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Top Five Wednesday: Favorite “Unlikeable” Protagonists

Not every protagonist can be every reader’s cup of tea. However, there are some “unlikeable” protagonists that you can’t do anything but love!

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Josie from Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahanLove and Other Foreign Words is one of the most underrated books in the book reviewing and Booktube community—in my opinion, it doesn’t get the hype it deserves! Josie is one of the top YA characters that I can relate to because of her sarcasm and quick remarks. While she does tend to irritate some people around her, you can’t help but love her intelligence and wittiness.

Celaena Sardothein from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas– Some Throne of Glass readers tend to hate on Celaena, finding her arrogant and stubborn, but I just can’t get over her wittiness and kick-butt attitude. As much as I enjoy seeing her develop into a stronger leadership role as the series continues, I do miss seeing the best sassy assassin in all of Adarlan.

Levana from Fairest by Marissa Meyer– The “prequel” to The Lunar Chronicles, Fairest follows Levana’s journey to being the Queen of Luna. Don’t get me wrong, Levana is a despicable person throughout her life, but I enjoyed learning more about her backstory.

Victor Vale from Vicious by V.E. Schwab– Listen, it’s been TWO days since I’ve mentioned Vicious in a blog post! Victor Vale is the perfect anti-hero, and you just have to love his scheming and evil doing.

Adelina from The Young Elites by Marie Lu– I think a lot of people struggle getting into Adelina’s mindset because she’s rather dark, and it’s clear from the beginning of the book that she is not a good individual. I plan on rereading The Young Elites soon and continuing on with this series because when I first read it back in 2015, I definitely enjoyed it, but compared it too much to Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy (aka one of my all time favorite series). The two series are quite different from each other.

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.

 Who are some of your favorite “unlikeable” protagonists? Let me know in the comments!

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Top Five Wednesday: Side Ships

While the main protagonist’s relationship may take up most of the spotlight in some books, side ships are another type of relationship that us fangirls and fanboys thrive on. Listed below are the top five side ships that just steal the show for me!

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Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks from Harry Potter– Lupin and Tonks are two of my favorite characters from Harry Potter, so when they became a couple, my ship had officially sailed! If they’re were two characters I could resurrect from Deathly Hallows, it would hands-down be them—sorry Hedwig and Fred!

Anna and St. Clair from Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins– Technically, Anna and St. Clair are only the main protagonists in Anna and the French Kiss. I loved seeing the two pop up in Isla and the Happily Ever After and how their relationship has developed .

Nesta and Cassian from A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas– While this isn’t an official ship, I think I enjoyed Nesta and Cassian’s relationship in ACOWAR more than Feyre and Rhsyand’s (oops). I laughed out loud from the banter between them, and I loved seeing this protectiveness and care come out for one another. I’ll take another A Court of Thorns and Roses book all about Nessian, please.

Ron Swanson and Diane Lewis from Parks and Recreation What’s a Fangirl Fury Top Five Wednesday without a reference to Parks and Recreation? It was really awesome to see how Ron changed because of his relationship with Diane and her daughters, and how he took on a parenting role no longer reserved for Andy Dwyer. I just wish we got more interaction with Ron and Diane in the last two seasons of the show.

Molly and Arthur Weasley from Harry Potter– Could you imagine any another couple running the Weasley clan? I think not!

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 are some of your favorite side ships? Let me know in the comments!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Hufflepuff-Inspired Books

As both a Harry Potter fan and a Hufflepuff myself, I’m very excited to give you guys some Hufflepuff-inspired book recommendations for this Top Five Wednesday. Hufflepuffs are known for being caring, friendly, loyal and determined, and I feel that the following books exemplify what it means to be a Hufflepuff.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick- Samantha Reed wonders what it’s like to be a member of the Garrett family, her loud and messy neighbors, until she starts dating their son, Jase. Jase and the Garretts embrace Samantha into their family, and Samantha finds herself not only in love with Jase, but the whole family. The caring nature of the charcters in My Life Next Door scream Hufflepuff to me, not to mention the hints of yellow on the book’s cover.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – While trying to make his way through the Watford School of Magicks and not spending too much time worrying about his roommate, Baz, Simon Snow cares a lot about his friends, Penelope and Agatha. Personally, Simon gives me some Hufflepuff vibes, and Carry On’s harcover edition has enough yellow on it that it should be displayed in the Hufflepuff common room.

To All the Boys Before by Jenny Han- Lara Jean seems like the perfect Hufflepuff to me- she’s hard-working, extremely loyal and loving of her family, and bakes with a determination that would have any recipe book whimpering. In a video with Christine from polandbananasbooks , Jenny Han revealed that Lara Jean is indeed a Hufflepuff!

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord- In The Names They Gave Us, Lucy is trying to balance her mother’s declining health, her family life, her boyfriend, and her faith while working at a summer camp for troubled teens. Lucy is a very determined and kind protagonist herself, but it’s the caring people in her life who help her get through her struggles. I have a full review for The Names They Gave Us here.

This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab – One of my favorite reads of 2017 so far, This Savage Song qualifies as a Hufflepuff book recommendation because of August, one of the “monsters” of Verity. While most people in Verity may think that August is a Slytherin or a Gryffindor because of his outside demeanor, I find that August is an inner Hufflepuff because of his care and loyalty to his family and other characters in the novel.

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 Hogwarts House are you in? Share in the comments below!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Fandoms You Are No Longer In

Happy Wednesday! For today’s Top Five Wednesday, I’ll be discussing five fandoms that I am no longer part of. If you haven’t heard of Top Five Wednesday, it’s a collaborative group of book bloggers on Goodreads who use Wednesdays to discuss five things about a certain bookish or fandom category. I definitely recommend joining in on the fun—who knows, maybe you’ll find some new fandoms to replace your old ones!

Gossip Girl– I never had any interest in the Gossip Girl book series, but I watched the TV adaptation’s first three seasons back-to-back during my junior year of high school and was obsessed. Gossip Girl had just been recently added to Netflix, and it was all everyone could talk about. Yet by the fourth season, I had become bored. The only character I really cared about was Dan, and if I can recall correctly, even some of his choices were beginning to bother me. I then jumped right to the final episode, watched it, and haven’t looked back since.

November 9th by Colleen Hoover/ Colleen Hoover books– When I first read and finished November 9th by Colleen Hoover, I found it a bit problematic, but overall a pretty quick and good read. However, as I began seeing more reviews for the book, I reconsidered my opinion and found that November 9th had way too much male dominance for my liking. While I did pick up Hoover’s It Ends With Us, which I also found problematic at times,I don’t plan on reading another Colleen Hoover book anytime soon.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard– I read Red Queen soon after its release in 2015 and absolutely loved it. Yet, as I divulged more into the YA fantasy world, I found that the novel had similar plot devices and tropes to pre-existing fantasy reads. When Glass Sword came out a year later, I really didn’t have any interest in continuing the series.

The Study series by Maria V. Snyder– I read the first three books (Poison Study, Magic Study, and Fire Study) in 2016, and with each novel, I became more disenchanted with each story. I gave Poison Study  a 5 out of 5 stars, loving the novel for its unique plot and the way Maria V. Snyder handled the romance. While I enjoyed Magic Study for its character development, I really wasn’t in love with the new setting, and I remember speed-reading through Fire Study just to get to the ending. When I found out that this series expanded and continued, I debated back and forth on putting book #4 on my TBR, ultimately deciding not to.

Fuller House– Let me be clear: I am a huggeeeeee Full House fan—I don’t know if that statement fully describes my love for this TV show. I remember being so excited each time a new season came out on DVD, now the proud owner of all eight seasons, and I’m still waiting for the day that I get to San Francisco, “Everywhere You Look” playing in the background. That being said, you could imagine my excitement when my all-time favorite TV show (I’m always going back and forth between Full House and Parks and Recreation) was getting a ‘sequel’ on Netflix. I knew that Fuller House couldn’t be better than Full House, but I had hope. While I enjoyed season 1 for the most part, I just wanted more than ‘special appearances’ from Danny, Jesse, Becky, and Joey, and I couldn’t care less about DJ and Kimmy’s own kids. I was even more disappointed in season two, finding myself skipping through most of the episodes just to get to major plot points. I probably will watch and review season 3 out of the hope that I can rejoin this fandom.

What are some fandoms that you are no longer part of? Share in the comments below!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Minor Characters

Happy Wednesday! I’ve recently decided to participate in Top 5 Wednesday. If you haven’t heard of Top 5 Wednesday, it’s a huge collaborative group of book bloggers from any platform who post list of their top 5 favorite things every Wednesday. The category for each week changes, and for this week it’s favorite minor characters. My top five minor characters are from a mix of different mediums.

Dol from Vicious by V.E. Schwab – Dol is the perfect sidekick because HE’S A DOG AND HOW COULD YOU NOT WANT A DOG AS YOUR SIDEKICK? Sydney and Dol just make the best team in one of the best books ever- sorry, but I will not stop screaming my love for Vicious from the rooftops.

Alis from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas – Alis is one of the best components of the Spring Court. She has a quick wit and was one of the few members that actually helped Feyre in the long run.

Samuel Seabury from Hamilton– “Farmers Refuted” is one of my favorite songs (frankly, I love every song from the show) in the first act of Hamilton. I love how Samuel Seabury goes back and forth with Hamilton throughout the tune, and seeing his character come to life when I saw the show made the song even better.

Tigris from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins– I loved seeing Tigris come to life in Mockingjay: Part 2, and I really enjoy learning about her part in the resistance. Having a The Hunger Games movie or reread marathon is a must for me this summer!

Jean Ralphio from Parks and Recreation – I’ve been re-watching Parks and Recreation a lot lately (when am I not is the true question), and my love for Jean Ralphio has only grown. I love his interaction with Ron the most, as Jean Ralphio’s humor and Ron’s bluntness makes for some funny scenes. It’s weird to think that the creators of Parks and Recreation considered making Jean Ralphio a love interest for Leslie!

Who are some of your favorite minor characters? Share in the comments below!