Top 5 Wednesday: Bookish Things I’m A Grinch About

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 bookish things you’re a Grinch about. We’re keeping it light, so less serious, more of just petty bookish things you hate. Let me know your top five in the comments!

1. The love triangle

I know we’re all over this one, but it still keeps popping up over and over again. It’s just disappointing because really the triangle part never seems to make sense because one of the guys (or girls, but a lot less common) is usually the good choice everyone is rooting for and the other is eh. And honestly one of the love interests always ends up underdeveloped because who has time for a character that’s obviously not who she’s gonna end up with.

The only time this has worked for me, and maybe this is less triangle-y and more post-breakup, is in series where x couple is introduced in book one, but then have issues and “break-up” and the character ends up being with someone who was in the first book but wasn’t shown as a love interest—aka the Shatter Me and ACOTAR series. Continue reading

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Top 5 Wednesday: Author Goals

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 in honor of NaNo wrapping up and it’s top five authors you wish you wrote like. As a writer (who was going to participate in NaNo but didn’t really), I’m super excited about this because there are so many authors whose styles and worlds just really amaze me. Let me know your top five in the comments!

1. Sarah Dessen

I say this A LOT, but Sarah is one of my young adult contemporary inspirations. You can definitely tell when you’re reading one of her stories as she always has this sort of arc or progression, but really her characters and their struggles and journeys always feel so real and resonate with me so much. She is my contemporary queen, still years after picking up her first novel.

2. Sarah J. Maas

Two Sarahs in a row. Okay so Sarah’s writing isn’t always my favorite, but what amazes me with her is her ability to plot out so much and build such vast worlds. Like I think of the first Throne of Glass book and where we are now and I’m just like OMG, how did she like pre plan all of that and build a world big enough for that, knowing it from the first book.

3. Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh’s style is so unique. The first Shatter Me book has a style I can’t even comprehend. Like the way she knows Juliette so well and with how she writes crossing things out and rephrasing and with the numbers and counting. It’s just brilliant. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I’m Thankful For

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.

In theme with Thanksgiving tomorrow, this week is top five books you’re thankful for. Basically which books are you thankful they were created and brought into this world. I have quite a few that have really impacted me, and I’m interested to hear your top five in the comments!

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobski

This book absolutely destroys me every time I read or even think about it. I first discovered this book in high school and it’s just one of those books that I read at the exact time in my life that I needed it. I was so messed up, alienated, and depressed and here was this book and here was Charlie and he just got me. With the letters it felt like he was talking to me, and well he made it out the other side.

2. Anything by Sarah Dessen

Everything Sarah right just resonates as 100% real to me. I can’t even pick one specific book of hers. The protagonist is always at kind of a pivotal point in their life where the next step isn’t super clear and they aren’t always the best off or happy with where they are, and it’s all kind of about acceptance and moving on and finding your own way with the right people by your side. It’s just so right and so relevant to me like always.

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I needed Cath. We all needed Cath. First of all, she’s a fangirl. Seeing that represented was just a moment. Like those are the types of characters I find myself connecting with more and more, one’s rooted in today and pop culture and what that means. But also her anxiety with social situations and college reminded me of and mirrored my own, like letting me know that’s fine and I’m not alone. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesdays: Nostalgic Book Boyfriends

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 nostalgic book boyfriends/girlfriends: basically characters you totally swooned over when you were younger. I came up with a few below (it’s hard, I don’t remember too much of what I read when I was younger) and let me know your top five in the comments!

1. Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson

Percy is also a current book boyfriend because ya know I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow him or these books or Rick Riordan. Like when he was a baby in the first books he was making me smile and laugh, and like he’s still doing that but he’s now more mature and a hero and all that jazz. And like son of Poseidon, so cool ocean powers.

2. Jehu from Boston Jane

I don’t know if anyone else besides me has ever read this series. I remember finding it when I was like back in middle school? I think. I don’t know, Jane heads on over to the Washington territory back in pioneer American from societal Boston to meet her future husband who’s been hanging out there. But like she shows up and he’s not there but she decides to stay and meets this roguish capable pioneer man.

3. Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables

This was more of a movie crush. My mom definitely bought me the books when I was younger, but I never read them. She’s also been showing me the 1980s movie/TV show since I can remember. And like Gilbert has always been and will always be a favorite. Like he’s ideal book boyfriend material. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Problematic Favorites

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 problematic favorites: characters that you know you shouldn’t like or maybe have something problematic with them but you still love anyway. I have quite a few of these, like I hate it but I can’t help it all at the same time. The characters just end up being like actually really sweet and perf. Let me know your top five in the comments!

1. The Goblin King from Wintersong

Wintersong is based off of the poem the “Goblin Market,” but it also has strong Hades and Persephone vibes. So basically the Goblin King tricks and forces Liesel into his realm—not cool. But throughout the novel he proves charming and that larger forces are really controlling him.

2. Warner from Shatter Me

I know Warner is an absolute cinnamon roll in the second and third books of the series, but in the first book he is absolutely horrible. And I know it ends up mostly being a misunderstanding, but he wasn’t very considerate and thoughtful in his actions with a girl who doesn’t know anything of the world and who has no clue who he is.

3. The Abcurse Brothers from the Curse of the Gods series

These five brothers are super mischievous and really just have more power than Willa both in terms of physical strength, knowledge, and station. They totally do care for her and protect her and treat her with affection, but their treatment of her being of a lesser station—at least in the first book, they cut it out eventually—isn’t great. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Genre Benders

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 that are genre benders: books that defy a certain genre or that are hard to place in just one. Let me know your top five in the comments!

1. My Lady Jane by the Lady Janies 

Usually there’s historical fiction and then there’s fantasy, this book is a witty combination of both. The fantasy is like none I’ve other read, and while not completely factually accurate, I still feel like you learn a sizeable amount of history from the story of Lady Jane Grey and how she very briefly became queen.

2. The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

One of my all-time favorite series here. I would describe The Lunar Chronicles as a sort of sci-fi, dystopian, fantasy? I mean it includes space travel, and other planets (well the moon, but still), but all of this is set in a new empire system restructured off what we have now, and then it’s also a retelling of classic fairytales so like fantasy maybe. I don’t know, it’s got lots of stuff and you should read it if you haven’t. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Books With Paranormal Creatures

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 featuring paranormal creatures. Technically we’re supposed to pick just one type of paranormal creature, but I had a hard time with that so this list includes all. Let me know your top five in the comments!

  1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I surprisingly haven’t read too many ghost books. Are ghosts just not a thing in young adult or am I just unaware of some large sub-genre of young adult paranormal? But I love this group and all the weird stuff that happens to them and in Henrietta.

  1. ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas

Maybe this is typical, but Sarah J. Maas and this series was my first like introduction into fae and what fae are—and they’ve probably become my favorite paranormal/fantasy creature. First, I love the whole mate concept and accepting that bond and how it all rests on the female. But also how protective and dominant the males are—in  these stories only bowing to their spitfire women. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Creepy Settings

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 featuring creepy settings. I thought I’d have trouble with this since I don’t read typically ‘scary’ or ‘creepy’ books, but it ended up being a lot of fun. These are all definitely creepy in their own way, whether it be magic, beasts, or curses. Let me know your top five in the comments!

  1. Relhok from Reign of Shadows

Essentially, the Kingdom of Relhok has been cloaked in perpetual darkness ever since its King was overthrown and slaughtered and its princess went missing. And with creatures lurking in the shadows (and well everywhere is always a shadow) going outside is lethal. This story had me on edge the whole time, jumping at every little noise or movement our characters heard. Like imagine only living in darkness, definitely creeps me out.

2. Eurona from The Great Hunt

The kingdom of Eurona itself sounds beautiful—a bit bigoted towards those with magic—but beautiful. What bumps up the spooky factor is a giant magical beast on the loose murdering innocents. Add in the crazy dark witch controlling the beast, and that makes it someplace I’d not want to vacation. Continue reading