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.

 

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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’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!

Top Five Wednesday: Books Without Romance

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While finding books without romance is a bit difficult, there are just stories that don’t need romantical elements to make them great. Some of the following books may include hints of romance (I wish I could remember everything about my past reads), but by no means does romance first come to mind when I consider these works.

City of Thieves by David BenioffCity of Thieves is a historical fiction novel set during World War II. I read City of Thieves last summer, and I consider it one of my favorite WWII books because of its unique plot. Taking place in Russia, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting, earning a spot in jail next to deserter Kolya. Instead of being executed, Kolya and Lev are given a task: find a dozen eggs for a Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab– One of my favorite books of 2017, I was sold on picking up This Savage Song because there is no romance in it. Yay girl-boy friendship! This Savage Song takes place in a city divided not only by a wall, but monsters. Kate, the darling of North, wishes to be as commanding and threatening as her father. August, on the other hand, wishes to be anything but the monster he is.

Radio Silence of Alice Oseman– Another one of my favorite reads of 2017, Radio Silence contains the slightest bit of romance (there’s discussion about past crushes and the development of some new ones, if I recall correctly), but romance is the last topic I think about when it comes to this book. When she’s not focusing on getting into one of England’s elite universities, Frances spends her time drawing fanart for her favorite Youtube podcast. When the creator of the podcast, not to mention her next door neighbor, Aled, asks her to do artwork for the show, Frances gets to finally experience true friendship.

One by Sarah Crossan– Sisters Grace and Tippi may share some things with one another that you may not share with your siblings, such as a body. Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins and while life hasn’t been exactly easy for the past sixteen years, they’ve got a pretty good hang of it for their situation. But when a major operation begins to come up, Tippi and Grace must face the most impossible choice of their lives.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr– A book that deserves all the hype it gets, All the Light We Cannot takes place in occupied France during World War II. Blind since she was six years old, Marie Laure’s father has a miniature of their neighborhood in Paris for his daughter, so she can navigate herself through the city. When the Nazis occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo, meeting the path of Werner. Werner is an expert with technology, causing him to rise up at his Hitler Youth academy and earn a spot fighting the Allied resistance. All the Light We Cannot See features such beautiful writing and charcters, in addition to teaching readers more about the WWII period.

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.

Have you read any of these books? Share in the comments!

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!

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!

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!