Top 5 Wednesday #30: Disappointing Reads of 2018

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and now managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. For more information on this meme, visit the Goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

Perfect timing for this topic. I was considering to do such a post when I decided to check the T5W topic for this week. The following are my lowest rated and least liked reads of 2018.

Delicious! by Ruth Reichl ★★☆☆☆

A contemporary novel about a young woman who moves to New York City seeking to work at a food magazine. The story started out great and held my interest through the protagonist getting a job at the food magazine Delicious!, befriending her co-workers, securing a part-time at a cheese shop, and having fun cooking food. It mainly went downhill for me when she got a makeover and the romance develops. And the ending sucks!

School for Psychics by K.C. Archer★☆☆☆☆ ½

A paranormal novel about a young woman who learns she has psychic abilities and is recruited to join a government program that trains psychics. Another one that started out good and then went downhill. I DNF’d this, so take my opinions with a grain of salt. (It probably got better later.) I enjoyed the story until the protagonist gets to school for psychics. Up until then, it was interesting and even a little funny. But at the school for psychics, what I thought to be an adult or even a new-adult novel quickly felt like a YA romance (and not a good one), so I got frustrated and gave up halfway through the book.

The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer = ★★☆☆☆

A YA fantasy novel about a young prince who’s torn between the love he has for his father and his step-brother. Basically, the king falls ill because a ring magically appears on his finger and won’t come off. A dude randomly shows up, manages to remove the ring, and then declares himself the king’s son. The prince and the queen accept the random dude but the king is mistrustful and refuses him. << Had to say all that because this one is hard to summarize in a sentence. This one isn’t bad, actually. The writing is good and I’m sure the story is decent. I just…ugh! I didn’t like it. I didn’t like how things turned out or progressed or wrapped up. Definitely didn’t like the ending much. I agreed with the king for part of the time because as wonderful as Albaric is why would the king, or any of the royal family, quickly and easily believe someone who pops up outta nowhere, easily save the king, and THEN reveals that he has a claim to the throne?! (Not that he wants the throne, but still… Yo! I’d be mad suspicious too.)

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory ★★☆☆☆

A romance novel about a young woman and a young man who get stuck on an elevator together, decide to go on a fake date together, hook up, and fall in love. It’s actually a decent read and a quick one too, and I like that it’s about an interracial couple. However, I found it hard to believe in the strength of their relationship because all we mostly see them do is hook up. Well, not really because those hook-up scenes are like fade-to-black scenes in old movies so we don’t see them do much. I just don’t believe they have a strong, intimate relationship that’ll later lead to something more meaningful.

What is your least liked book of 2018?
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Top Ten Tuesday #37: New-to-Me Authors from 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but is now managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

I read several books last year whose authors are new to me. Some were great picks and I look forward to sampling more of those authors’ work, while others made me regret picking up the book. I’ll focus on the positive in this post and discuss only authors whose work I’d like to try again.

Libba Bray

The Diviners

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“The Diviners” by Libba Bray

This book has been sitting on my shelves for the past four years. If not for a buddy-read with Rachel from Life of a Female Bibliophile, it probably would still be sitting there unread.

We decided to call our buddy-read “Diviners in December” because we scheduled to read it in December. I thought it would make a great seasonal read; for some reason, I thought the story was set in winter and was probably atmospheric with lots of snow and cold. I was surprised not to find that and was even more surprised at how spooky it was at times.

I guess I was aware of this before, back when I learned of the book through Becky’s blog, but some details had faded from memory since then. All I remembered is that the story should be a good read. It was.

Genre:

YA Historical fiction; paranormal

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Weekend Reads #91: Books I DNF’d in 2018

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend.

This week’s topic:

Books I DNF’d in 2018

This weekend I’ll discuss the books I did not finish reading in 2018. Some I have given up on totally, while others I’ll revisit at another time. I did a similar post back in 2018 in which I reviewed two of the books included in this post and discussed my stance on not completing a book yet choosing to review or rate them (so I won’t go into all that here). I have quite a few books to mention, so I will give a brief synopsis and quick thoughts on them.

The reason for doing this is that this blog is a record of what I’ve read and I hardly ever mention the books I don’t finish on here, so here are all the ones from 2018.

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The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton, illus. by Jan McCafferty

I’ve been searching for this book for years. Ever since I decided to start collecting books, I’ve wanted to add the books responsible for making me a fan of the fantastic and peculiar. They are three: the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, and a series of books I couldn’t recall the title or author of…until now.

My interest in fantastical stories was piqued by fairytales, but these three books cemented my interest in it. I borrowed them constantly from the library as a kid and read them over and over again, never getting enough and wanting more. But my library in Jamaica was limited on such stories.

Over the years since childhood, I’d forgotten about Enid Blyton and her books. I started collecting books in college starting first with the books I love: the Harry Potter series, Chronicles of Narnia, and The Neverending Story. I knew there was another book I should get, one that I cherished as a kid, but try as I might to remember it, I couldn’t. For years I wracked my brain about it and mentioned it often on this blog hoping someone would be able to tell what I was talking about from the few clues I could remember: It’s an old children’s fantasy book with pixies and elves and there’s sometimes a mention of a garden.

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Characters of the Year Book Tag | 2018

Yep, I’m doing this again (did it last year) to reflect on the characters I read about in 2018. Characters deserve some love too. After all, they are part of the reasons why we love or hate a story. This tag was created by Amanda, A Brighter Shade of Hope.

Favorite male character of the year

Ahh…no male character stands out as a favorite from the books I read; but from the movies I watched last year, this dude was a fav:

Peter Parker a.k.a Spider-Man from Spider-Man: Homecoming

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“Shadow’s Edge” by Brent Weeks

I love me an exciting assassin story filled with lots of fighting and hidden plots. It’s why I enjoy reading Brent Weeks’s Night Angel trilogy. Well, the main reason is friggin DURZO badass BLINT!! But I also like the fights and the other stuff that happens. Despite how dark the story is and how sordid the lives of the characters are (it’s a depressing world to me), these books are very entertaining to me because I read for the fight scenes — the Night Angel fight scenes.

Genre:

Fantasy

Series:

Night Angel, book 2

Pubbed:

2008

Goodreads summary:

Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin’s life. The Godking’s successful coup has left Kylar’s master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over: new city, new friends, and new profession.

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