Top 5 Wednesday #18: Favorite Minor Characters

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 minor characters

For this, I chose characters who don’t figure prominently in their respective stories. Meaning instead of side characters, such as Hermione and Ron, to use the example Sam listed, I instead focused on characters with minor roles, such as Seamus and Dean. So, speaking of Harry Potter, I’ll start with

Crookshanks

I’m not an animal lover, but I think if I was I would love cats best because I like how independent and aloof they are. I like Crookshanks because he’s smart and is a bit like Hermione, willing to do what’s right despite everyone saying he’s wrong or scolding him for his actions. Also, he looks grumpy and is big and cuddly, like a teddy bear… (I know I’m being totally weird now.)

Solembum

Another cat I like is Solembum, who’s actually a werecat, meaning he can assume a human shape, from the Inheritance Cycle series by Christopher Paolini. While Crookshanks will sometimes snuggle up to characters, Solembum is more often aloof and interacts with humans only when he has something to say.

Psyduck

Another animal I like is Psyduck from Pokemon because he’s clumsy but very powerful and annoys Misty by sometimes randomly popping out of his Pokeball.

the cabbage man

The cabbage man is one of my favorite characters in Avatar: The Last Airbender. I felt so sorry for him every time his cart of cabbages was destroyed by the characters. Lol! He has very bad luck…or very good luck since he always gets a new cart of cabbages whenever one is destroyed.

the circus in The Night Circus

I see the circus itself as a character that the other characters create and are involved with and I love it for what it is and what it represents. It’s mysterious and is the production of various individuals’ creative input and it seems organic, growing and altering as the magic works on it.

Top 5 Wednesday #17: More Books by These Authors, Please

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:

Authors you want to read more from

I went crazy with this list at first and then had to remind myself that we’re limited to just 5; so I chose 7.

Lois McMaster Bujold

Bujold is first, of course. So far this year, her Curse of Chalion is the best book I’ve read. I was so hooked on that story that upon completing it, I bought the book (I’d read a copy a borrowed from the library) and the following two books in its series — Paladin of Souls and The Hallowed Hunt. I must read at least Paladin of Souls this year.

With Curse of Chalion, I was immediately drawn to Bujold’s writing and was sucked in by her storytelling. The fact that the story mixes magic with religion was icing on the top. I can’t wait to get stuck in the other books.

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Top 5 Wednesday #16: Classics and SFF

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.

I skipped last week’s topic because I was too busy to post and it was difficult to think of answers for it. Last week’s topic was

Future classics

which refers to books that we think will one day be considered classics. I consider a book a classic not because it’s old or very popular, but because it presents an idea/topic in a novel way, sparks conversation or change by upseting norms, or is a forerunner of a genre, type of writing, or certain trend. Such books are also well composed. With that in mind, I chose these 5 books as my future classics:

Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

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Top 5 Wednesday #15: Catching Up

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.

Like the Top Ten Tuesday meme, I haven’t done one of these in a long time. I’ve decided to return to it for now because they are helpful in providing blogging topics when one is in a blogging slump, which is how I feel at the moment. It’s hard to find the time and energy to think and write.

I don’t plan to do all the topics I missed because that would take forever. Instead, I’ll start with last week’s topic. I enjoyed reading and watching people’s response to it. In honor of the Booktube SFF Awards, last week’s topic was:

Favorite science fiction & fantasy books

Of course, it’s hard to minimize my favorites to just 5 books; so instead, I’ll mention 5 great fantasy books that immediately came to mind when I saw the topic. I won’t include the Harry Potter books because we all already know how awesome they are.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Top Authors So Far

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey. For more information on this meme, visit the Goodreads group. This week’s topic:

Top authors you discovered this year

Per this week’s topic, the following are authors who I discovered this year whose stories I enjoyed reading so much that I still think of them.

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