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T5W: Favorite Magic Systems

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.

October 3rd: Favorite Magic Systems
— This October, T5W is exploring not only the paranormal, but also magic and wizardry in general!

I don’t know if I’m doing this right, but I’m doing it anyway.

The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1)

The Mists of Avalon
by Marion Zimmer-Bradley–Ok, it’s been ages since I read this or watched the mini-series, but I remember abso-freaking-lutely loving it, and the magic in it.



Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)

The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher– I haven’t read a Harry Dresden book in quite a while (still waiting for a release date for the next book so I can catch up), but this universe has one of my favorite magic systems ever.



The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern– I…don’t remember exactly how things worked in this one because it’s been like 7 years since I read this book :/ Time for a re-read, because I still consider it one of my all-time faves, and I remember loving the magic.



A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab–
I love the magic in this universe, omg! It’s so good, and kind of unique, and I love, love, love it!



Once Upon a Time (TV show)– I was going to use HP for my last one, but I think there’s a topic later this month that I want to use it for, and I’m trying to use it less often because that has to get boring. Anyway… Honestly, sometimes magic in this universe was kind of garbage and there were contradictions and stuff, but it was just so much fun to watch I didn’t care.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books By My Faves I Still Need to Read

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 one was kind of hard for me because I have different kinds of “favorite” authors. Like, there are different levels, and who my favorites are can change depending on the mood I’m in.

Anyway, these 10 books I still haven’t read yet, by some of my favorite authors, in no particular order.

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)


This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab– Sooooon! (Probably.)



Vicious (Villains, #1)

Vicious by V.E. Schwab– Later this week, as soon as I get my copy of Vengeful which came out today, and has hopefully shipped by the time this post goes up!



Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo– I think I’m only putting off reading this because I don’t want to have zero unread Bardugo books on my shelf while I wait for something new from her.



Origin (Robert Langdon, #5)

Origin by Dan Brown– Dan Brown is almost a guilty pleasure author for me at this point, if I were the type of person to feel guilty for something I’ve read. I’ve read all his other books and enjoyed them, so I’ll probably read this one eventually.



Spellbook of the Lost and Found

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle– I’m not sure if someone can become a favorite author after only one book, but I fell in love with Doyle’s writing in The Accident Season and I can’t wait to get to Spellbook.



Prudence (The Custard Protocol, #1)


Prudence by Gail Carriger– I want it so bad! I love her Parasol Protectorate series, so I’m hoping to also love this one.



Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14)

Cold Days by Jim Butcher– I’m like two books behind with The Dresden Files, but I keep waiting to read more until we get a hint for when book 16 will be coming out.



Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris– STILL! Ugh. I’ve read the first 12 Southern Vampire Mysteries, and then I re-read them all, but still haven’t gotten to this one because my copy got destroyed before I could read it -_-



The Meaning of Liff (Meaning of Liff, #1)

The Meaning of Liff by Douglas Adams– I keep putting off getting a copy of this (and the sequel) because I don’t want to finally reach the end of Adams’s books 😦



Switch Bitch by Roald Dahl– I really like(d) his children’s books, and I’ve heard his adult short stories are kind of weird and maybe a little dark or twisted? I’m curious, and really want to check them out eventually.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want to Re-Read

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.

For May, we’ve been given free reign to do previous topics, and I am so excited! I just started participating in T5W last year, so I have tons of topics I can use. But it’s also so hard because there are so many good ones.

This week, the topic I chose comes from November 2016.

November 23: Books I Want to Re-Read
–Though it seems like we are all constantly chasing the next upcoming release, let’s take a trip down memory lane and talk about some books that we’d like to re-visit.

There are a lot of books I really want to re-read, but these were the first 5 that came to mind that I think about re-reading most often. (I also limited myself to books I’ve only read once already, so no counting Harry Potter and such.)

In no particular order…


Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell– I want to re-read it, but I honestly just can’t right now. Maybe in a happier future, though.



The Ghosts of Heaven
by Marcus Sedgwick– I loved this book and I can not wait to re-read it a few times in different orders!



The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher–
Ok, this is cheating because it’s more than one book, but I really need and want to re-read these so I can catch up on the last two that have been released, finally.



The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley– I read this several years ago and really loved it, but it’s going to be a while before I re-read it because it’s pretty chunky (over 800 pages). As a side note, the mini-series is freaking awesome, too.



If We Were Villains
by M.L. Rio– This. BOOK! It was so freaking good that if I’d had a physical copy the first time I read it (I won an audiobook copy originally), I would have immediately started it again. But it took me months to get a physical copy, so I’ve had to wait. I really might re-read it this year, though. (I reviewed it last year, if you want to read my thoughts.)


What are some books you really want to re-read?

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T5W: SFF Authors On My “Auto-Buy” List

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 11: Auto-Buy Scifi and Fantasy Authors – Booktube SFF Awards Babble Crossover Topic! 
— This month’s crossover topic is your auto-buy authors that write SFF.

Ok, I’m stretching this a bit because A) I literally only have like…2? 3? authors on my “auto-buy” list in general, and B) I can’t always afford to buy books (I end up having to wait months or even years sometimes for books a lot of the time) so… We’re cheating a little.

This is my “perfect world” list, in which I have enough money at any time to be able to buy a new book, instead of having to wait for over time and stuff like that. So, these are the authors I’d probably pre-order in that scenario, and would most likely buy anything they published.

In no particular order, except the first two are already authors I just auto-buy ASAP.

V.E./Victoria Schwab– Do I need to explain? (I’m still missing 1…or 2? of her books, but I’m collecting them all, even though I’ve only read the Shades of Magic series so far.)

Leigh Bardugo– I think I still need to pick up the original Grisha short stories, maybe, but otherwise I think I own all of her books now, and I’ll probably continue to buy them.

Jim Butcher– Husband and I both love The Dresden Files, and now we’re on the hunt for his other books. So far we only have a partial collection of TDF, and The Aeronaut’s Windlass, but we’re working on it.

Gail Carriger– Ok, I’ve only read I think the first 2 or 3 of her Parasol Protectorate books, but I loved them. And the covers are ❤ so honestly I would probably buy her books just for those if the price was right. (I actually not have the entire Parasol Protectorate series for my Kindle *inhuman screeching* I’m very excited to get back into the universe.

Moïra Fowley-Doyle– I’m pretty sure she counts for this. I haven’t read Spellbook of the Lost and Found yet, but The Accident Season is a favorite of mine and she landed on my wishful auto-buy list (aka authors I will definitely buy the second I have the money). Husband, wonderful man that he is, actually picked up Spellbook for me last year shortly after it came out, but reading slumps and ARCs got in the way of me actually reading it (soooooon, though).

Laini Taylor– I’ve actually only read two of her books so far (the first two in the DOSAB trilogy), but I have the entire DOSAB trilogy and Strange the Dreamer and I honestly don’t even know what Strange is about because I just heard she was writing a new book and then bought it ASAP after it came out. (I still don’t know anything about the plot.)

I got a bit lazy this week, so no images and links. Insomnia is kind of trying to ruin my life. Fun times 😐

Honestly, this topic was so stressful for me because there are a lot of authors I still haven’t read enough from to know if they could be auto-buy-authors, and then there are the now deceased authors (looking at you in particular, Douglas Adams) whose books I already own all/most/many of (I have to get the Dirk Gently books, dang it, and The Meaning of Liff). Then of course there’s J.R.R. Tolkien. I really want nice editions of LOTR and The Hobbit, and I also want Beowulf, and…Well, everything, really. It just didn’t feel right to include them, because there’s nothing new coming out. (Well, no new creations, I guess I should say.)

Wow I’m getting rambly, so time to wrap this up… If you’re actually reading this, thank you ❤ And I’m sorry 😛

**Edit: I’m not sure if I should laugh or beat my head against a wall omg haha. I just realized I can’t count, apparently. (Actually, I had a plan, but I was so tired when I wrote this that it fell apart.) What I think I intended to do was have Victoria and Leigh as tied for the number one spot, the unquestionable two I will buy books from without even knowing anything about the book. Then the other 4. But oh well, let’s just have 6 instead of 5 this week 😛 **

Do you have any auto-buy SFF authors?

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T5W: Favorite Teachers/Mentors

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 28: Favorite Teachers/Mentors 
— Typically, we read about our protagonist being taught by someone wiser than they, whether is it is a teacher as we know them or more of a supernatural/magical mentor. Talk about some of your favorites! 

I was *thisclose* to not even doing this topic because I was having a really difficult time coming up with characters who could be considered mentors or teachers…that I actually liked…and weren’t from Harry Potter.

I ended up thinking outside of books, which got my mental gears turning and helped me come up with more than five, so I ended up having to narrow it down, in a shocking turn of events 😛


Baghra from the Grisha Verse trilogy by Leigh Bardugo– Oh my gosh, I loved this woman so much and I still have so many feelings. So. Many. Feelings. (If you’ve read the series, and liked her, you probably know why.)



Miss Honey from Matilda by Roald Dahl– I almost forgot about her, but happened to catch sight of my Dahl section and totally face-palmed. Miss Honey gave me hope when I was a kid in an abusive home, and I actually had a teacher who was as close to being like Miss Honey as is possible in the real world.



Bob the skull from The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher– Ok…Bob isn’t exactly a teacher. He’s more like a portable encyclopedia with a snar-castic attitude. But I love him, and he really helped Harry out, so I’m counting him. (Bob is probably one of my all-time favorite book characters, as a side note.)



Dimitri Belikov from The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead– All swooning and such aside, I loved Dimitri and I think he would be a fantastic (and terrifying) teacher. I feel like he’s going to be gracing a lot of lists this week heh.



Antiope from Wonder Woman– I don’t care if she counts or not for other people, she counts in my opinion. I freaking loved Wonder Woman (I’ve been driving my kid crazy by re-watching it so much haha), and Robin Wright was freaking badass. (I had to use this gif because I snorted soda when I came across it.)

Honorable mentions:

  • George Feeny from Boy Meets World
  • Robert Langdon from Dan Brown’s Langdon series
  • Tieren Serense from the Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab
  • Katherine Watson from Mona Lisa Smile
  • Miss Peregrine from the Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs
  • Gandalf from The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Who are some of your favorite fictional teachers/mentors?