T5W: Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy (That isn’t Books)

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.


March 21: Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy in Other Media – Booktube SFF Awards Babbles Crossover Topic!
— This month’s babbles crossover topic involves our favorite SFF outside of books (like movies, tv shows, games, anime, etc.)


I thought this was going to be sooo hard, but then I decided to cheat 😛 (Seriously, I never could have narrowed it down to 5 if I didn’t.) And because I’m about to fall asleep on my laptop as I write this (and Timon–little angel that he is–is currently slapping me repeatedly in the face because he wants to go snuggle), I’m being lazy and not hunting for gifs or images this week.

I decided to not go with book adaptations (like LOTR, The Mists of Avalon, Coraline, The Princess Bride, etc.) Well, not novel adaptations, at least, because I could probably make at least a top 10 list from those :/

In no particular order, as usual…

Star Wars– It had to be on this list. Sorry if it’s too predictable, but I love it.

Doctor Who–  I haven’t seen much of the old series, but I’ve loved 9+ (and I liked Torchwood).

Buffy the Vampire Slayer– Honestly, movie or show for me. I’m pretty sure I saw the movie before it was made into a show (yeah, I’m showing my age with that one I think), but I love both.

Penny Dreadful– I waited until the whole show was on Netflix, and then binge watched it. I seriously thought my eyeballs were going to fall out because I couldn’t stop watching it, and I keep trying to get more people to watch it.

Marvel– And here we have the big cheat. The Marvel-verse is just too vast, and I couldn’t even make a top 5 from just Marvel. (I have read some Marvel comics, but I’ve definitely seen more of their shows and movies.)

What the heck, let’s cheat some more and throw in some honorable mentions…

Once Upon a Time– I’m not totally caught up on this one, and it really took a while to grow on me, but now I love it. It almost made the top 5, but my love for it is slightly less than my love for Buffy, so the movie & show nudged it down to honorable mention territory.

Disney Fairies– Specifically, my two faves are The Neverbeast and The Pirate Fairy. I don’t care if they’re kid movies (I probably would have watched them even if I didn’t have a kid), I loved these two. The others are just ok, in my opinion.

The X-Files– Does it need explanation? (Ok, so it didn’t make the main 5 because, while I loved it, I think I love other things more, now.)

Charmed– I found myself scribbling this one on my notepad of ideas and decided to keep it, even though I don’t always consider it a favorite. I have issues with some of it, but I still keep re-watching.

Alright, I admit it: this was a painfully difficult topic, and I can’t follow the rules. Oh well, I did try. I just failed.

And honestly, there were sooo many more that I crossed off because I couldn’t remember them well enough to be sure they’d still warrant a place on either list (Tru Calling, So Weird, Dead Like Me, Dark Angel, Xena…which probably should have made the list but I haven’t seen the show in like 15 years…, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Bewitched, The 10th Kingdom, and on and on and on it could go). Then there are new-to-me things that I’m not sure I’m in love with yet (like Stranger Things)

What are some of your favorite SF/F in other media?

See any favorites on my list?


T5W: Books I’ll Never Read

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.


March 7: Freebie
–Since these are posted a bit later than usual, you get a freebie! Was there a previous T5W topic you are bummed you missed? Now would be a good time to do that topic


Freebie time, yay! I decided to go with books I’ll never read for this week’s T5W. This was an official topic back in August 2016, when I was just an observer and not yet a participant.

“Never say never,” and all that, but these are books that I seriously doubt I will ever pick up, for various reasons. (This took forever to post because there were like 20 topics I never did but wanted to do, and I had to narrow it down :/ )

Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James– I mean, even trying to type the name of one of these godawful books makes me cringe. I did read 50SoG way back when so people would stop using the “but you haven’t read it, so how do you know it has bad BDSM rep, abuse, etc.?!” argument against me. Never again, and I’ll go so far as to say I’ll probably never read anything else by E.L. James.



Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand– Eh, I could probably use anything by her for this one, because I’m just not interested. I had a brief, minor curiosity about her back in middle school and high school, but that fizzled out and now I know more about her/her books, so I’ll just pass on this one/these.



Carve the Mark
by Veronica Roth– If you’re in the bookish world, you probably remember the kerfuffle when this one came out. I was excited about a new Veronica Roth book until I read the description (“meh,” at best imo), and then the shit hit the fan around release day and I read excerpts. And I’ll pass on this one.


The Old Man and the Sea
by Ernest Hemingway– Ok, this is cheating because I have no intention of ever reading anything by this guy. I had never read more than maybe a two-sentence quote by him until last year or the year before when I discovered the “hemingdouche” tag on one of the tumblr blogs I follow. After that, and seeing this post, I checked out The Old Man & the Sea and then this happened. So, I’ve totally crossed Hemingway off my list of authors to read.


The Black Witch
by Laurie Forest– Even before the advance reviews with criticism started pouring in, I decided to pass on this one. I found it on Net Galley, thought the cover was kinda cute (and it had the word “witch” in the title, which caught my attention), but then I read the description and thought it sounded too boring to bother with. So, even if there hadn’t been a lot of controversy, I seriously doubt I ever would have read this one. All that stuff just made me feel like I’d made the right choice in skipping it.

Are there any books you never plan to read?

T5W: Urban Fantasy Faves

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.


February 28th: Favorite Urban Fantasy Books *Book Babble Crossover Topic*
— Urban Fantasy tends to feature a heavy romance element, so I figured it fit in this month.


>_< It’s been a bad month and I’ve been wrapped up in a lot of personal issues that sucked the life out of me basically. When things get really tough, apparently my blogging is the first thing I drop to ease the weight of stuff I have to deal with, and I feel horrible about that. But, it looks like some of the disasters and such are mostly behind us, finally, so hopefully March will be a better blogging (and reading, ugh) month.

Anyway, on to this week’s topic!love Urban Fantasy, usually, but for some reason I struggled a lot with this topic. Maybe it’s because I love it, but a lot of UF books don’t necessarily make my “OMG this is one of my favorite things EVER!” list or something. But, here are 5 UF books I really enjoy…and probably recommend/talk about too much.

(Book covers link to goodreads.)


The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher–
Ok, this one actually is probably on my list of all-time-faves. I love these books and I’m so glad husband got me to read the first one a few years ago.


The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris– These are probably the closest thing I have to a “guilty pleasure” read. I know they’re no great feats of literature, but they’re fun and I really like them, despite their (many) flaws.


Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead–finally read this series last year or the year before, and I’m so glad! They really are much better than I first expected and some of my favorite YA vamp books.



The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black– This, though…This is probably my actual favorite YA vampire book. I loved it so much after buying the e-book on sale that I immediately ordered the hardcover and would have re-read it right away if I hadn’t gotten caught up in some new releases and ARCs.


The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater– Do I need to say anything about these? I’m pretty sure most people in the bookish world are at least aware of them, even if they haven’t actually read them. I hesitated until the last book was out to finally read them, because I didn’t believe the hype. This was one case where I think it was justified, though.


What are some of your favorite UF books?

T5W: Hidden Fantasy Gems

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.


January 31st: Hidden Gems in Your Favorite Genre 
— What are some of your favorite books in your favorite genre that don’t get a lot of hype?

I had such a hard time with this one, oh my gosh. I was torn between doing all indie/self-published books, doing all traditionally published books, doing a mix… It was a struggle. I ended up with…well, whatever this is. I know at least 3 are traditionally published, though. 

Anyway, I limited my selections to books I really enjoyed that had fewer than 10,000 ratings on goodreads (I was aiming for under 5k, but that didn’t work out). And I totally cheated with the last two, shhh! (But really, I couldn’t pick between them because I loved both and push them on people all the time.)

As usual, in no particular order…

Soldier of the Mist
by Gene Wolfe–
I honestly was surprised to find that this one only has just over 2,600 ratings on goodreads, because (if I’m not mistaken) Gene Wolfe is kind of a big-ish name in fantasy. Right? Anyway, the Latro series is all I’ve read by him, and I haven’t even finished it yet. I did really enjoy the first 2-3 books though, and definitely recommend them if you like stuff set in like ancient Greece with some mythological things happening. 


The Poison Diaries
by Maryrose Wood–
This one made this list this week, with just about 3,400 reviews on goodreads. I’ll be honest: I’m not sure I would still like this book. But, back when I read it in 2012, I gave it 4/5 stars. It’s a weird book, but I do still like what I remember from it, and I plan to re-read it soon.


The Witching Pen by Dianna Hardy– I freaking loved this series ❤ It’s…I think published by a company Dianna started? I’m not sure, sorry. Anyway, this one has just over 500 ratings on goodreads, and I’m probably going to re-read soon because it’s been a while, and I’m wondering if I’ll still love it. (Note: I’m not sure about this one, but this is definitely an adult series and gets kind of erotica-y…I think.)


Neverland by Shari Arnold– I read this one a little over 2 years ago, and I think it was one of my first Net Galley books. I remember it took forever to get into (it wasn’t the book, it was me), but I loved it once I did get into it. It’s a kind of Peter Pan…not exactly re-telling, but similar. I gave it 4/5 stars then, and this little gem has less than 200 ratings on goodreads. (I’m 90% sure it’s self-published.)



Cheating time! These two tied for the 5th spot:



The Woodcutter by Kate Danley– Maaaybe I wouldn’t still love this, but I really did back in 2012 and I’ve been relentlessly recommending it ever since. It’s this awesome mash-up of fairytales/retellings and no one I know has read it! *sob* It has an impressive 6,900 ratings (I think it’s published now by Amazon’s 47 North, but was originally self-published?), AND! It’s on sale for Kindle (US, at least) today for $1.99!



The Accident Season
by Moïra Fowley-Doyle–
This is my biggest cheat, because it has about 8,500 goodreads ratings. But almost no one I’ve encountered has read this one! And it was, I think, my favorite book of 2015. I loved it and recommend it constantly ❤


Have you read any of these?

What are some hidden gems you’ve found?

T5W: Forgettable Books

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.


January 17th: Forgettable Books 
–Whether you loved or hated them at the time, these are books that you just don’t really remember…

Ugh. This post almost didn’t happen. Between goodreads being such a pain in the ass right now and my computer updating and my internet being weird… *slow breath* Anyway, I managed, yay 😛

I decided to not use books I read a really long time ago, like back in high school or before. I limited my choices to books I’ve read between the beginning of 2012 and now.

In no particular order…


Insurgent by Veronica Roth– You guys, I’ve read this twice. First in November 2014, then again February 2017. Less than a year ago. And I have absolutely no idea what happened in this book. I literally remember nothing.


Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich– I remember liking this one a lot back in 2012 when I read it, but the plot? No clue. I remember something about magic and maybe a monkey?




by Tammara Webber–
College, uh…Yeah, that’s pretty much all I remember. (Well, I might remember more, but I’m not sure it’s this book, and–if it is–spoilers?) I gave it 4 stars back in 2014, though.


A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb– It took me like 10 years to get my hands on a copy of this book, and I pretty much immediately forgot everything except “ghostly possession” and “romance.” I read this one back in 2015, but it feels like way longer ago. At the time, I apparently liked it a lot because I gave it 4 stars.


Lightning by Dean Koontz– I read this one in 2013 and I have no clue what it’s about. I gave it 3 stars, but I couldn’t tell a single thing about this book :/




I think a few small details from a couple of these have come back to me while making this post, but not enough to matter.

This post was kind of hard because A) how do you remember a book that’s forgettable?, and B) there were several books that I’ve pretty much forgotten, but they’ve been adapted, so I remember the basics of the story from the adaptation (like ItPractical MagicThirteen Reasons WhyThe Princess Bride, etc.) and I excluded those.

Can you think of any forgettable books?

If you’ve read any of these, do you remember them better than I do?

Book Blogger Hop: January 12th-18th

Book Blogger Hop


This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

The question this week is: What upcoming titles are looking forward to reading in 2018?

I feel like I could make a really long list if I paid more attention or looked some up. But, one of my 2018 reading resolutions is to read more from my shelves, and not obsessively looking for upcoming releases I even might be interested in kinda goes along with that.

However, there are a few I’ve been anticipating since last year that will be released in the next few months:


The Defiant
by Lesley Livingston– I had an ARC of The Valiant last year, and I loved it so much I got the hardcover as soon as it came out. I’ve been anxiously awaiting this sequel, which comes out on January 23rd, ever since ❤



The Belles
by Dhonielle Clayton– This one, which hits shelves February 6th, has been on my radar for quite a while, and I’ve only heard good things so far, so I’m really excited.




The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace– The second book in the Women Are Some Kind of Magic poetry series (the first being The Princess Saves Herself in This One), comes out March 6th.



DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker– Debut poetry collection from Amanda’s husband, which is also released on March 6th!



by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff–
I still haven’t read Gemina (oops), but I’m very much looking forward to getting my hands on the third Illuminae Files book, which comes out March 13th.


From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon– Last year, I read When Dimple Met Rishi and really enjoyed it (I’m not usually a lover of contemporaries), so I’ll definitely be looking out for this one, which has an expected release date of May 22nd.



There are probably more that I’ve heard about and thought, “Oh, I want to read that!” but these are the ones that have stuck in my mind the most (and the ones that haven’t already been released this year, because I had 1-2 in mind that have come out this month so far).

What are some books you’re anticipating this year?

Are you looking forward to any of these?

First Lines Fridays: January 12th

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

The Rules:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first

Finally… reveal the book!


‘Death,’ the proprietor said clearly, showing the stone. It was a bright red ruby, multifaceted, set in a plain gold ring. It was a full carat–large for this quality. 


Interested? Keep scrolling to find out which book this is from.

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On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony

What it’s about:


When Zane shoots Death, he has to take the job, speeding over the world riding Mortis, his pale horse/limo, measuring souls for the exact balance of Good and Evil, sending each to Heaven or Hell instead of Purgatory. The new Thanatos is superbly competent, ends pain when he ends lives. But Satan is forging a trap for Luna, the woman Death loves.

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I’m still not sure what I think about this one, but I have to say I’m kinda curious. I haven’t read it yet, but I think I might give it a shot after I finish some other series I own.

I have a bunch of mass markets from the ’80s (and probably at least a few from the ’70s and ’90s) and I love having them just to look at, even if I never actually get around to reading them. There’s something cheesy and funny and…something else I can’t quite name, about the covers for fantasy and sci-fi books from that time period. But especially the ’80s. I mean, just google “1980s {fantasy or sci-fi} books” and look at the covers. It’s ridiculous and wonderful 😛

Have you read it?

What do you think of older sci-fi and fantasy book covers?