Top 5 Wednesday #22: A Total Bookish Grinch

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:

Bookish things you’re a Grinch about

Okay, confession time: I’ve never read the Dr. Seuss story that this post is inspired by, nor have I seen the movie. I always plan to but never got around to it.

The point of the topic is to discuss our petty bookish pet-peeves and I definitely have a few. Starting with:

Don’t touch my books.

If I don’t know you or didn’t invite you to take a look at my personal library, then I don’t want your grubby hands all over my damn books.

Don’t. Touch. Them.

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Top 5 Wednesday #21: Vampire and Scary Non-Horror Books

Yeahie!! 😀 It’s Top 5 Wednesday on a Thursday, which means life is very busy at the moment.

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.

Since I didn’t do a post last week, though I really wanted to, I’ll start off this week’s post with last week’s topic:

Books with paranormal creatures

I’ve surprised myself. I now realize that I haven’t read many paranormal/supernatural novels. I jump around so much in the genres I read that I haven’t read much of any one genre. Fantasy is a recent exception because it’s since committing myself to blogging that I began to read more of it. Fantasy has always been a favorite but prior to blogging, I mostly reread my favorite novels instead of trying new ones. And though rereading is fun, it’s also a bit of a hindrance when blogging because it limits the variety of books I can recommend. Thus, my lists here will contain many books I’ve previously mentioned.

Anyway, for this topic I chose books that feature vampires. Starting with…

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Top 5 Wednesday #20: Witches and Creepy Places

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 wanted to post last week, but was too busy so this is a combination of last week’s and this week’s topics.

First, let’s start with last week’s topic:

Witches

As a lover of fantasy, I, of course, enjoy reading about witches. Human wielders of magic greatly attract me to the genre and though witches are usually portrayed as ugly, evil, vile creatures, they are my favorites to read about. Actually, I’d love to receive more book recommendations that center on witches, which is the main reason why I am excited to see this topic. Well, here are the books that came to mind:

Wytches, Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder, illus. by Jock

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Top 5 Wednesday #19: Middle-Grade Novels

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 know it’s Friday, but I’ve been so busy lately with my new job that it’s hard to post stuff on time.

This week’s topic:

Children’s books

For this, I’ll focus on middle-grade novels. Here are five I’ve read and enjoyed:

Magyk by Angie Sage (illus.)

It’s been a while since I’ve read this one, but I recall enjoying it. Magyk is the first novel in Sage’s fantasy series Septimus Heap about the eponymous seventh son of a seventh son who was pronounced dead and stolen by a midwife when he was born. Later, Septimus’s father, Silas, found a baby girl in the snow with violet eyes, who he named Jenna and raised as his own. The story is mysterious at the beginning and is quite charming as it unfolds.

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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

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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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