Top 5 Wednesday

T5W – 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 ūüôā¬†

BILBO BAGGINS from the Hobbit

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Dude after my own heart – I’m here for the hobbit mealtimes ALONE. And yet he still manages to traipse around the world on a huge quest. Like… he’d be the most like me to be fair, so yeah. Total hobbit.

PENRYN from Angelfall

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She’s trained in so many various ways of fighting, I’d love to be able to do the many things she does. Not many people I know have read this book but I like how she’s able to stick up for herself.

LEGOLAS – OR ANY ELF from LOTR

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I mean – have you seen Legolas move? He can see for miles, he doesn’t age (plus), he doesn’t feel cold. I wanna be an elf but without losing the hobbity charm.

LILA BARD from DARKER SHADES OF MAGIC

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Girl has magic, she slayed in the tournament in Gathering of Shadows, she’s a sailor, she’s a thief, she’s a fighter, she has energy and stamina for days… I mean…?!

INEJ GHAFA from SIX OF CROWS

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I would love to have such agility like Inej, to be able to balance on a wire and fight and generally be as sodding badass as she is. The scene in the furnace where she’s shuffling up I WAS SO SCARED FOR HER. ‚̧ my girl

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T5W – Second Book Is Best

We’ve talked about series that went downhill, and series that are worth it, but which series were best in the middle?

Unfortunately I haven’t read that many series – either the first book put me off enough not to bother, or getting the second book is very difficult. However! Here are my FOUR offerings – lend me your series, people! – for you to enjoy.

  • A COURT OF MIST AND FURY

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I suspect this will be VERY HIGH on people’s lists and almost on everyone’s but I had to give a shout-out to this one. The end seemed too big to fit into one book, the first was just…. yeah let’s not, and the middle one set the perfect tone for me.

  • A GATHERING OF SHADOWS

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ADSOM flitted about everywhere, ACOL made me hate Alucard – I know right? – and I disagreed with some choices but the MIDDLE. It was so simplistic in a way with just its focus on the games and magic but hell if I didn’t enjoy Rhy being centre-stage with Kell, and the absolute bromance was impeccable. I notice I enjoyed Rhy a lot more when he WASN’T with Alucard because that character rubbed me up the wrong way but yes. I loved this one.

  • FUTURE THREAT

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Granted, I haven’t read the last book of this series – but this was SO MUCH better than the first. The writing felt easier, the characters felt more refreshed and refined, and I didn’t dislike the MC as much I did last time. It was an improvement all round.

  • SIEGE AND STORM

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I kinda went back and forth in including this one. Thematically, I adored RUIN AND RISING as an ending, even though at times I was a teeny bit confused by it. And then I went back to this one – I really didn’t like the “I can’t tell you because reasons!” trope between Mal and Alina, and to be honest I really didn’t like Mal’s arc in this one. I still don’t like him at all, in fact. His behaviour sucked.

But this book introduced us to NIKOLAI FRICKIN’ LANTSOV¬†*throws up fireworks* so all is forgiven. I love him. He’s amazing. I’d marry him. For him ALONE this book is gold. So there we are.

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: 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 was going to be so difficult, but actually it wasn’t so bad.

CRACKED – Eliza Crewe

Cracked (Soul Eaters, #1)

“Meet Meda. She eats people.”

ONE OF MY FAVOURITES. This novel tended to subvert many tropes and the MC Meda is extremely sarcastic.¬†This is a book where the main character doesn’t get into a romance. There’s a minor side romance with the other characters from the perspective of Meda but that’s about it. And it’s enough, actually, because her story shouldn’t involve love – it’s centering around understanding who she is, where she comes from, controlling her powers and dealing with her mother’s death.

All while trying to stay alive, getting the other characters not to kill her. Which is pretty damn interesting.

THE HOBBIT – J.R.R Tolkien

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There is no romance in this, at all. Not even that crappy elf whatsherface in the movies existed in the books (I understand your motives but why did you cast Evangeline Lilly, PJ?! WHY?!)

It’s meant for kids, primarily, so it’s not a surprise this isn’t about smooching and star crossed lovers. I welcomed that so much, because this is a great adventure and doesn’t lose anything because there isn’t a “OMGERD I LURVE YOU” moment.**

**Thorin and Bilbo shippers may disagree

QUEEN OF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

Another favourite.

I’m sensing a trend, here….

There is no romance. Like, at all. She fancies a dude called the Fetch but that’s it. Nothing else. It’s about staying alive, changing the political landscape of the shitty kingdom she’s been left to rule and basically figuring out if she’s a good enough Queen to fend off AND piss off the red one with mystical powers.

If it had romance it would have bogged it down so much, I enjoyed it so much more as a woman coming into power.

AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman

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Also a favourite.

This wasn’t really romantic but it had minor little romance-y bits. I mean this in the sense Shadow had lost his wife, and while she comes back it’s not about about their romance, it’s more about the loss of the life they shared. There’s minor romance scenes from side characters in self-contained chapter – the Djinn being one stand out chapter for me – ¬†but the main story is about a good man lost, and finding himself again, this time in a land of Gods and Monsters.

VICIOUS by V.E Schwab

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You guessed it! A FAVOURITE wooo

I love this. While Eli and Serena get their rocks off it’s not shown and it’s definitely not a big enough point to be a subplot. It’s just what the characters are doing while they fuck up shit on the outside.

And let’s be honest, Victor and Sydney are the best ones in here, they are the stars, and a 12 year old and a thirty-year old are not going to have a romance in a book. At least I fucking hope not I STG.

 

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Top 5 Wednesday РHate to Love Ships 

— Ask and you may receive. By request, a topic all about your favorite hate to love romances!

Unfortunately, I only seem to have four that I can offer up for today’s Top 5, but I hope you enjoy and give me recs!

 Nina & Matthias from Six of Crows

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Ok, so Matthias hates ‘witches’ and everything they stand for – Nina is a ‘witch’, but also adorable. Cue hate to love!
There’s a LOT of history between these two, including the fact Nina got Matthias locked up after he’d helped her, but this just adds so much gorgeousness.
They’re so different from each other, it really lends itself for them to learn from one another. Matthias is able to surprise her, Nina is able to coax Matthias into being freer with his emotions. It’s a marrying of cultures, and I adore them.

Simon & Baz from Carry On

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I loved their relationship in this book, it was just a shame I didn’t get to see much of it as I wanted, since the POV’s were many. Simon thinks Baz wants to kill him – which is true, as they’re sort of sworn enemies – but Baz also loves him to death.

They have attempted to kill each other before, but what follows is the amazing Baz admitting his feelings and auuugh. I love them.

Adam and Ronan from the Raven Cycle

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They didn’t exactly HATE each other, but they didn’t see eye to eye either. Adam was very bitter about his situation, Ronan was – well, just a human version of bitterness in the first place, and they didn’t gel. But gradually it was so openly clear how much Ronan… AUGH. I just loved this development over the whole series.

Rhys and Feyre

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Ok so it was maybe more hatred from Feyre’s side, since Rhys kinda knew he loved her from way back, but still. Rhys is probably one of the best characters I’ve read – I think I love sarcastic, flirty little shits – and their dynamic in ACOMAF was absolutely perfect. I still maintain this second book to have been the best of the series, simply because of that dynamic.

 

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Top 5 Wednesday – Favorite “Unlikeable” Protagonists

People always tear down “unlikeable” protagonists. But tell us the ones you pulled for!¬†

Ok so this is a hard one, since I don’t really have many books that feature ‘unlikeable’ protagonists. In fact, a few of the characters many adore, I don’t like (hiiii Feyre!)

The characters I sometimes like are more… anti heroes? Maybe? I know a fair few TV shows, though, that I love the main person and others don’t.

DRACULA from…. well, fucking DRACULA

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Come on, you’re not meant to like Dracula. He sucks people’s blood, has temper tantrums and is downright fuckin’ creepy. Yet – I actually loved the vampire genre (not Twilight’s version) way before I read Dracula, so I think that influenced my decision to want Dracula to really win. In (most) of the movies, I’m like GO ON MY SON! Especially when he was played by Luke Evans. So, yeah. That.

FRODO BAGGINS from LORD OF THE RINGS

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Frodo gets so much hate, man! He’s like poked at, people say he’s whiny, and yeah he is but he’s FRODO FREAKING BAGGINS. He stands up to take the ring to Mordor, he battles fucking huge spiders, he wears a ring of unbearable power around his neck, cut him some slack. He has every right to be a whingebag. Plus he has no shoes and he’s walking on sodding rocks, it’s the longest cross-country thing ever.

Honorable mention to GOLLUM, who while not being a protag, I wanted to win. GO GOLLUM.

RONAN LYNCH from the RAVEN CYCLE

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I WILL DEFEND RONAN TO THE DEATH. I mean… he swears, he’s got a bad attitude, he snaps, he’s a tearaway, he hates school, he’s cocky, he’s closed off, he drinks – but he has the absolute heart of gold and while I’m sure he maybe¬†meant to be an unlikable protagonist, everyone I know adores him. Maybe a cheat here just to include my steel muffin ‚̧

Honorable mention to Gansey, who is a flawed baby white boy with mountains of privilege but at least has the decency to recognise and amend.

VICTOR VALE from VICIOUS

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Another one who’s¬†supposed to be unlikable – he’s killed, he’s high on power, he’s on a mission to exact revenge on his former best friend and he has little moral compass – but I ADORE Victor. He’s seriously fascinating, and you can tell beneath it all he cares. Even if he doesn’t want to. And… I love him. *pets Victor*

ELEANOR from ELEANOR AND PARK

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Ok so… I didn’t like her at first. I was so frustrated with her, like – come on, take Park’s hand ffs, and why are you self-sabotaging?! What is wrong with you?! Why are you being so bloody moody?! And then half way through the book I warmed to her, and I realised I was so annoyed with her because she was a younger version of me, basically, before I grew in confidence and knew how to Life. So yeah a lot of people still don’t like her (or the book) but I do.

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Top 5 Wednesday – Books For Your Hogwarts House

Slytherin Represent!

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Or perhaps in Slytherin

You’ll make your real friends

Those cunning folks use any means

To achieve their ends

I did the sorting hat thing 5 times when it was on Pottermore over the years, and every time I was dubbed a Slytherin. I am immensely proud to be a cunning folker. It also happens to be my favourite character type – SO. Here we are. My top 5 Slytherinny books.

Six of Crows

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Kaz Brekker is Slytherin through and through. The whole gang manipulate, lie and sneak their way into and out of trouble and they’re the epitome of cunning, even stooping to the level of their villain. They all have their secrets, but they’re all fiercely loyal to the few friends they have.

And I Darken

And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)

I’ve yet to read this but hell – if I haven’t heard of a more Slytherin princess! Brutal and wise, she’s had to learn to be ruthless to survive. My kinda woman. It’s still on my TBR and I cannot WAIT to read it.

Vicious

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A story about supervillains where nobody is the hero, this novel blurs lines between what it is to be good and what defines bad – is it control? Is it power? Is it wanting revenge, even if it will earn your freedom? Victor isn’t necessarily a good person with his deep need for knowledge and ability, and what he’s done in the past isn’t really forgiveable – but he’s absolutely captivating in his drive to stop Eli and undoubtedly the best non-hero-saviour-protagonist I’ve read.

City of Saints and Thieves

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I’m currently reading this, a story about a girl called Tina who’s lived on the streets of Kenya for four years and has built herself up as a thief to get back at the people whose empire is built on lies and corruption. It’s gripped me so far, and while she’s very much like a Gryffindor in places, it’s that quiet resolve and planning I admire about Tina.

The Dream Thieves

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The second book in the Raven Cycle Trilogy follows Ronan, an angry boy into drag racing and self destruction, who can sneak into his own dreams and bring out whatever he imagines – even nightmares. It’s a Ronan Lynch book. And Ronan Lynch is a Slytherin. Fight me.

I’m looking for recs! Hit me up with your fave Slytherin Books!

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Top 5 Wednesday; Fandoms You Are No Longer In

Ooo. This is a tough one.

When I’m in a fandom it takes a LOT for me to completely disregard it and hate it and shove it to one side. For instance, even though Buffy is 20 years old I STILL get excited by that shit. I’m still in the Harry Potter fandom, purely for nostalgia’s sake, even though I’m not active in many of the conversations because of bullshitteries from both fans and author.

NOTHING will get me to leave the LOTR fandom. Nothing. Ever.

Also, I’m not active in the Sherlock fandom any more (because WHAT – was that last series?!) but I remember the good old days and it still helped me through depression so yeah.

Here be a list of fandoms which either pissed me off or I tapered off from.

5. X-MEN

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I saw the first X men film about 6 times at the cinema. I do still adore the X-men but I’m nowhere near as active in following new mutants, or anything like that. I no longer go crazy when I see a new film is coming out. The more recent films pale in comparison to the originals IMO but I haven’t seen Logan so I am going to reserve judgement.

4. DOCTOR WHO

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GO AWAY GO AWAY GO AWAY

Now, see, this is a fandom I adored but also… I felt Matt Smith got shit scripts despite being the best doctor, Peter Capaldi’s doctor is far too cold for me, I hated Clara, and it’s taken me three or four years to catch up with his series simply because I know he’s going to regenerate at the end of the current one and finally – without Clara, without 12 – I can maybe get into it again. So I need to be up to speed.

But saying that, I’m really not as excited about it as I used to be. Blame Moffatt? Sure.

3. LOST

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Because this show damn well lost its way, basically. Series 3 was my favourite, and I never saw the ending because I was at Uni and had no time for additional confusing narratives. I will always hate Kate and Jack but Sawyer, Desmond, Charlie, Hurley, Sun and Jin…. my babies, I heart you.

2. MERLIN

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I still adore Merlin as a series but they fucked up Mordred’s storyline, the ending was rushed, and they’re not bringing him back, so while my admiration and love for Colin Morgan endures, I hardly ever re-watch any of the series just… it was of its time, that’s all.

1. TORCHWOOD
MOTHERFUCKERS KILLED IANTO AND I AM DONE.

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Not only did they kill Ianto, they killed him the DAY BEFORE I GRADUATED UNIVERSITY. And in the universe where anyone can be brought back to life, THEY REFUSED. So on the DAY I graduated, still with hope I would come home to see Ianto alive, nope. They killed a kid for the finale instead, and I couldn’t stand Gwen, so when we were left with her gawpy fucking face and child-killer Jack I deserted.

HE EVEN HAS A SHRINE FFS IT’S STILL THERE AFTER 8 YEARS!!!

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IANTO DESERVED BETTER #stillbitter

So!!! *ahem* What about you guys?