Character Development 101 | Top Ten Tuesday

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Today’s TTT is: Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101

For mine I decided to choose Character Development 101 as the subject, because there are so many wonderful character growths in the books I read!

1. To Kill a Mockingbird

I read this novel nearly 4 years ago and I just remember being very mesmerized by Scout’s character development. Her thoughts and opinions changing over the course of the story and her growth from a innocent child to a mature young woman made a huge impact on me, especially when I was younger.

2. Shatter Me

All the major characters in this series go through such overwhelming character development. The characters grow and change so much with each book, that by the last installment they are so different from how they were at the beginning of the series.

3. Pride and Prejudice 

I recently re-read this novel and Elizabeth and Dracy’s character growth still hit me hard. They are both flawed characters, Darcy being a very prideful man and Elizabeth being quick to let her prejudices cloud her judgement. But as the book progresses they learn from each other how to become better people.

4. Since You’ve Been Gone

In this coming of age novel Emily, the main character, goes from a wallflower to a confident girl. I loved reading about Emily’s transformation and her willingness to get out of her shell. She grows tremendously by the end of the book.

5. Percy Jackson and the Olympians

A major part of this entire book series is character development. Rick Riordan is a genius when it comes to writing complex and flawed characters that, by the last book, grow so much.

6. The Heroes of Olympus

I had to include this series as well. I think I might actually prefer this one to PJO. Even thought this series has many characters they all go through their individual character development. And like I said before Riordan is a genius when writing characters.

7. Finding Audrey

This book is extremely character driven and focuses a lot on character development. The main character, Audrey, has severe social anxiety and the book follows her journey as she tries to overcome her disorder.

8. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

This is an amazing coming of age contemporary about accepting yourself and others. The main characters, Ari, goes from a moody and pessimistic character to a genuinely happy and appreciating person. I don’t want to give away too much, but you should read it.

9. Throne of Glass

Everyone knows Celaena to be this badass assassin, but I love how throughout the series Sarah J. Maas also shows Celaena’s downfalls, failures, various rampages and emotional breakdowns. It makes for such a great and complex character.

10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I think all the major characters have great character development in this novel, but especially Charlie. This book follows him trying to fit into high school and make friends while also dealing with issues that happened in the past.

So those are all the 10 books I’d choose if I taught Character Development 101. Let me know if you agree with any of my choices or just tell me a book you would choose for this subject!

I hope you all had a lovely day and I’ll see you in my next post,

marades

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

unpopsHey guys!

So I’ve been seeing the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag all around Booktube and it seemed like a really fun tag so I decided to do it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ You can check out the original tag video here.  

Note: Please don’t hate me if I bash any of your favorite books or characters ^-^

1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like:

The Fault in Our Stars– I remember reading this when I was 13 and just not getting what the hype was about. I’m not saying I hated the book, but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as i would have liked. I didn’t even shed a tear during the entirety of it and I’m a major book cryer.

2. A popular book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love:

The Selection Series– I know this series is dumb. I know the main character is the most insufferable character to exist. I know the love triangle is laughable. I know the whole selection process is a complete joke. But these books are so much fun. They are so entertaining and fast-paced and I really like them.

(not counting the 4th book because even I can’t handle that one)

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with OR an OTP that you don’t like:

Josh and Isla from Isla and the Happily Ever After– I didn’t like this book and I didn’t like Josh and Isla together at all. It just felt as though Stephanie Perkins found the only 2 single people and mashed them up together. I was not a fan, sadly.

4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for:

Thriller, Mystery and Crime– Those genres are just not my type of thing.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like:

Chaol from Throne of Glass– I really liked him in the first book, but my opinion of him changed during the 2nd and 3rd book of the series. I know a lot of people love Chaol, but I just find him very bland, indecisive and annoying. (please don’t kill me :’D)

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into:

Scott Westerfeld– I read Uglies by him and found the book to be very dry and uninteresting. I also tried reading Afterworlds and couldn’t get into it. I guess I just don’t like his writing style.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing:

The chosen one, love triangles, good girl likes bad boy, 2 oh so quirky teenagers are so different from all other teenagers and speak with a vocabulary of 80 year olds– to name a few. I could go on and on and on and on and on…you get my point.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading:

The 5th Wave– Everyone loves this sci-fi novel so much, but I honestly have no intention of ever reading it. Plus I heard the sequel isn’t that great, soooo…

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

Coraline– I actually really liked this book, but the movie is so much better in my opinion. I have seen the movie at least 20 times and I am in no way joking.

That’s the end! I really do hope you’re not in the middle of making a voodoo doll of me because I bashed one of your favorite books or characters.

Tell me if agree with any of my unpopular opinions or just let me know one popular book you didn’t like 😀

Hope you all had a lovely day and I’ll see you in my next post,

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Anatomy of a Misfit- REVIEW

Title: Anatomy of a Misfit

Author: Andrea Portes

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Source: Purchased physical copy

Pages: 336

My rating: 1.5/5

Anatomy of a Misfit is Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Anika’s hilariously deadpan delivery will appeal to readers for its honesty and depth. The so-sad-it’s-funny high school setting will pull readers in, but when the story’s dark foreboding gradually takes over, the devastating penultimate tragedy hits like a punch to the gut. Readers will ride the highs and lows alongside funny, flawed Anika — from laughter to tears, and everything in between.

General Opinion:

I honestly don’t know where to begin. I tried, I really tried to like this book. The cover is beautiful, the premise sounded promising but the story, oh the story, was just so horrible. The thing about Anatomy of a Misfit is that it was trying to prove a good point, which I appreciate, but the execution of it was so terrible that it caused the story to contradict all the good points the author was trying to make. Since reading it I have donated the book to my local library because I could not stand to look at it on my bookshelf. If you’re interested in why I dislike this book so much, I’ll explain it in more detail below. I’ll also be including quotes lots of quotes!

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June Wrap-up!

Hi guys! As it is the last day of June, I thought it’d be the perfect time to do my monthly wrap-up. This month I managed to read a total of 11 books!

I’m extremely happy with the number, considering I usually read around 5-6 books a month. Since I read quite a few, I’ll keep my descriptions brief. So here’s all the books I’ve read:

1. Shadow and Bone 

This is the first book in the really popular Grisha trilogy. I’ve had this book for a very long time and I’m really glad I picked it up. The storyline is kind of complex, but the book is set in a fantasy world similar to Russia, which I was an immense fan of. There’s lots of world-building, action and romance in this first book. The storyline was highly entertaining, but I thought the characters were a bit flat. 4/5

2. Ready Player One

I almost never read science fiction books because they aren’t my cup of tea, but I’m so happy I read this! The book is set in the year 2044 and is filled with action, video games, puzzles, 80s pop culture, great characters and overall awesomeness. It also brings to attention what humanity might be reduced to in the future if we let virtual reality take over our lives. It’s also going to be made into a movie, weeeee! 4.5/5

3. Lying Out Loud

Meh is the word I would use to describe this book. It’s high school drama, boy drama, family drama, friend drama and all kinds of drama. The book is very fast paced and perfect for when you feel like reading something silly. The ending though was kind of disappointing. You can see my full review here for more thoughts! 3.5/5

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Lying Out Loud- Review

Title: Lying Out Loud

Author: Kody Keplinger

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Source: eARC from the publishers via Netgalley

Pages: 309

My rating: 3.5/5

Goodreads Link

Kody Keplinger returns to the world of The DUFF in this brand-new companion novel!

General Opinion: 

I was a really big fan of The DUFF by Kody Kepilinger when I read it last year and I have to say that Lying Out Loud didn’t exactly live up to my expectations. The beginning was excellent and very entertaining, but as the storyline progressed everything fell flat. The characters became frustrating and the ending was unsatisfying. Nevertheless, I still had fun reading it and I recommend it to anyone who’s looking for something addictive and fast-paced!

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Top 5 June Releases

I look forward to new book releases every month, so I thought I’d share the 5 June releases I’m looking forward to the most!

1. The first release I’m looking forward to is Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout. Now, ignoring the cheesy title and cover, the synopsis of this book is very exciting. It’s about a girl, Grace, who escapes to a boarding school in Seoul and falls for a K-Pop idol. I’ve never heard of another YA book that has K-Pop, so I’m interested to see how the author will weave that into the storyline!

2. Next is More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. Now from what I gather it’s set in a time where memory erasing is a possibility thanks to a procedure by Leteo Institute. The main character, Aaaron, has a pretty dark past and his current situation isn’t that wonderful either. Then Aaron meets Thomas and begins to fall in love. But Aaron’s newfound happiness isn’t welcome on his block. He then decides to have his memories erased, even if it means forgetting who he is. This books sounds very powerful, emotional and heart-warming. Can’t wait to have it in my hands!

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The Heir- REVIEW

Title: The Heir

Author: Kiera Cass

Genre: YA, Dystopia, Romance

Pages: 352

My Rating: 2.7/5

Goodreads Link

General Opinion:

Why? That was the question I asked myself when I found out Kiera Cass was writing another Selection book. If a trilogy has a beginning and a concrete ending, why write another book when the story is already finished? There are many possible answers as to why Cass has decided to add another book to the series, and I won’t get into them, because whether you agree with it or not The Heir is here. Now, I never considered this series to be spectacular. It was just a fast-paced, cheesy “dystopian” series that I couldn’t help but be addicted to. Even if the series isn’t anything ground-breaking, I had immense fun reading it. So after I finished The Heir, I couldn’t help but feel…disappointed. And here’s why:

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