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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“Gilded Cage” by Vic James

gilded-cageHave you ever read a book that’s so compelling you can hardly put it down but is so annoying that you wish you could? That’s how I felt over the 8 days I spent reading Gilded Cage. I was curious about some of its plot points, but I had so many issues with it that I was frustrated the entire time I read it.

Quick summary:

Gilded Cage is a young-adult fantasy novel set in the present day, where some people (the Equals) have magical abilities (the Skill) and enslave those who lack such abilities (the Commoners). Some countries have improved their policies and allowed equal opportunities for both Equals and Commoners; however, in the U.K., where the story is set, slavery is still in effect.

When the story begins, one of our protagonists, Abigail, and her family are about to begin their slave days. Commoners must dedicate 10 years of their lives to being a slave, however individuals can choose when to begin. Parents can choose for children under 18, but all Commoners must begin before they are 60.

Abigail is 18 and is studying to be a doctor. However, she is willing to set her aspirations aside to start her slave days with her family, which includes her mom and dad, her 15-year-old* (I forgot his age, but it’s about there) brother Luke, and her 10-year-old sister Daisy. Abigail plans for them all to have an easy time working their slave days at the Kyneston estate, one of the most powerful Equal families in the country that is managed by brothers Gavar, Jenner, and Silyen Jardine. However, her family is ripped apart when Luke is taken to Millmoor, the harsh factory town that mistreats its slaves.

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Book Haul #30: Last One for the Year

Well, I haven’t been posting much lately. At first it was because I was sick, but then I lost enthusiasm as work got busier and the weather got colder. These days I prefer to laze around the house, read, and stay warm. However, I am trying to perk up and at least get interested in blogging again; but the cold, overcast, sometimes rainy and threatening snow weather is making it so, so hard. Hopefully this book haul will perk me up. They are always fun and sometimes they help to get me out of a blogging rut.

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Weekend Reads #62: This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours, Book Tag

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend. Since I can’t think of anything, I’ve decided to do this tag created by Drew, the Tattooed Book Geek, which asks us to discuss our favorite genre.

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Friday Face-Off: Witch Bird Blade

The Friday Face-Off is a bookish meme hosted by Books by Proxy that compares book covers to decide which is best.

My blogging has been spotty lately due to travelling and me being busy in general. There was simply no time to sit, think, and write. But I’m back and trying to catch up, starting with this Friday post on a Sunday. So scroll on down and let me know which of the book covers most appeal to you.

May 13 theme:

Which Witch is Which?

A cover which features a witch and/or witchcraft

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Ultimate Game of Thrones Book Tag

Since Game of Thrones is back with a new season (and everyone is in an uproar about Jon Snow), I think this is the opportune time to do this tag created by the Orang-utan Librarian. Thanks for tagging me, chica!

I love the Game of Thrones fandom, but I follow the book series rather than the TV show because 1) I don’t have HBO (boohoo for me) and 2) I’m still upset about the changes I saw in the 4 or so episodes I’ve seen of the first season. Really, I need to get over it and just watch the damn shows but it’s hard, so hard, for me to do that. I love the books too much.

But let’s forget all that and relish in our love for this fandom with this tag.

Part 1: Book Questions

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“We do not sow”: A book you would not be willing to invest in.

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“Crown of Midnight” by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of MidnightI really want to like this series. Everyone does and I’d like to be a part of the excitement. But after reading this book, I have to admit that this series isn’t for me. I don’t like the characters and I’m not curious about what will or won’t happen. This will a series I won’t complete.

Quick summary:

I borrowed an e-copy of this from the library and read it back in early March so some of the details have since faded away, which means I don’t think I can give a good summary of the story. But basically, Celaena is now the king’s Champion, she develops feelings for one of the guys, secrets are revealed, someone dies, and there’s a witch and an annoying talking doorknob.

My thoughts: (some spoilers)

Warning: This is a rant. erenTghts may bhoue incoht.

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