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Hype or Like Friday: Best Reads of 2016

It is time. Wrap-ups, recaps, the big self-questioning to see if you’ve made the best of 2016, list of achieved goals… I smell the end of the year and the assessment that comes with it.

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Larkin, Britt and Jill . Check out the Goodreads group to know more about it and stay up to date with the weekly discussions and book of the month.

December 23rd : Best Reads of 2016 – Tell us your top favorite books that you’ve read this year! 

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Hype or Like Friday: Books That Made Me Want To Read

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Larkin, Britt and Jill . Check out the Goodreads group to know more about it and stay up to date with the weekly discussions and book of the month.

September 16th- Books That Made Me Want To Read– Think about what books you read while you were in school that made you want to read. Maybe you were an English Lit major in college because you fell in love with Shakespeare or Jane Austen.
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Hype or Like Friday: Favorite Science Fiction Books

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Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Larkin, Britt and Jill . Check out the Goodreads group to know more about it and stay up to date with the weekly discussions and book of the month.

September 9th- I Love Science: My Favorite Science Fiction Books– Science fiction can be anything from time travel to DNA mutations like X-Men. You can go with comic books or novels. Whatever you feel like writing about.

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Hype or Like Friday: Harry Potter discussion week 1

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Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Larkin, Britt and Jill . Check out the Goodreads group to know more about it and stay up to date with the weekly discussions and book of the month.

Friday, August 5th: If you could choose 3 magical items from any Harry Potter book, which would you choose and why? Explain what you would do with them and how you would use them to your advantage.
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Hype or Like Friday: Review of The Book of The Month

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Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Larkin, Britt and Jill . Check out the Goodreads group to know more about it and stay up to date with the weekly discussions and book of the month.

July 29th: Review of The Song of Achilles

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It had been too long since I last disagreed with the general opinion. I am back on the less popular side of the boat! Although I did not hate this book, I cannot say it blew my mind to the point it automatically made it to the top 10 of my 2016 reads. So what happened? (No, nothing fell from the sky directly on my head, making it hard to appreciate this book.)
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Hype or Like Friday: Favorite Fantasy Novels

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Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Larkin, Britt and Jill . Check out the Goodreads group to know more about it and stay up to date with the weekly discussions and book of the month.

June 17th: Favorite Fantasy Novels (Tell us why we should read them.)

This post will probably not be what to expect it to be. (How to create suspense, part 1)

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Hype or Like Friday: Why I DNFed The Winner’s Curse

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Larkin, Britt and Jill . Check out the Goodreads group to know more about it and stay up to date with the weekly discussions and book of the month.

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Friday, May 27th: Review of The Winner’s Curse or a review of a Hyped-Up book of your choosing.

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I did try. I swear. But some books are just not for you. I cannot review The Winner’s Curse because I could not bring myself to finishing it. But I can tell you why I chose to DNF if.

First of all, The Winner’s Curse was never my favorite choice for the book of the month. I did not let that bother me, though, because I recently learned I could enjoy book that screamed “I’m not your type!”. I try to implement the same rule I apply to covers. Love at first sight is uncommon, a cover, a genre or a -meh- blurb should not prevent you from giving a book a try, even though the better the blurb, the higher the chance I pick it up. But that’s a subject for another post.

So, why did I give up at page 101?

#1 No connection whatsoever with any character.

I can’t say the characterization is so bad that I did not care for anyone, but I found it superficial enough for me to miss an element that would have made the magic happens. I never warmed to anyone, nor did their actions spark any reaction in me.

The auction felt rushed and I could not figure out the motivations behind Kestrel’s decision to buy a man. I would have appreciated knowing Kestrel a little better to fully understand what happened and how it affected her.

#2 The blurb promised me a richly imagined new world, but I only caught a glimpse of it, the story being more focused on the beginning a love story than a proper world building. Maybe it comes later in the book, but it was too late for me. I wanted more explanation, a better description of the world they were living in. I was expecting a fantasy with a bit of romance, not a love story with bits of fantasy around.

#3 Nothing happened. Playing cards, wandering around a market and attending parties was not enough to keep me interested. I expected some action, but all I got was a girl playing the piano.

It might feel a little light to DNF a book, but if you cannot find a reason to like any character or care about the plot, I don’t see the point in reading the story.

Did you read The Winner’s Curse? Did you find it worth the hype?

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Hype or Like Friday: May 6th ~ Best or Worst Lines of Dialogue From a Hyped-Up Book

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May 6th: Best or Worst Lines of Dialogue From a Hyped-Up Book
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