BOOKENDING SPRING 2020: The Cinderella Effect

Happy Sunday Storytellers! Today is my last day as host for Bookending Spring and I’m so sad that my time is up with all in this capacity! You all have made my spring with your entries and posts and my heart is full by meeting all of you!

If this is your first time here on my blog (hi! Hello! I’m Sam!) and you don’t already know what Bookending Spring is, its a month long event in April that was created by myself and Clo @ Cuppa Clo where we aspire to bring the bookish community closer together through the platform we love the most–blogging! Each day throughout the month, we have different prompts from different hosts that participants can replicate! I am so excited to check out everyone’s posts and prompts as we get more into the month as our hosts this year are dishing out quality content! You can also catch me smiling from ear to ear as I get to meet all of you on your blogs and on our Twitter (@bookend_events if you haven’t followed, you totally should!) page!

Also, don’t forget that we have a blog hopping masterlist! The list features all of our participants and those who are participating in Bookending Spring can put their post links next to their name for easy blog hopping! Can’t wait to see all your amazing posts! And with that, let’s get into today’s prompt!


The Cinderella Effect 

Name 5 books that you couldn’t wait to get your hands on but turned into a pumpkin (a dud) when you got it.


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)This is probably the saddest one on this list because I so wanted to love this story. The hype around this book and series is strong; but by golly I could not for the life of me get passed page 80. I’ve tried twice to push through and every time I just couldn’t get through. The premise is what drew me in and I couldn’t wait to deep dive into all the fantasy and action that everyone was so enamored with. Unfortunately the deep dive was as deep as a kiddie pool because the only thing I got enamored with was that one guy’s mustache in the very beginning.


Paper Towns by John Green

Paper TownsI’m just going to start this one off with the fact that I love John Green. I read Looking for Alaska while in high school and the story and his way with words brought me closer to my passion for the written word. But Paper Towns is a used piece of toilet paper compared to his other work. When I had finished the story I felt absolutely nothing. There was no connection between myself and the characters, and I honestly remember forcing myself to finish it for the sake of finishing it.

Again, But Better by Christine Riccio

Again, but BetterI honestly don’t remember a single thing from this story. Everyone in the book community knows the hype around this book, as one of our own wrote it. But by golly was I hoping for something…more-ish. I do remember racing to the bookstore to snag a copy, and then finally reading it and making this face:

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Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

Meet CuteI blame this one on the fact that the cover is super freaking misleading. Based on the synopsis and the cover, I thought I was going into this super meet cute romcom-esque love story, but what I got was a angsty romance that was overly dramatic. I wasn’t prepared for the amount of angst that the story was going to give me and how everything within the story revolved around this traumatic moment that the characters faced before the book began. Like wow.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)This is the moment where I whisper that the movie was better. I know it hurts my heart to say it too. I read this one for my online book club, Lit Lit, and I wish we had chose a different romance. I remember wanting to strangle a better portion of the entire cast and had serious problems with the pacing of the novel. The author took great pains of describing and detailing all the fancy things to the point where I found myself skimming just to get through and realized I skimmed an entire chapter and didn’t miss a single thing regarding the plot.

A time.

What books had the Cinderella Effect for you?

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  1. Laurie

    April 5, 2020 at 2:34 am

    Not sharing titles as mine will be up tomorrow, but most of these books aren’t even on my TBR. However, I get where you’re coming from with Six of Crows.

  2. Meeghan reads

    April 5, 2020 at 2:41 am

    Oh gosh… so many I might as well write my own post on it!! 😂
    By the way, I am loving all of your prompts and am now sad that I have been a melted lump this week… I will catch up!!

  3. Clo @ Cuppa Clo

    April 5, 2020 at 8:34 am

    I am forever sad you couldn’t get into SoC, it’s one of my favs for the plot and characters but I totally get it not being for everyone. Paper Towns was…not great. I liked The Fault In Our Stars as well as Looking For Alaska but not a fan of Paper Town I read it. Felt like slapping all the characters, they just infuriated me so much.

  4. dinipandareads

    April 6, 2020 at 1:45 am

    I tried reading the first few pages of Crazy Rich Asians and decided that it just wasn’t for me… I’ve also seen a lot of those reactions to Again, But Better. I really wanted to get my hands on it because the synopsis but also that cover (?!) but I’m glad that I didn’t go go great lengths for it 😅 Great post!

  5. Ren Strange

    April 7, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    I was lucky enough to get an ARC for Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie and was so hoping to love it because it’s inspired by the ship Finnpoe from Star Wars. Sadly, I really didn’t like it. I hated all the characters and found the writing and story mediocre. It just came out today and I’m curious to see how other readers feel about it.

  6. danielle

    April 8, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    I wrote an entire review on Again But Better only to give the book 3 stars. LAWDDDDD that was a time. I love Christine as a booktuber but I hope her second book is better. Paper Towns was trash lmaooo sorry not sorry!! I read some of Six of Crows but not all enough to care about it. 😕

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  8. northernplunder

    April 21, 2020 at 11:48 am

    omg bi gmood for paper towns lol. i kinda enjoyed the first half but then i was like no thanks. Green is one of my bfs fave authors (though its worth noting hes not read since uni cause he used his loans to buy a gaming pc and well… im sure we can guess where his time is now spent)

  9. Kristina

    April 27, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Oh no- i’ve been wanting to read again, but better at some point.. sad to hear that you didn’t quite liked it enough as you would’ve wanted!

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