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Top Five Wednesday: Books Featuring Witches

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This month’s Top Five Wednesday posts are all based on my most anticipated holiday of the month, Halloween. The weather is starting to turn where I live, even though I am a tad reluctant to let go of the summer weather. But hey, bring on the cardigans, running weather, and tea please! Today’s T5W is all about books with witches. As I was scrolling though my ‘read’ shelf on Goodreads, I’ve come to realize that I haven’t really read books that feature witches, which is sad that being a witch was my go-to Halloween costume when I was younger!

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The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas– In Heir of Fire, we get introduced to Manon Blackbeak of the Blackbeak Witch-clan. Manon has become one of my favorite characters in the series and I love seeing the world of witchery expand with each book.

Truthwitch by Susan DennardTruthwitch follows two witches Safi and Iseult, and unfortunately, I don’t remember too much about this one since I read it back in 2015. I’m interested in continuing on in the series but it’s definitely going to require a Truthwitch reread first.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell– I know they’re technically identified as magicians in the Carry On universe, but I’m counting Penelope and Agatha as witches!

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – A bit of an obvious choice, I know, but who could really compete against Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, Ginny and Molly Weasley, Nymphadora Tonks, Minerva McGonagall and the rest of kick-butt women in Harry Potter!

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis After loving The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe  film adaptation when I was younger, I was so happy when my mom bought me the entire Chronicles of Narnia book series. I’ve forget a lot about this series, so I think it would be fun to rewatch the films.

Share your books with witches recommendations in the comments!

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

 

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Top Five Wednesday: Books I’ve Read Because of Booktube  

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I can’t believe it’s the last week of September, guys!! I first month back at college has really flown by, and I think I’m a bit confused about the transition from summer to fall here because it’s still eighty degrees! The final Top Five Wednesday of September is all about the books you’ve picked up because you had heard about them in an online book community or platform. I get a lot of my book recommendations from Booktube and still find it to be one of the top reasons as to why my TBR is so big!

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler I remember seeing What We Saw on Jessethereader’s Booktube channel back in January 2016 and ended up picking it up this book. What We Saw completely sucked me in, as it’s an important story about sexual assault in a small-town community.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard– When Red Queen came out in early 2015, it was everywhere on Booktube and it’s gorgeous cover sure didn’t help keep it out of my mind. I enjoyed Red Queen when I first read it, but as I read more fantasy and thought about the book more, I found that Red Queen didn’t seem so earth-shattering and original that I unfortunately decided to not continue the series.

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel– While Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index had been floating around my TBR radar, it was Booktuber Ariel Bissett and the BookTube-A-Thon that inspired me to pick it up. It took me some time to get into the story, but I ended up really enjoying Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index.

 Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins– I’ll be quite honest—the original cover of Anna and the French Kiss was what prevented me from picking up the book until 2015. After hearing rave reviews from the Booktube community (and let’s be honest, the cover change might’ve been a factor), I finally picked Anna and the French Kiss and loved it.

 Six of Crows by Leigh BardugoSix of Crows is most definitely one of the best books I read because of the hype it received on Booktube. If you haven’t figured it out already, the Six of Crows duology delivers beyond the hype and more.   Don’t hesitate to pick Six of Crows up, even if you haven’t read the Grisha trilogy like me!

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

What books have you read because of Booktube? Share in the comments!

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Top Five Wednesday: Favorite Fancasts

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Today’s Top Five Wednesday is all about the actresses and actors you’d love to see bring a book to TV or the big screen. I admit that when writing my T5W posts this month, this is the last one that I drafted because I really do not fancast. I often come up with what the characters may look like in real life in my head, without having an actor or actress in mind. However, I do have a few fun fancasts that I’d love to see come to life in a film adaptation.

Lin Manuel-Miranda as Alexander Hamilton and Phillipa Soo as Eliza Schuyler-Hamilton in Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz and I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott– As you’re probably (correctly) assuming, this fancast is indeed influenced by the original cast of Hamilton: An American Musical. When reading Alex & Eliza especially, I almost completely disregarded the physical descriptions of Alex and Eliza and swapped in Lin and Phillipa. If the role of Alex and Eliza ever need to be filled on the big screen, I’ll sign those two up immediately.

Finn Hudson as Wallace in Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia– Yes, I realize that Finn Hudson is a character himself on Glee, but I remember picturing him as Wallace when I read Eliza and Her Monsters. It was mostly because of Wallace being a football player, but I think his sweet and quieter side reminded me of Finn’s personality in his relationship with Rachel.

Lili Reinhart as Lucy in The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord– Since she plays Betty Cooper in Riverdale, I could see Lili playing high-schooler and camp counselor Lucy in an adaptation of The Names They Gave Us. If my memory is correct, Lili and Lucy’s physical descriptions are alike and I think that like Betty, Lili could take on Lucy’s innocent and determined demeanor.

Darren Criss as Harry Potter in Harry Potter in the Cursed ChildThis fancast is one-hundred percent inspired by Darren Criss as Harry in Starkid’s A Very Potter Musical (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, copy the musical into the Youtube search bar and enjoy). We get Darren as teenage Harry in AVPM, and I think it’s time for him to bring adulthood Harry to the stage. I would also probably enjoy the AVPM adaptation of Cursed Child a bit more than my experience reading the script.

Cole Sprouse as Wylan in Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo– If Cole Sprouse dyed his hair brown, I think he could be a near-perfect Wylan (let’s be honest, book Wylan will always be the best).

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

 

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Top Five Wednesday: Books to Read without the Synopsis

This week’s Top Five Wednesday is all about books that are best to go in blind, so grab the five reads below, skip the synopsis and let the first page lead the way!

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Made You Up by Francesca Zappia I didn’t know too much about Made You Up going in, other than the fact that I knew that I loved Francesca Zappia’s other book, Eliza and Her Monsters. Just know that Made You Up that is a bit of quirky read that sheds a great light on mental illness (and that there may be some lobsters involved).

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson– The synopsis of The Sky is Everywhere gives off these love triangle vibes, but the book itself focuses more on Lenny trying to deal with the grief caused by her sister’s sudden death.

 The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr– The only thing that you need to know about Emily Barr’s The One Memory of Flora Banks is that our main character suffers from memory loss.

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart– Much like We Were Liars, I highly suggest diving into E.Lockhart’s latest thriller without knowing too much.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab– Surprised? I think not! All you need to know about my favorite Victoria Schwab book before heading in is that there’s rivalry, superhuman powers, and  a big man with a love for chocolate milk.

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

 

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Top Five Wednesday: Classes Based on Books & Characters

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Happy back-to-school season everyone! I went back to school last week and so far, so good, besides managing to get sick within the first week of being back. Inspired by the beginning of the school year, today’s Top Five Wednesday is all about classes that you would take based on books or based on character’s skills . While we all wish we were taking Potions and Quidditch 101 at Hogwarts, there are so many other classes that’d I’d love to take part in inspired by some of my favorite books.

How to Make a Web Series 101 | Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee 

With the success of Unhappy Families, Tash and Jack are the queens of web series. One of my interests outside of blogging and reading include filming, and I think it would be really fun to be part of a web series. Like Tash and Jack, I’d love to be more behind-the-scenes and actually be creating the show.

Intermediate Level Baking| To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han 

If there’s just one feeling that the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy gives me (trust me, there are plenty), it’s the inspiration to bake my butt off. Lara Jean would be the perfect baking instructor, and together we could find the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, even though Peter, Kitty, and Lara Jean seem to have that covered.

Computer Skills | Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress is my favorite book in The Lunar Chronicles series, and I love how Cress helps the gang kick butt with her tech-savviness. Throw in Thorne as her teaching assistant and you have a fun & informative class all about computers and how to use them to take down an evil queen from the Moon.

Digital Arts Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia 

Eliza and Her Monsters features gorgeous illustrations that correspond to Eliza’s web comic, Monstrous Sea. I’d love to take a class with Eliza teaching me how to use drawing tablets and the editing process behind it (I’m actually hoping to take digital animation next semester).

Violin 101 | This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

If there’s one person in the world that could teach me to play the violin, it’s August Flynn. While I wouldn’t need the soul-seeking help, August would be a great instructor.

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

 

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Top Five Wednesday: Favorite Bromances

Everyone needs a good ol’ bromance in their life. For this Top Five Wednesday, I’l be discussing my top five bromances!

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Kai and Torin from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer– Kai is one of my favorite characters and my top fictional boyfriend from The Lunar Chronicles. One of my favorite things about Kai is his relationship with Torin, Kai’s advisor. Torin cared so much for Kai not only as a royal, but also like a son.

Rhysand, Cassian and Azriel from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas – Rhy, Cassian, and Azriel make up one of the most kickbutt bromances that have ever existed. From training in the same war camps to making up half of the Night Court, they have an understanding for each other that few bromances can rival.

Ben Wyatt and Chris Traeger from Parks and Recreation– It’s been a while since I mentioned Parks and Rec in a T5W, but how could I not acknowledge the bromance that is Chris Traeger and Ben Wyatt?? I love Chris and Ben’s friendship, and one of my few “disappointments” of season 7 was that we don’t get to see Chris and Ann until the very end. However, I loved season 7 so much, so I could never really be that disappointed other than the fact that it was the last season of my all-time favorite TV show.

Chaol and Dorian from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas– Another SJM bromance, but I must say that I do love Chaol and Dorain’s relationship a bit more than the ACOTAR bromance. Chaol and Dorian are awesome characters themselves, but what makes them even better individuals is seeing the care that they have for one another. I think it will be interesting to see how much Dorian comes into play or into Chaol’s mind in Tower of Dawn.

Kell and Rhy from the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab– Kell and Rhy compose my favorite relationship in the Shades of Magic series. I’m so happy that we get more from Rhy’s perspective in A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light. We get to see more of the protectiveness and love he has for Kell (not to mention the fact that Alucard comes into play *swooon* ).

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

 

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Top Five Wednesday: Books Before I Started Watching Booktube

This week’s Top Five Wednesday theme focuses on books that you’ve picked up before joining any online book community. While I’ve been getting a lot of recommendations from my fellow book bloggers, A TON of the books that I’ve picked up since 2015 have been a result of watching BookTube videos. BookTube really inspired to amp my reading game and helped bring on a whole new level of fangirling for me: give me Youtube videos about books any day! That being said, today I’ll be talking about books that I read and loved (still love) before watching BookTube.


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green– I think it was (and still is) impossible to walk into a Barnes and Noble without seeing The Fault in Our Stars. I didn’t need BookTube to tell me how much I would love TFIOS, not to mention how many times I’ve reread it. I still sob every reread! I actually read all of John Green’s books before watching Booktube and I’m most definitely anticipating Turtles All the Way Down.

The Cupcake Queen by Heather Helper I remember picking up The Cupcake Queen at a Scholastic Book Fair in middle school. I think The Cupcake Queen will always be one of my all-time favorite books because it’s one of the most memorable books I read growing up, plus it has cupcakes in the title—how could I not love it?

The Heiresses by Sara Shepard– I don’t remember when I read Sara Shepard’s The Heiresses, but I do feel disappointed that this series didn’t continue after the first book.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman– I remember eating up If I Stay up while sitting outside on a really nice spring day. My neighbors were most likely looking into my backyard, wondering why I was sitting on my deck sobbing my eyes out. If I Stay is one of the saddest books that I’ve ever read and one of the few books and book-to-movie adaptations that have made me hysterically cry.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell– I read E&P during my sophomore year of high school and I remember wanting more of Rainbow Rowell’s writing (I’m still trying to figure out why I didn’t pick up Fangirl until a year later). I have the B&N exclusive edition of E&P with its gorgeous fan art and I had Rainbow Rowell sign it at Book Con in June (mini PSA that Rainbow Rowell is the nicest person you could ever meet).

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

 

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Top Five Wednesday: Characters’ Fitness Routines You Want

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For today’s Top Five Wednesday, I’ll be talking about what fitness routines I would love to adopt from characters. The topic has made me realize that many of my favorite characters aren’t too into fitness, so I had to be just a bit inventive for this T5W.

Peeta from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- How was Peeta so physically fit to perform during training and the games? He lifted bags of flour at his family’s bakery! If doing Peeta’s fitness routine means that I get to work at a bakery, sign me up! Katniss would enjoy my banana bread, and hopefully Katniss would get Gale to eat it and he would love it and he would want to marry me and we would have a happily ever after better than any dystopian society could imagine.

Starr from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas– Starr is very committed to playing basketball, and I wish I could have just some of her skills. Between my height and lack of basketball playing skills, I tend to not mix too well with the sport. img_4427.jpg

Spencer from the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard– In the books, Spencer plays field hockey, and being a field hockey player myself, I could possibly develop a fitness routine that revolves around the sport (and yes, this is evidence that I have read EVERY single book in the Pretty Little Liars book series, but I couldn’t get past the first season of the show).

Jule from Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart– It’s pretty impressive that Jule finds time to work out in between traveling from place to place. Her dedication to her fitness routine is something that I need during the summer (what can I say, my bed can be just too controlling in the mornings). I’m going to have a review of E. Lockhart’s Genuine Fraud closer to release date (September 5th) this fall. funkohps

 

Oliver Wood from Harry Potter– Quidditch as my main form of exercise? Yes please! Oliver’s routine is probably a bit intense, but I’ll do whatever it takes to make me closer to being a Hogwarts student.

Being an athletic person myself, I’d love to read some more books that feature characters who play sports or who are into fitness. Let me know about some books about sports/fitness that come into your mind in the comments!

 

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

 

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Top Five Wednesday: Second Book is Best


Today’s Top Five Wednesday is focused on series where the second book was the best. I actually had a really hard time coming up with books for today–when it comes to some of my favorite series, trilogies especially, the second book is typically my “least favorite”. Due to my struggle, I decided to change up the prompt today. The first three books I discuss will follow today’s topic, but the last two books I talk about will be a author’s second published book that I enjoyed more than their debut novel.

Second Book in A Series:

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo– I didn’t think I could love Crooked Kingdom as much as Six of Crows, but nevertheless, Crooked Kingdom stole my heart. I am so satisfied with this duology’s finale, and it’s still a book that I find myself thinking about. The plot was perfectly executed, the OTPs are the best, and CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW GORGEOUS THE PHYSICAL BOOK IS?

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff– Even though the Illuminae Files series isn’t finished yet, I enjoyed Gemina even more than Illuminae. I loved seeing this story and world expand, not to mention the amazing illustrations by Marie Lu. Gemina’s cover was also just as cool Illuminae, once again winning the award for best naked hardback.

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. MaasCrown of Midnight is my favorite book in the Throne of Glass series. I’m in serious need of a reread, but I loved how Crown of Midnight really started to set the stage for the rest of the series, plus there’s SO MUCH Chaol in this one! Unpopular opinion here, but what can I say, Chaol is my fav. I’m so happy I was able to get my copy of CoM signed by Sarah at Book Con  this year.

Author’s Second Published Novel:

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera- I was really impressed with Adam Silvera’s More Happy than Not, but History is All You Left Me has earned a spot as my favorite Silvera book (maybe They Both Die at the End will change things??). HIAYLM, not unlike More Happy Than Not, has such an interesting storyline, as Griffin tries to come to terms with his ex-boyfriend’s death alongside his ex-boyfriend’s current boyfriend.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun deserves all the hype and more and is hands-down one of the most beautiful, if not the most, beautiful book that I’ve ever read. I enjoyed The Sky is Everywhere, but I’ll Give You the Sun stole my Jandy Nelson heart.

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

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Top Five Wednesday: Book Covers You’d Live In

For this week’s Top Five Wednesday, I’ll be talking about some book covers that I’d love just to set up camp in.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han– Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before books have the coziest covers. I just want to jump into Lara Jean’s bedroom, and I cannot wait to see how her room comes in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before film adaptations!!! Jenny Han’s on-set Instagram stories have made me even more excited to see these books come to life!toallthe.jpg

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins– Once November 1st hits, you better believe that I’m in Christmas mode! I love the holiday season so much, so I’d love to be on a lake surrounded by Christmas trees (even though I’d be on the sidelines with a cup of hot chocolate due to my lack of ice skating skills).IMG_4105.jpg

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour– The cover of We Are Okay also gives me cozy vibes, and I’m in love with the cover’s color scheme. We Are Okay has been one of my favorite reads of 2017, and I have a full review here (this was the first review post on Fangirl Fury!).

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner– I bought These Broken Stars purely because of its cover, so it’d be the one time I wouldn’t mind floating around outer space in a gorgeous dress. Looking at These Broken Stars reminds me of how much I want to reread this book.bookcovers.jpg

The Vacationers by Emma Straub– I wouldn’t mind diving right into the water on this book’s cover! Emma Straub’s books tend to have lower star ratings on Goodreads, but I really enjoyed reading The Vacationers,following a not-so-in-agreement family’s vacation, and Modern Lovers last year.

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

I guess I have a thing for wanting to live in contemporary book covers! What’s a book cover you’d like to jump right into? Share in the comments!