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

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

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

Top 5 Wednesday: SFF Books On Your TBR

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 five top sff books on your to-be-read list—this means sci-fi and fantasy books. Let me know what your top five are in the comments!

1. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I for some reason have the second book in this trilogy but not the first. I don’t know how that happened. Oh yes I do, a BookOutlet sale. Anyway, this fantasy series sounds so up my alley. An untested young princess coming back to claim her throne and battle an evil queen. Plus, there is a movie optioned and Emma Watson is involved. Emma Watson!

2. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas 

This has been on my list forever. I mean I finished the first books like months and months ago. Crown of Midnight has just been sitting on my shelf. I can’t motivate myself to read it for some reason. Someone comment about how awesome it is and that I’ll like it so I get pushed into it this month! Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Future Classics

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 five favorite future classics—books you think are one day going to be considered classics. Let me know what your top five are in the comments!

1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is going to be a classic children’s series—it basically already is—no question. Rick Riordan is just magic. I really want to read his other series too. I’ve only heard good things.

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Colllins

I think this book and series just had such a cultural impact that there is no way it won’t be considered a classic in the future. I mean think of how many people read the books; dressed up as Katniss; saw the movies. The Hunger Games is just part of our culture now. I mean I can shout “I volunteer as tribute” and people will know what I’m talking about.  Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Angsty Romances

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 five favorite angsty romances. I found this to be so much fun. But also hard because there are a ton of angsty romances out there that I have read and love. Let me know what your top five are in the comments!

1. Warner and Juliette from the Shatter Me trilogy 

I read this series for the first time this year and it might end up going on my favorites list. Warner is just. I can’t even. I love him. There is so much angst in this series—especially when it comes to the last book, Ignite Me. I literally just reread just that book the other day because I needed to experience that relationship and that angst another time.

2. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

I feel like these two are the original angsty couple. He basically calls her ugly. Then professes his feelings. She rejects him. Both of them realize they were being stupid. There is just so much anger and tension between these two for most of the book—making it even more satisfying when they finally get together. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Felt Betrayed By

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 five books or characters you have felt betrayed by. I ended up listing mostly characters. I feel like I get upset with them more often than the book as a whole. Fair warning that these might be a little spoiler-y. Let me know what your top five are in the comments!

1. Tamlin in A Court of Mist and Fury

I am beyond happy with how this book turned out. I love this book. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. But I still felt totally betrayed. Tamlin just becomes totally unforgivable in this book. What he does at the beginning is shit. And then he just makes it like a hundred times worse.

2. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

I feel like I don’t even have to explain this one.

3. Adam in Ignite Me

Adam didn’t really do anything to betray me but more like his personality went to shit in the last book. I got so pissed because he was acting like a bratty little child. Continue reading

13 of My Favorite Fantasy Reads

When I saw that favorite fantasy books was this week’s Top Five Wednesday, I knew I wouldn’t be able to pick just five. So I’ve kind of just made this a separate post with some of my all-time and current favorite young adult fantasy books. Some of these are popular and you’ll definitely know them and some might be books you haven’t heard of.

I kind of recommend two ways, the first seven or so recommendations are series recommendations, where I’ve read more than one book in that series and can recommend the series as a whole. The last couple books are definitely part of series but are instead individual recommendations, as the rest of the series isn’t or I’ve only read the first book Does that make sense?

Also, there might be some books that you’re like ‘why aren’t they on here, they’re awesome.’ And if I’ve read them I probably agree, but I might just group them with some other genre instead like dystopian or sci-fi. I’ve done a dystopian list and am thinking about doing a sci-fi list in the future, so keep your eyes peeled for me recommending those books. Anyway, let me know your favorite fantasy reads and any recommendations in the comments!

1. The Remnant Chronicles series by Mary E. Pearson

This series I think will forever be one of my all time favorites. The first book is a bit of a novelty—but still really good—in the fact that it follows a princess who has run away from her arranged marriage, but also includes the point of view of the prince she was supposed to marry who’s followed her as well as an assassin after her and you don’t know which is which. It’s definitely a good first book, but I feel like the series gets even better in book two and three. You can read my review for book one, The Kiss of Deception, here.

2. Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore

The Graceling series is a classic fantasy series for me. I think it was actually the series that got me into the young adult fantasy genre. Those you who haven’t read it, what are you waiting for go read it like now. Basically Katsa is Graced, meaning she has some innate ability. For some people, their Grace is baking, maybe sword fighting, or climbing. Katsa’s Grace is killing, and for years she has been used as her uncle the king’s thug. And then she meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, and her life takes a whole different turn. Ugh such a good series, I don’t know why but Kristin Cashore hasn’t come out with more and it breaks my heart. Continue reading