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T5W: Series I Won’t Be Finishing

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.

May is T5W rewind, so we get to pick our own past topics to do.

This week, my chosen topic is from September 2014.

September 10th – Series You Won’t Finish

This week, my topic comes from August 2014, and I didn’t realize until I started compiling it just how many series I’ll probably leave unfinished. More keep coming to me even now, but I’ve narrowed it down, finally.

In no particular order…

The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl–
I read the first one, a looong time passed. I read the second one, and a loooong time passed. By the time I got my hands on the third, I had to go back and re-read the first two. Now it’s been so long that I honestly just don’t care enough to re-read the first three so I can finally finish this series :/ I liked it well enough, but I seriously doubt I’ll ever get back to it.



A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas– This was the very first one that came to mind. It’s just a hard “no” for me, sorry.



Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black– I really liked the first book, but I tried so many times to get through the second and finally just gave up. It annoyed me so much I decided to unhaul the series. I love a few of Holly Black’s books, and I expected to love these, but it just didn’t work out that way 😦


The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton– I didn’t like the first book, thought the next few were ok, it finally got to the sexier parts, and then it just wasn’t fun at all anymore. I might read more of the books, at some point (I kinda like “hate reading” these), but I will almost certainly never finish the series.


The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan–
I’m finally just done with his books, I think. I have a complicated relationship with them for a number of reasons, but I read the two series I own and I doubt I’ll pick up any of his other books. I read the first Kane Chronicles book about 5 years ago, I don’t really remember it, and I have no intention of picking up the other two.


What are some series you don’t think you’ll finish?


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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?

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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. 

cover; links to goodreads

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.



cover; links to goodreads


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!