Top 5 Wednesday #26: Favorite Magic Systems

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and now managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. For more information on this meme, visit the Goodreads group.

This week’s topic:

Favorite Magic Systems

Wands

Of course, the Harry Potter books immediately popped in my mind when I saw this topic. I’ve wanted a wand since I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as a kid in middle school or high school (whenever it was when I first read it). Wands seem to provide almost limitless magic and I like that it’s a conduit for a person’s magic. Now that I think of it, I wonder where the magical energy comes from. It doesn’t seem to come entirely from within the person wielding the wand, so I wonder where else is this energy taken from.

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Book Recs: Atmospheric Reads

Well, this is a bit out of character. Here I am with a book recommendation post that’s not based on a meme or book tag. I’d like to congratulate myself for stepping out of my comfort zone, but this is all because I haven’t seen a meme or book tag that focuses on only atmospheric stories.

I’ve been working on this post for weeks because I keep overthinking it. I feel weird recommending books sometimes because I start thinking that I haven’t read enough and I don’t know much, but I’ve gotten over myself for the moment and will share in this post a few books I’ve read that I’d describe as atmospheric.

The term “atmospheric” sometimes baffles me. I’ve only ever seen it applied to stories that are dark and gloomy and eerie, which makes me wonder if it’s only such books that can be described as atmospheric. But I’m sure that’s not right. I call a story atmospheric if it convinces me of a particular feeling… Okay, that probably didn’t make much sense, but I now realize that this is hard to explain. For me, an atmospheric novel is one that convinces me of a particular “feeling” about the setting, which doesn’t necessarily has to be dark and eerie.

So, here are a few novels that have a strong sense of atmosphere:

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Top Ten Tuesday #36: Books for My TBR by Authors I Like

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but is now managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

I’ve decided to switch up the topic a bit and will instead list books I want to read by authors whose work I’ve read and liked. (So not necessarily my favorite authors.)

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Top 5 Wednesday #25: Future Classics

Woah! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts.

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and now managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. For more information on this meme, visit the Goodreads group.

This week’s topic:

Future classics: What books do you think with stand the test of time?

I don’t think all books that are considered a classic have withstood the test of time. Some of them have aged and do not appeal to modern readers and clash with modern sensibilities (thinking of She by H. Rider Haggard. Hate that book).

However, I do believe that classics are books that are not only a product of its time but remains relevant throughout the years and, in some cases, is also a forerunner or has sparked a change in some way. So for me, here are the books I think will be considered classics.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

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Top Ten Tuesday #35: Best Books So Far in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but is now managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2018

Here are the best books I’ve read in the first half of the year. I’ll start at January and work my way up. Rereads are not included.

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez Gomez (illus.)

★★★★☆

Summary: A sweet illustrated children’s graphic novel about a girl who works past her fears to continue creating the whimsical drawings she loves.

Why I like it: It’s a simple but great story about overcoming one’s insecurities to pursue one’s artistic interests, and I love Gomez’s illustrations. They are vibrant and colorful and pop off the pages.

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Top Ten Tuesday #34: Summer 2018 TBR

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

I was hoping for a Summer TBR topic for one of these Top Ten Tuesday posts, but I guess there won’t be one for this year, or maybe I missed it. Anyway, I’ve decided to ignore this week’s topic (red, white, and blue books for the U.S. Independence Day) and instead show y’all what I might not read this summer!! 😀 …Since I never read what I place on my TBR. (I only read 2 books from my spring TBR.)

Summer TBR — Comics!

Despite the lack of confidence in myself that I’ll actually read these, I really hope I do!! Some of these are series I’m already invested in and would like to continue.

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Top Ten Tuesday #34: My Favorite Colors — Wishes for My TBR Pile #24

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but is now managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover

Yea, I know I’m late with my TTT post, but I’ve been a bit lazy lately about drafting posts so this slipped from me. But I really wanted to do it because I love featuring my favorite colors. I thought I’d combine it with my Wishes for My TBR meme and feature instead:

Books in My Favorite Colors That I Want to Get

Yellow

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