Top 5 Wednesday: Books You’ve Read Because of Social Media

Hey beautiful people, welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday as hosted by the lovely Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. I always love talking about this kind of topic because 98% of what I read and buy is from seeing people haul them or recommend them on some form of social media. Here’s the topic:

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.

I’m pretty sure we can all say at least five books that we’ve read because of people we watch/follow on YouTube, a blog, twitter, etc., so here are my picks for books (novels) and comics (because this is my blog and I do what I want).

Books

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5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Considering I just finished and reviewed this, this book is definitely on my mind. This was a hugely hyped book when it first came out, and subsequently the sequels were also super hyped, and I’ve gotta say: I get it now. It was such a great, fast-paced read, and I’m very excited to read the next two books soon. I don’t know exactly who I would’ve seen recommend this, but I know a lot of people did.

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4. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

I remember watch Kat @ Katytastic one day (or several days) and how in a lot of videos she would talk about this book series. Well, I read it, fell in love with it, and this trilogy is in one of the top five spots of favorite series ever. So yeah, I’m super glad that I found this series when I did through Kat.

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3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

EVERYONE AND THEIR MOTHER WAS RECOMMENDING THIS BOOK AT ONE POINT. Actually, the whole companion trilogy was being recommended because they were such cute romance YA novels that everyone was reading and loving and so I had to jump on board. And I agree: very cute. I still haven’t read the other two, but I’ll get there eventually.

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2. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

I remember Jesse @ Jessethereader talking about this book in several of his videos, and when I watched his review I knew that I would really like it. The subject matter is intense (trigger warning for suicide and depression), but those are also topics that are just near to my heart. I remember enjoying the read, though it was a tough one for me to get through emotionally.

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1. Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Okay, I’m pretty sure I saw a huge rise in this book series everywhere, but I definitely think I picked up this series finally after watching Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes recommend it all the time. It’s one of her favorite series and as I’ve read the first two books in the trilogy, I’ve gotta say that I’m hooked (and love Nikolai <3). It’s a beautiful world with lots of danger and I love it.


Comics

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5. You Jin by Fujoking

I spend a lot of time on Instagram (like… way too much time lol) and this popped up in the explore section several times when I was just browsing photos. So when I read it (not on Lezhin’s website), I really enjoyed it. It’s a boy’s love (BL) story and though I can’t really remember everything that happened I do remember that I read it all and liked it and wanted a bit more.

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4. Rat Queens by Kurtis Wiebe

This was probably one of the comics I picked up when a lot of people on YouTube were reading it and recommending it. It wasn’t necessarily my cup on tea from what I remember, but it wasn’t bad either.

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3. Royal Servant by Master Gin

This was another one of those reads that popped up a lot on Instagram and so when I read it (again, not on Lezhin until later chapters when I actually discovered Lezhin), I was hooked. The content can be sensitive sometimes, but the plot is getting better the farther along it goes and I’m actually really invested in it now.

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2. Siren’s Lament by quimchee

This one wasn’t actually recommended to me via social media (but Rayna, this T5W is about–) SHH, I KNOW! It was actually recommend to me in person by my best friend, and since reading it I’ve been reading it faithfully every week since (or when there’s a new update because sometimes authors have to take breaks, too, you know?). It’s a really cute and beautiful series. (Not all cute, some of it is funny or intense or mysterious.)

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1. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

Okay, this comic was recommended everywhere on YouTube and it’s actually one of my favorite comic series I’ve read. It’s very intense and violent and sexually explicit, but it’s still a good story. Also, I’ve owned the 7th volume for months now and haven’t read it yet. Like… what am I doing with my life?


I could go on and on about books and comics I’ve read because of social media, but these are the first five that came to mind. Honestly, would I even have read any of these books without being a blogger and being on social media as much as I am? Probably not. I’m so thankful for the ones I have read and so glad others like them as well.

Honorary Mentions

shatterme redqueen fallingkingdoms darkfever

 

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Anna and the French Kiss Book Review

annaandthefrenchkissTitle: Anna and the French Kiss
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: December 2, 2010
Genre: Young Adult – Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 372
Format: Purchased Paperback

Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s not too pleased when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new friends, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken–and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?

This was such a cute book with romance, angst, friendship, and a theme of loneliness.

I’ve heard a lot of rave about this book for a long time now, and I was always curious as to what all the hype was about so I finally got to it and now I understand.

This was a really cute YA contemporary that held my interest from beginning to end. The plot was pretty straightforward about love and relationships, but it also dealt with friendship and loneliness as a bigger encompassing theme.

The story follows Anna, a seventeen year old girl who is sent off to study abroad for her senior year of high school in Paris. Where any other teen would be excited, Anna wasn’t because of her crush on a coworker, as well as leaving her friends and family behind. But, she goes anyway and slowly starts to make friends at her new school.

And of course the main love interest is introduced pretty early on and the first thing Anna notices is his hair. And then she slowly starts to notice other things about him – his crooked bottom teeth, his height, his nail biting habit, his eyes – and it’s like her heart knows nothing else.

It was cute and filled with angst and longing and I could totally understand this thinking back to my teenage years.

Anna, as a character, was actually fairly fun. I like how the story was narrated in first person through Anna’s eyes and that she enjoyed so much around her as time progressed. I thought that incorporating her passion of movies was actually nice because it’s not very often you read about a girl in YA who’s into movies like that (she wants to go to college for film review, which is neat). I thought that at times she was a little obsessive over whether or not Etienne St. Clair actually liked her or not, or if her feelings were weird, but I think part of that was just her growing a bond and friendship with him.

She had her own family drama going on: her father is a rich author who’s made cheesy novels and had movies based off of those novels; her mom and little brother live in Atlanta Georgia; her best friend babysits her brother, etc. When she describes some of the things that happens around the holidays I think that she’s just complaining, but then again, we were all teens once and we all did the same thing, so I couldn’t fault her for it.

Otherwise I thought that she handled a lot of situations pretty well and that she and the relationship she formed with Etienne was natural and progressive, albeit a bit strenuous.

Etienne is an American/French/British dude who was born in America, raised in London, but has a French name. It was kind of confusing at first, but he grew on me soon enough. I thought that he was fun and charming and flirty, and that he was a really great friend. He could come off as overly protective sometimes, but he had feelings for Anna and wanted to defend her in certain situations (and that’s totally fine because in certain situations I was glad that he did). Though his back and forth thing with his girlfriend and his feelings was irritating, I got that with what was going on in his family life he didn’t want to be alone and change things so suddenly.

I liked that he asked Anna permission before kissing her and didn’t force anything and it was all natural and flowing. That was probably my favorite part because it was SO long awaited. So cute.

I thought that the friendships that Anna formed were important, too, and even though they weren’t seen in depth, there were still bits and pieces that shone through that showed that her friends do care about her and that even if they make mistakes that things can be mended. I wish that the friendships could have been seen just a little bit more in depth, but I did enjoy the bits we got.

I really enjoyed this book and thought that even though a lot of it was angsty and whatnot, that it was worth it in the end. Though there was fighting and bickering, all friends fight every now and then, and eventually they make up.

I think that the point of the loneliness is that, when you’re young and in love, that feeling can really encompass everything in your life and it can be hard to function when change is introduced. I think that Perkins handled that theme well and that it was shown in a way that seemed realistic.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and though my biggest peeves were probably the back and forth drama with Etienne, I think that this was a really great and solid YA contemporary.

I rated this book 4.5/5 stars and recommend it!