Top 5 Genre Benders

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This week’s topic is really interesting. Usually my books are easy to categorize, since I do read a majority of mystery and thriller novels, those books are really not that difficult to place in specific genres. This week I’m listing my Top 5 books that are genre benders, meaning books that I had a particularly difficult time placing in a specific genre.

I’m going to try to stay clear of sci-fi/fantasy novels, since I know that those two genre’s have a very thin line of differences.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Yes, I know I said I will stay clear of science-fiction and fantasy, but this book really blur the lines between the two genre. Usually when you read a sci-fi/fantasy novel there is a clear winner of the genre, but with this book its a bit tougher to pick which one it would be placed in.

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

Not really a novel, but still a genre bender. One of my favourite graphic novels to date. I’m not really much of a graphic novel, but I love this one and there really isn’t a clear definition what genre this book would land on. Action adventure? Science-Fiction? Fantasy? Fiction? who knows, don’t really care cause its an amazing series.

the-girl-in-6eThe Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre

Another amazing read for me, and another head scratcher. This novel is about a girl, Deanna, who has locked herself in an apartment because she fear the dark thoughts that dwell in her head. In order to survive, she uses the internet to her advantage. So does this book land in mystery? thriller? erotic? all three? Either way, its still a great read!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I’m adding this book because the cover is very deceiving. Before picking this book up I always thought it was a horror novel, but I was really surprised that it’s not. I should have paid more attention to the reviews, and really should have kept in mind the saying ‘never judge a book by its cover’. Still, I was bamboozled!

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Another amazing read, still haven’t finished the series, but definitely a must check-out book. Also a book that’s a bit of a genre bender. The story includes mystery and action in one, with zombies in a dystopian backdrop! What more can you ask for, definitely a must check-out novel, but also a novel that defies common genre selection.

 

 

 

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Non-Horror Books that Scared Me

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I wasn’t sure if I was going to this Top 5 today since I’ve been so busy this week, but its just too good of a topic to pass.

Anyways, the title is pretty much self explanatory, so here is my Top 5 Non-horror books that scared me. I will also be excluding mystery/thriller or paranormal novels, since those books tend to send chills down some people’s spines.

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meghan Spooner

I really love this science fiction trilogy and it’s one of my most recommended trilogy. Technically this book is more of a Sci-fi/Romance, but in one part of the book, the story took on a creepy turn. It’s actually one of those events when you think more about it, you’re just “WTF?!?!”, but as I was reading it, it just gave me the creeps.

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Alive by Scott Sigler

It seems like my list will consist of Sci-fi novels. This book was actually creepy in so many levels. The fact that the majority of this novel is set in a long tunnel with nothing else around the characters, sounds a bit boring, but the creepy factor is not so much as the tunnel, its the anticipation of who they would meet in the tunnel. Afterwards, all throughout the novel, there were so many uncertain events that the group needed to face in order to survive.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Science Fiction again, but this book was really good. This is such a popular book and there really isn’t anything scary about the story, except for one scene, the one with the friend in the air-tight room. That scene not only cut me deep, but it also scared me out afterwards.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This trilogy didn’t actually scare me, but the way the book was marketed, you would think its horror so technically my ‘horror’ is more of the anticipation that something horrible was going to happen on the next chapter, and so on. So by the end of the book, I realize it wasn’t horror.

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

This book is definitely not a horror novel, but with the stories and the graphics, it can pass for one. This book is is an amazing read and although it does give a sense of foreboding, it tells a beautiful story of letting go. Definitely a must read.

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That’s it for me for this week’s Top 5.

 

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Creepy Settings

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October is the month to read all things scary and all things that goes bump in the night, but scary books must have one main thing, a scary setting, without the ominous feeling that the backdrop offers, the story tend to fall flat.

Here are 5 of my top favorite creepy settings. Great topic Sam! I will also include some great book recommendations that feature the particular setting

Woods/Forest:
The woods/forest can either be an enchanting scenery or and ominous location, but for sure nothing is scarier than the woods/forest at night. The unexplored usually will give you the goosebumps and the chill down your spine Especially if someone or something is lurking behind its shadows.

In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware and Through the Woods by Emily Carroll are great examples of the dark and creepy woods and things that hide within its surroundings.

My Review of Through the Woods

Historical Events:
Yes, some historical events are not a laughing matter and should be handled with care, but there are some authors that use historical events to create an environment that will give you nightmares. While being respectful of the injured, they are still able to create a world that is only seen in your nightmares.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters and Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscolca are two very recent reads for me, but they are perfect examples of authors using historical events to their advantage. While one takes Worlds War I and the Spanish Inlfuenza into a paranormal twist, the latter give the infamous Jack the Ripper a new face.

My Review on In the Shadow of Blackbirds

Asylums:
I have a thing about asylums. I know mental health should be taken seriously, but those few years that asylums were open and experimenting on people is just a setting that needs to be used by authors.

The Asylum Trilogy by Madeleine Laroux is one of the few books that I’ve read that is set in an asylum. Yes, I wasn’t a fan of either the first or third book, but the chills that the second book gave me was almost worth the read. Plus the pictures will send you over the edge. Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island is a much better read that will leave you in shock by the end of the book, the movie was also pretty good.

My Review on Asylum.

Moon/Space:
Space and the Moon is also another one of those setting that is creepy because its the unknown. Very few has been out there and the majority of space has not yet been explored by humans. So of course we are not 100% sure that we are alone in this vast galaxy, definitely a very good setting for creepy books.

Most books I have read set on the moon is Science Fiction or Fantasy, but 172 Hours on the Moon is a book that everyone should read. Although I’m not a fan of the characters, the environment that Johan Harstad created is – everything. It’s been two years since I read this book, but it still gives me the creeps when I think about it.

My Review on 172 Hours on the Moon

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Deserted Island/Rain:
‘One dark, Rainy night..’ Yes, it’s cliche, but rain and the dark is very effective in creating a creepy setting and it’s even more powerful when this ‘dark and rainy night’ is happening in a deserted island. Like I keep saying all throughout this post, its really more of the unknown that gives you the chills, and making the environment stormy is even more of a hazard to the protagonist(s).

Ten by Gretchen McNeil is not one of my favorite books, but the use of the creepy setting is definitely a plus on this book. Not so much deserted, but rather isolated, ten teens are stranded on the island with an impending storm, and a killer amidst them. This book definitely gave me some spine chilling moments. The Breakdown by B.A. Paris is also another great example of taking the environment and giving it a creepy twist. Although this book is not set in a deserted island, the main chill factor is the weather and a forest (which is my first point ^^). A recent read for me, its thrilling and will psychologically mess you up as you read it.

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So that’s it for me this week on my Top 5! Hope you guys enjoyed it and comment down below on some of your favorite creepy settings. Also, give me recommendations for more scary/thriller books. Although I’m a scaredy cat, I enjoy getting zero sleep as I lay in my bed having an internal battle with my imagination!

Top 5 Book I Read Because of Booktubers

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I participate in a lot of social medias concerning anything about books and reading, but the most influential for me is Goodreads, Booktubers and some Book Bloggers. However, for this post I’m going to be focusing on books I read because of some Booktuber’s recommendations.

Here is a list of Booktuber’s I subscribe to and most of these books I read because of their recommendations.

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I know that almost all of Maas’ books are all the rage since she started publishing, and this series is no exception. I watched countless of Youtubers review this book and read dozen’s of reviews, but I could never make up my mind to actually read it. Until I watch Bookable’s review for the last book. She made the trilogy sound so good that I just had to pick it up. I’m a big fan of of her reviews!

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This is definitely another book that I picked up because of Booktubers, I may not have enjoyed it, but I’m glad that I gave it a go. Last year I joined the readathon, Spookathon, created by BooksandLala, Paige’s Page and Bookerly. They definitely gave this book such high ratings that I needed to check what the fuss is all about. Although, I wasn’t as in love with it as they are, I still enjoyed the way most of it that I’m willing to read more of Flynn’s books. (No, not Gone Girl)

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I’m not entirely sure who reviewed this book and totally made me want to pick it up. I’m 90% sure that it’s Thoughts on Tomes, but I’m still doubting the 10%. Anyways, I remember the reviews on this book was phenomenal and although it took sometime to get used to the scientific jargon, I still highly enjoyed it.

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Now for this book I’m not entirely sure who reviewed it and gave such high praises that I had to check it out, I want to say Read by Zoe, but I’m just not that confident. I wasn’t really sure what the book was about, so I was surprised that it was an erotic thriller. That being said, I still really enjoyed the story. I love the protagonist, the mystery and even the second book!

The Break Down

Although it’s not this particular book that was reviewed by the Booktuber, she did give the author a very good recommendation. So when DuvetDaysDevour hauled this book I knew I wanted to pick it up. This is one of my most recent reads and I actually enjoyed it. I like the writing, but not a fan of the ending. This author will definitely be on my radar for future books.


So that’s it for me this week. I actually enjoyed the Top 5 Wednesday this week.

 

Top 5: Books to Read without the Synopsis

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Usually I’m very diligent in researching the books I read. I try to read the back of the book, reviews of other bloggers and even watch reviews of Booktubers, but when it comes to some books, its better to turn a blind eye on these things.

For this week’s Top 5 Wednesday, we are challenged to list 5 books that would be better to read without the help of reading the synopsis at the back or side panel.

Here is my list of books, I went into with little knowledge and loved!

I tried to include books from an assortment genres to give varieties to different book lovers. These books are definitely worth looking into and try to keep an open mind when picking it up.

 

Top 5: Classes Based on Books/Characters

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This is a really interesting topic on Top 5 Wednesday this week. So, even though I’m a bit late, I couldn’t let the day go by without posting this.

So since school basically started two days ago here in Canada, I thought this was such a perfect topic! Basically, create classes/courses that is specific to certain book/character. I decided to go with the easy choice and use characters that would teach in my courses.

As per the host’s request I will not include Harry Potter in this list.

1. Self Defense Taught by Clarisse La Rue from Percy Jackson Series

Technically, I could have picked from a dozen or so other candidates for this class, but Clarisse is definitely my top choice, because she’s the daughter of Ares, God of War. Who better than her to teach others the art of defensive combat.

2. Analytical Thinking 101 Taught by Sherlock Holmes/Assisted by Hercule Poirot

These two are the top of the line teachers for this class. This, I think, will always have max capacity.

3. Art and Baking for Beginners Taught by Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games

Art is a very useful skill as seen in The Hunger Games, not only do you get beautiful decorated cakes, but its a very good skill for camouflaging items or even ones self.

4. Mechanics Taught by Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles

I enjoy characters who are knowledgeable in areas that are not typical for their ‘gender’. No I’m not stereotyping, but some authors still do and I do enjoy authors who write outside the norm. Cinder is definite winner for teaching Mechanics of any kinds. Not just the regular car/plane/ship mechanics, but also robotics.

5. History Taught by Edward Cullen from The Twilight Series

Yes. I know a lot of people hate History, but since I’m a History major and it’s technically my post, I’m adding History. Who better than an immortal to teach History? Of course I could have picked any immortal, but right now, front and center in my mind is Edward Cullen. I’m not a fan of Twilight, but it is a fact that Edward has been around for sometime now.

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So that’s it for me this week. Hope everyone enjoyed this topic as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Top 5 Books From Before I Joined Goodreads

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Goodreads is such a lovely haven for book lovers. Not only are you able to keep track of the books you’ve read or reading, but its such an amazing place to socialize with other book lovers. Truth be told, I’m totally dependent on Goodreads, before I pick up a book, I usually check reviews on and rating. I also keep track of the books I’ve read and even have a reading goal for the year.

Even with all its glory, there are some books that I absolutely adore, that I found all on my own.

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Yes, I know this books is always on my list, but I just can’t help it. This is actually one of those few books that I’ve read and enjoyed without the help of Goodreads.

Pendragon by D.J MacHale

I loved this series growing up. When I first got a hold of these books, I inhaled them one by one and the only reason the steamed evaporated is I got tired of waiting for them to be released.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

This is also another series that I enjoyed reading before I joined Goodreads. Now that I’ve re-read some of the books recently, I still love the series!

The Neverending Story by Michale EndeThe Neverending Story

This is an oldie, but a goldie. Love the story so much and definitely needs to be re-read. No, this was not a school read, but it doesn’t matter because its such an amazing book, a lot better than the movie!

Agatha Christie Novels

I’ve been reading Agatha Christie novels for so long now that I don’t even know when I first picked them up. I definitely started reading it way before I started Goodreads.