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 🙂

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: Summer Reads

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 6th: Summer Reads 
–With summer finally kicking off, now is the time to recommend your favorite summer reads, whatever that means to you!

I kind of hate this topic :/ I have very, very few books that I associate with a particular season, and I hate the warm half of the year (horrible allergies, soupy southern air, temperatures in the 80s-100s, blech). I’m a mood-reader and will read pretty much anything, anytime. (The only book I completely associate with only one time of year is A Christmas Carol, which I’ve been re-reading every Christmas Eve–even though I don’t celebrate Christmas–for around 15 years :/

I did pretty much this same topic last year, which I’d forgotten until I was coming up with my list and thought it seemed familiar.

So, I scrapped that list and came up with these, in no particular order…



The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath– Why do I associate this with summer? I don’t know. I can’t even remember now if it was set in summer, or if I read it during a summer, both, or neither. Maybe it’s just because I have the blue/pink cover edition and the colors make me think “Summer.”

 


Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson– This actually isn’t a favorite, but I did enjoy it. I feel like I expected waaaay too much based on the hype it was getting, though. But it was fun and entertaining. (And I know why I think of it as summer-y, because of the summer camp setting.)

 


Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard– I don’t even remember this book, now, but I loved it when I read it like 7 years ago, during the summer. I seriously doubt I’d love it now, but I did get hooked on the show, so who knows.

 

 


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald– Even before I read it, this one just screamed “SUMMER!” to me. IT’s been so long since I read it that I’m not sure if it was set in the summer or not, but I’m like 98% sure it was. Anyway, I think of it as a summer-y read.

 

 


Fates and Furies
by Lauren Groff– Well, the cover makes me think of summer, at least, even if the book isn’t set in summer. I think I read this about a year ago, so I kind of associate it with the humid, hazy, unpredictable weather days of early summer in the south. (I think the book opens on an event in May, which isn’t technically summer, but close enough, right?) Oh, and I reviewed this one.

 


What are some books you would pick for this topic?

Do you associate any books with a particular season?

F is for Friday: May 18th

I’ve wanted to do this weekly meme for ages, but for some reason I thought this was one that wasn’t active anymore :/ I think I confused it with a different Friday meme or something. But I finally actually checked, and yay, it’s still going strong!


How to participate in the meme:
1. Credit the creator of this tag (that would be Nomadic Worlds, go check ’em out!) and link back.
2. Answer the four questions to the best of your ability.
3. Most important of all, enjoy yourself!

Questions:
F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)
I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend.
F – Favorite quote of the week/day
F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.


F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)

That would probably be…

I don’t have a review for this one yet, but hopefully soon. And now I can not wait for The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, due out in October!

 

I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend.

I’m not 100% sure what I’ll be reading this weekend, but right now it’s looking like…

  and 

I just started The Two Towers, (edit: oops, just realized I originally said Return of the King :/ ) so I’m hoping to get through a chunk of it. And I just read the first chapter of The Rosie Project, so I’m hoping to finish this because it’s been on my shelf/tbr for soooo looooong.

 

F – Favorite quote of the week/day

Hmmm… I think my favorite quote from reading this week was probably this one from Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour:

“People talk about coming out as though it’s this big one-time event. But really, most people have to come out over and over to basically every new person they meet.”

 

F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.

This was not a good week, but I’m trying to appreciate the little things.

  1. Seeing my BFF for the first time (for more than a few seconds) in over 6 months.
  2. Finding The Color of Magic on my library’s OverDrive (finally!!).
  3. Discovering a new favorite coffee brand.
  4. Getting in a little writing time.
  5. This little angel

This is Cashmere, one of the stray kittens we adopted last November


Happy Friday, folks, and I hope you have a great weekend 🙂