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

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books With Witches

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 witches. I didn’t think I’d have a lot, because most of books I read that are fantasy have magic, but not necessarily witches. But I ended up finding five witchy books I’ve read and two I want to read.  Let me know your top five in the comments!

  1. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

This book is fun. I wouldn’t say the writing or characters are anything spectacular, but it’s a fun guilty pleasure read. The first book is definitely the best though, after that I felt the series started to get overdramatic and cheesey.

Witches, vampires, demons, oh my! A couple years ago, Sophie discovered she was a witch and it’s gotten her into a bit of trouble. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, but with too many mishaps she gets sent to Hex Hall—an isolated reform school for witches, faeries, and shape shifters.

2. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Manon and her fellow Ironteeth witches are vicious in the Throne of Glass series. We don’t even see or really interact with the witches until the third book I believe. If I’m being honest, I didn’t care for Manon at first. I was just so much more invested in the other characters by the time we were introduced to her that I wanted to skip through all her sections. But over the course of the series, I’ve come to love her just as much as everyone else. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Read Because 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 books you read because of blogging/your involvement in the book community. This was pretty easy for me, I feel like there are a lot of books that I’ve read because I’ve heard about them from ya’ll—especially the super hyped books. Some of these I probably wouldn’t have picked up on my own either, so that’s exciting. Let me know your top five in the comments!

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I know, I know, this is such a big series, how would I have not picked it up. But honestly, before reading this series I wasn’t really interested in reading about faes or faeries. I liked fantasy, but I just felt like not that version of fantasy. Once I picked this up I realized how wrong I was. Thank you to everyone out there for talking about this series and loving Rhysand and Feyre so much that I had to read it simply out of curiosity.

  1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I feel like this book is so championed in the book community because we all totally relate with Cath. I probably wouldn’t have been into something about fandoms—or at least thought I’d be interested in a book about fan culture—before joining ya’ll here online. This has become one of my favorite contemporaries, and Cath’s college experience felt very similar to mine and that was so comforting. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Fancasts

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 fancasts! These are the actors/actresses who you’d like to play some of your favorite characters. It was really hard for me, I don’t know a ton of actors/actresses, and yeah, I tried my best, mostly on looks, but let me know your thoughts and casts  in the comments!

1. Wylan Van Eck from Six of Crows played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster 

Yes, yes, this is the cute little boy from Love Actually. More recently, you might know him from Game of Thrones or The Maze Runner. This one was a bit hard, because Wylan really only looks like himself and we only get that description in the first book. But I kind of picture Thomas, maybe with his hair a little longer and curlier, he just has that boyish look Wylan gets teased about. And I’ve loved him in everything I’ve seen him in, so fingers crossed he’d do a good job.

2.Lia from The Remnant Chronicles played by Adelaide Kane 

I used to watch Reign with Adelaide as Mary Queen of Scotts, and I did truly enjoy it and her, I feel like she could totally take on another princess/queen role and nail it, especially since Mary wasn’t a conventional ruler, just like Lia. But she also is a dead ringer for what I imagine Lia to look like, the pale skin, longer narrow face, and haunting dark hair. Just perfect.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books to Read Without the Synopsis

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 to read without the synopsis! These are the books where the synopsis spoils things or where it’s just best to go into it blind. Let me know your recs in the comments!

1. The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall 

In this book, Avery taken from her very average life and introduced to a new one with “The Circle,” a group of the wealthiest and most powerful families in the world. Basically there are cults, prophecies, secrets, etc. and it’s really best to learn everything as Avery does instead of being spoiled ahead of time by the jacket copy.

  1. Frostblood by Elly Blake

I LOVE this book. I think it’s possibly one of my favorites for the year. I don’t know. That’s like too much to think about right now. Anyway, the synopsis spoils a lot of things that don’t happen until really the end-half of the book. Which stunk, because the whole time I was reading I knew like, “okay we’re gonna end up here” and was just thinking about how that would happen. Great read, really all you need to know going in is that we’re in a Frostblood (read ice) kingdom where Firebloods (read firepeople) are hunted down and killed, and of course our heroine is a Fireblood. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Classes Based on Books & Characters

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 classes you would take based on books or characters. That sounds a little confusing, but basically it’s in the vein of back to school season and the idea is you should make up classes you’d like to take based off of different books or characters’ skills—avoiding things Harry Potter, because that’s too easy. I had an okay-ish time with this one, it is a creative but still difficult to come up with topic, so I apologize if my descriptions are a little ramble-y. Make sure to let me know what you think of my classes as well as your top five in the comments!

1. How to Be a Fugitive 101 with The Lunar Chronicles Gang

I would love to fly around on a space ship with this crew. But really, they are basically total pros at being fugitives; they even kidnap Kai without being caught. Thorne could teach me how to fly, Cinder could teach me mechanic and technical stuff, Cress anything techy, and Wolf could teach me to fight. All basic fugitive skills.

2. Self Defense with Warner from Shatter Me/Ignite Me

This is mainly so I could see Warner hopefully shirtless and in action. But really.

3. Web Developing with Dimple from When Dimple Met Rishi

I love that Dimple is such a badass computer/web programmer/developer in this book. I know nothing about computers or whatever she does—see I didn’t even know what to call it above and inserted a bunch of slashes. She’s so passionate about it so I feel like she’d be a great teacher. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesdays: Favorite Bromances

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 favorite bromances! Everyone loves a good bromance, so let me know your favorite in the comments!

1. Percy and Grover from Percy Jackson and the Olympians

I love Percy and Grover, they really have each others backs from the beginning, and it turns into more than just Grover being his like “keeper” or whatever he’s called. They will literally fight monsters for each other. But sadly this bromance starts to get less screen time in the Heroes of Olympus series.

2. The Raven Boys from The Raven Cycle

Just all of these boys together—Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah—warm my heart. The dynamic between them is definitely interesting and shifts throughout the series as they all change, but you can tell they all really care for and love each other. I just really want to be part of the gang and go look for a dead Welch king with them. Continue reading

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