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 Five Wednesday: Books as Event Themes

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 10th: Books as Event Themes
— It’s party season, whether that is high school prom, weddings, or summer holiday events. What books would make a good party/event theme??


1 – High School Prom: The Selection

Prom is about pretty dresses. The Selection – for all its faults – has very pretty dresses and very pretty color schemes that would make lovely prom decorations.

2 – A Wedding: Harry Potter

I’ve seen too many gorgeous Harry Potter weddings to not mention/pick this.

3 – Summer BBQ: Percy Jackson

Percy Jackson books just give me a very summer-y vibe. Probably because I read most of them at my cousin’s house after swim class all in one summer, but still. They’re fun, family friendly, and have great potential for themed snacks (blue cookies and chips!).

4 – A Kid’s Birthday Party: Roald Dahl Books

Dahl’s books are basically a childhood staple for any reader and I think they’d make great kid’s party themes. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach… All have great decorations and food/snacks inspiration potential. Plus, you can watch a movie to go along with the party!

5 – Homecoming: Inkheart

Every year, Homecoming at my school is book themed (Great Gatsby, Willy Wonka etc.).

So obviously Homecoming gets a bookish theme in here. Personally, I think Inkheart has the potential for lots of great decorations (the book goes through lots of gorgeous settings).

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!