Diverse Characters | Top 5 Wednesday


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

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is favorite diverse characters. I’m very passionate about diversity in books, especially YA.  So I’m super excited for this week’s post.

5. The characters from Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Roc Upchurch

All the characters in this graphic novel series are very diverse in race and sexuality.

4.Kamala Khan from Ms. Marvel (Marvel NOW!) by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona

Kamala is Muslim and though out the series, her culture is incorporated and talked about.

3. Allison Sekemoto from The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa 

Allison is Asian (Japanese, I think) and not only is she an amazing character, the art under the dust jackets has an Asian model and I think that’s really great.

2. Lara Jean and her sisters from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Lara Jean and her sisters are half Korean and I love how much Jenny Han incorporated their Korean customs and traditions into both books in this series.

1.Madeline from Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Madeline is half Japanese & half African-American. Several times though out the book she describes herself and I love that.


Banned Books | Top 5 Wednesday


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

 With September 27-October 3 being Banned Book  Week, this week’s Top 5 Wednesday subject is banned books. I could go on and on about censorship of  literature, namely Young Adult literature, but I won’t bore you all with a speech that you’ve heard a million times before. So we’ll just jump right into my top 5 banned books.

5.A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

I barely remember what this book is about but I remember being about 6-7 and my mom reading this book to me and my sister. And just because I can’t remember the details of this book, doesn’t mean it didn’t sculpt me as a reader from a very young age.

4.The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This book changed my life and I think it’s a very important piece of literature for readers of all ages.

3.The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games is one of my favorite books of all time and I honestly believe that it changed literature, especially YA.

2.Looking for Alaska by John Green

Again, one of my favorite books of all time and words can’t begin to express what I feel for this book.

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The Harry Potter series has changed my life and I cannot imagine not being able to have access to the book series that has made my life better.

What are your favorite banned books? Do we share any favorites? Comment and let me know! And link me to your Top 5 Wednesday post/video!


Top Five Wednesday : Title Fonts on Covers


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

Hey guys, Stephanie here to present you with my top five favorite title fonts on covers. Now this is a tough one being a graphic designer I’m very VERY picky about my covers, and fonts can usually make or break if for me. So here we go! It’s a top 5 in no specific order by the way!

1. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes  – So I love the cover art alone on this but the font on the cover is beautiful, strong and bold just like the characters inside. I love the whole feel of the font, just something deadly (with the sharp ending at the bottom of the letters), something shiny and something just like I said, bold.
2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – GAH THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. As is the cover font and I love the use of higherarchy where the not so important words are smaller and the more emphatic words are. It’s one of my favorite little tricks in typography it’s the best! I love the use of it especially paired with this font because it’s so block and chunky and big it’s a good contrast around the swirl of that vine.

3. Landline by Rainbow Rowell – Landline I love because it’s a bit more fun and a play on the whole telephone cord! Super clever!

4. Jackaby by William Ritter – So I don’t have this book but MY GOODNESS the script on this cover is absolutely gorgeous. I love it and I always want to just instabuy this one.

5. Six of Crows  by Leigh Bardugo – Six of Crows is another I don’t have, but it’s really good use of swirls and keeping it subtle and clean.

What are some of your favorite cover fonts?



Fictional Cities | Top 5 Wednesday

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

Taylor here with this week’s topic for for Top 5 Wedbesday! This week is top five fictional cities. I actually had a hard time thinking of five cities. The first three were easy but I was stumped pretty quickly.

5) King’s Landing

Now, I don’t think that I’d like to actually live in King’s Landing but I love Game of Thrones so I had to include it.

4) New Beijing

I love the Lunar Chronicles and I think living in New Beijing would provide great opportunities to go on an awesome adventure.

3) Rivendell

I love Middle Earth and who doesn’t an to be an elf?

2) Narnia

I haven’t read the Narnia books in a really, really long time but I think the movies do a great job portraying how beautiful and magical it is.

1)  Hogsmeade

C’mon. You knew this would be my number one pick.

What are your top 5 fictional cities? Let me know in the comments or link me to your post/video!

Top Five Wednesday: Book Series You Wish Had More Books.

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

Hey everyone so this week’s topic for Top Five Wednesday is book series you wish had more books. And this one is a tough one for me because I haven’t finished a lot of series, I’m like reading 8 of them right now so I’m in the middle of a lot of them (Falling Kingdoms, Throne of Glass, Bone Season) so  a lot of these may seem a bit childish but, oh well!

Harry Potter – Yes, I went there. 7 books but I needed more. As my favorite book series ever. I just needed to know more about the world about what happened about more wizard adventures. Like what about Harry being and Auror with Ron?! I need to know about what it was like. THERE ARENT ENOUGH BOOKS

Chronicles of Narnia– I just loved this series so much. I could not possibly live without this series as a kid and I know it’s a great one and it probably doesn’t/wouldn’t need any more books but I’ve always just wanted this series to go on forever and ever and ever.


Firebird Series–  I know this is still going and the second book comes out soon! But it’s supposed to be a trilogy and I don’t think that’s enough. This whole first book was absolutely amazing. I couldn’t stop reading it and I think this may be one of my ultimate favorite series.

Nancy Drew– I’m Sorry, but I ADORED Nancy Drew. I wish I still had all the books because they were just a good read when I was younger. I kind of just want an endless stream of those books. 64 Books just aint enough.

Tropes I Hate | Top 5 Wednesday

unnamed (1) Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

Taylor here with this week’s topic is Top Five Tropes That You Hate. Now, I hate a lot of tropes and I’m really good at ranting to I’m to try to keep this short and not write a massive post.  These aren’t in any particular order so let’s get started!

5) Insta-love

I feel like everyone hates insta-love but for some reason it’s still a thing. I hate when two characters meet and a few chapters later they say how much they love each other. That’s just not how it works in real life. I love it when the relationship grows and develops though out the book or even the series.

4) Abusive Relationships

I’m not just talking about domestic violence. I’m talking about verbal abuse and threats to each other. Showing over and over how much power one of them has over the other. Possessive and controlling boyfriends. Justifying jealousy because they “care”. I could go on and on.

3) Love Triangles

Why is this a thing? Why do authors think this is what quality literature is made of?

2) High School setting

I honestly dislike it when YA books take place in high school. I don’t care about the characters classes or teachers. I just don’t give a crap who is or isn’t in their classes. I rather the book takes place during the summer or the author just skips any scene that would happen at school (Kasie West is amazing at skipping over boring school scenes).

1) Forbidden Love

Any book that has prophecies or destinies  or anything that involves keeping teenagers from falling in love will make me want to punch myself in the face.

So there you have it. Five (of many) tropes that make me want to claw my eyes out.  What tropes do you hate? Do we share any? Link me to your Top Five post/video so we can rant together!

Top Five Wednesday : Favorite Required Reading

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

Hey guys! Stephanie here! Today’s topic for top 5 is required reading. Seeing as I’m now out of school for 2 years and working as a graphic designer, I’m going to take a walk down memory lane and show you guys my top five favorite required reads from my middle school- college days.

  1. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck (Read in 10th grade)
    BLESS THIS BOOK. One of my all time classic favorites. Of Mice and Men was something I read my sophomore year of high school and it was one of the first books I read on my own that made me sob. Ugly sob. This book just had some strings that got me to connect so whole heartedly with most of the characters.  It’s truly a quick, lovely read.
  2. Night by Elie Wiesel (Read in 8th grade)
    We read Night in the 8th grade as part of our teaching on the Holocaust. This book was so real and so raw with emotion and fact, it was so compelling and thought provoking. I felt so naive before reading Night. But getting through it, and coming out of reading this book, I appreciated that whole era, and everyone who survived what Wiesel went through himself. I don’t know why I didn’t relate to Diary of Anne Frank like I did Night. Maybe because this was more of a story rather than entry style, but if you haven’t read Night, do so. It’s truly amazing and moving.
  3. 1984 by George Orwell (Read in 12th grade)
    I loved 1984! It was my first dip into sci-fi. I appreciated the art that was 1984. I loved the story line, although the gout was kind of gross, but that was quickly overlooked. I loved the settings and how it was all described and I loved the way Orwell used his words and the descriptiveness of it all. It was truly a classic.
  4. The Things They Carried by Tim O’ Brien (Read in 11th grade)
    American Literature was never my favorite, but one of the first multi character POV, The Things They Carried was a great required read for me. I never went home dreading to do the homework for this book. It was just one of those books you get swept up in wanting to know each and every possible perspective and what would happen next.
  5. Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption : A Story from Different Seasons by Stephen King (Read in 12th grade)
    So this short story was one that completely got me into King’s writing and I thank my senior high school teacher leaps and bound for that. I never knew where to start with King and this was the most amazing introduction into his writing. And it was absolutely amazing. I gobbled this one up and I’ve been chipping away at King’s works ever since.

Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Series | Top 5 Wednesday

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

This week, the subject for Top 5 Wednesday is Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Series. I spent all day thinking about what characters I was going to pick because I can’t think of a lot of side characters that I actually want a to have a series for. But I did come up with five characters that I would actually read their series if they got one and that I actually care about.

5.  Tom Riddle from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

I would love a seven book series showing Riddle’s experience at Hogwarts as well as his summer… activities. I would love to know his thought process and how things went from bad to worse.

4.  Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Maybe not a whole series but I would die for a book about Neville’s first year as a professor. I think it would be so funny and just great.

3.  The founders of Hogwarts from  Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Again, I would die for a series about Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Rowena Ravenclaw and Helga Hufflepuff.  I would love alternating perspectives from all four of them though out  the book(s) so we could get to know each of them.

2.  Regulus Black from  Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

I think a seven book series for Regulus would be so important to the HP world. I would love to follow Regulus though his schooling and seeing his relationship with his mother as well as Sirius and leading up to what happened in the cave,

1. The Marauders from  Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

This is my top pick because I think %99.9 of people who have read HP would be down for this idea. I would love for a seven book series following James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew in alternating perspectives. I would sell my soul for this series and out of all my picks, I think this one is most likely to happen.

So I know this list was all HP characters but I couldn’t think of any other characters that got me excited like these characters.

What do you think of my picks? What are your picks? Comment down below or link me to your Top 5 Wednesday post/video!

Things on my Bookshelf that Aren’t Books | Top 5 Wednesday

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

Hi everyone! Taylor here with another Top 5 Wednesday! This week, the topic is “things on my bookshelf that aren’t books”. To be honest, I don’t like to put things on my shelves. I don’t like my shelves to look cluttered or messy. Plus, I can’t really think of things I’d want to put on my shelves. But I just so happen to have five things (technically seven) on my shelves and I really like them. :)

5.  Debbie the Pygmy Puff

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I got Debbie the Pygmy Puff a few years ago when I went to Wizarding World of Harry Potter and she’s been sitting with my HP books ever since. She looks a little creepy in the picture but she’s really cute in real life.

4.  Gryffindor sword and lion

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This is actually a letter opener but I never actually use it to open anything. I think it looks pretty cool just sitting on my shelf.

3.  Dany and Drogo

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I love Game of Thrones (I haven’t started season 5 though) so when I seen these in Barnes & Noble, I had to get them. I always buy vinyl figures in pairs and this was the first pair I bought.

2.  Jon Snow and Ygritte

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Game of Thrones is slowly killing me so this had to be the next pair that I bought.

1.  Replica of my dog

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I was given this little felted replica of my dog for my birthday this year and I love it so much. It sits on the shelf next to my bed and on the top stack.

What are some of the things you have on your shelf that’s not books?

Favorite Chapter Headings | Top 5 Wednesday

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

Hi everyone! Taylor here with my top five favorite chapter headings.  I say top 5 favorites really loosely because these are just 5 that came to my mind when I was thinking about which books I wanted to pick for  today. I’m sure I have other books with cooler headers but I can’t think of others at the moment so these are the ones I’m going with.

5.  The Prey by Tom Isbell.

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I haven’t read this book yet but I was looking at all the design when I bought it and I thought the barbed wire was really cool.

4. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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Another book that I haven’t read but I was curious about the design when I bought it. I really like the framing and little sun/star things. I also really love it when books have chapter titles.

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

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Okay, this isn’t technically a chapter header, but every time the main character goes to a different parallel universe, this is the header. It’s fairly frequent though out the book so it’s basically a chapter header. Anyway, I love how the design is so beautiful and takes up the whole page.

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

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I love the font and the cool blurry design at the top but what I love most about this header is how distinctive it is.

.1 The Harry Potter series (duh)

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C’mon. You knew I was I going to pick Harry Potter for my number one spot. The chapters have titles, the font is iconic, and each chapter has a picture. What other book series has all that?

What are your favorite chapter headings? Do we share favorites? Link me to your Top 5 Wednesday list or video so I can check it out!