Top 5 Wednesday: Unlikable Characters That I Love

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Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday! This meme was created by gingerreadslainey and is hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes and you can check out the  Goodreads group here. This week’s theme is Most Unlikable Characters. I’m doing people that I should kind of hate, but I really love.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Books I Loved

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads (we’ve done underrated books a bunch of times in the past 6 years but thanks to Lenore at Celebrity Readers for suggesting this topic as a new way to talk about underrated books especially when underrated is subjective. An easy way to find this — go to Goodreads, your read list, at the top of your read list where it says settings you can add a column for # of ratings, then you can sort by that. If you aren’t a Goodreads user you can look up books you think are underrated and see what their # of reviews is on Goodreads? Or if that’s too hard you can spin it some other way!

This is a super easy topic for me, because I mainly read underrated books. Reading a lot of ARCs from Netgalley leads to this, and I actually love to discover all these new books and recommending the hell out of them.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Recent 5 Star Reads

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Ten Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently if you don’t 5 star stuff…or you could do 5 of my latest five star reads & five of my most disappointing or 1 star reads)

Well, I do 5 Star books… a lot. I don’t give away full 5 stars easily, but I do rate a lot of books between 4.5 and 5 stars. That’s what I’m showing today: my last ten favorite reads, a.k.a., books I have 4.5 to 5 stars.


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Undecided (Julianna Keyes)

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Nora Kincaid has one goal for her second year of college: be invisible. Last year’s all-party-no-study strategy resulted in three failed classes and two criminal charges, and if she messes up again she’ll lose her scholarship. But there’s one problem with her plan for invisibility, and his name is Crosbie Lucas: infamous party king, general hellraiser…and her new roommate’s best friend. 

Crosbie’s reckless reputation and well-known sexcapades aren’t part of Nora’s studious new strategy, but as she’s quickly learning, her new plan is also really boring. When Crosbie’s unexpected gestures of friendship pull her head out of her books long enough to see past his cocky veneer, she’s surprised to find a flawed and funny guy beneath it all. The muscles don’t hurt, either. 

But as Nora starts to fall for Crosbie, the weight of one of last year’s bad decisions grows even heavier. Because three failing grades and two misdemeanors are nothing compared to the one big secret she’s hiding… 

Publisher’s note: This is not a sweet romance. There is plenty of sex and swearing. Enjoy!


This book turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. I was not expecting to like it as much as I did. With that said, read this book, because it’s awesome!

First let’s take some misconceptions out of the way. Based on the cover, title and even the blurb, you might be thinking that this book is heavily based on a love triangle, right? WRONG! Undecided refers to what Nora is majoring in in school, and the 2 boys are her roommate and his BFF, and although the book sometimes hints at some interference, it’s very far from a triangle.

This book is told is the first person POV of Nora, and while I’m a super huge fan of multiple POVs, this story worked the best just like this. I loved the writing, it was fun and full of humour.

The characters were pretty great, hilarious, and somewhat unexpected. Nora has some problems trying to balance out her life, but it was so fun to read about her relationships, work, family, etc. Crosbie was a huge surprise, because he works so hard at everything in his life, and the way he is with Nora is seriously heart melting. Kellan was a delight to read about, because he was so boyish, cute and a total asshole, all at the same time.

The book is heavily based on the romance, and just to clarify, this romance is between Nora and Crosbie, a.k.a., the roommate’s best-friend!!!! But apart from this, there are a few side plots that are so good, such as all the “drama” between Nora’s 2 co-workers and friends, and the friendship between Crosbie and Kellan, which by the way, is totally goals. Another thing that I really loved was the bond that Kellan and Nora strike, they become real friends to each other and that was just super sweet.

Although there is some drama, it is not overdone at all. There are a couple of conflicts that come between Nora and Crosbie (one big one), but it’s resolved with maturity. I really liked the flow of this plot.

There were a couple of things that I thought needed some revision. The first one is the age of all the characters in this book. It states several times that they’re all 21 years old, but they’re also all on their second year of college. Well, they should be 19 or 20 then, and not turning 21, right? Another thing were a couple of conversations that Nora had with Kellan, where she would tell him something, and then it was like he didn’t hold that information, so I felt like there was a slight continuity problem there.

In the end I loved this book. It’s one of the best NA books I’ve read, and I would so love to read a story about Kellan, and to see if his second year of college brought him some wisdom at all… lol.