Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday: 1/24/18

Greetings and Salutations bookworms!

Boy, do I have a treat for you! Before I start, I’d like to point out that this list is shorter that five points because honestly no other books are coming to my mind at the moment.

Books You Dislike but Love to Discuss:

–Some books we disliked or were just okay, but they still have a lot of discussion points to sink your teeth into–

1. Arena One – Morgan Rice

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○ This is one that I truly despise and I try really hard not to be a hater because I understand how hard it must be to be an author, but there’s just so much I did not like. After reading, I did see some reviews in favor and I respect that. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but there were so many (too many) times where I had to sit back and ask what did I just read?/ how is that logically possible?/ how!? / what!? And yes I do love discussing this book because I just want to understand how something so simple can be written to seem impossible. For example (no major spoilers): a car accident. Simple right? Well, someone please explain how your head can hit the dash when a) you’re driving b) the steering wheel is right in front of you. Unless the impact sends you at an angle so you miss the steering wheel and hit the dash from either side or have no seat belt and your torso is flung over the steering wheel causing you to hit the dash (assuming there are no airbags), there’s no way that would happen. If I remember correctly, the impact was from the front so naturally, the body would hit the steering wheel or the airbag. Correct me if I’m wrong and I know this point is long, but there is so much to discuss about this book.

2. Diary of an Oxygen Thief – Anonymous

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○ I had such high hopes for this after seeing a preview of the first page on Instagram, but it was not cutting it for me. I found the narrator to be quite whiny and there’s so many points where I was at a loss for words, not entirely in a good way. Despite me not liking it, I would love to hear someone else’s opinions or help me understand parts I did not understand

3. Twilight – Stephanie Mayer (the entire saga)

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○ Unlike the previous two, eleven /twelve year old me devoured these books in less than a week and was a die hard Twi-Heart for a few years, but the older I get the more noticeable are the flaws. I do not entirely dislike it -more like embarrassed of preteen me- but there are some aspects where I am now starting to question or label them as borderline ridiculous. I have not reread the books in years, but I do find myself laughing when rewatching the films because things seem ridiculous now and I laugh at how obsessed I was. I had posters, t-shirts, books, magazines, the films, stickers, chocolate wrappers, bookmarks, trading cards, jewlery, I even collected the Burger King trinkets given with each kids meal. I would drag my mom to Burger King just so I could order a kids meal for the heads Twilight toys. Oh geeze, I’m getting cringey flashbacks. Ok, moving forward.

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Well, that was a doozy. Let me know some books you disliked beloved to ramble about.

Until next time! Stay amazing my friends,

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