T5W: Future Classics

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 11th: Future Classics
–What books do you think will stand the test of time?

I think this was more stressful than it should have been haha. I first sat down and couldn’t come up with anything. It was one of those “I can’t remember a single book I’ve ever read” kinds of moments (ok, more like half an hour, during which time I just sat and stared at my shelves and actually almost cried, but let’s not talk about that).

But I finally came up with 5, so yay! In no particular order, as usual…




The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan–
I think his books are going to stick. Maybe not all of them, but I have a feeling that in another 10ish years, they’re going to be considered modern classics, as Harry Potter is now.

 


Exit West by Mohsin Hamid– I read this last summer and I still think about it a lot. I still hate the description because it makes it sound different from what it was actually like, but it was really good, very timely, and I hope it makes it as a classic. (My review.)

 

 


Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn– Confession: I haven’t read this one. I tried (several times, ugh), and couldn’t get into it. I also didn’t like the movie, or Sharp Objects (which I actually did manage to finish, but barely). I think Gillian Flynn’s writing just isn’t for me, idk. But this book exploded a few years ago, and people are still talking about it and referencing it regularly, so I have a feeling it’s eventually going to be considered a classic.

 



A Darker Shade of Magic
by V.E. Schwab– Maaaaaybe it won’t become a fantasy classic, but I think it should, and I hope it does ❤ (Do I need to explain this one, and why I chose it?)

 

 


The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern–
I feel like I don’t have to explain this one, either. The writing, the story, the cover ❤ It’s still a really popular book, and I see it as a lot of people’s favorite/in their list of favorites pretty regularly. I honestly can’t remember a time (since I became aware of the bookish parts of the internet a few years ago) when I haven’t seen this book pop up on social media at least once a week.


What are some books you think are destined to become classics?

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T5W: Best Books I’ve Read This Year

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 4th: Best Books You’ve Read So Far in 2018

This one was easier than I expected, yay! In no particular order…




The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo– I read this one back in April and absolutely loved it. It’s a novel in verse, and an emotional read. (Reviewed here)

 

 


 

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff– Do I need to say anything about this one? ❤

 

 



The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
by Mackenzi Lee– I loved this book and tore through it in about a day and a half after I finally sat down and started reading it.

 

 



The Language of Thorns
by Leigh Bardugo– It’s Leigh Bardugo and fairy tale/folklore/myths-inspired stories, so of course I absolutely loved it. 

 

 


The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien– I finally finished this back in May and mostly loved it. (I think I actually rated it 4.5/5 stars, but only because I found the first half of Fellowship sooo slow to get started. After that, I got through it pretty fast.)

 

 


What are some of the best books you’ve read so far this year?

T5W: Books I Want to Get to This Year

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 27th: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year 
–Halfway through the year, and it’s time to evaluate our reading goals and take a look at our TBRs for the second half of the year!

So many. So, so, so many books I want to read ASAP, but probably won’t. *sigh* Honestly, this list could change every 5 minutes, depending on what books I can see from wherever I am in my house, my mood, etc. But these are five books I’ve really wanted to read for a while now, and I’m hoping to get to them all pretty soon.

In no particular order…



The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas– I swear I think I’ve mentioned wanting to read this several times, yet here I am. I don’t generally like contemporaries, and I have to be in really specific kinds of moods to get through them. I’m just waiting for the right mood to finally come along. Hopefully that will be soon.

 

 


Strange the Dreamer
by Laini Taylor– I’m pretty much just waiting for the sequel at this point. Originally, I wanted to read it right away. Then I had surgery and my whole TBR got shuffled around and off course, so now I’m just waiting. But after I get the sequel, I’ll probably get to it pretty soon.

 

 


Vicious
by V.E. Schwab– Another that I’ve been saying I’ll read for ages, and also one I’m now putting off only because the sequel is coming soon. I might read Vicious before Vengeful comes out, but not long before. Like, maybe a couple week or a month before? Whatever. I’ll be reading it really soon.

 

 


The Library at Mount Char
by Scott Hawkins– This one actually wasn’t super high on my TBR, but I recently started it hoping the strangeness would help snap me out of this reading slump. It didn’t work 😦 But, I think when I’m back to my normal reading, this will be one I’ll finish quickly and enjoy. (This is the only book on the list that I’ve started already.)

 


Uprooted
by Naomi Novik– I think I’ve mentioned this one before, too. It’s been on my TBR for a long time, and on my shelf for over a year, and I keep looking at it when I’m trying to figure out what to read. I think the right mood for it will be coming soon, and I hope I like it as much as I’ve been assured I will.

 

 


What are some books you want to get to before the end of the year?

T5W: Summer Reads

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 6th: Summer Reads 
–With summer finally kicking off, now is the time to recommend your favorite summer reads, whatever that means to you!

I kind of hate this topic :/ I have very, very few books that I associate with a particular season, and I hate the warm half of the year (horrible allergies, soupy southern air, temperatures in the 80s-100s, blech). I’m a mood-reader and will read pretty much anything, anytime. (The only book I completely associate with only one time of year is A Christmas Carol, which I’ve been re-reading every Christmas Eve–even though I don’t celebrate Christmas–for around 15 years :/

I did pretty much this same topic last year, which I’d forgotten until I was coming up with my list and thought it seemed familiar.

So, I scrapped that list and came up with these, in no particular order…



The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath– Why do I associate this with summer? I don’t know. I can’t even remember now if it was set in summer, or if I read it during a summer, both, or neither. Maybe it’s just because I have the blue/pink cover edition and the colors make me think “Summer.”

 


Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson– This actually isn’t a favorite, but I did enjoy it. I feel like I expected waaaay too much based on the hype it was getting, though. But it was fun and entertaining. (And I know why I think of it as summer-y, because of the summer camp setting.)

 


Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard– I don’t even remember this book, now, but I loved it when I read it like 7 years ago, during the summer. I seriously doubt I’d love it now, but I did get hooked on the show, so who knows.

 

 


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald– Even before I read it, this one just screamed “SUMMER!” to me. IT’s been so long since I read it that I’m not sure if it was set in the summer or not, but I’m like 98% sure it was. Anyway, I think of it as a summer-y read.

 

 


Fates and Furies
by Lauren Groff– Well, the cover makes me think of summer, at least, even if the book isn’t set in summer. I think I read this about a year ago, so I kind of associate it with the humid, hazy, unpredictable weather days of early summer in the south. (I think the book opens on an event in May, which isn’t technically summer, but close enough, right?) Oh, and I reviewed this one.

 


What are some books you would pick for this topic?

Do you associate any books with a particular season?

T5W: Series I Won’t Be Finishing

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.

May is T5W rewind, so we get to pick our own past topics to do.

This week, my chosen topic is from September 2014.

September 10th – Series You Won’t Finish

This week, my topic comes from August 2014, and I didn’t realize until I started compiling it just how many series I’ll probably leave unfinished. More keep coming to me even now, but I’ve narrowed it down, finally.

In no particular order…



The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl–
I read the first one, a looong time passed. I read the second one, and a loooong time passed. By the time I got my hands on the third, I had to go back and re-read the first two. Now it’s been so long that I honestly just don’t care enough to re-read the first three so I can finally finish this series :/ I liked it well enough, but I seriously doubt I’ll ever get back to it.

 


 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas– This was the very first one that came to mind. It’s just a hard “no” for me, sorry.

 

 

Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black– I really liked the first book, but I tried so many times to get through the second and finally just gave up. It annoyed me so much I decided to unhaul the series. I love a few of Holly Black’s books, and I expected to love these, but it just didn’t work out that way 😦

 

The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton– I didn’t like the first book, thought the next few were ok, it finally got to the sexier parts, and then it just wasn’t fun at all anymore. I might read more of the books, at some point (I kinda like “hate reading” these), but I will almost certainly never finish the series.

 


The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan–
I’m finally just done with his books, I think. I have a complicated relationship with them for a number of reasons, but I read the two series I own and I doubt I’ll pick up any of his other books. I read the first Kane Chronicles book about 5 years ago, I don’t really remember it, and I have no intention of picking up the other two.

 


What are some series you don’t think you’ll finish?

 

T5W: Most Recent Additions to My 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.

For May, we get to choose from previous topics which is super exciting because I’ve only been doing T5W for about a year and a half. It has been difficult to narrow down my list of topics I want to do, though.

This week, my chosen topic is from July 2016.

July 20th: Most Recent Additions to Your Wishlist 
— Books you are dying to get your hands on for your collection, or if you are a library-exclusive reader, books you recently added to your list there.

For this one, I picked 4 books from my Amazon wishlist, and one that’s just on my goodreads TBR, and I excluded books that have not been released yet.

In no particular order…


Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins by Emma Donoghue– I think I saw this on Jean Bookishthoughts’ youtube a while back, but I could be mistaken. I’m pretty sure I’d heard of it before then, but I looked it up and instantly added it to my wishlist.

 

 

 

Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed– I have no clue how this one landed on my radar because I don’t think I’ve actually heard much about it. I want to say I remember it from a podcast ad for Audible, but I’m not sure. Anyway, sounds interesting and I’d like to find a copy eventually.

 

 

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden– This is another one I haven’t heard much about, but I think I saw it on someone’s booktube, maybe? Love the cover, the synopsis sounds interesting, and like just the kind of sci-fi I’d be into, so I’m excited to try to get a copy ASAP.

 

 


The Queens of Innis Lear
by Tessa Gratton– This one is, I think, the only one I’ve seen hyped up online, probably because it’s only been out a few weeks. I haven’t read King Lear yet (I know, I know! I will soon…probably…), but this sounds really good and I’ve heard great things so far.

 

 


The Gracekeepers
by Kirsty Logan– I think I actually heard about this one from Sam (Thoughts on Tomes), but I’m not sure now. This one sounds like just my kind of possibly a bit weird, and it’s described as something for people who loved The Night Circus, so I’m sold.

 

 


I’m tempted to split this and do 5 more that are upcoming releases because I just realized I still have 5+ for this year that haven’t already come out.

Ok, I’m doing it, but I’ll skip the covers and make it short.

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (expected publication: October 2018)

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab (expected publication: September 2018)

To Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace (expected publication: autumn 2018)

A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs (expected publication: October 2018)

(Don’t) Call Me Crazy by a bunch of people (expected publication: October 2018)

I’m anticipating two sequels to books I haven’t read yet 😂 That’s ok. I’ve been waiting for Vengeful so I can finally read Vicious for-freaking-ever, and the time is coming. Soooon.


What are some of your recent wishlist additions?

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?