Top 5 Wednesday: Books From Before You Joined __________

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 books from before you joined ___________, in my case that’s the book blogging community—so really the blank is just whatever type of online book community you’re part of. Let me know your top five before books in the comments!

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I picked up this series in high school, way before I knew book blogging and BookTubing were even things. It’s a classic young adult series that I will never not enjoy.

2. Graceling by Kristen Cashore

This book is what got me into young adult fantasy, no doubt about it. Essentially certain people in this land are “graced” with different abilities—Katsa, niece of the King, is graced with killing. She’s feared by most and is used by the King as a weapon, while on the side she does her own secret stuff to undermine him. Katsa is fierce and vulnerable and really the first badass female character I read; and then there’s Po, the cute graced princeling, who rivals Peeta for sweetness. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Fitness Routines You Want

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 characters whose fitness routine you want—the post suggests a lot of ways you can take this but since I want to get better as working out, I took it as straight upt fitness. Let me know which characters gym habits you’d like  in the comments!

  1. Warner and Juliette in Ignite Me

Warner makes a really good point in Ignite Me that Juliette needs to know how to fight with more than her powers. I love the training sequences of them together. She’s not a natural fighter, but he has overwhelming and completely sweet patience with her. Plus, we get A LOT of Juliette oogling Warner as he does his workout routine, I’ve got no objections to that.

  1. Emily and Frank in Since You’ve Been Gone

Something I wish I was better at and I enjoyed more is running. It’s usually my go-to workout either by myself or with friends—except during the chilly winter months—but it’s still not something I excel at or particularly enjoy. Emily and Frank will go on these crazy long runs that I probably couldn’t handle.

  1. Celaena in Throne of Glass

I think this is an expected on a lot of people’s list. Celaena is an assassin, so she has a ton of training and is super skilled, but in this book we see her have to sort of relearn her skill and her body after being locked up for so long. Continue reading

First Lines Fridays: August 11

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? I’m kind of using this as a way to keep track of what I want to read next or at least soon. Follow the rules below:

Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.

Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.

Finally… reveal the book!

So here it is:

Joost had two problems: the moon and his mustache.

What book is this?

Do y’all know?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Second Book Is The Best

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 second books that are the best in the series. We recently did a top five series that got better—and it was a lot to try to not to repeat that because those were definitely the books that came to my mind. So this was a hard one for me. I’m not even sure if some of these are the best book in the series for me, I just think they were a bit better than the first. Let me know some of your top five in the comments!

1. Seige and Storm (The Grisha Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo

This whole series was okay for me, definitely not on my favorites list but I enjoyed Seige and Storm infinitely more than Shadow and Bone. The second book is where thing start to happen, the pacing is picked up, and we get some new characters who liven things up considerably.

2. Lifeblood (Everlife #2) by Gena Showalter

Okay both of these books are really good, and I can’t give a full judgement if this is the best because the series isn’t finished yet,  but similarly this is the book where stuff starts to happen. Ten had chosen her Everlife and is separated from Killian and things are so much more complicated than they first seemed. I under hype this series, I definitely feel like I should talk about it more than I do because it’s super original and a really great read.

3.  Broken Prince (The Royals #2) by Erin Watt

I don’t know if y’all have heard of this series, it’s a sort of posh-boy meets not-posh girl (kind of Cinderella like) story. Except Reed acts like anything other than a prince. The first book is where Reed and Ella finally start to get along (where the first book is all fighting) and other drama starts picking up.

4. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

I know I said I was going to try to avoid repeating myself from my past T5W, but I couldn’t not include these next two books. Catching Fire is the og second book is the best for me, I think this is the best movie as well. I love the new cast of characters being entered into the games and this is where Peeta and Katniss are the strongest and I just love them so.

5. A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) by Sarah J. Maas

I read the first book in this series and thought it was good and really liked it, and then I read ACOMAF and realized how foolish I was. This book just completely blew everything else out of the water for me.

let me know what you think of these books and your top 5 in the comments!

Monday Motivation: Replica 

I had a super relaxing weekend (even though I didn’t get anything I needed to done) and am ready to start the week! This quote is from Lauren Oliver’s Replica, I love it, it feels very Dr. Suess-like to me. Let me know what you guys are up to and what you need to get done this week in the comments!

“Normal is a word invented by boring people to make them feel better about being boring.”

First Lines Friday: August 4

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? I’m kind of using this as a way to keep track of what I want to read next or at least soon. Follow the rules below:

Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.

Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.

Finally… reveal the book!

So here it is:

Persephone stood on the bare mountaintop, her ruffled ivory dress whipping around her legs, her masses of white-blond curls streaming behind her. 

What book is this?

Do y’all know?

Any idea? Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Book Covers You’d Live In

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 book covers you’d live in—basically a cover so good looking that you’d like to be transported into it. This sounds like a lot of fun, I know there are some beautiful covers out there. Let me know some of your top five in the comments!

  

1. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

I think it is pretty self evident why I would pick this cover. I mean not only is it the perfect summer scene, there’s DOGS!

2. Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler

Fashion, the city; this book has both, and that shows on this fun and flirty cover. I feel like if I stepped into this cover, I’d land myself in a little black dress at the same club as Carrie Bradshaw. Sounds perfect!

3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Lara Jean is cute, quirky, and totally vintage; I would love to be transported into this cover and have her room as my own. We get a little peek from this shot—as well as the covers to the other books in the series—but I can only imagine her room is adorable (I guess we’ll find out for sure when the movie comes out!).
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