Top Five Wednesday: Characters on the Naughty List

Today’s Top Five Wednesday is inspired by characters who may find some coal in their stockings on Christmas morning. We’re encouraged to talk about our favorite villains or characters that we just don’t like, but I’m going to be focusing on my favorite villains or villain-like characters that Santa would probably have a hard time putting on a the nice list.

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Victor & Eli from V.E. Schwab’s ViciousVicious is my favorite V.E. Schwab book, as well as one of my favorite books of 2017, mainly for ITS AMAZING CAST OF CHARACTERS, VICTOR AND ELI INCLUDED. The important thing to remember when reading Vicious is that our characters aren’t meant to be good (Santa may have a hard time understanding this). I admit that I like Victor a bit more than Eli, but overall, I loved their story AND I CANNOT WAIT FOR VENGEFUL!

Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo- Okay, so I have some explaining to do here: I don’t think at all think that Kaz Brekker is a villain nor do I think he is a bad person. As I write this post, I’m starting to realize how many ‘bad’ characters have redeemable characteristics that don’t exactly make them evil. Anyways, regarding Kaz, he would be another person who Santa wouldn’t exactly understand. I think Kaz would wake up to some coal, but also find a new pair of gloves.

AI from Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff– AI earns a spot on the naughty list because he just flat out terrifies me. He would definitely demand gifts and you know, just take over my entire spaceship and everyone on it if he didn’t receive anything.

 Elle’s stepmother from Geekerella by Ashley Poston- JUST LET THE GIRL WEAR HER DRESS AND GO TO EXCELSICON AND KEEP THE DOG AND BY THE WAY, GET OUT OF HER HOUSE. Please. Geekerella is a true Cinderella retelling, as Elle is bullied by her not-so-nice stepmother and stepsisters, who most definitely should be on Santa’s naughty list. If you’re looking for a book with a lot of fangirl feels, this one is for you.

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: Bookish Things I’m a Grinch About

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You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch! Today’s Today Five Wednesday is taken in all light-heartedness, as I’ll be reflecting on five bookish things that I’m not the biggest fan of — I wish Santa would just put them on the naughty list!

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Being on hold for a book in the library- I admit that waiting for a book to be available through my county library system doesn’t happen to me often- it typically occurs with popular books or new releases- but I still get a tad impatient when it does happen. Yes, I realize that I could probably go out and buy the book myself, BUT WHERE’S THE FUN IN THAT? I’m currently in this situation while being on hold for Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak. I really want to read some festive books in honor of Christmas and my TBR craves this one. Library users, PLEASE READ FAST.

The cover changes for Beth Revis’s Across the Universe series-  I really do not like cover changes mid-series to begin with, but the cover changes of the Across the Universe series made me especially upset BECAUSE THEY DECIDED TO CHANGE THE COVERS AS THE FINAL BOOK CAME OUT.  One of the first YA series I ever picked up, the Across the Universe trilogy begins abroad the spaceship Godspeed, which holds frozen passengers who will wake up 300 years in the future on a new planet. Seventeen-year old Amy wakes up 50 years before she should have and must adapt to life and society on the Godspeed. The covers of the first two books fits the space vibe perfectly. AND THEN THE THIRD BOOK TAKES ON THIS INDUSTRIAL VIBE THAT DOESN’T FIT THE FIRST TWO BOOKS AT ALL. But don’t worry, we’ll fix the first two books by MAKING THEM LOOK THE SAME AND FORGET THE ORIGINAL,FITTING COVERS. I’ll end my rant by showing you the original covers vs. new covers below:

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Running out of bookshelf space- I think this is every bookworm’s worst nightmare and one that I am currently living! I did unhaul a few books from my collection over Thanksgiving break, but with Christmas and a brand new year of books approaching, any space that I have left is in danger. ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS THAT BEAUTY AND THE BEAST SIZED LIBRARY!

Not being able to give half-star ratings on Goodreads- I remember when Goodreads updated their site earlier in 2017 and being so excited over the fact that you could finally keep track of your rereads. I thought for one minute that with the new updates, you could finally give half star ratings on Goodreads, but alas, I was wrong. I admit that I’m not the biggest fan of star ratings in general, but I wish I could provide my true star rating without having to write it in my review post on Goodreads.

The fear of my paperbacks or hardback covers being ruined in travel- Packing for college obviously entails packing books! When I travel between home and school, I often have books packed in one of my bags and throughout my journey, I drive in fear that one or more of my books will be ruined from being packed with other items. However, I think my fear could be resolved with an increasingly popular book sleeve!

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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.

 

Top Five Wednesday: Authors I’d Like to Write Like

Many readers dream of one day publishing their own book. While I don’t practice creative writing myself too much these days, it’d be amazing to be able to dedicate my life to storytelling. The following authors would inspire me through their creative and beautiful stories and writing styles.

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Rainbow Rowell (Fangirl. Eleanor & Park, Carry On, Attachments, and Landline) Besides her characters and writing style, I love the premises of all of Rainbow Rowell’s stories. I think they’re all just so creative and accurately depict how people feel, whether if they’re a girl who writes fan fiction or a boy who’s trying to navigate life in the wizarding world with his part-vampire roommate. AND I CANNOT CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT FOR HER GRAPHIC NOVEL WITH FAITH ERIN HICKS! IT’S ABOUT A PUMPKIN PATCH AND FOOD, GUYS!!!

Jenny Han (The Summer I Turned Pretty and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogies)- Jenny Han is just like Rainbow Rowell for me in the sense that I’m in love with all of the ideas she comes up with for her books!

Jandy Nelson (The Sky is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun)- If there’s one thing that I remember from I’ll Give You Sun, it’s Jandy Nelson’s beautiful writing style. Hopefully 2018 will bering a new Jandy Nelson novel!

Celeste Ng (Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere)- Celeste Ng has a writing style that I just fall into, and I remember not wanting to let go of Little Fires Everywhere this summer.

Morgan Matson (Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, Second Chance Summer, Since You’ve Been Gone, and The Unexpected Everything) Like Celeste Ng and honestly all of the authors above, Morgan Matson has a writing style that I’m so obsessed with that I become shocked over how many pages I’ve flown through! Her books are also perfect summer contemporaries (aka the best kind of contemporary books) AND HAVE THE BEST COVERS! DOGS MAKES COVERS EVEN MORE MAGICAL!

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.

 

Top Five Wednesday: Books I’m Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! In the spirit of the holiday, today’s Top Five Wednesday is about books you’re thankful for whatever reason, big or small.

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han– I love the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series as a whole, but I am most thankful for Always and Forever, Lara Jean because I felt I could relate to Lara Jean the most in this section of the trilogy. Obviously Lara Jean would be best friends already for the fact that we love baking, but I could relate to Lara Jean’s anxieties over college and her relationships. I’m also grateful for the cozy feelings this series gives me.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I think many of my fellow bloggers will have Fangirl on their list because most of us can relate to Cath for her love of fandom and her anxiety. As much as I relate to Cath in those senses, Fangirl also holds a special place in my heart for helping re-amp my love for reading and YA books back in 2015.

 Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys– I remember reading Between Shades of Gray when I was sick and stayed home from school for a few days. In short, I learned something more important by staying home and reading the book than what I would have in school. I’m thankful for Between Shades of Gray and Ruta Sepetys because I learned about the horrors that people living in the Baltic States experienced during and after World War II. I’m also super thankful for this reading experience because Between Shades of Gray was my first Ruta Sepetys’s book, and she quickly became one of my favorite authors. 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins– In this case, I am thankful for Anna and the French Kiss’s cover change, because if it weren’t for that, there’s a 99% I wouldn’t have picked up this book and the rest of the series.

Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl by Barbara Parks– Forever grateful for this book, Barbara Parks, and my kindergarten teacher who read this book during story time. Thanks for kick starting my love for reading.

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.

 

Top Five Wednesday: Nostalgic Book Boyfriends

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Today’s Top Five Wednesday is all about one of my favorite bookish feelings—swooning over book characters. The topic comes with a bit of a flash to the past, as I’ll be talking about characters I swooned over when I was younger. A girl is never too young for book boyfriends!

Gayle Hawthorne from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins– #teamgaleforever

Brian McBrian from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares– Brian stole both mine and Tibby’s hearts. If you’re looking for a series about friendship and full of feels pick up The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants ASAP!

Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K.Rowling– Let’s be honest, this is a nostalgic book boyfriend that will forever continue to exist.nevilletfw

Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green– I read The Fault in Our Stars back in the seventh or eighth grade— I consider myself a book hipster for reading this one BEFORE any film adaptation news came out- and Augustus Waters stole my heart form the get-go. I’m able to relive my relationship with him every time I watch TFIOS, which is actually one of my favorite book to movie adaptations!

Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins– Okay, so if I can’t have Gale, I’ll gladly take Finnick please!

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.

 

Top Five Wednesday: Genre Benders

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Happy November! A new month means a new round of Top Five Wednesday posts! Today’s post is all about book that defy genre or are hard to place in a certain category. I’ll primarily be talking about books that could fit into more than one genre below!

Geekerella by Ashley Poston– Geekerella can be considered to be a fairytale retelling, as sixteen-year old Starfield fan Elle is forced to live with her mean stepmother and stepsisters, or a contemporary read.

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The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr The One Memory of Flora Banks is promoted as and is definitely more-so a contemporary book, but as you read the book more and more, some psychological thriller vibes kick in.

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock The Smell of Other People’s Houses could be considered a historical fiction novel, since it takes place in 1970s Alaska, or a contemporary novel, as it follows the daily lives of four teenagers. Whatever it is, READ THIS BOOK, IT’S ONE OF MY FAVORITES OF 2017!

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The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer– Fairytale retelling or sci-fi? I always classify The Lunar Chronicles as both, calling it a sci-fi fairytale retelling, as I feel that the books don’t fit into just one genre.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins There’s Someone Inside Your House definitely falls more into the horror genre, but its YA romance and family vibes could place it into the contemporary genre.

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.

 

Top Five Wednesday: Non-Horror Books that Scared Me

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Hello my Top Five Wednesday readers! You may have noticed that I took two weeks off from doing T5W. This month’s T5W were all themed around Halloween and the past two weeks focused on books with creepy settings and paranormal creatures. The thing is guys, I UTTERLY HAVE A LACK OF PARANORMAL AND HORROR THEMED BOOKS IN MY TBR AND READ PILES! Thankfully, this week’s topic is targeted for readers like me! Listed below are five non-horror books that may have had me hiding from my book for a tiny bit.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff- Scariness in Illuminae comes in the form of AIDAN, a space ship’s AI. If you want a book that’s going to make your heart pound at every twist and turn, Illuminae is right for you!

The Cellar by Natasha Preston While this book is not classified as horror and it isn’t the most well-written, The Cellar is definitely intended to scare you a bit, as sixteen year Summer is abducted and taken to a cellar to live with other kidnapped girls.

The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian I was not frightened while reading The Last Boy and Girl in the World, rather it was the concept of being the last girl in the world that was a bit mind-numbing. No worries though, Keely really isn’t the last girl on Earth, but she sure feels like it as her town is forced to evacuate as it sinks underwater. And don’t be spooked (had to have a Halloween pun somewhere!) by The Last Boy and Girl in the World’s rating on Goodreads, I really enjoyed this one back in 2016!

The Host by Stephenie Meyer Again, this is a book where the concept freaked me out a bit, not the book itself. AILENS PEOPLE AILENS!

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey The Girl with All the Gifts is a zombie-apocalypse driven story, with our main zombie coming in the form of a child named Melanie. This story is obviously scary for its dystopian and zombie vibes, but how scared can you really be of a little zombie with unicorn pants??

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.