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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Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Take Place in Another Country

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.


Woooow, I haven’t done a TTT since December :/ I’ve meant to do so many since then, but I am terrible about remembering and I have no clue why. *sigh* Oh well. This week, I actually managed to remember, and I love the topic, so let’s get to the books!

(I’m in the US, btw.)

In no particular order…


There’s a lot of England on this list :/

 

 

 

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (England)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (England…I think)
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (again, England…I think)
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (England, but there’s 4 of them!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (England)
The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle (I *think* this is set in Ireland)
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley (it’s an Arthurian retelling, so wherever that is specifically, sorry :/ )
The Witches by Roald Dahl (set in England and Norway, I think)

 

      

 

 

 

 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor (Czech Republic)

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Spain)

 


Honestly, I know I’ve read books that took place in other countries, but either A) I couldn’t remember them, B) they took place in a lot of different places (like how in most, I think, of Dan Brown’s books they’re moving around a lot) and I couldn’t remember locations, C) I didn’t like them enough to include them on a “favorites” list, or D) they were non-fiction (and maybe that would have counted for this week’s prompt, idk, but I decided not to use them).

But I still really, really need to read more books set in more places, so if you have recs, please leave them below! I have a few set in other countries that are on my TBR pile, but I haven’t gotten to them yet 😦 Hopefully soon, though.


What are some of your favorite books set in other countries?

T5W: Fancasting!

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.

 

September 20th: Favorite Fancasts
–Discuss your preferred fancasts for some of your favorite characters. (Fancasts means actors you’d like to play your favorite characters or imagine your favorite characters as) 

 

This was probably the hardest T5W topic ever for me because it’s not really something I ever think about :/ (Plus a lot of my favorite characters were in books that have already been made into movies, and I actually liked the casting.) I actually almost didn’t even do it because it took me so long to come up with five, but I finally managed!

In no particular order…


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Kristen Bell as Karrin Murphy (The Dresden Files)– I know it was a show, but I didn’t even make it through the first episode. If they did it better, or made some into movies, I think I can see Kristen Bell as Karrin.

 

 

 

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Evanna Lynch as Persephone (The Raven Boys)– So for this to work, I think the movie would have to happen years from now because Persephone is a bit older than 26, right? (I don’t remember ages being given, so I’m just guessing.)

 

 

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Keegan Allan as Levi (Fangirl)– Ok, I can’t really explain this, but I re-read Fangirl after I started watching Pretty Little Liars on Netflix in 2015 or 2016, and for some reason, Keegan got stuck as the image in my head of Levi.

 


What do you think of my choices? Agree/Disagree?

Who would you cast for some of your favorite characters?

T5W: Books Without Romance

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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 5th: Books Without Romance
— A few (very, very few) people complained about the “shipping” topics lately, so I thought it would be good to talk about books that don’t have a romantic subplot! This is a really hard one, so if you can’t find any, you can talk about some where the romance is super super minor. Like barely mentioned… at all…

 

I thought this topic was going to be really difficult, but after I started thinking about it, my problem was narrowing it down to only five books that I couldn’t remember having romance.

Here we go, in no particular order, as usual…


 

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab– One of my all-time favorite books that I try to make everyone I know read ❤

 

 

 

 

 

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire– Ok, so there might have been some flirting or something in this novella, but no actual romance-romance

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams– Another all-time favorite that I try to force on everyone (and probably feature way too often). I think there was some romance(ish?) later in the series, but it was so minor I’m not even sure it was there

 

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The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick– This book of 4 kinda connected stories didn’t–if I remember correctly–have any romance, but it’s possible I’ve forgotten. If I did forget it, it’s because the romance was super minor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie– I don’t remember romance in this, but it’s been several years since I read it. All I do remember clearly is the ending and how this book made me think, “Hmm, maybe I could like mysteries…” and now I actively seek them out somewhat regularly.

 

 

 

 


What are some of your favorite books with no romance?

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Books that Would Make Good Video Games

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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.

 

April 12th: Books That Would Make Good Video Games
–Since I’ve been in video game hell (in a good way) for the past year, this topic is timely. Remember, not all video games are action games! The Sims has proven that 🙂

 

Confession time: I don’t play many video games. I want to, but I am so bad at basically anything that isn’t Nintendo (and I suck at plenty of Nintendo games, too). So, I’m really unqualified for this topic, but I’m giving it a shot :/


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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab– Ok, I think it would be so freaking cool to explore this universe and play as your favorite character.

 

 

 

 

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Anything from Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha-verse– I want to be a Grisha! Or break into the most secure prison in the world, or…Well, basically I want to do anything in that universe.

 

 

 

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Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling– Yeah, they already exist, but I think most of us can agree that they could have been better. I want to actually take classes and stuff.

 

 

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Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle trilogy– Magic! Victorian boarding school! Girls rebelling! Mystery! I may be alone in wanting this, but I still want it.

 

 

 

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern– How would this work? Could it work? I honestly don’t know. It’s been a few years since I read it, but I remember thinking at some point after reading it that I would like to play a game based on it.

 

 


What are some books you think would make good video games?

T5W: Favorite Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books

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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 8th – Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
–In collaboration with the BooktubeSFF Awards, talk about your favorite science fiction and fantasy books of all time!

This topic has been so hard because fantasy is probably my favorite genre, and I’m starting to really enjoy sci-fi as well. I think instead of my literal, all-time top five, I’m just going to go with five books I would (or do) recommend the most often. They’re still books I love, they’re definitely favorites, but I could never actually come up with my top five because my list would change at least hourly. (These are also in no particular order.)


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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (actually the entire series)– Of course I have to put these books on this list, because it’s Harry Potter. These books saved my life, and I will love them forever.

 

 

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
(the entire trilogy…in five parts)– If you’ve noticed, I mention this book series in almost every post. Why? Because it’s awesome and I love and I try to make everyone read it. It’s funny, it’s fast paced and easy to read, the characters are so great, and I will never shut up about it. This is also the book I usually recommend to people who want to try sci-fi for the first time/give it another shot/etc.

 

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Illuminae
by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
 — This is another book I try to get everyone to read. You don’t like sci-fi? Try it anyway, because it’s fantastic and just…different. The format, writing style, and pace make it such a quick read for such a chunky book, and I think this (as well as HHGTTG) is a great intro book for someone who’s not sure if they could get into sci-fi.

 

 

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab — *screams eternally internally* I don’t even know what to say about this book because it was just so good. Like, life-changing level of good. I read the sample before the first book was released and literally started screaming, and then I finally got it and read it and the screaming hasn’t stopped since.

 

 

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You can’t make me choose between Shadow & Bone and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
Sorry, but I just can’t. I have precious fictional children in both, I instantly fell in love with both, and I may or may not have a shrine to Leigh in my house (I don’t, but I want one). So…I’m just going to count this as one author instead of one book, how’s that? Is that still cheating?


Are any of these your favorites, too? Tell me about your favorite sci-fi and fantasy books!

Harry Potter Moment of the Week: March 2nd

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This weekly meme was created by Uncorked Thoughts and is now hosted by Lunar Rainbows.

The topic this week is: Which books would you recommend to Sirius?

I have been thinking about this topic for two weeks, and I’m honestly still not sure about my choices, so I’m kind of just winging it. I think that’s less because of Sirius and more because I’m always so nervous to suggest books to anyone, though, so here we go!

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Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo — I think Sirius would appreciate the humor and camaraderie of the Dregs, and maybe be reminded of the Marauders just a little. Plus, there’s a lot of action and scheming, and I feel like he would like that kind of thing.

 

 

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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
(yeah, the whole series)– I can see Sirius loving the mismatched group of Aglionby boys and Blue, and thinking fondly of his own friends, before everything went wrong. I feel like he might relate just a tiny bit to Ronan, too, but I’m not sure about that.

 

 

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Illuminae
by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff — Exposing corruption? Loads of action? Weird but interesting formatting? Oh yeah, I can see Sirius getting into Illuminae.

 

 

 

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams — Ok, so this is pretty much my “go-to” book recommendation for anyone, but I think it’s amazing. It’s light enough for escape when you need to not exist in this world, and I think that’s something Sirius could use sometimes.

 

 

 

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab — I think Sirius would love Kell and the different Londons, and I can imagine him enjoying the way magic works in this universe. (I have other thoughts on why I’d recommend this one, but I’m afraid of spoiling something for someone if they haven’t read it yet.)

 

 

 

Basically, I feel like Sirius would like action, possibly grey morality, and something fast-paced but light enough for escape. He had a rough life, so I think his book choices should be able to transport him somewhere else for a while.

 

What books would you recommend for Sirius?