Category: Top 5 Wednesday

T5W: Future Classics

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T5W: Books (or Characters) I Felt Betrayed By

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T5W: My Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

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T5W: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

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T5W: Book Trends I’m Tired Of

It’s Wednesday! This means it’s time for Top 5 Wednesday, a weekly meme created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey and now hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. You can check out and join the Goodreads group here.

Hello everybody! Today’s topic for T5W is books trends that I’m tired of seeing. This can be anything from the design of a book cover to a common trope that I don’t enjoy all that much, but see all the time. This post is a bit opposite from the month’s theme (love) but it’s nice to let loose and talk about things you don’t like every once in a while. Not everything can be rainbows and butterflies. Now, let’s get onto the list!


5. The girl and the boy

We all know this one. Whether it’s a romance book or not, there seems to always be a girl and a boy on the cover of the book, looking in strange directions for no particular reason (aside from looking stupid). I’m happy that I don’t own any covers like this, but I have seen a great deal of them over time. Here are some of the worst ones from popular books:

I… I don’t even know who thought these covers were attractive at all. Like, really. I already don’t like people on the cover of my books, but this is just… bad. I’m sorry, but I think we can all agree that these are bad covers. What are they even doing on the Onyx cover? That looks like a screenshot from a High School Musical movie.

4. Cover changes in the middle of the series

These are possibly the worst of the worst. And I think most of y’all – if not all of y’all – will agree with me on this one. You are so excited for the last book in your favorite trilogy to come out and you pre-order your copy and everything… until you receive the book and realize the cover is completely different than the covers of the rest of the series. You see, I don’t mind cover changes, but it really bugs me when publishers decide to do it in the middle of the freaking series! It’s not necessary at all! At least make the colors match and the spines line up. It can’t truly be that hard. Here’s an example:

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Just… why? I’m just relieved that I never actually read this series because honestly, I don’t like any of these covers. We book readers say we don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but we all secretly do, it’s true.

3. Insta-Love

Insta-Love is such a big bookish pet peeve of mine, you have no idea. Reading a book about Insta-Love can immediately guarantee one star removed from the book in it’s final rating. I’m not even remotely joking, I hate it that much. I don’t think there’s any good way to write Insta-Love, but what do I know? If you know a book that could change my mind, feel free to share.

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It’s just not believable. At all, because love in the real world doesn’t work like that. You don’t just look at somebody and then automatically think “Yup, I want to be with that person for the rest of my life.” I’m sorry, that just doesn’t happen. I can’t think of any books that fit this at the moment (I’ve been fortunate enough to pick books that seem to avoid using Insta-Love). But if I had to mention a few books that I think classifies as Insta-Love, I’d have to choose Divergent and Passenger.

2. Absent Parent(s)

With YA, the focus is on the protagonists, which are more often than not, a teenager. This is normal, but teenagers without parents aren’t exactly normal. Even in Harry Potter, Harry always had somebody looking after him, even though his parents had died when he was young. He had the Dursley’s (and say what you’d like about them, but they fed Harry and kept him safe), then he had Mrs. Weasley, Sirius Black, and even McGonagall seemed to act like a parental figure every once in a while. But, the problem is, in a lot of YA novels, the protagonist (who ranges between ages 15-18 usually) can drop everything and leave on an adventure for a week or two and come back home – with a pretty crap excuse might I add – and then the parents will ground them for a week before making them pancakes.

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I mean, I know not everyone can have a Lorelai Gilmore, but that doesn’t mean that you have to make the guardians of your characters completely absent. Sometimes, though, parent’s do play a large role in a YA book, and that usually makes the book 50% better for me. A few books that incorporate parents perfectly are The Mortal Instruments series, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Percy Jackson series, and A Thousand Pieces of You.

1. Love Triangles or Trapazoids or Pentagrams or Octagons

You see, love triangles (or any of those other shapes I mentioned above) are so vastly annoying for me to read about, yet they appear in almost every book. Love triangles create drama and conflict, and drama and conflict are what moves a book forward, but that isn’t the only way you can move a plot forward. That’s the Fan-Fiction way of developing a plot.

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I do have to admit, though, that one of my favorite book series has literal love Pentagrams every corner you turn, and I’ve noticed and addressed that problem multiple times, but I still do enjoy the series. So it’s not like a love triangle will completely ruin a book for me, as long as it’s subtle and is written well. But oftentimes, it’s not. Here are a few books with love triangles that I’ve read:

Yeah… I’m sure there are more, but that’s all I could think of at the moment. This is definitely the most over-used trope that just gets on my nerves. It can be done well, but a lot of the time, it just gets in the way of the plot (*cough* The 100 *cough*), while other times, it is included in the plot (The Selection). No matter what circumstances, though, love triangles always seem to wiggle their way into our books.


That was the book trends that I’m tired of. What are some book trends that you’re tired of seeing? Do you agree with my list? Let me know in the comments!

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T5W: Current Favorites That Aren’t Books

It’s Wednesday! This means it’s time for Top 5 Wednesday, a weekly meme created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey and now hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. You can check out and join the Goodreads group here.

This week’s topic actually isn’t book-themed. Instead, I am supposed to list five of my current favorite things. I find this to be a very broad topic and it may be hard (because I’ll have to narrow down a lot of things…) but it’ll also be fun as well! Now, let’s get into it! And, as always, these aren’t organized in any specific way by preference or anything.


5. Daredevil

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I could just say TV for this one, but I wanted to mention a specific show that I’ve been watching recently, and loving. That show is Daredevil on Netflix. I started watching this show a little bit after the first season was released, so I was pretty early to the party on this one (I’m usually late when it comes to watching TV shows because I like to binge them). I took a very long break before watching season 2. I think this is mainly due to having to wait for season 2 to release, and then kind of forgetting that it was there for me to watch. I watched the first episode and, although I really enjoyed it, I never continued on with season 2. Flash-forward a few months later and I’m two episodes away from being done with season 2. A lot of people have said things like “Season 2 isn’t nearly as good as season 1” or stuff like that, but I have really loved season 2. There is just so many great fight scenes, raw acting, and grittiness that puts it border-line The Walking Dead. It’s a wonderful show and I will forever recommend it to people (Jessica Jones, who?)

4. Cooking

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Cooking or baking of any kind, I do with my sister. We make dinner every night and only recently in the last week, we’ve found healthy (and easy) dinner recipes online and then went to the store and bought those ingredients. Neither one of us eat sugar during the week days, so on the weekend we’ve decided to make a desert (from my Harry Potter cookbook) as a treat for ourselves. Last weekend we made Pumpkin Pasties, and let me just say that they were amazing! You can find a recipe for them here. It’s not the same recipe we used, but I bet it’ll be great nonetheless. This upcoming weekend we’re making Apple Tarts!

3. Etsy

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Although I haven’t purchased much from Etsy (aside from Christmas last year, when I went crazy buying gifts for everybody), but I freaking love that place! If Etsy was a physical store, I would get lost in there for hours, never to be seen again. My favorite thing on Etsy right now would probably have to be those cute little magnetic bookmarks in the shape of different things (usually book characters). They’re just so adorable and I love them so much! One day I’ll have to treat myself and buy one or two of them. I actually don’t think I’ve ever bought something on Etsy for myself. But I certainly have a long list of favorites on there. It also makes me want to start making stuff myself. Me and my sister have actually started thinking of buying a candle-making kit and try out candle-making.

2. Shape of You by Ed Sheeran

Disclaimer: I haven’t seen the music video yet! I’m not one to watch music videos often, but I love the song! I don’t listen to music all that often, mainly because I think that 90% of music these days is crap (my own personal opinion, I didn’t say that all music these days is crap, just a majority of it). And the only singer/songwriter that I actually like as both a person and a singer/songwriter is Ed Sheeran. I used to be a fan of Taylor Swift, but that was before she became a pop diva (again, my own personal opinion). That put aside, I like every song that Ed Sheeran puts out and this song is no exception. When all music these days sounds the same, it’s so refreshing to hear his music because both his voice and his songs are unique and they actually mean something. I feel like a large chunk of songs these days are songs made for clubs and partying and just… I don’t know, they don’t seem like they have a deeper meaning or anything like that.

1. YouTube

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So I’m not a person who watches all of the big YouTubers or anything. I strictly stick with Dan and Phil and BookTube. But sometimes, I get lost on YouTube and find myself watching Top 10 List videos for an hour or so, deep into the night. We’ve all done this at least once, don’t you think? You see an interesting thumbnail in your recommended section and you can’t help but click it because you are slightly interested, but also, you just want the thumbnail to stop taunting you. Anyway, the past few months I have been watching more YouTube than TV, and I’ve been watching more than I do read. But, I’ve also started to watch less YouTube and TV, and focused more of my attention to reading the past week or so. I think this is due to getting back into watching BookTube videos because I’m not sure about y’all, but watching others talk about the books they’ve read motivates me to pick up a book and read it. Also, if you don’t already know, I made my own BookTube channel, that you can check out here.


So this was my Top 5 Wednesday post for this week. I had a really fun time compiling a list of stuff to put here, and I hope y’all enjoyed it! What are some of your current favorite non-bookish things? Let me know in the comments! And if you participated in this week’s T5W, please feel free to leave a link to your post in the comments as well. I would love to check out your posts!

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T5W: My Favorite Underrated Books

It’s Wednesday! This means it’s time for Top 5 Wednesday, a weekly meme created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey and now hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. You can check out and join the Goodreads group here.

This week’s topic is My Favorite Underrated Books. I feel like there are a lot of books out there that don’t get nearly as much love as they deserve, so I’m very excited to write this post and share some of those books with you guys.


  • A Step From Heaven by An Na. I feel like I always talk about this book whenever the situation arises. I read it so long ago, but it always pops into my head when I hear the term ‘underrated’. I honestly feel like this book doesn’t get enough love.
  • The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordon. Rick Riordon is the author of beloved mythological series such as Percy Jackson, as well as spin-off series, but nobody seems to ever talk about his Egyptian spin on mythology in The Kane Chronicles. I read this series a long time ago as well so I can’t say if I would still love it as much as I remember loving it, but I find it strange how people don’t mention it all that much.
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I don’t read all that many classics, so it’s not like there is much competition for my favorite classic, but A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is my #1 on my list of favorite classics. I think the story is just so beautiful and the setting is wonderfully explored as well, and I don’t hear about it nearly as much as other classics such as Austen or Dickens novels.
  • The Goddess Girls by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. There was once a time where I was obsessed with this series. I had books 1-6 I believe and I devoured them, eagerly awaiting the release of new ones. Now I don’t own them anymore, nor do I have the urge to buy the newest books either, but I feel like they’re underrated children’s books that make me smile and laugh and actually taught me a lot about Greek mythology in a non-Percy Jackson setting.
  • The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman. I feel like I talk about this book quite often on my blog as well, or at least I’ve mentioned it a few too many times, but I don’t care. I really enjoyed this book although it’s not my typical genre. I feel like it was a beautifully developed first novel by an author with a lot of promise, and I haven’t seen many people across the book community talking about it, so I consider it underrated.

What are some books that you’ve read and think are underrated? Let me know in the comments below!
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T5W: My Favorite Polarizing Books

It’s Wednesday! This means it’s time for Top 5 Wednesday, a weekly meme created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey and now hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. You can check out and join the Goodreads group here.

This week’s T5W topic is my favorite polarizing books. These are books that people either tend to love or hate, with no in between. I think I’m going to have a difficult time with this one… but it’s an interesting topic nonetheless.


  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I read this book in literally 3 hours, and when a book that had an ending like this one did, there will be split opinions everywhere. It’s just natural. Although I have my problems with this book, it kept me reading for 3 straight hours and I literally couldn’t physically put it down until I had finished it.
  • Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. There was controversy here because a character wanted to commit an assisted suicide. JoJo Moyes had to deal with a very sensitive subject here and although I think she did so with brilliance and expertise, other people think that the people who suffer the same as Will did weren’t given the correct representation.
  • The Heir by Kiera Cass. With this book, people either loved or hated it because it’s technically a spin-off of the original Selection series, since it’s in the perspective of America’s daughter, 20 years after the events of The Selection. Some people thought that the series should’ve just stopped, yet others loved the expansion Cass gave them by writing this book, as well as The Crown. I didn’t love these two books following Eadlyn as much as I did with the original ones following America, but I did still find them to be enjoyable reads.
  • Splintered by A.G. Howard. With a retelling such as Splintered, there will always be people who love the original and there’s almost nothing that can keep them from saying things such as “It’s too close to the original!” or “It’s way too different than the original!” so there are people who either love it for what it is, a new spin on Alice in Wonderland, and then others who don’t like it because it has strayed too far from Lewis Carroll’s works. I’m not all that familiar with Alice in Wonderland, which may be why I loved it so much, because I don’t know what was changed and whatnot, but I thought the book was beautifully written and I’m excited to read the sequel (which I have on my shelves, just haven’t gotten to yet).
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Some people call this book a copy-cat of The Hunger Games. This makes me roll my eyes because they are literally nothing alike, besides being in the same genre. I mean seriously, it’s so hard to make Dystopias that aren’t alike, yet Dashner was able to do that. Others call the book boring and the characters 2D, and although it can be slow and all that, I still love this series.

What are some of your favorite polarizing books? Do you have some of the same answers as me? Let me know in the comments below!

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T5W: 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For

It’s Wednesday! This means it’s time for Top 5 Wednesday, a weekly meme created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey and now hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. You can check out and join the Goodreads group here.

This week’s T5W topic is 2017 debut novels that I’m excited for. This means first releases by new up-and-coming authors being released in the year of 2017. This will be my first Top 5 Wednesday post of the year, so I’ll try and make it as interesting as possible.


  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber. This book sounds like it’ll have a wonderful contrast to The Night Circus, a book you all know I have an unrequited love for, so of course I’m excited for it!
  • Gilded Cage by Vic James. This book just sounds like it’ll be awesome. It takes place in London, there’s fantasy elements, and aristocrats, and the cover is beautiful as well.
  • Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. This sounds like a wonderful fantasy read and I can’t wait to dive into it in 2017.
  • The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato. This seems like it would be a great contemporary mystery read, which isn’t typically what I reach for, but this year is all about branching out and trying new things.
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Since this year is all about diverse reads, I chose this book to read because it’s about the black lives matter movement and racism and I think that’s an important topic to read about, and I haven’t really read any books that deal with racism much, so this book will for sure diversify my 2017 reading.

What’re some of the debut novels of 2017 that you’re looking forward to reading? Let me know in the comments!

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T5W: Characters I’d Invite to My New Year’s Eve Party

It’s Wednesday! This means it’s time for Top 5 Wednesday, a weekly meme created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey and now hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. You can check out and join the Goodreads group here.

This week’s topic (and the last topic for the year!) is characters that I’d invite to my New Year’s Eve party. This is a bit tough, as I never do anything to celebrate the New Year, except setting resolutions, but aside from that, I go to sleep quite early and then that’s it. I’m not the party person either, but I’ll do this nonetheless. These are the characters that I think would be fun to hang out with for New Years.


5. Prince Kai from The Lunar Chronicles

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4. Fred and George Weasley from Harry Potter

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Does this even need an explanation? Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter series are twins who cause all sorts of mischief and are, ultimately, the life of the party. They’re essential when it comes to characters on my New Years Eve party.

3. Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games

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No matter what, Effie always puts on a smile and she adds a bit of pizzazz to everything she does. I’d not only invite her to my New Years Eve bash, I’d let her decorate the joint.

2. Raffaele from The Young Elites

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He’s a charmer and is able to start up conversation with anybody. If the party dies down and nobody seems to be enjoying themselves, Raffaele will surely brighten up everybody’s mood, using his charm and easy-going feel to start the party up again.

1. Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments

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He’s a flirt and he has magic. Plus, he loves glitter. Him and Effie would have a wonderful time decorating for the party.


What’re your picks? Who would you invite to your NYE party? Let me know in the comments below!

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