Top 5 Wednesday

Books I Want to Read Before 2019 – Top 5 Wednesday

–Our Goodreads goals are quickly closing in. What are you prioritizing for the end of the year?




Let me be honest – I have not met my goal. At all.

As a massive mood reader I wanted to read a book a week but ended up choosing mahoosive books which took me 2 weeks to complete ( not a fast reader ). I also wanted to read 15 classics, ended up reading about 3.

But! I have some books on my TBR that I got recently, and I’m keen to get them done before 2018 closes out so–


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Birthday gift! A short read about spooky girls and a gorgeous cover? VE Schwab? Yes please.


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That’s a pain in the arse to type. I’ve read most of Jay Kristoff’s books this year, and thanks to the lovely Lexi (another birthday gift!) I can now read this one!


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BIRTHDAY GIFT #3! I’ve wanted to read this for so long, and I got it for my birthday recently so I’ll be digging into this in December.


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You guessed it… BIRTHDAY GIFT #4. Another one I’ve wanted to read for years. I enjoyed Marissa’s Renegades book and heard lots of good things about this one.


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I ADORE Holly Black. Not another gift! But borrowed from Lexi. I’ve heard mixed things from this one, you either love it or hate it, but I don’t want to be ignorant to what this is about any longer.



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Top 5 Wednesday – Favorite Monsters

Although I used the word monsters, this can technically be any mythical creature. But if you want to go scary, by all means.

Top 5 Wednesday group, run by Sam, here!

VAMPIRES – Gavriel – the vampire out of COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN:

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A vampire with what I can only describe as PTSD after being tortured, captivating and gorgeous.

SUNAI – August – the Sunai out of THIS SAVAGE SONG / OUR DARK DUET:

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Beautiful August who sucks out peoples’ souls with his music – the most sensitive, beautiful and amazing monster. Sunai in general are fascinating, and I love the unique monsters she created.

URUK HAI – Lurtz – Fun fact, I stomped on this guy’s foot at a convention. EMBARRASSING.

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I remember seeing this huge, monstrous, but still-kinda-built Uruk Hai for the first time and I was SOLD. He was nothing but a killing machine and I adored the fight he had with Aragorn at the end of Fellowship. Which brings me to…

SHELOB – fucking huge spider NO THANK YOU

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I screamed bloody murder in the cinema when this thing came on screen. AUDFGOUSDGFBNSDFG

FUCKING GROTESQUE ALIENS – The suckery alien things out of GEMINA:

I can think of nothing else but to call them monsters. Nik harvests his drugs from a dangerous alien species that looks a bit like a snake with four heads – FOUR HEADS. On a SNAKE. Ugh.



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T5W August 29: Book List for Class on VOICE

–Just in time for back to school, create a reading list for a class on a bookish topic of your choice

Voice is probably the hardest thing to learn, as well as the toughest thing to get right tonally, when you figure out what craftspeople mean by “VOICE!”


Five POVS… all distinct from the last. This is how you do Voice in multi-POV novels.

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A bit harder, but VOICE comes from another source–group chats, surveillance, audio recordings. Adds a difficult layer to portray characters through but does so effortlessly.


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One POV and an astounding look at how you can distinct your first person present tense POV into one packed with VOICE, with humour and vulnerability

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Perfect example of how to show a quieter voice in August, the monster boy who wants to be human ❤

Cracked (Soul Eaters, #1) by Eliza Crewe — Reviews ...

Again, a huge example as to how to create a dynamic voice. Meda is an anti-heroine, a bit unreliable, with tons of personality.

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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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.