T5W: Characters on the Naughty 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.

 

December 13th – Characters on the Naughty List
–These can be villains or just characters you don’t like!

They’re so bad, but they do it so well ❤ I decided to go with characters who are…not nice, but I love them anyway.

In no particular order…


 

The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo– If you’ve followed me (here, or especially on tumblr) for any length of time and happened to remember anything I’ve said about this series, it will be no surprise that he made this list. He’s terrible, and I love him so much.

 

 

Pam Ravenscroft from The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris– I. LOVED. Pam. Even on True Blood (they kinda butchered her character and relationship with Sookie, if I remember right) she was one of my favorites, and I was so torn between picking her or Eric for this, because I’m just a teensy bit in love with both of them.

 

 

 

Lestat de Lioncourt from The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice– He’s such an ass and I adore him. (Do I need to say more about Lestat?)

 

 


Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde–
Dorian Gray is one of my favorite characters ever (this is also one of my favorite books ever), and I can’t believe I almost forgot about him while thinking up characters for this topic :O

 

 

 

Holland from the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab– I was so torn between a few characters, but I finally basically chose Holland from those at random. I loved to hate Holland, then eventually just kind of loved Holland. I won’t say more, because ~spoilers~ 😉

 

 


Who are some characters on your naughty list?

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T5W: Bookish Things I’m a Grinch About

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.

 

December 6th – Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About
— Since being a grinch is a funny thing, try not to make this serious topics that make you angry (like lack of diversity or abusive relationships in fiction, etc) as this is supposed to be more of a petty bookish things you hate. This can be stuff about covers, dumb tropes, etc. Have fun with it. 

I could probably come up with a list of 50 things I’m a Grinch about, honestly. Narrowing it down to just 5 took some thinking, and I might be cheating with one of these.

In no particular order…


Changes to the design of books in a series– This is the one I’m probably cheating with, but oh well. What I mean by this is a change in the cover style, or change in the height of the books, or moving around the publisher logo on the spine, etc. Basically, anything that makes the books in a series not look like they match.

Cover Models– Uuuugggghhhh. Ok, so this actually isn’t always bad. In fact, I’ve seen a few really spectacular covers with actual people models. But I’m talking about the ones that are super generic, or don’t really have anything to do with the book. Think about bookish cover tropes, like the girls in formal wear that all start to blur together after a while. Also, the original Vampire Academy book covers.

The “I’m not/She’s not like other girls” trope– Please, can this trope just die forever now? This one, I think, is borderline between being a petty thing I’m annoyed by and a serious thing, depending on the usage. But in either case, I’m so, so tired of it.

No indication of series reading order– Why?! Why can’t publishers number books in a series?! This makes me irrationally angry and I honestly just don’t get it. Even if it’s not on the spine or cover, at least give us a page at the front with the reading order, please!

Loads of POVs– Ok, I’ve come across I think 2 instances of this not frustrating me (Six of Crows duology because Leigh Bardugo is a goddess, and 27 Hours wasn’t too difficult to follow, either). It took me, literally, about 18 months to read A Game of Thrones, and most of the reason was because of the number of POVs it had. I can usually handle 2, but I honestly just don’t like most multiple POV stories. It’s just not for me.


What are some bookish things you’re a Grinch about?

T5W: Author Idols

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.

 

November 29th: Authors You’d Want to Write Like
–In honor of NaNo wrapping up, discuss some authors you’d like to write like. Whether its their writing style, what genre they write in, or how many books they manage to churn out a year!

Holy wow. It’s been over a month since I did a T5W 😮 I can’t remember why my last was October 18th, but November…I really wanted to do all of them, but I just didn’t have it in me, with NaNo and all that. (Update on NaNo, etc. coming tomorrow, whoo!)

Anyway… This topic was actually so hard because I really had to think about it. I like a lot of authors, but deciding on 5 I’d truly want to write like was a challenge (mostly just to narrow it down to only 5).

No pictures this week because I’m lazy and tired and honestly couldn’t decide which book to use for 3 out of 5 :/

In no particular order…


J.K. Rowling– Someday, I might make a list for T5W that doesn’t have J.K. on it, but this isn’t that week.

Victoria (V.E.) Schwab– Oh my gods, yes. I kinda live for her books at this point. (Ok, shameful confession time: I have the Shade of Magic trilogy and three of her other books, but I’ve still only read SoM :/ )

Leigh Bardugo– Another author I just about worship and live for her books. I freaking love her characters and the Grishaverse. I want to write a villain that makes someone think, “This character is such a garbage can, but I love them anyway” with serious heart eyes going on.

Douglas Adams– I love his humor, and wish I could write funny and entertaining things the way he did.

M.L. Rio– Hell freaking yes, oh my gosh. Have you guys read If We Were Villains? I’m so in love and can’t wait to read it again ❤ (I reviewed the audiobook earlier this year.)


Honestly, this list could go on and on and on and on an– But I literally just glanced at my shelves and wrote the first 5 I saw and would actually want to write like. I think if I thought about it for about 30 seconds, I could easily come up with another 10. I just really love so many books and authors, and I admire so many who have inspired me in one way or another. I wouldn’t be a writer if it weren’t for them.


Who are some authors you’d like to write like?

T5W: Paranormal Creatures

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 18th: Books Featuring [paranormal creature of your choice]
–Here is the previously mentioned paranormal creature topic. This topic will revolve around one type of paranormal creature of your choice. So books featuring vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, demons, fae, zombies, etc.

 

You guys, this almost turned into “Top 25 Wednesday” 😂 I was trying to narrow down what creature I wanted to feature, so I listed the ones I knew I’d read quite a few books about and it was 5 (lumping weres and shifters together because I’ve read some that had both, and most of the ones I’ve read with only one or the other were…disappointing). Then I ended up with at least 5 books from each of those.

Basically, it was really freaking hard to make this list and I’ve been working on it all month :/ I started to do vampires because it was just so easy (I came up with a dozen vampire books/series I’ve liked before stopping), but…I decided to do ghosts.

In no particular order, let’s get to the books/series…



The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling– I mean, come on! I couldn’t not include this series. Nearly Headless Nick, Moaning Myrtle, The Bloody Baron, The Grey Lady, Professor Binns… Plus Peeves, if you include poltergeists. (I’m still mad about him being cut from the movies, dang it.)



M.R. James’s ghost stories–
I didn’t specify a book here because there are a few, and most of them have most of the same stories…I think :/ (This is the one I read, though.) I do remember really, really liking them, though. I’m a big fan of classic ghost stories.

 


The Woman in Black
by Susan Hill– The movie was good, but the book is better (as usual). I loved this one because, again, I love classic ghost stories, and Susan Hill did a great job slowly but steadily building suspense and creating a great, super creepy atmosphere. I think I slept with a light on for a week after reading it. I think this was written in the 1980s, but it really has the feel of older ghost stories.

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman– I just read this one and…it wasn’t my favorite. I liked it, but I wasn’t in love with it. I did, however, really like the ghosts in it.

 


The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde– I. LOVE. Oscar Wilde ❤ I also just read (re-read?) this one and it’s just so good, guys, trust me. It’s so well written and funny and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t read it before. (It’s a short story, which might be cheating, but I had to include it.)

 

 


Do you have a favorite ghost story/book/book-featuring-ghosts?

What’s your favorite paranormal creature?

T5W: Creepy Settings

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 11th: Favorite Creepy Settings
–These don’t have to be from horror books, but any setting from any book that gave you the heebie jeebies…in a good way. 

 

Ok, picking only 5 was a little hard for this topic. And I had a hard time remembering what was actually creepy vs what was just bleak/dark/etc.

In no particular order…


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The Shining
by Stephen King–The Overlook Hotel:
I mean, come on. Giant, old, essentially empty hotel? It would be creepy without any kind of supernatural happenings.

 

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The Woman in Black by Susan Hill– Eel Marsh House & surrounding marshes: Again, the house was creepy enough, but add in the haunting? Nope, not staying there alone, thanks. Then there’s the marshes, which have claimed many lives and are possibly also haunted.

 

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The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle– pretty much everywhere in it: Ok, it’s been 2 years since I read this one, but I remember large parts of the book having an eerie feel to them & the setting. The house was probably the creepiest, though.

 

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy– post-apocalyptic-America: This one I read a long time ago and so don’t remember a ton about it. I do, however, remembering it being very creepy as the father and son made their journey.

 

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman– the world, the river: Is it cheating to use a current read for this? I’m only about halfway through and am pleased to report that this is the first book in ages to actually kind of freak me out. A+ creepy setting creation.

 

 


Bonus settings (yeah, I know it’s T5W, but I’m adding more because I love this topic):

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë– Thornfield Hall: It wasn’t over-the-top creepy, but it definitely had that “There could be ghosts or anything in this place” kind of vibe.

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon– the entire town of West Hall: I don’t want to say anything to spoil this one, but trust me, it’s a bit creepy.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll– the woods?: The five stories in this graphic novel are awesome and all have a bit of creepiness to them.


What are some of your favorite creepy settings?

Is there a particular kind of creepy setting you prefer?

T5W: Favorite Books with Witches

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 4th: Books Featuring Witches 
–So there is a topic later this month about paranormal creatures, but 1. witches aren’t creatures and 2. they deserve their own topic. These can be “witch books” or books that happen to feature witches as characters, whether they are main characters or side characters. 

 

You guys, narrowing this down to 5 was impossible. I decided right away to not use Harry Potter, mostly because it’s obvious and there are rarely topics I wouldn’t use HP for. These are in no order, as usual…


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The Sweep series by Cate Tiernan– I remember when these books came out, and I wanted to read them sooo bad. I didn’t get to until I was an adult, though. (Is it cheating to use a whole series? Oh well.)

 

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A Discovery of Witches
by Deborah Harkness–
loved this book. I’ve only read the first two, but I’m looking forward to re-reading them and then finally finishing the series, now that I have all the books.

 

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The Witches
by Roald Dahl– This. Book! ❤ I loved it so much as a kid, and I recently re-read it and still loved it. (The movie is also A+. Anjelica Huston is great.)

 

 

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Garden Spells
by Sarah Addison Allen– I debated about using this one, because I’m not sure if they were ever explcitly called witches. Sarah Addison Allen’s books are great, guys. If you liked Practical Magic, give Sarah a try because (in my opinion) her books are better.

 

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The Stacey Justice series by Barbra Annino–
(Oops, I cheated with a series again.) I’ve only read half of this series (3/6 books), but I really liked them and can’t wait to finish the series. If you like those funny, cozy mysteries, like the ones set in B&Bs, and wish you could read one with witches and shenanigans, give this series a shot.

 


Ok, I can’t leave it at five, so here are a few other books with witches (or possibly witches/witchy people) in them I’ve enjoyed:

I am completely certain I’m forgetting at least a few more that I’ve really liked :/


See any of your favorite witchy books here?

Let me know what books with witches you love and recommend!

T5W: Books I read because of the internet

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 27th: Books You’ve Read Because of Booktube/Blogging/etc. 
–Discuss the books you’ve picked up because you’ve heard of them in the online book community or platform you use 

 

I had a hard time remembering how I learned about some of the books on my shelves, but I helped myself out by narrowing this down to books I either found because of booktube or blogs, or decided to read because of booktube or blogs.

In no particular order…


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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater– I seriously doubt I would have read this book/series if it hadn’t been for almost everyone online I know (and trust the bookish opinions of) telling me to read it, or raving about it on their own.

 

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Through the Woods by Emily Carroll– I’m pretty sure I saw this on booktube first, then on a few blogs. However I found it, I instantly knew I needed it and ordered a copy ASAP. It is gorgeous, a bit creepy, and I recommend it to everyone. (Reviewed here.)

 

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Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples– I want to say I first saw this on booktube, but I have no clue about who’s channel. I remember seeing it on a few blogs and booktube channels around the same time and knew I had to read it.

 

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead– I was definitely aware of VA before booktube and blogs, but it was a booklr pair-up thing (something about trading book recs a year or two ago) that actually got me to read the first book.

 

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Unteachable by Leah Raeder– I found this one because of booklr, and I really liked it. It’s definitely not for everyone, and maybe I would hate it if I re-read it now, but I’m still glad I read it.

 

 

 


I think it would have been easier to do a list of 5 books I read because of the internet, but didn’t like, because I kept changing the books I picked 😛


Have you read any books because of booktube, or some other platform?