T5W #24: Trends That Should Have Died Long Ago

top118368Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. Topics are set for every week so to join in on the fun just check out the memes goodreads group. This week’s topic is Book Trends You’re Tired Of.

Pretty self-explanatory topic. You just basically list the bookish trends you’re tired of seeing. Scroll down to see mine!

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Mega Best-Selling Authors…. Are They Worth Reading?

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For this post, I wanted to talk about the mega-best-selling authors, you know the ones that I’m talking about, the ones who seem to have 121626 books out and everyone of them has been on the NYT Bestseller list. I don’t know what wizardry these people are performing! We all know the authors I’m talking about: Danielle Steele, Stephen King, Nora Roberts, James Patterson, Dan Brown and Wilbur Smith (who, fun fact, was born in what was then called Northern Rhodesia which is now called Zambia (my country!) and etc..

So now we’re at the reason I’m writing this post. I honestly have never read a single book by any of those authors. Why? Because all that fame kinda intimidated me. I mean there must be a reason why these authors are so popular and why their books seem to sell so well. Personally I feel like I wouldn’t even know where to start. Its like these authors have such huge followings and I feel like  I would start to question everything about my reading tastes if I read one of them and ended up hating them. What do you think?

Another reason I tend to shy away from these authors is the fact that they all seem to keep publishing the same type of books over again . I get sticking to what works  but mixing it up a little can’t hurt right? But I’m just talking from an outside perspective, I don’t know how I’d actually feel if I read these authors…

Anyway this entire post was basically an excuse to ask for recommendations. If you know good books that would introduce to to any of the authors I mentioned above, let me know in the comments!

Lets Talk!

Have you read any of the above mentioned authors? If so do they really deserve to be mega-best-sellers?

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T5W #23: Random Things I’ve Been Obsessing Over

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. Topics are set for every week so to join in on the fun just check out the memes goodreads group. This week’s topic is Current Favorites that Aren’t Books. This could be anything from movies to food to makeup….

Ugh I hate freebie topics! Anyway I couldn’t think of anything specific I wanted for this post so I just decided to do a mish-mosh of some random things that have interested me in the past month. Enjoy 😁😁😁

Netfix Shows (i.e. Thirteen Reasons Why & Riverdale)

To be honest, Netflix just started working in my country so obviously I’m freaking out to find out what all the fuss was about. And it seems it came just in time for the 13 Reasons Why tv adaptation *squeals* (Have you guys seen the trailer??? *squeals again*).

Thirteen Reasons Why Tv ShowThirteen Reasons Why is just a good book, you’d never know it carries such a big punch and I’m so happy it’s getting adaptation. I’m kinda nervous because what if it’s horrible…

Riverdale

O.m.g guys a show based on the Archie Comics?! Netflix is really killing it! I’m so excited to watch this when I can because GAH! It’s an Archie adaptation! *flails*

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I don’t know how I could call myself a fledgling techie when I never watched Marques Brownlee on YouTube before 2017. I fixed that this month and have suddenly found myself binge watching all his tech reviews (which are absolutely top notch).

Interactive Stories

(Y’all know I’m an electronics engineering student so don’t be shocked at all the tech/coding references) This year I discovered the pot of gold that is Twine. Guys this program is such an easy way to make interactive stories with minimal coding – so expect something like this from me soon. That’s all I’ll say….

Australia

My boyfriend moved to Australia for school this year. This obviously made me interested in everything about the country because I wanna live vicariously through him. I now spend my hours carefully stalking him and googling all I can about the country. *sigh*

Web Comics (i.e. Sarah Scribbles)

Sarah ScribblesLast year I discovered Allow Brosh and Hyperbole and a Half. This year its Sarah Andersen and Sarah Scribbles! And I love her little comics just as much because they’re so funny and relatable! Plus I know there are plenty of blogs similar to these two so I’m really looking forward to discovering tons of others (recs.. anyone?)


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The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

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The Infernal Devices Trilogy
Author: Cassandra Clare
Total Pages: 1518
Overall Trilogy Rating:

★★★★☆

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 ✨SERIES OVERVIEW

Prequel series to The Mortal Instruments

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

Sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother. Her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

This was my first foray into the Shadowhunter world. I was not disappointed. Cassandra Clare’s writing is utterly addictive and I marathoned the whole trilogy in a couple of days.

THE BREAK DOWN✨

Book #1: Clockwork Angel

Tessa Grey goes to England in search of her brother. There she discovers shocking secrets about the world [gasp Shadowhunters exist!] and herself.

Solid intro to this new series. I love how C. Clare still took the time to set up the world for those who may not have read the Mortal Instruments (people like me). The pacing may have been a little slow but the budding love triangle just about killed me with frustration. Ugh!

Pages: 448
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book #2: Clockwork Prince

With the help of her new shadowhunter friends, Tessa Grey discovers even more shocking secrets all the while going through a serious identity crisis.

Omg the plot literally thickens! (lol) As book two steams ahead more mysteries and plot twists are introduced to the story, making this a fantastic sequel. Was still very much annoyed by the love triangle which at this point was practically a living breathing thing yelling in my ear.

Pages: 508
Rating: ★★★★☆

Book #3: Clockwork Princess [aka the book that destroyed me]

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.
Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.
Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters (all the while the world’s greatest love triangle is played out!)

I can’t even.

Pages: 568
Rating★★★★★


OVERALL

The Infernal Devices

The very first thing I that comes to mind when I think of these books is: Love Triangles. Usually they’re frustrating as hell, and it this one started out that way but as the series neared the end  this one just blew my mind!

The start of the series was a little dull but I acredited that with the author setting up the story and the world. 1880s London is such a wonderful setting but the details of the world really impressed me. Cassandra Clare is an amazing world builder, she took this time period and somehow made it her own which is an incredible skill.

Getting into the second book the writing and story gets marginally better but the Will-Tessa-Jem love triangle still grates on the nerves a bit. Aside from that the pacing picks up as the gang tries to solve the mystery of Tessa and Mortmain and the Infernal Devices.

In the last book I finally come to terms with the fact that the Will-Tessa-Jem triangle would last till the end of the series. So it was about time to get over that and just enjoy the story. At first I was convinced Clockwork Princess wouldn’t affect me emotionally because I couldn’t seem to buy into the angst but then, like a brick wall slamming into me I broke.

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This book broke me so hard and put me back together. I don’t even know how it happened. One minute I was fine and the next I was a crying, blubbering mess.

To be honest the third book just completed the entire series for me. It was just such a satisfying finale, I wouldn’t have changed a single thing. It was almost too perfect the way everything wrapped up but I’m not complaining!

I’m not sure if Im ready to tackle The Mortal Instruments yet. Someday I probably will because I know at some point the two series imterwieve and then merge into Lady Midnight. It all seems so cool but 6 (?) book series is pretty intimidating…

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Spotlight: 2017 Authors Talk About it Book Contest

ataiAttention all writers, would-be writers and old-time writers…. Are you looking for recognition/credibility for your work? The Authors Talk About it Book Award Contest (henceforth referred to as ATAI) is just the thing you need! A little bit about the contest:

The ATAI Book Award Contest is a great opportunity for authors (both published and unpublished) who are looking for recognition for their work. Basically you submit a book to be read and critiqued by a team of professionals and the best book is crowned the best and prizes are given accordingly (for more details on this visit the official website).

First things first if you want to enter; you have to be 18 years old and above. And the book entry fee is $35 (a small price to pay for fame and glory is it not 😉😉😉?!)

Entering the contest automatically grants you a 250-350 word critique review by the ATAI team to use however you like. A 3-5 star worthy book earns you promotion across all social media owned by the ATAI team with a combined following of 40, 000 and the actual contest website!

What if you win? Well, the grand-prize winner gets their work promoted across social media platforms owned by the ATAI team and so much more which is listed on the official website)

Thinking of entering? There are plenty of categories to enter your book under and each of these category entries are judged. The first place winners of each category get some pretty amazing deals that can be found on the contest page. Even the finalists are rewarded so it’s sweet deals all around…

ataiThe deadline for submissions is September 30th, 2017 so there is still quite a bit of time to get your work in order  and submit it!

There is really so much more to this contest so visit the official website [here] to get more in depth information! You can also check out the contests’ facebook page to answer questions you might have…


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