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.



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…


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.



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.



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.



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.



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: 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…


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.



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.)



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.



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.



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?

T5W: Fancasting!

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 20th: Favorite Fancasts
–Discuss your preferred fancasts for some of your favorite characters. (Fancasts means actors you’d like to play your favorite characters or imagine your favorite characters as) 


This was probably the hardest T5W topic ever for me because it’s not really something I ever think about :/ (Plus a lot of my favorite characters were in books that have already been made into movies, and I actually liked the casting.) I actually almost didn’t even do it because it took me so long to come up with five, but I finally managed!

In no particular order…

mv5bmjm5odm4mdg2nv5bml5banbnxkftztgwotmxnjezmdi-_v1_sy1000_cr006991000_al_22055262Eddie Redmayne as Kell Maresh (A Darker Shade of Magic)– I think I’ve only seen him in Jupiter Ascending (was that what it was called?), because I still haven’t seen Fantastic Beasts, but he was my first thought when I wondered who I could see playing Kell.



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Kristen Bell as Karrin Murphy (The Dresden Files)– I know it was a show, but I didn’t even make it through the first episode. If they did it better, or made some into movies, I think I can see Kristen Bell as Karrin.




mv5bmtuwodm0ndg1mf5bml5banbnxkftztcwntcwmtk2mw-_v1_sx669_cr00669999_al_9361589Jenna Coleman as Celia Bowen (The Night Circus)– I almost went with Bailey Madison, but, even though Jenna’s possibly a bit too old (wasn’t Celia like 18ish?), I can see her as Celia. But I haven’t read the book in a few years, so…




Evanna Lynch as Persephone (The Raven Boys)– So for this to work, I think the movie would have to happen years from now because Persephone is a bit older than 26, right? (I don’t remember ages being given, so I’m just guessing.)




Keegan Allan as Levi (Fangirl)– Ok, I can’t really explain this, but I re-read Fangirl after I started watching Pretty Little Liars on Netflix in 2015 or 2016, and for some reason, Keegan got stuck as the image in my head of Levi.


What do you think of my choices? Agree/Disagree?

Who would you cast for some of your favorite characters?

Top 5 Wednesday: Skip the Synopsis, Just Read It

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 13th: Books to Read without the Synopsis 
–We all know that some synopsis writers spoil events that happen halfway through the book or have heard reviewers say “its best to go into this one blind.” Discuss those books. 


For once, my picks are actually in order 😮 



Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff–

This one comes in at number 5 because so much more happens in the book. But I had to include it because it seems a little spoiler-y to me.





Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs–

While I like the synopsis for this one, I still think it’s better to go into these books not knowing anything about them.



The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern–

I went into this one not knowing anything about it, and I am so glad! If I’d read the description, I probably wouldn’t have read it because it mentions romance.




Exit West
by Mohsin Hamid– 

I even mentioned in my review the way the description is misleading for this one. After looking at more reviews, it would seem I’m not the only one.



The Miniaturist
by Jessie Burton–

This book had to come in as my number one pick because I think having read the description and heard so much hype about this one, I had very high expectations, and preconceived notions about what would happen. In the end, that ruined my experience reading this one. (Reviewed here.)


What are some books you think people should go into without reading the synopsis?

Do you agree with any of my picks?


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?

Top 5 Wednesday: Bromances!


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.


August 30th: Favorite Bromances
— I think we have done this topic before in the distant past, but who doesn’t love a good bromance? Bromance = platonic relationship between two characters who identify as male. 


In no particular order…


Richard Campbell Gansey III &…Adam Parrish, Noah Czerny, and Ronan Lynch from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater– I can’t choose and won’t choose just one! I love his relationship with all three of them.




Rhy & Kell Maresh from the Shades of Magic trilogy–
Just ❤ Ugh. I love them and how much they love each other and have each other’s backs. (They were raised as brothers, basically, but whatever, I’m still counting them.)




Jem Carstairs & Will Herrondale from The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare–
 I hated the first book, but throughout the trilogy I loved Jem & Will. I’m not still crying, you are 😥


giphy4Sherlock Holmes & John Watson from the Sherlock books/adaptations– I’ve only read the first 3(?) Sherlock books (loved them), but I also really liked the RDJ/Jude Law movies, and the BBC show. (I actually almost used House & Wilson because I loved the medical Sherlock interpretation so freaking much.)



Fezzik & Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride (movie)– I’ve blocked out my memories of the book because I hated it, but I freaking love the movie, and I loved Fezzik and Inigo. (I couldn’t find a gif, so the book cover it is.) Shoutout to husband for reminding me of them!


Do you have any favorite bromances?