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Forgettable Books

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Top 5 Wednesday


Hello book people another Top 5 Wednesday is here with:

January 17th: Forgettable Books
–Whether you loved or hated them at the time, these are books that you just don’t really remember…

Now the question is how would I figure out my forgettable books if I do not remember anything at all? Ding, ding- Goodreads.

Let us dive into it:

1.Never a Bride by Amelia Grey [Historical Romance]

According to Goodreads I  said ” I liked it. An easy and engaging read. It is historical in context but some applicable today that the storyline is endearing. “ However, even after reading the synopsis on the site, I still cannot recall the major or minor details. If it is a book I apparently really liked why can’t I recall ever mere details?      


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Top 5 Books of 2017/ Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday

Hello Wed- nes- day! For Top 5 Wednesday we dive into a summary of the good good:

December 20th: Top 5 Books of 2017
— I know most people have a longer list than this, or post theirs at different times (like I’ll be waiting until January for example) but if you want to make a list of your absolute faves of the year, now is the time!

I am okay with posting all the books which left me touched, excited and deeply impacted around this time because I am not rushing to read more than the two books that I am currently digging. So far, I see nothing in these two books, which will crawl their way to my Top 2017 Books. Even if I read further than the two books it is okay  that they do not appear on this list, I will simply create a separate post.

Let us dive into it:
P.S I will share part of my reviews

1.When God Says “Wait”: Navigating Life’s Detours and Delays Without Losing Your Faith, Your Friends, or Your Mind by Elizabeth Laing Thompson

I hated and loved this book!

The concept of the novel stood out for me because at that time I needed to understand something more about the noise in my head. I felt the author gave the plan of the novel in the beginning with a thesis statement- “This book is about the journey of waiting, the space between answers, and the decisions we make while we live there. So what are we waiting for? Let’s get started.” Oh the English Literature student in me jumped for joy because I had an idea of what was in store. However, little did I know that the author sure break down every inch of the waiting aspect and questioning the doubts and that is when the hate part comes. I felt exposed but yet not judged; all the emotions that I tucked away whilst waiting for the silver lining was right there on the screen. The author words were inspirational and her outlook left me thinking “darn, she read my mind.”

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Top 5 Wednesday/Characters on the Naughty List

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It is another Wednesday with Top 5 Wednesday:

December 13th – Characters on the Naughty List
–These can be villains or just characters you don’t like!

This week’s topic is similar to one of  last year’ and some characters just seem to have a special dislike place in my heart but some new ones manifested. haha

Let us dive into it:
1. Emma Woodhouse from Emma by Jane Austen

I do not think any reread will make me like this character or merely tolerate her nerve, to look down on people yet at the same time passing it off as looking out for the best interest of others. NO!

2. Lady Dedlock from Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Cold, unkind unmotherly bitch!

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Top 5 Wednesday/Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About

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Hello bookish people, I hope this post finds you all cozy and reading! Top 5 Wednesday this week covers:

December 6th – Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About
— Since being a grinch is a funny thing, try not to make this serious topics that make you angry (like lack of diversity or abusive relationships in fiction, etc) as this is supposed to be more of a petty bookish things you hate. This can be stuff about covers, dumb tropes, etc. Have fun with it.

 

Let us get into it:
1. Millionaire/Billionaire Stories and Book Cover

Every time I come across a Contemporary Romance with a picture of a half naked man on the cover, most times the synopsis is a woman meeting  a millionaire or billionaire. I would sometimes just burst out laughing. Why is it always a millionaire and why is he is always naked when the majority of the storyline he is in a suit?

2. World Building in EV- ERYTHING

3. People Using Books ONLY for Decoration

I am being pretty petty when I ask you why do you have  1000 unread books on your bookshelf arranged in colours, putting the popular releases to the front yet you keeping adding to the pile. When are you going to read all those books? Plus buying books you know nothing of not bothering to read the summary to the back? Wow (OK it is your money!)

4. Disrespect for Libraries

Folks who roll eyes at library books- no wonder libraries are dying, which is quite ashamed.

5. Leave Me Alone, Yes I Dog Ear My Books (At Least I Read)

It is not a decoration!

Top 5 Wednesday/ Books You’ve Read Because of Booktube/Blogging/etc.

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Top 5 Wednesday

Another dip into Top 5 Wednesday   world of exploring books. Today we talk about:

September 27th: Books You’ve Read Because of Booktube/Blogging/etc.
–Discuss the books you’ve picked up because you’ve heard of them in the online book community or platform you use

One of the beauties of online reading is discovering new books in the genre that you love and falling into books you normally would not  give a second look. Thanks to my groups on Goodreads and several book blogs post on WordPress, I read books that I probably would keep skipping or never attempt.

Let us dive into it:

A. Jock of The Bushveld by Percy Fitzpatrick
I enjoyed this tale of the dog Jock exploring The Veld all became of SA Reads on Goodreads.
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Top 5 Wednesday/ Books From Before You Joined

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Top 5 Wednesday

Hello Wednesday people,  another Top 5 Wednesday  going back in time with

August 23rd: Books from Before You Joined ________
— These are some of your favorite books from before you joined the online book community, whether that be booktube, goodreads, blogs, bookstagram, twitter, tumblr, etc.

I celebrated my 5 year anniversary this year on WordPress in February and Goodreads in August. I stumbled upon Booktube sometime after or around the time I was introduced to Goodreads and blogging. My taste has not evolve drastically since I thrust myself into the social book world but I must admit that there are many books that I read because of networking. So here are the books and genre that I love before book world expanded beyond the physical library.

Let us dive into it:

Top 5 Wednesday: Series That Got Better

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Top 5 Wednesday

Welcome to the end of the best Top 5 Wednesday month  for 2017; I have enjoyed reading and writing posts with increase joy and it  is bittersweet coming down this book ride. Today we are keeping it positive with:

July 26th: Series That Got Better
— We’ve talked about series that went downhill with each book, but talk about series that are worth pushing through the first (or first few…) books to get to the good stuff!

I am not normally a series reading girl, I prefer stand alone because I like knowing the end now. However, the times that I do engage in a series read it does not end well . Surprisingly the series that got better were the ones I read as a child/ teenager.

Let us dive into it:

 

Sweet Valley High
Hardy Boys
Malory Towers
Nancy Drew
The Boxcar Children

 

Hope you enjoy this week’s Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Aren’t Set In/ Inspired By The Western World

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Top 5 Wednesday

Hello book people, it is another Top 5 Wednesday and today we are talking about diversity in books in relation to scene, meaning:

July 19th: Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World
–I know this is a long title, but I couldn’t figure out how else to word it and still get the point across. Talk about books that are set outside of the Western World (so outside of North America and Western Europe) or if they are SFF, books that aren’t inspired by those places (so no medieval setting fantasy!)

Let is dive into it:

1.Ebola K: Book 1 by Bobby Adair
This thriller was one of my best reads in 2015 set mostly  in remote East African village of Kapchorwa. It is  about the spread of Ebola and the possible use of the deadly disease as biological warfare.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books

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Top 5 Wednesday

Hello book people, it is another Top 5 Wednesday and today we are going down the memory lane with:

July 12th: Children’s Books
–This can include Middle Grade (but try to recommend more than just Harry Potter and Percy Jackson!) Feel free to talk about your childhood faves or more recent reads.

Let is dive into it:

1. Cinderella

It is probably one of my favourite fairytale story  because of the storyline of a girl rescued from the clutches of hardship.  I remember feeling comfort in the story creating that make-believe story that my Cinderella  ending would come one day, in that my dreams would come true. I love a Cinderella trope especially in films and it is because of the reading the fairy tale so many times. It gave me hope that better things will come some day.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books Without Romance

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Top 5 Wednesday

Hey book people, what’s good? It is Wednesday again with another Top 5 Wednesday. Yay! Today we talk about

July 5th: Books Without Romance
— A few (very, very few) people complained about the “shipping” topics lately, so I thought it would be good to talk about books that don’t have a romantic subplot! This is a really hard one, so if you can’t find any, you can talk about some where the romance is super super minor. Like barely mentioned… at all…

Let us dive into:

1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
One of the stories that I enjoyed the most and the child narrator enhance the story. When I learnt that a new book of Harper Lee was due, I was ecstatic. However, when I understood that it is actually the story the author wrote and To Kill A Mockingbird is the edited version, my hesitation to read the ‘new book’ grew because I’m terrified  it will taint my To Kill A Mockingbird.

2. The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born by  Ayi Kwei Armah
One of the most graphic descriptions of personal disappointment, poverty and struggle that I have read. The author Ayi Kwei Armah pens the story of a man’s [name never mentioned] interpretation of living in Ghana after Independence. The narrator’s tale is compelling and coarse at times but that made it more engaging and demanding me to read more. Although some aspects of the description were gross, they were a reality that I understood and once lived. Cutting that detail from the story would be taking out the essence of a painstakingly quest for the man to keep toiling and to keep his family alive.

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