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!




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!


Abbie xxxx

Top 5 Wednesday

T5W – Nostalgic Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends!


“Characters you swooned over when you were younger. This was a topic from our suggestion board :)”

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!

Aaaah, those nostalgic book crushes/boyfriends that we look back at. The best boyfriends are found in books to be honest! These are probably my strongest ‘crushes’ on book characters, some of them still stand to this day, and many are enhanced with their cast member in the TV/movie adaptions.


5/ Jacob from The Twilight Series – Stephanie MeyerWhy It Sucks Being A ‘Twilight’ Apologist | Thought Catalog

Cringiest of the cringe! I think either Jacob/Edward would appear on most lists for this week. You cannot simply talk about nostalgic book boyfriends and not mention this series!




Angus, thongs and full frontal snogging – Louise Rennison ...4/ Robbie from Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging – Louise Rennison

This goes back many moons! I read this well over ten years ago so is most likely my first ever book boyfriend/crush. Talk about nostalgic! Robbie was beautiful and was the typical cute boy that all of your friends fancied and everyone wanted to be. Again, the movie adaptation cast his character perfectly with Aaron Johnson .




3/ Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries series – L.J. Smithapple book - Vampire Diaries Books Photo (10470400) - Fanpop

Thus began my ‘bad-boy’ phase. I remember reading the book series ages ago and also watching the TV show. I was always on Team Damon, I felt that his character had so much more depth and there is always a deep story as to why bad boys go bad, and isn’t that half the enjoyment of reading these characters? I wanted Damon all to myself and Elena did not deserve him; I’m not bitter at all…




The Fault in Our Stars2/ Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

This technically didn’t that nostalgic because I read the book about 4/5 years ago, but it still feels that way seeing as my reading tastes had still changed in those years. Augustus felt like the perfect boyfriend, and it was near impossible to not fall in love with him! ‘Why couldn’t all guys be like Augustus?’, my younger self exclaimed.




1/ Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games trilogy – Suzanne Collins Book Review – Catching Fire | Jazmin Jade Reviews

I remember when everyone was reading the trilogy and were debating Team-Peeta or Team Gale, and I wasn’t particularly fans of either of them? My heart went straight to Finnick from the moment he was introduced (love at first read?) and I just kept swooning over him and loved every scene he was in. The movie version of Finnick is also very easy on the eyes!




So those are my top 5 ‘nostalgic’ book boyfriends, I’d love to know which were yours!



Abbie xxxx




Top 5 Wednesday

T5W – Problematic Faves!

Top 5 Wednesday

“Characters you don’t want to love, but you can’t help liking.”

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 week is all about the book characters that we hate to love. The ones we shouldn’t like, but are secretly rooting for! There are so many I could choose from, because I love a good villian, especially when you’re caught between rooting for them but also want a good ending! These are my top five, enjoy!


The Wrath and the Dawn (Wrath and the Dawn Series #1) by ...5/ Khalid: The Wrath and the Dawn – Renée Ahdieh

In particular, the first book of the duology. We were introduced to Khalid as this heartless kings who kills his wives the night of their marriage, of whom the main protagonist plots to murder. Throughout the story, we learn about Khalid’s past and why what happened happens, and I personally, felt for Khalid and was cheering him on to overcome his past and his fears.





4/ AIDAN: Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff1230c-illuminae-kaufman-kristoff

AIDAN is known as the main computer system that causes some questionable problems for the main characters. But I really felt sorry for it, it seemed like it wanted to ‘feel’ and ‘be human’ but couldn’t as he was a computer and was programmed a certain way which unfortunately led it to having these ‘thoughts’.






Shadow and Bone3/ The Darkling: Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

I’m only in the middle of book one, so I can’t say much for the rest of the trilogy, but even though The Darkling is a bad guy, I couldn’t help but think there was something deeply attractive about him?







2/ Holland: A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. SchwabTitan Books - A Darker Shade of Magic - V. E. Schwab

In the first book, we learn about the back story of Holland and his relationship with the Dane twins, which didn’t sound pleasant to be honest, so I wasn’t surprised that what he did was out of desperation for a better life perhaps?








Cooler Insights: Harry Potter: A Global Business ...1/ Draco: Harry Potter franchise – J.K. Rowling

And of course, poor Draco. At first I really disliked him and saw him as a spoilt kid, but throughout the books we learn more about his family and his ‘expectations’, and you can’t help but feel sorry for him being forced into this way of life.







So which were your favourite villains or characters you felt you shouldn’t love? Any recommendations? I’d love to know!


Abbie xxxx

Top 5 Wednesday

T5W – Genre-Bending Books!

“Books that defy genre or are hard to place in a certain category.”

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 missed last week due to the topics being seriously delayed, so this week there’s two instead! Firstly, I love books that don’t specifically fit into one category or genre. Below are my top five genre-benders!


5/ The Book Thief – Markus Zusak Art Thou Beguil'd Now? - Christopher Eccleston News ...

I felt that this book was more than a historical fiction, but was also a contemporary and ‘coming-of-age’ story as Death follows the life of the little girl.







The Time Traveler's Wife : Audrey Niffenegger : 97800994644644/ The Time-Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

This book’s main focus was on the romance between the characters, and their life, which makes the book fit the category of a romance and contempory. But due to the time-travelling aspect, the book also has elements of fantasy and science fiction.






3/ Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco89608-stalkingjacktheripper_cover

This could’ve been classed as a horror in certain parts due to the amount of gore and murder, but it is mainly a historical fiction novel. At times it felt like a thriller as well, and when we followed the two main characters trying to find the murderer, it has elements of a mystery as well.





Joint Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer | The Book ...2/ Cinder – Marissa Meyer

This is primarily a fantasy/re-telling, but as the main character is a cyborg, it also fits in the science fiction genre. And there’s also romance between the characters which is fairly prominent throughout the story.







1/ IT – Stephen KingIt: A Novel by Stephen King, Paperback | Barnes & Noble®

IT has so many elements to it! (For a 1,100 page book it kind of had to have more elements) It is mainly classified as a horror book, however it also has elements of paranormal and fantasy/science fiction. The suspense in certain parts makes it feel like a thriller at times, and as we are following the Losers Club through their lives, it can also be classed as slightly contemporary or ‘coming of age’?






So what were your favourite ‘genre-bending’ books? I’d love to know!


Abbie xxxx

Top 5 Wednesday

T5W – Non-horror Books Which Scared Me!

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“This can be entire books you found frightening or just specific scenes from those books, but discuss books that weren’t technically supposed to scare you, but did.” 

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 love books that turn out creepy or scarier than I expected. Usually it can be down to a vivid setting and something unsettling happens, or simply that the topic is scary because it is close to real-life. I love a bit of adrenaline, especially when it comes out of nowhere, and these are the top non-horror book which scared me in one way or another. All I would recommend!


5/ Gemina – Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffPlanet Print: Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This was scary mainly due to the constant threat the main characters had of getting killed, and threats just around the corner. Also the weird event that happened with the cows?! That really freaked me out.


 - Harry Potter Book Series Images4/ Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling

Now this wasn’t ‘scary’, but I was really unnerved by the whole Tri-Wizard tournament, and also of what happened to Cedric. It showed that, not only has the darker era of Harry Potter begun, but also that it proved J.K. Rowling was not afraid to kill off likeable characters (including later books).





3/ The Hate U Give – Angie ThomasThe Hate U Give: Angie Thomas: 9781406372151 ...

This is one of those where I was scared because this is actually happening in America right now and it could so easily happen to anyone if they were in the wrong place/wrong time. As I don’t live in America and would not be as likely to have this affect me, it still felt very real and really any kind or terror act can still happen anywhere unexpectedly. Because to be honest, we do live in a scary world and we don’t know what may happen!




300794392/ Spellbook of the Lost and Found – Moïra Fowley-Doyle

I have included this book in a few posts already, but I was so pleasantly surprised by it! It’s magical realism and the plot drives around a group of kids who mess around with witchcraft and spells. A good portion of the book took place either in a dark (scary) woods, or in an abandoned estate (also scary), and there were many times I felt creeped out at some of the little events which I think added to the enjoyment of this book.



1/ Animal Farm – George Orwell a48d2-animalfarm

This is another one where it feels close to real life. It was scary because this book perfectly illustrated how easily governments of power can slip further and further to Communism. In such a short book, Orwell showed the reader that ‘snowball effect’ which can happen all too quickly, especially in this day and age. It’s worrying that a lot of the elements shown in the book can be seen in regular day-to-day politics.




Those are my non-horror books which I found scary or creepy or unsettling. I wonder what books you found scary which was not a horror book? I’d love to know!


Abbie xxxx

Top 5 Wednesday

T5W – Favourite Books Featuring [insert paranormal creature]!

Top 5 Wednesday

“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.”

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 haven’t read many books with paranormal creatures, and at first looking at this week’s topic, I was stumped on what to put and was almost considering skipping this week. But then I realised, ghosts are a paranormal creature! I’ve read loads of books with ghosts! I love books with ghosts! Alas, this list was born. Of course, not all of these are specifically Halloween/spooky books, and ghosts are not just for Halloween guys! (If you couldn’t tell, my chosen paranormal creature is Ghosts.)

Honorable Mention:

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Because, come on. I did well to not mention HP in the list, and I could not just simply disregard it, could I?


5/ The Woman in Black – Susan HillThe Woman in Black by Susan Hill - Cole's Books

I watched the movie before I realised it was a book, enjoyed the movie but really enjoyed the book better! It was a short read so I think it could’ve done with a bit more added to the story, but it’s a good ghost story.





The Influence of The Lovely Bones on Modern YA - Slap ...4/ The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

An example of a ghost story which isn’t really horror/spooky in any way. I read this years ago, but it has always stuck with me. A little girl overlooks her family from Heaven after the events of her brutal rape/murder. It’s quite sad and hard hitting, but it still one many people should read!




3/ The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson Book Review: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson ...

Hauntings = ghosts. And I really enjoyed this when I read it, although I can’t remember much of the story so it’s definitely due a re-read.





Stephen King The Shining Book Cover | ...2/ The Shining – Stephen King

Could not go a single week in October without mentioning Stephen King, and this is one of my favourites. Much, much better than the movie adaptation! For some reason I really don’t enjoy adaptations of horror books’ they’re never anywhere near as good as the book.




1/ The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaimanad02c-thegraveyardbook

Two weeks in a row for this book! I’m currently re-reading this because it’s one of my faves, it made me fall in love with ghost stories and Neil Gaiman’s writing. It’s literally about a boy who gets raised by ghosts in a graveyard. If I wasn’t such a scaredy cat with graveyards, I could totally dig this!




So what are your favourite paranormal creature? Whats your favourite and have you read any of these? I want to broaden my horizon with more paranormal reads, so what books would you recommend? I’d love to know!



Abbie xxxx