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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ZeZee’s Favorite Reads of 2018

It’s the end of another year, which means it’s time for end of year roundups and favorites lists. These are some of my favorite posts to write and read. I enjoy highlighting the things I loved about the year and getting recommendations from others when I read their roundup posts.

Usually I’d struggle a bit to select just 10 books for my favorites list, but this year it was easy to choose. Only a few reads stuck out to me and the first five in this list are my top favorites of the year. Some of you might not be surprised to see them mentioned first since I’ve spoken about them often in various posts throughout the year, but here they are again one more time.

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Top 5 Wednesday #29: Tome Topple

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:

Largest Books on My TBR

This week’s topic is in honor of the #TomeToppleReadathon, a two-week long readathon that will run through the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. that was started by vlogger Sam at Thoughts on Tomes.

The readathon kicks off this week on November 16 and ends on November 29. The only rule is to read books that are over 500 pages long. >> LINKS >> Goodreads group | Twitter | IG challenges

I’ll share the challenges and my plans for the readathon below but first, here are the largest books on my TBR:

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

approx. 1056 pages

I started reading this years ago but haven’t gotten around to completing it yet. It’s about a guy who so loves tales of chivalry that he decides to become a knight. The story is quite enjoyable. I just need to dedicate some time to rereading and completing it.

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Top 5 Wednesday #28: Monster Madness!!

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:

Favorite Monsters

Yea, so this one was difficult because I haven’t encountered any monsters in books or movies that I’d consider a favorite, so instead I’ll show a couple books I love that focus on monsters.

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda

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Top 5 Wednesday #27: Favorite Villains

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:

Favorite Villains

I am so excited for this topic! I like quite a few of villains; here are the ones that immediately came to mind:

Thanos

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Top 5 Wednesday #26: Favorite Magic Systems

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:

Favorite Magic Systems

Wands

Of course, the Harry Potter books immediately popped in my mind when I saw this topic. I’ve wanted a wand since I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as a kid in middle school or high school (whenever it was when I first read it). Wands seem to provide almost limitless magic and I like that it’s a conduit for a person’s magic. Now that I think of it, I wonder where the magical energy comes from. It doesn’t seem to come entirely from within the person wielding the wand, so I wonder where else is this energy taken from.

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