TOP TEN TUESDAY (#1)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read.

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1. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente. I think this is a book you definitely have to be in a certain mood for and I was not in that mood at the time. I will try again but I’m in no rush.
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2. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. I think the hype really played a role in why I didn’t like reading this one. I made it about 20% of the way through and had to give up. I never really had a reason why I didn’t like this one but my guess is that I was reading it in the peak of the hype.
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3. The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti. I bought this a few years back at Chapters because it was only a couple of dollars and I finally just got to it because I chose it out of my TBR jar. I didn’t really like the writing style and found the characters dull and annoying so I put it down after about 70 pages.
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4. No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale. It still boggles my mind that I wasn’t able to finish this one. This book seems right up my alley yet I dragged through. I then had to return it to the library so I think I will definitely give this one another go.
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5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Nothing against this one but I always get distracted by other books. But I am determined to finish this one!
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6. Trouble by Samantha Towle. This was one of my book clubs choices a couple months back and I DESPISED this book. I ranted about this book so bad and I will probably never check out anything else she writes.
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7. The Passage by Justin Cronin. I really wanted to like this book. But it dragged on and on and on. I didn’t care for the story or for the characters and had it not been for the audiobook I would not have finished this one.
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8. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I do not like The Hunger Games. Out of the series the first book was the only one that I somewhat liked. But obviously I felt the need to finish the series. Throughout this book I had no idea what the hell was going on. I kept getting very confused and thought it was just a terrible way to finish off the series.
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9. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. Just repetitive and annoying. Hated all the characters.
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10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. Hard for me to read because I didn’t want it to end. I still envy the people who get to read the Harry Potter series for the first time.
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What do you think of my choices? Let me know in the comments.

Mallory

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MALLORY’S AUGUST WRAP UP + SEPTEMBER TBR

Well August didn’t go quite as I planned it. I was on vacation for the last week and got absolutely no reading done. But I still managed to read 15 books in total.

Books I read in August:
1. Taken At Dusk by C.C. Hunter ★★★★
This was one of my monthly reads with Maria and hopefully we will have a full review up soon.
2. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare ★★★★
The fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series. Not quite as good as the third, but still a great read and continuation of the story.
3. The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer ★★★★★
One of my favourite reads of the month. I have done a full review and you can find it here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/book-review-the-wishing-spell-by-chris-colfer/
4. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett ★★★★
Another great installation in the Discworld series, this time about witches instead of wizards. Really starting to adore Pratchett’s quirky and snarky writing style.
5. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris ★★★★
The third book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I was totally craving this since I have been watching True Blood lately and they are a little bit of a guilty pleasure of mine.
6. Blood Red Road by Moira Young ★★★★
Closer to a 3.5 for this one. I enjoyed it but I’m not too sure when I will continue on with the series.
7. Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★★
I was so totally in the mood for this one, out of the blue I just HAD to pick it up and I am so glad that I did. I’m very happy to be back in this series and I never want it to end.
8. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight ★★★
A great story line, fast paced and super intriguing but a solid build up to a let down of an ending. So many things could have been done better with this one.
9. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis ★★★★
Love the Chronicles of Narnia series, this one was much better than The Horse and His Boy. Can’t wait to continue on with the series.
10. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson ★★★★
This was so so good, especially for a debut novel. It has your mind racing from chapter to chapter. It is very wonderfully written and I highly suggest picking this one up.
11. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa ★★★★
I went into this one not remembering a single thing from the first book but I quite enjoyed it none the less. I will not wait as long to pick up the third book so I can actually remember what is happening.
12. Atonement by Ian McEwan ★★★
This may be one of those times that I enjoyed the movie a little more than the book. I found some parts to be very dull and I really dragged through. Other parts were beautifully written though and I enjoyed it quite a bit.
13. Allies of the Night by Darren Shan ★★★★★
As always, loved this book. This is the 8th book in the series and I am completely in love. I am dreading the end. Will do a full review once I have finished the series.
14. Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★★
I couldn’t resist picking this one up. I needed more Daemon in my life. Just as good as the rest.
15. The Lost World by Michael Crichton ★★★
This is the second book in the Jurassic Park series. I have a full review of this series coming soon.

Books I want to read in September:
1. Good Girl by Mary Kubica
2. Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
3. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
4. Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter
5. Horns by Joe Hill
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7. The Giver by Lois Lowry
8. Carrie by Stephen King
9. The Soulstice by Simon Holt
10. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
11. The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry
12. When War Calls by Zy Rykoa
13. The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
14. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
15. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
16. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
17. The Dinner by Herman Koch
18. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
19. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Let me know how reading in August was for you and what you plan to read in September!

Mallory