Top Ten Tuesday | Things That Will Instantly Make Me Not Want to Read a Book

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which you give ten answers to the topic for the week. To find a list of upcoming topics, go here. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book.” As always, the following list is in no particular order. I just jotted them down as they came into my head!

1. If I hear that the book is harmful or problematic from other readers/reviewers

I can’t count how many times (especially within the last few months) that I’ve heard from people in the book community (mostly on Twitter) that a book is racist, homophobic, ableist, or otherwise harmful to marginalized people. Every time I hear that, I immediately take the book off my TBR on Goodreads (if it was on there to begin with). I have absolutely no interest in supporting books that are causing harm to any person or group of people.

2. If the book was written by an author whose previous book(s) I really didn’t like

While I do like to give second chances to authors occasionally, sometimes I just dislike a book so much that I can’t possibly consider reading another book by that same author. Other times, I’ve already given an author a second chance and STILL didn’t care for their books so I’m definitely not giving them a third chance!

3. If the book features an overused trope and/or a trope I’m not a fan of

This one is pretty self explanatory! If I’m not a fan of a trope and/or I’m tired of reading a particular trope, why would I want to read a book that has that trope?

4. If the book has vampires or werewolves in it

I went through this phase in middle school where all I wanted to read were vampire/werewolf novels. Since then, I really have no interest in reading about those creatures. So if I hear a book features either or both of them, I’m going to have zero interest in picking it up – even if I hear the book is fantastic! I just know I probably won’t end up enjoying it.

5. If the book basically has no plot and the sole focus is on a romantic relationship

Don’t get me wrong – I still enjoy when there’s a bit of romance in books! I’d just rather it be a smaller part of the story rather than the sole focus. I guess I just enjoy reading about action, adventure, and great friendships more than reading about a character who professes their love to a person they met a week ago. Now, slow-burn romances are usually a solid yes from me! Other than that, I’m not usually a fan.

6. If the author of the book has repeatedly said/done hurtful things in the past

I know that sometimes people can separate the art from the artist, but most of the time it’s really hard for me to do that. Authors that are extremely problematic outside of their writing most likely will share their harmful rhetoric in their books (either intentionally or unintentionally) and that’s something I really don’t want to read.

7. If I hear that a series goes downhill after the first book

In the past, I have definitely passed on a series after hearing that the rest of the series doesn’t live up to the first book. Why should I waste my time reading a series that turns out to be mediocre or even terrible? I’d rather spend my time reading great series instead!

8. If the book is part of a series that may never be completed

This one doesn’t need too much of an explanation. I don’t want to start an uncompleted series that may never be finished!! What if I fall in love with the characters and need more?? What if there’s a major cliffhanger and I never get the answers I need?? I really don’t want to experience that terrible pain!

9. If a fantasy book is less than 300 pages in length

I just feel that for a fantasy book to be good, it can’t be super short. Especially if it’s a standalone and not part of a series! In less than 300 pages, there isn’t enough time to get a sense of the world and the characters. Due to the lack of pages, a book’s world and characters may end up being severely underdeveloped. Since I personally love fantasy books with vivid world-building and fleshed out characters, I think fantasy books should be no shorter than 350 pages.

10. If the book is in a genre I’m not a fan of

This is a pretty simple one. If I know I won’t like a certain genre or if I really disliked reading the genre in the past, I’m not going to want to read a book from that genre. Period. Some genres I know I won’t want to read include non-fiction, erotica, and religious books.

Are there certain things that will instantly make you not want to read a book? Let me know in the comments or link me to your TTT post!

Review: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Radio Silence


Series: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publication Date: March 28, 2017 (originally published February 25, 2016 in UK)

Publisher: HarperTeen (originally published by Harper Collins Children’s Books in UK)

Pages: 474

Synopsis: You probably think that Aled Last and I are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and I am a girl. I just wanted to say—we don’t.

Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying. When she’s not studying, she’s up in her room making fan art for her favorite podcast, Universe City.

Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As. But no one knows he’s the creator of Universe City, who goes by the name Radio Silence.

When Frances gets a message from Radio Silence asking if she’ll collaborate with him, everything changes. Frances and Aled spend an entire summer working together and becoming best friends. They get each other when no one else does.

But when Aled’s identity as Radio Silence is revealed, Frances fears that the future of Universe City—and their friendship—is at risk. Aled helped her find her voice. Without him, will she have the courage to show the world who she really is? Or will she be met with radio silence?


I first heard about this book pretty recently so when it was published, I immediately put it on hold at the library. When it recently became available, I checked it out from the library and brought it home with me. This past Sunday afternoon I was bored so I went looking on my bookshelves for something to read. Since I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to read, I took a couple books off the shelf and planned to read a few pages of each of them before deciding which one I would commit to. I started with Radio Silence and I was immediately drawn in! Before I knew it, I had read 100 pages! So obviously, I didn’t even end up opening the other book.

I ended up enjoying this book so, so much! I completely FLEW through it. In about 7 hours I had finished the almost 500 page book! I can’t remember the last time I read a book of this length in that short amount of time! One of my favorite parts of the book were the characters. They were so fantastic and dynamic! I especially loved that this book focused on a friendship between a girl and a guy with no romance between them whatsoever. This doesn’t usually occur in books, especially YA ones, so it was a really nice change! The friendship between the main character, Frances, and Aled was spectacular. They had known each other for a few years but hadn’t really talked despite living across the street from one another. I loved how their friendship really bloomed once they got through that awkward stage that most new friends experience. They went from shyly complimenting each other’s clothes and messaging each other on Facebook to hanging out constantly and saying they were platonically in love with one another. It was just so great!

Another aspect I loved about this book was all the diverse rep it had! The main character, Frances, is biracial and bisexual and there are also gay characters, an ace-spectrum (most likely demisexual) character, and several people of color. As an ace person myself, I thought this was incredibly cool to actually see asexuality discussed and named! While it wasn’t a huge part of the story, it was still so awesome to see the words in a book! Hopefully this will continue in other books (especially YA) so that people that don’t currently have the vocabulary for what they’re feeling could discover it. In addition to the on-the-page discussion of asexuality and demisexuality, gender identity was also talked about on multiple occasions.

Moving onto the plot! This book was centered around Aled’s Youtube podcast series called Universe City that he has been making for two years. Frances has been a listener and avid fan of the series since the very beginning. When she’s not busy studying, Frances spends the rest of her time creating fan art based on the podcast and posting them under a pseudonym on Tumblr. The two become friends when Frances accidentally finds out that Aled is the creator of Universe City and they bond over the series and a multitude of other things, including their many similarities. Eventually, Frances contributes to the podcast by officially making art for it and even starring in some episodes. At this point, no one else besides Aled, Aled’s friend Daniel, and Frances know that Aled is the one who created Universe City and Aled would like to keep it that way.

Another big part of this book had to do with school – specifically preparing for university. The book showed how many different characters dealt with school and also how much pressure there was – from family, society, and themselves – to study hard and get into a good university. Frances in particular has had her sights set on Cambridge ever since she began exceeding in school when she was young. She felt that just because she was good at school, she had the obligation to go to university. Frances also thought that the only way to happiness was to get into Cambridge, graduate with a degree, and get a good job. Throughout the course of the novel, Frances discovers that attending Cambridge and studying something she isn’t passionate about isn’t going to make her happy. This book really emphasized that while some do achieve happiness from attending university, others do not – and that that’s okay!

Overall, this book was so fun and addictive to read. Like I said previously, I finished the book in 7 hours so obviously I couldn’t put it down! In addition to this, Radio Silence was also super relatable and a book I think a lot of people would really enjoy! Even if you’re not a huge contemporary reader, I urge you to give this book a chance. Personally, I’m really, really glad I decided to pick it up!

4.5 stars

4.5 out of 5 stars

Happy Book Birthday To… (#33)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.

The Upside of Unrequited

The Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli

Series: N/A

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 352

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

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Happy Book Birthday to Becky Albertalli and her newest novel! Is this book on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments!

March Wrap Up

March Wrap Up 2017

Hi everyone! Wow, I can’t believe another month has come to a close. I feel like 2017 is really flying by! March was a pretty decent month in terms of reading for me. I ended up reading 6 books and a total of 2,710 pages (which includes the pages I read of the book I put on hold). While I wish I read more this month, I did end up enjoying most of the books I did read!

Books Read in March

Last 3 reads (135)

The first book I finished this month, Wires and Nerve, was actually a graphic novel! I had been looking forward to reading this book since it was first announced. I’m not a huge graphic novel reader but since this story was taking place in the Lunar Chronicles world with Iko (one of my favorite characters from the series) as the main character I just knew I had to read it! Unfortunately, I was a bit underwhelmed by the graphic novel. I wasn’t a huge fan of the art style – it was pretty dull and some of the characters weren’t depicted as well as I hoped they’d be. However, I did still enjoy being back with these characters and I’m interested to see where the story goes next!

The next book I finished was A Gathering of Shadows which I started in February. This was my second time reading this book and I enjoyed it even more than the first time! I ended up slightly raising my rating from 4.25 stars to 4.5 stars! After finishing my reread of A Gathering of Shadows, I continued on with the series finale, A Conjuring of Light. I absolutely loved this book!! It was so amazing, intense, and impossible to put down! This book was such a wonderful conclusion to the series – I couldn’t have asked for more! Well, I wouldn’t say no to more books in these worlds/with these characters…

Last 3 reads (138)

The next book I read was The Dark Days Club and it was enjoyable! I had some issues with it – mostly the fact that I felt pretty indifferent towards the characters. The story was still interesting though so I’m planning on continuing with the series.

Next, I read The Hate U Give which will definitely be appearing on my favorite books of 2017 list at the end of the year! The Hate U Give deserves every bit of hype it’s been getting. It’s so, so, SO good and important and wonderful and all the positive adjectives you can think of. I have a hard time forming words when talking about this book because I loved it that much. Pick up The Hate U Give as soon as possible and read, read, read!!

Lastly, I read You’re Welcome, Universe which was unfortunately my least favorite book I’ve read so far this year. I started off thinking the book was just okay but then it got worse and worse as it went along. My main issue was with the main character, Julia. She was extremely rude and self-centered and became even more so as the book went on. She ends up apologizing for her words and actions but I don’t think she should have been forgiven as easily as she was. Even though I wanted to quit reading several times, I managed to push through and finish the book. My main motivation was the fact that I was behind on my Goodreads challenge! I ended up giving this book an extra half star only because I enjoyed reading about a Deaf character and I liked the ASL aspects.

Book I Put On Hold in March


The reason why I decided to put this book on hold was because I just wasn’t in the right mindset at the time I was trying to read it. The main character has an anxiety disorder and I myself was feeling super anxious (for unrelated reasons) and reading the book was just making things worse for me. I definitely want to give it another go at a time when I’m not feeling as anxious because I think I will really benefit from reading this book!

Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in 5 reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share my progress with you all. That being said, my monthly wrap ups will all include updates on my progress. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge


My Goal: Read 75 books

Completed in March: 6 books

Completed in 2017: 16 books

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge


My Goal: Read 25 backlist books

Completed in March: 1 book

Completed in 2017: 6 books

3. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge


My Goal: Read 25 fantasy books

Completed in March: 3 books

Completed in 2017: 11 books

4. Library Love Challenge


My Goal: Read 12 library books

Completed in March: 2 books

Completed in 2017: 6 books

5. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge


My Goal: Read a book for each letter of the alphabet (The words “The” and “A” can be skipped; the first word after that will be counted)

Completed in March: 4 letters

Completed in 2017: 12 letters

Was March a good reading month for you? How many books were you able to complete? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!