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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorites You’d Like to Revisit

I’m not a big re-reader, but I have re-read Vicious this year, and Darker Shades of Magic last year, so… perhaps I should make some exceptions.

 

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This book made me fall in love again with reading — I adore it, and I’ve only read it once! I need to fix that this year.

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I haven’t re-read this in so long. I only read the last two books once, but I read the others countless times. I think I need to re-read the whole series, even though JK isn’t my favourite so much any more.

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I’m not going to lie, I am going to re-read this series for Nikolai alone.

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THIS BOOK. IS PERFECTION. I NEED TO READ IT AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR.

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I last read these when I was…. gosh, 15?! And I didn’t read the ending because I didn’t want the film to be spoiled (I adored the film). So I should re-read this. And skip Bombadil because he pissed me off.

 

 

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TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Books You’ve Removed From Your TBR

— Discuss the books that you wanted to read at one point, but don’t anymore

This is a difficult topic, mainly because I have the memory of a fish and therefore can’t remember what I put ON my tbr in the last hour.

I’ve done some clearing TBR posts before, so I might borrow from a few of those.

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I read the first one, NIGHT WATCH and it really annoyed me mainly because of the girlfriend and how she was portrayed as someone nitpicking and stupid. Also I read the author was a bit of a dickwand, so I decided not to bother with this.

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A dear friend recommended this to me after I came out of hospital with a crush on my surgeon, since the protagonist here also has the same issue. But I no longer have a crush on my surgeon (he’s probably still pretty hot to be fair) and I won’t ever read this, so.

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Ok so this cover does NOT reveal it’s about aliens and mind control. From this you’d think it was a nice, magical-realism or contemporary romance or something, but no. It’s aliens. And it’s about Special Characters Who Don’t Conform. So I decided early on that this wouldn’t be on my list.

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The consensus with this… as well as what I’ve actually heard from friends – is that the romance gets in the way of plot with this one. And that’s generally not what I’m in the mood for. The author is absolutely lovely but I’ll check out her other works instead.

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I WAS SO EXCITED to read this book, because it had so many great reviews… and then I read an excerpt of this and it was painful with its exposition dialogue and no.

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T5W: Best Books You’ve Read So Far in 2018

If you want to join in on Top 5 Wednesday this July, the link to the Goodreads group is here!

SO. What are the top 5 books I’ve spent this year reading? I’ve re-read Vicious, so I won’t include that because it’s technically not new, and I want to include new reads for this list.

 

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This book, man. This book SHIT ME UP. I was gripped, it was so tense, I was weirded out, I cried. I adored it in every sense. EASILY a new favourite.

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This book has my heart — Monty is such an arse but a loveable one, and I can’t wait for Petticoats to come out! Mackenzi has such a brilliant writing style and voice

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THORNS reignited my love of fairy tales and the Grisha world. Bardugo is my auto buy author, and the story about the sea witch stole it for me.

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I haven’t finished this yet, but I LOVE IT. This is my first Holly Black book, and her writing is so pristine – I don’t hate the main character, either, which is rare for YA novels these days, and there are QUEER PEOPLE IN HERE ❤ it’s not all about their sexuality they’re just queer. Love it.

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Oops…. the second book in the Illuminae files takes another spot. I was toying with the idea of others, and while this one wasn’t as amazing as the first (imo) I still enjoyed it far more than other books I’ve read so far this year that could have made the list.

 

 

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Top 5 Wednesday – LGBTQ+ Books That Don’t Feature Cis M/M Relationships

– This may seem oddly specific, but in honor of Pride being this month, I wanted to have a topic to celebrate LGBTQ+ books. But, the book community tends to, when given the chance, lift up cis m/m pairings the most. And while those books are still important and valued (we’ve even had topics covering m/m relationships earlier this year, which featured many cis m/m pairings), I wanted to shine the spotlight on some of those lesser known, recognized, and celebrated books.

I had to seriously rack my brain to figure out which books I’d read that featured non Cis M/M relationships, and there were pitifully few. So I’ll remedy that later this year. If you have recs, let me know! But here is my top 4.

Queens of Geek

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One of the MC’s is bi and falls for another girl, cuteness ensues.

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June 13th: Favorite Fathers/Father Figures

June 13th: Favorite Fathers/Father Figures
— In honor of Father’s Day (in America at least), discuss some of your favorite fictional dads.

MAVERICK CARTER in The Hate U Give

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This guy was such a great father, clearly in love with his wife, and wanting to protect his whole family. I really enjoyed reading him. I know it’s ‘trendy’ in YA to have shitty parents but this guy was just 100% love.

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Top 5 Wednesday June 6th: Summer Reads

June 6th: Summer Reads
–With summer finally kicking off, now is the time to recommend your favorite summer reads, whatever that means to you!

 

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SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

I read this when I was on holiday in Ibiza, soaking up the rays — the book also has great summery moments and it was perfect whimsy to spend days on the beach.

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ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS

This is set in the desert, and it’s a lazy heat sort of feel to it, so I reckon this would match summer.

GEEKERELLA

This is a really fast-paced read set at a convention during summer – light, breezy and one of my favourites.

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THE FEVER KING

Ok so I’m cheating. A friend wrote this book, and it isn’t even out yet (publication is March 2019)  but I’ve read it and it’s amazing and it’s perfect for a summer read. BUY IT WHEN IT COMES OUT!

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AND I DARKEN

Set in a heavy summer with lots of heat, this is a slow read and was disappointing for me, but it’s the only one I’ve read recently that was set in summer. *blink*