T5W: Bookish Wishlist

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 5: Book Wish List
— If you celebrate a gift-giving holiday this time of year, or even if you don’t, talk about the books or bookish items you have on your wish list!

This topic kind of stressed me out because my book/bookish-stuff wishlist could honestly go on forever (and ever and ever an–). So, I tried to narrow it down to things I really want, but probably won’t be getting anytime soon. Like, things I would buy if I could drop a few hundred dollars on bookish things without worrying about it.

(Those two are the most expensive ones, but also super high on my wishlist. So, if I win the lottery or something, they’re probably going to be among my first purchases.)

What are some books (or bookish items) on your wishlist?

(P.S. I’m still playing around with the new editor, and trying to figure out how I want my posts to be laid out going forward, so apologies if things are kind of weird for a while until I get it all sorted.)


T5W: Books to Read Before 2019

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 14th: Books You Want to Read Before 2019
–Our Goodreads goals are quickly closing in. What are you prioritizing for the end of the year?

This topic proved to be surprisingly difficult because my reading mood changes so often :/ That said, here are 5 books that, at the time of this writing, I would like to get to before the end of the year.

(I also didn’t include things I’m currently reading, or the books I might try to read during Tome Topple, because I should have a post about TT tomorrow. Hopefully.)

In no particular order…

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard– I might have to re-read RQ, but I want to finally finish this series soon. I wanted to finish it this year, but I doubt I’ll get through three of them, so I’ll settle for just book two.

A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #4)

A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs– This was a birthday gift from husband (he knows me so well ❤ ) and I’ve been dying to start it, but NaNoWriMo has taken up too much time so far. But I really want to get to it ASAP.

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden– I’ve seen this all over the online bookish community since it came out, but I actually know almost nothing about it. It’s been on my shelf about a year, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After

I Hate Fairyland vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young– I haven’t heard much about this one, and I think it might have been an impulse buy. I feel like I’m going to be in the mood for something fun and quick to get through soon (post-NaNo de-stressing and the like), and this might be perfect.

Vicious (Villains, #1)

Vicious by V.E. Schwab– Uuuuuggggghhhhh. Yes, I still haven’t read it -_- I honestly was going to last month, but got too busy, and now it’s NaNo month. I might get to it this month, but probably next, honestly. I’m determined to get it off my TBR this year, though.

What are some books you’d like to read before the end of the year?

T5W: Big 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.

November 7th: Largest Books on TBR
— In honor of #TomeToppleReadathon coming back this month, discuss those big books on your shelf!

It’s been over a month since I did a T5W, eek :/ I might get a post up later this week for updating.

In the meantime, in no particular order, here are some of the biggest books on my TBR that are probably highest priority for me. (This list will probably be different from my official Tome Topple TBR, but we’ll see.)

The Witches: Salem, 1692

The Witches: Salem
by Stacy Schiff– Ok, my copy has 498 pages, but I’m still going to be reading this for Tome Topple because other editions have like 510-515 pages, and (in my opinion) 498 is close enough, especially for non-fiction.


The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)


The Diviners
by Libba Bray– I think this 578 page book has been on my TBR for Tome Topple at least twice. I’ve had this book way, way, way too long without reading it.



A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness– At just under 600 pages, this will be one of my biggest re-reads ever, I think. I read the first 2 books in the All Souls Trilogy, but then it took me years to get all of them, so now I have to re-read those so I can finally finish them all.


House of Leaves
House of Leaves 
by Mark Z. Danielewski– Just over 700 pages of “I’m not sure I’ll ever actually finish this.” I’ve tried (and failed) several times. This is a book I really wish was available in other formats. I get why it’s not going to work as an audiobook, and as an ebook it would probably be a nightmare. If it were available in large print, though, I probably could have finished it by now. The text is just too damn small for me to read more than a page at a time >.<



Villette by Charlotte Brontë– I’m pretty sure this 570-ish page tome has also made my Tome Topple TBR in the past. I’d really like to dive into it this winter, so I’ll probably save this one until after NaNoWriMo is finished.



I have a lot of big books on my shelves/Kindle, but these are the ones (at this moment) I’d really like to get to soon-ish.

What are some big books on your TBR?

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.

T5W: Fave Covers

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 26th: Favorite Covers
— We’ve done this topic in the past, but with so many new, beautiful covers, it is time for an update!

I had to narrow this one down for myself, because there are a lot of gorgeous covers out there. So, these are 5 of my favorite 2018 release covers (that are already out), in no particular order.



Circe by Madeline Miller– It’s gorgeous in person, and now I kind of almost regret not impulse buying it 😛



Spinning Silver


Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik– The covers for this and Uprooted are beautiful and I love them ❤



The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1)


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert– I can’t even remember what this is about, but every time I see it in a store I have to stop and look at it because I love the cover.


Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi– This is another one that I always stop to admire, and another I kind of regret not impulse buying.


The Wicked Deep

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw– This is the only one from my list that I own, and I’ve read it (reviewed here). I absolutely love the cover of this one, and the actual hardback under the jacket is pretty, too.



What are some of your favorite book covers?

T5W: Classics I’d Like to See Adapted

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 19th: Classics I Wish Had Modern Adaptations
— As I’ve been binge-watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and I’ve been thinking about all the other classics I want to see adapted similarly! 

I realized while trying to come up with this list that a lot of things I’d like to see modern adaptations of probably already have some. Maybe even all the ones on my list have modern adaptation, and I’m just not aware of them :/

In no particular order…

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë– This one has to have a modern adaptation. It’s just too popular to not have one, but I would love to see this one in particular adapted in a way similar to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.



The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde– I imagine this one also has some kind of modern adaptation, but the only two things I can think of that I’ve seen were The League of Extraordinary Gentleman and Penny Dreadful. I’d really like to see Dorian in the 21st century, trying to keep his painting a secret. Or would he try to keep it a secret? (I feel like Dorian would have made excellent Vines.)



The Awakening by Kate Chopin– This one is only close to 120 years old, but I would be really curious to see how someone would adapt this for present day.


The Tempest by William Shakespeare– Please, tell me this one already has an adaptation I can go watch, I’m begging you. I’ve read far less Shakespeare than I probably should have by this point in my life, but so far The Tempest is probably my favorite.



Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving– Does Captain America count for a modern adaptation of this one? 😛 But really, I’d love to see how this one would be adapted.

T5W: Books For My Younger Self

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 12th: Books For My Younger Self
— This was recommended as a topic on twitter and I love it! Books that you wish your younger self would have read to learn a life lesson, get more self confidence, open your eyes to a new perspective, etc.

I almost didn’t do this one because there were so many books I could have picked (and my power and internet keep going out which complicated things).



27 Hours by Tristina Wright– This one is the one book I would choose above all others to present to my younger self. Teenage me probably would have cried as much as adult me did to see us represented in a book.


Basic Witches
by Jaya Saxena & Jess Zimmerman– This one is way less serious, but oh wow do I wish a book like this had been around for younger me. Maybe I would have figured some stuff out about myself and my beliefs sooner, instead of wasting so much time on things that had been pushed on me but never quite felt right.


All the Bright Places
All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven– I know this is one of those books that’s now criticized a lot, but my opinion hasn’t really changed. I wish teenage me had had this book. Finch has been one of the only characters with a mental illness that I’ve read about and related to. Teenage me probably would have felt a lot less crazy if I’d had this book back then.


Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)
Vampire Academy 
by Richelle Mead– This one is just fun, nothing deep or serious about it and why I wish I’d read it when I was younger. I’ve always loved vampires, and it took me an embarrassingly long time to read this one because I didn’t have access to it when it was new, and by the time I did, Twilight was around and I just assumed the VA books were going to be similar to those :/ Oops.


When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon– This one also isn’t on the list for any huge reason, it was just super cute and fun. I’m not a big fan of a lot of contemporary books, especially the cuter ones, but I think if I’d encountered this book sooner, that would be different.