Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Feel Differently About Now

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey. You can check out the group’s Goodreads page for this month’s topics!

This week’s theme is books you feel differently now that you’ve had time to think about them or have re-read them. It can be one you loved at first and then thought about how many problems it actually had or even a book you didn’t really like at first but thought about it more and ended up loving it!

I actually have more books I ended up not loving over time but there are a couple I upped the rating on after some more thought! I’ll link up reviews if I have them too!

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5.) The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host (The Host, #1)

When I first read this book way back in 2008 I was crazy about it but over the years I realized it wasn’t THAT great. Don’t get me wrong it’s still a good book and I still liked it but thinking about it now it had more problems than I originally thought, such as that really annoying love triangle (quadrangle?). I went from a 4-5 star rating down to a 3 in the end.

4.) The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer

So obviously this was super popular back in the day and I read all of them thinking they were decent, mostly because EVERYONE was reading them though. Peer pressure. But nowadays I wonder why I even bothered? That love triangle was really atrocious. One to two star ratings.

3.) The House of Night Series by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

I read all of these but the last three and my question to myself is “Why”? I just kept reading them and really have no idea why since, in my opinion, they’re awful. So I went from enjoying them when I was younger to thinking they’re a total waste of time. One star rating for all of them I read.

2.) With Malice by Eileen Cook

With Malice

I really loved this book and originally gave it a 3/3.5 star rating since it wasn’t a perfect book but after some more thought I realized I liked way more than that and bumped it up to a 4 star rating.

You can read a full review here.

1.) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

The Dead House

I originally rated this a 3 but with a lot more thought I bumped it up to a 4 because even though I had several issues with the book I still very much enjoyed it.

You can read a full review here.

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Have you read any of these books?

What books did you feel differently about after some thought?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your T5W as well!

The Sassy

Top 5 Wednesday: Most Unlikable Characters (NOT Villains)

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey. You can check out the group’s Goodreads page for this month’s topics!

This week’s topic is unlikable characters but they can’t be villains! So basically any main characters or secondary characters you found annoying or just ya know…unlikable.

Please note that these are my own opinions and I don’t mean to offend anyone who does like the characters I mention!

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5.) Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas)

While Celaena isn’t the most unlikable character I’ve come across she still can contend in my top 5. My biggest problem with this character is that she is made out to be the kingdom’s most badass assassin and it just does not show at all, she spends far more time concerned about her cleanliness, clothes, and boys. Where was the badass-ness I was promised? I just found her to be really…annoying.

I feel scared because this is such a popular series but…

I’m basing this only off of book one since I have not read the entire series, let me know if she gets better later in the series!

You can read my full review here.

4.) Zoe Redbird (House of Night Series by P.C. & Kristin Cast)

How did I manage to read so many of these books? They were pretty bad in my opinion and all of the characters were pretty intolerable. Zoe Redbird is the main character and pretty much all she cares about is…you guessed it, boys. Basically you have a bunch of sex-crazed, annoying teenagers and Zoe is at their front.

3.) Alina Starkov (Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo)

Alina is probably the most special of snowflakes and it was annoying as hell. Not to mention the fact that she spends pretty much all of her time hating how attractive all of the other Grisha are compared to herself, because she’s “so plain and boring”. Almost every decision she made felt idiotic and it irritated me. All of that, for me, made for a very unlikable character.

You can read a mini review here.

2.) Jace Wayland (City of Bones by Cassandra Clare)

This was actually pretty much a toss up between him and Clary, I find them both equally annoying but Jace won out. I found him to be too narcissistic and he was more or less a douchebag. Sorry but this guy was way too annoying for me!

You can read a slightly rage-y review here.

1.) Bella Swan (The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer)

I don’t feel like I really have to explain this one, do I? It’s Bella Swan guys.

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Have you read any of these books?

What did you think of these characters?

What characters do you find the most unlikable?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave a link to your T5W as well!

The Sassy

Top 5 Wednesday: Recent Additions to My Wishlist!

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey. You can check out the group’s Goodreads page for this month’s topics!

Sorry I’ve been so absent lately guys I’ve been in a bit of a blogging slump and it has been feeling a little overwhelming at the moment, but I’m trying to get back on track so please bear with me as it will probably take me a while to reply to all of your comments over the past week and a half!

I’ve actually added quite a few books to my TBR/wishlist recently but most of them are older books that were published 2-4 years ago. Which is fine with me! Means I don’t have to wait around for them to get published, right? Let’s get started!

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5.) Parasite (Parasitology) by Mira Grant

Parasite (Parasitology, #1)


A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite – a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system – even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives…and will do anything to get them.

I really like science fiction but I never feel like I find any that sound this engaging and this book has pretty awesome reviews so it’s definitely one I want to add to my collection, although this is an adult book and not YA I still think it’s something I’d enjoy.

4.) Demon Road by Derek Landy

Demon Road (Demon Road, #1)


Full of Landy’s trademark wit, action and razor sharp dialogue, DEMON ROAD kicks off with a shocking opener and never lets up the pace in an epic road-trip across the supernatural landscape of America. Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers: they’re all here. And the demons? Well, that’s where Amber comes in…Sixteen years old, smart and spirited, she’s just a normal American teenager until the lies are torn away and the demons reveal themselves.

Forced to go on the run, she hurtles from one threat to another, revealing a tapestry of terror woven into the very fabric of her life. Her only chance rests with her fellow travellers, who are not at all what they appear to be…

This book was recommended to me by my buddy Michelle over at Book Adventures so make sure to head on over and check out her review of it! I’m a big fan of any fantasy and horror but I’m always a little leery of urban fantasy, lots of bad books did that to me, but I can honestly say this book sounds pretty damn awesome! It comes off as something that would be very Supernatural-esque so I’m in.

3.) Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Out of the Easy


It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer.

She devises a plan to get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

The city of New Orleans has always fascinated me and I can’t really explain but I can’t say no to a historical fiction book set there. Not to mention I hear great things about Ruta Sepetys’s books.

2.) Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine

Prince of Shadows


In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and—if they survive—marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day they are born.

Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him. At night, he is the Prince of Shadows, the greatest thief in Verona—and he risks all as he steals from House Capulet. In doing so, he sets eyes on convent-bound Rosaline, and a terrible curse begins that will claim the lives of many in Verona…
…And will rewrite all their fates, forever.

A Romeo and Juliet retelling! That’s really all it needed to tell me, well that and the great reviews of course.

1.) The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

The Chosen One


Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. That is, without questioning them much—if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.

But when the Prophet decrees that she must marry her sixty-year-old uncle—who already has six wives—Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever.

I have quite a bit of curiosity when it comes to polygamist communities so this sounds very interesting just for that aspect alone but from the other great reviews on this book I think it will prove to be interesting in many other ways as well.

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Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them?

Did you find any books on here that sound interesting to you as well?

What books did you recently add to your wishlist?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link your T5W as well!

The Sassy

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Posts on The Sassy Book Geek

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey. You can check out the group’s Goodreads page for this month’s topics!

This week’s theme is your favorite posts you did on your own blog, not anyone else’s but your own! I don’t know about you guys but that’s a very fun and different idea! It can be discussion posts, reviews, or just any other type of post. So these are a few of the posts that made me feel just a tad proud.

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5.) Discussion Post: Tackling That TBR Pile

My very first discussion post and let me tell you they take a lot of time and effort! This one is all about how we manage our TBRs and what to do to manage it better.

4.) Book Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

“Vicious” was my very first buddy read ever that I did with Ariana from The Quirky Book Nerd! Not to mention it’s an amazing book with superpowers and morally ambiguous characters plus it’s by V.E. Schwab and she’s  straight up amazing.

3.) The Skyrim Book Tag

It’s no secret that I’m in love and obsessed with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, OK? One of the greatest video games in all of creation period! So combine that with my other great love, books, and you get one of my all time favorite posts: The Skyrim Book Tag!

2.) 11 Haunting Books To Read This Halloween

I looooove recommending books and I also really love horror books so of course when it was around Halloween time I combined both of those loves into a post! Just a list of some of my absolute favorite horror books that I think will scare your pants off!

1.) Book Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

One of the most surprisingly emotional as well as enjoyable books I’ve ever read and there’s just constant action and feelings! Feeeeelings! This is one of my longer reviews and I put a few gifs in it ( I love gifs) making it one of my favorite book reviews I’ve done.

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What are some of your favorite posts on your blog?

Feel free to link up your favorite post or your Top 5 Wednesday!

The Sassy

Top 5 Wednesday: My Favorite Character Names

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey. You can check out the group’s Goodreads page for this month’s topics!

This week’s topic is pretty self explanatory and I love listing off my favorites of any topic but names will be easy and hard at the same time. I have so many I love it’ll be hard to narrow down but overall I think that it’s safe to say these are names I would name my children so you know I’m serious about them, haha!

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5.) Finnick

( Finnick Odair; The Hunger Games)

Because everyone loves Finnick Odair right? Of course you do! I always thought the name Finnick was very unique but not too odd. Also I don’t think anyone would mind being named after this guy.

4.) Luna

(Luna Lovegood; Harry Potter)

Luna Lovegood is one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter series and I adore the name as well. Plus I’m a Ravenclaw too!

3.) Arwen

(Arwen Undomiel; The Lord of the Rings)

Arwen is one of my favorite LOTR characters, alongside Eowyn, don’t get me wrong I love pretty much all of the characters but I love how beautiful the name Arwen sounds.

2.) Ronan

(Ronan Lynch; The Raven Cycle)

Sorry no pictures for this one! I was too afraid to look in case of spoilers!

So it’s pretty obvious that Ronan is my favorite character so far in The Raven Cycle series but also I can’t get over how awesome the name in itself sounds. Ronan. Pretty much screams badass.

1.) Daenerys

(Daenerys Targaryen; A Song of Ice and Fire)

I can almost guarantee this name is on everyone’s list today because not only is it a beautiful sounding name but also Daenerys Targaryen is a badass, I would definitely name a child after her period.

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Are any of these names a favorite of yours too?

Would you name a child after any of these or other fictional characters?

What names were on your list this week?

Feel free to link up your T5W as well!

The Sassy

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I’d Like To Meet At BookCon

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey. You can check out the group’s Goodreads page for this month’s topics!

This week’s topic is “Authors You’d Want To Meet at Book Expo America & BookCon” which I unfortunately am not attending either but I can dream! Maybe one of these years I can actually attend.

I’m only doing authors appearing at Bookcon because the list for BEA was a little tedious to look through. You can find a full list of the authors appearing at BEA and BookCon HERE and HERE.

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5.) Leigh Bardugo

While I have only read the first installment of Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy (so I’m not a die hard Grisha fan) and “Six of Crows” as well I still would jump on the opportunity to meet her.

4.) Kendare Blake

Love, love, loved her book “Anna Dressed In Blood” and I own its sequel as well as the first book in her other series “Antigoddess”, I also cannot wait for her new book “Three Dark Crowns” this fall! So many awesome books!

3.) Richelle Mead

When I was younger Mead’s Vampire Academy series was everything to me, I adored it and meeting the architect of one of my favorite series would be amazing.

2.) Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Two in one because they both wrote “Illuminae” which I freaking loved, I five starred the shit out of that book and I would love to meet the masterminds behind that awesome piece of science fiction!

1.) Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor is amazing, she is a goddess of writing. Seriously, she is awesome I absolutely loved her books “Lips Touch: Three Times” and “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” and her writing is magical and beautiful. I would LOVE to meet her! I would probably scream in excitement.

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Sorry for the short post guys but there’s only so much I can say about authors I’ve never met and how much I love their books!

Are you attending BEA or BookCon? (If so, I’m jealous)

What authors will you be meeting or want to meet if you went?

Did any of these authors make your list as well?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave a link to your T5W as well!

The Sassy

Top 5 Wednesday: Mothers/Maternal Figures

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey. You can check out the group’s Goodreads page for this month’s topics!

This week’s topic is mother’s and maternal figures which, after a lot of thought, I decided there weren’t very many. Usually in YA the main characters have: either zero parents at all and do everything solo or with other teenagers, just a father figure, or the mother/maternal figure is evil and/or sucks. So there was a shallow pool for me to pick from…..very, very shallow. More of a puddle really.

So thanks to my slim pickings I won’t be elaborating on my picks as much as I usually would, but I’ll still try and include some sort of comment.

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5.) Athena (Percy Jackson & The Olympians)

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Athena isn’t exactly a major maternal figure in this series but whenever we do see her I feel like she shows a little more affection with her children (such as Annabeth) than some of the other gods and goddesses.

*shrugs* I just like her and remember what I said about having a shallow pool to select from?

4.) Issa (Daughter of Smoke & Bone)

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

I’m actually half way through “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” so NO SPOILERS PLEASE. Regardless I adored Issa and thought she was a great maternal figure for Karou, she’s always taking care of her and keeping her company.

3.) Miss Peregrine (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children)

Ok how can I not include Miss Peregrine? She takes care of entire home of children! Plus I LOVE Eva Green and she’ll make a fantastic Miss Peregrine. Look at her! She’s perfect!

2.) Catelyn Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire)

Catelyn Stark is a fierce mom, OK? She would do anything for her children, I mean it, anything. Like grab a knife and slice her fingers all down to the bone or steal dwarfs and hold them hostage. Catelyn Stark is seriously one badass mama.

1.) Molly Weasley (Harry Potter)

I have looked through a couple other Top 5 Wednesday lists today and damn near everyone had Molly Weasley as #1! As she should be! I mean do you see the gif? Do you? Molly Weasley is a badass. You do not fuck with Molly Weasley.

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Who are some of your favorite bookish moms?

Are there any on my list that you love as well?

Is Molly Weasley your #1 pick?

Are there any moms that you like that weren’t included on my list?

Let me know in the comments! Feel free to leave a link to your T5W as well!

The Sassy


Top 5 Wednesday: Fictional Items I Would Love To Own

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey from the Top 5 Wednesday Group on Goodreads.

This week’s theme is fictional items, which there are definitely plenty of. I’m going to TRY and stick with items from books but I may wander into the movie or TV realm as well. Most of these books were made into movies too so don’t hold that against me!

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5.) Hermes’ Flying Shoes (Percy Jackson & The Olympians)

Flying shoes would definitely help me out in reaching some stuff on the top shelves at the grocery store and not to mention I think Converse are extremely stylish.

4.) Firefly-Class Transport Ship (Firefly & Serenity)

I am a HUGE Firefly fan ok? So if I could just get my own ship and have that crew I’d be golden. Besides….who doesn’t want their own spaceship?

3.) Firebolt Broomstick (Harry Potter)

I think you may begin to see a pattern here, I like things that fly. Sure I could have a wand but really I’d LOVE to have a Firebolt or just any flying broomstick really. But why not have the best and just go with a Firebolt?

2.) Sting (The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings)

Because I NEED to have something from Middle Earth on this list! I didn’t want the One Ring though, that’s just bad news all around. So I’ll settle for Bilbo’s sword Sting, which glows blue when there are Orcs nearby. It’s pretty AND practical.

1.) A Lightsaber (Star Wars)

So I think this list is composed mostly of stuff that lets me fly and swords, all of which are extremely cool. I COULD NOT have this list be complete without a lightsaber on it though! It’s my MOST wanted fictional item, even though I would most definitely injure or maim myself and others if I ever actually got one…….

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That wraps up this week’s Top 5 Wednesday!

Are there any items on this list you would want as well? Any that you would want that I didn’t include?

Let me know in the comments! Feel free to leave a link to your Top 5 Wednesday as well!

The Sassy

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Had Spoiled For Me


Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by the T5W group on Goodreads. Make sure to check it out if you’re interested in doing this meme!

This week’s topic is books we had spoiled for us, fortunately for me I haven’t had many spoiled so it was hard to even come up with 5.

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5.) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)

This book was so insanely popular it’s really a miracle if you read this and knew nothing about what would happen. I had this “spoiled” for me because I watched the movie first, I regret nothing. Who doesn’t love Tom Hanks?

4.) Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Once again, insanely popular and I watched the movie first. In this case, however, the movie PALES in comparison to the books.

3.) A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin


A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

This is the last one I had spoiled via TV okay I promise. I watched the first two seasons of Game of Thrones before I read the entire (for now) ASOIAF series. So while I knew some of the bigger plot twists in “A Game of Thrones” I didn’t have ALL of the information, there’s just so much content in these books there isn’t a way to include it all on the TV show. So I had stuff spoiled but not all of it.

2.) Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger, #1)

I got pretty much ALL of V.C. Andrews’ books from my mom so when some of my school friends were reading this I gave it a try too. Needless to say BEFORE I read it they told me a bunch of the fucked up stuff that happens, sooooo I had a lot spoiled for me. I read it anyways.


***Warning: Spoiler for Twilight’s “Breaking Dawn” to follow! If you have yet to read or watch it then you’ve been warned!***

1.) Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

So this is the only book I REALLY had spoiled for me on this list. When I was in the 7th/8th grade all of my friends and I were reading this series, so when I FINALLY got to the 4th book everyone let it slip that Bella gets pregnant and has a baby. Thanks guys for ruining one of the very few plot twists in this series.

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That wraps up this weeks Top 5 Wednesday! Are there any books on my list that you had spoiled as well? Also feel free to link your T5W so I can check out your list!