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: Books Without Romance


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 5th: Books Without Romance
— A few (very, very few) people complained about the “shipping” topics lately, so I thought it would be good to talk about books that don’t have a romantic subplot! This is a really hard one, so if you can’t find any, you can talk about some where the romance is super super minor. Like barely mentioned… at all…


I thought this topic was going to be really difficult, but after I started thinking about it, my problem was narrowing it down to only five books that I couldn’t remember having romance.

Here we go, in no particular order, as usual…



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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab– One of my all-time favorite books that I try to make everyone I know read ❤







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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire– Ok, so there might have been some flirting or something in this novella, but no actual romance-romance







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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams– Another all-time favorite that I try to force on everyone (and probably feature way too often). I think there was some romance(ish?) later in the series, but it was so minor I’m not even sure it was there







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The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick– This book of 4 kinda connected stories didn’t–if I remember correctly–have any romance, but it’s possible I’ve forgotten. If I did forget it, it’s because the romance was super minor.








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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie– I don’t remember romance in this, but it’s been several years since I read it. All I do remember clearly is the ending and how this book made me think, “Hmm, maybe I could like mysteries…” and now I actively seek them out somewhat regularly.





What are some of your favorite books with no romance?


T5W: Book Recs for Ravenclaws


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.


June 7th: Books For Your Hogwarts House
— Show your Hogwarts House Pride, and tell us the top 5 books that represent your house!


First things first: my Hogwarts house. I think I could be happy in Hufflepuff, but I’m definitely a Ravenclaw. I’m always sorted into Ravenclaw and I think I would be most comfortable there.


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In no particular order…


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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I just think it would appeal to Ravenclaws, especially the ones like Luna.






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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Yes, I will find a way to incorporate this into almost every T5W.






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The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

Four stories, no reading order, and the whole thing is kind of a puzzle. This was the first book I thought of when I thought “Ravenclaw books.”






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If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

I think Ravenclaws might enjoy a mystery involving theater kids, the Bard, and twists you won’t see coming.







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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

For the Ravenclaws like me who wonder about what happens to kids who visit other worlds, then end up back here.

First Lines Fridays: May 12th


First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

The Rules:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first

Finally… reveal the book!


“The story so far:
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”


Interested? Keep reading to find out which book this is from.



The Restaurant at the the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #2)

8695What it’s about:

Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons? Time for a cup of tea! Join the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his uncommon comrades in arms in their desperate search for a place to eat, as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability.





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I realized just now that this is two weeks in a row that I’ve used sci-fi books. I’m actually not much of a sci-fi reader, but it’s pretty much all I’ve wanted to read lately.

Normally I wouldn’t use a second book in a series for this, but I’m re-reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy right now and I still think I liked the second book more. I remember thinking it was better when I first read the series a few years ago, and my opinions haven’t changed much. Ok, that’s not entirely true. I thought the first book was good, but now that I’m actually a fan of the series, I like it a lot more than I did the first time around. But, the opening to The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is still one of my favorite opening lines (or book quotes, in general) ever, so I had to use it.

Have you read this series? What did you think of it?

T5W: Favorite Sci-Fi & Fantasy 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.

March 8th – Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
–In collaboration with the BooktubeSFF Awards, talk about your favorite science fiction and fantasy books of all time!

This topic has been so hard because fantasy is probably my favorite genre, and I’m starting to really enjoy sci-fi as well. I think instead of my literal, all-time top five, I’m just going to go with five books I would (or do) recommend the most often. They’re still books I love, they’re definitely favorites, but I could never actually come up with my top five because my list would change at least hourly. (These are also in no particular order.)


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (actually the entire series)– Of course I have to put these books on this list, because it’s Harry Potter. These books saved my life, and I will love them forever.





The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
(the entire trilogy…in five parts)– If you’ve noticed, I mention this book series in almost every post. Why? Because it’s awesome and I love and I try to make everyone read it. It’s funny, it’s fast paced and easy to read, the characters are so great, and I will never shut up about it. This is also the book I usually recommend to people who want to try sci-fi for the first time/give it another shot/etc.




by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
 — This is another book I try to get everyone to read. You don’t like sci-fi? Try it anyway, because it’s fantastic and just…different. The format, writing style, and pace make it such a quick read for such a chunky book, and I think this (as well as HHGTTG) is a great intro book for someone who’s not sure if they could get into sci-fi.




A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab — *screams eternally internally* I don’t even know what to say about this book because it was just so good. Like, life-changing level of good. I read the sample before the first book was released and literally started screaming, and then I finally got it and read it and the screaming hasn’t stopped since.




You can’t make me choose between Shadow & Bone and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
Sorry, but I just can’t. I have precious fictional children in both, I instantly fell in love with both, and I may or may not have a shrine to Leigh in my house (I don’t, but I want one). So…I’m just going to count this as one author instead of one book, how’s that? Is that still cheating?

Are any of these your favorites, too? Tell me about your favorite sci-fi and fantasy books!

Harry Potter Moment of the Week: March 2nd


This weekly meme was created by Uncorked Thoughts and is now hosted by Lunar Rainbows.

The topic this week is: Which books would you recommend to Sirius?

I have been thinking about this topic for two weeks, and I’m honestly still not sure about my choices, so I’m kind of just winging it. I think that’s less because of Sirius and more because I’m always so nervous to suggest books to anyone, though, so here we go!


Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo — I think Sirius would appreciate the humor and camaraderie of the Dregs, and maybe be reminded of the Marauders just a little. Plus, there’s a lot of action and scheming, and I feel like he would like that kind of thing.




The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
(yeah, the whole series)– I can see Sirius loving the mismatched group of Aglionby boys and Blue, and thinking fondly of his own friends, before everything went wrong. I feel like he might relate just a tiny bit to Ronan, too, but I’m not sure about that.




by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff — Exposing corruption? Loads of action? Weird but interesting formatting? Oh yeah, I can see Sirius getting into Illuminae.





The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams — Ok, so this is pretty much my “go-to” book recommendation for anyone, but I think it’s amazing. It’s light enough for escape when you need to not exist in this world, and I think that’s something Sirius could use sometimes.





A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab — I think Sirius would love Kell and the different Londons, and I can imagine him enjoying the way magic works in this universe. (I have other thoughts on why I’d recommend this one, but I’m afraid of spoiling something for someone if they haven’t read it yet.)




Basically, I feel like Sirius would like action, possibly grey morality, and something fast-paced but light enough for escape. He had a rough life, so I think his book choices should be able to transport him somewhere else for a while.


What books would you recommend for Sirius?


T5W: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump


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.


February 22nd: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump
–Winter is a hard season for a lot of people and many of us are slumpy. Let’s talk about some books that are great for getting you out of a slump!

This was a little difficult for me because I’ve been in what feels like a never-ending reading slump for two years. But, I finally thought of a few books that have helped me snap out of it and get back to reading, at least for a while. These aren’t in a preference order, but reverse chronological, starting with the book that helped me most recently.


The Valiant
by Lesley Livingston! I have been in a mild book slump all year, but reading this was just the boost I needed to break its hold. The Valiant follows Fallon, daughter of a Celtic king, who has been captured by Roman slavers. She’s taken back to Rome where she ends up in a training academy for female gladiators. You can check out my review here.






The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater (actually the entire Raven Cycle series) destroyed me last year. I’d put off reading the first book until right before the last one came out, so I could basically binge read the whole thing. It was so worth the wait. I can’t even think of how to explain this book/series, so I won’t try because I will not do it justice.







Carry On
by Rainbow Rowell is the story of Simon–probably the most inadequate “chosen one” ever–and Baz, his possibly evil roommate who seems to be missing their last year at Watford School of Magicks. There’s drama, adventure, romance, mystery, and a magic eating monster on the loose.






The Princess Saves Herself in this One
by Amanda Lovelace is a collection of poetry that I recommend to everyone I meet who might even have the tiniest interest in poetry (and sometimes to people with no interest). I reviewed the original, self-published version here, but I also just picked up the new Andrews-McMeel edition, which has 40 (I believe) new poems, so I’m really excited to re-read it and experience the new content.





by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff was a book I knew I was going to love, from the first moment I heard about it on booktube. When I finally got it, I devoured it in a day and wanted more immediately. The fast-paced and unique format made this a quick read that dragged me out of a slump.






Ok, I have to cheat and give an honorable mention shout-out to the other two series I considered including:

Storm Front
(book 1 of The Dresden Files)
by Jim Butcher


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the
Galaxy by Douglas Adams.




Both are dear to my heart and both have helped me get out of slumps, but I cut them from the main 5 because they were from more distant slumps and I decided to go with the books that have helped me more recently.

Are there any books guaranteed to get you out of a reading slump?