Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read



This is a weekly meme created by Broke and Bookish.  Every week there will be a new subject to create a top 10 list of.

This week’s subject:
Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read

1.)    Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud
I had to read this book for school and I absolutely hated it.  Although it was really short, I found it boring and full of a lot of ideas that were pretty ridiculous.  I thought the book bounced from topic to topic with no rhyme or reason.


2.) The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
I had to read this book in Jr. High for school and I did not like it.  I liked reading fantasy books at this age, so this book was really different for me.  I really want to give this book another chance because I think the main reason why I did not like this book was because I was forced to read it.  I am planning on picking it up again and giving it another shot, but it was a tough book for me to finish when I was younger.


3.)   Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
So the reason why this book was so hard to finish was because I had morning sickness while reading it.  I really wanted to read it and then go to the movie, but although I did finish this book, I was too sick to even go to see the movie in theaters.  Forcing myself to read this book while suffering from morning sickness was a bad idea because then I associated reading with being sick and every time I thought about reading, it would make me sick.


4.)   Divergent by Veronica Roth
I was in a Hunger Games book hangover and was looking for a book to fix my depression, so I picked up Divergent because it was a dystopian.  I constantly compared this book with the Hunger Games and it made me really dislike it.  I really want to read this book again without comparing it to other books.



5.)  Sookie Stackhouse Books 1,2 &3 by Charlaine Harris
When I heard that True Blood was going to become a TV show, I had to read the books.  I loved movie adaptations and I thought it would be awesome to watch the episodes each week, but I did not like the books.  I read the first three and I really had to push through all of them because I just did not like them.  I even kept buying the books, thinking if I kept reading I would eventually like them. 



6.)    If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones

I read this book because it was going to be made into a TV series on Starz.  I really did not like this book because I found the steamy scenes to be over the top and some aspects had actually grossed me out.  I am not a prude, but the steamy scenes in this book totally ruined it for me.  Also, I felt like this book was supposed to make women swoon over a guy who clearly was bipolar and treated the main character very disrespectfully.  I really wish that books would not glamorize unhealthy relationships because young readers (although young readers should most defiantly not read this book) might think that is what relationships should be like.

 
7.)   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Yes, I had a hard time reading a Harry Potter book.  I read all the Harry Potter books as they were released.  I pre-ordered all the books and picked them up the second the book store opened.  I eventually burnt out of reading the books…I guess…that is the only reason I could come up with.  I was young and was starting to get involved in other activities and reading was put on the back burner.  I tried to read this book three times and did not get past 1/3 of it, but it was most defiantly not a problem with the book.


{Review} Day 21 by Kass Morgan



Day 21 by Kass Morgan
Published: September 16th, 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Series: The Hundred #2
Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Pages: 320

{Goodreads}{Amazon}
No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.

It's been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They're the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries...or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.

In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan's The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can -- together.

{Review}
I didn’t think that I could like the second book better than the first, but I was wrong!  I was a little unsure of what to expect from Day 21 since season 2 of the TV show is fast approaching and I always find myself comparing the two.  However, after finishing the second book, I now realize that the TV show and the book are two completely different stories that only follow a similar path.  I first said that I enjoyed the TV show better, but now, I believe that I enjoy the book series more.  I am really excited to see where season 2 of the TV show is headed, but I am even more excited to read the third installment of this amazing series!

I really enjoyed the writing of this book, which was identical to the first book and as completely amazing.  This book still contains flashbacks into the past to create great character depth, but this book focuses more on the present and future, with flashbacks being less frequent.  This book is also still told from four different points of view: Clarke, Bellamy, Wells, and Glass.  I still really enjoyed that aspect of the book and think it allows the reader to explore more of the world along with the characters.

This books best aspect, along with the first one, is its amazing character development.  Morgan has the amazing ability to make readers become very attached to the characters.  I was constantly on the edge of my seat praying that the characters would survive.  My favorite characters are still Glass and Bellamy, but I really enjoyed Wells too.  However, Clarke’s character started to get a little under my skin.  At times she felt a little too selfless and sometimes it came off as fake to me.

I have to say that my favorite storyline from the book still remains to be the one that is happening on the space station.  There were so many high tension moments and I was constantly afraid for the characters safely.  I also enjoyed the storyline forming on Earth, however, it seemed like not as many big events took place considering the majority of the book was focused on that plot line. 

The other aspect I liked about this book is the romance.  I absolutely love Glass’s and Luke’s relationship!  I am always wanting to read more from Glass’s perspective and somewhat wish that I could also read from Luke’s perspective as well.  I was a little worried that there was going to be a continuation of the love triangle forming around Clarke, Wells, and Bellamy, but I am glad that this book completely strayed away from that.  I really like Clarke and Bellamy together, as well as the new love interest for Wells. 

The twists and turns in this story were great and even better than the first one!  I was always trying to guess what would happen next.  The ending was another cliffhanger, but not as bad as where the first book left off.  I am really excited and interested in where the next book is going to be headed!

Overall, I really liked this book and will most defiantly continue on with the series.  I am unsure of how many books are intended to be in this series, but from where the last book ended off at, I believe it will not be a trilogy.  I also plan on continuing watching the TV show adaptation, even though it is straying really far away from the book series.  I think that a lot of people would enjoy this book, but should also be aware that it focuses more on romance and character development than it does with politics, surviving, and exploring the Earth.

 {Rating}
Make sure to check out Kass Morgan's Goodreads page and her post about the thoughts she had while writing Day 21!  Also make sure to check out my review of comparing the TV show adaptation and the first book, The 100, here.  Below is a video that recaps what happens in the first season. Don't watch unless you want to be spoiled or have seen season 1.  Season 2 starts Wednesday, Oct 22nd!






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