T5W: Classes based on books (or characters) I would take

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 6th: Classes Based on Books/Characters 
–It’s back to school season, so let’s discuss some classes you’d like to take either based on books or based on characters’ skills. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO NOT USE HARRY POTTER, because that is too easy. You are supposed to make up your own classes. For example, you could use How to Dismantle a Dystopian Regime for The Hunger Games or Archery 101 with Katniss.


I’m actually kind of glad we’re not supposed to use Harry Potter for this one, because omg I could easily think of 10 (that aren’t actual classes mentioned in the books).


The Versatility of the Common Bath Towel, taught by Ford Prefect (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams) In this class, you would learn the many uses of your bath towels that you’ve probably never considered, hear about why you should never leave home without one, and you might even get to hear some bonus anecdotes about what it’s like to be a hitchhiker in the galaxy.

Finding Your Creative Voice Through Writing Fan Fiction, taught by Cather Avery
(Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell) Let’s be honest: fanfic is looked down on a lot. Maybe not as much as it used to be, but still. In this class, you’ll learn how writing fanfiction can act as your training wheels as you search for your writing voice and sift through the many ideas for stories you probably have floating around in your head at any given time.


Eat Cake and Love Yourself, taught by Nina Zenik (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo) Ah, Nina. I loved her so much in this duology, and I think she would make a kickass teacher for classes on self-love (especially if there’s also food involved 😉 ).


Raising Zombie Dinosaurs (and Other Magical-Law Loopholes), taught (probably reluctantly) by Harry Dresden (The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher) I’m pretty sure Harry’s found a few loopholes, but this one stood out to me. I think he’d be great at teaching you how to get around the law without breaking it, when you need to.


How to Survive Living Near the Fae
, taught by the townspeople of Fairfold (The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black) If your local fae are more true to legend and myth, and less sweet and charming, look to the people of Fairfold for guidance in how to stay alive, ward off the fae, survive deals you might foolishly make with them, and maybe break a curse.


Now I have to ask myself: is there any topic I won’t use Six of Crows or The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for? I know, I use them a ton, but they’re both so good!


What are some classes based on books (or characters) that you would like to take?

Do any of my picks sounds good to you?


T5W: Favorite Children’s 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.

July 12th: Children’s Books
–This can include Middle Grade (but try to recommend more than just Harry Potter and Percy Jackson!) Feel free to talk about your childhood faves or more recent reads.

This one was way harder than I expected because there were/are so many children’s and middle grade books I’ve loved. 


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Doll Bones
by Holly Black– I read this somewhat recently, and I think I would have liked it a lot when I was about 7. I still liked it as an adult, but I think I would have enjoyed it more at a much younger age, but at either point I would have been disappointed that it wasn’t really a horror story like I’d been led to believe. It was still a good story, though, and one of the better children’s books I’ve read as an adult.




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Roald Dahl’s children’s books– Ok, I couldn’t decide on a favorite. The Witches and Matilda are probably my top 2, but I love them both equally, but for different reasons, and I love several of his other books, so I’m just using him instead of a specific book for this one. (All the covers link to goodreads.)



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Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White– This is the first book-book I can remember reading on my own. And it’s also the first book I had to argue with people about, because no one around me believed a 4 year old could have read and comprehended this book 🙄 Basically, this was the book that made me realize how important books were going to be to me, and it’s still an all-time favorite of mine.




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Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff– I had to put this on the list even though I haven’t seen or read a copy of this in almost 20 years. Why? Because I must have read this book over a dozen times in 4th grade. I don’t even know why I loved it so much back then, but it meant so much to me I’m still thinking about it all these years later, and I’m probably going to buy a copy for my kid soon.



I’m cheating and calling a tie between these last two! I’m sorry, but I can’t choose between these two great loves of my early childhood.



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Scary Stories Treasury by Alvin Schwartz– Back in my day these were three individual books that I obsessively checked out probably 30 times in the three years I was at the elementary school that had them. Now, I own this bind up and I still re-read it a lot, and even share some of the mildest with my kid who kind of likes horror, but not as much as I did/do.





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Goosebumps by R.L. Stine–lived for these books before Harry Potter, and I had a decent collection. Everyone in my family knew how much I loved them and even bought me some of the VHS tapes, which I also obsessively watched when I couldn’t sneak a real horror movie into my VCR. (There are like 5 million of these, so I just grabbed one cover.)




Did any of your favorites make my list? Tell me about some of your favorite children’s and/or middle grade books!