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My Favourite Books of 2017 So Far 💚

I'm way overdue doing one of these kinds of posts because we're almost in the final quarter of this year (wat) but I felt like recounting which books I loved the most up until this extremely random point in the year. I'm a scatterbrain and I was in the middle of a huge funk when everyone else was making this kinds of posts so I'm doing it now.

So far this year has been a good reading year for me. I don't read anywhere near as much as some book bloggers do (i see you, people who can read over 100 books in a year) and I initially managed to get ahead of my Goodreads challenge by reading a lot of comics 😅 I'm actually kind of burnt out on comics right now so I'm focusing more on reading novels and I've actually gained a couple of new favourites, which is always exciting.

Exploring by Starlight Turns 6! 🎂

Yesterday marked my sixth blogoversary!

I don't have a giveaway or any goodies for you all but I do still want to use this post to thank everybody who has read my blog over the years, whether you've been with me since the very beginning or you're a very recent witness to my scatterbrained-ness.

In these six years I have:
  • Become more confident in speaking my mind
  • Discovered tons of new books and found bookish people
  • Disappeared at least three times a year (oops)
  • Reevaluated what I read and how pop culture can make a difference to other people
  • Taken part in some fun events
  • Won exactly one (1) giveaway
  • Developed and grown as a writer
  • Taught myself how to make GIFs (like the one above)
  • Read books that I wouldn't have even glanced at as a younger reader
  • Become more comfortable with communicating with other people (still working on that one, though. even communicating with people online takes a lot out of me.)
So, what next? Obviously I don't plan on retiring this blog anytime soon. In fact, I want to grow it even further because in six years I still have yet to reach 150 followers on any platform. How I plan to do that, we shall see, but I'll be sticking around for quite some time!

10 Books on My Autumn 2017 TBR 🍂

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Click here for the list of prompts.

It'll finally be the autumn equinox on Friday which means that my power will finally start to rise again! And yes, I know that everyone else classifies it as autumn as soon as it becomes September, but I don't because it's still warm at the beginning of September and the leaves are still green. Also, calendars were invented by people so I rely on nature to tell me when the seasons are changing. Ahem.

Towards the end of the year I like to match what I read to the weather outside and also any events that are taking place. For example, I read horror and paranormal books in October because it'll be Halloween, and in November I read sci-fi books for Sci-Fi Month, which you should totally join if you love science fiction (clicketyclick). And then in December I like to read fantasy books because they're quite thick and where am I going to be going in December? To bed, that's where. But anyways, this post is about autumn and what I'm going to be reading then while most likely replacing my blood with Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

Types of Readers You'll Meet in Life 🤓

There are a lot of readers in the world. Probably so many that I could just make up a number and you'd probably believe me. Maybe. Recently I got to thinking that there are so many different types of people who love books and how the way we all enjoy books differs from one another. And that's more than okay because being different from one another makes the world a more interesting place to live in which it's not being a flaming pile of garbage, that is.

I thought that to amuse myself and hopefully other people, I would categorise the different types of readers and bookworms that I've personally met and other people have probably met too. I was going to add in a quiz at the end to make it even more fun, but then I realised that I don't know how to do that. Oops 🙈

Mini disclaimer: this post all in good fun. I don't mean to insult anybody because these "types" are merely exaggerated caricatures.

7 of My Favourite Bookstagrams 📷

One of my goals for the summer this year was to spend a bit more time on my Instagram photos, and for once, I actually accomplished that! Last month I finally reached over 100 followers and my follower count stayed over 100, which hasn't happened before. Admittedly, I used to be a pretty flaky Bookstagrammer because I'd join in a challenge and then just disappear after two weeks of regular posting, so I'm surprised that I even had followers in the first place.

I used to take my photos with my phone, but now I have a proper camera which is motivating me to be more active and take better photos. And because I'm more active on Instagram, I'm now following more people and have certain accounts that I consider favourites and sometimes look to for inspiration, so that what I'm going to talk about today.

Also, if you want to follow me on Instagram, my link is over in the sidebar, winkwink. Or, if you're on the mobile site, you can click this link.

10 Books I Loved When I Was a Little Newbie Blogger 👶🏻

Top 10 Tuesday a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Click here for the list of prompts.

Next week will be my six year blog anniversary (good grief) so this week's prompt got me to really thinking. I've read a lot of books since I started blogging in 2011 and my memory is not even worth having because it's so terrible, so thinking of books that I loved back then was quite difficult. It also took quite a bit of looking through my Goodreads shelves and now my brain is tired, nostalgic, and putting me through a brief existential crisis all at the same time. Thinking about the past freaks me out so I try to not do it very often 😅

Also, I wasn't sure about whether to make this list books I loved before I started blogging or books I loved in my first year, so I've compromised and gone for books I loved in my first year and a half of blogging. That is a compromise, right? Right?? I don't know. My brain is very tired friends, I write my posts in the middle of the night so I haven't slept and need a lot of caffeine.

How My Reading Has Changed 💭

A fun little fact about me is that I've been able to read since I was two years old. I'm now twenty-two so naturally I've done a fair bit of reading in those twenty years and even more naturally, my tastes and even methods of reading has changed. Obviously I haven't been reading only picture books for twenty years but recently I've got to thinking how far I've come as a reader and how different my tastes are now compared to not just since when I was a child, but even since five years ago. So today I'm going to go on a journey through time (memory permitting) to recount all the ways my reading has changed as I've gotten older. And maybe have an existential crisis in the process. We'll see about that one.

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Shipping? Nah. 🙅🏻

Shipping is a huge thing in pretty much every fandom, whether it's book fandoms, movie fandoms, TV fandoms, name a fandom and there will be ships in it. However, I have never been a shipper. Ever. So whenever people ask me who my OTPs and other ships are, my mind just draws a complete blank because I can never think of any. I will admit that my lack of ships made me feel like the odd one out because I just simply don't get it. I have never understood why people get to passionate about two fictional characters having a potential relationship or even why people get into huge arguments and debates about it. Maybe it's just not for me to understand. So, during quite a few moments when my mind has wandered to something completely random, I got the idea to list all the reasons why I don't do shipping. I'm not here to bash people for doing it, I just want to share my reasons as to why I don't.

10 Books I Struggled to Get Through 📕

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Click here for the list of prompts.

When I was a youngin, I thought I was the best reader in the world and that I could get through anything I wanted to because I was a child genius who could read everything. Reality then set in when I realised that that is not the case and there are some books that my brain just disagrees with. Or a lot. The prompt for this week is books that were difficult to get through but ended up being enjoyable, but I don't have many books like that. If I struggle to get through a book I'm going to end up either a) giving up b) finishing it and hating it c) finishing it and feeling indifferent towards it. Most of the books I'm mentioning in this posts are either books that I don't like or books that I didn't finish. And most of them are actually classics (my definition of classics tend to be books published before 1945 that have been critically acclaimed) because I went through a phase when I tried to read as many classics as I could. I was fourteen and sort of failed miserably at it. I gave up on that indefinitely when I tried to get through War and Peace. It didn't go well.

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What's on My Bookish TV + Movie Watchlist 📺

Recently I've been getting more into TV shows and movies, and especially those based on books. I know that it's considered a crime to bookworms everywhere to watch the show or movie before reading the book but my counter to that is that I don't really care about that anymore. #NoRuPaulogies. Now, it's not important to me whether I read the book before or after because it doesn't affect my enjoyment. Another unpopular opinion bound to make people hate me: I don't always think that the book is better. Fight me. (actually, please don't. i'll easily lose) Anyways, I've been doing a lot of perusing around Netflix, Amazon, and regular TV for TV shows and movies based on books that I want to watch and I've come up with quite a few! Also, spoiler alert: Game of Thrones will not be making an appearance in this post or on this blog ever. No thank you.

I've included MPAA ratings and as many trigger warnings as I can, but if you want a more thorough content guide I'd suggest going to IMDb.

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10 Books I Loved at School 📝

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Click here for the list of prompts.

I finished school six years ago and that fact really freaks me out. I'm getting old, friends, and that unsettles me very much. But whatever. I didn't actually start to really love reading as much as I do now until I started secondary school when I was 11, which is a little weird to me because I've been able to read since I was 2 (thank you, mother). My primary school didn't have a proper library but obviously secondary school did and that was basically where I could be found when I wasn't in class. I didn't read every book in the library, but I did read a lot of them and some books that I read then are still my favourites now. Others, not so much.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld - This was probably the first YA book that I'd ever read and it still sticks with me to this day. Fun fact, though: I accidentally read Specials first, not realising that it's the third book in the series. Oops. When I went back to Uglies I absolutely loved it. This book is the one that started not only my love of YA, but my love of scifi too. I went years without a copy, which is disgraceful, I know, but now I have them and I can reread them as much as I want. Huzzah.

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell - I will admit that I had a pretty eclectic reading taste when I was a teenager. I tried to read as many classics as I could because I thought I was smart enough for them, but in reality I ended up either giving up on them or just finding them tedious (I once tried to read War and Peace and gave up after three pages because I couldn't be bothered). Nineteen Eighty-Four is one of those books that I didn't find tedious. I was sort of indirectly recommended this book by an old friend on Piczo (good grief, i feel old) and went searching for it in the school library and ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. I've actually studied it twice now and I still enjoy it as much as I did back then.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Here's a fun story about this book: my English class in Year 10 (or 9th grade) was supposed to study this book for our GCSE exam. We read exactly one chapter before one kid in the class declared it "too hard". One chapter. The teacher held a class vote and all but two people voted that we continue reading this book instead of changing it. We ended up reading Of Mice and Men instead, which is not one of my favourite books. I ended up reading To Kill a Mockingbird by myself because I liked what I'd read in that one chapter and it's still one of my favourites too this day. I still haven't read Go Set a Watchman, which is weird because I almost died when it was announced.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld - Hello, favourite book ever. I was 15 when this book was first released and because I loved the Uglies series so much I wanted it before my school librarian had even processed it into the computer system. I absolutely adored it and as soon as I heard about the second book I immediately requested that the school order it. Did it ever arrive? I don't know because by the time it came out, I was gone. The gap I had between reading the first and second book was so long (i.e. a couple of years) that I obviously had to go back and read the first book. I didn't mind, obviously.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer - When I was younger I was a huge Twilight fan. Huge. This book is probably why I'm so obsessed with vampires now, and it's definitely why I'm so lenient with what "rules" apply to them (spoiler: there are no rules when creating vampires, do what you want as long as they're dead people who drink blood). I don't really like it now because I'm older and my reading tastes have changes, but I do still kind of defend it at times. I defend the vampire lore in it, I mean, not Edward's creepy overprotective behaviour. That shouldn't be defended.

The Dare Game by Jacqueline Wilson - If you grew up in the UK, you will have read at least one of Jacqueline Wilson's books. She's probably the most prolific children's author here so every child has read her books either alone or with a class. I don't think she was my favourite author as a child but I do remember liking her Tracy Beaker books the most. But that's probably because I watched the TV show when it was on.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - I'm cheating with this one because I wasn't at school anymore when I first read this book, but I was still in education so I will count it. It's actually pretty rare that I enjoy books that I have to study but Frankenstein is now one of my favourite books, and not just because I was born on Mary Shelley's birthday.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot - I didn't read this book until I was in secondary school because I was actually too young to read it when it was first released. The movie was one of my absolute favourite things in the entire world when I was little so of course I wanted to read it when I was old enough. I was kind of disappointed at how different it is to the movie, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it.

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen - I'm pretty sure that most girls go through a phase where they're obsessed with the 1920's until they realise how terrible the decade actually was. I was definitely like that and that's what attracted me to this series in the first place. I'm not as much of a fan of Anna Godbersen as I used to be (mainly because i haven't read anything by her since this series ended)), especially after reading The Luxe, but I do remember liking her books quite a lot way back when.

Dracula by Bram Stoker - Want to know how much I like this book? Last week I dragged my parents all the way to Romania because of this book. Yeah. I was around 14 when I first read Dracula, and honestly, it took a couple of reads to really like it as much as I do now. Even studying it hasn't stopped me from liking it.

What were your favourite books when you were in school (or if you're still in school, when you were a kid)?

10 Books for Fans of Strong Girl Protagonists 🚺

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Click here for the list of prompts.

I don't really have a preference for what gender characters I like to read, but I do love seeing female characters being written well. That's something that is increasingly more common these days and it makes me so happy to see because there's so much more to female characters than just pretty girls who are there to benefit male protagonists. I'm in favour of female characters of all types: girls who kick ass, girls who don't, girls who are heroes, girls who are villains, trans girls, cis girls, just girl characters are awesome. So, to show my love of well-written girls, here are some books that feature well-written girl characters!
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This is Why I'm Broke | July Book Haul 📚

I don't know how to buy books like a normal person. I'll go for months without buying any because nothing catches my eye, and then I'll somehow end up spending over £40 on books in one day, like I did multiple times last month. Oops. My bank account has been crying for me to stop spending so much money and for now I will do because I'm now broke. And I won't get any more student loan money ever again so I'm screwed!

But anyway, we're not here to discuss my money woes, we're here to see what books I bought last month.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon - I read this book last week and ahhh it was so cute I loved it 😍 I will admit that both Dimple and Rishi were frustrating at times, but they were so well written and kind that all is forgiven.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - This book is my current read and I've been putting off getting my hands on it for ages for reasons that I'm still not sure of. I'm seriously kicking myself for waiting so long to read this since it is one that I've been looking forward to.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater - I'm kind of making it my goal to finish The Raven Cycle this year, which may be difficult because I can't really afford to buy any more hardbacks, but it's something I aim to do. I didn't love The Raven Boys as much as everyone else did, but I did still like it, so I hope I'll like the rest of the series even more.

Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian - It's been a pretty long time since I read Burn for Burn but the lack of completed series on my shelves was bugging me, so I got the sequel, which is ready for me on my TBR pile even though I've mostly forgotten what happened in Burn for Burn 😅 And no, I won't reread it because the TBR is queen and she says no rereads this month.

Double Down by Gwenda Bond - More teenage Lois eeeeep! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ I love the snarky voice that Lois has in these books and I can't wait to read this second installment, but for now I must obey the TBR.

Superman Vol 2: Trials of the Super Son by Peter J. Tomasi, et al. - It's probably going to be a long while before I get to read this because I'm a dumb butt and I haven't read any Superman books from the last continuity and I can't really afford to buy them right now. And that makes me sad because Jon and Damian in the same panels is giving me so many feels. Because Superdad and Batdad are the best.

Wonder Woman Vol. 1: The Lies by Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, and Laura Martin - Same goes for this book too, I haven't read any Wonder Woman from the New 52, so this one shall wait. Wah.

Batman: The Golden Age Volume 2 by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson - This one, on the other hand, won't have to wait too long because I'm currently reading volume 1 and it's so fast to get through because vintage comics are such a breeze. No complicated continuity, no dream sequences, no mind screws, just extremely simplistic storytelling and characterisation. Aw yeah.

What books have you bought recently?

5 Recent Favourites ❤️

My tastes in things and favourites change all the time and they especially have while I haven't been blogging. I've seen a few people do these kinds of posts or include monthly favourites in their wrap-up posts, so I thought it would be a good idea to do one of these myself. I'm including one favourite from each 'category' so one book, one movie, and so on. Because I like to have some things in my life to be organised. Not everything, but some things.

Somebody should make a tally chart of how many times I've mentioned Lois Lane on this blog because I have a feeling I talk about her a lot. But she's my mother and I can't not talk about her because Lois Lane is everything to me and I wish I could be her but I'm too shy and anxious to be as bold as she is. Anyways, I first heard of this series a couple of years ago but I didn't really give it much thought. I'm slapping myself across the wrist for that now because I read the first book, Fallout, and ahhh holy crap it was so good. Part of the reason why I love Lois Lane so much is that she has such a fiery and snarky personality and in this book it really shows through. A lot of people compare it to Veronica Mars but I don't know what that is, so to me it's like teenage Lois & Clark just without Clark because he's in Kansas and they don't really know each other yet.

I had been waiting for this movie for years and I supported it since it was announced that Gal Gadot was going to be playing Wonder Woman in BvS (which i think people gave too much of a hard time, but that's a post for another time in the year). I supported it when people were attacking her for being too thin and not having  large enough breasts, I supported it when Tumblr, a website that has been crying for a WW movie for years, started to attack it before it was even released, and I supported it when people were complaining about both the supposed lack of marketing and the actual real marketing because some people just can't be pleased. So obviously when the movie was finally released I was itching to see it. Originally my dad and I were planning to see it on opening night when we were in the USA but the screening was sold out. When I did finally go see it, ohmygod I loved it. I loved everything about it, I loved Gal, I loved Chris, I loved the cinematography, the story, I just loved it all. Do I think it's better than all the other DCEU movies? Probably, but I love them all equally because I apparently have bad taste.

I don't consider myself to be a nostalgic person, but whenever a game that I played as a child gets a remake or a remaster, I am all over it. Since getting a PS4 for Christmas I've constantly been on the look for games that I want to play because at the minute I don't have a lot of PS4 games. The problem that I have is that a lot of games available are either what I term 'bro games' (Call of Duty, FIFA, things like that) or games that just don't spark my interest. I play a lot of platforming games and also licenced games so games like Crash Bandicoot always land within my favourites. I dragged my dad to the shops so I could buy this on the day it came out and I've been playing it ever since. A lot of people have been saying that it's a lot harder than the original PS1 games, but I don't really see it that way because I couldn't get past the second warp room in Crash 2 when I was little and I managed to get 100% on the whole game in this version so... But anyways, probably the best part of this remaster is that you can play as Coco in nearly every level which is the best thing ever because Coco is adorable.

I am not really a fan of hip hop. Like, at all. But, for some reason, Death Grips really caught me ear and I've been listening to their music for pretty much the whole of July. All day every day. Apart from when Lana Del Rey's new album came out, then I went straight back to Death Grips. I have four of their albums right now (two were free downloads from their website, score) but my favourite is Exmilitary which is their debut mixtape. I think what I like about Death Grips is that to me, a white girl who is completely ignorant when it comes to rap and hip hop, they have an incredibly unique style. I love experimental styles of music and compared to other rap artists I've listened to, Death Grips definitely do have an experimental sound. It can be a little overwhelming to listen too if you're not used to noisy music (and i don't mean loud, i mean just noise)) but that's why I like it so much. If you do want to check them out, just be aware that one of their album covers is incredibly NSFW. Like, as NSFW as anything can get.

At the end of May this year I went to the USA! Before this trip, I'd never been outside of Western and Southern Europe so this was a huge deal to me. We started off in New York City, which wasn't as overwhelming as I'd assumed it would be, and ended in Washington D.C. which was so freaking hot. The only thing that really got me worked in America was money because paying for things with cash makes me horrendously anxious and also tax isn't included in the price. America, what gives? Put the tax into the price, it's less confusing. But other than that, I liked the US more than I thought I would, mainly because they have Cheetos, and we don't. I miss Cheetos so much. And being complimented on my horrible accent. I hope I can go back again someday because there's more I want to see in both New York and in Washington, but it'll be a lot of saving up because travelling to the US is not cheap. At all.

What have some of your recent favourite things been?

10 Books on My Birthday Wishlist 🎁

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Click here for the list of prompts.

It's finally August, which means that it's finally my birthday month! *blows hooter thingy*

In all honestly, I don't really like celebrating my birthday (for a lot of deeply personal reasons that i would rather not discuss here), I just like cake and presents. But don't most people like cake and presents? The only bad thing about my birthday is that it's right at the butt end of August. Literally, my birthday is the second-last day of August (put it in your calendar, winkwinknudgenudge). So, to make the pain of waiting so long for presents a little better, I've decided to make a wishlist of books that I want for my birthday.

Triple Threat by Gwenda Bond - I'm sure I don't need to repeat my love of Lois Lane for the millionth time but after reading the first book in this series, I am totally hooked on teenage Lois' story. I already have the second book and I have asked my brother for the third book because I need to see more cuteness go on with Lois and Clark SmallvilleGuy (and that's probably not a spoiler. if you know even the tiniest of ino on superman, you'll know who smallvilleguy is)

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater - I haven't gotten around to reading The Dream Thieves yet (it's on the top of my TBR), but I do still want a complete collection of The Raven Cycle so of course I want Blue Lily, Lily Blue.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo - I'm kind of cheating by putting this book on the list because I've already preordered it and it comes out the day before my birthday so it'll sort of be a gift to myself.

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia - Vampires. In Mexico City. Um, yes.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo - I still haven't read Six of Crows, which is just terrible because my copy is signed, but that doesn't mean that I can't have a copy of Crooked Kingdom for when I do read it.

Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite - More vampires. But this time in New Orleans. Um, double yes.

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer - I finished the Lunar Chronicles (minus Fairest) at the beginning of the year but I still do want to read Stars Above even though I'm not exactly fond of novellas or short story collections.

Batman: A Death in the Family by Jim Starlin, Jim Aparo, and Mike DeCarlo - It's probably terrible that I consider myself a huge Batman fan and yet I still haven't read this storyline. But, I do have an excuse: it's pretty damn expensive. I get that it's a hugely iconic storyline and all that but come on, DC, please lower the price for me. And also, with what's happened in Batman comics recently, I'd rather go through back issues than to keep up with them weekly. And also drown myself in self-insert fics.

Superman vol.1: What Price Tomorrow? by George Perez and Jesus Merino - Recently, I decided that I wanted to start keeping up with Superman comics because, as I said above, I'm not too thrilled about the current decisions with Batman (*shakes fist at DC*). However, I completely forgot that I haven't read any New 52 Superman books and the current continuity is a continuation of the previous one so if I just dive right into Rebirth Superman, I probably won't have a clue of what's going on.

Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, and Tony Akins - Ditto goes for Wonder Woman, but I've never read a single Wonder Woman story before, and the movie (which was aweeesomeee btw) has made me want to start reading them, so back to the New 52 I go. Yay?

What books are on your birthday wishlist?

I'm Baaack! (again...)

Yes, I'm coming back to blogging for the millionth time after taking a break for a millionth time. Blogging is something that I do truly enjoy and it keeps me doing something instead of just slobbing around the house doing nothing.

Recently, I had a huge essay kick my butt and because my brain doesn't like me, I can only focus on one task at a time so I had to drop every single thing that I was doing to get it done. there's actually another one i have to do but after asking for help five times and not getting a response, it's going to have to wait. grr. Now that I have some free time on my hands, I've decided to put a bit more focus into blogging again because I really do miss everyone.

From now until the end of the year, I aim to actually keep to a schedule as best as I can because I still do want to build up my following because I've always been a teeny tiny blog and I want to change that.

I will see you all tomorrow with a new post ✌

Books I Lost Interest In 💔

Sometimes you get really hyped up for a book, and then as time goes by the hype just fizzles out. I'm sure it happens to all of us from time to time, but it happens to me a lot. My interests change all the time even though I have things I will always love, and things that excited me at one point in time won't do anything for me at another point. Or sometimes I'll learn things about an author that will really turn me off them. And sometimes, it was a case of me just growing up and my reading tastes just maturing with me. For me, losing interest in certain books I wanted to read before is kind of a natural thing and I'm more welcome to let it happen because who knows, I might end up reading them after all.

I've been in the blogosphere long enough to remember when this series was the biggest of deals and everybody loved it, so I went out to buy a copy of the first book and then just... forgot about it. Part of it is because high fantasy isn't really my thing unless it's by Leigh Bardugo, and the other part is that recently there's been a bit of criticism of Sarah J. Maas' work for representation issues. Because of that, I haven't just backed away from those books because I never set foot into them anyway. But from what I've seen, it's unlikely that I'll be reading them any time soon.

Do you know how many books are in this series? Fifteen. Fifteen. I love me some vampires, so much that I'm writing my Masters dissertation about them, but fifteen books in one series? A girl needs a break from so many vampire stories sometimes. I don't usually see a problem with long series, considering I read western comics which are constantly going, but fifteen novels in one series is a bit of a stretch for me. It's only a matter of time before I get bored and want to move onto something else.

If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know that I have a little bit of a grudge against Frank Miller. In short, his version of Batman is not my favourite. In long, he's not my favourite because he turned a pretty liberal character into a fascist whose only solution to everything is to beat people up. Yeah, no thanks. He also gets way too much credit for bringing Batman back to his darker roots, which should go to Denny O'Neill in the 70's, but I'll try to keep my Miller hatred to a minimum here. I originally read The Dark Knight Returns when I was about twelve and thirteen and I liked it at the time, then I read The Dark Knight Strikes Again which is a hot mess. Now, I'm sick to death of DKR. It doesn't work in a modern context anymore and I get bored of seeing this thuggish brute who is somewhat abuse and fell in love with a child (yes, really) being drawn in an ugly artstyle and being given terrible dialogue. I will never forgive Miller for having Batman starve Robin, force him to eat rats, and call him the R slur. #NotMyBatman. When I found out not just about this third miniseries, but about Miller's politics in general, I completely lost interest in his work. I can appreciate what he did for the character, but that's about as much praise I'll give him. I just can't take any more of Miller's racism, fascism, or misogyny. Or his ugly art and fondness of the word 'goddamn'. Want a physical reason why I think his art is ugly? Here's a photo of a shirt I saw in New York:

Yeah. Poor Clark looks like he has a horrible skin condition. Good thing he left the art in All-Star Batman and Robin too Jim Lee, but there's still the terrible dialogue and characterisation.

Remember when paranormal romance was all the rage? I certainly do, and back in 2012 (i think) I participated in a readalong (anybody else remember those too? i'm so old now...) for Sweet Evil and I was actually excited for the sequel, and then... Poof, completely forgotten about. Most of the time this happens because I am the absolute worst at knowing when books are being released unless I'm giddily excited for them and I have a habit on relying on other bloggers to know when things about being released. Terrible for a booklover, I know, but I have the worst memory in the world. Once I got round to actually getting a copy of Sweet Peril I'd forgotten everything that happened in the first book and I wasn't in the mood to reread it, so it just stayed on the shelf.

Oh, look, another paranormal romance. Like I said, paranormal romance was all the rage back in the day (along with dystopians, but i'll get to that in a bit) and I was a youngin who wanted to fit in with the big bloggers who all got ARCs of these books and I read them too. I feel a little bad this I abandoned this series because I absolutely loved them. I mean, it's about aliens, how could I not? Again, this is all down to release dates. I never know when books are being released and they're always released to far apart from one another that I end up forgetting things. Then add the fact that I'm not fond of rereading on top of that and you end up with an abandoned series. Maybe one day I'll get around to reading Opposition because I do still have a soft spot for these books, but it'll mean that I'll have to reread all four of the previous books. It'll probably be weird to have to swoon over these teenage characters considering that I'm a real adult now. Yikes.

I have all three of these books, and I still have only read the first one. It actually took me two attempts to get through Divergent and I ended up not loving it but thinking it was a solid enough book. I probably put Insurgent onto my physical TBR pile once and then took it off because I had very little desire to read it, and then ended up forgetting about the series altogether. Dystopians used to be incredibly popular back in the day thanks to The Hunger Games and I used to read as many of them as I could, but now I barely see dystopian books get any hype and I haven't read one in years, which is strange for a genre that used to be my favourite.

I started reading Breaking Dawn at the very end of my Twihard phase and lost interest in it just over a quarter of the way through. By this point my reading tastes had changed and I was becoming more critical of the Twilight saga as a whole and I remember reading it and just thinking "I can't be bothered with this anymore", so I never finished it. This is probably the only book I've mentioned here that is a definite DNF because every other book was finished and then I didn't want to read the sequels, but this was the end of the line and once I started, I'd just had enough. I even ended up reading the Wikipedia summary for Breaking Dawn and found it either ridiculous or cringeworthy so maybe it was a decision for the best to not read it. I didn't even see the movies, I was completely done with Twilight forever.

What books or series have you lost interest in?

10 Books on My Summer TBR ☀

Top 10 Tuesday is actually on a break until August 15th, so until then I'll be making up my own prompts or picking out from the list of past prompts because I like my schedule the way it is and I don't like change. Anyways, it's summertime here in the Northern Hemisphere! I will admit that summer is my least favourite season because I don't handle hot weather very well, I hate showing off my limbs, and I very rarely go outside, whomp whomp. But, that doesn't mean that I can't match what I read to the weather because my reading tastes definitely depend on the time of year.

Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond - There are two things that I treasure dearly in this world. One of those is YA fiction, which is sort of a given. The other is Lois Lane (she is my online avatar, of course). I love Lois Lane so much that I am very quick to defend her when people write her off as an "uninteresting, pointless damsel in distress" because she was never intended to be one and hasn't been one since the 1960's. Lois is a strong independent woman who fights for what she believes in without the need of powers, and just so happens to be married to the strongest man in the world. Well, not in this book she isn't. But anyway, obviously I had to read this series, duh.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon - Recently I've seen this book making the rounds and it sounds pretty cute so I had to give it a go (also, it's currently 99p on Kindle). I haven't read any contemporaries in a while and it's a genre that I always come back to, but it's usually very white and reading more diverse books is something I planned to do this year, so why not put it on my TBR.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - I've been wanting to read this book since it was released, but money got in my way of getting a copy of it. That's problem's been solved now because I got in on Kindle and can finally read it, since I've heard so many good things.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater - I recently finished The Raven Boys and while I didn't love it, I did like it enough to want to continue on with the rest of the series (i may have a soft spot for Gansey now). Just before I started this post I ordered a copy of this book so now I just have to play the waiting game.

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson - This book hasn't really been talked about for a while but it's been sitting on my shelves for ages and it looks sort of summery (maybe?) so now feels like the right time to read it since summer is usually contemporary time for me.

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky - So far I've only read one book that has a trans protagonist and it wasn't handled as well as it could have been, so when I saw this book in the library I was a little wary, but it's all good because the blurb doesn't do any misgendering. I haven't borrowed it yet but I will do when I make my way down this list.

Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian - It's been the hottest of minutes since I read Burn for Burn and I'm wanting to get as many series that I own finished as I can, and I realised that I didn't own a copy of Fire with Fire, which is on its way to me. Happy days.

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas - I originally had this book on my spring TBR but because I'm not good at keeping to a schedule sometimes I ended up putting it back on my shelves, but this time I'm determined to read it because it's been too long.

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson - Another library book! I still haven't read any of Jandy Nelson's books even though I own The Sky is Everywhere, but I have heard plenty of good things about I'll Give You the Sun that I will definitely get it from the library.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo - I have been extremely hyped for not just this book, but this entire series (with one exception) since it was first announced so of course I had to place a pre-order for the first book because 1) it's Wonder Woman and 2) it's Wonder Woman written by Leigh Bardugo. Um, yes please. (As for the exception, there's going to be a Catwoman book by Sarah J. Maas that I'll more than likely skip because I really don't like Catwoman, and the more criticism I read about SJM, the less interested in her books I am.)

What's on your summer TBR (or winter, if you're in the Southern Hemisphere)?