Top 5 Wednesday: August 16th

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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 16th: Characters’ Fitness Routines You Want
— This can be interpreted a bunch of different ways! Fitness comes in many different packages. This can be about characters who are super fast, strong, agile, good at dancing, good at climbing, athletes, or foodies! Whatever it means to you. This is inspired by those routines you see in magazines for actors, but with more of an open mind and less body shaming 🙂

 

I really thought this would be an easy topic, but it turned out to be a bit of a challenge. I ended up going with 4 book characters, and one TV show character. In no particular order…


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George or Fred Weasley from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling– Why? Because I always wanted to be a Beater. I knew I’d suck as a Seeker, probably as a Keeper, and I don’t fancy being a Chaser (although it would be my second choice of positions if I got to try out for Quidditch). But being a Beater? Heck yeah!

 

 

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Inej Ghafa from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo– I have all the grace of a drunken hippo at this point, but I’d love to be able to move like Inej. (I actually used to be stealthy, and an agile, balance beam loving, climb ALL the things! kind of kid, but then I broke stuff and now I’m an old lady.) Plus, all the knives!

 

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Delilah Bard from the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab– I’m not even sure what to say about this one because there’s several aspects to Lila and her physical abilities. Plus, again, knives! (Apparently I have a thing for characters with knives, idk.)

 

 

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Almost anyone from Camp Half Blood from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan– Learning to fight, chariot races, capture the flag, and so much more! (I would die so fast probably.)

 

 

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Sookie St. James from Gilmore Girls– Does constant bustling around a busy professional kitchen, wielding cast iron skillets, whipping things by hand, etc. count for fitness? I love to cook and I would love to be on Sookie’s level. Plus, even though Michel will never admit it, she kicked his ass at arm wrestling.

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T5W: Books Without Romance

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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 5th: Books Without Romance
— A few (very, very few) people complained about the “shipping” topics lately, so I thought it would be good to talk about books that don’t have a romantic subplot! This is a really hard one, so if you can’t find any, you can talk about some where the romance is super super minor. Like barely mentioned… at all…

 

I thought this topic was going to be really difficult, but after I started thinking about it, my problem was narrowing it down to only five books that I couldn’t remember having romance.

Here we go, in no particular order, as usual…


 

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab– One of my all-time favorite books that I try to make everyone I know read ❤

 

 

 

 

 

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire– Ok, so there might have been some flirting or something in this novella, but no actual romance-romance

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams– Another all-time favorite that I try to force on everyone (and probably feature way too often). I think there was some romance(ish?) later in the series, but it was so minor I’m not even sure it was there

 

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The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick– This book of 4 kinda connected stories didn’t–if I remember correctly–have any romance, but it’s possible I’ve forgotten. If I did forget it, it’s because the romance was super minor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie– I don’t remember romance in this, but it’s been several years since I read it. All I do remember clearly is the ending and how this book made me think, “Hmm, maybe I could like mysteries…” and now I actively seek them out somewhat regularly.

 

 

 

 


What are some of your favorite books with no romance?

 

T5W: Favorite Side Character Ships!

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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 14th: Side Ships
— Tell us your favorite relationships that don’t involve the protagonist!

 

**Warning: Some strong language ahead in this post, if anyone’s bothered by that.**

Honestly, I’m not much of a shipper, and when I do ship, it’s usually a canon ship for main characters. (Also, I’m kind of cheating with one, and seriously cheating with another of these, but the serious cheat is the ship I’ll go down with, damn it!)

But, these are a few I came up with, in no particular order…

(All the covers link to the goodreads page for the book)

256683Magnus Bane & Alec Lightwood (from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare)

These two, ugh. They were why I mostly finished the series (I couldn’t actually make it through City of Holy Fuck This is Long Heavenly Fire, and I literally just skimmed it to get the basics because I was so done with that series), and I love them. They are my precious book children and I want them to be happy.

 

3Dean Thomas & Seamus Finnigan (from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

Ok, this is one of the only non-canon ships I’ve ever had, but I’m still including it because a) I actually ship it, b) it’s a side-characters-ship, and c) it’s such a popular ship it might as well be canon. Like, Devon Murray even tweeted about how Dean & Seamus could get married in Ireland a couple of years ago when gay marriage was legalized.

 

8490112Zuzana Nováková & Mikolas Vavra (from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor)

I haven’t read this in years, but I remember liking these two and wishing we’d seen more of them. (Also, I’ve only read the first two books, and I barely remember anything from the first book now :/ )

 

 

41865Jasper Hale & Alice Cullen (from The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer)

I can not believe I have a ship from those god awful books, considering how much I hated them, but the thing is, all the side characters were so much more interesting than Boring Bella and Exasperating Edward. (I’m sorry, Twilight fans, but the books were not for me, and while I hated the books, I don’t have any bad feelings about the people who did enjoy them.)

 

And now, my big cheat for this week…

 

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Do I need to say more about this one?

 

 


What are some of your favorite side ships?

 

Fandom Mashups: May 28th

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This is a weekly meme created by Lunar Rainbows. Every week there’s a new scenario and you choose 5 characters from 5 different fandoms to complete the task.

The topic this week is: “Those patient Hufflepuffs are true and unafraid of toil” – Pick 5 characters from other fandoms that you think would fit in well in Hufflepuff House!

My picks:

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The 11th Doctor from Doctor Who. I immediately think “Hufflepuff” when I think of him but I can’t really explain why.

Rhy Maresh from V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series. I had a difficult time choosing a ‘puff from the SoM series because I think there were a few, but I finally settled on Rhy because he was so dedicated and loyal to his people and everyone he loved.

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Dr. Miranda Bailey from Grey’s Anatomy. This was another fandom I struggled to choose just one character from, but I went with Bailey because she’s such a mom-friend/boss. She’s fiercely loyal to and protective of her family and friends, and she’s not afraid of hard work. She also must have had the patience of a saint to deal with some of the things she put up with.

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Garth Fitzgerald from Supernatural. Oh, Garth, my precious child. Garth was another loyal and patient character I instantly thought of as a Hufflepuff.

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Henry Mills from Once Upon a Time. Honestly, OUAT was hard for me because I feel like most of the characters could be sorted into different houses depending on the moment. Some say all the Charmings are Hufflepuffs, but I really think Henry demonstrates the traits of a ‘puff best.


Agree/Disagree? Who do you think would be sorted into Hufflepuff?

T5W: Favorite Minor Characters

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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 24th: Favorite Minor Characters
–Minor characters are less than a sidekick or a side character (but not in our hearts!)

 

I got too caught up in trying to decide who was a minor character and who was a side character, so I’ve been stressing about this for days. Finally, I just decided to go with the ones I initially thought of and be done with it. So, in no particular order, here we go…


 

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Brigid (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray)– She was the housekeeper at Spence Academy and I adored her. I thought she was amusing, but also kind of like a stern aunt or something.

 

 

 

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Tabitha Devereaux (The Chronicles of 6696602Nick/Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon)– I don’t really remember when she shows up, but I think it’s in the first book. I also can’t remember how big of a character she was in either series, oops :/ I just remember that I really liked her.

 

 

 

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Oliver Wood (Harry Potter seris by J.K. Rowling)– There were so many great characters, minor and major and side, to choose from from the Harry Potter books, so I honestly just randomly picked one minor one I liked. I’m not even sure why I liked Wood so much, but I think his obsession with quidditch was kind of comedic relief.

 

 

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Horace Somnusson (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs)– Full disclosure: I can’t remember how much we see him in the series :/ I want to say he’s like on the line between side and minor character, depending on where you are in the series, but I’m including him anyway. I thought Horace was interesting, and I remember wishing we’d learned more about him in the trilogy.

 

 

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Tieren (The Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab)– I almost used Hastra, but I think Hastra is more of a side character? Anyway, I liked Tieren and was interested enough in him to wish we saw a lot more of him.

 

 


Do you have any favorite minor characters?

T5W: Favorite SFF Cover Art

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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 3rd: Favorite SFF Cover Art *Booktube SFF Awards Crossover Topic*
— Show off some of your favorite science fiction and fantasy cover art!

 

Ok, this was too hard, so I decided to narrow my options down to only covers for 2017 releases. There are just too many amazing SFF covers out there, and even narrowing it down to just this year’s releases was a little hard.

In no particular order, as usual…


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A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab–love all the Shades of Magic covers, but I think this one might be my favorite of the three.

 

 

 

 

 

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor– I couldn’t help but add this one to the list ❤ I love both the US and UK covers, and now that I have a copy, I’m almost wishing I’d ordered the UK edition instead because of the blue edged pages. I’m envious of everyone who has that edition.

 

 

 

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27 Hours by Tristina Wright– I’m not even exactly sure what it is that I love about this cover, but oh well, it made the list. This is also one of my most anticipated books for the second half of the year.

(Expected publication: October 3rd, 2017)

 

 

 

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber– I just love it. I’m pretty sure even my husband said he liked this book’s cover, and he rarely comments on that kind of thing. While I love the UK edition, I think I like the US just a tiny bit more, and if I buy it, that’s the one I’ll get.

 

 

 

 

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The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember– This is one of my most anticipated 2017 releases and I absolutely adore the cover! Look at it! I can’t wait to see it in person ❤

(It’s coming out May 4th, AKA tomorrow!)

 

 


What are some of your favorite SFF covers?

 

T5W: Authors I want to read more from

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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.

April 26th: Authors You Want to Read More From
–Talk about some authors that you’ve only read one or a few books from, and you NEED to read more!

This is such a difficult topic for me because I feel like this list would be different every hour as I remember more authors! There are too many great ones out there, but these are the 5 I’m most looking forward to reading more from in the near(ish) future, in no particular order.


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Laini Taylor– I am so freaking excited for Strange the Dreamer! But, first I need to re-read Daughter of Smoke & Bone and Days of Blood & Starlight, then read Dreams of Gods and Monsters because I never finished the trilogy :/

 

 

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Amanda Lovelace– Her debut poetry collection the princess saves herself in this one is one of my favorite books and I’m anxiously awaiting her second book, the witch doesn’t burn in this one (which might be coming out next year, if I remember correctly).

 

 

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 Moïra Fowley-Doyle– I read The Accident Season right after it was released and I immediately wanted to re-read it, so I’m counting down the days til the release of her second novel, Spellbook of the Lost and Found which comes out in June.

 

 

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Victoria/V.E. Schwab– I’ve read the entire Conjuring of Light trilogy, but I also own This Savage Song and Vicious and I can’t wait to read them!

 

 

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Erin Morgenstern– I don’t think I’m alone in thinking The Night Circus wasn’t enough and desperately wanting to read more from her. I have no clue if she plans to publish more books, but I’m pretty sure she’s made my very short list of auto-buy authors.

 


Are any of these on your list? Tell me about some authors you want to read more from!