Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Want to Read More Of

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week is top five authors you want to read more of.  Let me know what your top five are in the comments!

1. Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie has definitely been on another list like this that I did, but oh well. Anna and the French Kiss is one of my all time faves, it just makes me so happy and fills me with fluff. I read that whole series and really just need more from her, and there isn’t any out right now. I did hear that she’s writing a horror book but that’s not exactly something I’m into.

2. Jandy Nelson 

I’ll Give You The Sun gives me all the feels. That book just was so fabulous and hit me hard. Despite me not mentioning it a ton, it’s probably one of the best contemporaries I’ve read. I just forget about it sometimes because for contemporary I’m all about the fluff. But she has another book, I think? Haven’t heard a lot about it but still have pretty high expectations.

3. Jessica Khoury 

I just finished The Forbidden Wish by Jessica, it was a beautiful retelling, truly. For some reason, I thought that it was her debut and she didn’t have any other books. I was wrong, I believe she has a duology out. It has something to do with the rainforest and like this girl who has been experimented on. Continue reading

Monday Motviation: The Star-Touched Queen

The Star-Touched Queen is a beautiful, lyrical. lush book. I adore it—you can read my review here. I was suprised I never previously mentioned a quote. Anyway—you might know because I keep mentioning it—I am finishing up my last semester and need all the motivation I can get. Wish me luck! Let me know what you need motivation for this week in the comments!

“I wanted a love thick with time, as inscrutable as if a lathe had carved it from night and as familiar as the marrow in my bones. I wanted the impossible, which made it that much easier to push out of my mind.”

This or That Thursday: Challenge #87 Bookstore Buying

Every week the Bookmark Chronicles poses a bookish question. If you want to check out the challenge click the link.

THIS WEEK IS:When you’re in a book store how do you decide which book(s) you will buy?
Like will you: Know what you’ll buy before you get there; Bring (a portion of) your TBR and narrow it down; Pick the cheapest ones so you can buy the most with the money you have on you; Buy the ones written by authors you know you like;Pick the pretty covers; Browse and read the descriptions; Look up their Goodreads rating; or anything else?

This is a bit tricky for me. I buy a lot of my books online. I don’t often buy books a physical store. It honestly is just a price thing. Amazon is evil and all that but I wouldn’t be able to buy the amount of books that I do if I was paying $17 for a hardback. That being said, I do occasionally buy at a bookstore, there are just too many good ones near me not to and sometimes I have impulses. Continue reading

9 LGBTQ+ Books I Want To Read

Top Five Wednesday this week was favorite LGBTQ+ books. I have not read a lot of what I consider LGBTQ+ books sadly. I have read maybe a couple but definitely not enough that I felt I could make a strong top five list. I feel like a lot of the books I have read with LGBTQ+ characters, those characters have not been the main characters so I don’t really count them normally. Anyway, instead I decided to make a list of LGBTQ+ books I want to read—because I do want to read more books with LGBTQ+ main characters.

1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I own this book because so many people love it and I have heard so many good things, but I have just yet to pick it up. I think I put it on a readathon list a while ago and never got to it. Aristotle and Dante somehow develop a friendship and then relationship throughout this book I believe, as well as dealing with some other serious personal issues. I am not 100% sure but I am interested.

2. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

I have seen this around a little bit but I really really love the description. Essentially, Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She has just come out to her family—with tension between her and her mom—and she’s just trying to figure out what it means to her to be a  Puerto Rican lesbian. She ends up interning with the author of her favorite book who is an authority on “feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.” Like it just sounds great and the cover is also great—I mean look at it.

3. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This book has so much talk and hype—and I know I am way behind the bandwagon here. It is even being made into a movie currently! Simon Spier is not openly gay and prefers to save drama for the school musical. But then one of his emails—to Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing—gets into the wrong hands. Unless he complies to some blackmail his sexual identity will become public knowledge. Continue reading

Monday Motivation: Shatter Me

Hi everyone! I’m still chugging along trying to get stuff done before my last semester of school ends. This week’s quote comes from Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me. This series astounded me—you can read my review here. The language is beautiful, and there are so many good quotes it was hard to pick. Let me know what you need motivation for this week in the comments!

“Hope is hugging me, holding me in its arms, wiping away my tears and telling me that today and tomorrow and two days from now I will be just fine and I’m so delirious I actually dare to believe it.”

This Or That Thursday: Challenge #86 Male POV

Every week the Bookmark Chronicles poses a bookish question. If you want to check out the challenge click the link.

THIS WEEK IS: HAVE YOU EVER READ A DYSTOPIAN (STAND ALONE OR SERIES) WITH A MALE PROTAGONIST?

I have not read any dystopian told strictly through a male’s point of view or with strictly a male protagonist. I have read I think a couple told through dual point of view. There’s the Legend series by Marie Lu, which I enjoyed and is told through chapters alternating between our male and female protagonists. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Would Make Good Video Games

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week is top five books you think would make good video games. I am not really a huge video game player, my boyfriend is though. I dabble with occasional Civ binges. Anyway, I had a bit of trouble with this so let me know what your top five are in the comments!

1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I don’t think this should come as any surprise, I’ve seen it on a ton of people’s lists already this morning. There is just so much action and fun and clues in this book. Plus it’s in space! Who doesn’t love video games set in space? There is also the fact that the book is already in a really alternative format so why not make it into another alternative format?

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I think it would be really cool to have a video game that put you in the games, like of course the games are horrible and gruesome but you could kind of pick and choose which way you wanted to play and survive. And then maybe if you win continue after to like see if you’re going to end up leading the rebellion or not. Continue reading