Top 5 Wednesday | Book Recommendations that I Loved

Today’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday, which was created by gingerreadslainey. Anyone is welcomed to join the goodreads group. Here are the top five books that I’ve been recommended and enjoyed reading:

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I was interested, though the first time I tried reading it I didn’t get pulled in at all. But then one of my friends from university recommended it to me and told me to keep reading, to give it a chance, and I did. And boy am I glad that I kept reading. I really enjoyed this novel and it’s worth the reading experience.
  2. Bird Box by Josh Malerman – My sister recommended this to me and when I looked it up on my nook, the ebook was only 1.99$ at the time so I bought it. I ended up reading it in a few sittings. It was just such a unique and different reading experience. Not only did the characters wear blindfolds when leaving the house, but you, as the reader, felt like you were wearing a blindfold. The characters experiences were made even more real because no one knew what was out there. I wrote a review of it after reading it that you can check out here.
  3. Crank by Ellen Hopkins – One of my friends love all of Ellen Hopkins novels and I hadn’t ever read a novel written in verse. She highly recommended I start with Crank and I’m glad I read it. Ellen Hopkins is such a brilliant author and poet. I’ve read a couple of Ellen Hopkins’s other novels, too. Definitely one of my favorites.
  4. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult – My sister read this novel first and really enjoyed it. I ended up checking out shortly after she returned it (there was a copy in our high school’s library). She told me that it was a great novel and that I should read it. I ended up loving it (and it was the first novel by Jodi Picoult that I read). Since then, Jodi Picoult has become a favorite author of mine as I’ve read a lot of her novels and own about half of her published novels in either paperback or hardcover.
  5. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – I can’t remember who recommended this one to me, but I do remember someone telling me about it. I think a few different people recommended it to me. This is definitely my favorite and I’m planning on reading the new novel that Sara Gruen published, though I haven’t been able to get to it yet. I will some day, though.

And those are just the top five books I’ve been recommended that made it onto my favorites shelf on goodreads. Are any of these novels you were recommended that you ended up loving, too? Also, feel free to recommend any novels that you think I might like because I loved these five novels. I open the metaphorical gate for book recommendations, even though I have plenty to read that I already own and just haven’t read yet. I like have many books that I haven’t read, though. Means I have a selection to choose from based on my mood. I’m very much a mood reader as far as pleasure reading goes.


The 5th Wave | Movie Review

I haven’t read the book and had no intention of reading it. Now I still don’t plan on reading it since it just hadn’t sparked enough interest to land on my ever-growing TBR. I didn’t particularly enjoy the film, either. It was too perfect, too Hollywood.

The main character, Cassie, had perfect hair and make-up despite spending the majority of the film running through the woods. The romance between the characters seemed too forced and not at all natural. There just wasn’t any on-screen chemistry. It also didn’t hold that the aliens apparently could manipulate the kids and the not the adults; it just wasn’t elaborated on. I suppose you could surmise that it’s because kids’ minds are generally more malleable since their brains aren’t fully developed. But that’s the logical answer that you can come up with on your own. Maybe there was another reason that wasn’t explained.

It also didn’t help that Cassie didn’t really know what she would find when she got to the base where her brother had been taken (which for all she knew he had been taken there to keep safe from the “others”). But when she got there she suddenly knew that she should fight and kill the woman that was processing her into the system at the base. The “others” had taken over the army base (they can take humans {adults} as hosts, but not children). It was just too sudden a revelation that wasn’t explained for her to act out so violently, especially since it wasn’t explained how she could have discovered what was truly being done on base until she was there.

I’d rate this film a B-, though, because it wasn’t bad, just not believable. Obviously it’s science fiction, but you want the world and plot to be in-depth enough that you find yourself getting lost in the story. I didn’t feel any of that watch this film. I felt that it was your stereotypical dystopian made for Hollywood type of film.


Top 5 Wednesday | Books You Were Spoiled For

It’s Wednesday and you know what that means! It’s time for a Top 5 Wednesday! This week you’re supposed to discuss five books you were spoiled for. Top 5 Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey. Anyone is welcomed to join the Top 5 Wednesday group on goodreads. Now, without further ado, I give you the top five books I was spoiled for:

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling – This is the only book I remember being spoiled. I generally pay no attention to spoilers and avoid anything that could spoil a book for me. But I was spoiled by a clip that the local news station showed of someone shouting out that a certain character died. I didn’t want to believe it, but when I reached that point in the novel I was overcome with emotion despite being spoiled. It was just so unfair on Harry, yet it was inevitable. The main character/savior always has to suffer before they triumph over evil.

And that’s honestly the only book I’ve been spoiled for. If I know I’m going to read a book, then I’ll avoid anything that circulates back to that novel. I grew up with the Harry Potter series. I went to the midnight releases for OotP, HBP, and DH. But I honestly don’t pay attention to spoilers, and I don’t go looking for them. That’s my secret.

Vicious by V. E. Schwab | Book Review

I really enjoyed this novel. It had a comic book theme built into the plot. I felt like I was watching a comic book film unfold behind my eyes. I can see this being adapted into a film.

Yet it’s entirely original in plot and characters. The two main characters, Eli and Victor, start out as college roommates/friends who share the same interests as med students. Eli was obsessed with his thesis and shared it with Victor, who became intrigued, too. The thesis was the probability of developing some type of super power from a near-death experience. They each attempt a near-death incident that is staged to see whether they will develop some type of power.

Victor’s first attempt doesn’t work. He uses a drug overdose, but after they realize that the amount of adrenaline that the body gives off has something to do with the body’s survival instinct to kick in. After Eli’s successful attempt (he freezes himself in the bathtub; Victor pours ice cubes over him, causing Eli to go into hypothermic shock and Victor waits a few minutes after Eli had died before shooting adrenaline from epipens into Eli to jumpstart his heart), Victor tries again with Eli’s girlfriend as an accomplice. He ends up succeeding, but Eli’s girlfriend dies in the process of helping Victor by controlling the voltage that she shoots into Victor.

Eli believes his power is a gift from God, therefore he still has his soul (healing and immortality), whereas everyone else that experienced death before coming back, like Victor, are missing their souls. He believes that their powers have taken the place where their souls used to be. Eli feels he has to play God and eliminate all these people whose powers aren’t pure like his. But despite the religious aspect, it isn’t preachy in the slightest.

The story’s timeline stretches out ten years and switches perspectives/times every other chapter, so you have to pay attention while reading. But it’s worth the extra focus. I’m looking forward to the sequel. I honestly would have been fine with the sort of cliffhanger that we’re left with at the end because it did still have closure, but I’m glad we get at least one more novel with these characters. The only catch is that there doesn’t seem to be a publication date yet, and the novel is so far untitled. But I think it’ll be out by next year at the latest, hopefully.

Goodreads rating: 5 stars