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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I will never read

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and here is official group site: Top 5 Wednesday. You can read all about the group and challenges there.

Today’s topic is Books you will never read

Ugh. I actually don’t like this challenge. Because never say never. Just like I said, that I will never read any Harry Potter book. Ok, I still haven’t read it but I have the first one at home and it’s just waiting to be read.

But I’m pretty sure, that I will not change my mind about these books.

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1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

I have never been interested in reading Twilight series, even way back, when they were really popular. I don’t like books about “good” vampires and love stories. If I’m totally honest, I actually don’t know anything about the plot at all. And I haven’t seen movies. No, thank you. Never.

2. Eat, pray, love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Another hyped book that everyone was talking about it. Don’t know much about it also. Even the title is ridiculous. Nope.

3. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

This is the second book in The Wolves of Mercy Falls series. I was struggling with the first one (Shiver) but I finished it because I usually feel guilty if I don’t read a book to the end. But I hated it. So much, that I don’t have any intentions to continue with series.

4. The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

I read I am number four and liked it a lot. I started reading The Power of Six, which is the second book in Lorien Legacies series and couldn’t get into it. I was planning on reading it but I just have to face a fact, that I probably never will. I don’t even remember what happened in the first book.

5. The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis

I like children books, good fantasy stories, and adventures. But I was never into this series. I never thought about reading them or wished that I would someday. But I have a feeling, that if I would someday change my mind about any book from this list, I will change it about this series.Maybe. Someday.

Feel free to share a link with your books you’ll never read in comments below. Did you read any from my list and liked it? Or do we have similar taste? 

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite books outside your comfort zone

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and here is official group site: Top 5 Wednesday. You can read all about the group and challenges there.

Today’s Topic is: Favorite books outside your comfort zone

It was hard to make this list because I’m always trying to read different book genres. I read almost everything if it’s interesting.

1. Me before you by Jojo Moyes15507958

Probably you all heard about this book. I’ve seen it everywhere and I think that the movie will be out soon (is already out). I usually don’t read romances/chick-lit literature but still, I enjoyed reading this book. Probably because of the characters and maybe because of a not-so-ordinary story.

230139532. Gut: The Inside story of our Body’s most underrated organ by Giulia Enders

I read this book just recently and I was amazed how good it was. It’s nonfiction book, written from a medical point of view. From the title, you can figure out what is about. It was fun and educational and I highly recommend reading it. You can also check my review on my blog.

3. The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman15195

Graphic novels are not something that I would read often and when I do, I’m usually not impressed. But with this book, it was totally different. Amazing story and illustrations are just perfect for this book.

494364. Three cups of tea by Greg Mortenson

I haven’t read much memoirs or biographies in my life. Haha, now I actually discovered a genre which is out of my comfort zone! Reading about other people’s lives is just not something that I would enjoy. But this book… yeah, it’s great. A story about an ordinary man who tries to change lives and make the world a better place.

5. Bombshell: Women and Terrorism by Mia Bloom12842662

Another nonfiction book where theory is illustrated with examples from real life. If you’re interested in terrorism in general or you want to know more about it, especially about women’s role in terrorism, this is a great book.

Did you read any of this books or is my list similar to yours? You can also post your top5 in comments, so I can check it out!

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I’m Intimidated By

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and here is official group site: Top 5 Wednesday. You can read all about the group and challenges there.

Today’s topic is: Books I’m intimidated by

And here is my list:

1. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski337907

I bought this book years ago and I actually started reading it. But I don’t know if I managed to read more than a few pages. It’s a huge book, written in a strange/funny format, which attracts me but also repels. And I heard it’s sick and twisted and mind-blowing and  I’m not sure if I want to know why.

127812. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

I bought this book when I was in university. One of the professors recommended it to us and because it’s also considered as one of the most controversial books ever written, I had to buy it. And this is also a reason why I’m so intimidated by it. The second reason is, that I started reading it as soon as I bought it but I was so bored that I gave up. Still, some day, I know I will read it.

3. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy110913

It’s one of those books that are sadly waiting on my bookshelf to be read. I really don’t know how I got this book – it’s a really old Slovenian edition in two books. But still they’re huge and waiting. And I’m waiting for that moment that I’ll be grabbed by a desire to read Russian classics, haha.

675914. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

I heard for this book recently and was immediately attracted by the synopsis and since then I want to read it badly. However, I have my doubts about this book… 1088 pages in The English language which probably won’t be easy to read.

5. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell6794

When it was released, it seemed that everyone was talking about this book. So I bought it and since then, I have it on my bookshelf. Besides that it’s huge, I’m mostly afraid that the language would be too heavy for me because I bought an English version.

 

Those are the books I’m intimidated by. Is any of them also on your list? If not, I would love to hear about books you’re intimidated by. Comment below or just add a link to your blog post. I will definitely check it out.

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I DNF

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and here is official group site: Top 5 Wednesday. You can read all about the group and challenges there.

Today’s topic is: Books you DNF (did not finish)

First, I want to say, that there are not many books I didn’t finish. I felt bad if I started reading a book and just gave up. So I always forced myself to finish it. Everything changed with a third book in Fifty Shades trilogy. It was just so bad that I stopped and thought for a moment – is it truly worth reading a book that you don’t like and don’t enjoy while reading it? I mean, there are so many books that I want to read, why waste my time with the one I don’t like? Since then, I don’t have problems with not finishing a book.

But, I do have two categories of books I didn’t finish:

  1. books I didn’t like and I don’t intend to read them again (currently I have 10 books on this list)
  2. books I didn’t finish but I still liked them in some way – maybe I was just not in the mood for reading a particular genre or I started with another book and forgot what previous was about. And maybe I will read them someday but of course, I’ll have to start from beginning (I have 6 books on this list)

Today I’ll talk about books from the first category and here is my list:

On the Road by Jack Kerouac2552

I thought this book will be good, after all, it is a classic. But for me, it was horrible. I struggled with every page because it was so monotonous. I didn’t like characters, the plot was boring and nothing happened. I read half of it and I couldn’t continue.

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Jonas Jonasson’s books: The Hundred-Year-Old Man who climbed out of the window and disappeared and The Girl who saved the King of Sweden

Because of the humor and because everyone was talking about them, I thought I would enjoy in books a lot. But I just couldn’t get into the story, too much was going on and everything was exaggerated. I read more than a half of a first book and later, when the second book was translated I decided to give it a try and quit after the second chapter. Because it was the same as a first one.

Now I know, that I just don’t like Jonasson’s style and no way, that I’ll read any of his books again.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion16181775

Omg. I hated it! I had such a huge expectations about this book and I disliked everything about it. I thought that story was stupid and I disliked both main characters. I tried hard but every time I took this book in my hands and read more than a page I become annoyed and irritated about stupidities in a book.

18693763Everything I never told you by Celeste Ng

So slow. So complicated. So much drama. And still nothing happened. It was just not my cup of tea. Still I read so many good reviews about this book and how worthy of reading it is, that I’m actually considering to read it again some day. But not so soon, haha.

Little Bee by Chris Cleave 6948436

I really wanted to like this book. After all, it’s about Nigerian refugee in a foreign country where she’s struggling to survive and accept the new culture. But characters didn’t convince me and my eyes were closing while reading constantly, haha.

 

Did you read any book from my list and loved it/didn’t like it also? What are your thoughts about not finishing books? 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Biggest Book Hangovers

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and here is official group site: Top 5 Wednesday. You can read all about the group and challenges there.

Today’s topic is: Biggest Book Hangovers

Oh yes, I know exactly how it is if you have a book hangover. But, usually, I get it from good books. It never happened to me, that I would read such a bad book that I couldn’t pick up another. Nope. But it happened that I read books which impressed me so much that I just couldn’t read any other after that (for a while). And here are few of them:

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan6567017

I have absolutely loved this book! It’s one of my all time favourites and definitely, favourite by John Green.

It made me happy and sad and I laughed – ok, I didn’t cry but I never cry when I read a book. But it’s simply amazing book. And I wanna reread it so badly right now.

77203The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

A heartbreaking story about unusual friendship in Afghanistan. Hosseini knows how to write wonderful stories about love, friendship and my heart is broken every time when I read his book.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy6288

A post-apocalyptic novel about destroyed America where father and son are walking around, trying to survive. They have nothing and nothing is left. They don’t know if they will survive but still, they have each other.

Another one that I just have to reread. Amazing story and I can’t believe that despite the fact I read this book many times, I always feel such emptiness when I finish it.

6690798The Passage by Justin Cronin

I know I’m repeating myself with always adding this book to my lists but I can’t help myself. I was in shock when I finished it – I wanted more, I wanted to know everything and it was amazing and scary and I didn’t want to read any other book after that for a while.

Blindness by Jose Saramago2526

I read this book more than 10 years ago and I still remember all the feelings I had when finishing it. Simply amazing. It’s about unusual epidemy of white blindness when all people become blind. People are afraid and lost, they forget about moral and ethics which leads to chaos.

 

Do you usually have a book hangover after good or bad book? And of course, I would love to hear about your biggest book hangovers. You can write about them in comments or just paste a link to your blog and I will check them out!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Disappointing Eye Candy

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and here is official group site: Top 5 Wednesday. You can read all about the group and challenges there.

Topic for today’s Wednesday is:

Disappointing Eye Candy

(books that looked beautiful, but were awful)

I must admit, that I don’t judge a book by its cover. I’m usually not an impulsive buyer of books and if I’m in bookstore or library I always read what book is about before I buy/borrow it.

But still there were some books, that I picked up just because of the amazing cover, and was disappointed after finishing them.

Here is my list, in no particular order:

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

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I still like the cover, I think it’s pretty. And I had felt that everyone talked about this series, so, of course, I had to read it. It was a disaster. I hated it so much! I was actually considering about not finishing it because it was so awful. But eventually I read it, but surely I won’t continue with series. No way.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

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I love this cover! It looks old and like it was handmade in some monastery, haha.

The story is set in Amazon rainforest, where Dr. Marina Singh searches for a missing mentor of hers. The synopsis was just wonderful and interesting, but the book was just… omg! The story was just ridiculous and characters were awful.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Cute cover. And all the hype about this book. No way that I wouldn’t read it. And I did. And after finishing it, I realized that I and Rainbow Rowell, just don’t get along. I didn’t like any of her books and it was the same with Fangirl.

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

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This is the only book that I ever bought, without knowing, what it’s about. And what a mistake that was!

I’m really ashamed to tell you this but… I thought that this book is a historical mystery, full of unbelievable medieval secrets, action, monks and suspense and everything else what makes reading exciting.

It’s a self-help book.

(You probably can’t imagine my disappointment in the moment when I figured that out.)

As White as Snow by Salla Simukka

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Slovenian cover for this book is really pretty (English one is kinda boring). It’s the second book in series and I was excited to read it. And the cover is really nice. And that was all.

 

Do you read/buy books just because of the amazing cover? What was your disappointing eye candy?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Buzz Words

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and here is official group site: Top 5 Wednesday. You can read all about the group and challenges there.

Topic for today’s Wednesday is:

Favorite Buzz Words

(words used to describe a book that is a guarantee buy for you)

Buzz Words are words that are usually on the cover of the book and are describing what’s book about but their main purpose is, to convince readers (buyers) to read/buy that particular book.

I must confess that I was struggling to find those words which convince me to read a book. There are many of buzz words that catch my eye but usually, I don’t even notice them. But still, at the end, I manage to come up with this 5 buzz words.

Epic

I know, that this word actually doesn’t describe anything particular at all but still, every time I see it on the cover of a book, I put it on my tbr pile. The promise of an epic read is just something that convinces me every time.

Diversity

I think in last couple years this word become very popular. And also publishers are aware of this. I don’t mind – I love this type of books.

Anticipated

I noticed that almost every book now is “anticipated”, haha. But if I see this word, I will, at least, read a synopsis.

Gripping

Yes, that’s something for me! I love mysteries, thrillers, murder mysteries and so on. And if someone is promising a gripping read I can’t resist!

By a bestselling author of…

I know, I know… it’s not exactly a word but if there’s anything that convinces me on the cover of the book, it will be this sentence. How could I resist reading a book that was recommended by my favorite author? No way that I would not put it on my tbr!

 

Those are buzz words that convince me. Do you have any particular buzz words? Are they similar to mine or something totally different?