Top 5 Wednesday: Intimidating Books

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday as hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes. Today’s topic is about five books that intimidate us when it comes to reading them. I actually did the My Intimidating TBR Tag on my channel last week, so I thought that this would be perfect to mention some of the books from that tag, but also talk about a few different ones.

5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Why is this one on here? Because it’s such a well known and beloved classic that I’m afraid I’m not going to love it as much as others do. I’ve watched a bunch of movie renditions of Austen’s books, and Pride and Prejudice is definitely my favorite, but I’m still worried I won’t enjoy the book as much because I read Sense and Sensibility by her and it was a lot of old language and kind of hard to get into. But I hope that I enjoy it! This is my smallest book on this list coming in at just under 500 pages long.

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Again, another well beloved modern classic, I think, and I’m just intimidated by it because soooo many people like this book. And it’s large. I got the special anniversary edition as soon as I saw it and decided I’m finally going to try reading it. The synopsis sounds awesome and I hope that I like it when I get around to reading it. This one’s 592 pages, which isn’t horrible, but I think it’s just because of how well known and loved it is that makes this intimidating.

3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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Can we just talk for a second about how GINORMOUS this book is? It’s as long as A Game of Thrones. And it doesn’t really even fall into any sort of genre because it’s a mix of romance, historical fiction, fantasy… There’s just a lot going on with this series. And I’ve watched the first episode of the TV show, which really made me want to read the book before watching the series, so I want to try to do that, but this is a time commitment piece. The edition I have is 850 pages long, so there’s that, too.

2. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

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I’m making it my mission this year to finish this first book in this series. I WILL DO IT, DAMMIT. I’ve been reading this for years now, and I’m almost half way through. I’ve watched the first season of the show, and spoilers run free on the Internet, so I know a lot of things that happen, but I still want to read this series because it is really interesting! I find that even though there’s way too much death and a whole lot of sexual things, it’s still a good series for politics and fantasy read. Just… over 800 pages for the first book alone, and the rest are well over 1000 pages each.

1 . The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

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Can we just talk about this book for a second? I got this on audiobook because I’ve seen the MONSTER in stores and thought, “Maybe the audiobook will be better.” Well, I’ve started the audiobook a while ago, and it is interesting and I’m enjoying the narrator and the story so far, but it’s over 45 hours long. Forty. Five. HOURS. And if I had bought this in book form is would have been over 1000 pages long – and this is just the first book in this ongoing series. Talk about a time commitment, but I really love Sanderson’s writing and storytelling, so I hope to finish this eventually. It’s just hard when the only times I really listen to my audiobooks are when I’m driving long distances, which isn’t too often.

And there you have it! I didn’t notice until I was writing out the pages for each book that I wrote it in ascension order. Yup, from the smallest to the biggest, this is what I’m intimidated by. But I’m determined to finish all of these at some point in my life, it’ll just take a while to get there.

Accompanying video: Top 5 Wednesday | Intimidating Books

What are some of the books on your TBR that you’re most intimidated by? How many pages are they? Are they well known and beloved? Let me know!

Disney Princess Book Tag

Hey guys! I was browsing around a few blogs yesterday when I stumbled upon the Disney Princess Book Tag on Alexa of Alexa Loves Books‘ blog. As soon as I saw it I KNEW I had to do it (because I’m a huge Disney lover). The tag was originally created by Soudha of Stacks and Cups. So without further ado, let’s jump into it!

3 Princess Facts

  1. My favorite Disney princess is Ariel and I got to meet her when my husband and I went to Walt Disney World for our honeymoon in December 2014. Best. Day. Ever.MK_GROTTOACHAR_7136608585
  2. I was terrified of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves when I was a kid. That scene with the witch on the cliff at the end? Terrifying. But when I tried watching the movie as an adult I was extremely bored.
  3. I have seen – and own – every Disney princess main movie (you know, the big name title movies, not necessarily the sequels or spinoffs) in either DVD or VHS form. Most are in DVD/Blu-ray.

The Questions

Snow White – What’s your favorite classic?

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As I’m not super huge into reading classics, this one’s tough for me. I will say that I really love A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. It’s my favorite of his plays and to me, it’s a classic. I love the folly and the faeries and the jokes.

Cinderella – What book kept you up way past your bedtime?

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I can definitely say that recently Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone kept me up past my bedtime. I mean, it wasn’t super late… well, 1:00AM – but I still had to sleep and stuff. But this book gave me all the feels and you can read about those feels in my review.

Aurora – What’s your favorite classic romance?

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Again, as I don’t read many classics, this one’s kind of hard for me. But, I’ll say that I do enjoy Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Okay, I know, cheesy, cliche, but it’s true. I really enjoy this tale of star-crossed lovers and how they dared to defy the world around them for love. It’s tragic, romantic, kind of sad, and just one of those ones that I can’t help but love.

Ariel – Name a book about making sacrifices and fighting for your dreams.

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I really think that The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson is definitely one of those books that falls under this category. Here you have Lia, a princess, who doesn’t want to be forced into a marriage for politics, and so she, along with her best friend, run away to fight to live where they might possibly have some freedom. You can check out more of my feels in my review.

Belle – Name a book with a smart, independent female character.

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Well, where do I start? For this one I’m going to pick Sofia from Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I love Sofia so freakin’ much. Though she’s got a rough past and she’s a con artist, she’s also very independent and extremely smart. I think that being able to read body language is a skill that people often taken for granted, and plus she’s just quick with her actions and her mind. Plus, she doesn’t need no man, but I mean, Gideon’s perfect for her, so… Yeah. Read more about how much I love her in my review.

Jasmine – Name a book with a character that challenged the social conventions of his/her world.

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For this one I think I’m going to have to go with America from the Selection series by Kiera Cass. She challenged the social norms of the palace many times over because of her position in society and how she was often viewed during her stay there during the Selection process. Though she wasn’t super groundbreaking, she did have many great ideas for how things could be run and how things could change, which was nice. You can check out more of my thoughts here. (And look, Jasmine even matches the cover!)

Pocahontas – Name a book whose ending was a roller coaster of emotions.

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I thought this was going to be harder to choose, but as soon as I looked over at my shelves I knew which book fit this perfectly: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. SO MANY FEELS. That twist! Those deaths! The magic! Ugh, there was just so much that happened at the end of that first book that I seriously just can’t deal. My mind is still reeling from what happened. Check out more of my blown mind thoughts here.

Mulan – Name a book with a kickass female character.

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I mean, do I really need to say it? Celaena/Aelin from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I love Celaena and just how much of a badass she is. She’s just one of those characters that I would not want to mess with if I ever crossed her on the street. She has her charming side, but she’s mostly a fighter – an assassin – and so I just think she’s really cool and powerful. You can check out more of my thoughts on her here.

Tiana – Name a book featuring a hardworking, self-made character.

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I think that the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews features an eclectic group of characters who are hardworking and self-made. From Kate herself who was raised by a Warlord and thrust into the world to fend for herself days at a time as a child to when she’s an adult living on her own and fighting/killing beasts, to Curran who had a tough time growing up but he managed to win himself the spot of Beast Lord at the age of fifteen, to Andrea who holds a lot of baggage within herself but she’s one of the best sharp shooters in the city, let alone the state, and many other characters. I honestly just think it comes with the world and how dangerous it is. More of my thoughts are here.

Rapunzel – A book that features an artist.

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I think that The Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor is a good one because Karou is a spectacular artist. She’s even going to school for it, if that says anything. Often in the first book it talks about her sketches of the chimera, and in general, and how detailed they are. She’s able to capture so much detail when observing something in front of her and I think that that’s an incredible talent. More of my thoughts on her here.

Merida – Name a book that features a mother-daughter relationship.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon features a mother-daughter relationship that at first seems loving and caring, but as time passes it becomes a bit more strained and difficult. I mean, I really enjoyed their relationship at the beginning; I thought it was strong and one that is rarely seen in YA books. But then it kind of fell away as the book went on, and though that made me sad, I understand it. More of my thoughts here.

Anna & Elsa – A book with a great relationship between siblings.

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I think I’m going to have to go with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This book features twins Wren and Cath and it deals with their relationship over the course of the book. It’s rocky at times, very up and down, but the sisters would do anything for the other if it came down to it and I think that that’s the best part. I think that they definitely make a great duo. Check out more thoughts here.

And that’s it! You guys should totally do this tag if you love Disney princesses because, well, why wouldn’t you?

And this is optional, but I’m going to tag some people who I think should do this tag:

If you want to do this tag, then consider yourself tagged!

What are some of the books/characters you’d pick for these questions? Let me know!

January 2015 Wrap-Up & February TBR

I know this is a few days late, but better late than never, right? So, here I’m going to talk about the books I read in January and what I didn’t finish from my January TBR that I talked about a while ago.

So the books I read are:

  • This Shattered World” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. This was one of my favorite reads last month and a great way to start the year. A sci-fi adventure with romance and mystery? Great read. You can read my review here, but I did rate it 5/5 stars.
  • Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi. I thought this was very fast paced but there were a lot of things I didn’t know what to think about in this. I rated it 3.75/5 stars. You can read my review here.
  • City of Ashes” by Cassandra Clare. As this is the second book to The Mortal Instruments series I didn’t give a review, but I will be doing a trilogy review when I finish the third book. I rated this 4/5 stars.
  • Cinder” by Marissa Meyer. This is the first book in a fairy tale retelling quartet of books. I thought this sci-fi adventure was cool, but I had some trouble connecting with the characters. I rated this 3.75/5 stars. You can read my reivew here.

These are the books I had left on my TBR but didn’t finish and the reasons why:

  • Falling Kingdoms” by Morgan Rhodes. I really like the story and the plot and everything, I do, but I was just having a really hard time trying to read this book and only got about 40% of the way through over two weeks of reading it. I’m not sure if it was a slump or what it was, but I think I’m going to put it down for now and try to pick it up in March.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by J.K. Rowling. I knew I wasn’t going to get to this book after the slump I had with “Falling Kingdoms” so I’m going to try my best to read it this month and see if I can finish it. It’s a chunky book, so we’ll see how it goes.

I really wanted to read all of those books this past month, but it just didn’t happen. So let me talk about the other things book related I did in January.

  • End of 2014 Book Survey¬†– this was created by Perpetual Page Turner and she offered others to do the survey as well, so I participated in it!
  • #ProjectTBR and TBR Jar Challenge – well, I’m already failing the jar challenge as I didn’t read HP last month, so I’ll try to make up for it this month and also pick a new challenge. Project TBR is going okay; I’ve read four books this year so far and can’t wait to read more.
  • Most Anticipated 2015 Reads – I talk about my top five most anticipated reads. Very exciting!
  • Genre: Fantasy – I talk about the difference between high and low fantasy while also giving some examples of each. Of course, there are many more types of fantasy than those two, but it’s what I give.

Okay, now for the February TBR!

  • “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by J.K. Rowling. Going to try really hard to read this one this month so I can also cross off the TBR jar challenge for January as being completed.
  • Snow Like Ashes” by Sara Raasch. I’m really anticipating reading this so I plan on picking it up this month. It’s about how the four seasons are at war with one another and how Winter is wiped out – or basically wiped out. It’s a fantasy YA book.
  • City of Glass” by Cassandra Clare. This is the third installment to The Mortal Instruments series and I can’t wait to read it. I’ll put up a review of the first three books after reading this one.
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone” by Laini Taylor. This is the first book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bones trilogy. It’s about a girl, Karou, who isn’t sure who she is or where she comes from, but strange things are happening around her and she doesn’t know how to explain it. I’m excited to read this first installment.
  • The Selection” by Kiera Cass. This is the first book in the Selection trilogy (which is now becoming a six book series) and it’s about a girl named America who is thrown into the world of dresses and becoming the potential bride to the prince. It sounds intriguing and am excited to read it.
  • Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte. I’m not 100% sure what this one is about except for it is Ms. Bronte’s only novel and it’s also one of literature’s darkest romantic passions… Sounds intriguing, right? (At least from the description on the back.)

For the TBR Jar Challenge I chose, at random, to read a book with 500+ pages. I have a couple on my TBR for this month that meet that requirement, so I’m going to use “City of Glass” as that requirement. Hopefully I actually read all of these books this month, but we’ll see. Hopefully Netflix won’t distract me too much, because it’s also taken away from my writing time, as well.

Accompanying video: January 2015 Wrap-Up & February TBR

What are you planning on reading this month? Let me know in the comments!

Top Books of 2014

I may have only read 20 books this past year, but I still read some great books that have stuck with me and have made me think. I’m going to list my top five books from this year, and they are:

  1. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Mass. The first three books are out in this six part series, and I read all of them this past year and loved each and every one. This is definitely a favorite series filled with action, fantasy, politics, romance, and a kick-butt assassin heroine. My favorite of the series thus far is Heir of Fire, but they all are awesome. (Yes, I’m counting this as one book.) I rated each 5/5 stars.
  2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. This is the first book she wrote and it was the first book I read this year. Though some parts seemed to drag, I did really enjoy it and glad I read it as an introduction into Austen’s writing. It’s a book about two sisters who deal with the loss of their father, their romantic lives – and lack thereof – parties, politics, and other such things that happened in that culture during that time. I rated this 4/5 stars.
  3. Stardust by Neil Gaiman. This was my first Gaiman book and it was a beautiful piece of work. It had adventure, faeries, magic, and a great storyline. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more by Gaiman. I rated this 5/5 stars.
  4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This book was very cute and funny and I highly enjoyed it. It allowed me to reminisce on my college days (which weren’t that long ago) and just enjoy a cute story of love, family, friendship, and going out into the world. I rated this 5/5 stars.
  5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This book was hyped way up this past year, but it was a really great read and I really enjoyed the story and the characters in them. I rated this 5/5 stars.

What were some of your top books from 2014? Let me know in the comments below! And here’s to a New Year! Happy New Year’s everyone!