweep through the country, forcing the serum on anyone in their path, society becomes a living nightmare.
Cass remembers the night they passed through her village. Her father was Altered. Her mother died soon after. All Cass has left is her little brother – and when Jori is snatched by the Fearless and taken to their hellish lair, Cass must risk everything to get him back.
As all of you know, I LOVE POST APOCALYPTIC STORIES!!!
This book was no exception to that rule! I loved the way the author created a different kind of apocalypse story!
Cass is an awesome character. I did have a few heart wrenching moments while reading this book while Cass just kept on muddling through! She was awesome by taking the initiative to care for her younger brother after she had lost her family.
I liked that we had gotten the full story in the beginning of the book and not just flashbacks from the characters. It helps the reader get the whole picture of the story.
The idea of “fearless” is very unique and not that I expect it to happen anytime in the future, it kind of actually could? I liked how the author used the idea of a serum and the fact that it stole the emotions right out of the people whom received it. This is not your typical zombie story!
I was very disappointed in the character of Sol and really did not see that coming! I actually liked him in the beginning and wanted Cass to give him a chance. For awhile, I felt like she was being such a b_itch to him. BUT, in the end, I am glad with all that went down and found myself truly adoring Myo.
The story is told in alternating POV’s which helps the reader get all different perspectives. If you love apocalyptic stories as much as I do, then you should pick this one up! Non stop action from the beginning until the end and I am hoping there may be a sequel soon!!!