Top 5 Wednesday

T5W – Books I Didn’t Get to In 2017!

“–These are books you didn’t end up getting to in 2017, but really want to prioritise in 2018.”

Sam (thoughtsontomes)

Top 5 Wednesday (T5W) is a Goodreads group consisting of weekly ‘Top 5’s created by Booktuber Sam from “thoughtsontomes”. If you would like to explore the group more further, there’s a link right here to take you to the main page!

Apologies for no T5W post last week! I had already done a post about my “bookish goals” for 2018, so I didn’t want to duplicate that. But I liked the sound of this week because I could relate SO HARD. I had so many books I wanted to get to at once, there were just simply some I couldn’t get to, and still haven’t been able to get to!

 

5/ City of Bones by Cassandra Clare24885537

I was meaning to start this series last year, but it just kept getting pushed back as there were just other books I wanted to read more. It’s not that high on my priorities, but it’s still on my ‘next read’ shelf by my bed, so that’s something!

 

 

 

 

 

 

132067604/ Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

This has been on so many TBR’s ever since I read Cinder in summer. I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up. I’ve always ‘almost’ pick it up, but I just haven’t!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/ Dark Matter by Blake Crouch27833670

I don’t know why I hadn’t gotten to this, I was planning to read it around autumn time when it’s dark, cold, and creepy, because this felt like the perfect thriller to read around that time. But various readathons came up and I lost track of time, next thing I know the season has passed and it’s time to get into the winter/Christmas spirit…

 

 

 

 

 

126001382/ Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

A movie adaptation that even my non-reader friends are talking about, and that’s saying something! So I wanted to pick it up when everyone else was reading it, but I have started it now and should have it finished before the movie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/ We Are The Ants by Shaun David HutchinsonWe Are the Ants | Book by Shaun David Hutchinson ...

I’ve been scared to pick this up, I’m not gonna lie. I’ve heard so many positive things about it, I feel like it’ll give me too high expectations. I’m hoping to lower my expectations and get into it shortly!

 

 

 

 

So are there any books which you wanted to get to in 2017, but run out of days in the year? Any of these you’ve read and want me to prioritise the most? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Top 5 Wednesday

T5W – 2018 Wishlist!

“–Looking forward into the new year, this is a list of the types of books you’d like to see more of in 2018! Try to avoid actual titles, and discuss themes, genres, or tropes you’d like to see more of in the new year!”

Sam (thoughtsontomes)

Top 5 Wednesday (T5W) is a Goodreads group consisting of weekly ‘Top 5’s created by Booktuber Sam from “thoughtsontomes”. If you would like to explore the group more further, there’s a link right here to take you to the main page!

So I kinda forgot that it was Wednesday yesterday, oops! I had this written beforehand but I just didn’t remember to publish it. I really do hope I will be able to read more books that have one of the elements I mention.

 

5/ YA books with male protagonists

Now I love reading about strong female leads, but I feel like there is always YA books centred on a female, and it would be nice to hear more YA from a male POA, especially when it comes to mental illness books. I can only really think of a small handful of books which are about a male protagonist suffering with mental illness.

 

4/ Books with dragons

I love reading books with dragons, so I would like to find more books with dragons. I know there’s a few on my TBR, but I still want more! I cannot get bored with books about dragons!

 

3/ Non-western society-based books

A lot of books out there are set in America or UK, so I want to find books set outside of them. I do have some on my TBR which are set in a non-western society, but I do want to find more. It is really interesting reading books set in different countries so I really would like to find more of these in 2018.

2/ Books with lesser known mental illnesses

As someone who has anxiety and depression, it’s always very comforting to read about characters going through the same thing. But it will be nice to read something that shows someone going through a different mental illness. I know there are books out there that include OCD, Bipolar, Eating Disorders, and I still want to get to these as well. After reading Under Rose Tainted Skies which focuses on someone with Agoraphobia, which is something that you don’t hear much of and it was so interesting!

 

1/ Standalone Fantasies

I touched upon this in my T5W Things I’m a Grinch About post earlier this month. Now I love indulging in a series, but I find that many books nowadays become part of a series, particularly in fantasy/sci-fi books. Most of the time, the standalone wrapped things up nicely and had a good well-rounded ending, and all of a sudden there’s a sequel? And you may have to wait another year/18 months for it to come out! Most of the time there is no point in extending beyond a standalone, and it’s really difficult to find a standalone fantasy/sci-fi book which STAYS a standalone.

 

So what do you want more of in 2018? Any of the ones mentioned above? Any books which fit into these which you would recommend? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Top 5 Wednesday

T5W – Top Books of 2017!


“– I know most people have a longer list than this, or post theirs at different times (like I’ll be waiting until January for example) but if you want to make a list of your absolute faves of the year, now is the time!” 

Sam (thoughtsontomes)

Top 5 Wednesday (T5W) is a Goodreads group consisting of weekly ‘Top 5’s created by Booktuber Sam from “thoughtsontomes”. If you would like to explore the group more further, there’s a link right here to take you to the main page!

This is one of the hardest I have done; I have read so many fantastic books this year that I cannot narrow it down to 5! There will be further posts regarding my favourite books of 2017, but in the sake of T5W I have chosen the top 5 which come to mind first when I think about the past year!

 

5/ ACOTAR series – Sarah J. MaasACOTAR Cover Reveal - Throne of Glass

At first I tried avoiding this series because there was so much buzz over the second book! Many have said the first book was ‘meh’, but I was blown away and thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the Beauty and the Beast inspired moments, I thought Feyre was a lot like Katniss of which I loved, and the writing was so easy to read and flowed beautifully. I devoured the series straight away, pre-ordered ACOWAR and read it in a week. Couldn’t fault it at the time, despite hearing problematic things, and I still madly love the entire series.

 

 

262368984/ More Happy Than Not – Adam Silvera

My first taste of Adam Silvera and it was delicious! The futuristic element was very clever and the main characters felt so real and they were incredibly likeable, my heart was aching at the end for so many reasons. I can see why Silvera is so popular and he deserves all the hype he’s getting!

 

 

 

 

3/ The State of Grace – Rachael Lucas5e3a4-9781509839551

This book was like reading about my teen life. Even though the character had aspergers, I could very much relate to her in regards to general and social anxiety. It amazed how this book just ‘gets it’ and explained the majority of my own thoughts as a teenager! I so easily liked Grace and sympathised with her. I could never grow tired of this story.

 

 

 

 

1230c-illuminae-kaufman-kristoff2/ Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This really amazed me, as I wasn’t madly interested in Sci-Fi. This book series has changed my mind! I loved the story and the characters, it flowed well and the different forms of text I had lots of fun with. I was gripped from the beginning and sped through the book, even though it’s not the smallest of books!

 

 

 

 

1/ A Darker Shade of Magic – V. E. Schwab23403402

Everything about this book I just LOVED. Easily going to be in my top reads of the year (that is, unless the next books somehow top it!). The characters were so likeable and complex, the magic system was ingenious and innovative, and the plot just sucked me in! I was scared I had my expectations too high before going into this, but that was never a problem, if anything they were blown out of the water. V.E. Schwab has swiftly become an auto-buy author.

 

 

 

So if I had to choose only five books out of the year, these would be them! Are any of these your favourites too? Which books were your best of the year? Any new recommendations? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

Top 5 Wednesday

T5W – Characters on the Naughty List!

 

“–These can be villains or just characters you don’t like!”

Sam (thoughtsontomes)

Top 5 Wednesday (T5W) is a Goodreads group consisting of weekly ‘Top 5’s created by Booktuber Sam from “thoughtsontomes”. If you would like to explore the group more further, there’s a link right here to take you to the main page!

Ah this was a good week! There are so many characters I would like to put onto a Naughty List! These sprung to mind as being the most severe or most horrid, not necessarily evil, but mainly those who had traits or whose actions I really frowned upon.

 

 

5/ Ianthe from ACOWAR by Sarah J. Maas Waiting on Wednesday – Lauren's Page Turners

I can’t remember which of the books she shows her true colours, but she really turns out to be extremely evil and manipulative. She bloody kidnapped Lucien and tortured him because he did not return her affection. I don’t even think she had affection, she just wanted the attention and would cause havoc if things didn’t go her way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cinder - The Lunar Chronicles #1 - Book Review4/ Adri and Pearl – Cinder by Marissa Meyer

As with the original, Adri and Pearl were the evil Step-mother and step-sister. They really didn’t like Cinder for some stupid reason, and kept making things worse and made Cinder’s life practically a living hell. Adri had the nerve to take the money that Cinder earned whilst working day-in, day-out. And Pearl was just vile in everything she did and said.

 

 

 

 

 

3/ Mrs Reed – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë16 Beautiful Jane Eyre Book Covers

Following from number 4, Mrs Read was supposed to care for Jane. However, she was really abusive to her, and also encouraged other people to treat her awful also. She even sends her away to a boarding school as well even when she didn’t want to. Even on her deathbed, she was still extremely bitter to Jane, when you expected she would apologise. She also wrote to her only known relative that she was dead! I mean, how low can one get?!

 

 

 

 

Tess of the D'Urbervilles | Penguin Books Australia2/ Alec – Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

I am re-reading this book so it’s fairly fresh, but Alec is so manipulative and abusive to Tess! I don’t know how she stayed with him for four months. He was just a horrible person, and doesn’t really redeem himself either. He seemed so ignorant and selfish and those are not good traits at all. There’s also an ‘alleged’ thing he does which is a massive no.

 

 

 

 

 

1/ Hailey – The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Anyone who has heard of this book (so, basically everyone) you would know that it deals with the Black Lives Matter movement and race issues. Hailey was incredibly racist, not only to Starr, but also to Maya who was Asian. It was worse that she didn’t accept what she was doing, and kept making excuses for her horrid comments. Definitely on the naughty list!

 

 

 

 

So which characters would you put on your Naughty List? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

Top 5 Wednesday

T5W – Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About!


“Since being a Grinch is a funny thing, try not to make this serious topics that make you angry (like lack of diversity or abusive relationships in fiction, etc) as this is supposed to be more of a petty bookish things you hate. This can be stuff about covers, dumb tropes, etc. Have fun with it.”

Sam (thoughtsontomes)

Top 5 Wednesday (T5W) is a Goodreads group consisting of weekly ‘Top 5’s created by Booktuber Sam from “thoughtsontomes”. If you would like to explore the group more further, there’s a link right here to take you to the main page!

Now I could go on and on about some of these points! I decided to stay away from tropes, because I could enjoy any trope if it’s done properly. These things I’m a Grinch about are very high on my bookish pet peeves! And I’m sure other book-lovers can relate!

 

5/ Cover changes mid-way through a series

Maybe I just like order and organisation, but I feel happy when a series looks the same, and when there is a cover change which is so different to the original, I don’t like it. Especially when you loved the original and they change it, so you must either have all the books in the second cover, or have a miss-matched series – neither are appealing. Why can’t publishers just keep to the same cover design?

 

4/ Varying book sizes within a series

The Six of Crows duology comes to mind, with the copies I own anyway. Crooked Kingdom is far taller than Six of Crows, and it makes it difficult to have the duology standing together. This also applies when a book has a different width to the others. I like having duologies and series together, and miss-matched sizes make it seem less ordered and forces me to separate them. Nope!

 

3/ The “Now a Major Feature Film/TV Series” sticker which is printed on the cover

Urgh. This really bugs me! I don’t know why they are necessary and why they are PRINTED so you can’t remove them. It really taints a covers aesthetics, maybe I’m just being too picky. This also ties in to the ‘movie poster’ cover changes, which are never nice. Examples? The Martian, Everything, Everything, Big Little Lies… all of which have very nice covers originally. Why ruin them by having the movie poster on the cover? I don’t read books based on their adaptions, so I’d rather just stick with the original.

 

2/ Those stickers that leave residue/rip part of the cover

This happens a lot with second-hand books from charity shops. The price stickers tend to leave ‘stickiness’, or worst, tear a bit of the cover. Some stickers are such a nightmare to get off, that the cover gets ruined. Is it hard to use other stickers which come off easily?

 

1/ Standalones becoming a series

Now I love indulging in a series, don’t get me wrong! But I find that many books nowadays become part of a series, particularly in fantasy/sci-fi books. Some would need a further book, but most of the time, the standalone wrapped things up nicely and had a good well-rounded ending, and all of a sudden there’s a sequel?! And you have to wait another year/18 months?? Sometimes there is no point in extending beyond a standalone, and it’s really difficult to find a standalone within fantasy/sci-fi which STAYS a standalone.

 

So what bookish things are you a grinch about? Any of these you relate to or agree with? I’d love to know!

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Top 5 Wednesday

T5W – Authors I’d Want to Write Like!

“In honor of NaNo wrapping up, discuss some authors you’d like to write like. Whether its their writing style, what genre they write in, or how many books they manage to churn out a year!”

Sam (thoughtsontomes)

Top 5 Wednesday (T5W) is a Goodreads group consisting of weekly ‘Top 5’s created by Booktuber Sam from “thoughtsontomes”. If you would like to explore the group more further, there’s a link right here to take you to the main page!

I am interested in writing, but it’s not something I’m looking to do in the future, unless I get an amazing idea for a story! And also because there are so many authors I adore, and must admit that I might never be able to write like they do. They are the ones I would one day wish to aspire to be like.

 

5/ Sarah J. Maas

This lovely lady come onto this list because of how addicting her writing is! I don’t think I can remember another book series which I devoured in as quick a time as the ACOTAR series! I was invested in the characters and she wrote the story so elegantly, it was so easy to read! I got hooked from the first page, and then read each of the books back to back. As that is very rare for me to do, that’s a good sign that I love her writing!

 

4/ Adam Silvera

He just knows how to write about feelings, and how to make reader’s fully commit emotionally to his characters! He is able to write very raw, genuine, and complex characters. Whilst reading his books, I personally felt for each character as if they were a close, personal friend. That in my eyes takes immense skill and talent!

 

3/ Neil Gaiman

I just love his quirkiness and the magical stories that he creates. I find them so immersive and entertaining, I can honestly read his work over and over again and never get bored, and that is a sign of a good writer!

 

2/ J.K. Rowling

Mainly because of the incredible world (or more appropriately put, ‘universe’) is a one of a kind! Nothing I think can ever come close to the Harry Potter series in terms of it’s uniqueness and versatility. I haven’t read any of her other works so I cannot say much about her writing ability outside of Harry Potter, but I think it is safe to say that this world was meant to be written by J.K. Rowling!

 

1/ V.E. Schwab

She is just talented at writing full stop. Her characters are amazing, her descriptions are atmospheric, her magic systems are unique, and her plots are enticing! I’m slowly making my way through her Shades of Magic series, because I dread the day I finish that series and say goodbye to the incredible characters and the world! I know she cannot be everyone’s ‘cup of tea’, but she is one of the most talented writers out there in my opinion!

 

 

So those are my top five! Let me know yours! Any authors missing from my list you’d recommend? And do you agree/disagree with my choices? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

 

Abbie xxxx

Top 5 Wednesday

T5W – Books I am Thankful For!

“For whatever reason, big or small.”

Sam (thoughtsontomes)

Top 5 Wednesday (T5W) is a Goodreads group consisting of weekly ‘Top 5’s created by Booktuber Sam from “thoughtsontomes”. If you would like to explore the group more further, there’s a link right here to take you to the main page!

I am so happy for this topic, I don’t live in USA so it didn’t click right away that it’s nearly American Thanksgiving. Books that I rate 4/5 stars usually have a great impact on me, and some of them I still think about to this day. But there are so many books which I am thankful for, so many stories which have left a lasting impression and affected how I live my life, so listing only five is near impossible (it apparently is impossible because I had to include some ‘honourable mentions’). So these are the first five that came to my mind, enjoy!

 

HONOURABLE MENTIONS (because I couldn’t pick just five)

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5/ A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. MaasA Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J Maas book review ...

I am thankful for this book because it was a series which hooked me from the first page, and I read each book straight after the other, and that rarely happens anymore. I am happy that there are still books which I could fall head over heels for, and I know I am going to pick up any other book in the same universe.

 

 

 

 

Tess of the D'Urbervilles4/ Tess of The D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

This was the first book of Thomas Hardy’s that I read, and I quickly fell in love with it. Being from the same area as Thomas Hardy, a lot of his sceneries and landscape descriptions are inspired by the landscape/scenery of Dorset. I am so thankful that there are books I can read which will take me back home if I’m feeling homesick, and so thankful that Thomas Hardy also loved the area as much as I do.

 

 

 

 

3/ The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen ChboskyBook Club: 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' Stephen Chbosky

This book always makes me cry, its story hits me hard and it has impacted my life for the better. I am thankful that this story existed at a time where I felt like an outsider for my introversion and mental health, and seeing it so beautifully dealt with in this book just makes me feel so privileged to have experienced it.

 

 

 

 

Boy Meets Book: The Hobbit: movie and book review together2/ The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

Growing up I had limited access to books, and I remember my mum owning this book (and series) and me just picking it up off the shelf and started reading without knowing much about it. It was around the time I was also obsessed with The Lord of The Rings film trilogy so I was aware that it was linked but didn’t know why. I am thankful for this book (and the rest of the series) because it was something that my Mum and I had a shared interest in and that gives me such fond memories.

 

 

 

1/ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Literature) - TV ...

Surprise, surprise! I cannot put into words how thankful I am for this little book, for it created a magical universe and inspired a generation. So many books out there are inspired by this series, and even 20 years after its release, it still holds one of the biggest fandoms, and is still creating content! I am so thankful that this series gave me somewhere that I felt I belong.

 

 

 

So those are a few of the books I am thankful for. Each of these hold a very special place in my heart and will cherish these for the rest of my life! Which books are you thankful for? Any here you also agree with? I’d love to know!

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx