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?

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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.

Top 10 Tuesday: Books By My Faves I Still Need to Read

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.


This one was kind of hard for me because I have different kinds of “favorite” authors. Like, there are different levels, and who my favorites are can change depending on the mood I’m in.

Anyway, these 10 books I still haven’t read yet, by some of my favorite authors, in no particular order.


This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

 

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab– Sooooon! (Probably.)

 

 

Vicious (Villains, #1)

Vicious by V.E. Schwab– Later this week, as soon as I get my copy of Vengeful which came out today, and has hopefully shipped by the time this post goes up!

 

 

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo– I think I’m only putting off reading this because I don’t want to have zero unread Bardugo books on my shelf while I wait for something new from her.

 

 

Origin (Robert Langdon, #5)

Origin by Dan Brown– Dan Brown is almost a guilty pleasure author for me at this point, if I were the type of person to feel guilty for something I’ve read. I’ve read all his other books and enjoyed them, so I’ll probably read this one eventually.

 

 

Spellbook of the Lost and Found

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle– I’m not sure if someone can become a favorite author after only one book, but I fell in love with Doyle’s writing in The Accident Season and I can’t wait to get to Spellbook.

 

 

Prudence (The Custard Protocol, #1)

 

Prudence by Gail Carriger– I want it so bad! I love her Parasol Protectorate series, so I’m hoping to also love this one.

 

 

Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14)

Cold Days by Jim Butcher– I’m like two books behind with The Dresden Files, but I keep waiting to read more until we get a hint for when book 16 will be coming out.

 

 

Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris– STILL! Ugh. I’ve read the first 12 Southern Vampire Mysteries, and then I re-read them all, but still haven’t gotten to this one because my copy got destroyed before I could read it -_-

 

 

The Meaning of Liff (Meaning of Liff, #1)

The Meaning of Liff by Douglas Adams– I keep putting off getting a copy of this (and the sequel) because I don’t want to finally reach the end of Adams’s books 😦

 

 

Switch Bitch by Roald Dahl– I really like(d) his children’s books, and I’ve heard his adult short stories are kind of weird and maybe a little dark or twisted? I’m curious, and really want to check them out eventually.

Top 10 Tuesday: Fall 2018 TBR

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader GirlEvery week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.


Wow, it’s been like 3 months since I did a T10T :/

This week’s topic is books on our fall TBR. I don’t make TBRs. I never stick to them, and they just end up frustrating me and making me feel bad, so I don’t bother. However, I do usually have books in mind that I’d like to read within a certain time period. I might not actually do it, but I try.

So, these are 10 things I’d like to try to get to this season, in no particular order.


Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson– This one sounds perfect for next month, probably between heavier/longer books to lighten things up a bit.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco– This has been on my shelf an embarrassingly long time :/

Vicious by V.E. Schwab– Another one I should have read ages ago, but I’m only saving it until Vengeful comes out next week, so I’ll hopefully be reading both of them soon.

Asylum by Madeleine Roux– This one is actually my husband’s, but he forgot about it, so…finders keepers?

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury– I finally own it! I’m excited for this one because I remember loving the movie when I was a kid.

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty– I have no excuse for why I still have not read this *sigh*

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix– I’ve wanted to read this one since it came out, and now I have it! I’m excited because it sounds like something I’ll really enjoy.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier– I’ve wanted to read this for almost as long as I can remember, so maybe I’ll finally get around to it.

The Suffering by Rin Chupeco– I just realized I have two of her books on this list, but I just read The Girl From the Well and really liked it, so I’m hoping to grab this sequel ASAP.

For my tenth, I’m cheating. Cheating how? By not listing anything specific. My tenth spot is for short stories, mostly of the Victorian and Gothic varieties. I just don’t have any one thing in mind, so… however many short stories I can squeeze in over the next couple of months. Possibly some Gaskell, La Fanu, Poe, Blackwood, etc.


I’m not feeling very well today, so I’m not going in search of covers or trying to take any pictures to add to this. Sorry :/

 

What are some books you’d like to get to this autumn?

Have any spooky book recs you’d like to pass on?

T5W: Tropes I usually hate, done right

I almost didn’t do this one because a) I was having a really hard time coming up with more than 2, and b) I’m sick and have felt like garbage all day. But I finally feel semi-human again, and I tried.


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 8: Books You Liked with Tropes You Usually Hate
–Pick some of your most hated tropes and discuss books (or other media) that actually handled that trope well

I’m not sure if these actually count/work, but my brain is still kind of going “uuuuuggggghhhh” from being sick, so I apologize if they don’t all work.

In no particular order…


Friends Who Are Secretly in Love

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee– I mean really. I usually end up rolling my eyes sooo hard at this trope (and I did a few times while reading GG, because I wanted to shake Monty and Percy), but I kind of loved it in this one. When I wasn’t ready to cry or scream, that is 😛

 

 

Insta-Love


 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor– I think this is the only book I’ve ever read with insta-love that I liked. 

 

 

 

Girl Changes Her Life After Meeting a Guy



A Darker Shade of Magic
by V.E. Schwab–
I won’t go into details about this one, but I think this counts? It was just done in a way that’s really different from most cases of this trope happening.

 

 

 

Tragic Background = Asshole Character



Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo–
All I’m going to say is “Kaz Brekker.” 

 

 

 

Strong Female Character

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff– Usually, the #StrongFemaleCharacter is a girl who’s into things that aren’t “traditionally girly,” which…Hanna kind of is. She is a badass, but she’s also the kind of badass I wouldn’t want to cross, whether she’s wearing training gear or fancy clothes.

 

 

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?

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?