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I *TRIED* reading Booktubers’ Favourite Books of 2019… πŸ“–πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ | ivymuse [CC]

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hi guys it’s Theresa welcome back to my
channel basically in this video I want to read booktubers favorite books of
2019 now I know that last year there was a phase where everybody was reading
each other’s favorites just in general and this kind of plays off of that idea
obviously but reading other booktubers’ favorite books of any given year is
really something I do almost every year like the end of your favorites videos
always inspire a huge like book buying phase for me where I just want to buy and
read everything that other people loved so I kind of want to take something that
I already was gonna do anyway and make it into a video and see how I would feel
about it as a whole I did want to have some kind of system to me doing this so
I decided to pick five booktubers these are the people that I usually gravitate
towards when I look for videos, booktube videos or book recommendations and
basically watch their favorites videos and pick two books from each booktuber
that I want to read in the month of January so basically how this video will
go is at first right now I’ll tell you the books I’m planning to read and then
for the rest of the month or however long I kind of vlog my reading
experience of these books and at the end of the video we’ll see if I agree with
these favorites I guess by the way if you’re curious to see my personal
favorites of the Year 2019 I’ll link it in the description and in the cards so
the first person I picked I tend to watch like all her videos and we have
very similar reading tastes I think and kind of enjoy similar things and that is
Merphy Napier and from her video i picked on luna time this book is as far
as i can tell a time travel romance and i kind of seem to have missed Merphy
talking about this books throughout the year so I was really surprised to see this in
her favorites i had never heard of it before and i thought like you know what
i should i should give this a go. and then the second book i’m picking from her
pile is the Troop by Nick cutter this book reminded me really off wilder
girls by Rory Power which I quite enjoyed last month and I just really was
interested to read this it’s about this group of like teenage boys they go
camping in the Canadian wilderness and then they encounter like a horrible
strange disfigured person that has like been bio engineered and it’s like really strange it sounds I think she said that it has like
a lot of body horror in it which I really enjoy for some reason like I’m
really morbid like that and I really enjoyed that so I think I’m
perfectly setup to enjoy both of these books I can’t wait to get started the
next person I went to for recommendations was BookswithEmilyFox
she is also the person that I gravitate towards a lot for book recommendations
she’s someone I go to specifically for scifi recommendations because that’s
the genre she mainly reads and so I picked two scifi books from her pile the
first is a Recursion by Blake Crouch this book follows I think a society
where people have like false memories so basically they could lead like
completely what they think are completely normal lives and then wake up
one day and realize what they like remembered vividly to be their life
isn’t actually their life and I don’t know much more than that but it sounds
creepy and fascinating and really cool and the second book I’m gonna read from
Emily’s pile is skyward by Brandon Sanderson we all know what this is about
I’ve been kind of hesitant to pick it up just because at the beginning I didn’t
think it sounded like something that I would enjoy but since then so many
people have told me how amazing it is I have yet to hear a single negative thing
about it and Emily really loved it so I have to try it the next person I’m going
with is Booksandlala I have loved her videos for a very long time I do find
that I don’t always agree with her on certain books like sometimes we agree a
hundred percent other times it’s kind of hit or miss for me at least so we have
some overlapping tastes at least and I thought I’d just give it a go the first book I
picked from her is Bunny by Mona Awad which honestly is probably the book on
this whole list that I’m least sure about just because it sounds really
weird and sometimes I like weird and sometimes I really don’t like it, if I find
a book doesn’t have a point in its weirdness then I probably won’t enjoy
it so this is really a wild card I don’t know how I’ll feel about it honestly and
the second book I picked is lock every door by Riley Sager I’ve been meaning to
give Riley Sager another chance after hating the last time I lied so I thought
this was the perfect opportunity I’ve seen this book pop up on other people’s
favorites list as well so I think maybe this is gonna be better
second to last I have Riley Marie and from her pile I picked first if we were Villains by ML Rio I’ve already bought this book last month because I wanted to read it,
also kind of based on Booksandlala’s recommendation but then I saw it in her
video and there was another book in that I wanted to read for this challenge and I thought you know what I’ll just pick this one cuz I already own it and I’m
already really interested in reading it and then the second book I wanted to
read from her pile was rules for vanishing. This is the first time I heard
of this book but it sounded really interesting it’s apparently about this
road that these people have to travel down but the road kind of like has a lot
of twists and turns and it doesn’t want them to reach the finish line or
something like that I don’t know much more about it than that but when she
described it in her video it sounded really interesting and I was like okay I
haven’t heard this before but it definitely sounds like something that I
could enjoy a lot and lastly I have Katesbookdate and from her list I firstly
picked spinning silver by Naomi Novik another book I already own and I
actually already have read about 130 pages of it but I realized at the time
of reading this that it wasn’t the right time for me to be reading it so I kind
of temporarily DnF’d it but I’m ready to pick it back up especially since she
gave it such a glorious review and I did enjoy the base story so I just need to
actually finish it and I think this challenge is the perfect time to do so
and in the second book from her pile was girls with sharp sticks by Suzanne Young
it was actually another kind of funny coincidence because this is another book
that I had already planned to read soon because one of you guys recommended it
in my comments section I think a few weeks ago and so I already had it in
like my cart to order with my book vouchers and then she recommended in
the video and I was like oh that’s perfect now I can also put this in the
video so this is the the last book I’m gonna be reading for the challenge this
book is set at the school where people are really like good students and like
obey without question and then there’s a new student I think and like she figures
out that this isn’t quite right and I don’t even know more than that but it
sounds really creepy and I’m very excited to read this and that’s it for
all the ten books I’m gonna be reading for this challenge without further ado
let’s get into the actual meat of the video
so it’s literally minutes after I finished filming and I put on a
bathrobe, grabbing some coffee because I want to get started on this challenge
I’m so excited it’s not actually a challenge I don’t know why I keep
calling it that but I’m very excited to be doing this video just very hyped
theoretically I’m still reading the radium girls but I can’t wait so I
decided to immediately start with recursion by Blake Crouch I’m so excited
I’m kind of apprehensive about not being allowed to share how about the book on
social media until this video is up I mean I could do it but you know that’s
not the point of a secret TBR it’s supposed to be kept a secret so I’m
nervous I hope I don’t slip up and make a mistake so I’m currently about 50 pages
into recursion and I’m really enjoying it I think it’s very gripping and I
definitely am hooked on the mystery like I want to know what’s going on so badly
the only thing is I can’t turn off my brain because I just I keep questioning
things like the book hinges so much on the idea of memories and obviously
that’s the whole thing it’s about like people losing their memories or having
false memories I just don’t agree I guess with this idea of memories, because this
one character is currently like recalling the same memory over and over
again because they want to trace the patterns of it in her brain and I just
don’t believe that you could recall one specific instance in your life even if
it was very very memorable and meaningful to you over and over and over
and over again in exactly the same way or that you would even be able to
pinpoint what about it you remember like she’s so specific on like the sound of
the water and the smell of the leaves and I’m like that’s no I mean maybe I’m
weird I know I have a bad memory a very sporadic memory and a very bad memory
but that’s not how I remember anything like I don’t remember sounds I don’t
remember smells specifically I just remember kind
of emotions mostly, like an emotion attached to a memory or like almost like
a screen shot of the moment and it’s impossible to tell how much of that I
created like retrospectively and how much of that actually happened and I
think especially when you recall the same memory every time it changes a bit
because you add something to it or you remove something like it’s just not that
simple and it kind of bothers me a bit I know I’m overthinking it and I should
just let it go but this was the same thing with dark matter like I couldn’t
stop just questioning everything in it drove me crazy part of the reason I only
gave that book three stars because I was like this doesn’t make sense… turn of
the brain turn it off now I’m halfway through recursion and can I just say
that I forgot how like much mind fuckery is in his books I feel the same way
reading all of his books and that’s questioning reality being
completely drawn into this like vortex of confusion and like trying to piece
everything together as quickly as this information is thrown at me but being
unable to do it and then I’m just frustrate it and like actually like feeling
uncomfortable because it’s just oh my god it’s just so messed up and this is
exactly how I felt reading this book like he’s a master at crafting books
that just fuck with your head good morning it’s the next day and I
finished recursion I thought no that’s the wrong book
it’s the next morning and I finished recursion here’s what I think about this
book. it’s split up in five parts and I really enjoyed the first two
because it was all very personal very much like the micro perspective of
everything and then the last three parts are very much the macro and I found that
I didn’t care as much about that especially the last 100 pages dragged so
badly I don’t understand why this decision was made it’s basically the
same thing over and over and over again I know it’s supposed to have a lot of
stakes but it didn’t feel like it did because you just kind of knew that he
was gonna how it was gonna end so you’re just kind of like we’re sitting there
waiting for it instead of appreciating the journey at least that’s how I felt
and I just didn’t think it was necessary I honestly about halfway through the
book there’s like a climax and I thought that was gonna be the ending so I was
really confused when the book continued because it was like this is leading up
to be the conclusion and now there’s more and I don’t really get why so I
like this book as an idea I like this book in its setup I think it was creepy
it was mind fuckery 100% and it definitely left very confused about so
many things I wish I would have stuck with that I wish it hadn’t gone off into
this other direction at the halfway point so I’m giving it like a three star
I know it’s an unpopular opinion the same with dark matter I’m like very
critical of his books apparently like I just don’t fully love them I love the
wayward Pines trilogy 100% recommend that next I’m picking up on
Luna time by I don’t know the name but this is on Kindle unlimited so I can
read it right away it’s only 200 pages long and I hope I can read it all today
and then I also want to start on skyward I actually wanted to read like the books by one person like right back to back but I might do
on Luna time because it’s on my phone right on eBook so I’m gonna do that
parallel to skyward hi I took a bath as you can see I put on a face mask in the
bath I continued to read skyward and I loved it so much I’m on page 220 I don’t
want to ever stop reading this book I absolutely adore it I think M Bot, M-Bot and Kimmalyn, Kimmalyn I think that’s her name are my favorite
characters and M-Bot is essentially what Aidan should have been and tried to be
but distinctly failed at being I’m talking about Aiden from Illuminae if
you didn’t know I love everything about this book I love the characters of the
story I’m so excited to finally have picked up this book I’m very excited
that I’m enjoying it because that’s the point of this video I want to start off
the year on a positive note that’s why I’m reading favorites
good morning it’s Sunday day three of this challenge and I just finished
skyward it’s like 10:00 a.m. I think I stayed up
very late last night until like 2:00 and then I had 80 pages left and I was like
should I push through and just finish it for you know irrational completionist
reasons or should I try to get some sleep and then read this when I like can
fully appreciate it and that’s what I decided to do so I finished it just now
and holy shit what how why did I ever think that I wasn’t gonna like this book
like I’m I was crazy I absolutely adored it I’m giving this 5/5 stars, already
one of the best books I read in 2020 I can tell like this will make an
appearance on the list I really like the character development on the main
characters part because she starts off as
this really defensive overly arrogant and confident person, which is
basically just a defense mechanism and then she at some point throughout the
book where she like falters and questions her own bravado and like and
it kind of faces her insecurities and then she comes out on top and it’s like
I should just accept myself and like I know I’m a good person I know I’m brave
I don’t have to question it all the time like oh I missed this feeling you know I
read a lot of books but only like I don’t know 1% of them elicit this
kind of reaction and that’s.. oh i love it it it’s definitely worth wading through
all the mediocrity to get to this 1% I’m not really sure what
to go with next as I said I did want to kind of read one booktubers’
recommendation back to back but the thing is I don’t have all the books
physically yet and I don’t like to read too much on my phone so I think what I’m
gonna do for, oh well I’m still gonna try once I’m when I’m on my phone to read on Luna
time from Merphy because I think the troop I also have on eBook so I need to
read both her books on eBook and for my physical one I’m picking up if we were
villains by ML Rio hey guys so it’s like 6:30 on Sunday we’re about to go
actually finally watch Star Wars with friends in cinema so this is
kind of the end of my reading day more or less I’m not sure how much I’m gonna
be able to read after we get back cuz I have no idea when we get it back so I
just want to give you a quick update on if we were villains I did some stuff for uni today I edited a video and I read like 150 pages of this book and I like
it I’m just like not a hundred percent feeling it like the main issue I have is
that it feels like you really need to suspend your disbelief to quite an
extent to actually buy into what’s going on
basically it’s just about this group of friends that like start to become
enemies it says on the front so that’s not a spoiler, it says when friends become
enemies there’s no limit to the damage they can do and I just don’t buy this
transition that’s happening right now I don’t think this is at all realistic I
don’t think that’s what would happen in real life I don’t believe that people
who’ve been friends close friends for like three years would act this way and
so violently like I’m just confused I just don’t buy it and I don’t know how
the book is gonna continue, definitely invested but also questioning it another
thing we’ll maybe I’m the only one here but like I struggle to understand the
Shakespeare quotes in this like I’ve only ever read as you like
it by Shakespeare that wasn’t so bad and I think when you read like the longer
pieces you kind of get more accustomed to it but they keep, the characters
quote Shakespeare all the time and every single time I have to read their lines
like five to six times before I actually understand what they’re kind of trying
to say I know if you had like more of a complete and full comprehensive
understanding of Shakespeare and you’re like really into Shakespeare you
probably appreciate this more, it kind of takes me out of the story like I need a minute to like be like okay what they’re saying what are
you talking about that’s a little bit annoying I just finished if we were villains and I hate to say it, but I don’t get the hype I didn’t love this I just want to
preface this by saying that I understand that I think the book is trying to like
imitate a Shakespearean tragedy at least I assume it is cuz it’s trying to be
really clever and so in order for that to be a thing it does a lot of how do I
say it, a lot of decisions are made to make it like extra tragic like people causing
themselves harm inadvertently just generally making stupid decisions
my first issue with this book is that I really didn’t ever want to read it like
I finished it in a day and a half or something but I didn’t want to read it
like I didn’t really feel invested in much of anything it’s supposed to be a
thriller but I honestly predicted the ending like halfway through the book I
was like oh it’s probably this person and then it was this person and it’s
just like the issues I have stem from this book being marketed as something
else than what it is because it also says on here when friends become enemies there’s
no limit to the damage that can do it’s not really friends becoming enemies it’s
like a group of friends one of them loses his mind and then that’s it like
it’s not like them turning on each other right so that’s kind of with my
expectation going into it I felt very much like on the sidelines watching a
train wreck and like being very much aware of what’s gonna happen next and
then exactly that happened and I was just like huh I guess that happened now
actually I’m gonna talk about spoilers for a bit because I just want to share
those thoughts so I’ll put a time stamp here if you don’t want to be spoiled for
this book jump to this time right here in the video this entire book would not
have happened if the characters had made smarter decisions and I know I guess
it’s probably part of the intention but like it’s frustrating to read like it’s
so frustrating first of all again false marketing
because it says it’s talking about a murder there is no murder
like Richard wasn’t murdered first he was you know attacked in self-defense
and then they neglected to save him so yes I mean I guess it’s not great what
they did but he wasn’t like murdered essentially this entire book could have
been avoided if the characters had at any point in the book alerted
authorities or even their own teachers to what Richard was doing he was an
abusive asshole and at first the book is kind of trying to make you believe that
he kind of flips a switch like they’re friends with him
three years and Meredith is in a relationship with him for like years and
he’s totally fine then just because he didn’t get the role that he wanted he
flips the switch and he becomes this raging asshole and I just don’t buy it
it kind of hints at Meredith’s haven’t been like abused by him for longer but
still I don’t understand why no one ever liked a lot of the teachers I understand
if you’re in an abusive relationship like I’m just talking about Meredith
here if this is a pattern I understand like you know there’s a lot of
psychological stuff going on as well so her not telling anybody sooner kind of
makes sense but as soon as he starts being this way to everyone and like
doing it in public in front of their teachers hitting people everyone having
that bruises like that is the point where I a hundred percent would have
expected real people to tell anyone like they’re adults themselves right they
should have a little bit more brain and like just tell someone he should have
been kicked out of school he would have been kicked out of school if they told
the teachers cuz apparently they’re really strict so like it was the act
like basically they had no choice but to kill him because he was out of control
well they should have just told someone like anyone literally anyone and then of
course it was James who did it like of course we all knew like it was so
obvious and it was also so obvious when Oliver like took the fall for him that
this was not gonna be a good thing for James and no he says at a point in the
book that like you had this martyrdom wasn’t selfless and no it wasn’t it was
a hunting him just wanting to be a martyr like an idiot when it was really
harmful to James like James probably would have psychologically benefited
from making amends at least in the form of serving time and honestly I promise
you if he immediately after the incident had gone to the authorities and been
like this man has been harassing everyone for months we’ve all suffered
he’s a huge bully he he was threatening me he was taunting me
not giving me another choice I was afraid for my life because he almost
tried to drown me at one point so I killed him in self-defense like do you I
don’t even think he would have gone prison time like I don’t know how the
justice system works but I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t even it definitely wouldn’t
have had to serve 10 years so this entire thing is so dumb like everyone is
so dumb and you expect me to care about them I’m sorry I don’t I’m so over
artists characters who are feel like they’re too good for mediocrity or like
moderation you know like they feel everything so dramatically that they
can’t make rational decisions and that they can’t think for themselves and
they’re just I hate it I’m getting worked up but I’m so mad maybe that’s
the point of the book I don’t freaking care I still don’t think it’s a good
book like I’m giving us like two stars one stars for the writing because I
genuinely think it’s well-written and I can definitely appreciate the author’s
knowledge of Shakespeare that she demonstrated in writing in the writing
of this book yes you’re a good writer I’m not sure you’re good storyteller
like I just I don’t like the story hello I’m back yes I’m wearing the same
clothes yesterday I judge me I haven’t had to go anywhere yet so hmm hi but I’m
currently reading on Luna time the writing is really clumsy which again
it’s like stuff published so you don’t have much of an editor usually I think
it’s so cool because it shows up that like you know when you buy or like you
read something from Kindle on your phone it’ll show you who the audible narrator is and that you can download it it says Merphy Napier I think
that’s so cool so cool I didn’t even realize that she
was the one that narrated this audiobook maybe it’s gonna get better
I don’t want to judge it prematurely but so far I’m not feeling it I’d much
rather eat its dark side which arrived today I just have to not do that I have
to fuck so read 10 more pages and I am I think
I’m on a DNF ed I’m sorry obviously and this is nothing against Merphy I’m glad
she liked it i I just I can’t do books that like are so sloppily edited and I
just don’t care either like I’m 15 ages through which doesn’t sound like a lot
but it’s a quarter of the whole book because it’s only 200 pages and it just
don’t care I’d much rather read something else before I completely put
myself in a reading slump over this I don’t want to say it but unfortunately
I’m also dnfing the troop sorry Merphy this is nothing to do with you I
love you as a person you know with very similar reading tastes a lot of the
times but apparently this time it didn’t work I read 56% of this book and while
reading I actually was quite enjoying it it’s
very graphic and gruesome and it’s definitely well rich in like I thought
that the author has a good way with language and with words he did a good
job telling the story but you know we all have a line somewhere and I have
just discovered that for me that line is torturing animals while masturbating I
generally think I have a pretty tough stomach and I am not usually very queasy
or you know I have read a lot of things that haven’t made me feel like I
couldn’t continue but this I think is it I don’t know I’m learning things about
myself here okay I’m learning things about myself I thought it could take
anything apparently I can’t so I just did it I didn’t want to read that scene
I know it’s just one scene I don’t care I don’t want to keep I’m sorry I don’t I
thought I could but I can’t I can okay the next read is going to be a lock
every door by ryley shaker and very apprehensive but also excited going into
this I think this is a lot of people’s favorite books by Riley Sager and I’m
excited to give him another chance hi I just finished filming some videos
and I thought update you on my reading progress I am a hundred and fifty or so
pages into lock every door it’s definitely a very quick read and I am
enjoying it I just think the main character is making some very dumb
decisions which honestly doesn’t surprise me because the main character
in the last time I lied was also really stupid but like she’s just making it
such stupid like she’s doing such stupid things she’s really suspicious and yet
she doesn’t at all try to cover her tracks or consider people might be
watching her also she calls 911 a missing person I don’t know about the US
but I don’t think that you’re supposed to call 911 to an emergency that leaves
the needs like immediate action like right now like if you being attacked if
there’s a fire I don’t know something that needs immediate action like of
course missing person is a bad thing needs police attention but like just
call the normal police line you don’t need to call 911
like I’m just she’s so calm she’s so dumb maybe I’m dumb and that’s like a
common thing but I don’t think you’re supposed to do that so anyway good
morning it’s the next day I’m on page 240 and I wanted to add my theory on
what’s happening I mentioned this in a little clip last night but I think I’m
gonna just cut that out and like tell you my whole theory because it has it
hasn’t changed much but it just evolved a bit these are like full-on spoilers
because I don’t know if they’re true but if you don’t want to use theories that
could potentially be true and I personally think are true then you can
skip to this timestamp to avoid them I guess okay here’s my theory so this is
the part I already knew last night about like a hundred pages earlier I think
they’re running an organ harvesting ring out of this house
I think that the famous people that live there I have some sort of stake in that
they either like benefit from it because there’s a lot of old people right so I
think that the old people just I like receiving the organs or the blood
donations or something like they’re receiving like body parts is it to help
them like live long real life life I think Nick is the one like the bad guy I
think Nick is because he’s a doctor he’s the one performing these operations and
I also think that these like flash-forwards to the now time aren’t
like her being in like an unrelated hospital but her actually like being in
the facility of the evil guys and she’s gonna get her harbor her organs
harvested know that sounds really macabre another like I said out loud but
like that’s what I think happens the reason I think this is like up to date
with organ harvesting is because of his one girl that like a hundred years ago
or something that had her organs taken out and it was mentioned like in such a
throwaway way and like not touched on again that I think it’s that like I
think the author was like I have to put this in somewhere but I don’t want to
make it obvious I think that’s how we did it it could also be ritualistic
because there’s one person who’s but I think that that’s like a red herring I
don’t think it’s ritualistic no one like enjoys that type of thriller anymore
I think I think it’s not very realistic I think it’s just like straight up you
know money we can sell you organ I’m kind of torn between wanting that to
be true and wanting it to not to be true because I want the book to be good but
if I can’t predict the plot twist or like the the ending halfway through the
book that’s boring did I say it of course I did of course I did of course I
did ah I finished a book I hated it I think a large portion of why is because I
called everything like halfway through the book I don’t understand how this is
supposed to be suspenseful or like not predictable because holy hell there was
no other way that this got a goal and and just literally just
finishing the book being like okay well yeah I guess it’s so also I took some
notes I’m thinking about doing a rant video but honestly I think I’m just
gonna discuss them right here because I don’t have like enough content as a
whole for a video so again if you want to not be spoiled for anything then skip
there’ll be another time stamp just as with the last time I lied there’s so
many things in this book that I think don’t make sense like real people people
with a brain that think for more than two seconds about something would not
make these decisions would not think this way it doesn’t make sense
first of all when Ingrid disappears our main character is like well maybe she
got a job and left and like no one receives a job offer at 1:00 a.m. that’s
not how that works and then you don’t up and leave immediately
like she honestly goes with that theory for so long and I’m like that’s that
never happened ever also she’s so stupid to keep texting Ingrid when she has to
half had the suspicion I mean she did but she should have that maybe if
something happened to her but she cleared it has been thinking about if
something happened to her then someone else might be in possession off her
phone and lo and behold someone else is in possession of her phone and the whole
reason she can’t access the gun when she needs it is because she was stupid
enough to text someone I found the gun what’s up with it like how stupid do you
have to be like I mean just think about this for a second you’re in a dangerous
situation you don’t know who to trust you don’t know what’s going on and yet
you leave such an obvious trail like by texting someone the worst moment is when
Ingrid is checking her back and it’s so obvious from the get-go that it couldn’t
be Ingrid but like she takes a minute to think about it and to figure it out and
then her method of like suddenly finding out if it’s actually angry or not
because she like actually thinks to herself I have to be careful here I
don’t want to give myself away I don’t want to make it seem
actually questioning the identity of the person I’m texting with she asks what’s
my nickname like out of the complete blue it’s so obviously like a past
question like there’s absolutely no subtlety to that there’s no reason when
a normal conversation you’d ask that question to someone when you think that
they are who they are like it’s so dumb I can’t stop saying
that but another thing she accesses voicemails through the call logs so she
will go through like the call logs on Erica’s phone and then first of all
somehow when she’s with Dylan she listens to all the voicemails that Dylan
left which is so stupid and by doing that she wastes a lot of time and then
doesn’t get to the one that Ingrid left and I’m like how why why would you first
of all why would you listen to the voicemails of the person left that’s
sitting next to you you’re supposedly on the same side so why would you listen to
his voicemails I’m sure it’s awkward for him especially cuz he’s like crying on
the phone and stuff like where are you and I mean like it’s so weird to listen
to his voicemails and then she’s just like misses the one from Ingrid which is
like the most important and she only finds it later it’s so dumb but she also
accesses voicemails through the call log I don’t think that’s how voicemails work
like you call a number that’s your voice mail server whatever I don’t know that
works I’m pretty sure you just called this like number and it’s like your
voicemail box right it’s not something that you like click on in the call log
to get to it’s so weird it’s so weird but honestly the most frustrating thing
is that there is so many obvious clues from the get-go
or like obvious places to look that Jules never looked at before it became
sort of convenient for the plot like for example the dumb waiter like that’s the
first idea I had like okay I’ve been communicating with this girl like she’s
missing maybe she left me no no Jules waste like a day doing other stuff
before she thinks of this or even like checking the apartment or even checking
the heating vent like all of these things you would think are kind of the
first place look but obviously like she can’t look
at them all at the same time because these are the only places that there are
any clues so the book would be over immediately but also her not looking in
those places makes no fucking sense because there’s the first place is there
any sane person what looking like oh my god this book is so frustrating like I’m
sorry I’m glad if you enjoyed it I just I’m so frustrated by Riley Seger like
just not thinking about what’s realistic and like not at all trying to create a
story they could actually happen like I’m so sorry he’s not a bad writer on
like a language level but like I just I don’t understand why he refuses to write
realistic stories it’s still absurd to me I’m not trying to be mean to anyone
if you like this more power to you I’m very happy for you because I wanted to
like it I wanted to give him another chance but I can’t I can’t suspend my
disbelief and just believing everything and also it’s predictable so that was a
dud unfortunately I’m not sure if I’m giving this 1 or 2 stars if I were to
give it 2 stars the one star would be for the one extra star would be for the
writing because it’s not bad writing it’s just like everything else that
sucks so unfortunately another failure I’m so
frustrated I wanted this video to be like super happy and positive and like
me finding new favorite books but somehow it’s not happening I need a
break it’s the next day I’m finally wearing a different jumper I know
shocker but I did take a little bit of a break yesterday after reading lock every
door I basically just spent the evening watching spinning out on Netflix which
is a show about figure skating and I love it it’s really good
January Jones is a revelation she’s the most beautiful person
but anyway I’m now reading spinning silver by Naomi Novik I have said before
I was already like 130 pages into this when i dnf’d it temporarily I’m
currently on page 206 up read like 76 pages since then and I like it I like it
more than the last time I tried to read it I think
reason one is because it’s the winter time it’s not actually like winter and
vni it feels like it hasn’t snowed I think once and I also think it just
suits my reading taste better plus since the book is so slow it’s only now kind
of getting more to the action or like what the book is really about I feel
like because they had like a very very very slow start and that is kind of just
like more fun to read I guess I find it so confusing that there’s three separate
stories basically being told in this one book I don’t know why the decision was
made I like them all individually but like every time I just want to stick
with it and then it just jumps and mix I’m like but I wanted to know more it’s
good it’s well-written I like that we know weeks writing I just think it’s
super slow and not necessarily ideally structured so it would appear
that I have a pattern of starting books around noon one day reading all that day
and then just stop being shy of actually finishing the book and then finish it
the next morning that’s what I’ve been doing for this entire video and it
happened again it’s like 10:00 a.m. I finished spinning silver I had like I
don’t even know like 80 pages left again it’s always the 80 pages I don’t know
what to say there’s a logical rating for this book
for me and then there’s an emotional one and like a feeling I love nigga we know
makes writing guys it’s she’s such a beautiful author like she can tell such
magical fairy tale stories that make me forget about everything else that I
usually like care about in a book like I don’t care if the world building isn’t
thing deal I don’t care if you have like a thousand Pugh V’s and make me wait for
all the interesting parts magical fighting
and these like stories and places and people she creates that are still vivid
and so just engrossing like I didn’t want to stop reading this even though
it’s quite long I was I have to take into account that I didn’t actually read
the first 130 pages of this like this time around so it was really slow when I
read it and I know that it’s like a really slow start so I think I’m giving
back a 3.5 I had moments yesterday I was like this is a five star and it’s it
could have been I loved it I really loved it even I’m giving only 3.5 stars
because I have to merge the logic with the emotion at least a little bit but wonderful absolutely wonderful hi so I
realize I’m always filming in this position but this is my reading spot so
this is what you get it’s Monday night and I just picked up and started rules
for vanishing by Kate Ellis Marshall I’m currently on page 60 I know I didn’t
really explain the plot at the beginning of this video because I didn’t know it
but now I kind of do so I want to kind of catch up on that basically this book
follows this young girl called Sara she’s a teenager in high school and her
sister Becca disappeared a year ago after being obsessed with the myths not
miss but with this like ghost story of Lucy gallows who was this girl in the
1950s who disappeared apparently after following this mysterious road into the
woods now Sarah suspects that the same happened to Becca and since her
disappearance has been really obsessed with the story and is trying to
basically find out if she can somewhat track her down and at the beginning of
this book everybody at school gets a text message saying that the game has
started and they should find a partner and the key and find the road and to
play this game and apparently it’s just about this road they have to find the
road and then travel down it there’s like seven gates or something that they
have to pass and when they reach the end if they reach the end that I get
price or something I’ve done I don’t know that much about it but so far it
sounds really intriguing and kind of spooky
and I’m really enjoying it hi friends it’s been a minute since I’ve logged I’m
not feeling too great right now my boyfriend got sick and now I’m sick it’s
not a fun time but I did just finish rules for vanishing it took me about two
days this was an interesting one I really did enjoy it I think it had a
really strong start specifically because there was a lot of mystery and suspense
and I really didn’t know what was going on for a long time but I think at some
point it kind of hit a little bit of a formulaic Ness and it stopped being like
super groundbreaking in the little things like it stopped trying to mislead
you as much maybe that’s you know just me but I felt like I could tell a lot
more clearly what was happening than at the beginning and overall I think it’s a
well-written book I think it’s a fun story I just don’t think it went far
enough for me personally this is definitely one of those books where I
feel like it would have been better if it had been an adult book because as an
adult book it could have gone further and done more extreme things kind of
with this premise but I think it’s still a good book I still recommend it but
it’s not a new favorite I would say so it’s about a three star I am still
really glad that I picked it up because I wouldn’t have done it if it weren’t
for this video and I enjoyed it my next rate is gonna be funny by Moana
a watt or a watt I’m not sure that both ways I’m interested to see where this
goes I know it’s gonna be really weird hopefully I’m gonna like it so how about
70 pages into bunny and I actually really enjoy it I think it’s a little
bit of a slower read mainly because I have to read it really closely because
otherwise I don’t get what’s going on it’s written really in like almost like
a flowery style I’m not actually sure how to describe
it but the author is like really like tongue-in-cheek satirical and so if you
don’t pay attention you don’t really get what she’s doing and a lot of it is like
really like quick and kind of you know rapid-fire so you definitely have to
read it very closely I do enjoy it for some reason like it’s it’s definitely
weird it’s really weird but I don’t know I kind of relate to the situation in a
sense the main character is like in grad school and like this really fancy your
writing program and you just really know where her life is going and she feels
kind of like an outsider because the other four girls in her workshop are
like the bunnies they’re like this really tight knit group of interesting
women they’re College of the bunnies and so she’s like kind of on the outside of
that and while she like this stay in stem she’s also drawn to them I don’t
know I just kind of relate to that I guess and yeah it’s interesting I’m
interested in intrigued to see where this goes because I’m heard that it gets
even weirder so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to handle it as much but so far I’m
definitely enjoying it yeah it’s weird but it’s good so I finished bunny and
I’m just I have no words this book is a fever dream I don’t know how to
articulate how I feel I just know that I fucking loved it I loved every second of
it I don’t understand why I don’t understand what I just read I feel like
this is one of those books that I could read like five more times and I’d still
like catch on to new things I just straight-up don’t know honestly
I’ve never been this lost for words when it comes to reviewing a book I don’t
know I don’t know who to recommend this to I don’t know like what I loved about
it I just I don’t know I like kind of I saw myself in this book but also not
because it’s so wacky that there’s no way that you could like relate to it but
you still trying relate to it and it’s just it’s fucking
amazing I mean what I’m honestly blown away by
how much I enjoyed this this is a five-star hands-down Thank You Kayla I
probably would never had this without you and without this video but this is
freaking phenomenal I don’t know I don’t know what to say I don’t know what to
say this obviously also means that we’re nearing the conclusion of this video
which is really hard to believe because it’s been about two weeks since I
started it and honestly thought I would take much longer to go through these
books but I’ve just been so in the mood to eat that I was very quick but I’m
already on my final book which is girls with sharp sticks by Suzanne Young this
book came in yesterday’s it’s perfect timing I’m gonna read this over the
weekend and then hopefully have this video up for you sometime next week so I
didn’t actually get to reading much throughout the day but I picked it up
now at night and I’m like what am I like 70 pages sixty-five ok 65 pages and so
far I like it the only thing is I’m not really
convinced of the book it’s like really leaning into its own premise enough
because the idea is basically this is just like prestigious Academy for girls
or they’re being trained they kind of reminds me Handmaid’s Tale like they’re
supposed to be really quiet and beautiful and well behaved and poised
and not really share their opinions so that’s kind of whole thing like they’ve
been brought up all their lives with that is like the goal the gold standard
is like obedience especially to men and not talking back not asking questions
that whole thing and yet I feel like a lot of the characters a lot of the girls
actually do ask a lot of questions and there’s a lot of instances where they
don’t really behave how they should and it doesn’t really fit to me was this
idea that they face clippin rain washed the lives into
thinking that this is how it should behave like I feel like like kind of
more like in The Handmaid’s Tale i Keefer brought up with this idea and the
disbelief then you would probably adhere to it you know more than the characters
in the book do like they sometimes will just kind of like act like normal girls
and it doesn’t really work for me so I’m not sure if the book overtime is gonna
kind of commit to the premise more or like decide what it wants to be more
because for now I feel like it’s a little conflict that on that point other
than that I like it like did you behind it I like the
writing I think you have some theories already as to what’s going on exactly
and I think it’s good I think it’s good so far I just wish it had kind of been
more like commit it more as I said to the premise also kind of with regards to
some of the rules that are in place for the girls and then they’re still allowed
like kind of not follow them sometimes a lot of times they’re really really
strict and like a hundred percent have to be followed like for example they’re
all supposed to only like consume organic food and like essentially live
extremely extremely healthy like no added no additives no chemicals like not
even salt much of salt but the main character is kind of like a candy freed
sighs how she can she will like buy some candy but for some reason that’s not a
problem you when the teachers find out they’ll just kind of rolled their eyes
at her like oh this is just another thing but like young women do but then
for other rules they’re so strict that to me that doesn’t really add up like
they’re either that you don’t want complete obedience in all areas or don’t
but it seems like they make these arbitrary exceptions also they’re
supposed to be brought up like with this strong sense of like doing the right
same kind of thing like just behaving obediently whatever as I said like some
of the characters just randomly steal things at a gas station like how does
the set up like why would why would somebody
who’s been brought up all their life to be like obedient like that’s you know
why would they steal a pack of gum at the gas station like I don’t understand
hi friends so it appears that we have reached the end of this long and winding
road throughout this vlog slash video and I finally finished girls with sharp
stick by Suzanne Young young the last book on my list for the video I will say I’m
kind of disappointed in this book well I’m quite disappointed with this book I
ended up giving this about a 2 star the things I said earlier about the book
being kind of inconsistent within its own premise kind of kept persisting
throughout the book and just got a lot worse in my opinion there’s a lot of
different behaviors that the characters in the book exhibit that don’t really
add up to what we’ve been told about them and then add to that that I
literally predicted the not the ending I guess like the plot twist I think like
50 pages into the book and that’s just really frustrating and it kind of made
the book feel really really slow throughout the rest of it I honestly
skim read the last like 150 pages because I just lost interest like it was
just basically waiting for the characters to catch up to something that
I was already pretty sure I knew and he was really dull and boring the book does
tried to like tackle the misogyny as an issue it kind of reads like an
apocalyptic book as I said it reminded me of The Handmaid’s Tale I’m just not
really sure exactly what its purposes of doing that I didn’t feel like this added
anything new to the conversation or really was revelatory in any way shape
or form so unfortunately I didn’t really enjoy it but I do see other people
liking it a lot more since it is why maybe if there’s like the first time you
as a young girl have like encountered this type of a story maybe that could be
good for you I don’t know but for me it just didn’t really hit the mark and that
brings us to the end of this video I had a really fun time reading these books
and filming this for you guys and I’m really glad it did it because even
though I didn’t enjoy everything I was reading it was a fun experience and I
totally see why the people would enjoy these books more they just weren’t
see and at the end of the day I had to DNFs unfortunately both by Merphy, on
Luna time and the Troop, of the two I definitely enjoyed the Troop more but
it just couldn’t keep going and I didn’t want to force myself to either I’ve no
one Stars which is good but then I’ve three two stars which honestly wasn’t
expecting the first of which is lock every door by Riley Sager then also
girls with sharp sticks by suzanne young and if we were villains by ML Rio I also have
three three stars which were recursion by Blake Crouch rules for vanishing by
Kate Alice Marshall and spinning silver by Naomi Novik which is more of like a
3.5 and I really really did enjoy this one I also have no 4-stars but two
five stars and those are obviously the wonderful skyward by Brandon Sanderson
as well as a bunny by Mona Awad I had an absolute blast of a time reading both
of these books and I think especially bunny I probably would never have picked
up if it weren’t for this video so this is like really the whole reason even if
I just found two new favorite books that’s more than nothing and I’m really
really happy that I did this video but that concludes our time together for
this video for this little challenge I hope you guys enjoyed the video let me
know in the comments down below what you thought of it let me know if you want me
to do something like this again in the future and please don’t forget to Like
subscribe let me know your thoughts of the books that I talked about in the
comments but do be aware of like mentioning spoiler so like mark them as
spoilers so people don’t get spoiled if they don’t want to be but that is it
check out more videos on the screen right now and I hope to see you soon
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20 thoughts on “I *TRIED* reading Booktubers’ Favourite Books of 2019… πŸ“–πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ | ivymuse [CC]”

  1. Derek says:

    The Troop was wild, I read that in seventh or eighth grade

  2. Ixis says:

    Im so excited to read Skyward! Also, people do call 911 for a missing person lol

  3. Selina S says:

    Loved this video ☺️ And now I finally feel motivated to pick up Skyward πŸ˜…

  4. zhra e says:

    The exact same option on Dark matter and Pines.

  5. TimeAndChance says:

    MINDFUCKERY
    –Theresa
    Jan. 20/20

    Now define.

    The _____ of a book, which as u have said in the past can be used in another context, may be 1 of your fav words (pause for a patented concupiscent Theresa giggle). Here in Canada, we have a whole community called this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climax,_Saskatchewan . This place was named for the original community of 1 of its early homesteaders, a guy named Christ F. I make up 0.

    13:06–13:59 Who is this masked person? Don't recognize.

  6. Matilde TomΓ© says:

    I love this kind of video with taking other booktubers opinions! I think is very nice that you try to chose books you're interested in, with some you're not so sure about but that allow you to maybe read different things. Hope you do more in the future 😊

  7. VoyageThroughWor(l)ds says:

    So happy you enjoyed Skyward! Spensa is one of the few YA main characters that I absolutely love and don't want to constantly scream at (at least not after her amazing character development) ;P

  8. Nastya Konak says:

    If you’re not sure whether the situation is a true emergency, officials recommend calling 911 and letting the call-taker determine whether you need emergency help. πŸ™‚

  9. HisNeverland says:

    Such a fun video! Great idea for a video and love hearing your views on books! I think I would have dnfd the troop at that point as well πŸ˜…

  10. ysky Nuvp says:

    I agree with you about lock every door and if we were villains. The decisions the characters made most of the time were so unrealistic that I lost interest and left me frustrated.

  11. ivymuse says:

    Thank you for watching this video, I'm glad you guys are enjoying it! If you watch with subtitles, please be aware that I didn't 100% check the automated subtitles, I went through about 50% really closely and skimmed over the rest – so if you find any glaring mistakes I'd be very grateful to you if you'd just leave me a comment and I can go fix it! πŸ˜€
    I've already watched this video so many times, at this point I'm honestly kinda sick of it myself haha so your help is much appreciated πŸ˜‰ xox

  12. Maria Maynard says:

    Such a great video πŸ‘ Very intrigued about β€œBunny”…

  13. Mary Among Stories says:

    what??? omfg I'm not sure I wanna read The Troop anymore πŸ˜…
    loved this video though! πŸ’—

  14. William Stewart says:

    Hi I am already subscribed to Merphy, Emily and Kaylas channels and will after watching this will check out Riley and kates channels

  15. William Stewart says:

    I think the ending of Recursion didnt really make sense To me it seemed that Blake Crouch wanted a happy ending and essentially just made up an incredibly convoluted way of getting one . Thanks for the review of We Were Villains which I was thinking of reading it sounds as if it has an Idiot Plot which is so called because the plot only takes place because each character acts like an idiot

  16. Melvin Tan says:

    'Mind Fuckery' πŸ˜‚

  17. Bookish Linguist says:

    Um ew to the Troop…

    And this was a hilarious video, but I am also so sorry πŸ˜‚Hopefully you used all your bad karma with this mystery TBR and the rest of the year is awesome for you! I am really impressed you slammed your way through all of them!

    I have a love meh relationship with Naomi Novik too haha~ And now really want to try out Skyward. Literally everyone loves it

  18. Anni Thomas says:

    I love these kind of videos 😍 I wanted to read Lock every Door as well after Kayla recmmended it again and again but now I'm going to watch the spoilers so I don't need to anymore πŸ˜…

  19. Sunshine 101 says:

    Merphy definitely has better recommendations than the ones you picked.

  20. Tim Tim says:

    I really enjoyed this video I hope you do more challenge videos because they are really fun β™‘

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