Books I’m Thankful For
This is it. The book that started it all. I would not be a reader had I not picked up Twilight. I probably would not have become an English major or even started this blog.
I can’t not add this book to my list. This is the book that has shaped me and by whose teachings I strive to live by.
The Hunger Games
While Twilight got me into reading, The Hunger Games made me the avid reader that I am. After reading this series I started reading more and more books. It probably started my book buying problems too.
A Light in the Attic
In elementary school, I was a terrible reader. Then, a teacher assistant that I had told me to check out some of Shel Silverstein’s books of poetry and I absolutely fell in love with them all. A Light in the Attic has always been my favorite, I remember checking it out of the library like ten times and even memorizing some of the poems. It will always hold a place in my heart.
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Books You’ve Read Because of Booktube/Blogging/etc
There is no denying that booktube and blogging have contributed to my book buying problem. Still, I have no intention of stopping, not when I have found such wonderful gems such as these because of it.
Continue reading “T5W – September 27, 2017”
**Bromance = platonic relationship between two characters who identify as male.
I love a book with a good bromance. Female friendships are great, and I am so glad that they are becoming more prominent in YA, but the male friendships have been seriously lacking for a very long time. Men in stories serve only as love interests and eye candy. They are there to compete with other males for the chance to be the alpha in the pack and get the girl. Either that, or we are presented with the obvious alpha, and the goofy friend who poses no threat to his masculinity. Here I’m gonna talk about the male friendships that have been too epic for words and too emotional to fully express.
So, let’s go talk about some of my top bros.
Continue reading “T5W – August 30, 2017”
Books from Before I Joined…
Before I discovered the beauty of Goodreads, I was an aimless reader. I didn’t know what was popular, or cool. I just saw a pretty cover and I picked it up. I read books simply because I wanted to, or because I was personally recommended them. I read books for the pure joy of reading.
And then, I discovered all the bookish things that exist on the internet, and everything changed. In some way it was for the better: A whole new world of reading opened up to me. My TBR grew overnight and I discovered books I never knew. In other ways, it was for the worse: I now tend to mostly read over hyped books and have developed a serious book buying problem. I also feel the pressure to read certain thing and always stay on top of the popular books that everyone is talking about.
So, this week, we are gonna take a step back let’s look back at the gems I discovered long before I knew that the internet could be so bookish.
Continue reading “T5W – August 23, 2017”
Second Book is Best
When I saw the topic for this week’s T5W I was pretty excited. I thought it would be easier than it turned out to be. But, as it turns out, second books are usually my least favorite in a series. It seems that 25% of the time, the series gets better, with the second book, being the second best and the third being my favorite. Another 25% of the time the series goes down hill with the second book being again the second best, but the third being my least favorite and the first one being the best
(looking at you Divergent). The other 50% of the time, second books are just pretty meh. So, this week I’m making this a top three because I couldn’t find another one that truly fit into it.
Continue reading “T5W: August 9, 2017”
Book Covers You’d Live In
I love book covers. Obviously. The words “book cover” are even in my blog’s name. As such, I talk about book covers a lot. I talk about the ugly ones, the pretty ones, the ones that are misleading, the ones thank God they changed, and the ones that shouldn’t have happened in the first place. Still, I must admit, that it has never occurred to me talk about the ones I would want to live in. It has never occurred to me to live in a book cover in the first place. But, now that it has, let’s see what I come up with in my top five.
Continue reading “T5W: August 2, 2017”
Series That Got Better
Every once in a while you start reading a book and find out that it’s completely meh. Sometimes it’s a little better, other times, a little worse. Then you read the sequel and your jaw completely drops because you did not expect it to be nearly as good as it was. Then you continue the series and every book just blows the previous one out of the water, each being a little more awesome, a little more mind blowing.
This is a situation that happens to me a lot. And these are some of the series it has happened to me with.
Continue reading “T5W: July 26, 2017”
Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World
It’s kind of sad that while looking at all of my books, like 90% take place in, or are inspired, by the western world. Even more sad that several of those that aren’t, haven’t been that good (I’m looking at you Tiger’s Curse). We need more diverse authors, and we need more authors willing to step out of their comfort zones and write about diverse settings and topics. Either way, here we go.
Continue reading “T5W: July 19, 2017”
I must admit, I don’t read very many children’s books. I must also admit that of the ones I’ve read, very few make it to my list of favorites. Sure, I’ve read the Percy Jackson series, which I love, but this list is made to bring light to less popular children’s books. It also doesn’t help that I hated reading as a child and therefore did not read many of them back then. So, let’s see what I can come up with.
Continue reading “T5W: July 12, 2017”
Books Without Romance
I haven’t done a Top 5 Wednesday in a long while, and of course the one I choose to jump back in with is the hardest one. Looking at the books I’ve read (most of which are YA), there are very, very few that do not have romance in it. And even fewer which I could consider to be favorites of mine to be included in a top five. Seriously, all my favorites have romance, from Twilight, to Six of Crows, to Wuthering Heights. Still, after combing through my books on Goodreads, I did manage to find a few. Continue reading “T5W – July 5, 2017”
Authors I Want to Read More From
Sometimes you read a book and think, I need to read everything this person has ever written! Usually, though, you awkwardly forget and don’t read anything from that person again. Other times there are authors that you have read much from, but still want more, until you truly have read everything they have ever written. These are the authors that I want to read more from, and yet, haven’t.
Let’s get to this.
Continue reading “T5W – April 26, 2017”
Books That Would Make Good Video Games
So, it’s Thursday. I know that I am late, but I had two essays due yesterday and couldn’t get to this. But, late is better than never, so here we go with this. I don’t even have a good intro to this. Let’s just get to it, I guess.
Continue reading “T5W – April 12, 2017”