Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Finishing Books

One thing that I am outstanding at is finishing a book after I started it.

It is very unlikely that I will pick up a book, and never see it through to the end. I don't care how little I am enjoying it or how long it takes, I will finish the book. I don't understand why I do this to myself. I could be hating every word of the book, but I will carry on.

That was the case when I read World War Z by Max Brooks last year. It took me three months, and I was hating it more that I was intrigued, but never the less I finished the book. My biggest problem with the book was that once a character's interview concluded, you never saw that character again. He could be the most badass zombie slayer there ever was, but once his story was told, poof, gone. I suffered through the book, and I gave the book 1 star, but I can say that I finished it.

I don't like to to not see a book through to the end. I may start a book and get 8 pages in and forget about the book, but you can bet your bottom dollar that I will finish the book eventually.

The only book that I got VERY close to quitting forever was The Awakening by Kate Chopin. It was just an overall shitty book, and it glorified infidelity, so I had no respect for Edna or the author. I just could barely get through it, and it was just trash. I am going to say that when I wrote my review for the book, I was 80 pages into it, and had no intentions of ever finishing it, but then I got the the first day of school, and surprise, we had an in-class essay on it the next day, so I hauled ass and read that shit on the day of the essay (I got an 80 :/).

I think I am very glad in the long run that I did stick it out through the last 40 (?) pages because I would have been pissed off if I didn't read the last scene (it was a not very good scene, but that last scene was the reason I did so well on my essay).

I just have this feeling of not having closure if I never make it through a book. I will say that I have no problem not finishing series because sometimes it sucks so much worse to suffer through one or three more books than be satisfied that you can guess what happened because it was oh so predictable.

What about you guys though? I am really interested whether or not I am the only one that does this and will suffer through 300+ pages of a terrible book because you want to finish it. I'm 99.99% sure it is a pride thing for me, and I just cant stand not finishing it. Is that just me? Do you guys finish the book even if it sucks, or do you say fuck it and find something else?

XOXO,
Belle

Friday, January 16, 2015

On the Topic of Assigned Reading

Every student has had to deal with this: assigned reading. Everyone groans when they hear that they are going to be reading some random classic that doesn't even have any relevance to today's world and society. I am here to defend both sides of the argument. Basically this post is going to be me arguing with myself on the topic of assigned reading.

My opening statement will be this: if you were never forced to read in school, you would not be a very good reader.

That is a valid point, but I think that kids are naturally drawn to stories, and a lot of parents read to their kids at bed time. When they are being read to, and they can actually see the words, they will begin to recognize sounds and words, and begin to learn to read.

Without the support of the school system instilling a knowledge of reading, grammar, and literature no kid would be that good of a reader. I know a few people who go to a very bad school, and they cannot read well because the school never really bothered to teach them how to read well. Yes, they can read basic English, but ask them a word above an elementary school level, and they would be lost.

Belle, anecdotal evidence isn't valid.

Yeah, I know. What I was trying to say is that school gives you the means to be able to learn, and prosper as a learner and a scholar.

Okay, what about homeschooled kids who don't go to a proper school? They can still read and write and do math the same as everybody else.

I get what you're trying to say, but I they have the letters and sounds being instilled into their brains, so they will still be able to do all the things that people who go to a traditional school do.

Moderator: You are getting off topic. It is not about learning to read. This is about being assigned to read books by a teacher.

Sorry, Moderator. Assigned reading plays a huge role in the development of the student's literary knowledge and critical thinking skills since it forces the student to analyze the text and go beyond what is obvious.

The problem with that statement is that not all teachers force you to go beyond the surface. Some make you look for literary devices such as similes and hyperboles rather than actually looking for the important stuff: symbolism, themes, and other hidden things. It takes a good teacher to be able to make you look for the subtext, and not all teachers are able to teach subtext well.

That is the thing about assigned reading. The facts become less important to you as you grow older. What I mean by that is 1) shameless Game of Thrones quote and 2) as you grow up and get into higher level literature classes, you will look for interpretation rather than what it literally says on the pages. You have to be able to pick apart what the author was saying and be able to determine that killing Piggy means the end of intelligence on the island. It may be ambiguous, but if you can support yourself then it is a good thing.

So what you're trying to say is that assigned reading makes you be able to analytically think better?

That is exactly what I am trying to say because, like math, literature builds on itself. You can read one book, and be able to relate it to another, and before long, you have a huge interconnected web of stories that help you understand what you are reading better. When Piggy's glasses broke, you knew that intelligence was slowly fading away, then in another book, a character's glasses break, and you can connect the two instances and form a hypothesis that they have similar meanings to the story.

I see your point, but its the main purpose that literature is written to entertain its audience? When you read a book for school, the teacher makes you read when you don't want to, analyze when you don't see anything worth analyzing, and spend ages on a 30 page book. Being forced to read and annotate takes the fun out of reading.

It is all about your perspective on the whole thing. If you see reading as a nuisance, then you are going to hate reading it, but if you see reading as fun, you are opening your mind to enjoying the story. And honestly, annotating isn't that bad if you know how to annotate well. The purpose of annotating isn't to know where every simile in the book is, but instead to help you remember where things are for future events (tests, essays, discussions). If you only annotate what is important to you, or where you can see a theme/symbol in the book, you mark it, and maybe write a few words to help jog your memory on why it was important to you.

Not all teachers are like that though. Some force you to keep a 95823487 page journal of where every little detail of the book is, and check to make sure you have 6489 annotations per page. That kills the book.

Yes. I agree. When a teacher is too nit-picky about how you read and annotate your book, then it takes the fun out of it, but if your teacher checks that you annotated the book in your manner, then you should be fine having to read it.

What about the content matter? That is always a huge part on you liking a book. If you find the book to be terribly boring and dense, you are not going to have a lot of fun reading it, no matter how much annotations you have to do.

I also think that the subject matter does factor into your liking of the book, but honestly the books you read for school aren't always that mad. They are violence and vulgar a lot of the time and that is pretty fun to read. Lord of the Flies was violent the whole way through, and just because the story wasn't that good doesn't mean I didn't have fun reading it. Additionally, To Kill a Mockingbird was one of the best books I've ever read even though I had to annotate every small detail of the book. I also loved Brave New World and Catcher in the Rye. They were fantastic books, even though I had to read them for school.

Even if the book s good, they don't really apply to modern day life now.

That is where you are dead wrong. To Kill a Mockingbird is so relevant today. HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEWS LATELY? Trayvone Martin? Michael Brown? ERIC GARNER? TKAM explained why racism is futile, and how it needs to end, but it obviously hasn't ended. Also, teenagers just like Holden Caulfield exist everywhere. They don't fit in, they're rebellious, they're sad. Everyone can relate to Holden in some way.

Okay, so maybe some of the books aren't terrible, but that doesn't mean that all of them are good, and why cant we just read modern books in school. They will be classics someday, so why not start reading them now?

What you're telling me is that you want to read a book that doesn't have numerous websites telling you exactly what you need to know for the book? The great thing about reading classics is that there is always a Shmoop page for it (I recommend using Shmoop.com. It's a lot better than the other sites). I have read some modern books in school, however. I had to read Sea of Monsters in sixth grade (I will not even go into the fact that we read the second book instead of the first. They said they couldn't read the first books because there was a movie out. If someone decided to watch the movie instead of reading the book, they would have failed everything).

So what? You read one modern book.

You do know that you are going to lose this argument right?

Yes.....

So I think that this is just going to keep going for a million more words, so I am going to cut it off here.

Moderator: Closing Statements?

Anti-School-Books Belle: I do get what you are saying about needing to read books in school, but the books that we do read are not always the best choice book to be reading.

Moderator: Other Belle?

Supportive Belle: I think that it is the school's job to instill the fundamentals of being able to read into every student. Beyond that it is their job to teach you how to analyze literature. If someone did not like the books they read for school, they should take it upon themselves to pick something up that they do not have to study. School literature is not mainly for enjoyment, it is about learning to read on a higher level.

Moderator: Thank you both for your wonderful debate. If anyone else has anything to add, please give your opinions on this topic in the comments. I should have a new post up soon, so I will talk to you then.

XOXO,
Belle

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

November through December Book Haul

My last book haul covered September until November, and this one is the end of November through the end of December. I haven't really bought that many books in a while from actual book stores since  I would much prefer to shop online since it is usually a lot less expensive. I will have you know that I am still on my book buying ban, but it isn't really that strict since sometimes I have a really good reason to get books. Well, anyways this is my books and they are beautiful. 

Bought from Goodwill (Part 1):
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan
 Now We Are Six,
When We Were Very Young,
The House at Pooh Corner,
and Winnie-The Pooh  all by A.A. Milne and Ernest H. Shepard
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Horns by Joe Hill

Bought from Goodwill (Part 2):
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Of Mice and Men by John Steinveck
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Wilco: Learning How to Die by Greg Kot 
Before Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (My most impressive find)


Received for Hanukkah:
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Neil Partick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
A Dance With Dragons
and A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Volumes 1-3 adapted by Daniel Abraham
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd


Received for Review from Quirk Books (thanks Quirk):
Stars and Swipes
and Hugs and Misses by Willhelm Staehle
The Ressurectionist by E.B. Hudspeth
All reviews have been posted


Bought from Amazon/Barnes and Noble:
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
In a Handful of Dust by Minds McGinnis
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Deadly Class, Volume 1 by Rick Remender
Saga, Volumes 1-2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples


Bought from Book Outlet:
Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky
Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Salvage by Alexandra Duncan


Bought from a Local Used Bookstore:
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

I did get a lot of books in those two months now that I actually look at them. Oops. I should be getting a few more because my birthday is the 31st of January, and book birthday presents. Also, I got a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card, and a $50 MasterCard gift card, so I should be able to get a few new books with those. 

Have you read any of these books? Did you love them? Hate them?

XOXO,
Belle

Friday, January 9, 2015

A Year in Review: Part 8- Challenges

I don't know why, but last year I didn't be very ambition on my reading goals. I guess, I didn't think it mattered that much how much I read because I didn't have a blog. Anyway, I made a few goals, and lets see if I met them.


  1. Read 100 books: YES! I did this one. I got a few books over my goal, and that makes me VERY happy with myself. There were a few points in the year where I thought that I would have no chance in finishing this challenge, but somehow I pulled it off. This one was especially special because 2014 was the first full year that I actually wanted to read, and pulling off the 100 books just makes me feel really happy since I was still getting into the habit of reading a lot. 
  2. Read 12 Classics: I made this one because I knew that I was going to be reading a lot of YA because I love YA, so I wanted to diversify my reading experiences. When I counted this one up, I read a grand total of 11 classics this year. I was so close.  I am not disappointed that I didn't complete this goal. I feel like I should be annoyed with it, but I am happy. I definitely want to read more classics next year, but for not having classics at my disposal for two or three months of the year, this is great. :)
  3. Be done with 14 series: My last goal was just out of respect of my TBR pile, and me wanting to GET DONE with series. When I started 2014, I was done with 4 series (Twilight, The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, and Divergent). I was embarrassed with that number (even though I just started reading again a few months prior), so in order to remedy that I decided that I would be don't with 10 more series by the end of 2014. Luckily, I finished my 14th when I read Resist by Sarah Crossan back in November.
And that was it. I was a lot less ambitious last year with my reading goals, and I am super satisfied with the reading that I did get done last year.

And that is it. We have reached the end of this epic quest of my reading. I am more than satisfied with my year, and I think this has been a fun series to make. It was like Hanukkah, but a lot less exciting. :)

What were your reading goals last year? Did you complete them?

XOXO,
Belle

Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Year in Review: Part 7- Twelve Books I Wish I Would Have Read

I am just going to tell you, this post is going to be absolutely worthless. It is just me being like "I wish I read these even though I would have had -0 time to read it." I am still going to have this post exist because its fun, but this is a stupid post, and I am going to tell you that.

12. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
You all should know by now that I love this series, so it is easy for me to say that I wish I read more of it last year. Actually, I could just say that I wish I finished this series last year because that would just be a ton of weight off my shoulders. I am currently reading this book now, and I know it is going to be amazing. 

11. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
I got this book as soon as it came out because I was dying to read it, and it seemed like my type of book. I don't even know why I never read it because I am positive that I will love it. I spent all last year looking at it like maybe later, and it just never happened, and now I am screaming because I know I could have fit this one in somewhere.


10. The Battle of the Labyrinth and  The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
I started rereading this series last summer, and I finished the first three books, but for some reason (work I think) I couldn't complete the series again. I am planning on reading these two, and reading the Heroes of Olympus next summer, so I am excited for that. 

9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
I also want to include book 7, but I didn't feel like typing the name out or formatting the picture :/. Okay, I started this series in 2013. I read books 4 and 5 in 2014. I want to finish in 2015. I really wish I finished in 2014, but stuff happened, and I couldn't meet my goals. This is a series that I really NEED to complete and I know I will love these two books so much, but I just haven't read them yet.

8. In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis
I read the first book early last year, and I was dying to read the sequel from the time that I finished the first book, but for some strange reason I haven't been a dystopian mood lately or since I bought the book, so I have had no drive to pick it up. It would have been great to read it, but I think it would have killed me.

7. Cress by Marissa Meyer

I read the first two books in this series, and they were solid four star books, and I really think I will like this one better than the other two. I distinctly remember picking this book up and bringing it into school, and trying to read it, but got bored after a page. Okay past Belle, thats just k.

6. Amy & Rodger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
This is the fucking perfect summer book, and I didn't read it. I even got the UK copy because I loved the cover so much, and I still didn't read it. I don't even know. It is a ROAD TRIP book, and road trip books give me life, I will be reading it this summer or I will not be a real person.

5. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
I read another Vonnegut book last year, and was very entertained by it, so I have no idea why I didn't pick this one up. It seems to me that it is going to be a lot more entertaining, so I need to read it like now. 


4. 1984 by George Orwell
I have never actually read an Orwell book, and I think I am going to like this one a lot better than Animal Farm, so I needed to get it read last year, but apparently other books were more important, so it didn't happen.


3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
This is the point in the post that it gets really stupid. I wanted to read this book last year. It is a monstrous book and there was no way that I would have finished it, but I still wish that I would have read it. 


2. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Again, I am being really stupid. I want to read this book because it is one of my uncle's favorite book, and I need to see why he likes it so much. Too bad it is over 1000 pages, and would take eons to read. I will read it at some point, but it is not happening any time soon. Although, it would have been marvelous to read it last year. Also, isn't the name of this book just really romantic. Not in an I love you way, but in a gothic kind of way if you know what I mean

1. Watership Down by Richard Adams
And now you will see my angsty-middle-child complex coming into play. I wanted to have read this book and loved it because my mom hated it more than any book she's ever read. I wanted this to be one of my all-time favorite books that I can boast that I actually read 500 pages of rabbits. Damn. I am going to not like this book. :)

There it is, the most useless post that you will see today. I hope you enjoyed it as much as you could for a post of this nature.

What books do you wish you read last year?

XOXO,
Belle

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Review of A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1

A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1
by George R.R. Martin, Daniel Abraham, and Tommy Patterson
Comics 1-6
240 Pages
Age Range: 16+ (MATURE audiences only)
Grade Level: 10th Grade
Publisher: Bantam


The graphic novels are simply an adaptation of the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire series. I think, there are going to be 6 volumes of this book, but only three are currently released.










The Short:
This was just another way that I could fall in love with this series. There was a lot more backstory and histories than I noticed when I read the actual book that this was adapting. I had a very good time reading this book, and I'm very glad that I did end up picking it up.

The Good:

  • I really liked how each of the characters were depicted. They were very different from how the TV show characters looked, and they were more true to the descriptions that were given in the original books. I really appreciated how the artist did that.
  • The authors did a very good job adapting the story, and knowing what to take away without losing the details. The pictures made it so there could be less words, and more of a scenic view of the story that I am already very familiar with. 
  • The pacing of the story was commendable. They could have rushed it and taken out huge passages, or they could have made it so long that EVERYTHING would have been covered, and it would have been like reading the full book all over again. I'm glad that the book was fairly short, and a lot easier to read than the original book.

The Bad:
  •  I didn't really have any true problems with this book, but instead I was kind of iffy on how everything was put together. There were not really any clear transitions, and I would have liked that. It was very easy to follow, but I don't think it would have worked out too well if someone hadn't watched the TV show or read the books. 
The Rating: 

XOXO,
Belle

A Year in Review: Part 6- Best Twelve Books

Now that you have seen the terrible books that I read this year, I am going to be a lot more positive, and show you my top 12 books that I read this year. I really love all of these books (and most of them got 5 stars from me), and I hope that you check these books out yourself. Again, these are in no particular order because I am waaaay too lazy to put them into an order that I would be happy with.


1. This Song Will Save Your Life by Lelia Sales

I loved this book not for the story, but instead for the music elements that were very apparent in it. I loved when they would reference a song and I would be like "I KNOW THAT SONG!!" The songs were not pop or anything too popular nowadays, and I got attached to the characters because we had similar music tastes. The characters were great though. I really liked the main girl, and I really did not understand why people didn't like her at her school because she seemed SO COOL! 

2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

This was one of my favorites because I am Holden Caulfield. It was great reading a story about someone who is me, and I could really understand what Holden was dealing with and I just wanted to hug him. I really liked this demeanor, and I found him highly entertaining. I bought Franny and Zooey by the same author, and I hope I love it just as much.

3. Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy

This book was just overall unique to me. The story was very cool, but the book was written in lists! I don't even know how he did that and effectively told the story, but I truly did understand what was going on in the book, and it was magnificent. It was funny, and whitty, and really true to how life is.  A lot of books try to romanticize books to make life seem beautiful, but this book told you how it really is and I appreciate that. This comes out in late March, and I think you should check it out. 

4. In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

My favorite series of all time is over. I am very sad about that, but it couldn't go on forever. I loved this conclusion. Yes, it was kind of melancholy, but I really like it once it got going. Alexandra Bracken really brought back some of the classic rock references and the road trip aspect, and I really appreciated it. I loved how full circle it went, and I am going to be honest, I cried throughout the book. I was bawling on about page 70, and I couldn't stop crying until the book was over. If you haven't checked out the series yet, I really think it would be wise of you to do so.

5. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

This is a book that I read for my 9th grade literature class (thanks Schultz) for an independent reading assignment. Going into it I wasn't sure how long it was just that the teacher loved it, but it was 607 pages (WHAAT!?). I was very annoyed with that number because being me, I left myself very little time to read it (sorry, A Game of Thrones stole all my attention). Luckily, it was a book that was very fast to read, and I finished it in a matter of days. I really loved reading it, and it was weird, and it was deep, and I bought more Murakami because of it....

6. More Than This by Patrick Ness

I was amazed just totally in awe by this book. I don't even know how Patrick Ness came up with the concept of this book, but I am glad that he did. It was intriguing at its worst, and awe-inspiring at its best. This one really blew my mind, and I still don't know what really happened. And that ending.

7. The Dust Lands Trilogy by Moira Young

You all know me, so you know that I had to cheat somewhere, so this is where I am cheating. I read this whole series this year, so I am counting the whole trilogy as one thing. I read the first two books in a  day each, and the last one took me a few days, but I loved every second of it. I know that I am going to be rereading this series a hell of a lot because it was magnificent. I am blown away by the story and character arcs that took place in this trilogy. The writing style is weird since it shows the lack of education that the people have, and they do that by talking in dialect and not using any quotation marks. I love it though. 

8. 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

Don't go to space. If you have the option to go to space, don't do it. This book made me never want to step foot into space. Damn this book was creepy. I was not downright scared, but it creeped me out so much. The first half of the book is completely your conspiracy theories, and the second half is just screaming. 

9. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

I'm pretty sure this was my first comic book/ graphic novel every, but it was great. Yes, some of the characters looked the same, but that didn't matter since the story is too good. I saw the movie adaptation of this a while before I read the book, so I knew that I would love the story, but it was great seeing the story play out in a different medium. 

10. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

This was just a very high quality zombie book. It was not really scary, but there was enough violence to satisfy me, and to where I was not irritated by the romance. Can we talk about how unrealistic and corny the romance is (Love makes you human again. k. thanks just k.). Beyond that, I really liked this book, at the time I gave it 5 stars, and I think it deserves that. Also, there may be a second book, so I'm fucking excited. 

11. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This was the happiest book that I have ever cried in. Yes, I am a baby; I cry in so many books. But this was so happy, and I don't get why I cried, but I had to. I thought that this was going to be a very corny romance, but it was so much more than that. It was about family, fitting in, and knowing when to hold onto things and when to let go. 

12. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

This is the book that everyone was waiting for on this list. GAME OF THRONES!Yes, of course this would be on the list. It was my first taste of my undying love of the series and the show. This was such a good way to start out the series and end off this list.

Books are fun when they are good books. :)

What were your favorite books of 2014? Do you love these books too? Do you hate them?

XOXO,
Belle

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Year in Review: Part 5- Worst Twelve Books

It is great when you meet someone and they mutually love something, but can we all agree that it is better when you mutually hate something? That is what I am going to do in this post. I am going to shamelessly slander 12 [in my opinion] terrible books, and I am going to be ruthless.

I'm joking of course with being ruthless, but I am going to show you what books I hated, and tell you briefly why I hated them. These are in no real order because I am very lazy, and it is 2:00 am on New Years Day when I am making this. But maybe it is in some sort of order since I am just looking through the books I read, and trying to figure out what I hated next.

Also, when I was compiling this list, I realized how weird my rating system is. I dislike some books that I have given 3 stars a lot more than ones that I gave 2 stars. I do stand by my ratings since that make sense to me, but it is just odd.

1. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

I am sorry if you love this book, but I could barely get through it. I thought it was dull, and that the characters were very flat. Also, I think that the author puts it in a high interest and highly obscure (at least to western society) setting in order to make the book seem eye-opening and kind of force people to like it. If this was set anywhere else, it probably wouldn't have been as acclaimed. This was the only book that I gave one star this year.

2. Black Crow White Lie by Candi Sary 

I am going to be frank here, this book was boring. It was less than 200 pages, but took me ages (meaning like 5 hours) to read since it was so unreadable. The characters were not very well made, and overall they were bland. It was a very convenient book, and I didn't respect the main character even a little bit. Also, WHO WOULD LET A 13 YEAR OLD BOY BUY A PLANE TICKET ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND GO BY HIMSELF?!

3. The Awakening by Kate Chopin 

This was feminist literature, and I am in no way a feminist. I had such a hard time with this book since it was trying to get me to respect and like a character who was cheating on her husband. That is not okay. I am going to say that this book couldn't end fast enough.

4. How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster 

I feel like the author was both giving really good information and being a troll. He literally (okay, figuratively) spoiled every book/movie/play ever. He would just go on long tangent about how something happened in a really specific scene in a book that I have never heard of nor would I want to read. It was okay with info, but it could have been summarized with a paragraph for each chapter.

5. Matched by Ally Condie 

This book couldn't have been more cliche. It was literally every stereotype about YA into one book. It had angst, a poorly done romance, an unoriginal setting and storyline. It just had everything. I have the rest of the series, but I haven't bothered to read the rest of them, I may get to it eventually.

6. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare 

This was so hyped for all of my life, and it was the most talked about romance ever, but it was just dumb. Shakespeare is good with words, I'll give him that, but the story was unoriginal. Everything could have been avoided if they could have communicated. If Juliet was like "yo. I'm gonna die, but I'm not really gonna be dead, so then we can be together," it would have been fine, and happy ending. And the characters I felt absolutely no attachment for. Just NO. 

7. Once Upon a Roadtrip by Angela N. Blount

I'm going to be very short on this one: it was too religious for my heretic self. It was an okay story, but religion is annoying to read about for me.


8. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo 

I don't know what happened with this book. Book one was solid, and this was just not good at all. It did introduce a cool new character, but it was boring and nothing happened at all. 

9. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi 

This, like Matched, was just really cliche. and there was a scene in it that made me want to stop reading it, but I pushed through, and it pretty much sucked.

10. The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan

I just thought that this book had no value. The cover is gorgeous, and I like the voodoo aspect, but it was just so angsty and cliche. It had no meaning between the lines, and it just was not good for me.

11. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

You know, this is only on this list because I thought that the story was boring. It was not a very bad book, and the subtext is magnificent, but on surface level this is so dull. 

12. Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
I really didn't hate this book all that much, but it  was just disappointing. I really thought it was going to be very good, but it was sad because the characters were made to be overly relatable, and that just angered me. It wasn't that this was a bad book, it was that it was not what I hoped it was going to be, and that is why it is on this list. :/

Do you hate any of these books? Do you love them? What are your most hated books of 2014?

XOXO,
Belle