Category: top 5 wednesday

FAVORITE FIRST LINES

Posted May 2, 2018 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday / 2 Comments

Hello and welcome to top five Wednesday! I haven’t joined in on this for a really long time, but this month we get to choose our own topics from past top five Wednesday’s so I choose ‘favorite first lines’ This was super hard to come up with because usually first lines are what hook us in and I just… found it impossible to pick? Nevertheless, I managed to find five that I really loved.

  • ‘On the second sabaat of twelfth moon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky.’ This is from Strange the Dreamer by Lani Taylor which is one of my favorite books I have ever read. Like… ever.
  • ‘Once there was a little girl who played her music for a little boy in the wood.’ This is from Wintersong by S.Jae Jones. This whole opening chapter is incredible and beautiful and to be honest I would list the entire thing on here.
  • ‘Kell wore a very peculiar coat.’ This is from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab. This made me tear up a little thinking about it because the whole trilogy is amazing and just… seriously one of the best trilogies ever and everything V.E Schwab writes is golden.
  • ‘They’re coming.‘ This is from Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young. I actually have yet to read this, but like, just reading that line leaves me with so many questions. Like what? Who is coming? I need to know!
  • It’s the colors, then the humans. That’s usually how I see things. or at least, how I try.’ This is by The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak which is one of the most heartwrenching books I have yet to read. This book is actually narrated by death which just makes it so much cooler.

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SOOO yeah. Those are my top first lines! There are obviously tons that I wanted to list but ya know? Hard to choose! Let me know in the comments what your favorite first line is!

T5W: READING GOALS AND RESOLUTIONS 2018

Posted January 3, 2018 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I have so many goals for myself this year, I might have overdone myself but…

I like to have a variety of goals for myself that I can pick and choose from. I am also linking up with top five Wednesday because the topic this week is bookish resolutions, so that is quite fitting I think. So without further ado, onto the goals.

  • The first goal I have is to read 100 books. Even though the past two years I only managed to read 60 books, I realized that I can read two books a week instead of browsing endlessly through social media or just sitting here and doing nothing. This is a big challenge so I am only setting my Goodreads goal to be 60 books. That way if I don’t manage to read 100 books, I still hit a goal.
  • The second goal and resolution are to get rid of my 2016 tbr. Like the books that I bought in 2016 and have yet to read. I think there are only seven books on that list so it’s easy to complete, or maybe I’ll unhaul them. Basically, I just want to get all the books I bought in 2016 off my tbr. Same goes for 2017 and the books I bought during that year which were… a lot. I want to get this list down to 30 which I think will be easy since I am joining beat the backlist and my goal is 25 books.
  • The third goal is to read or buy books that I am really looking forward to. I bought a ton of books this year and I also unhauled a lot because I realized I was not interested in a lot of the things I had bought. Basically, I want to only buy a book if it is in my anticipated releases, the next book in a series or one I really WANT to read. I also want to not buy an entire finished series at once before I read the first book. Granted they look aesthetically pleasing, but if I don’t like the first book then that’s just money wasted.
  • The fourth goal is to stop making monthly tbrs. I always fail at sticking to my tbr’s and I always feel disappointed in myself when I don’t read the books I said I would read during the month. So instead of doing that, I have decided to do something a little different. I am joining quite a few challenges this year and I want to make some little jars and place the title of the challenges I am joining and pick a book from that if that makes any sense.
  • And the fifth and final goal is to re-read my favorite books. I hardly re-read books and I really need to do that. I think that I am going to shoot for one of my favorites a month… I think that is doable but with all the books I want to read this year, I am setting my re-read goal at five books. If I can re-read five of my favorite books I will be the happiest.

So that is it for my bookish goals of 2018, I am SO excited for this year and I cannot wait to see what is in store.

ANOTHER ROUND OF BOOKS I AM THANKFUL FOR

Posted November 22, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday / 0 Comments

Hello! And welcome to another top five Wednesday! Since this week is Thanksgiving here in the U.S, it is only fitting that we talk about books we are thankful for and yes, I know I just did a post about this yesterday but there are even some MORE books that I am thankful for this year!

Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Definitely, one of my favorite books of the year because this was just so spectacular and magical and you know? Of course, it would be because Leigh Bardugo wrote it.

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

I do not know how to properly explain this book, but it was so unique and it included mixed media and the message behind it was so incredible.

History is all you Left Me by Adam Silvera

This book made me cry. Meaning when I was finished, I put the book down and had myself a good cry. So thank you, Adam Silvera, for making me cry.

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas

Definitely, my favorite book by far that has been written by her. I do think that it is her best and it just had such an inspiring message and the meaning of the story itself makes my heart warm.

Vicious by V.E Schwab

I mean I am thankful for all of Schwab’s books, but Vicious holds a very special place in my heart.

 

Random photo of me with a book I no longer own, but I really like this photo. Anyway, I hope you all have a good holiday!

NOSTALGIC BOOKISH LOVES.

Posted November 15, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday / 0 Comments

Do you ever look at your old book boyfriends? The characters who you swooned over and thought were the best thing since sliced bread and wonder what in the world was I thinking? I don’t until now. Hello and welcome to another top five Wednesday! If you don’t know what t5W is, here is the link to the Goodreads group. This weeks topic is your old bookish loves and who made you swoon.

Tobias “Four” Eaton from the Divergent Trilogy
Not going to lie I was head over heels for four. I don’t remember what it was about this character that I really loved but he used to be my ultimate book boyfriend.  I lost interest in the series and the character because I found better book boyfriends.

Damon Salvatore from Vampire Diaries
I’m not talking about the show version because I found him gross and cringe. Again, an unpopular opinion I think I am FULL of these this month. For those who don’t know, Vampire Diaries is based on a book series which I enjoyed a lot more than the show and the book version of Damon Salvatore was one of my favorite book boyfriends.

 

Gale Hawthorne from Hunger Games
He was like maybe at the bottom of the list of my book boyfriends. But I still did love him. Not anymore obviously because dystopian is not my favorite genre.

Tamlin from ACOTAR
Yes yes, I was a Tamlin girl and he was my favorite book boyfriend like two years ago until Rhysand came into the picture and knocked Tamlin off of the map which is okay by me because he didn’t deserve to be on there either.

Ethan Wate from Beautiful Creatures
Okay, he IS nostalgic but I ACTUALLY still love Ethan Wate. He is just one of those book boyfriends that will never get off the list because he is SO precious.

So there are a few of my old book boyfriends that I was head over heels over a few years back. Let me know some of your book boyfriends/girlfriends that you used to love!

PROBLEMATIC FAVS

Posted November 8, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday / 2 Comments

Hello and welcome to another top five Wednesday! If you are new to t5w, it is a weekly meme hosted over on Goodreads and today’s topic is problematic favs. Now we all have those characters that we just love to hate and hate to love. Usually, these characters end up being villains because who does not love a good villain? 98.7 percent of the time I end up loving the villains in the books I read and some of these characters are for sure problematic favorites of mine.

Gaius Damora from Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
I am most likely the only one in the universe who loves this character. I know that he is just so bad and evil but yet there is just SOMETHING about him I can’t help but love. He is such an interesting character and his motivations and to be honest I just find him to be quite complex and morally grey as the series goes on.

The Darkling from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Okay, honestly? Who doesn’t love the darkling? Because I have yet to meet a single person who does. I mean yeah I know he’s not the best person because of uh, well I won’t say because SPOILERS. But I still really enjoy him.

Erawan from Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Again, wildly unpopular and most likely the ONLY ONE IN THE UNIVERSE. But I kind of like Erawan? Please do not ask me why because I honestly cannot give you a proper answer, but gosh there is just something about this character I can’t help but find interesting.

Evangeline Samos from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I don’t think she is a problematic fav anymore, but I loved her even when the series had just started. I’m so glad we got to know more of her ambitions and goals and everything about her!

Ptolemus Samos from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

Maybe problematic? I don’t know? I still like him I mean LOVE him even after he UNINTENTIONALLY killed Shade!

So those are my choices for my problematic favorites. I honestly do not have a lot of these and not going to lie it was hard to come up with any for this post. Let me known down below some of YOUR problematic favorites!

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!

Posted September 6, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday / 0 Comments

This is such a fitting topic for this weeks Top 5 Wednesday since most of you (and myself) are currently enrolled in classes! So much fun right? I’m taking on a full load this semester, five psychology classes… man, this semester might be a killer. I’m not going to lie though, my teachers this semester are pretty awesome and the classes? Even more interesting. But you know what would be cooler? If there was a school taught by our favorite bookish characters, teaching us what they do best.

001. HOW TO BE A BADA**, BROODY YET BEAUTIFUL PRINCE 101
I’m sure y’all know who I am going to pick for this… my current obsession? Aldrik Solaris. If you haven’t read Air Awakens by Elise Kova, I highly suggest you do now because you are seriously missing out on some good fantasy. Aldrik is a prince, and not just any prince but the CROWNED PRINCE. He is also badass character who can take down a bunch of people by himself, he is powerful and majestic. And of course, he broods. So if you want to learn how to brood properly, this is the class for you! (Also the class for you if you want to stare at someone gorgeous for three hours)

002. HOW TO SURVIVE KNIFE WIELDING THIEVES (a.k.a Lila Bard) 
Who better to teach this than Kell Maresh from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab? He is also taking Aldrik’s class on how to brood, so if you’re curious to know why he is almost always frowning… now you know. But this beautiful soul is an expert on teaching you the basics of survival. Especially if a thief who has a love of knives finds her way into your world and makes you almost have a heart attack like 20 times in one day. 

003. HOW TO BE AN BENEVOLENT VILLAIN 
Taught by Gaius Damora from Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. Okay so benevolent might be slightly the wrong word to use for his class, but that is what he insists it be called. Gaius will teach you all the ways to ruin people’s lives while pretending he is the most loved person to ever exist. I highly suggest you think twice before taking this class, it might not end well for you.

004. HOW TO BE SASSY WHEN YOU’RE IN A LIFE OR DEATH SITUATION
Taught by Elias Veturius from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Elias is an expert in sassy comebacks and he’s too hot to care. So if you had no reason to want to take this class, now you do! While being exceptionally sassy, Elias is also a badass fighter. He will give you methods to sass your way out of a situation that might not end well for you.

005. HOW TO BE THE BEST PIRATE THERE EVER WAS (besides me)
Taught by only the best PRIVATEER himself, Nikolai Lantsov the one and only. Stormhound, captain, PRINCE. He is exceptional at sailing as well as having powerful enemies. If you ever have any fear that you might be lost out at sea one day, don’t worry! Nikolai is here to give you steps on how to survive being in the middle of the ocean. Not only that, but he is also an inventor and he could perhaps teach you a few things on that side of the spectrum so… a two for one! How about that?

(btw this would totally be me during all of these classes)

So this concludes the end of the topic, honestly… this has been my favorite. I decided to take my own spin on this and absolutely love the outcome of it, I found myself chuckling while writing this, so let me know down below! Would you take any of these classes?

BROMANCES THAT I ABSOLUTELY LOVE

Posted August 30, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday / 2 Comments

Hello and welcome to another top 5 Wednesday! This weeks topic is your favorite bromances of all time. I’m not going to lie to you when I say this post was a little hard to come up with because I have so many bromances and just picking five? How could I? Now I’d like to put a little disclaimer that I do ship some of these, and some of them should have been taken advantage of in canon but we will save that for another post. So without further ado, onto the list!

001. Dorian Havilliard and Chaol Westfall: Their bromance is probably one of my favorites. They would do anything for each other, they would die for each other. I literally cannot wait for them to reunite with each other. I just can’t.

002. Alexander and Hephaestion: Now this one is tricky, if you know the history of these two. But putting all of those aside, you can’t deny the bromance between these two. They are the ultimate bromance, they are the best. They are beautiful.

003. Rhysand/Azriel/Cassian:  Do I really need to say much about these three? Do I? Because I love the three of them together and I am sure everyone pretty much feels the same.

004. Vhalla Yarl and Fritz Charem: They are from Air Awakens if you have yet to read that series, I highly recommend that you do. But their friendship is so special and so adorable, I love these two together.

005. Nikolai Lantsov and Alina Starkov: I’m a little bitter about the outcome for these two and if you’ve read Ruin and Rising, y’all know what I am talking about. But let’s just put that aside, okay? I really did love the friendship between Nikolai and Alina, I loved all the banter and I honestly need a book with just the two of them, traveling the world.

So those are just a few of my bromances that I love, comment down below and let me know your favorite bromance!

p.s I’m featuring the Air Awakens book because y’all need to read it okay. So GOOD.

MY PERSONAL TRAINERS

Posted August 16, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

Hello and welcome to top 5 Wednesday! This weeks topic is characters whose fitness routines that you want. You can choose basically anything that you want to be whether it is characters who are fast, good at dancing or even foodies! The possibilities are endless! I am going to be talking about

001. Aldrik Solaris
This gem of a character is from Air Awakens by Elise Kova and oh my gosh, I am obsessed with him. He is my absolute favorite character in the world, he beats out every other character ever, but that is a topic for another post. Aldrik is a prince and a powerful sorcerer so it only makes sense that he is strong, fast and agile and almost unbreakable. I would honestly love to be unbreakable (or almost) like Aldrik because of y’all have no idea how clumsy I am. I m always spraining my ankles, hurting myself and I just need to be in a bubble. Or I can just have Aldrik follow me around and make sure I don’t get hurt.

002. Cal Calore
He is from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and he is another character I love with all of my heart. Cal is described as being a super good dancer and he is also good at making things. But oh my goodness the dancing. I am very conscious about dancing and Cal would help me get over my fear of dancing.

003. Nikolai Lantsov
If y’all don’t know who he is then… what are you even doing? He is from the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo and he is full of sass. I would honestly love Nikolai as my best friend because I think he would always make me laugh no matter what. Nikolai would be very good at teaching me jokes and just probably interact with people, in general, a lot more… better? If what I am saying makes any sense.

004. Elias Veturius 
Another gem of a man and he is from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Elias is lovely and I would just like him to be around me in general okay. No explanation needed.

005. Merik Nihar 
He is from Truthwitch by Susan Dennard and he is glorious. I would like for him to teach me how to sail the seven seas and just strong and brave.

So that concludes my list and honestly? I would love for all these beautiful men to exist in real life.  But if I did, this doggo is the perfect picture of how I would be.

FIVE SEQUELS I ABSOLUTELY ADORE

Posted August 9, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday / 0 Comments

Honestly, I don’t think that I have come across a sequel that I have not liked. To me, the second book generally is better. This week top  5 Wednesday is sequels that you adore, series or trilogies you feel got better with the second book. So without further ado, here are the books that I absolutely adored!

001. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
I was so down to spite read this because I lived for Feyre and Tamlin and I had heard spoilers about ACOMAF and was like NOPE I’m so mad. I ranted to several of my friends about this because I was angry. But friends, I was in for such an awakening. I was in for such a delightful surprise because this was so fantastic.

002. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Okay not an improvement from the first because the first book was just as incredible, this whole series is incredible so I had to give it a shout out and y’all should uh, read this??? The second book absolutely wrecked me and it will probably wreck you too.

003. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
I feel like I am one of the only ones who actually loved this book. I thought it was quite reasonable and understanding for how the characters acted and loved what the author did! I just know the author will kill me with the last book!

004. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas
The book where Celeana died lol. If you’ve read up to Empire of Storms, you know what I mean. But I feel like this book is the best of the series and totally overlooked for all the books Rowan is in.

005. Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Nikolai Lantsov was introduced in this, that’s all y’all need to know.

So that’s my list! Comment down below and let me know some of your favorite sequels are!

AYE, YOU SHOULD READ THESE BOOKS!

Posted July 19, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

I am sure most people can agree, but I am tired of reading books set in the western world. Like, don’t y’all realize how big the world is? I’d like to start with a disclaimer saying that I have not read ALL of these books, but the reviews for them are incredible and I need to read them as soon as possible. Some of these are books that I have LOVED and some that I have started and loved what I read. All of these books are also by authors of color, and I just rec y’all to check these out!

001. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Necromancy,  elemental magic, witches…  who could want more? This is a book I started but put down due to being busy and just haven’t had the chance to pick it up, but I absolutely loved what I read!

002. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Set in feudal Japan with Mulan elements, this book sounds incredible! I have yet to actually read this one and I definitely plan to do so soon! Renee has incredible writing and world building, so I know that I will love this!

003. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Another rec from this amazing author, no surprise here! I binge read this duology in a matter of days because her writing is so addicting! This is a 1001 Arabain Nights retelling and I just…  highly recommend you all read it!

004. The Fifth Season by N.K Jemison
I have seen this rec’d on book twitter and decided to just check it out myself and see what it’s all about! The synopsis on the back instantly grabbed me. This is another book I started but put down due to being busy, but this is such a unique dystopian and the way the book is being told is just… READ THIS!

005. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
And my final rec is this beautiful book. This is one of my all time favorite books. It is sort of hard to explain what this book is exactly about cause I don’t really want to give anything away. Just go and get yourself a copy, you will not regret it.