When Bec came to me on Skype and casually mentioned the New Year’s Challenge I knew she had an ulterior motive: get me to join in. She knows I can’t resist a challenge like this! Plus it’s like our 2013 wrap up all in one challenge! The challenge for each day is posted on the left in the picture, but here’s a little more about it:
The Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge will begin on January 1st and run 14 days. It is going to be fun, it is going to be easy and hopefully it will get you motivated in 2014. Each day I will post my own prompts and at the bottom I will add a linky so you can add your own posts. (Parajunkee)
I won’t be participating every day because I want to post some reviews I promised would be up, but I will be doing most of them! Bec is doing the challenge over her blog Ransom Reads every day so go check her posts out!
Worst Book of 2013
Worst book is much easier to pick than Best Book, but I do have a more than a few DNFs and 1 star books from this year. Since some of you don’t consider a DNF a real read-through I will pick two books, one DNF and one I actually made it through
Worst Book of 2013 I Could Not Finish
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
Surprised? I was too. THE FIFTH WAVE was one of my most anticipated reads but it let me down-hard. I am in the minority but there are a few others out there that felt the same about it. If you want to know some specifics of why I disliked it, check out my review.
Worst Book of 2013 I Actually Finished
Four nearly identical girls on a desert island. An unexpected new arrival. A gently warped near future where nothing is quite as it seems.
Veronika. Caroline. Isobel. Eleanor. One blond, one brunette, one redhead, one with hair black as tar. Four otherwise identical girls who spend their days in sync, tasked to learn. But when May, a very different kind of girl—the lone survivor of a recent shipwreck—suddenly and mysteriously arrives on the island, an unsettling mirror is about to be held up to the life the girls have never before questioned.
Sly and unsettling, Gordon Dahlquist’s timeless and evocative storytelling blurs the lines between contemporary and sci-fi with a story that is sure to linger in readers’ minds long after the final page has been turned.
I could rant about this book until I lost my voice but I really don’t want to ever hear THE DIFFERENT GIRL again so let’s make this quick. It’s a What Was The Point book, boring, repetitive and tedious. If you want to read the full rant, my review is here.