Popular Books We Hated

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Crash & Burn (Cut & Run #9) by Abigail Roux

GR rating: 4.41 stars

My rating: 2 stars

When I read Cut & Run, the books took over my life. I read one after the other, cried over them, and had the worst book hangover of my life. I waited months for the last book to come out, but it was a big disappointment. The plot was senseless, the characters dull, the romance superficial, and the villains laughable. I hated everything about this book.

 

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

GR rating: 4.26 stars

My rating: 2 stars

Listen, I know the entire world is in love with this book. I’m in the minority here. But I will always be bitter about the fact that (spoiler alert) Blue turned out to be Random Guy #2, instead of, oh I don’t know, a character that actually interacted with Simon. I’m not going to lie. I was rooting for Nick to be Blue. I have really strong feelings about this. Don’t fight me on it.

 

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Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

GR rating: 4.08 stars

My rating: 2 stars

I can’t even remember any details from this book. I remember the kids starring in it were completely stupid. I had no sympathy for them. I don’t want to talk about them. Moving on.

 

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

GR rating: 4.02 stars

My rating: 2 stars

I don’t enjoy Dickens’s writing style at all. Add to that boring characters, a boring story line with a “heartwarming message” and I hated everything about this book. Wow, I am sounding really bitter right now. Look, I don’t like this book. If a guy doesn’t like Christmas, leave him alone. I’m sure his reasons are valid. 

 

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Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby

GR rating: 3.80 stars

My rating: 2 stars

I think the romance in this book made me literally sick to my stomach. I couldn’t stand any of the characters. And the plot was stupid. All things considered, I am being way too generous with my stars. All of these books deserve 1 star.

 

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Blackbird by Kanoko Sakurakouji

GR rating: 4.3 stars

My rating: 2 stars

I vaguely remember cringing at the plot of romance of this series, but honestly it’s completely slipped my mind what this was even about. So it’s forgettable as well.

 

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

GR rating: 4.19 stars

My rating: 2 stars

I love Rowell’s writing, but didn’t appreciate her piggy backing off of Harry Potter. It wasn’t well developed, the character’s were boring, and I hate how some people hold it up as the epitome of diversity.

 

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

GR rating: 4.1 stars

My rating: 3 stars

I was completely generous with that rating when I finished this book. It really should be a two or even one star book. I hated the creepy instalove, the world, and even the pace of the book. I don’t understand how this book ever got hyped up so much.

 

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

GR rating: 4.01 stars

My rating: 2 stars

This one was such a struggle for me to read. I’m surprised anyone read this when it first came out and continued on reading the series without knowing what would happen. I know if I didn’t know what the series ended I would have never picked up book two.

 

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The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

GR rating: 3.94 stars

My rating: 1 star

The main thing I remember about this book was caves. The school was underground or something, and every time the characters went into a separate room  there had to be a full page describing it. And it was never that different because a cave is a cave. The characters were also boring, and everything was told instead of shown. 

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Christmas Movies We Hope to Watch

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It is now officially December. And Nicole and I have made it our task to watch some famous, or new, Christmas movies to later review right here on our blog. I am a huge fan of cheesy Christmas movies. My favorite, by far, is Holiday in Handcuffs (from the screenshot above). I’ve sort of made it a tradition to force everyone to watch it every year with me. But I think it’s good to branch out a little bit too. So, although I will definitely rewatch Holiday in Handcuffs again this year, Nicole and I will watch these Christmas movies as well.

Nicole’s Picks:

  • Jingle All the Way (1996)

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With Arnold Schwarzenegger as a workaholic father hellbent on finding the perfect toy for his son, I bet he’ll learn in a funny, silly journey that Christmas isn’t all about presents. And I will probably like it.

  • Marry Me For Christmas (2013)

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A businesswoman’s family simply wants her to find a husband. For the holidays she decides to bring along her assistant who pretends to be her fiancee. I predict they will fall in love or something, and all the lies will work out. And I will probably reluctantly find it really cute.

  • Elf (2003)

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No I’ve never seen this, and yes once I finally do I guess I will like it like everyone else does.

 

Isis’s Picks:

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

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I love Snoopy, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen any of the Charlie Brown movies. I’m pretty sure as a kid I loved the Peanuts comics. I think it’s about time I watched this one. I have no doubt it will fill my heart with warm, fuzzy feelings.

  • A Very Merry Toy Store (2017)

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My dynamic duo: Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez, return to the world of cheesy Christmas movies with A Very Merry Toy Store. It’s the story of two toy store owners who unite forces when a big toy corporation moves into town. I am so excited about this one. I hope to love it as much as Holiday in Handcuffs. If not, then at least it will make me “aww” a lot because look at those two.

  • A Miser Brothers’ Christmas (2008)

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I’m not sure what to expect from this one. I know one of them is Jack Frost. Nicole told me to watch it. But she and I have very different taste. I hope to be entertained by it, but we shall see. Honestly, those two look sort of creepy.

End of the Year TBR

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Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett – I want to finish this book. It’s kind of long, by my standards. But I know it’s about angels and demons, so that’s what I like about it. I haven’t been in a reading mood lately, which makes it near impossible for me to think I’ll finish it within a month, but a girl can dream.

 

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A Baby for the Sheriff by Mary Leo – I’ve been reading this one for a while. I love everything about it. It’s so cheesy and it keeps talking about the male interest as an “alpha male” which is ridiculous but that’s why I love it so much. It’s about a sheriff who has to take care of a baby abandoned at the doorstep of a vet. It’s really fun. I hope I can finish it.

 

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Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza. I am halfway through this book already, so I’m hoping to finish this space opera very soon.

 

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. I read about half of this one in the summer but never finished it. I really enjoyed it to so once I finish Empress of a Thousand Skies I will be getting to this one.

 

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Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. Isis has already read this and put up a review here, but I’m still at the beginning.  I’m hoping I’ll get into it more, because right now I’m just finding it okay.

 

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The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch. This is a middle grade mystery that, again, I read half of before putting it down. I don’t know why I did it. I enjoyed it a lot. I just have a problem.

 

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The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan. I still haven’t finished this book, and yes, yes I did start it and put it aside earlier this month. I’m scared to finish this trilogy, but I have to know what happens.

 

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Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I forget where I was in this series, so I’m gonna have to start at the beginning. I think there are seven out. I promised Isis I would catch up, and I want to before 2017 ends.

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Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison. I was going to say this is one I haven’t read anything of, but that’s a lie. I read the first chapter in October then set it aside for books I got at the library. So basically all of my end of year books are simply finishing up books I randomly stopped reading throughout the year. All I know about this one is it has magic, vampires, and pixies in it, and I’m looking forward to it.

 

 

 

Unpopular Books We Love

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BooksandLala posted this video about a week ago, and we decided it was a great idea. So we went onto our goodreads accounts and looked at what was the lowest rated books there, and looked at our own ratings to see if they were any higher. This is the first five that stuck out for both of us.

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Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight by M.E. Thomas

GR Rating: 3.12 stars

My Rating: 4 stars

M.E. Thomas is a diagnosed sociopath and she wrote this book in part to tell her own story, and in part to debunk the myths surrounding being a sociopath. And she succeeded with that, at least with me. This book changed the way I thought, and I can’t recommend it enough. I do agree with some people that it can drag and get a little repetitive, however, I do think it’s worth it. Others dislike it because they found Thomas unlikable which, well, I won’t share my opinion about that.

 

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The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

GR rating: 3.28 stars

My rating: 4 stars

I loved this thriller. It was one of my favorite books of last year. I see a lot of people say it is full of tropes, and really weird. I’m not sure if it’s because I don’t read thrillers a lot, but I was simply fascinated by this book even when I got confused. I didn’t think anything was overdone simply because I haven’t read this plot before. Also, people find the MC’s anxiety unrealistic. That’s a problem I find with some rep. They found this unrealistic while I related a lot to it.

 

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Serpentine by Cindy Pon

GR rating: 3.52 stars

My rating: 5 stars

People said this was mostly about the writing and they thought it was slow. I think it’s more of a personal thing because I flew through this book, and thought the pace was good. 

 

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One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

GR rating: 3.66 stars

My rating: 5 stars

This is a funny little short story collection. I think it’s mainly if you don’t like his jokes then you won’t like the book. Plain and simple.

 

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The Curse of the Ancient Mask and Other Case Files by Simon Cheshire and R.W. Alley

GR rating: 3.68 stars

My rating: 5 stars

This is a children’s mystery book with not a lot of reviews which I think it is main reason for the rating. The few people who did rate it low didn’t leave a review at all so I’m not even sure why they didn’t like it.

 

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Holy Cow by David Duchovny 

GR rating: 3.32 stars

My rating: 4 stars

I had a lot of fun reading this book. It made me get back into reading after a really bad reading slump.

 

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How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend by Gary Gishlain

GR rating: 3.45 stars

My rating: 4 stars

This one was a wild trip from start to finish. I read it back when I didn’t know Johnny Depp was an asshole. But I think this book is pretty fun, regardless of the title.

 

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The Blind Contessa’s New Machine by Carey Wallace

GR rating: 3.48 stars

My rating: 4 stars

I loved this book. It’s such a sweet romance, full of angst and a bittersweet ending. I loved it so much. I don’t know why people don’t agree with me on this.

 

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A Separate Peace by John Knowles

GR rating: 3.56 stars

My rating: 5 stars

This is one of the first books I fell in love with. It was a required read for high school, and I thought it was incredible. I cried over it. It’s a book I’ve never forgotten.

 

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

GR rating: 3.58 stars

My rating: 4 stars

This book rocked my world. It was absolutely hilarious, but sad nonetheless. I really liked the originality in this book. It played with various themes and formats, and I liked that.

The Television Tag

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I saw ProblemsofaBookNerd do this tag and it looked fun, so Nicole and I decided to do it!

1. Favorite shows?

Nicole: Stranger Things, Charmed, Gilmore Girls, 12 Monkeys, 3%, The Challenge, Chopped, Cupcake Wars, Cutthroat Kitchen, Project Runway, Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta

Isis: Are you ready? This list will be LONG because I adore TV shows: The Office, Parks & Recreation, Friends, New Girl, Lucifer, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Preacher, Stranger Things, Gilmore Girls, The Great British Baking Show, Crazyhead, About a Boy, Breaking Bad, That 70’s Show, Scrubs, Shameless, Master of None, Santa Clarita Diet, Bates Motel, The Good Doctor, This Is Us, In the Flesh, Atypical, The Twilight Zone, Jane the Virgin, The Good Place, Superstore, The Mindy Project, The Nanny, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The X-Files.

2. Favorite genre?

Nicole: I like a lot of reality television obviously. I don’t know if there is a genre for all the scripted shows I watch, but they all have a magical element or something to it. Not necessarily magical but it’s never like just regular life like a sitcom. Also crime shows. I always get caught up in those.

Isis: Sitcoms have a large piece of my heart. The majority of the shows I watch are sitcoms, often with a twist. I do enjoy supernatural shows, especially if they involve angels and/or demons. I don’t really like dramas, unless they have some sort of supernatural or comedy aspect.

3. Least favorite show?

Nicole: The OA, Glow, Being Human, Lost, Spongebob, Clarence

Isis: Family Guy, The Big Bang Theory, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. If I don’t like a show, I just don’t watch it. These are just some that annoy me without having really watched them.

4. Most rewatched show/favorite show to binge watch?

Nicole: I’ve watched the Roseanne, Gilmore Girls, 16 and Pregnant, and the Teen Moms ones so many times. Law and Order the original and SVU too. Cold Case and a few others like it I can’t remember the names to right now. I love binging The Challenge, The Real World, shows like that.

Isis: I’ve lost track of the times I’ve rewatched The Office, but my guess is at least 10 times, seasons 1 thru 7. I don’t care about the last two seasons. I’ve rewatched Friends a bunch of times too, but not as many. And Gilmore Girls and Parks & Recreation a few times. And I’d recommend binge watching Breaking Bad cause that show is a masterpiece from start to finish. I have that show up on a pedestal.

5. Do you prefer watching things week-by-week or binge-watching?

Nicole: Binge watching mostly because I don’t have cable so I can’t watch things week by week. But I’m bad at TV shows in general. Even if I like them I don’t usually continue them.

Isis: Definitely binge watching, though there’s something very exciting about waiting for new episodes to come out.

6. Favorite television characters?

Nicole: Garth and Gabriel from Supernatural. Rose, the ninth and tenth doctors from Doctor Who. The main cast from Stranger Things. Prue and Chris Halliwell from Charmed. Rafael from 3%. Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler from SVU. I’m sure there is more, but I also can’t put people from reality TV cause that’s weird.

Isis: Castiel from Supernatural, Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls, Lucifer from Lucifer, Jesse Custer from Preacher, Leslie Knope from Parks & Recreation, Ann Perkins from Parks & Recreation, Literally everyone from Stranger Things, Dana Scully from The X-Files, Lip Gallagher from Shameless, Michael Scott from The Office, Jane from Jane the Virgin, and Monica from Friends.

7. Favorite television ships?

Nicole: Um Rose and the Doctor. I really liked Piper and that ghost from that one episode in Charmed haha. Mike and Eleven from Stranger Things. I can’t think of anything else, but I don’t ship people that often anyway.

Isis: I’m aware they aren’t technically canon, but Dean and Castiel from Supernatural are THE ship, and no other ship will ever top them for me. Jim and Pam from The Office, Leslie and Ben from Parks & Recreation, Lito and Hernando from Sense8, Amy and Jake from Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Lucifer and Chloe from Lucifer, Monica and Chandler from Friends, Michael and Holly from The Office, Scully and Mulder from The X-Files, Jack and Rebecca from This Is Us, and Fran and Maxwell from The Nanny. That is way too many m/f couples.

8. Show you could never get into?

Nicole: All of my least favorite shows obviously. I never got into Sense8 but since it’s cancelled already I’m glad. Same for In the Flesh. I could say this for most shows honestly. I watch the first episode, and never feel the need to continue. Like with Preacher. I also couldn’t get into Shadowhunters.

Isis: 12 Monkeys, Supergirl, Merlin, Doctor Who, Chewing Gum, Better Call Saul, Sherlock, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Don’t kill me), 13 Reasons Why, and Lost.

9. Show you fell out of love with?

Nicole: Face Off, Orange is the New Black, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Sherlock, The Walking Dead, Supergirl, Survivor, Are You the One?

Isis: Supernatural – it hurts to talk about how bad this show got in the later seasons, especially cause it was such a huge part of my life. The Walking Dead, Last Man on Earth, Shadowhunters, Sense8, How to Get Away With Murder, Glee, Constantine, Twin Peaks, Melissa & Joey, Orange is the New Black (but I’m gonna keep watching).

10. Cancelled too soon?

Nicole: I usually think something is dragging on too long than cancelled too soon.

Isis: In the Flesh!!!!!! WHY. Just why. Also, About a Boy was the purest show on TV and I am so so upset it got cancelled. It deserved so many seasons.

11. Guilty pleasure show?

Nicole: I guess all the reality TV I watch but also I don’t feel guilty about it.

Isis: Orange is the New Black is a guilty pleasure. I never feel good about myself watching it, but it’s addictive.

12. What are you currently watching?

Nicole: The Challenge. There’s always a season of that on it feels like. I finished Stranger Things a little bit ago. I’m interested in looking up The Worst Witch I think it is on Netflix. I’ve recently seen things about a show called The Exorcist that I might try watching too. That’s about it.

Isis: I’m watching and loving Lucifer, The Good Doctor, Superstore, The Good Place, This Is Us, Catfish, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, just recently finished The Mindy Project (and it was amazing), and The Great British Baking Show which never fails to make me smile.

Giveaway Winner

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The giveaway for Turtles All the Way Down by John Green is closed and we have the our winner! Nirmala from red lips and bibliomaniacs so we will be contacting you privately.

Hopefully in the future we will be able to do more giveaways. For now, the regular reviews and tags will return. Uploading has been a little wonky, we know, but life has been getting in the way a bit. With the usual two times a week again too.

TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN *GIVEAWAY*!

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Hello, everyone! We have some very exciting news. Nicole and I will be hosting our first giveaway on our blog. We’ve had this blog for over three years now, and I think it’s about time we did this. We’ll be giving away a brand new copy of John Green’s newest young adult novel: Turtles All the Way Down.

The rules are simple. Just follow us on our blog, and submit your blog’s name onto Rafflecopter. There are also two other chances to enter, which are following our Twitter account, and commenting your favorite book and why you think everyone should read it. So you have plenty of chances to get this book!

This is a U.S. only giveaway! I’m really sorry about that. Someday in the future we’ll do an international one. This giveaway starts on 11/12 at 12:00 am U.S. Eastern time, and ends 11/19 at 12:00 am U.S. Eastern time. We’ll make a separate post announcing the winner.

So, good luck!