T5W: Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy (That isn’t 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 21: Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy in Other Media – Booktube SFF Awards Babbles Crossover Topic!
— This month’s babbles crossover topic involves our favorite SFF outside of books (like movies, tv shows, games, anime, etc.)


I thought this was going to be sooo hard, but then I decided to cheat 😛 (Seriously, I never could have narrowed it down to 5 if I didn’t.) And because I’m about to fall asleep on my laptop as I write this (and Timon–little angel that he is–is currently slapping me repeatedly in the face because he wants to go snuggle), I’m being lazy and not hunting for gifs or images this week.

I decided to not go with book adaptations (like LOTR, The Mists of Avalon, Coraline, The Princess Bride, etc.) Well, not novel adaptations, at least, because I could probably make at least a top 10 list from those :/

In no particular order, as usual…

Star Wars– It had to be on this list. Sorry if it’s too predictable, but I love it.

Doctor Who–  I haven’t seen much of the old series, but I’ve loved 9+ (and I liked Torchwood).

Buffy the Vampire Slayer– Honestly, movie or show for me. I’m pretty sure I saw the movie before it was made into a show (yeah, I’m showing my age with that one I think), but I love both.

Penny Dreadful– I waited until the whole show was on Netflix, and then binge watched it. I seriously thought my eyeballs were going to fall out because I couldn’t stop watching it, and I keep trying to get more people to watch it.

Marvel– And here we have the big cheat. The Marvel-verse is just too vast, and I couldn’t even make a top 5 from just Marvel. (I have read some Marvel comics, but I’ve definitely seen more of their shows and movies.)

What the heck, let’s cheat some more and throw in some honorable mentions…

Once Upon a Time– I’m not totally caught up on this one, and it really took a while to grow on me, but now I love it. It almost made the top 5, but my love for it is slightly less than my love for Buffy, so the movie & show nudged it down to honorable mention territory.

Disney Fairies– Specifically, my two faves are The Neverbeast and The Pirate Fairy. I don’t care if they’re kid movies (I probably would have watched them even if I didn’t have a kid), I loved these two. The others are just ok, in my opinion.

The X-Files– Does it need explanation? (Ok, so it didn’t make the main 5 because, while I loved it, I think I love other things more, now.)

Charmed– I found myself scribbling this one on my notepad of ideas and decided to keep it, even though I don’t always consider it a favorite. I have issues with some of it, but I still keep re-watching.

Alright, I admit it: this was a painfully difficult topic, and I can’t follow the rules. Oh well, I did try. I just failed.

And honestly, there were sooo many more that I crossed off because I couldn’t remember them well enough to be sure they’d still warrant a place on either list (Tru Calling, So Weird, Dead Like Me, Dark Angel, Xena…which probably should have made the list but I haven’t seen the show in like 15 years…, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Bewitched, The 10th Kingdom, and on and on and on it could go). Then there are new-to-me things that I’m not sure I’m in love with yet (like Stranger Things)

What are some of your favorite SF/F in other media?

See any favorites on my list?


T5W: Books I’ll Never Read

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March 7: Freebie
–Since these are posted a bit later than usual, you get a freebie! Was there a previous T5W topic you are bummed you missed? Now would be a good time to do that topic


Freebie time, yay! I decided to go with books I’ll never read for this week’s T5W. This was an official topic back in August 2016, when I was just an observer and not yet a participant.

“Never say never,” and all that, but these are books that I seriously doubt I will ever pick up, for various reasons. (This took forever to post because there were like 20 topics I never did but wanted to do, and I had to narrow it down :/ )

Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James– I mean, even trying to type the name of one of these godawful books makes me cringe. I did read 50SoG way back when so people would stop using the “but you haven’t read it, so how do you know it has bad BDSM rep, abuse, etc.?!” argument against me. Never again, and I’ll go so far as to say I’ll probably never read anything else by E.L. James.



Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand– Eh, I could probably use anything by her for this one, because I’m just not interested. I had a brief, minor curiosity about her back in middle school and high school, but that fizzled out and now I know more about her/her books, so I’ll just pass on this one/these.



Carve the Mark
by Veronica Roth– If you’re in the bookish world, you probably remember the kerfuffle when this one came out. I was excited about a new Veronica Roth book until I read the description (“meh,” at best imo), and then the shit hit the fan around release day and I read excerpts. And I’ll pass on this one.


The Old Man and the Sea
by Ernest Hemingway– Ok, this is cheating because I have no intention of ever reading anything by this guy. I had never read more than maybe a two-sentence quote by him until last year or the year before when I discovered the “hemingdouche” tag on one of the tumblr blogs I follow. After that, and seeing this post, I checked out The Old Man & the Sea and then this happened. So, I’ve totally crossed Hemingway off my list of authors to read.


The Black Witch
by Laurie Forest– Even before the advance reviews with criticism started pouring in, I decided to pass on this one. I found it on Net Galley, thought the cover was kinda cute (and it had the word “witch” in the title, which caught my attention), but then I read the description and thought it sounded too boring to bother with. So, even if there hadn’t been a lot of controversy, I seriously doubt I ever would have read this one. All that stuff just made me feel like I’d made the right choice in skipping it.

Are there any books you never plan to read?

T5W: Urban Fantasy Faves

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 28th: Favorite Urban Fantasy Books *Book Babble Crossover Topic*
— Urban Fantasy tends to feature a heavy romance element, so I figured it fit in this month.


>_< It’s been a bad month and I’ve been wrapped up in a lot of personal issues that sucked the life out of me basically. When things get really tough, apparently my blogging is the first thing I drop to ease the weight of stuff I have to deal with, and I feel horrible about that. But, it looks like some of the disasters and such are mostly behind us, finally, so hopefully March will be a better blogging (and reading, ugh) month.

Anyway, on to this week’s topic!love Urban Fantasy, usually, but for some reason I struggled a lot with this topic. Maybe it’s because I love it, but a lot of UF books don’t necessarily make my “OMG this is one of my favorite things EVER!” list or something. But, here are 5 UF books I really enjoy…and probably recommend/talk about too much.

(Book covers link to goodreads.)


The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher–
Ok, this one actually is probably on my list of all-time-faves. I love these books and I’m so glad husband got me to read the first one a few years ago.


The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris– These are probably the closest thing I have to a “guilty pleasure” read. I know they’re no great feats of literature, but they’re fun and I really like them, despite their (many) flaws.


Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead–finally read this series last year or the year before, and I’m so glad! They really are much better than I first expected and some of my favorite YA vamp books.



The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black– This, though…This is probably my actual favorite YA vampire book. I loved it so much after buying the e-book on sale that I immediately ordered the hardcover and would have re-read it right away if I hadn’t gotten caught up in some new releases and ARCs.


The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater– Do I need to say anything about these? I’m pretty sure most people in the bookish world are at least aware of them, even if they haven’t actually read them. I hesitated until the last book was out to finally read them, because I didn’t believe the hype. This was one case where I think it was justified, though.


What are some of your favorite UF books?

T5W: Hidden Fantasy Gems

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January 31st: Hidden Gems in Your Favorite Genre 
— What are some of your favorite books in your favorite genre that don’t get a lot of hype?

I had such a hard time with this one, oh my gosh. I was torn between doing all indie/self-published books, doing all traditionally published books, doing a mix… It was a struggle. I ended up with…well, whatever this is. I know at least 3 are traditionally published, though. 

Anyway, I limited my selections to books I really enjoyed that had fewer than 10,000 ratings on goodreads (I was aiming for under 5k, but that didn’t work out). And I totally cheated with the last two, shhh! (But really, I couldn’t pick between them because I loved both and push them on people all the time.)

As usual, in no particular order…

Soldier of the Mist
by Gene Wolfe–
I honestly was surprised to find that this one only has just over 2,600 ratings on goodreads, because (if I’m not mistaken) Gene Wolfe is kind of a big-ish name in fantasy. Right? Anyway, the Latro series is all I’ve read by him, and I haven’t even finished it yet. I did really enjoy the first 2-3 books though, and definitely recommend them if you like stuff set in like ancient Greece with some mythological things happening. 


The Poison Diaries
by Maryrose Wood–
This one made this list this week, with just about 3,400 reviews on goodreads. I’ll be honest: I’m not sure I would still like this book. But, back when I read it in 2012, I gave it 4/5 stars. It’s a weird book, but I do still like what I remember from it, and I plan to re-read it soon.


The Witching Pen by Dianna Hardy– I freaking loved this series ❤ It’s…I think published by a company Dianna started? I’m not sure, sorry. Anyway, this one has just over 500 ratings on goodreads, and I’m probably going to re-read soon because it’s been a while, and I’m wondering if I’ll still love it. (Note: I’m not sure about this one, but this is definitely an adult series and gets kind of erotica-y…I think.)


Neverland by Shari Arnold– I read this one a little over 2 years ago, and I think it was one of my first Net Galley books. I remember it took forever to get into (it wasn’t the book, it was me), but I loved it once I did get into it. It’s a kind of Peter Pan…not exactly re-telling, but similar. I gave it 4/5 stars then, and this little gem has less than 200 ratings on goodreads. (I’m 90% sure it’s self-published.)



Cheating time! These two tied for the 5th spot:



The Woodcutter by Kate Danley– Maaaybe I wouldn’t still love this, but I really did back in 2012 and I’ve been relentlessly recommending it ever since. It’s this awesome mash-up of fairytales/retellings and no one I know has read it! *sob* It has an impressive 6,900 ratings (I think it’s published now by Amazon’s 47 North, but was originally self-published?), AND! It’s on sale for Kindle (US, at least) today for $1.99!



The Accident Season
by Moïra Fowley-Doyle–
This is my biggest cheat, because it has about 8,500 goodreads ratings. But almost no one I’ve encountered has read this one! And it was, I think, my favorite book of 2015. I loved it and recommend it constantly ❤


Have you read any of these?

What are some hidden gems you’ve found?

T5W: Forgettable Books

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January 17th: Forgettable Books 
–Whether you loved or hated them at the time, these are books that you just don’t really remember…

Ugh. This post almost didn’t happen. Between goodreads being such a pain in the ass right now and my computer updating and my internet being weird… *slow breath* Anyway, I managed, yay 😛

I decided to not use books I read a really long time ago, like back in high school or before. I limited my choices to books I’ve read between the beginning of 2012 and now.

In no particular order…


Insurgent by Veronica Roth– You guys, I’ve read this twice. First in November 2014, then again February 2017. Less than a year ago. And I have absolutely no idea what happened in this book. I literally remember nothing.


Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich– I remember liking this one a lot back in 2012 when I read it, but the plot? No clue. I remember something about magic and maybe a monkey?




by Tammara Webber–
College, uh…Yeah, that’s pretty much all I remember. (Well, I might remember more, but I’m not sure it’s this book, and–if it is–spoilers?) I gave it 4 stars back in 2014, though.


A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb– It took me like 10 years to get my hands on a copy of this book, and I pretty much immediately forgot everything except “ghostly possession” and “romance.” I read this one back in 2015, but it feels like way longer ago. At the time, I apparently liked it a lot because I gave it 4 stars.


Lightning by Dean Koontz– I read this one in 2013 and I have no clue what it’s about. I gave it 3 stars, but I couldn’t tell a single thing about this book :/




I think a few small details from a couple of these have come back to me while making this post, but not enough to matter.

This post was kind of hard because A) how do you remember a book that’s forgettable?, and B) there were several books that I’ve pretty much forgotten, but they’ve been adapted, so I remember the basics of the story from the adaptation (like ItPractical MagicThirteen Reasons WhyThe Princess Bride, etc.) and I excluded those.

Can you think of any forgettable books?

If you’ve read any of these, do you remember them better than I do?

T5W: Books I Didn’t Get to in 2017

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.


January 10th: Books You Didn’t Get to In 2017 
–These are books you didn’t end up getting to in 2017, but really want to prioritize in 2018.

This week, I decided to limit this to 2017 released books that are on my physical shelves. It was still tough to narrow down to just 5 books, though :/

In reverse release date order (most recent first)…


The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo– I waited all year for this, anxiously counting down the days left before release day. Then I ended up just staring at it and  internally screaming/sobbing while I tortured myself doing NaNoWriMo -_- Soooon, though.



Spellbook of the Lost and Found
by Moïra Fowley-Doyle–
This is another one I waited all year for (well, half the year, anyway). I think I talked about this book a ton last year, too. I just got distracted from it because of the surgery BS.




Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor– Oh look, another book I waited ages for then never read *sigh* Last year was a problem.




The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco– I think this one was actual an impulse buy, before I heard anything about it. I still don’t really know anything about it :/ But it’s pretty and I love the title and I can’t wait to read it in the next 5,000 years.



The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas– *sigh* I wanted to read this one. I really, really did. It just didn’t happen. But as soon as I’m in the mood for something contemporary-ish/realistic fic, I’ll be reaching for it.



The theme for last year was basically, “Hey! Buy these books you really want to read, then stare at them and cry because you’re not reading them! Doesn’t that sound like fun?”

In case you’re wondering, the answer is


Also, hey, look! I actually put my list in an order for once! *gasp*

And I’m gonna shamelessly (well, only slightly shamefully) mention that I finally did some work making featured images. Anyone want to offer an opinion on that? (I welcome criticism!)

What are some books you missed last year, but want to try to read ASAP?

Which of my 5 do you think I should read first?

If you’ve read these, which was your favorite? Least favorite?

T5W: 2018 Reading Resolutions

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January 3rd: 2018 Reading Resolutions
— Self explanatory. Let us know 5 of your reading goals for the year.

I missed T5W in December, and I’m so mad! I mean, I did at least one, but ugh. I kept forgetting until really late, or the next day.

Anyway, I’m not a huge resolutions-maker, but, in no particular order…

Get through most or all of my ARCs before requesting more– Pretty self-explanatory. I have a bunch that piled up because last year was really not good. So, I want to get through at least most of those before I request more.

Finish a few series I’ve begun and abandoned– This one was less because I lost interest, and more because I started the series before it was finished, in most cases. I’m actually working on this one now, with the Southern Vampire Mysteries. (I read 12/13 and by the time I got a copy of the 13th, I’d forgotten most of what had happened.)

Continue shamelessly DNF-ing books– It took over 20 years for me to feel ok with abandoning a book I wasn’t enjoying, and it’s so freeing. Sometimes, I still feel slightly guilty (*cough cough* Anna Karenina *cough cough*), but life’s too short to force yourself to read books you don’t like.

Seek out more LGBTQ+ books– This is mostly for f/f relationships, which I rarely find in books I’m interested in, and books with pansexual characters (which I’ve only encountered once, I think), and particularly those that are own-voices. (If you have suggestions, let me know!)

Read my shelves– I have so. many. books. SO MANY. I’m pretty sure I have more unread than read books, and I have 5 bookshelves :/ Plus my Kindle. I don’t even want to think of how many Kindle books I own, and how many of those are unread.

What are some reading goals you have for this year?

Do you set a certain number of pages, or books, you want to read?

Are you participating in any challenges?