Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group that is hosted by Sam from Thoughts On Tomes. Bloggers, bookstagrammers and booktubers all post on a common topic every Wednesday.  Feel free to join the group on Goodreads if you want to participate 🙂

This week the topic for T5W is Books to Read without the Synopsis.

1. ”American Gods” by Neil Gaiman

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This book is one I didn’t know that much about when I started reading it, and the reason for why I think everyone should start reading the book without the synopsis, is that it was such an amazing book and it surprised me a lot. I think going into this book ”blind” will make the reading experience a lot better and memorable.

2. ”Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro

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I had heard that this book was good before I picked it up, but that was pretty much it. I was really surprised by the book, but to be quite honest I was also lost while reading it. This novel is really strange and not for everyone, but incase someone wants to read it…don’t spoil yourself. I have seen the movie based on this as well, but it wasn’t very good, so I don’t really recommend watching that.

3. ”Between Us and the Moon” by Rebecca Maizel

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A really great contemporary that I liked a lot better than I thought I would. There were a few things I knew about the story before I read the book, but that wasn’t enough to spoil everything that was going to happen.

4. ”Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline

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This, I think, is a book that is now really hard to read without knowing the synopsis, due to the movie coming out next year. I however read it during a time when it was talked about, but not enough to ruin the book for me. If you read it without any previous knowledge of the story, it will be a wonderful and exciting experience.

5. ”Fingersmith” by Sarah Waters

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I found this book on my friend’s bookshelf and asked her if I could read it because I was looking for new books to read. All I really understood about the story was that there was a lesbian romance situation going on and some kind of plot to steal from a wealthy family. I don’t really remember what my first thoughts were. The book turned out to be so much more interesting than I had thought it would be though. The plot twists were amazing and I loved every page of the novel. I believe there are also two movies based on this novel, but I haven’t seen them.

 

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Top 5 Wednesday

This week the topic is Books from Before You Joined ________. I have chosen to with my favourite books from before Goodreads. So here are some of my favourites from before I joined Goodreads aka before the year 2015.

1. ”The Iron Butterfly” by Chanda Hahn

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This book doesn’t have a lot of good reviews, but it was one of the first fantasy trilogies I read back to back, and I absolutely loved it then. Now thinking about it…yeah, maybe it wasn’t the best, but it was entertaining and fast-paced.

2. ”City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare

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I believe I also read this, like, a year before joining Goodreads? I definitely loved this a lot and well the whole series is actually really good. I still like the series a lot and I am quite interested in reading the new books ”Lady Midnight” and ”Lord of Shadows”.

3. ”Etiquette & Espionage” by Gail Carriger

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I believe this was also a pre-Goodreads book for me. This is such a kick-ass series. I haven’t read the last two books though, but I will, just you watch. It was an enjoyable mix of fantasy and paranormal, also 19th century finishing school setting?! Yes, please.

4. ”The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey

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I really loved this book when I read it, but I never read the sequel and probably never will. This was from the time when I was just getting into reading more books in English, back when I was young and impressionable…I loved everything the library had to offer.

5. ”Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell

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I think I read this one a bit before making my Goodreads account. A book I thoroughly enjoyed and loved. I read it through in one sitting as well, I believe, and I remember feeling quite proud of myself.

Top 5 Wednesday

So…I am finally uploading a T5W post…two days late, but still. I am horrible with blogging, like gosh, someone give me motivation or whatever it is I am lacking.

The last topic for July was Series that got better. I didn’t have too hard a time figuring out which series to mention here, so at least this went quick :’)

1. The Illuminae Files

The first book was amazing and the second one was even better. I cannot wait to read the third book when it comes out.

The format of the books is unique and really fun to read, the characters and the plot are absolutely superb. I love this sci-fi trilogy so much!

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses

Thr first book was okay, and I didn’t have high hopes for the next two, but the second one was so good as was the third one. Out of all three books the second one is my favourite.

3. Six of Crows

I liked the first book a lot and I honestly thought it couldn’t get any better than that, but the second book blew me away.

It was such an adventure reading it, I cried and laughed and clutched the book to my heart tightly…it was the ultimate roller coaster of feels.
4. His Fair Assassin

This historical fantasy trilogy is one of my favourites. I really love the characters and plot and the books definitely got better. Out of all three, the second one is the best just like with ACOTAR.

5. Lunar Chronicles

I think a lot of people agree with the fact that the Lunar Chronicle series got better with each book. I have yet to finish the last one though, but I have read half of it and it is action packed and funny just like all the other books.

Top 5 Wednesday

Another week has gone by and now it is time for a new T5W post. This week the topic is Favourite Minor Characters.

I couldn’t really think of all the minor characters I have liked, so I just put down the ones I thought of first. Of course, I am not sure if I got this right, but I hope you like it anyway 🙂

1. Death from ”The Book Thief”

I have always loved the narrative of the novel. A story from Death’s perspective during World War II should be enough to get everyone hooked. Death was a really sassy and interesting character and I loved how Markus Zusak brought him to life.

2. Simon’s dad from ”Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda”

He was really funny, okay? And I love funny characters a lot. Simon’s dad gave the story a really great extra speck of sarcasm and him together with Simon was the best comedic duo.

3. The Suriel from the ACOTAR books

Feyre’s main B. The Suriel was such a great being…literally a being. I was quite sad reading ACOWAR though, but no spoilers. But the Suriel is great and lovable.

4. The analyser from the Illuminae Files

The character who writes the video footage analysis parts in the books is my absolute favourite. The sense of humour and the fact there are literally no boundaries is just the greatest cure for a sad day. I cannot wait to read the third book and get more of the analysis chapters.

5. The Gods and Goddesses in the Percy Jackson books

I cannot pick just one! They are all so well written and scenes with them always make me laugh. Rick Riordan is a master when it comes to writing, seriously, he is my favourite author.

Top 5 Wednesday

I haven’t done this in such a long time. I am a horrible human being.

It is a real problem for me to keep up regular posts for some reason and I have no way to explain it. I’m just sorry. Did I already mention I SUCK AT CONSISTENT BLOGGING?

Anyway, it is time to write a T5W post for you and today the topic is Summer Reads. And to be quite honest, I think most of these are going to be contemporaries…because nothing says summer like a good old YA romance.

Here are all the books I think are a necessary part of summer:

1. Sarah Dessen’s books


Seriously love her books. They are really easy to read, have great characters and storylines. My favourite is “Just Listen” , so I recommend reading that.

2. “The Lightning Thief” and other Percy Jackson books


Percy Jackson all the way! Funny, adventurous and highly addictive. The best camp ever is Camp Half-Blood and nothing is better than summer and camps, am I right?
3. “I’ll Meet You There”


This book is probably going to be my favourite contemporary of the year. It was amazing! It made me cry though so beware, get some tissues just in case.
4. “Between Us and the Moon”


This is, I feel, a mandatory summer read. It is all about having a fun summer and figuring out who people are and what love is. It was such a beautiful story and it is really fast-paced. Are people tired of me talking about this book? HA! Don’t care.
5. “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe”


I cannot not include my second favourite book of all time. That would not make any sense at all. This books is a beautiful story about love and friendship as well as family. It is also about two boys who fall in love, so taste the rainbow!

Here’s a final Yay to me writing a T5W post!

The First Date Book Tag

Well colour me surprised, is Gerta doing a tag?

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I haven’t done a post like this in ages. I saw the tag on Youtube and Thrice Read and felt like I should give The First Date Book Tag a go. It seemed like a really fun tag with really good questions/points.

1. The awkward first date – a book where something felt off. It wasn’t a bad book, but lacked that spark for you.

A book that I read not too long ago called Hot Toddy felt a bit weird to me. It wasn’t necessarily a bad book, I read it quite fast and did enjoy some of it. But there were a few things that just weren’t that nice.

2. The cheap first date – book that turned out less than you expected.

Night Owls was a book that I was hoping would totally blow my socks off. I had heard so many amazing things and everyone was always recommending it. So I read it and….not at all what it was promised to be.

3. Well-prepared first date – better than expected.

I’ll Meet You There was such an amazing surprise. I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads and stayed up all night to finish reading it.

4. Hot but dumb – pretty book, not so hot on the inside.

Chasing Spring is such a gorgeous book, but I didn’t like it at all. It was a really big disappointment, especially since a lot of people on Goodreads have given this really great reviews.

5. Blind date – book you picked up not knowing anything about it.

I read Never Let Me Go last year and didn’t know a lot about it, just that a movie had been made based on it. It was a really great, haunting story and the movie was surprisingly well done.

6. Speed dating – book you read super fast.

Between the Notes is one of the many contemporaries I have managed to read in one sitting. I really loved this book. It was so cute and well-written and also looks absolutely beautiful.

7. The rebound – a book you read too soon after a book hangover and it kind of ruined the book for you.

I don’t even know. I’ll go for a book I am currently having trouble with because of the reading slump I am in: Wayfarer. I decided to read the ending to the duology and am now having a lot of trouble with it, I have been reading for like three days now and have managed to get 80 pages in.

8. Overly enthusiastic date – a book that felt like it was trying too hard.

I think Red Queen is the book I’ll go for. I read it and did not like it at all. I tried to read the second book as well, but it became a DNF. It was just too much and yet too little in a way I can’t explain. I didn’t like it. It really tried to be the newest YA hit, and sure it actually was, but it was too much.  I don’t know if it makes sense.

9. The perfect first date – book that did everything right for you.

Well, can’t really write this without mentioning my favourite book at least once, right? The Shadow of the Wind in every sense of the word, was perfect. It did everything right for me and then some.

10. Humiliating first date – book you’re embarrassed to admit you liked/ embarrassed to see reading in public for whatever reason.

The Deal probably. It was good, but it was such a guilty pleasure read.

 

What are your answers to the tag? Leave a link if you’ve done this already and if not then link me and I’ll get to read it 😀

 

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Top 5 Wednesday

I haven’t done a T5W post in ages. I really am a bad person and I don’t even have a good explanation. I am just way too lazy.

Anyways, the topic for today is Books That Would Make Good Video Games and this is really cool because I do like video games. I play some occasionally…never really finish them, but who cares, right?

Okay, the books I would like to see as video games:

1. ”Illuminae” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I think it would be really great to play a game about space and political conflicts. The characters are really great, but I don’t really know how they’ll manage to give on the amazing plot and format of the story.

2. ”Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo

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A game where I can be one of the six AMAZING characters and be a part of the plots and deceit and everything?!?!?!?!?! Yes, please.

3. ”What Angels Fear?” by C. S. Harris

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This book is about a murder mystery in 19th century England. I think it would make a great game in which people can take a shot at solving the mystery.

4. The Lumberjanes comics by Stevenson, Ellis, Watters, Allen

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These have a really great storyline. There is friendship and diversity, interesting little mysteries and magic. These would make a really fun game.

5. ”Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline

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This is already being turned into a movie, but I think it would be great as a video game…it is necessarily about them, in a way. The book is one of my favourite sci-fi books and I would really like to play a game with the same plot.

This was actually a lot tougher than I thought it would be. What books do you think would make great video games?