Top 5 Wednesday April 19th: Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

Favorite LGBTQ+

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-Talk about your favorite books that feature LGBTQ+ characters or are by LGBTQ+ authors.

I’m embarrassed that I only have 3 LGBTQ+ books to recommend, and all of them have m/m romances. I know that there are so many great LGBTQ+ books out there, I just need to get my ass in gear and order some.


More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

I have talked about this book so many times now. It was one of my favorite reads of last year, and definitely one of the saddest. This story will break your heart! The main character of this book is gay, and the story is about him struggling with that. I don’t want to say too much about what happens in this book, other than that it is highly emotional, heartbreaking and so so GOOD.

The author Adam Silvera is an LGBTQ+ author. He also has another LGBTQ+ book that came out earlier this year, History Is All You Left Me. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m really looking forward to.


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This is another LGBTQ+ book that I read last year and LOVED. This book is very different from the book above. It is light hearted, adorable and fun to read, and I had butterflies in my stomach the whole time I was reading it.

The book is about Simon who is chatting with the mysterious and anonymous boy at his school who goes under the alias Blue.


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

This book is tied with the author’s other contemporary book Fangirl. In Fangirl the main character Cath is obsessed with Simon Snow, and she is writing a very successful fanfic of the Simon Snow books. Rainbow Rowell wrote Carry On after Fangirl as a companion novel, and even though both books are tied together you don’t need to read both.

So over to Carry On, because that is the book I’m going to be talking about today. I just needed to mention Fangirl, hehe. This is a fantasy book that follows Simon Snow, his last year at the magical school he is attending. This is a LGBTQ+ book because the romance in this book is m/m romance. The book is a fun and cute read, and even though it is a fantasy novel it has this contemporary feeling about it.


❤ -Rakel

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Top 5 Wednesday April 12th: Books That Would Make Good Video Games

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

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-Since I’ve been in video game hell (in a good way) for the past year, this topic is timely. Remember, not all video games are action games! The Sims has proven that 🙂

This week’s topic was really fun to do since it merges my two favourite things in this world, books and video games! I have tried to do different video games genres, so I ended up on including my favorites. This was so much fun to do, I could probably find 5 more books to add to this list.

Sorry that this post is one day late. I didn’t manage to finish this post in time, because we got a surprise visit from my cousin and her family yesterday.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This was the first book I thought of when I heard this week’s T5W topic. The book would be awesome as a story based game like an RPG, or that the VR game/world, Oasis, in the books was real. 


Red Rising series by Pierce Brown

This book would be awesome as a RPG game where you are a member or the leader of the rebellion/Sons Of Ares. The main story/main quest is to take down the golds and the society as it is just like the books. Plus having side quests where you are doing different tasks. 


The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

I can definitely imagine this book as an interactive story, just like the Walking Dead games by Telltale. 


The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

I’m currently reading this book, it is the first book in the Mistborn trilogy. It would be really awesome to play a character who is a Mistborn with all of the allomancy powers. The story in the book could also be included in the game, since the worldbuilding is great and the story is really interesting. The genre could either be a RPG, or be similar to the game Dishonored where you also have abilities and the story is to take down the government.


The Martian by Andy Weir

This book would be great as a mix of both a survival game and a simulator game, where the player has to survive on Mars just like the MC in the book. If you do anything wrong or can’t do what you need in time you die. 

❤ -Rakel

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Top 5 Wedneday April 5th: Top SFF Books on Your TBR

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

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–Talk about the science fiction and fantasy books you want to read ASAP!

In this list I’m only going to put books that I own, and not my Goodreads wish list/TBR.

Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

This is a series I have heard excellent things about, and because of that I have wanted to read it for the longest time. I’m finally going to read it this month as one of my picks for the Tome Topple readathon. I’m so glad I’m finally picking it up.


The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

This is another book that I have heard excellent things about. If I have to pick one book that I have heard people rave about the most, it has to be this. I haven’t read it yet because of its size and because of all the hype (I’m scared of the possible let down for me). It is a daunting book to pick up.


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Yet again, this is a series that I have heard great things about. Can you see a theme in my picks for this T5W? Haha. I got this book for Christmas, so I haven’t owned it for that long. I want to read it soon, now that the third book just came out. I like to wait until all or more than one of the books in a series is out before I start it.


Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

I really enjoy reading Cassandra Clare’s books set in the Shadowhunter universe. I need to get to this soon, because book 2 is right around the corner.


Here are some other SFF books that are high on my TBR:

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel

Replica (Replica #1) by Lauren Oliver

Odinsbarn (Ravneringene #1) by Siri Pettersen

The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks

❤ -Rakel

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Top 5 Wedneday March 22: Favorite Angsty Romances

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

favorite angsty

romances

-This topic has been much requested! Talk about your favorite ships that have a healthy side of angst. (definition: adj.: describes a situation or literary piece which contains dark, depressing, angry, and/or brooding emotions from the participating characters.)

I don’t typically like and read angsty romances, but I found some that I like. I don’t even know if I’m doing this right haha.

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The Gentleman Bastards – Locke and Sabetha

Locke and Sabetha have one of the most complicated relationship I know. Their relationship was angsty when they were kids/teenagers, and still is over a decade later. They are one of my favorite ships ever.


Carry On – Simon and Baz

I love this book, it was so much fun to read. The romance was angsty because in the beginning of the book Simon and Baz don’t get along very well and they hate each other. It also doesn’t help that they share a room at the magical school they are attending.


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Simon and Blue

The angst Simon is feeling of not knowing who Blue is, because they have only been chatting anonymously online. Blue can literally be almost any guy at his school. This book is angsty, but also really cute.


The Infernal Devices – Tessa, Will & Jem

This love triangle is full of angst and heartache. It is actually one book series where I actually like how the love triangle is written. Do you ship Tessa with Will or Jem? I always liked Jem a bit more, but I like Will too, so I’m not 100% sure.

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❤ -Rakel

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Top 5 Wednesday March 8: Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

favorite sci-fi

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-In collaboration with the BooktubeSFF Awards, talk about your favorite science fiction and fantasy books of all time!

I often find it hard to pick 5 things for T5W, but this T5W was more than hard, it was impossible. How can I narrow down my favorites of all time to only 5 books? Go check out my latest post FAVORITE BOOKS I READ IN 2016 if you want to know some more books that I LOVE!

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Book 1 in The Gentleman Bastards

This was an easy pick, because I absolutely LOVE this book. I love the story, the world-building, the setting, the atmosphere and the characters in this book. Everything about it is just so incredible good. I highly recommend it, especially if you like thieves, the underground world, heists and Morally grey characters.


The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

Book 3 in The Gentleman Bastards

This is the 3rd book in same series as the book above. My favorites in the series are book 1 and 3. Book 2 is also really good but not my absolutely favorite, that is why it isn’t on this list.

If I have to pick one favorite series of all time, it would be The Gentleman bastards. I want to recommend it over and over and over again. Go check it out!

I can’t pick 3 more books, it it literally IMPOSSIBLE to narrow my favorites down. Just go and check out my favorites of 2016 post.

❤ -Rakel

-Which books did you choose for this week’s T5W?

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Top 5 Wednesday March 1: Fictional Jobs You’d Want to Have

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:


FICTIONAL JOBS YOU’D WANT TO HAVE


– Any fictional career you’d want to have? Remember, T5W is always open to movies, tv, and video games as well.

Sometimes these T5W questions are a bit hard to answer. I struggled a bit to find specific careers to choose, so not all of my picks are careers. Bending the rules a little bit has to be OK, right? They aren’t too far off.

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1.Teacher at Hogwarts

This was my first thought when I read this week’s topic. Being an Hogwarts teacher would be awesome. The only problem is that I don’t want to live at Hogwarts as an adult (definitely wish I went to school there as a kid though). I don’t know if teachers can live off campus? And I have also always wondered; doesn’t any of the teachers at Hogwarts have family, like a significant other or kids? (I’m so sorry that I’m a bad HP fan, haha) I had to researched this, and this answered my question:

Many Hogwarts professors reside at the school during the school year, though this is not always the case. During the 1980s, Minerva McGonagall owned a cottage in nearby Hogsmeade with her husband, later moving out after his death. A teacher could also visit a home by means of Apparition, the Floo Network, or a Portkey. In the summer of 1996, Severus Snape returned to his childhood house in Spinner’s End.

Those who remain at the school throughout the night seem to have private quarters, similar to apartments/flats, that are near or attached to their offices. –http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Professor

So my final answer is: Yes, I would love to be a teacher at Hogwarts! And also any other career where I got to live in the HP universe, have a wand and be magical would be awesome.

2.Shadowhunter

It would be awesome, deadly and really scary to be a Shadowhunter. A girl can wish, even though I definitely do not have the physical form needed to be a top trained/battling shadowhunter, haha. I picked this even though it isn’t really a career, but there is many career opportunities in the Shadowhunter world. I could work at one of the institutes or in Idris.

3.Dr Who Companion

This again isn’t really a career, but if I had to choose one fictional thing to do it would be to travel with the Doctor. I can’t describe how awesome that would be. In a way it is a job, saving the world and people over and over again from dangers.

4.Thief with The Gentleman Bastards

I don’t condone any types of thievery, but because The Gentleman Bastards is my favorite series and I love the characters, I would love to be one of the Bastard. Or maybe not, because that means I would be an orphan. But if I was an orphan living in Camorr in a different life/dimension, my highest wish would be to be one of the Bastards.

5.Wizard Detective

To be a wizard with magical powers and a detective, both at the same time like Harry Dresden from The Dresden Files, sounds really awesome!

❤ -Rakel

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Top 5 Wednesday February 22: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

-Winter is a hard season for a lot of people and many of us are slumpy. Let’s talk about some books that are great for getting you out of a slump!

Starting on a long and intricate fantasy or sci-fi series can be daunting when you are in a reading slump, even though you usually love them. That is why I’m recommending some fun and fast paced standalones, that I really enjoyed reading.

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