Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday

     Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads Group ran by Lainey at GingerReadsLaniey and Samantha at ThoughtsonTomes and every Wednesday they give us a topic to blog/chat about. This week it is:

Favorite Polarizing Books
--These are books that people either tend to love or hate, with no in between. Pick some of your favorites that fall into this category.

I'm going to tweak this a little bit, but just roll with me.

  • I think Urban Fantasy/Paranormal is a hit or miss with people. I think that due to some unpopular books and the whole over usage of Vampires a while back really put a bad taste in peoples' mouths and they were just done with it. 
    • My favorites would definitely have to be the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, I was a fan of these popular Vampire books while I think everyone younger than me (that's what it felt like) was OBSESSED with another series *cough*Twilight*cough*. 
  • Science Fiction is another category I feel people either hate or love. I think people find that it's intimidating or they don't know where to start, get flustered and just say forget. 
    • A classic Science Fiction book that was required reading for me in high school was Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I remember us having some serious class discussions about the book and the teacher across the hall coming in to quiet us down. 
  • Fantasy is another big one that I see people saying that they can't stand. And I can understand that, because I too was a non believer. But I feel that just like those people who say that they don't like to read, they just haven't found the right book for them.
    • Mines, hands down will be The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien  It was the first high fantasy book that I read and I listened to it with the audio book and I was just taken away. It was so magical and adventurous. It was an instant favorite. 
  • William Shakespeare isn't a category, but a playwright with whom people have some serious high school/middle school flashbacks and just cringe at the sight of his name. But for me, Shakespearean works flowed like butter. They weren't hard to understand and I loved studying his plays and sonnets. Some I still think about and reread to this day. 
And last but not least...

  • Non-Fiction. I know that last November people were participating in Non-Fiction November and I took a look at my shelves and realized that I'm not a big Non-Fiction reader. On my list I saw that I read three (literally three) small non-fiction books last year. I know that I am not alone in my reasoning behind straying from Non-Fiction is that I'm afraid it's going to be dry or boring... or dry, and I can't seem to make myself do it. But this year I have set a goal (check my 2017 goals post) and I plan on sticking with it but back to the subject at hand... 
    • One Non-Fiction book that I really enjoyed despite my fears was The Hot Zone by Richard Preston  I read this as a freshmen in HS (for a science project I was doing) and I was shocked! Slack-jawed the whole time I was reading this book. I couldn't read this fast enough. Yes it's about the Ebola virus and how it started it's spread in America and all the people it killed in it's wake. It was a truly scary read. But it's informational and it will open your eyes about things. 
     I hope you enjoyed reading this and have since added more books on your TBR piles, let me know ๐Ÿ‘‡ down below ๐Ÿ‘‡what are some of the subjects/books that you think are polarizing and have people toeing the line on either the love it or hate side. I can think of a few more, but I wanna hear from you. 



  1. I loved this spin on this weeks topic wow!

  2. I love this way of getting into the topic and I had a similar experience with Shakespeare! I loved reading it in middle school, before it was assigned reading, and I still love reading and performing the works of the Bard, though my favorite is The Tempest!
    I've also been thinking of trying out the Sookie Stackhouse novels. During the Twilight craze, I loved another supernatural lady - Anita Blake from Laurel K Hamilton. I think Anita of Sookie are kind of similar? I want to read and see!

    1. -Yes, before it was required reading Shakespeare was great, I can't even tell you how many times I had to read and analyze Hamlet!
      -I read the first book in the Anita Blake series. It was enjoyable, but a little slow (even though I hear it gets better as the books go on.) Sookie, unlike Anita, is a telepathy but her story grows more as she comes to terms with her power and in turn starts really using it and of course being involved with all the supernaturals she didn't know exist.
      -Thanks for reading and commenting!