Top Five Wednesday: Side Ships 

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started, and is now hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes.
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June 14th: Side Ships 
— Tell us your favorite relationships that don’t involve the protagonist!


(Images not mine)


Magnus and Alec

(From The Mortal Instruments)

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Izzy and Simon

(From The Mortal Instruments)

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Finnick and Annie

(From The Hunger Games)

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Nico di Angelo and Will Solace

(From The Heroes of Olympus)

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Leo and Calypso

(From The Heroes of Olympus)

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Ronan and Adam

(From The Raven Cycle)

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Top Five Wednesday: Ravenclaw Reads

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started, and is now hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes.
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June 7th: Books For Your Hogwarts House
— Show your Hogwarts House Pride, and tell us the top 5 books that represent your house!


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Top Five Wednesday: Favorite Minor Characters

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started, and is now hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes.
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May 24th: Favorite Minor Characters
–Minor characters are less than a sidekick or a side character (but not in our hearts!) Everyone will have a different definition of what makes a minor vs a side character but just as an example, I’d consider Ron and Hermione side characters, while Lavender Brown, Oliver Wood, and Dean Thomas are minor characters. Results may vary so don’t get tooooo caught up in it 🙂


 

1 – Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter 

Luna is an undisputedly amazing character. Period. End of story. Its a shame we didn’t get more of her.

2 – Magnus Bane from Mortal Instruments

I just love Magnus okay? Does he even count as a minor character? He’s minor in The Infernal Devices – and he’s great there too so he counts. I love my warlock child. And his warlock child.

3 – Grover from Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Grover is a good best friend to Percy throughout the series. I will forever be mad that we didn’t see him and Percy interacting in Heroes of Olympus.

4 – Seth Clearwater from The Twilight Saga

I have had a weird love of Seth Clearwater since I read Twilight for the first time when I was nine. We literally see him once, and hear of him twice, so I have no idea what this stems from, it it is a thing none-the-less.

5 – Rue from The Hunger Games

Everyone loves Rue. We only had her for a few chapters before what is literally one of the most depressing scenes ever, but she is a beloved character.

 

Top Five Wednesday: Summer Reads

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started, and is now hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes.
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May 17th: Summer Reads
–The weather is heating up (for half of the world), so what books remind you of summer and are your quintessential summer reads?


I’m going with 5 summer-y arcs on my TBR – because I need to get to these this summer…

Also, if I straight up g with summer-y contemporaries, my list will be identical to every other “Unexpected Everything”, Kasie West, and “Since You’ve Been Gone” filled list that are the first summer-y books that come to mind, arguably for many people.


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1 – Hook’s Tale – Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself

by John Leonard Pielmeier

I LOVE retellings. Peter Pan retellings being among my favorites. I also love redeeming villain stories (its a thing, go with it). This combines those two things – apparently its inspired by Wicked…which I have never seen/read/heard in full. But it seems cool none-the-less and I’m excited to read this.


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2 – Song of the Current

by Sarah Tolcser

This is another book featuring ships and the seas. I’ve been on a pirate kick lately, I don’t know. I don’t think this book is directly about pirates, but its about river gods and kickass, ship sailing females (which is close enough to pirates) and seems intriguing so I’m excited.


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3 – The Possible

by Tara Altebrando

Superpowers are just a summer-y thing to me. Probably because all the superhero movies come out in the summer (I’m dying for GotG2 and Spider-man!). I don’t know much about this, it it seems really interesting. I was mostly just hooked by the concept of X-men-like powers.


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4 – Sovereign – Nemesis – Book Two

by April Daniels

I Loved the first book (NetGalley Review – Nemesis #1: Dreadnought) which come out earlier this year. I wasn’t expecting this one to come out so soon, but it comes out this summer and I got approved for an arc on netgalley. I read and loved the first one over winter break (but I was in central america so it was summer!) and I really want to read this, so here it is.


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5 – The Comic Book Story of Video Games – The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution

by Jonathan Hennessey, Jack Mcgowan

Summer is the only time I actually have the time to play video games, and comics in general just seem a summer-y thing. So, there it goes on the summer reads list.


Some Honorable Mentions:

I have two mandatory summer reading books this year – as I’m taking AP English Literature next year school. I have to read Pride & Prejudice and Thousand Splendid Suns.

Top 5 Wednesday: SFF Cover Art

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May 3rd: Favorite SFF Cover Art *Booktube SFF Awards Crossover Topic*
— Show off some of your favorite science fiction and fantasy cover art!


I missed last month’s topic of SFF on your TBR, so I’m combining. Favorite SFF covers on my TBR!


 

1 – Gemina

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I own a signed copy of this. Illuminae is one of my favorite books and I’m dying to find the time to sit and read this.

2 – A Darker Shade Of Magic

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I have yet to read a book by Schwab. The shame… I did pre-order this collector’s edition though!

3 – A Long Way To A Small Angry Planet

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I really want to read this book – I’ve heard good things. I was going to put Dark Matter on this list – but this cover won out. I like it.

4 – Invictus

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I’m dying to read this author’s other books. This one is highly anticipated though. Described as Doctor Who meets Guardians of the Galaxy (I’m a sucker for time travel) with a gorgeous cover – I’m sold.

5 – The Autobiography of James T. Kirk

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Well if you didn’t already realize how big a nerd I am… I own this. I love Star Trek. I love expanded canon books. I think I’m going to like this.

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I Have To Read More From

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April 26th: Authors You Want to Read More From
–Talk about some authors that you’ve only read one or a few books from, and you NEED to read more!


(In no particular order)

1 – Cassandra Clare

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I LOVE Cassandra Clare’s books. I’ve read all three Infernal Devices, The Bane Chronicles, and the first 5 Mortal Instruments.

I have yet to finish City of Heavenly Fire, Tales of Shadowhunter Academy, or start Dark Artifices (despite owning two copies of Lady Midnight and preordering Lord of Shadows).

This is a problem that I need to rectify.

2 – Rick Riordan

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I’ve read MOST of rick’s books, so its not “just a few”. I am however, drastically behind.

I’ve read all the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus books.

I’ve read The Red Pyramid.

I haven’t finished The Kane Chronicles, The Greek Gods/Heroes books, or even started Magnus Chase OR Trials of Apollo. Despite owning the hardcovers.

I know.

Shame…

3 – Sarah J Maas

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I have read Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Both because my best friend thrust them at me for long car trips.

But thats it. Haven’t continued. And the only Maas book I own is A Court of Mist and Fury (signed!).

My best friend is ready to murder me.

4 – Ransom Riggs

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These next two are slightly cheating.

I haven’t really read a book by Random Riggs yet. But he’s here, because I saw the Miss Peregrine’s movie and LOVED it. I also own the boxset of the trilogy and I need to, like, get to it.

5 – Leigh Bardugo

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Also slightly cheating as I haven’t really read a book by Leigh Bardugo. Though I have read her short story from Summer Days and Summer Nights.

I have a signed Six of Crows sticker – which means of course I am in dire need of a copy. And her books sound right up my ally (thieves? I’m a sucker for. Epic fantasy with a villainous love interest? YES PLEASE YES!).


What do you think?

Are any of you in the same boat as me?

What authors do you need to read more of?

Are any of these your favorites?

Let me know!

Top 5 Wednesday: LGBTQ+ Reads

 

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started, and is now hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes
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April 19th: Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads
–Talk about your favorite books that feature LGBTQ+ characters or are by LGBTQ+ authors.

(Changing this a bit – spotlighting LGBTQ+ reads I NEED/WANT to read.
– Not comprehensive of course)


Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – 1

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Summary:
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

This book is crazy popular – everyone LOVES it. A movie is being made! I have to read it! And I’m a sucker for cute romances so… I need this in my life.

Anyone want to buddy read this over the summer?
I have the e-book but haven’t gotten to it yet.


The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue – 2

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Summary:
An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

This is one of my most hyped releases for the year. European travels, 18th century (bisexual!) romance. Family dynamics. Pirates! I need this in my life.


They Both Die At The End – 3

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Summary:
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: they’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news is: there’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—an unforgettable day that will change both their lives forever.

I haven’t read ANYTHING by Adam Silvera but I want to read LITERALLY ALL OF THEM. Of all three of his books, this is the one that most intrigues me – I want it.


Peter Darling – 4

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Summary:
Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.

But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.

This is the least hyped book on this list. I haven’t seen much on it, but I recently added it to goodreads and I really want to read it. Its a Peter Pan retelling featuring  a growing up, trans Peter, and not-so-villainous Hook (a favorite of mine in retellings) and a romance. It has really great reviews too – though not very many.


The Wishing Heart – 5

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Summary:
With a book in her bag and a switchblade in her pocket, Rebel’s been thieving her way through life while hoping for a cure to fix her ailing heart.

But when the bejeweled vase she just tried to hawk turns out to be a jinni’s vessel, Rebel gets lost to her world and dragged within another. Now every magical being in the city wants the vase for himself.

Thrust into a game of cat and mouse in a world she never knew existed, Rebel must use her uncanny skills to find a way to free Anjeline the Wishmaker.

But wishes have consequences. And contracts. Anjeline’s freedom could unravel a love like Rebel has never known, or it could come at the cost of Rebel’s heart…

I received an e-arc of this for a book blog tour from Entangled Teen – its really good so far and features a lesbian romance in a fantasy setting – something far too rare. My tour stop/review is May 13th!


What do you think of my list?

Are any of these on your TBR?

Have you read any? 

What did you think?

Let me know!