Top 5 Wednesday: 2nd Book Was the Best


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.


August 9th: Second Book is Best
–We’ve talked about series that went downhill, and series that are worth it, but which series were best in the middle?


Ugh, I almost didn’t even do this topic because I couldn’t think of any books. I’m not 100% sure I’m happy with my choices, but oh well. In no particular order…



Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo– Ok, I gave both books in this duology 5/5 stars, but I think I enjoyed Crooked Kingdom just a tiny bit more. (My review of both books here)




Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins– I read this trilogy ages ago, so I actually don’t remember too much about each book, but I do remember not totally loving Mockingjay, and on goodreads I said I liked this better than The Hunger Games, so…






New Moon by Stephenie Meyers– A friend convinced me to read the Twilight Saga and I never understood the appeal. I pretty much hated everything about the whole series (sorry, fans!), but I gave this one 2/5 stars instead of 1/5 stars like the rest. (Actually, I think The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner was the best book related to this series.)



Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater– I think I gave this entire series 5/5 stars, but this one was my actual favorite. I loved it, and if I could only re-read one book in the series, I’d pick this one.



Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8 (vol. 2): No Future for You
by Brian K. Vaughan & Joss Whedon (illustrated by Georges Jeanty & Cliff Richards)– Ok, this one might be cheating because I stopped reading this series after volume 2. I just wasn’t loving it, and I heard really bad things about later volumes. But, I liked this one more than volume 1, so here we are.


Are there any middle books you liked best?


Fandom Mashups: July 2nd

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This is a weekly meme created by Lunar Rainbows. Every week there’s a new scenario and you choose 5 characters from 5 different fandoms to complete the task.


I’m sooooo late posting this, but I’m finally feeling less awful, and I wanted to do this topic.


The topic this week is: Where are the Extroverts at?  Who are your 5 favorite fictional social-butterflies?

My picks (in no order):



Buffy Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer– She didn’t really get to be much of an extrovert after she became the Slayer, but she was still a social butterfly at heart.




Arizona Robbins from Grey’s Anatomy–
love Arizona. Like, I don’t know how to express how much I adore her, even though people like her are too much for me to handle in real life for very long. I just think she’s she’s great.






Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments– How could I make a list of extroverts and not include Magnus? 




giphy3Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter– Don’t let movie-Ginny fool you, book-Ginny was a popular, outgoing, ass-kicking, Quidditch-playing, awesome character.



giphy4Wade Wilson (AKA Deadpool) from Marvel– I really debated about putting Wade on here, but, after conferring with husband about it to help me decide, I had to because I freaking love Deadpool. 

Who are some of your favorite extroverted characters?