Top 5 Tuesday #83: Some Slim Books

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now hosted by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 smol books

(What are some of the smallest books you own or have read?)

Here are some small books I own. And I mean small in size, not necessarily the number of pages. For most of them, the size is why I made the purchase because some of these books almost fit entirely in the palm of my hand.

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Comics Roundup #69: “Isla to Island”

I’m so happy I gave this one a chance, since I downloaded it entirely at random from my library. I just liked the cover and the description, believing I’d find it relatable (which I did), and decided to give it a go.

Isla to Island by Alexis Castellanos (illus.)


MG Historical






Set in the 1960s, Isla to Island is a wordless middle-grade graphic novel about a girl named Marisol growing up in Cuba. When Fidel Castro began taking over the country, Marisol’s parents sent her away to live in the U.S., in New York City, to ensure her safety. Marisol has a hard time adjusting to the new environment, language, and culture, but eventually her new family are able to help Marisol make her new space feel like home. (Goodreads)

My thoughts

This was a good read. I have a soft spot for wordless picture books and comics because readers have to rely on the art to understand the story, as well as the nonverbal ways in which we communicate and express ourselves. There are some words in Isla to Island, seen in written materials such as letters, but we do not get any verbal dialogue in the story.

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Top 5 Tuesday #82: Some Thick Books

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now hosted by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 thicc books

(What are the biggest books you’ve read or owned?)

Of course, I decided to do both and list the biggest books I’ve read and the biggest ones I own.

Biggest books I’ve read

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World’s Worst Book Tag

It’s Thursday, so time for a book tag. This time I’ll do the World’s Worst Book Tag created by booktuber Peter Likes Books.

What book or series would you force your enemy to read?

The Yellow Room: Alice Darvell’s Subjection, A Tale of the Birch by Anonymous

Certainly this Victorian erotica novella about a virginal 18-year-old orphaned girl sent to live with her stern aunt and uncle who introduce her to BDSM by force. There’s lots of spanking.

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Top Ten Tuesday #57: Pink & Red Valentines

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic:

Love/Valentine’s Day Freebie

Taking the easy way out and just featuring some pink and red covers of books I own for this Valentine’s Day celebration post.

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“Witches of Lychford” by Paul Cornell

Here’s a book I chose at random to read. I forgot how I went about doing so, maybe I used a random number generator, or closed my eyes and pointed. Either way, it’s not a book I planned on reading anytime soon or was in the mood for or was told to read.

It was recommended to me through Rachel at Kalanadi’s review of it years ago. She’s a booktuber. I forgot what she said to entice me to read the story — maybe it was a simple mention of witches — but it got me curious enough to add it to my collection.


Fantasy — Paranormal


Lychford, book 1



Quick summary

The people of Lychford, a sleepy small town in the U.K. somewhere, are divided. A major supermarket chain would like to build a branch there, but some folks welcome the change and the employment opportunities it would bring, while others would rather things remain the same, authentic. Still there are others who see that the supermarket’s construction would destroy the supernatural boundaries in their town, opening up portals to others worlds — and the malevolent beings there.

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Bookish Time Travel Tag

Not that I like time travel (I hate it actually), but this has been sitting in my list of book tags to do for a while (since I found it over on Brainfluff back in 2017) and I like the questions, so I thought, why not finally give it a go?

The tag was created by the Library Lizard.

What is your favourite historical setting for a book?

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

Umm… I do enjoy reading romances set in England during the Regency and Victorian periods. I guess that’s because there is an abundance of such books, so I’ve grown used to seeing them and reading them. And I guess another favorite is fantasy books inspired by the medieval period, which I assume is the majority of high-fantasy books.

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“The Golden Compass” by Philip Pullman

This was a delightful read. The Golden Compass is a book I’ve wanted to read for over 10 years now, but I kept putting it off. I’d attempted it shortly after graduating college, but didn’t feel drawn to the story and had difficulty with the concept of daemons, so I gave up on the book but vowed to return to it when I felt more receptive to the story. I’m glad I did that. Reading it in 2023 was the best time to pick it up.


YA Fantasy


His Dark Materials, book 1



Quick summary

The Golden Compass is the first novel in a young-adult fantasy series. In this book, the story is set in a world that mirrors our own and is centered on Lyra Belacqua, a brave golden-haired girl who’s supposedly an orphan, which is why she’s raised among the Scholars of Jordan College (which I thought of as the equivalent of Oxford) — the only girl there as women are not often Scholars.

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Let’s Rewind: January 2023

It’s been such a long time since I’ve done one of these posts (not since mid 2021, I think) that I feel much out of practice. But I’d like to bring it back this year. These posts then to be long (heh, heh), but they let me chat about books I wouldn’t otherwise review (those I reread) and share thoughts on things I wouldn’t do a separate post for.

Let’s Rewind is my version of a monthly wrap up but instead of talking about only books, I include all types of other stuff, like articles… bookish news… commercials… random-ass links… movies… art… podcasts… cartoons… and whatever else happened to me in the month. You know, the usual stuff that people talk about in monthly wrap ups. So read on to see what I did and read this month. You might stumble upon something that interests you.

2021 and 2022 were such stressful, busy, trying years for me that I was surprised when I felt light and unburdened when January 2023 rolled around. I hope it’s a sign for how the rest of the year will be.

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Random Number Book Tag

Let’s wrap up BOOK TAG WEEK with this Random Number Book Tag that the Corner of Laura created. She also tagged me for it. 😀 Thanks, Laura!

To do this tag, you must:

  • Link back to the original creator. (Yep, def give the creator credit for coming up with the tag.)
  • Go to your preferred random number generator, set the number limit to the exact number of books on your TBR list (on Goodreads or any other equivalent list).
  • Generate 7 different numbers.
  • Find the books on your TBR list that correspond with those numbers.
  • Explain why you added it, try to predict what you will think of it now, and decide whether you’re going to keep it on your TBR or delete it.
  • (Optional) Challenge yourself to read the ones you decide to keep within seven weeks.
  • (Optional) Tag 5 or more other people.

I’m gonna confess now that I won’t read any of these within the next seven weeks, but I certainly can try to read them within the next two years, lol! (Master procrastinator here! I have to work in time to procrastinate on reading them, lol!)

I used the random number generator on Google and plugged in the total number of books, e-books, comics, and audio books I own — 1,369. Below are the numbers that correspond with an unread book (and about half of that 1,369 books are unread).


Ico: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe

I bought this from a Kinokuniya location in Manhattan a couple years ago. I really like that bookstore. And I’ll hold on to my copy of Ico a while longer, and hopefully read it soonish.

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