TOP 10 FRUSTRATING PROTAGONISTS

It's always a shame when you're reading a book and you're enjoying the story but you can't help but daydream about strangling the protagonist. For all the story's otherwise good facets, the protagonist's lack of any redeeming qualities puts you in a stabby mood. (Is that just us? Moving on.)

At times, the story is strong enough to eclipse the protagonist's frustrating monologues or their senseless decision-making. We stick it out for other characters, for the plot, for an engaging world or an original magic system we want to see play out. After all, it isn't easy writing a universally beloved protagonist.

Other times, however, the protagonist ends up taking over and frustrating us into a puddle of nope. These are those protagonists.

(And disclaimer: some of the mentions on the lists below include spoilers. Tread carefully.)

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TOP 10 UNREAD BOOKS LIVING ON MY SHELF THE LONGEST


It's common knowledge that a bookworm tends to go a bit mental when they go book shopping. Impulse buys, having some extra cash to treat yourself or just reading the back of books and being intrigued. Sadly, it's also common knowledge that books get forgotten. They're abandoned, left there to gather dust and...it breaks my heart. But I do it. There's just too much to read!

Over the years, I've collected a lot of books, and a lot of them aren't read. Some I don't even have a clue what they're about, so an unhaul is probably likely to happen. But before that happens, I thought it would be a good idea to reminisce the books I've bought, been given or just...appeared on my bookshelf. Where did I get that book from? Why on earth did I buy this? Who knows.


side note: no joke, my place is starting to look like this.. stacks, everywhere.

Come see. If you wish to adopt any abandoned books, you're more than welcome to give them a home. Books need love too,  they demand to be read, that is their destiny. 



Imege credit: nathalieweatherald
                                                                                        


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BOOK REVIEW: MAP OF THE STARS BY JEN MALONE



Author Jen Malone draws on her real-life experiences as a movie studio publicist to bring you an insider peek at love, Hollywood-style. 

The California dream was supposed to give seventeen-year-old Annie Shelton a fresh start far removed from her dad’s unusual betrayal. But when things don’t go according to plan in La La Land, Annie’s mom snags a last-minute gig as makeup artist to a teen movie idol and finagles a spot for her daughter on his European promotional tour.

Down-to-earth Annie would rather fangirl architectural sights than an arrogant A-lister. That is, until behind-the-scenes Graham Cabot turns out to be more sweetly vulnerable than she could have imagined. 

Too bad falling for a poster boy isn’t all red carpets and star treatment, especially when you factor in obnoxious fans, an overprotective assistant, a stage mom/manager, and a beefy bodyguard.

But it isn’t until the paparazzi make an appearance that things get really sticky…


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TOP 10 LITERARY TROPES WE LIKE

As TvTropes will be quick to inform you - not all tropes are bad. This is due in part to our differing opinions on what we like and dislike to see in a narrative, and in part to the fact that absolutely everything is considered a trope nowadays. A Lawful Good protagonist - trope. An ambiguous protagonist - trope. A supervillain mastermind protagonist - also a trope. A protagonist Just Like Us™ who finds him/herself in over his/her head? You guessed it - trope.

So in this overwhelmingly trope-y world where so many storytelling devices have been recognized, it's impossible not to actually harbor a (not so) secret fondness for some tropes - and to shamelessly seek them out in the books we choose to pick up.

You know you have them. And these are ours.


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BOOK REVIEW: A COURT OF MIST AND FURY BY SARAH J. MAAS



Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms--and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.





Sometimes there are no words, and those reviews are the hardest.


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TOP 10 BOOKISH DELIGHTS

Let's face it: being a devoted reader is mostly a joy (when it isn't soul-crushing sadness and blinding rage, that is). If it weren't, we wouldn't be doing it - or we might, in a completely masochistic sort of way, but even then we wouldn't shriek about it as loudly as we do.

We fall in love with series, characters, authors, quotes, worlds. We live, as a wiser and more sadistic person than us has said, a thousand lives. And in those thousand lives, there are moments and situations which make all the aforementioned despair and character-homicidal-tendencies worth it.

These are those moments. (And this is the time of year chockful of anticipated releases, when all listed moments + tears + roars will take place.) This topic, for instance, was covered by most bloggers last week. We, meanwhile, were assaulted by bookish feels of the Stiefvater persuasion and spent the week experiencing all of the ten instances listed below - and then some.





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BOOK GIVEAWAY - THE RAVEN KING BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER

You know what time it is? 
It's giveaway time!



It's been a while since we've hosted a giveaway, so now seemed like the perfect time. Why is that, you ask? In case you're not aware, the highly anticipated release of The Raven King is upon us! After a long wait and many pushed-back release dates, The ending to The Raven Cycle series is finally hereWe know how expensive books can be, and we're also aware that bookshops aren't always well-stocked, so we thought we'd give one away. We don't want fellow book lovers going without!

In case you're not sure what we're talking about, the information about the book is available below. And be warned - it's the final installment in a four-book-series! So if you aren't all caught up with Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle, proceed with caution.



The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily BlueKirkus Reviews declared: "Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close."


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