T5W: Future Classics

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

July 11th: Future Classics
–What books do you think will stand the test of time?

I think this was more stressful than it should have been haha. I first sat down and couldn’t come up with anything. It was one of those “I can’t remember a single book I’ve ever read” kinds of moments (ok, more like half an hour, during which time I just sat and stared at my shelves and actually almost cried, but let’s not talk about that).

But I finally came up with 5, so yay! In no particular order, as usual…




The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan–
I think his books are going to stick. Maybe not all of them, but I have a feeling that in another 10ish years, they’re going to be considered modern classics, as Harry Potter is now.

 


Exit West by Mohsin Hamid– I read this last summer and I still think about it a lot. I still hate the description because it makes it sound different from what it was actually like, but it was really good, very timely, and I hope it makes it as a classic. (My review.)

 

 


Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn– Confession: I haven’t read this one. I tried (several times, ugh), and couldn’t get into it. I also didn’t like the movie, or Sharp Objects (which I actually did manage to finish, but barely). I think Gillian Flynn’s writing just isn’t for me, idk. But this book exploded a few years ago, and people are still talking about it and referencing it regularly, so I have a feeling it’s eventually going to be considered a classic.

 



A Darker Shade of Magic
by V.E. Schwab– Maaaaaybe it won’t become a fantasy classic, but I think it should, and I hope it does ❤ (Do I need to explain this one, and why I chose it?)

 

 


The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern–
I feel like I don’t have to explain this one, either. The writing, the story, the cover ❤ It’s still a really popular book, and I see it as a lot of people’s favorite/in their list of favorites pretty regularly. I honestly can’t remember a time (since I became aware of the bookish parts of the internet a few years ago) when I haven’t seen this book pop up on social media at least once a week.


What are some books you think are destined to become classics?

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T5W: Best Books I’ve Read This Year

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

July 4th: Best Books You’ve Read So Far in 2018

This one was easier than I expected, yay! In no particular order…




The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo– I read this one back in April and absolutely loved it. It’s a novel in verse, and an emotional read. (Reviewed here)

 

 


 

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff– Do I need to say anything about this one? ❤

 

 



The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
by Mackenzi Lee– I loved this book and tore through it in about a day and a half after I finally sat down and started reading it.

 

 



The Language of Thorns
by Leigh Bardugo– It’s Leigh Bardugo and fairy tale/folklore/myths-inspired stories, so of course I absolutely loved it. 

 

 


The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien– I finally finished this back in May and mostly loved it. (I think I actually rated it 4.5/5 stars, but only because I found the first half of Fellowship sooo slow to get started. After that, I got through it pretty fast.)

 

 


What are some of the best books you’ve read so far this year?

Mid-Year Freak-Out Book Tag

I was not tagged for this, but I’ve seen it everywhere (here, tumblr, youtube…) for about a month now, and I kept wanting to do it, and now I am. I think this originated on Youtube, but I saw it most recently on Lia @LostInAStory’s blog.

Here we go!


The best book you’ve read so far in 2017

I hate this one because I’ve read several books I loved, but I narrowed it down to 2 (it was originally 3 until I read the next category)…which is probably cheating, but I love them pretty equally, so I’m going with it.

  

 

Your favourite sequel of the year

I love this book, I love this series, and I am still pushing it on everyone every chance I get 😛

 

A new release that you haven’t read but really want to

So. Many. For this one, because there are probably a dozen I could pick from, I’m just going with a new(ish) release that I own but haven’t read yet.

I actually hadn’t even heard of this one (how??) until last month when I saw it on social media. I grabbed a copy last time I was at a bookstore and I’m hoping to get to it really soon because it sounds like something I’m going to love.

 

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

I thought this was going to be super hard to narrow down, but then I remembered that this is coming out in October!

 

Your biggest disappointment

It’s a tossup between these two. I’ve heard amazing things about both, and I really disliked both. I won’t say I hated them, but it was really close. I gave both a grudging 2 stars (actual 1.5 rating, I think), and kinda wish I hadn’t read either of them because I feel like my time could have been spent much better.

  

 

Biggest surprise

I’m going more negative here because I expected to like this more than I did :/ I still did enjoy it, but I went into it expecting to really love it and it fell a little short of my high expectations.

 

Favourite new to you (or debut) author

No thought needed for this one. I absolutely loved this book and I can not wait for more books ❤ (I reviewed it here if you want to check out my full thoughts.)

 

Your new fictional crush

I don’t think I have any.

 

New favourite character

Oh gosh, pretty much everyone from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

 

A book that made you cry

This one. (Reviewed over here.)

 

A book that made you happy

I loved this book and it was so satisfying ❤

 

Your favourite book to movie adaptation that you’ve seen this year

I didn’t read it this year, but I finally watched The Martian a few weeks ago and loved it. Not as much as the book, but I think both are great.

 

Favourite book post you’ve done this year

I’m not even sure why, but I think it was a Top 5 Wednesday and my first post of the year: 2018 Reading Resolutions. I think it might be my favorite because I’m actually not doing too bad with sticking to my goals, yay!

 

The most beautiful book you’ve bought/received this year

This gem ❤

I’ve seen these editions online (they’re the Harper Collins ones with “interactive elements,” and I know they have at least two others besides The Beauty and the Beast) but holy crap are they so much more amazing in person! (Confession: This was still in the plastic until 2 minutes before I took the pictures :/ So…I still haven’t even actually really looked closely at this gorgeous book and all the cool stuff that’s inside it, like that door. That door opens and there’s all kinds of other nifty things to explore.)

 

Books I want to read by the end of the year

I just did a T5W about this, so I’ll just leave that link here (and also because I am very lazy right now, sorry).


What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

Do you have any goals for the second half of the year?

If you did this tag, let me know and I’ll check it out 🙂

Tome Topple Plans + TBR

I’m kind of addicted to read a thons and reading challenges, but few get me as excited as Tome Topple, and I am so ready (haha, no, I’m not) for the next round!

If you’re not familiar with it, Tome Topple is a read a thon that usually happens a couple times a year(ish) that was created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes over on YouTube.

Unlike a lot of read a thons, the goal isn’t to read as many books as you can. Instead, it’s to tackle “tomes” (books over 500 pages). Here’s the announcement video for this round if you want to check it out to learn more. There’s also a Tome Topple twitter, and a goodreads group!

This round of Tome Topple begins June 29th and ends July 12th.

Honestly, I’ve kind of failed at Tome Topple in the past :/ But, I’m still going to try this time around, and just hope I make it through at least part of one book by the end. 

There are mini-challenges during Tome Topple, but I don’t know if I’ll do any. I have a couple of books that would count for “part of a series,” and most of them are “adult books,” so I might get to cross off one of those.

I still haven’t decided 100% what my book (or books) will be, but I’ve narrowed it down from a list of like 30 books. I decided to try to only pick a book (or books) that I’ve owned since before this year, and then I narrowed the list down more by figuring out which ones I’ve wanted to read the longest and/or heard the most good about.

That…barely thinned down the list, honestly haha. (I also passed on a couple of non-fiction books I have, but I’ve owned both since last year, so…I might decide to pick one of those up later.)

If you’re doing TT and want to buddy read one of these, let me know! (That’s one of the mini-challenges.)

My TBR Choices

(AKA books I’ll be picking from literally as soon as I start reading, because trying to pick one before that will result in me having no desire to read it by the time the read a thon begins :/ )

 

Kindle books

  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (a re-read)

 

Physical books

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Villette by Charlotte Brontë; The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri; The Diviners by Libba Bray; The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton


I meant to have this scheduled and posted way earlier today, but stuff came up and I’m only just finishing this post at 9PM, eek. Only three more hours until Tome Topple begins, yay!

Happy reading, and good luck to anyone participating 🙂

T5W: Books I Want to Get to This Year

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

June 27th: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year 
–Halfway through the year, and it’s time to evaluate our reading goals and take a look at our TBRs for the second half of the year!

So many. So, so, so many books I want to read ASAP, but probably won’t. *sigh* Honestly, this list could change every 5 minutes, depending on what books I can see from wherever I am in my house, my mood, etc. But these are five books I’ve really wanted to read for a while now, and I’m hoping to get to them all pretty soon.

In no particular order…



The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas– I swear I think I’ve mentioned wanting to read this several times, yet here I am. I don’t generally like contemporaries, and I have to be in really specific kinds of moods to get through them. I’m just waiting for the right mood to finally come along. Hopefully that will be soon.

 

 


Strange the Dreamer
by Laini Taylor– I’m pretty much just waiting for the sequel at this point. Originally, I wanted to read it right away. Then I had surgery and my whole TBR got shuffled around and off course, so now I’m just waiting. But after I get the sequel, I’ll probably get to it pretty soon.

 

 


Vicious
by V.E. Schwab– Another that I’ve been saying I’ll read for ages, and also one I’m now putting off only because the sequel is coming soon. I might read Vicious before Vengeful comes out, but not long before. Like, maybe a couple week or a month before? Whatever. I’ll be reading it really soon.

 

 


The Library at Mount Char
by Scott Hawkins– This one actually wasn’t super high on my TBR, but I recently started it hoping the strangeness would help snap me out of this reading slump. It didn’t work 😦 But, I think when I’m back to my normal reading, this will be one I’ll finish quickly and enjoy. (This is the only book on the list that I’ve started already.)

 


Uprooted
by Naomi Novik– I think I’ve mentioned this one before, too. It’s been on my TBR for a long time, and on my shelf for over a year, and I keep looking at it when I’m trying to figure out what to read. I think the right mood for it will be coming soon, and I hope I like it as much as I’ve been assured I will.

 

 


What are some books you want to get to before the end of the year?

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Want to Finish

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.


This week’s topic is actually supposed to be about series you don’t plan to finish, but I did a Top 5 Wednesday about that recently, so I decided to switch it up and go with series I do want to finish.



Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor– I read the first two books years ago, but that was shortly before the third (and final) book came out. I wasn’t able to get my hands on it, so I never finished the trilogy. Now, I have them all, I just need to re-read one and two, then finally finish the series.

 



All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness–
I think this was a similar situation to DOSAB, and I also finally have all three of these, but need to do a re-read of the first two so I can finish it.

 

 


The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger–
Another series I’ve only read the first two books from (and need to re-read because I’ve forgotten so much), but now own the entire series. I managed to snag most of the series on sale a year or so ago, finally completing my collection, and I’m thinking about finishing this series this summer.

 


The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver–
I’ve only read the first one, but I really liked it and still want to finish the trilogy. I think the only reason I never did was because my library didn’t have the other two books. Blessedly, I think I remember the first well enough to skip the re-read.

 


The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard– I’ve only read the first book, but I own the first 3, and now that the last book is out, I want to re-read Red Queen and binge my way through the rest. As soon as I get War Storm.

 

 


The Valiant by Lesley Livingston– Only the first two books are out so far, and I’ve only read the first, but I loved it and I am so excited for this series! I just finally finally finally ordered the sequel, The Defiant, and I can’t wait to dive in after it gets here.

 

 


The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher– This series is still ongoing, and I am a couple books behind, but I love it. It’s one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series, and I’m planning to do a re-read of the series whenever the next book comes out, so I can finally catch back up.

 

 


The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris–
*dramatic sigh* I’ve read all but the 13th–and final–book in the series. I started a re-read at the end of 2017 so I could finally finish it, but my last two books were destroyed (long story) and I still haven’t finished. And of course those are the only two books my library doesn’t have from the series :/

 


Cemetery of Forgotten Books by Carlos Ruiz Zafón–
I’ve only read The Shadow of the Wind, but I absolutely loved it. Last summer, I scored big-time at a used bookstore when I found the first 3 books, in hardcover, for less than $5 each! I’m really looking forward to a re-read and then finishing this series, but I think there’s actually a fourth book out now, too, so I might wait a bit.

 


The Stacy Justice Mysteries by Barbra Annino– I’ve read the first 3 of these books, I think, and I really liked them. They’re fun paranormal mysteries, and I’m looking forward to finishing the series since I finished collecting the main books.

 

 


Are there any series you really want to finish? Or how about the opposite–series you don’t want to finish?

If you’ve read any of these and think I should prioritize them, let me know 🙂

T5W: Favorite Fathers + Father Figures

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

 

June 13th: Favorite Fathers/Father Figures
— In honor of Father’s Day (in America at least), discuss some of your favorite fictional dads.

I try to stick to books with T5W, but I had a really hard time thinking of fathers/father figures that were present and decent, so I dipped into TV and movies a bit. I made myself stop after two because I suddenly thought of quite a few and could probably do a top 5 for both tv shows and movies if I thought about it for more than a few minutes.

In no particular order…


  

 

 

 

Mr. Bennet from Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen– I honestly don’t remember many specifics about this book now, but I remember I liked Mr. Bennet a lot when I read it, and also in the 2005 movie.

 

  

Dill Penderghast from Easy A– I love this movie and I love just about everyone in it.

 


Mortimer “Mo” Folchart from Inkheart by Cornelia Funke– I haven’t read this in almost 10 years, but I remember liking Mo and thinking he was a good dad? Someone correct me on that if I’m remembering it wrong. (I also loved Brendan Fraser in the movie.)

 

 

  

Hagrid from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling– I feel like there were actually a few good ones in this series, but Hagrid…<3 I feel like Hagrid just loved Harry, unconditionally, as a father should. I’m not saying other characters didn’t love Harry, or that Arthur wasn’t a good dad. I just automatically think of Hagrid when I think of really good father-figures from this series.

 


Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer– Ok… Giles wasn’t perfect, for sure. But, he’s honestly one of my fave “father figures” ever, I think. I mean, the Watchers Council even basically “fired” him from being Buffy’s watcher because he loved her too much. I could go on and on about Giles, but I’ll stop here. (I couldn’t find just one good gif for this, so I recommend checking out this BuzzFeed thing, which is where the pic came from.)

 


Who are some of your favorite fathers/father figures? See any on my list? Let me know!