Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With

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There are characters that you can’t forget. And there are some that you wish you never read. – rosemawrites

The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday for today is quite hard to fill.

September 1: Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With

Yep. So I reviewed the books that I have read and recalled each stories’ character. (Yes it was hard but it is surprisingly fun as well! :))

Just to be clear, there are novels here that I actually love. But there are characters in it that I really don’t like.

Now here’s the top ten list of my pet peeves, novel’s character edition:

1.  Tate of Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love

WHO? Tate Collins is a woman who doesn’t have time for love.

WHY? I don’t like her because she somehow ‘suggested’ the sexual arrangement with Miles. Please don’t get me wrong. It’s just that I am a believer of high morals, specially for women. 🙂

2. Guinevere Beck of You by Caroline Kepnes

You (You, #1)

WHO? The beautiful and seductive woman being fantasized and stalked by Joe Goldberg.

WHY? Joe Goldberg is somehow the antagonist in this story as he is Beck’s crazy stalker. On the other hand, Beck plays with boys. She used her beauty to get what she want and she give her admirers false hopes.

3. Scarlett of The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid

The Vanishing Point

WHO? Scarlett is a high-profile reality TV star who, dying of cancer and alienated from her unreliable family, entrusted her son to Stephanie.

WHY? I pitied Scarlett during the first half of the book. But when truths were revealed, I just can’t help but hate her. She’s insane. Really.

4. Jung Ji-won by Tongue by Kyung-ran Jo

Tongue

WHO? Jung Ji-won, a celebrated chef, lost her boyfriend of seven years . She also lost the cooking school she ran from their home.  She even lost her ability to taste.

WHY? I don’t understand her. I think she’s a bit too shallow.

5. Princess Eadlyn of The Heir (The Selection, #4) by Kiera Cass

The Heir (The Selection, #4)

WHO? She is the eldest child of America Singer and Prince Maxon.

WHY? She’s a brat. I just didn’t like her personality. I am a fan of The Selection, The Elite and The One but I think The Heir is really disappointing mostly because of Princess Eadlyn.

6.  Maddy Carson of Scared Scriptless by Alison Sweeney

Scared Scriptless

WHO? Maddy Carson, a 35 year-old talented script supervisor, who never wants to date an actor.

WHY? I was not able to relate to her.

7. Linda of Adultery by Paulo Coelho

Adultery

WHO? She is 31-year old successful journalist with an almost perfect life. She has a solid and stable marriage to a rich and loving husband, sweet and well-behaved children.

WHY? She’s an adulterer. And she initiated the affair. I hate her!

8. Tally Youngblood of Uglies (Uglies, #1)

Uglies (Uglies, #1)

WHO? She is a 16-year old girl main character of the story. Her ‘ugly’ name is Squint.

WHY?  Uglies actually has a very unique premise but the characters destroyed it. Tally lacks the sense and bravery of the best YA heroines like Katniss of The Hunger Games, Bella of Twilight and Tris of Divergent. She’s so indecisive and she lacks will and determination.

9. Peeta Mellark of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

WHO? He is a baker’s son from District 12, who was reaped along Katniss Everdeen for the 74th Hunger Games.

WHY? I am team Gale! 😀 I like Gale more than Peeta for Katniss. That’s why my heart was broken when I finished reading The Mockingjay!

10. Jacob Black of New Moon (Twilight, #2) by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon (Twilight, #2)

 WHO? He is Bella’s friend who shapeshift to a wolf.
 WHY? I really don’t like third-wheels, eh? I am definitely Team Edward so I really don’t like him!
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That was it!
Please share to me your thoughts!
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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

This is my first time to participate to an established book meme and I am really excited to do the Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I know this post was scheduled for August 11, last Tuesday, but I still want to do this this week. (I hope it’s okay. :))

So let me present you my Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From according to my Goodreads account!

10. Colleen Hoover , Veronica RothSuzanne Collins and Tahereh Mafi (3 books each)

Colleen Hoover

“How odd to be made of flesh, balanced on bone, and filled with a soul you’ve never met.” – Colleen Hoover

BOOKS READ: Never NeverNever Never: Part Two and Ugly Love

Veronica Roth

“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” – Veronica Roth

BOOKS READ: DivergentInsurgent and Allegiant

Suzanne Collins

“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.” – Suzanne Collins

BOOKS READ: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay 

Tahereh Mafi

“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.” – Tahereh Mafi

BOOKS READ: Shatter MeUnravel Me and Ignite Me 

9. Kiera Cass (4 books)

Kiera Cass

“It’s always the fear of looking stupid that stops you from being awesome.” – Kiera Cass

BOOKS READ: The Selection, The Elite, The One and The Heir 

8, 7 and 6. Stephenie MeyerEmily Giffin, and Michael Crichton (5 books each)

Stephenie Meyer

“I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.” – Stephenie Meyer

BOOKS READ: TwilightNew MoonEclipseBreaking Dawn and The Host 

Emily Giffin

“Love, not as a surge of passion, but as a choice to commit to something, someone, no matter what obstacles or temptations stand in the way. And maybe making that choice, again and again, day in and day out, year after year, says more about love than never having a choice to make at all.”  – Emily Giffin

BOOKS READ: Heart of the MatterSomething BorrowedSomething BlueBaby Proof and Love the One You’re With

Michael Crichton

“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ” – Michael Crichton

BOOKS READ: CongoNextDisclosureState of Fear, and Rising Sun

5. Mitch Albom (6 books)

Mitch Albom

“The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” – Mitch Albom

BOOKS READ: For One More DayThe First Phone Call from HeavenHave a Little Faith: a True StoryTuesdays with MorrieThe Time Keeper and The Five People You Meet in Heaven

4. and 3. Lis Wiehl and James Patterson

Lis Wiehl

“The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” – Lis Wiehl

BOOKS READ: Face of BetrayalHand of Fate, Heart of IceA Matter of Trust, A Deadly BusinessWaking Hours and Darkness Rising 

James Patterson

“You can’t tell which way the train went by looking at the tracks.” – James Patterson

BOOKS READ: Mistress12th of Never, The Christmas WeddingCross My HeartFirst LovePrivate L.A. and 1st to Die

2. Paulo Coelho (10 books)

Paulo Coelho

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” – Paulo Coelho

BOOKS READ: The AlchemistBridaAlephEleven MinutesThe Devil and Miss PrymThe Winner Stands AloneManuscript Found in AccraThe ZahirVeronika Decides to Die and Adultery

I think you already guessed this… 🙂

1. Nicholas Sparks (18 books)

Nicholas Sparks

“Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. Remember that.” – Nicholas Sparks

BOOKS READ: The Last SongThree Weeks With My BrotherThe Best of MeThe Longest RideDear JohnThe ChoiceMessage in a BottleThe Notebook (The Notebook, #1)The Wedding (The Notebook, #2)The GuardianTrue Believer (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #1)At First Sight (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #2)The RescueThe Lucky OneNights in RodantheA Walk to RememberSafe Haven, and A Bend in the Road.

That’s it! 🙂

Do we share the same love for these authors? Please let me know.

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Top 10 Novels to read on Valentine’s

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The ‘cheesiest’ day of the year is coming and to celebrate this year’s  season of love, I created a top 10 list of novels to check-out this Valentine’s! Because this is my list, these awesome novels are from my goodreads READ list. This means out of 103 books that I have read, I selected stories which I think is the best companion for this love season.

Whether you are in a relationship, single, no-boyfriend-since-birth, friendzoned, heart broken, widowed, hopeless romantic, or anything else, here are the stories that you may want to check out. I intentionally picked diverse type of love stories so anyone can relate. So here are the books that can teach and show you what love truly is.

10. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Honestly, I will not call myself a fan of this book but the story really says a lot about love. Two cancer patients, Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace, fell madly and deeply in love amid their physical state. Green ended the story in a realistic yet very painful way. Yes, I cried!

9. The Host by Stephenie Meyer – A love triangle set during an alien invasion composed of a woman, a man and an alien/soul inside the woman’s mind. Isn’t it freaking strange?! This is the exact reason why I picked The Host. Meyer’s overly imaginative mind gave birth to Melanie who refused to leave her own body which was supposedly owned now by an alien/soul named Wanderer.

As Melanie flashes her fond memories of her love, Jared, Wanderer ‘Wanda’ also fell in love with him. On the other hand, these three had their own happy endings in the novel’s last pages.

8. Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho – This is not your ordinary overly romantic book yet it explains a lot about true love. Maria, a young Brazilian woman who stopped believing in finding true love met a handsome painter in Geneva. Despite their differences, they both discovered an ‘inner light’ that explains ‘sex in the context of love’.

If you’re fond of cheesy ending, I guarantee that you will get want you want.

7. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Love can give life even for a short time. I consider this book one of the saddest novels that I have read. (Yes, this made me cry as well.) Lou Clark, a positive and bubbly lass, was hired to be an aid for Traynor, a grumpy quadriplegic who has no desire to live.

As Moyes told how Lou tried so hard to change Traynor’s mind towards life, the characters then cared and fallen in love unexpectedly. But the reality of life will be the greatest hindrance of their blossoming relationship. In as mush as I want to change the book’s ending, I can’t. Yes it’s just so heartbreaking but it is realistic .

6. Where She Went by Gayle Forman – A follow-up for If I Stay, Forman continues Mia and Adam’s love story after Mia woke up. I chose Where She Went as the first book is not really focused on their love story. If I Stay is more on Mia’s decision making, to stay or to die with the rest of her family.

After Mia woke up, she did what Adam whispered to her, she left him. But it was not the end as they met three years after. As they revisit the past and rekindle the love, the couple realized the meaning of true love. The ending? It’s sweet.

5. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – Put away those tissues as this novel won’t tear you up, it will literally make you laugh. This is your not-so-ordinary love story as Simsion put together a genetics prof with a bit of social disorder and a barmaid yet fierce and intelligent woman.

Don Tillman has accepted that romance isn’t for him. His few friends suggested a Wife Project for him where women will be measure in terms of all his standards. Rosie is clearly not a woman who can pass Don’s standard, but as they work together in finding Rosie’s biological dad, Don discovered a new feeling that he isn’t use to, it is called love. How will he know and admit it? Read the book. 🙂

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4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – Look back to your high school first love with this novel by Rainbow Rowell. A feel-good and a bit funny novel  yet deep and serious at the same time. A not-so-beautiful red hair girl, Eleanor, paired with cute and bi-racial lad, Park, makes an interesting and romantic story of innocent love.

Until now, I am left hanging. Please Rainbow, tell us what’s that three words in Eleanor’s card for Park!

3. Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer – Years after the story has ended and the final movie was shown, the Bella and Edward story can still make my heart flutter. I am not fond of vamps but its the story that made me love them as a couple.

In case you don’t know them, Bella is a human who has fallen in love with Edward who is a vampire. As the series progressed, Meyer put twists, love triangles ahem Jacob, and trials in the couple’s relationship. In the end, they had their happily ever after forever.

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1 and 2 plus a BONUS! – If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know this is coming! Love in written words was introduced to me by my most loved author, Nicholas Sparks ❤. So definitely, this list will never be complete without his novels.

There are two spots left by I can’t really choose just two. So we’ll have a bonus novel! 😁

First is Message in a Bottle. Among all leading men of Spark’s novels, Garret Blake is my favorite. As a writer, it is a dream to have a man like him who can translate love into heart-tugging words. Though his love story with Theresa had a tragic ending, (I even watched the movie with hopes that it will not have the same ending as the book), their love story is just so lovely to remember.

Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle

A message in a bottle - Nicholas Sparks

I shed tears when I read Message in a Bottle. It haunted me and I thought that it is the only book that can do that to me. I figured out I was wrong after reading Nights in Rodanthe. This short yet moving novel gave me chest pains (seriously) as the story was told.

A 45-year old woman with troubled marriage, Adrienne, and a 55-year old doctor who tries to mend his relationship with his son, Paul, met and fall in love. But their life’s circumstances changed them and their ideas about love.

Pure is the best description for this Sparks novel. It isn’t too romantic yet it conveyed the deepest meaning of the overrated word called love.

Last but not the least, because this list won’t be complete without this novel, is off course The Notebook. Noah and Allie’s touching love story is now considered a classic. Who would not fall in love with a story that started at a young age and ended as strong and intense as ever even Allie succumbed to Alzheimer’s.

The reason why this story is the most celebrated Spark’s novel is it gives hope that forever may exists. Whose heart will not melt while reading how much the old Noah still loves the old Allie who sometimes cannot recognize who he is?

If you have not read this novel, aww! That’s the saddest!

Happy Valentine’s!

❤💕

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DAY Ten

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Woah! I thought I will not be able to blog today. Luckily I am able to have some free short time.

So here is beckysblogs‘ 30 Day Book Challenge’s question for Day 10.

10. A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving it.

Oh! That will be the Twilight  series by Stephenie Meyer.

I am not really fan of vamps and witches and all those supernatural creatures. My niche is really on realistic romance, philosophical fictions and crime mysteries. That is why I really have no interest on reading Twilight, which back then was really creating endless buzz.

Until my friend Ericka, asked me and my boyfriend to accompany her and her boyfriend on their movie date. They would like to watch Eclipse. I have no choice so I go. I watched Twilight and New Moon first so I will not look like a fool while watching the series’ third installment. After I watched Eclipse, I liked the story but still, I am not really crazy about it yet.

It was when I watched the Breaking Dawn part 2 when I was really awe-struck on how well the screenplay was written. Because of that movie, I have decided to read the book.

That is a decision that I will never ever regret!

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DAY Three

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Here is the question for the Day Three of the 30-Day Book Challenge by beckysblogs. I am rwally loving this challenge! 🙂

3. The longest book that you’ve read.

Here are the longest books that I have read according to my Goodreads stats (https://www.goodreads.com/review/stats/34350877):

The Host (The Host, #1)

For the year 2013, it is The Host by Stephenie Meyer (620 pages). It is a Young Adult novel that is far from the vamps of Twilight. The book’s story is about Melanie who refuses to be invaded by Wanderer, the invading soul that is already ‘implanted’ inside her body. The twists and turns of the plot are really exciting and Melanie and Jared’s love story is brutal yet endearing at the same time.

Steve Jobs

For this year, 2014, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (656 pages) is the longest book that I have read yet. (2014’s not yet over!) Walterson has written a very matter-of-fact biography for the Apple’s co-founder, Steve Jobs. Through this book, Walterson have shown Jobs’ bad side and how it made things possible. This book has also challenged me to ‘leave a dent’ in this world just like what Jobs did. 

State of Fear

During the first year of my reading spree, 2008, State of Fear by Michael Crichton (672 pages) is my longest read. This novel talks about creating weather disturbances that has the potential to create catastrophes that can affect the whole world. I am in awe of Chrichton’s knowledge in science and technology. 

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

Lastly, Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (756 pages) is the longest book that I have read for the year 2012 and also the longest ever. When I have seen this stat in my Goodreads account, I was really surprised that Breaking Dawn has more than 700 pages. It was really a thrilling novel that I have not noticed its number of pages. 

That’s it for Day three!

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DAY One

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I have seen this challenge in thesepaperwords‘ blog and I got this here: beckysblogs.

I’m excited to join so here it is!

1. A book series you wish had gone on longer OR  a book series you wish would just end already.

Oh! that would surely be the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. This is the only novel turned movie that I absolutely love both versions. The four novels are ingeniously written while the movie is equally well-made. I will not forget the final movie, Breaking Dawn Part 2, as it is the only movie, yet, that made me want to stand and clap when it ended. It’s just so great.

Unlike other Young Adult series, this series managed to sustain the action and thrills from the first book up to the last. It is indeed a book that would make you ask for more!

I would also like how would Edward and Bella would be like as parents to Renesmee. I would want to read about their small talks and small act of love that really tugs the heart. I am also quite interested how would Jacob court Renesmee. 

The how’s what-if’s are just endless and undeniably I would want to have another book about this series! 

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