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Top 5 Tuesday // F to J

“There was no possibility of taking a walk that day”

First line in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

I’m back for another Top 5 Tuesday where we continue with the alphabet where we left of last week. Today I’ll be talking about book starting with the letters F, G, H, I and J. This is all because of Shanah from Bionic Book Worm who came up with this idea to get us talking about some books that don’t normally get attention. Looking at my post from last week, that worked very well because I’d forgotten so many of them.

I’ve read a book beginning with all of today’s letters, so I didn’t need to cheat for this one. Enjoy!

F for Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I had no choice! Okay, technically I had other options but none of them were worth talking about. If you don’t know, this is my favorite book of all time (besides Harry Potter of course but they don’t count). I relate so much to Cath because of her social anxiety. The ways she describes her problems have made me realize things about myself and that is something I’m deeply grateful for.

I know this is not a perfect book and therefore it’s not a book I just want everyone to read. However, if you’re an introvert and struggle with social situations, I think this is worth a read. It’s also just a sweet and heartfelt contemporary that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

G for The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

This was just fun. The Graveyard Book is Gaiman’s retelling of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. I’ve only seen the movie versions of The Jungle Book but was still able to identify elements from the story.

It’s a children’s book which makes parts of it very sweet and endearing. However, it also has its more sinister moments that makes it worth reading for adults too. I’m not the biggest fan of Gaiman (don’t kill me), but out the three books I’ve read by him, this is my favorite. So, if you’re into retellings, this is a very good one to pick up.

H for History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

This book broke me. It’s such an inspiring story about grief and how there’s no right way to handle it. Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend dies, and Griffin’s world explodes. He always figured that he and Theo would end up together but now Griffin has to imagine an entirely different future for himself while mourning the loss.

This book explores grief and shows how it isn’t rational but often can be utterly destructive. It’s not my favorite Adam Silvera book but it’s still worth a read. However, be prepared to be punched in the gut by its hard-hitting topics.

I for Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Book 1 in The Great Library series. Yes, it’s a book about books which I’ll always be drawn to. However, this Great Library might not be so great after all as it governs the flow of knowledge to the people. Meaning that in this world, knowledge is not free and accessible to everyone. No one is allowed to own a book (the horror, I know).  

I don’t remember too much about the book, but I believe our main character, Jess, is from a family who’s involved with trading books on the black market which is very dangerous. At the beginning of the book, Jess is selected to be some kind of student and learn about the workings of the Great Library so that one day he can work for them.

It’s a very adventurous story with a lot of action all while it teaches you about the consequences of censorship on a grand scale.

J for Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Apparently, this is the only book I’ve ever read beginning with J so that was easy to choose. I don’t read very many classics, but I found this quite enjoyable and educational. I mainly find classics interesting for their portrayal of their time period. They just have a different feel to them compared to historical fiction that’s written today.

I really like Jane as a character and she’s just my favorite part of the book. Many of the other characters I didn’t particularly care for. The book also features a character called St. John Rivers. I’m not a violent person but I’ve never wanted to punch a character that much. Just a heads up.

There you go. I hope I peaked your interest for some of these if you haven’t read them already. Nevertheless, they are really fun to make so see you next week for the next 5 letters.

Happy reading,

Line

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Top 5 Tuesday // A to E

Lugh got born first.”

First line in Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Hi, readers. It’s time for Top 5 Tuesday which is awesomely hosted by Shanah from Bionic Book Worm. In the month of July, we’re taking a closer look at the alphabet. That means that the first book on today’s list starts with an A, the second one with a B and so on. We end on E today and continue with the alphabet next week. And yes, I’m already frantically searching for a book beginning with X.

Today, however, I managed to find a book starting with the letters A to E. Did I try to get a theme going for the 5 books? Yes! Did I accomplish that? Absolutely not. You’ll notice a similarity between the first two books but after that I just picked whatever book I wanted to talk about. They are all books that I read a long while ago and therefore tend to forget about. I hope it makes some kind of sense.  

A for Angelfall by Susan Ee

A YA dystopian I read back when that was a popular genre. From what I recall, evil angels have taken over and created havoc on earth. Our main character is Penryn whose sister has been taken by the angels and Penryn will do anything to get her back. That includes teaming up with an angel who has lost his wings.

I remember really loving this to my own giant surprise. It’s very dark and also a bit graphic when it comes to the violence. I liked that it was a bit horrifying in that aspect. Like it actually meant something whether the characters won or lost a battle. I believe I also really liked the relationship between Penryn and Raffe and how it developed.

It’s the first book in a trilogy that I never completed. It took me forever to get through the second book although I can’t remember what I didn’t like about it. I might pick up the last book now that this list has reminded me that it exists.

B for Blood Red Road by Moira Young

I remember very little about this other than I loved it! It’s a YA dystopian about a girl looking for her twin brother who’s been captured (are you sensing a theme for this list yet?). She meets some cool people along the way who might be willing to help her.

The writing will probably annoy many people because the characters speak with an accent (I’m not going to guess on which one) and it’s written that way. An example could be that “been” is spelt “bin”. I think I got used to it. I was also completely captured by the story, so it didn’t really matter.

Again, we have a first book in a trilogy but I actually DNF’d the second book. I don’t DNF books so that’s kind of a big deal. Like with Angelfall, I’m willing to try again after writing this. I can even spot my copy of Blood Red Road on my shelf, so I think that I’ll definitely give that a reread in the near future.

C for Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I’ve read a surprisingly large number of books beginning with a C. Upon further examination I realized that half of them are Cassandra Clare books, so it makes sense to me now. I didn’t have anything particularly intelligent to say about the other books, so I chose Catching Fire.

It’s my favorite in the Hunger Games trilogy and possibly in my top 3 favorite books of all time. It just works so well. Just when you think it would be repetitive and boring to have another round of the Games, Collins just throws THAT at you. I can’t explain how much I love this book (yes, I want to reread this one too but there are just so many books!).

D for Dragonfly by Julia Golding

I read this in 2013. It was the kind of book I just randomly picked up at my library because it sounded cool enough. It turned out to be absolutely amazing. A prince and a princess are forced to marry to unite their countries against a common enemy. The only problem is that they deeply despise each other. The book focuses a lot on how these two countries are basically each other’s opposite in terms of culture, traditions, customs etc. It means that our two characters have many (!) discussions about whose country has the best way of living. I remember that it was really fascinating to read. Oh, and they also get kidnapped.

It’s a book I didn’t expect to love but the characters and their differences certainly pulled me in. I also expect it’s the kind of book that I would like if I read now as an adult.

It’s a standalone but there is a sort of companion novel to it. I’ve not read so not completely sure what it is but maybe I should figure that out by reading it.

The Eye, the Ear, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer

This is on here for a more peculiar reason than the others. Again, it’s a book that I read when I was very young and please keep that in mind. When I read the synopsis for it as I was picking these books, I could have sworn that I wasn’t the same book that I’d read as a child. Apparently, my young mind missed some quite vital pieces of information. Firstly, that this story takes place in Africa, more specifically Zimbabwe. Secondly, that the year is 2194.

Seemingly, I wasn’t very invested in the story and I literally laughed out load when I noticed. I remember really loving the book even though I found it a little bit confusing. No shit when I didn’t seem to care about the setting.

This was just a fun story I thought I’d share with you. I didn’t have many books starting with an E anyway.

A list of books I’ve read starting with the letters A to E. Alternatively, a list of books I now want to reread. I’m going to be very busy by the end of July if this trend continues. Well, I hope you enjoyed it and maybe decided that you’d like to read one them too.

Happy reading,

Line

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Top 5 Fantasy Series

“The night Kate Harker decided to burn down the school chapel, she wasn’t angry or drunk.

First line in This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Hello readers. Another Tuesday with another topic for Top 5 Tuesday hosted by Shanah from Bionic Book Worm. She just posted the really cool (and challenging) topics for July if you’re interested. As a fantasy reader, this week’s topic is of course the best topic she could choose for a top 5. I’ve made this list a little differently though because I made my Top 10 all-time favorite books a couple of weeks ago also for Top 5 Tuesday. That list featured my 5 favorite fantasy series (and more) so I decided to use this as an opportunity to mention 5 of the books that didn’t make it onto my top 10. Then I don’t feel so bad for not including them you see. So, if you want to know my absolute favorite fantasy books, go check out my Top 10. Otherwise, here are some other ones.

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

I think all reviews of these books praise the characters and their development and that’s for good reason. The plot is very slow because Martin spends the time giving the reader a deep insight into every single character. It doesn’t matter whether the character is there for a single chapter or the entire series. You know them. I really enjoy that kind of writing although I will admit it can get a little too detailed sometimes.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I went into this series thinking that it was going to be another stereotypical YA fantasy story but there was so much hype around it that I picked it up anyway. Thankfully, I was proven wrong. It’s a fast-paced and dark story filled with all kinds of characters. I think what I enjoys most about the series is its maturity. It doesn’t shy away from showing the brutality and injustice that these characters face. Also, the setting is roman inspired which is the coolest.  

The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen

I’m not completely sure whether this is middle grade or YA, but I read it as an adult and loved it to pieces. The big plot twist in the first book is amazingly well thought out and I didn’t see it coming. Other than that, this series has action, runaway royals, politics and a main character you’ll want to protect at all costs.

Monsters of Verity by Victoria Schwab

Such a cool concept. In Verity, monsters are born from acts of violence but maybe being born a monster doesn’t mean that you’re evil. I enjoyed reading this world so much and also finding out the small details Schwab has put in there. It’s a very dark world (it’s Victoria Schwab, duh) with characters that are morally gray but also some that have managed to stay good. In general, if you enjoy Schwab’s writing, you need to read this duology.

Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda

This is a childhood favorite of mine. They are very, very short and I used to read them in a day. As a child I found them so exciting but also a little scary because of all the horrible monsters. Like they would give me nightmares, but I still loved them. I’ve been wanting to reread them now as an adult to see if I like them just as much.

5 books that are very dear to me, so I’m very interested to know if you’ve read any of them and liked them just as much.

Happy reading,

Line

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Top 5 Main Males

“When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.”

First line in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Colllins

We made it to another Tuesday so it’s time for Top 5 Tuesday hosted by Shanah from Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is Top 5 Main Males and that turned out to be a lot harder than I thought it would be. The list is not ordered because I’m weak but here it goes.

Rhy Maresh (Shades of Magic by V. E. Schwab)

Rhy is the funny one on this list. He often appears care-free and unafraid to bend to rules a little. However, as the layered character that he is, he’s also able to be serious and own up to his responsibilities as Prince and heir to a kingdom.  I also especially love his relationship with his brother, Kell, and their interactions are some of my favorite parts of the series. Kell almost made it to this list but Rhy won because he’s precious.

Eugenides (The Queen’s Thief by Meghan Whalen Turner)

I haven’t even finished The Queen’s Thief, but I already know that Eugenides belongs on this list. His level of loyalty to the people he cares about is absurd. His cleverness and ingenuity are what makes the series so great and surprising. His main flaw is his bad temper but even that is a delight to read about.

Jude St. Francis (A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara)

My poor Jude has been through enough and didn’t deserve to be excluded from this list. My love for this character is so deep that he was the first one added to the list. It’s not based on his character traits because he’s a very flawed character but in a good way. If that makes sense. He’s just a character that I want to protect at all costs.

Levi (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)

Levi is the one who elevated my expectations in guys to an unattainable level. No one is that perfect in real life, but I still love to pretend that he exists. How he is around Cath and how he handles her social anxiety just proves that he’s a genuinely good guy.

Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)

Speaking of good guys, is there anyone better than Peeta? He’s charming without being obnoxious. He’s intelligent and cares deeply for the people closest to him. Not even The Hunger Games can ruin him. He retains his values even after seeing so much death and injustice.

This was fun making so I hoped you enjoyed reading it. Do we share any favorite male characters? Or are there some of these you just can’t stand? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading,

Line

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Top 10 All Time Favorites

“The villagers of Little Hangleton still called it ‘the Riddle House,’ even though it had been many years since the Riddle family had lived there.”

First line in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I’ve worried too much about this post than what was strictly necessary. I’ve reminded myself that books don’t have feelings and therefore won’t hate me for not picking them for this list (are we completely sure about this?). Shanah from Bionic Book Worm is the creator of Top 5 Tuesday (which today is a top 10) and she has come up with some pretty cool topics, so I needed to participate. Here are the topics for June if you’re interested.

In making my list, I decided to expand it a little so that it’s a list of my favorite books/series. If I have a favorite book in a series, I will mention which one. The list is ordered although 10-3 are somewhat interchangeable. Spot number 1 and 2 are completely set though. Now then, I can’t seem to put it off any longer so here are my Top 10 all time Favorite Books/Series.

10 – Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness

Such a thought-provoking series of books in so many ways. Also, the best villain ever. He’s so manipulative. Patrick Ness writes him so expertly that I found myself thinking: “Maybe the villain is right?”. I’ve never experienced an author trick me like that and I love it. A movie is coming at some point and I can’t wait.

Favorite in series: The Ask and the Answer

9 – Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch

This is a newer favorite of mine. The main characters Locke and Jean are absolutely perfect in the way that they are violent, swearing con-artists and also the best of friends. The plot is intricate, full of action and extremely exciting. 

Favorite in series: Red Seas under Red Skies

8 – The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

From a new favorite to an old favorite. These books were the first to open my eyes to a lot of issues in our society and I really appreciate them for it. Katniss was also the first introverted main character that I’d ever read about, and I remember identifying with her lot. Maybe that is also why I have an unpopular opinion: I really like Mockingjay (gasp!). It’s not my favorite but it really fascinated me because so much time is spent inside Katniss’ mind.

Favorite in series: Catching Fire!! (As in, I love this a lot!!)

7 – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Here we have the first standalone on my list and it’s one of the popular ones I think. You should know that I really love sad books and books that just in general hurt me. Sounds counterintuitive, I know, but I want to feel things. The Book Thief is so devastating that it, of course, belongs on my list of favorites.

6 – Mistborn (Era 1) by Brandon Sanderson

This is just quality fantasy. It’s action. It’s politics. It’s a world so detailed and “real” that you can’t help but want to know more about it. I’ve only read the first trilogy of Mistborn but I intend to read the rest at some point. I just want more of this world.

Favorite in series: The Final Empire

5 – Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab

Victoria Schwab is one my absolute favorite authors, and this was the first of her series that I read. The magic system is interesting without being too complex so it’s easy to love. I mean, there’s a coat that changes to whatever shape and color you need it to be. I need that to be real. The characters are easy to love as well, except for Lila. Without her, this series would have been higher on the list, but I still love everything else about it.

Favorite in series: A Conjuring of Light

4 – A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Remember when I said that I love books that hurt me when talking about The Book Thief? A Little Life hurt me a hundred times more. Even though I read it about 5 months ago, it’s still a book I find myself thinking about. It’s just that good (and so traumatizing). Also, I can’t express the love I have for Jude and Willem. They are everything to me.

3 – Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows is the heist novel I didn’t know I needed. Bardugo has such a great focus on the characters and their development that I don’t mind that not a lot happens in the first book. All six main characters are relatable and deep. The plot contains all the action and scheming I could hope for, but it is definitely a character driven duology and that’s what I love.

Favorite in series: Six of Crows

2 – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

How can I explain this? I’ve never related so much to a character as I relate to Cath. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy to read about her issues because it made feel understood and not so alone. Also, I’m in love with Levi. I know he’s the most perfect character to ever exist and therefore completely unrealistic, but I don’t care. I love reading about him.

1 – Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Yeah, I can’t not put this as my number 1. I grew up with them and back then, it was the only thing on my mind. I still reread them as an adult and my experience is that I don’t love them any less than when I was 14.

Favorite in series: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

There you have it. This was difficult so now I really want to know if you’ve read any of these books and where they are on your list of favorites.

Have a happy day of reading.

Line