Favorite Fandoms | Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

This week’s topic is favorite fandoms and I think this was the easiest list of all the Top 5 Wednesday’s that I’ve done.

5)Marvel

This is such a massive fandom and even though I’ve only experienced the Tumblr side of it, I love all the time and effort people put into it.

4)Shadowhunters

The massive fandom that Cassandra Clare created with all her Shadowhunter books is so vast and so amazing.

3)Game of Thrones

Even though I feel like some of the fans are very careless about spoilers, I still love how much energy everyone puts into the books and show.

2)Outlander

I feel like everyone has at least one thing in common and that’s our undying love for Jamie.

1)Harry Potter

Not only do I love the books and movies, I love the fans. We’re so passionate and full of fire, even after the last movie. There’s so many theories and ideas from the fans. The fan art is endless and so is the fanfic. No matter how many years go by, I know the HP fandom will never slow down and will never die.

Series I Want to Start Next Year – Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

This week’s topic is top 5 series’ I want to start next year.

5.Legend by Marie Lu

I know, I know. I so behind with this series. I own all the books and I’ve been meaning to start Legend for months now but I still haven’t gotten around to it.

4.Endgame by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton

I have the first two books in this series and I’m really hoping I can get caught up before the third book releases.

3.The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

I’m so behind on all of Rick Riordan’s books!

2.Ruby Red by by Kerstin Gier

I’ve had the first book in this series for a long time and I keep meaning to start it.

1.Magisterium by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

A series by two of my favorite authors? Yes, please. I have the first two books in this series but I haven’t read them yet and honestly, I don’t know why.

What are some the series’ that you hope to read next year?

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FAVORITE FIREPLACE READS | TOP FIVE WEDNESDAY

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is favorite books to read by the fireplace. Seeing as it’s mid December you’d think Massachusetts would be filled with cozy fireplaces but alas we’re in some weird heat wave. But none the less, this is my top five favorite reads for sitting next to the fireplace. I don’t really read by the fireplace but, here are five books I’ve partially read/would want to read by the fire.

1. The Ocean at The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman
So I read this in January and it was a really whismical and cozy read. The book is set in England which is always or mostly dreary and cold  which always makes me want to snuggle up next to a fire.
2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I read ACOTAR in the spring when it was released. So I couldn’t read it by the fire but this book is set …in winter? Okay well Fayre lives in a village and it was winter at some point but the pure fact that it’s a Beauty and The Beast retelling makes me always want to read it by the fire.

3. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
I started reading this book by the window as it was snowing. I LOVED this book so much. The adventure was amazing especially sitting next to the fire.

4. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Grey
A Thousand Pieces of You is awesome. Parallel universes. One being set in Russia. The cold atmosphere making me long for a fire, was awesome to read next to a fireplace.

5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
THIS BOOK IS AWESOME. I LOVE IT. AND THE PARALLEL UNIVERSES OF LONDON ARE EVEN BETTER NEXT TO A FIRE. I CAN’T EVEN EXPLAIN HOW AMAZING THIS WAS TO READ NEXT TO A NICE WARM FIRE. The End.

Favorite Retellings | Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is retellings and I’m so excited because I love retellings. Plus, some of my absolute favorite books are retellings.

5.Splintered by A.G. Howard

I haven’t read many retellings of Alice in Wonderland but Splintered is my favorite. It’s so  mystical and imaginative.

4.Beastly by Alex Flinn

I read this book so long ago (like 2011, I think) and I was so blown away by it. I still think about it and it has definitely made a lasting impression on me.

3.Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell 

Mechanica is such an interesting retelling of Cinderella. It’s fairly close to the original story but it’s also very different. The writing is beautiful and I loved the concept.

2.Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

This is my favorite retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I was so emotionally invested in the story and I loved so much about this book.

1.Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles is such an amazing series. I love how each book focuses on a new character and a new retelling. It’s so well written and the characters are amazing.

Top Five Wednesday : Favorite Audiobooks

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.
I’m super excited for this week’s topic because I LOVE audiobooks and it helps me read all the books I love faster and gives an actual voice to the characters

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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

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The Martian by Andy Weir

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Shatter Me Series
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Storm Front by Jim Butcher

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

these are all books I love SO MUCH. You could see from my reviews they’ve gotten a 4 or 5 star review from me. The reason I have these down is because I couldn’t stop reading these books so I bought the audiobook so I could listen at work and in the car and honestly, these audiobooks TOTALLY ring true to the way I hear these characters in my head from voice to the way they speak. They’ve done an amazing job on these books.

Books I’m Thankful For | Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

I’m super excited for this week’s topic because I actually have exactly 5 books that I’m extremely thankful for.

(in no particular order)

5.Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

This is the first book that my best friend, Logan, ever gave me. When she found out that I hadn’t read a Sarah Dessen book, she gave me Just Listen and whenever I see this book on my shelf, I think of her.

4.Wait for You by J. Lynn

When me and 7 other girls on Instagram started a bookclub, Bibliophile Academy, this was the first book that we read together. Not only did we all love this book, we all became very close friends and whenever I think of this book, I think of them.

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

I read this book in July for both Bibliophile Academy’s readalong and for this blog’s readalong. I had such a great time that month reading this book with some of my best friends and making new friends over this book. Whenever I think of this book, I remember how much fun I had with so many great people.

2.A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

This was me and Stephanie’s first Book of the Month. I loved this book but I love the memories that go along with it more. This book was the start of so many great things and I’ll always associate this book with the blog and reading it with Stephanie.

1.Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

I’ll forever be thankful for everything that this series has brought into my life. It’s changed my life and I don’t know where I would be without these books.

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Favorite Hunger Game Moments | Top Five Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

This week’s topic for Top 5 Wednesday is Top Hunger Games Moments. Now, as some of you have seen on Goodreads (or soon enough) I just finished Mockingjay. I have to say that Hunger Games isn’t my favorite. After the first book, I pretty much lost interest, but there were still some really good parts of the series:

volunteerKatniss Volunteers for Prim. 

I have to say that this was obviously a pivotal moment in the book, but when they adapted the book to movie, this was such a strong acted scene. Although acted, it’s almost like Katniss pulled through heartstrings almost anyone could feel. This is the reaction any sibling would have if they got reaped. And I think that’s why this is one of the top five moments. It’s the beginning of the whole plot and series as well as just an emotionally gripping scene in the book and in the movie.

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Cinna

God Bless Cinna and Lenny Kravitz.  I see Cinna as the true flame that kept Katniss going. Prim yes was the underlying thing that keeps Katniss going but it always comes down to when Prim is in danger. But Cinna was the one from day 1 who didn’t even have to TRULY know Katniss to know that she was going to be a rebel leader. The face of the rebellion. He knew she was going to change the world.

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Finnick and Annie’s Wedding

I enjoyed this part of the books. It was kind of the beacon of hope amidst the most awful times that any of them have endured. I also think that Finnick is one of the most deserving people of this happiness. Losing Mags in the last games, the way he cared for her and everything he endured. Not thinking he’d see Annie ever again. I just think this was one of the most perfect things in the whole series.

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Seneca Crane and the Nightlock. 

THE BIGGEST F**CK YOU IN ALL OF MOVIE HISTORY. Okay, maybe not, like THE BIGGEST but…damn it was a good one.

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President Coin and the Last Hunger Games 

I think Coin’s last idea of hosting a final hunger games using the captiol’s children is an AMAZING part of the series. As much as I hated Coin, I thought this idea and what not brought up a great thinking point in the book, it was an awesome time to truly think about what you would do in a situation like that, and if you truly understood Katniss throughout the books.

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Books I Didn’t Finish | Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

This week’s topic for Top 5 Wednesday is Top Books You Didn’t Finish. I try not to DNF any books, especially if it’s a book I’ve payed for. I always feel sad if I payed $14 for a book that I don’t finish but at the same time, if I don’t like it, I don’t want to waste my time. I always go back on forth on wasting money or wasting time.

5)Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

One of the most recent books that I didn’t finish, Hunter is kind of an interesting book for me.  I love the cover and I loved the synopsis but once I started this book, I realized that Hunter is pretty much every YA book ever. Unlikely hero from humble origin is “different”, “special” and is the only one who can save the world.  I just couldn’t get into it and I just didn’t want to finish it. I’ve seen a ton of people also didn’t finish this book so I don’t feel too bad.

4)Dark Companion by Marta Acosta 

I read this book a really long time ago, like 2011 or 2012, and I still remember how much I hated it. The main male character is extremely abusive and awful. I read just about all of this book but I quit about 75 pages from the end. I’m surprised by how much of this book I actually read but I ended up DNFing it

3) Those Girls by Lauren Saft 

I didn’t like Those Girls. The characters were over the top mean and just nasty to each other. I was vaguely entertained at first but maybe that was because I started this book late at night and I wasn’t thinking clearly. I read about %20 of this book before I just couldn’t bring myself to read any more.

2)The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

I know a bunch of people love this book but I couldn’t get though it. I wasn’t aware of the animal torture in this book when I first started it. I just knew a lot of people loved it and when I seen it on BookOutlet.com, I got it right away. I couldn’t get past page 22 and I spent 6 days avoiding this book. I could barely even look at it without getting upset.

1)After by Anna Todd 

I know a lot of people like this book. And that’s okay. I totally respect that. However, this is my most hated book that I’ve ever read. A couple of my friends had read this book and said they loved to hate it and that they couldn’t put it down.  I was insanely curious about this book and I got an e-copy of it and started it right away. I’m so glad I don’t have a print copy of this book because if I had to look at it on my shelf, I would poke my eyes out. I think I read about 15 minutes of this book before I just couldn’t handle it any more. I’m not going to rant about how I feel about this book. If you want to know more, I do have a review/rant.

So those are my top 5 books that I didn’t finish! I actually had a great time writing this post and revisiting my feelings of these books.

What are some books that you didn’t finish?

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Top Halloween Reads | Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

I’m so excited because this week’s topic is Top Halloween Reads/Recommendations and if you know me you know that I love Halloween and I love scary/creepy reads.

5.Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Heart-Shaped Box is a little bit on the tame side of horror but still a really good read.
If you like horror but not into gore and stuff like that, I recommend this book. I had a good time reading Heart-Shaped Box and I’ve even reread it.

4.The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender 

I didn’t really find The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall very scary, just a little creepy so it’s a great read if you don’t like scary books but still want a October themed book.
I was very impressed with this book and how incredibly entertaining that I found it.

3.Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff 

Fiendish is such a lovely, eerie, strange, and beautiful book. I’m completely blown away by how great it is. The writing is beautiful, the characters are lovely, and plot is eerie, and everything else is beautiful.

2.172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

This book is insane. Granted, the first half might be a little slow but the last half in crazy and super scary. I’ve read this book twice and I’ve been terrified by the last half of this book both times.

1.Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

The characters are odd and strange and the writing style is out of this world. It has a really interesting, classic style about it.  I seriously recommend this book. It’s weird, creepy, and beautiful.

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Authors Discovered This Year | Top 5 Wednesay

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday (I’m posting this a few days late, I know) topic is Top Authors You Discovered This Year. I’ve actually discovered quite a few authors that have quickly become my favorites this year so I’m super excited to share them with you!

5.Erin Bowman

I loved Vengeance Road and Erin’s amazing writing. I can’t wait to pick up her other books.

4.Jenny Han

I’m such a fan of Jenny and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I loved every second I spent reading her books this year and I can’t wait to pick up all her other books.

3.Tia Giacalone 

I absolutely adored Hey Sunshine and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. Tia is such an awesome writer and I’m so happy that I got a a chance to read her book.

2.Sarah J. Maas 

I finally got around to reading some of Sarah’s books this year and I’m so glad that I did. I’ve read Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and A Court of Thorns of Roses so far and I’ve loved all three of them.

1.Colleen Hoover

As of right now, I’ve only read Ugly Love but I can’t even begin to express my love for that book so, of course, Colleen is now one of my top favorite authors. I do plan on reading a least 3 more of her books before the end of the year though.

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